[Al Jazeera] Sudan's former President Omar al-Bashir Head of the National Congress Party. He came to power in 1989 when he, as a brigadier in the Sudanese army, led a group of officers in a bloodless military coup that ousted the government of Prime Minister Sadiq al-Mahdi and eventually appointed himself president-for-life. He has fallen out with his Islamic mentor, Hasan al-Turabi, tried to impose shariah on the Christian and animist south, resulting in its secessesion, and attempted to Arabize Darfur by unleashing the barbaric Janjaweed on it. Sudan's potential prosperity has been pissed away in warfare that has left as many as 400,000 people dead and 2.5 million displaced. Omar has been indicted for genocide by the International Criminal Court but nothing is expected to come of it. has appeared in public for the first time since his overthrow by the military following months of mass protests against his 30-year-long autocratic rule.
Dressed in a white robe and turban, the toppled leader was seen on Sunday as he was escorted under heavy guard from a maximum security prison in Sudan's capital Khartoum to the prosecutor's office.
There, prosecutors informed him he faced charges of "possessing foreign currency and acquiring suspicious and illicit wealth", according to the official SUNA news agency.
He was given one week to raise objections, questioned on additional unspecified corruption charges, and taken back to Kobar prison.
If al-Bashir does not appeal, he could appear in court as early as next week, Sudan's acting Chief Prosecutor Alwaleed Sayed Ahmed said on Saturday.
In Khartoum, the moves against the 75-year-old former president triggered derision and scepticism from critics who dismissed it as an attempt by Sudan's new military rulers to deflect attention from a recent bloody crackdown on protesters, as well as its reluctance to cede power to a civilian-led transitional administration.
They also questioned the likelihood of al-Bashir receiving a fair trial in Sudan or being held accountable for the most egregious of charges against him.
The former leader, who came to power in a coup in 1989, is wanted by the International Criminal Court (ICC) on charges of crimes against humanity and genocide relating to abuses by Sudanese forces in the country's Darfur region between 2003 and 2008.
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[Al Jazeera] A human rights When they're defined by the state or an NGO they don't mean much... group says the Egyptian government bears responsibility for the death of former Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi, amid pressing international demands for a fair and transparent investigation into the circumstances surrounding his final hours.
According to authorities, the first democratically elected president in Egypt's modern history died on Monday after collapsing in a court in Cairo while on trial on espionage charges. The Egyptian public prosecutor said a medical report showed no apparent recent injuries on Morsi's body.
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Egypt's Ex-Muslim Brotherhood leader Abdel-Moneim Abul-Fotouh said that Tuesday that Islamist groups do not practice real democracy. They do not grasp the concept of Islamic "shura" (consulting) complained Abul-Fotouh during an interview with Al-Arabeya Channel.
The former Brotherhood leader further criticised President Mohamed Morsi, saying he lacked transparency and accusing him of allowing local and foreign forces to interference in Egypt's state affairs, refering to the Muslim Brotherhood organisation. Morsi should not be following such forces when he is an elected president, he added.
[Libya Observer] The Libyan House of Representatives (HoR), convening in 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... , voted unanimously to remove Libyan Army General Commander position, which was created by the HoR in Tobruk in 2015.
The front man for the HoR Hamouda Sayala said all of the members who attended Monday session agreed to scrap the position.
The creation of the Army General Commander position in 2015 by Tobruk-based HoR was then described as a role designed to fit Khalifa Haftar ...Self-proclaimed Field Marshal, served in the Libyan army under Muammar Qadaffy, and took part in the coup that brought Qadaffy to power in 1969. He became a prisoner of war in Chad in 1987. While held prisoner, he and his fellow officers formed a group hoping to overthrow Qadaffy, so it's kind of hard to describe him as a Qadaffy holdover. He was released around 1990 in a deal with the United States government and spent nearly two decades in the United States, gaining US citizenship. In 1993, while living in the United States, he was convicted in absentia of crimes against the Jamahiriya and sentenced to death. Haftar held a senior position in the anti-Qadaffy forces in the 2011 Libyan Civil War. In 2014 he was commander of the Libyan Army when the General National Congress (GNC) refused to give up power in accordance with its term of office. Haftar launched a campaign against the GNC and its Islamic fundamentalist allies. His campaign allowed elections to take place to replace the GNC, but then developed into a civil war. Guess you can't win them all... and his military ambitions as the Libyan Army did not have such a post since its formation in 1951.
Meanwhile, ...back at the alley, Slats Chumbaloni was staring into a hole that was just .45 inch in diameter and was less than three feet from his heavily sweating face ... the HoR in Tripoli welcomed the peace initiative proposed by the Head of the Libyan Presidential Council Fayez al-Sarraj, announcing the formation of a contact committee in that regard.
The HoR also said it will elect next week the presidency of the parliament with the majority vote system.
Al-Sarraj proposed in a presser in Tripoli holding a Libyan Gathering "Multaqa" that will be sponsored by and coordinated with the UNSMIL, in order to gather all Libyan parties that advocate for peace, democracy and stability, excluding those who advocate for dictatorship and have had Libyan blood on their hands.
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[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] The UN Security Council condemned the attack by Yemen ...an area of the Arabian Peninsula sometimes mistaken for a country. It is populated by more antagonistic tribes and factions than you can keep track of... ’s Iran's Houthi sock puppets ...a Zaidi Shia insurgent group operating in Yemen. They have also been referred to as the Believing Youth. Hussein Badreddin al-Houthi is said to be the spiritual leader of the group and most of the military leaders are his relatives. The legitimate Yemeni government has accused the them of having ties to the Iranian government. Honest they did. The group has managed to gain control over all of Saada Governorate and parts of Amran, Al Jawf and Hajjah Governorates. Its slogan is God is Great, Death to America™, Death to Israel, a curse on the Jews They like shooting off... ummm... missiles that they would have us believe they make at home in their basements. On the plus side, they did murder Ali Abdullah Saleh, which was the only way the country was ever going to be rid of him... militia on the Abha airport in southwestern 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... on June 12 "in the strongest terms."
A statement issued Monday by the UN’s most powerful body called for those behind "these reprehensible actions" to be held accountable.
The council statement, issued after a meeting on Yemen, urged the Houthis and the government "to make progress towards a comprehensive political settlement" of the conflict.
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Well, we actually have a written Constitution that says it is, but the government does it anyway. It's all self justifying. No one goes to jail for it.
The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.
[KhaamaPress] The political chief of Taliban ...mindless ferocity in a turban... Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar has visited China ahead of the 7th round of talks with the United States.
A former Taliban front man Abdul Hai Mutmayen has told Arab News that Mullah Baradar is leading a delegation of Taliban leaders during the visit to Beijing.
Mutmayen further added "It seems that Taliban leaders are making efforts to hold consultations and exchange their views with key stakeholders ahead of the next round. The visit is an indication that the seventh round is important."
This comes as China has offered to host intra-Afghan talks in a bid to help end the ongoing conflict in the country.
Meanwhile, ...back at the chili cook-off, Chuck reached for the green sauce... the Taliban leaders have said the group could accept China as a guarantor if they reach a peace deal with the United States.
Abdul Ghani Baradar was arrested twice and released by Pakistain (the last release was in 2013) for terrorism.
Baradar helped Mullah Omar as his second, in founding the Taliban movement in Afghanistan in 1994. He served in several key positions when the Taliban ruled Afghanistan from 1996 to 2001. He fled to Pakistan after the US invasion in 2001 and was arrested in 2010 in an operation that was used to show Pak's cooperation against terror to get more dough out of the IMF.
He totally re-invented himself through effective PR through the CIA under Obama who once called Baradar's appointment "a startling change ... that bodes very well for peace". Today he is a 'revered' figure in Taliban circles, and Pak military officers stand up when his name's mentioned. When the US finally leaves Af, they will be leaving it all to him. When China acquires land in Af to consolidate their control on their precious BRI, this is the man they must negotiate with. Also, they've begun combing for Lithium mines already according to some sources.
In May 2017, Afghan officials attended the massive Belt and Road Forum in China, and in October Afghanistan joined the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, which funds BRI projects. This was just a formality however, insurance in case the taliban didn't win Af.
Interestingly, China's negotiations with the Taliban had begun way earlier. In the 1990s China maintained good relations with the then Taliban government in order to prevent Afghanistan from becoming a haven for ETIM(East Turkistan Islamic Movement) militants. It was thought that they feared the chaos from Af would spill over into their Xinjiang hovels and Pakistain, endangering China's prospects of controlling S.E. Asia.
Back in 2001, we discovered Huawei Inc. (Yupp!) supplying surveillance and communications equipment to the Taliban from Bangalore, India. Indian MI suggested the requisite Home departments to arrest 178 chinese Huawei engineers working in coordination with, aiding and servicing the Afghan terror group. With inputs from the US intelligence, a case was made and foolishly (Indian Standard Protocol) the intel was sent back to China seeking a reply. Of course they were 'outraged'. The Shenzen corporation was under heavy surveillance by America so supplied them from out of India. Bangalore, which boasts more than 40 Salafi mosques is also considered the IT hub of India, also is fast becoming the entry point of legal islamism in India.
Anyway, the words of a chinese foreign minister from last year best describe the intent on China in it's own two-faced way.
"Who will protect the Afghan government and provide financial support to it after the US troops’ pullout? The most important thing is the Afghan people’s interests, but the Americans ignore them and want to protect their own."
Let's see what happens. The Taliban leaders have said the group could accept China as a guarantor if they reach a peace deal with the United States.
Thank you, my dear. My memory is sadly porous, else I’d have remembered the name — though never with that much detail. I’ll add a search link in the article for those who want to see the numerous articles he’s appeared in since Fred set up this site on 9/11.
Yes, we've know about Afghanistan's resource richness for a while. The unfortunate nature of India's inward gazing policies and our shit-for-brains bureaucracy has enriched our quick footed neighbours too many times. Why, we're losing even Nepal, Bhutan and Srilanka to Chinese influence.
You'll notice that the writer of the article is no other than a Charles Q Choi.
[IsraelTimes] After weeks of uncertainty, American official says US wants ’focus to be on the economic aspect, not the political’.
The White House confirmed on Monday that Israeli officials and ministers will not participate in an upcoming US-sponsored economic workshop in Bahrain, the first phase of the rollout of the Trump administration’s Israel-Paleostinian conflict.
The announcement ends weeks of uncertainty about whether a Jerusalem delegation will participate in the confab, and comes one day after Finance Minister Israel Katz made an argument for why Israel should have a seat at the table.
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[AnNahar] Iraqi authorities have removed nearly 30 kilometres of concrete blast walls across Baghdad in the last six months, mostly around the capital's high-security Green Zone, a bigwig told AFP.
Since the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq in 2003, T-walls -- thick barriers about six metres tall and one metre wide -- have surrounded potential targets of boom-mobiles or other attacks.
When premier Adel Abdel Mahdi came to power last year, he promised to remove barriers, checkpoints and other security measures to make Baghdad easier to navigate.
"Over the last six months, we removed 18,000 T-walls in Baghdad, including 14,000 in the Green Zone alone," said Staff Lieutenant General Mohammed al-Bayati, the PM's top military advisor.
Hundreds of the security checkpoints that contributed to Baghdad's notorious traffic jams have also been removed.
And according to the Baghdad municipality, 600 streets that had been closed off to public access have been opened in the last six months.
Among them are key routes crossing through Baghdad's Green Zone, the enclave where government buildings, UN agencies and embassies including the U.S. and UK missions are based.
It was long inaccessible to most Iraqis until an order from Abdel Mahdi last year, and families can now be seen picking their way across its manicured parks for sunset pictures.
Iraq is living a rare period of calm after consecutive decades of violence, which for Baghdad peaked during the sectarian battles from 2006 to 2008.
It was followed, in 2014, by the Islamic State ...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that they were al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're really 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 western pols talk they're not really Moslems.... group's sweep across a third of the country and a three-year battle to oust the jihadists from their urban strongholds.
The group still wages hit-and-run attacks against Iraqi security forces and government targets, and Baghdad's authorities are on high alert.
Thousands of the removed T-walls have been placed on Baghdad's outskirts to prevent infiltration by IS sleeper cells, according to Bayati.
Anbar (IraqiNews.com) ‐ Over 1,000 internally-displaced people have returned to their homes in al-Qa’im and al-Karma districts in Anbar province, the Iraqi ministry of migration said on Monday.
"The repatriated people, totaling 1,072, were residing at camps in Amiriya Fallujah, ... the City of Mosques, which might have somthing to do with why it's not called Center of Prosperity or a really nice place to raise your kids... Bzebez and the Tourist City in Anbar," Alsumaria News TV channel quoted the director of the ministry’s office in Anbar, Mostafa Hamed Sarhan, as saying.
"Of all the returnees, 623 people came from the Habbaniyah Tourist City camp, 367 from the Bzebez camp and 82 from the Ameriat al-Fallujah camp," Sarhan added.
He pointed out that coordination is maintained with the Ministry of Transport and Anbar Operations Command to facilitate the arrival of the repatriated people to their houses.
China will continue to need more oil, so anything that increases supply will protect the buyers they compete with for supply, especially so long as Iran is in bad odor.
Baghdad (IraqiNews.com) ‐ The Iraqi Ministry of Finance and Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) signed an agreement on Sunday, under which the Japanese agency will offer Iraq a loan of 110 billion Japanese Yen (nearly USD one billion) to upgrade the Basra oil refinery.
The deal was inked by Iraq’s Deputy Prime Minister for Economic Affairs and Minister of Finance Fuad Mohammad Hussein and Ambassador of Japan to Iraq Naofumi Hashimoto, according to KUNA.
The loan, considered to be one of the largest amount provided by the government of Japan for one project in the Middle East and North Africa, is refundable over 40 years with a ten-year grace period and 0.02 percent interest rate, according to a statement from the Iraqi Ministry of Finance.
The project aims to increase Iraq’s oil refining capacity by constructing a new plant (fluid catalytic cracking (FCC) complex) at al-Basra refinery, south Iraq, and introducing light gas oil hydrodesulfurization (HDS) technology.
[IsraelTimes] New pipe could up the amount of water Israel sends into the enclave, if its poorly maintained infrastructure can handle it.
Humanitarian, and also gives Israel another lever of control short of violence.
Israel’s national water company Mekorot has begun work on an upgraded pipeline to Gazoo ...Hellhole adjunct to Israel and Egypt's Sinai Peninsula, inhabited by Gazooks. The place was acquired in the wake of the 1967 War and then presented to Paleostinian control in 2006 by Ariel Sharon, who had entered his dotage. It is currently ruled with an iron fist by Hamaswith about the living conditions you'd expect. It periodically attacks the Hated Zionist Entity whenever Iran needs a ruckus created or the hard boyz get bored, getting thumped by the IDF in return. The ruling turbans then wave the bloody shirt and holler loudly about oppression and disproportionate response... that will increase the flow of drinkable water into the blockaded enclave.
The new pipeline will enter Gaza at its center, crossing over from the Eshkol Regional Council in Israel to connect to the Strip’s water system, the Ynet news site reported Monday.
There are three pipelines currently carrying freshwater from Israel into Gaza at three sites along the border. In agreements with the Paleostinians, Israel committed to transferring 10 million cubic meters (2.6 billion gallons) of water each year to Gaza, but in practice transfers a bit more, roughly 11.5 million cubic meters (3 billion gallons).
The new pipeline will be the largest yet, and will run alongside one of the old pipes and work in tandem with it.
Construction work began in recent days, and is being conducted under heavy military guard out of fear that Gazook terror groups will open fire on the crews as the pipeline-laying work nears the border.
"Water is a basic thing. There’s an entire population in Gaza that doesn’t want war with Israel, and that population is the majority that is being controlled by Hamas, a regional Iranian catspaw,," one unidentified employee on the pipeline crew told Ynet.
"It’s a shame that’s the situation. Most of the people in Gaza are thirsty for water, but also hunger for a normal life and a better future for their children. They’re our neighbors, despite everything, and we can’t ignore what’s happening there."
It is not immediately clear how much more water Israel can actually pump into Gaza, as the water infrastructure in the Strip itself has not been maintained by the territory’s Hamas rulers, and may collapse under the strain of a significant increase in the volume of water passing through it.
Israel and Hamas are said to be engaged in informal talks via third parties on rehabilitating some of the territory’s water and sewage infrastructure, which international organizations have warned have reached the point of collapse. Sewage from Gaza is pumped directly into the Mediterranean untreated, and often is simply released into the street, sparking fears of disease spread in the crowded enclave. "The shutoff valves are HUuuuuuge"
Armed Forces General Staff chief Mohammad Bagheri accuses US, allies of being behind the attacks against tankers in Fujayrah last month, and in the Oman Sea last week. If Tehran were behind them, he said, it would announce it "clearly." In Tanker wars of 80's, IRGC also denied
[AnNahar] Iran ...a theocratic Shiite state divided among the Medes, the Persians, and the (Arab) Elamites. Formerly a fairly civilized nation ruled by a Shah, it became a victim of Islamic revolution in 1979. The nation is today noted for spontaneously taking over other countries' embassies, maintaining whorehouses run by clergymen, involvement in international drug trafficking, and financing sock puppet militias to extend the regime's influence. The word Iran is a cognate form of Aryan, the abbreviation IRGC is a cognate form of Stürmabteilung (or SA), the term Supreme Guide is a cognate form of either Shah or Führer or maybe both, and they hate JewsZionists Jews. Their economy is based on the production of oil and vitriol... said Monday it will surpass from June 27 its uranium stockpile limit set under the nuclear deal with world powers, turning up the pressure after the US walked away from the landmark pact last year.
"Today the countdown to pass the 300 kilogrammes reserve of enriched uranium has started and in 10 days time... we will pass this limit," Iran's atomic energy organization front man Behrouz Kamalvandi said at a presser broadcast live.
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A multi-volume chronology and reference guide set detailing three years of the Mexican Drug War between 2010 and 2012.
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Chris gives us Mexican press dispatches of drug and gang war violence
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