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Iraqi premier rejects resignation of seven ministers, Baghdad governor steps down
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Africa Horn
Djibouti Forces Under AMISOM Have Not Been Paid For Months
[RADIOSHABELLE] Djiboutian forces serving under AMISOM deployed in Jalalqsi in the Hiiraan region have not been paid their salaries since last December last year despite the government receiving the funds from the African Union
...a union consisting of 53 African states, most run by dictators of one flavor or another. The only all-African state not in the AU is Morocco. Established in 2002, the AU is the successor to the Organisation of African Unity (OAU), which was even less successful...
, according to Indian Ocean Newsletter.

According to sources privy to the development at the seat of AU in Addis Ababa, the Djibouti government and high-ranking officials in the military pocket the money instead of disbursing them to the soldiers who fight alongside forces from other TCCs in Somalia.
The 6th Battalion which relieved the 4th Battalion in December 2018 in sector 4 has not received any dues since then. The stipends which are paid by the Europe
...the land mass occupying the space between the English Channel and the Urals, also known as Moslem Lebensraum...
an through the African Union amount to about $800 for each soldier.

The EU cut by 20% the stipends in February 2016 lowering the figure from $1020 to $800. Troops Contributing Countries (TCCs) governments retain 20% of the pay for administrative costs.

According to sources privy to the development at the seat of AU in Addis Ababa, the Djibouti government and high-ranking officials in the military pocket the money instead of disbursing them to the soldiers who fight alongside forces from other TCCs in Somalia.

Djibouti forces operate within sector 4 in central Somalia which covers the Hiiraan region.

Posted by: Fred || 10/07/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [188 views] Top|| File under:


Sudanese minister sues radical preacher for accusing her of apostasy
[Sudan Tribune] Sudan’s Minister of Youth and Sports, Walaa al-Boushi, on Saturday filed an official complaint against a radical Islamist hate preacher who accused her of apostasy.

Abdal Hai Youssef an Islamist preacher known for his support to the former regime, last Friday, slammed the launch of women football league saying it aimed to distract Sudanese from the crises.

He further said that Islam prohibits women football and accused the minister of youth and sports of blasphemy
...the act of insulting or showing contempt or lack of reverence to a deity, or sacred objects, or toward something considered sacred or inviolable. Some religions consider it to be a crime. In Pakistain you can commit blasphemy by looking cross-eyed at a Koran...
On Saturday, al-Boushi’s office issued a short statement announcing that "the minister filed an official complaint against the Youssef and that the Sudanese prosecutor summoned him for interrogation".

Several activists were angered by statements and called to incriminate accusations of apostasy by the radical preacher who is known for spreading hate speech and criticizing the revolution.

They further called to ban the controversial Moslem holy man from preaching as he turned his mosque into a base for radical Islamism and inflammatory sermons against the revolution and its transitional government.

A Sudanese Republican Party writer- Nur Hamad, strongly criticized Youssef and challenged him to say that Saudi Crown Prince is an apostate referring to a recent decision in 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...
announced last Friday to organize a women football league.

The preacher who is a leading member to the radical Salafist movement in Sudan claimed that the minister was affiliated to the Republican Party, a liberal Islamic group that call to reform the Islamic precepts. Its leader Mahmoud Mohammed Taha was executed by former President Jaafar Nimeiri who was backed during his last days by the Sudanese groups.

Posted by: Fred || 10/07/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [142 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Sudan

#1  Islam prohibits women football

'The woman must never hit balls with her feet,' ?

Naah... the Umayads wrote it in after getting kicked in the balls by their wives for ogling young girls.
Posted by: Dron66046 || 10/07/2019 15:16 Comments || Top||


Sudanese Islamists deny resorting to violence as they plan for protests
[Sudan Tribune] A leading member of the Sudanese Islamist Popular Congress Party (PCP) on Saturday denied accusations of preparing sabotage operations in the country, saying they adhere to peaceful opposition.

Already one month after its formation, Hamdok’s government is criticised by the Sudanese Islamists who started to reorganize themselves hoping to mobilize the street against the Forces for Freedom and Change after their exclusion from the upcoming formation the transitional parliament.

Islamists activists launched calls on social media for a national protest calling to overthrow the forces of freedom and change, and to form a new government.
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Posted by: Fred || 10/07/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [79 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Sudan


Women football aimed at distracting Sudanese from crises: radical Islamists
[Sudan Tribune] Sudan’s hardliner Islamist holy mans on Friday attacked the newly formed transitional government, saying it is promoting women football to distract Sudanese from the country’s crises.

Last Monday Sudan’s transitional government launched women’ football league as the first match between two female clubs was attended by Sovereign Council member Aicha Musa and Sports Minister Wala’a Essam al-Boushi.

The event was welcomed by the Sudanese and women rights groups particularly as they are eager to see changes in the country after 30 years of the repressive laws regulating women’s freedom of dress, and movement under the rule of the former regime.
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Posted by: Fred || 10/07/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [124 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Sudan

#1  Lingerie football?
Posted by: Skidmark || 10/07/2019 7:33 Comments || Top||

#2  I wonder how they'll play football in burqas.

Red Card !
Posted by: Dron66046 || 10/07/2019 7:41 Comments || Top||

#3  dammit, Skid, stop stepping on my lines!
Posted by: Bugs Schwarzeneggar3591 || 10/07/2019 8:08 Comments || Top||


Saudi Arabia says it is working on removing Sudan from US 'terror list'
[MIDDLEEASTEYE.NET] Announcement comes during official visit to Riyadh of Sudanese delegation, including new Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok
Posted by: Fred || 10/07/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [141 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Sudan


Africa North
Exit poll shows Islamist party "Ennahdha" (Renaissance) ranked the first in Tunisian parliamentary elections by winning 17.5 percent of the vote
[PUBLISH.TWITTER]
Posted by: Fred || 10/07/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [164 views] Top|| File under: Arab Spring


Africa Subsaharan
Zamfara govt summons emergency meeting with Fulani leaders after attack on soldiers
[PULSE.NG] Zamfara Government has summoned an emergency meeting with Fulani
... a peculiarly brutal tribe of Moslem herdsmen infesting Mali, Niger, Nigeria, and probably other places that are light on law and order and heavy on tribal identity...
leaders over attack on an outpost in which nine soldiers were killed in Sunke village of Anka local government area.

Senior Special Assistant to Governor Bello Matawalle on Security Matters, Alhaji Abubakar Dauran, told newsmen in Gusau on Saturday that the meeting was to forestall future occurrence. He however did not say when the meeting will be held.

News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the Suru attack is the first major security breach since the government initiated dialogue with bandidos in the state.

Dauran confirmed that Thursday’s attack left some soldiers and the attackers dead, while those injured were admitted in Federal Medical Center, Gusau for proper medical attention.

According to him, the attackers were from Niger state.

"Following the good relationship and understanding established with the bandidos which led to their repentance in Zamfara, I can assure you that those attackers are not from Zamfara.

"Immediately after the attack, we reached out to the Fulani leaders in the state who confirmed to us that none of their members participated, but we have summoned a meeting with them to forestal reoccurance," he said.

Some eye witnesses who spoke to NAN on condition of anonymity, said the bandidos that attacked the joint security outpost numbered over 200, riding cycle of violences.

Posted by: Fred || 10/07/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [140 views] Top|| File under: Fulani Herdsmen (Boko Haram)


Boko Haram: Gov. Zulum engages 30 clerics to pray for peace
[PULSE.NG] Gov. Babagana Zulum of Borno has engaged 30 clerics over the unending Boko Haram insurgency in his state.
Y'see, the reason they have Boko Haram is because these fellows haven't been praying for peace.
Do they mean peace or submission? I’m sure Boko Haramniks have been praying that everyone else submit...

Posted by: Fred || 10/07/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [221 views] Top|| File under: Boko Haram (ISIS)


Arabia
Yemeni Chief of Staff: Ready for Long-Term War with Saudi-led Coalition States
[ENGLISH.ALMANAR.LB] As he stressed that the way to peace in 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...
starts by halting the aggression against the Arab impoverished country, Yemeni Chief of Staff Major General Mohamamd Abdulkarim al-Ghamari stressed that Sanaa is ready for long-term war if the Saudi-led coalition goes ahead with the aggression.

In an interview published on Sunday, al-Ghamari warned the Saudi-led coalition of more powerful strikes if it wants to go ahead with the campaign against Yemen.

"Yemen is ready for long-term war if the enemy wants," the commander said, stressing the Yemeni forces’ full readiness to defend the Arab impoverished country.

"Way to peace starts by halting aggression and lifting blockade," al-Ghamari said, noting that the seriousness of the Saudi-led coalition states can be proven by actions not sayings.

"Aggression states have to be ready for more powerful strikes if the offensive continues."

"Our stance won’t change, it’s our legitimate right to defend our country against any foreign aggression," he stressed.

Meanwhile,
...back at the palazzo, Count Guido had escaped from his bonds and overwhelmed his guard using the bludgeon the faithful Filomena had smuggled to him in the loaf of bread...
he said that deploying more of US and UK arms by Saudi-led coalition states won’t help them, and it that it will rather exhaust the Saudi money and capabilities.

Yemen has been since March 2015 under brutal aggression by Saudi-led Coalition, in a bid to restore control to runaway president Abd Rabbu Mansour Hadi who is Riyadh’s ally

Hundreds of thousands of Yemenis have been killed or injured in the strikes launched by the coalition, with the vast majority of them are civilians.

The coalition, which includes in addition to 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...
and UAE: Bahrain, Egypt, Morocco, Jordan, Sudan and Kuwait, has been also imposing a harsh blockade against Yemenis.

Posted by: Fred || 10/07/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [234 views] Top|| File under: Houthis

#1  Time Saudis to ask for Egypt's help?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru PB || 10/07/2019 5:36 Comments || Top||

#2  Didn’t Egypt send naval vessels early on, g(r)omgoru, but refused to get more involved?
Posted by: trailing wife || 10/07/2019 10:13 Comments || Top||

#3  But Saudia gives Egypt quite a bit of money - which Egypt uses to buy food,TW
Posted by: g(r)omgoru PB || 10/07/2019 11:50 Comments || Top||

#4  Now that Egypt is producing its own gas and some oil in larger quantity, g(r)omgoru, they need less from the Saudis. They’ve done what they need to get more from the IMF, and I believe exports are up as well. So they can push back a bit.
Posted by: trailing wife || 10/07/2019 13:07 Comments || Top||


#6  A palpable hit, g(r)omgoru. I don’t mind losing to someone who knows more than I on the subject.
Posted by: trailing wife || 10/07/2019 19:55 Comments || Top||


Europe
France: Questions on Islamist Attack on Police Growing into Unrest
See also here.
[Guardian] Pressure on ministers to explain how warnings were missed before deadly attack.

Pressure is growing on France's government to explain how the radicalisation of a man who killed four colleagues at the Paris police headquarters failed to raise red flags inside the intelligence unit where he worked.

The interior minister, Christophe Castaner, summoned before two parliamentary committees this week, conceded there had been a "malfunction" as he promised to "tighten the net".

The minister came under fire after initially claiming that Mickaël Harpon, a 45-year-old computer expert employed in the intelligence unit at police headquarters in Paris, never gave the "slightest reason for alarm" before the rampage on Thursday.

Harpon had worked for the police since 2003.

Newspaper front pages on Monday described a "serious malfunction" in the intelligence community and "shortages" in the anti-terrorism machinery, as critics called for Castaner's head.
Err... his resignation I presume.
Harpon used a kitchen knife and an oyster knife to kill three police officials and an administrative staffer ‐ three men and a woman ‐ and injure two others in a 30-minute lunchtime attack that ended when he was shot in the head.
An oyster knife? Everyone knows eating shellfish is haram!
Shellfish are not kosher, but I believe they are permitted to Muslims. It’s pork that both groups are forbidden.
It emerged he had converted to Islam 18 months ago,
...in 2008, according to updated information...
and had then been in contact with adherents of Salafism, an ultra-conservative branch of Sunni Islam.
"Really they're no different than Alabama methodists, M'sieurs ! Just islamic. We had no idea !"
He had caused alarm among colleagues as far back as 2015 when he defended the massacre of 12 people at the Charlie Hebdo magazine in Paris by two brothers vowing allegiance to al-Qaida. No report was filed, however.

"There was no alert at the right level at the right time," Castaner told France Inter radio on Monday. "The warning signals should have been sufficient to unlock a thorough investigation."

He added: "I want for any warning sign to be automatically flagged."

Castaner, who said on Sunday he would not resign over the matter
"Non, M'sieurs... Absolument pas !
Why in fact, I'm needed even more now !"

, has been summoned to appear before parliament's intelligence committee on Tuesday.

"We're going to try to find out what these failings were," the committee's chairman, Christian Cambon, said on Sunday.

And they let the wife go. Read the whole thing over at The Guardian.

Posted by: Dron66046 || 10/07/2019 08:08 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [348 views] Top|| File under: Salafists

#1  Any prudent system to flag radical islam symptoms will get massive claims of islamophobia and will be dropped like a hot potato. The lawfare and PC orthodoxy of the race industry have show the effective strategy to cow the West. More of the backend symptoms of the decline of western civilization.
Posted by: NoMoreBS || 10/07/2019 11:37 Comments || Top||


Paris police ignored 'obvious signs of radicalisation' in colleague who used an oyster knife in deadly attack on four officers, including slitting one's throat, because no-one wanted to make a complaint even though he praised Charlie Hebdo massacre
See also here.
[Daily Mail, where America gets its news]
  • Mickael Harpon,
    ...previously in our archives under the more conventional spelling of Michael Harpon...
    45, returned to work Thursday with an oyster knife and a 13” kitchen knife to stab four colleagues to death in lunchtime attack at police HQ

  • French interior minister Christophe Castaner conceded 'there were obvious failings' on Sunday

  • He had initially claimed Harpon hadn't given the 'slightest reason for alarm'

  • But Harpon had praised the Charlie Hebdo massacre while at work in 2015, had links to a Val-d'Oise hate preacher known to French intelligence, and wore traditional Islamic garments to the mosque

  • Harpon’s 38 year old wife was released without charges Sunday evening
Posted by: Skidmark || 10/07/2019 08:16 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [347 views] Top|| File under: Salafists

#1  Obviously, we never shared our 'lessons learned' about Hasan. If you never change your behavior, you never learned a lesson.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 10/07/2019 8:46 Comments || Top||

#2  Bien sur.
Posted by: Lex || 10/07/2019 10:04 Comments || Top||

#3  Societies that invite muzzist puke into their midst deserve what they ask for.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 10/07/2019 11:08 Comments || Top||

#4  He could have contributed so much more to the cause in his (embedded with the enemy)role as an IT Admin on the police network.
Posted by: Skidmark || 10/07/2019 12:24 Comments || Top||

#5  That's right, Skidmark. But research shows that an animal when contacts rabies is actually compelled toward suicidal behavior. In its heart, it really wants it to end.
Posted by: Dron66046 || 10/07/2019 13:29 Comments || Top||


Merkel's gov't says Iran's call to ‘wipe Israel off the map' not antisemitic
[Jpost] German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s government has declared that Iran's call to obliterate the State of Israel is not an expression of antisemitism.

On October 1, Merkel’s Foreign Ministry labeled the call to destroy Israel by commander-in-chief of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) Gen. Hossein Salami as "anti-Israel rhetoric."

When the Post asked the Merkel administration if it agreed with the Foreign Ministry statement, a government spokesman told The Jerusalem Post: "We have nothing to add to the reply of the foreign office."

The Post had specifically asked if Salami’s statements were antisemitic.

In late September, Salami delivered his call to exterminate the Jewish state before an audience of IRGC leaders that was publicized by the state-funded IRNA agency, as well as other Iranian regime-controlled outlets.

Salami said that "This sinister regime must be wiped off the map and this is no longer... a dream [but] it is an achievable goal."

He added that his country has "managed to obtain the capacity to destroy the impostor Zionist regime" 40 years after the 1979 Islamic revolution.
It's just, how you say Endlösung in English?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 10/07/2019 00:59 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [365 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iran

#1  It wasn't the Bee!

I lost.
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 10/07/2019 3:03 Comments || Top||

#2  Wouldn't want to jeopardize those vital exports to Iran.
Posted by: Elmavimp Glinegum6967 || 10/07/2019 5:09 Comments || Top||

#3  About what you expect from a Stasi PM of Deutschland!
Posted by: 3dc || 10/07/2019 6:37 Comments || Top||

#4  About what you expect from a Stasi PM of Deutschland! Posted by 3dc

Something fishy here, or are we simply to assume the various intelligence communities tend to call the shots ?
Posted by: Besoeker || 10/07/2019 6:45 Comments || Top||

#5  In my book, being anti-Israel is worse than being anti-semitic. Of course, being a muslim is the worst.
Posted by: Dron66046 || 10/07/2019 6:49 Comments || Top||

#6  European Conservative Concern Troll will be along momentarily to say 1) Annhella Burka didn't really mean that. 2) She had to say it to placate the Cherman Hoi polloi and all the newcomers. 3) "What dual use exports?"
Posted by: M. Murcek || 10/07/2019 7:08 Comments || Top||

#7  Israel will bw around for at least forever (until the old earth is destroyed. It's God promise to the Israel people. Might be a few hiccups here and there, but the country will remain.
Posted by: Seeking Cure For Ignorance || 10/07/2019 11:50 Comments || Top||

#8  Does a German chancellor really want to wade into comments on anti-Semitism? Sometimes silence really is golden.
Posted by: Tom || 10/07/2019 11:54 Comments || Top||

#9  I think you mis-estimate European Conservative, M.Murcek.
Posted by: trailing wife || 10/07/2019 11:55 Comments || Top||

#10  Wow, now you're making things up about other commenters. I thought you only did that about me. Putting words in their mouths, and then criticizing them for what you made up.

Sheesh. Let people speak for themselves.
Posted by: Herb McCoy || 10/07/2019 15:27 Comments || Top||

#11  You go Erb!
Posted by: Skidmark || 10/07/2019 16:38 Comments || Top||

#12  Name-calling isn't an argument. It's a sign you don't have an argument.



Posted by: Herb McCoy || 10/07/2019 16:43 Comments || Top||


The Grand Turk
Erdogan approves 3 Turkish university campuses for northern Syria
[Rudaw] Ottoman Turkish President His Enormity, 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. In Anatolia did Recep Bey a stately Presidential Palace decree, that has 1100 rooms. That's 968 more than in the White House, 400 more than in Versailles, and 325 more than Buckingham Palace, so you know who's really more important...
has approved a request from a Ottoman Turkish university to open three campuses in Ottoman Turkish controlled cities of northern Syria.

Gaziantep University, located on The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...the only place on the face of the earth that misses the Ottoman Empire...
’s shared border with Syria, applied to Ottoman Turkish education authorities this year to open three faculties in Jarabulus, al-Bab, and Afrin.

Erdogan approved the request on Thursday and logged in Turkey’s Official Gazette on Friday.

"We have ordered the opening of an Economic and Administrative Faculty in al-Bab, Islamic Sciences Faculty in Azaz, and Education Faculty in Afrin, which are affiliated to Gaziantep University’s Presidency," read the presidential decree.

The university opened a vocational training school in Jarabulus in October 2018.

Jarabulus and al-Bab came under the control of the Ottoman Turkish Army and its Syrian proxies during Operation Euphrates Shield in 2016. The Kurdish enclave of Afrin, meanwhile, was taken by these forces during Operation Olive Branch in March 2018.

Ali Gur, the rector of the university, told the state-owned Anadolu Agency (AA) in late May that their decision to open new campuses follows an increased demand for higher education in northern Syria.

"There was a high demand from local assemblies and provincial leaders. I went [to northern Syria] myself and saw the demand, they really need it," Gur said. "Some 2,700 prospective students have already taken proficiency exams."

There will also be scholarships for Syrians who were forced to leave school as a result of the conflict but decided to return, according to Gur.

The opening of the Ottoman Turkish university campuses could cause concern for the Kurds of Afrin, which until the Olive Branch offensive had been controlled the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG).

Having established control over Afrin following the 2011 Syrian uprising, the group created a Kurdish education system, ending a decades-long ban on the Kurdish language.

The YPG-affiliated Hawar News Agency (ANHA) claimed the Ottoman Turkish plan to establish the higher education institutions "confirms" Ankara is trying to engineer the demographic of the region.
Posted by: trailing wife || 10/07/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [265 views] Top|| File under: Sublime Porte

#1  Going to call military camps universities?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 10/07/2019 1:09 Comments || Top||

#2  and also providing the "students" for those campuses?
Posted by: Bugs Schwarzeneggar3591 || 10/07/2019 11:25 Comments || Top||

#3  H/t Keith Laumer
Posted by: g(r)omgoru PB || 10/07/2019 12:08 Comments || Top||


India-Pakistan
Ex-MQM lawmaker, six others acquitted in anti-state CDs case
[DAWN] An antiterrorism court on Saturday acquitted a former Muttahida Qaumi Movement
...English: United National Movement, generally known as MQM, is the 3rd largest political party and the largest secular political party in Pakistain with particular strength in Sindh. From 1992 to 1999, the MQM was the target of the Pak Army's Operation Cleanup leaving thousands of urdu speaking civilians dead...
politician and six others of charges of distributing compact discs (CDs) containing anti-state speeches of their London-based party chief the increasingly rounded Altaf Hussain

... The head of MQM in Pakistain, who has lived in safety and comfort in London and hasn't laid eyes on his purported homeland since about the time Caesar made corporal. Judging from the size of him, he may be a Hutt...

"Bring me Solo and the Wookie. No, not Michelle"
Former MPA Sheeraz Waheed; Naeem Shamshad; M. Nabeel; Mubeen, alias Pak; Danish Saeed; Ali Hasan, alias Guddu and Syed Mohammad Shoaib were acquitted of the charges of distributing CDs, which contained speeches and statements to wage war against the state, among the people in an Ahsanabad locality in 2016.

On Saturday, the ATC-II judge pronounced her judgement reserved after recording evidence and final arguments from both sides on Oct 5. All the accused appeared on bail. The judge noted that the prosecution failed to prove allegations against the politician and others beyond a reasonable shadow of a doubt.

The judge cancelled their bail and also discharged their surety. The case against a proclaimed offender, Syed Azhar Ali, alias Anna, was kept on the dormant file until his arrest or surrender.

On Oct 5, the court had reserved its judgement after hearing final arguments from both sides.

According to the prosecution, former politician Waheed along with his around 15 accomplices allegedly distributed CDs, which contained speeches and statements of MQM chief Altaf Hussain to wage war or attempt or abet to wage war against the country, among the people in Ahsanabad.

Posted by: Fred || 10/07/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [111 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Pakistan


Mishal calls for UN peacekeepers in held Kashmir
[DAWN] Mishal Malik, social activist and wife of locked away
... anything you say can and will be used against you, whether you say it or not...
Kashmiri leader Yasin Malik
...chairman of one of the two factions of Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front. JKLF is a Kashmiri nationalist organization founded in Birmingham, UK in 1977. Branches weren't actually established in Kashmir for another ten years. It has the usual demands for separation of J&K from secular India so it can become an independent Islamic rathole. It seems to have no interest in Pak Kashmir breaking away to join it. In 1994 Malik renounced violence after he was released from jail and from that point he and his organization pursued peaceful means to impose their will on the region...
, on Saturday called upon the United Nations
...the Oyster Bay money pit...
to work for demilitarising India-held Kashmir
...a disputed territory lying between India and Pakistain. After partition, the Paks grabbed half of it and call it Azad (Free) Kashmir. The remainder they refer to as "Indian Occupied Kashmir". They have fought four wars with India over it, the score currently 4-0 in New Delhi's favor. After 72 years of this nonsense, India cut the Gordian knot in 2019, removing the area's special status, breaking off Ladakh as a separate state, and allowing people from other areas to settle (or in the case of the Pandits, to resettle) there....
and send a peacekeeping force to stop atrocities in the occupied valley.

During her visit to the Federation of Pakistain Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FPCCI), she said that over 2.2 million Kashmiris were ready to cross the Line of Control (LoC).

Ms Malik lauded the business community for putting the Kashmir issue above their interests and snapped trade relations with India. "It is overwhelming to see the support and sentiment of the business community towards the Kashmir cause," she added.

She said that it was the Kashmir issue which had been hindering the development process of Pakistain and Kashmir, noting that the Indian occupied forces were killing unarmed Kashmiris.

She regretted that world capitals were silent over Indian atrocities against innocent Kashmiris. For almost two months the people of India-held Kashmir had been confined to their homes without food, water and medicines. Children in the occupied valley were not attending their schools and colleges whereas hospitals were also not functioning, she said.

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#1  Yasin Malik, founder of the Islamic Students' League and friend of Syed Salahuddin, is actually a militant trained in POK. He was part of the armed HAJY group supposedly 'gave up' extremism after he was magnanimously released from jail after being imprisoned for terrorism, by a leftist government. He also threw in the magic word 'Gandhi' a few times in his announcement for taking up 'peaceful activism', and the stupid Indian govts were conned.

Also involved in the murder of four IAF personnel 30 years ago. That case has re-opened and shall probably see him behind bars for a long time.

Posted by: Dron66046 || 10/07/2019 1:48 Comments || Top||

#2  Why does this sounds familiar?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru PB || 10/07/2019 5:39 Comments || Top||

#3  The United Naysayers have their jobs cut out for them it seems. It's become a clearing-house for islamist complaints against sovereign countries refusing them their mini fiefdoms.
Posted by: Dron66046 || 10/07/2019 6:46 Comments || Top||

#4  That case has re-opened and shall probably see him behind bars for a long time.

It must feel wonderful to finally be allowed to close cases whose answers you knew Lo! So many years ago. Long may it last!
Posted by: trailing wife || 10/07/2019 20:50 Comments || Top||


Tally rises to 72 as two more polio cases surface
[DAWN] Two more cases of polio
...Poliomyelitis is a disease caused by infection with the poliovirus. Between 1840 and the 1950s, polio was a worldwide epidemic. Since the development of polio vaccines the disease has been largely wiped out in the civilized world. However, since the vaccine is known to make Moslem pee-pees shrink and renders females sterile, bookish, and unsubmissive it is not widely used by the turban and automatic weapons set. Currently the disease is only found in Pakistain and Afghanistain...
have been reported in the country ‐ one in Sindh and the other in Balochistan
...the Pak province bordering Kandahar and Uruzgun provinces in Afghanistan and Sistan Baluchistan in Iran. Its native Baloch propulation is being displaced by Pashtuns and Punjabis and they aren't happy about it...
‐ taking the total number of such cases this year to 72.

The emergency operation centre for polio in Sindh on Saturday confirmed that a polio case had been reported from the Orangi neighbourhood of the teeming metropolis.

They said a 17-month-old girl had become the fourth polio victim in Bloody Karachi
...formerly the capital of Pakistain, now merely its most important port and financial center. It is among the largest cities in the world, with a population of 18 million, most of whom hate each other and many of whom are armed and dangerous...
this year.

The remaining four victims in the province included two from Hyde­rabad and one each from Jamshoro and Larkana districts. Sindh had recorded only one case last year, officials said.

"Countrywide, 72 polio cases have been reported this year, out of which 53 cases are from Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, eight from Sindh, six from Balochistan and five from Punjab," said an official.

The child in the city’s western Orangi neighbourhood, said an official, "developed a fever and slight weakness in the right leg upon which she was taken to doctors where the case was classified as AFP (acute flaccid paralysis) following which she was tested for polio. However,
those who apply themselves too closely to little things often become incapable of great things...
her right limb senses remain intact with 4/5 power".

The EOC officials confirmed the child had only received the BCG vaccine in routine immunisation and it was being investigated how many campaign doses of OPV were administered.

They said they had planned "aggressive campaigns" from next month to June 2020, "aiming to eradicate polio from the environment".

The EOC and medical bodies such as the Pakistain Paediatric Association stron­gly recommended parents to cooperate with polio teams.

Another case of polio has been reported from Jaffarabad district of Balochistan, taking the total number of such cases in the province to six.

The officials of Baloc­histan Health Department said that a 15-month-old boy from Jaffarabad had been paralysed due to the virus.

Posted by: Fred || 10/07/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [206 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Pakistan

#1  I wonder who told them what Jonnas Salk is Jewish?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru PB || 10/07/2019 5:43 Comments || Top||

#2  After 1956 there is absolutely no reason in the world for anyone to contract polio.
Posted by: Tom || 10/07/2019 11:55 Comments || Top||


Iraq
Iraqi authorities to probe attacks on media outlets, including one on Al Arabiya
[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] Iraqi authorities say they are opening an investigation into recent attacks on several media outlets in Iraq, including one by unidentified masked button men on Al Arabiya’s bureau in Baghdad.

"There was an attack on several media outlets on Saturday, including Dajla, NRT, and Al Arabiya, and today as well on al-Forat television network, as well as on al-Nahar newspaper late last night," Iraqi Interior Ministry front man Major General Saad Maan said during a joint presser on Sunday alongside spokespersons from the Joint Operations Command and the ministries of defense and health.

"Investigations are ongoing right now on the attacks on media channels over the past two days. When there is a security issue in the country, there are some who try and take advantage of the situation and try to settle scores. Because of that, we are urging everyone to stay within the legal frameworks and cooperate with security forces," Maan added.

On Saturday, masked button men in black cars stormed the offices of Al Arabiya, assaulted four employees and smashed equipment before fleeing.

According to Majid Hamid, Al Arabiya’s correspondent in Baghdad, the attack took place at 10 pm on Saturday when masked button men arriving in three black cars forced themselves into the bureau.

"The masked button men and were wearing military gear. They assaulted four of our colleagues who were present in the building. They suffered bruises and one of our colleagues broke his hand as a result of the attack," Hamid told Al Arabiya English.

Hamid then said that security forces at a nearby checkpoint failed to intervene to stop the attack.

"Members of the federal police declined assistance to us during the attack," the correspondent said, adding that the Al Arabiya office had received threats in recent days.

The attack came after the station had received threats for several days.

Al Arabiya’s correspondent said the masked button men then destroyed several CCTV cameras and hard drives containing recordings of the surveillance system. However,
if you can't be a good example, then you'll just have to be a horrible warning...
the masked button men failed to destroy one hard drive which Al Arabiya then broadcast showing footage of the attack a day later.

Gunmen also attacked the offices of Iraq’s private Dajla and NRT news channels. Both of those privately-owned stations have been covering the daily protests.

An official at NRT said her station is so damaged that they won't be able to broadcast any time soon, according to an News Agency that Dare Not be Named report. The attackers, Sawra Abdul-Wahab told AP, stole $250,000, laptop computers and mobile phones.

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Representative of Iran’s Khamenei calls on Iraqis to attack ‘spy den’ US embassy
Such a clever move, guys.
[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] Hossein Shariatmadari, one of Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei
...the actual dictator of Iran, successor to Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini...
’s representatives, and the head of Iran’s hardline Kayhan newspaper, called on Iraqis to "occupy the US embassy like the Iranians did in 1979," following major protests that gripped Baghdad in recent days.

In an editorial that featured in the newspaper on Saturday, Shariatmadari reiterated accusations by top Iranian officials claiming that the protests were instigated "by America and foreign elements."
Continued on Page 49
Posted by: Fred || 10/07/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [203 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iran

#1  The Iranians are ticked their Iraqi spy dens have been getting attacked and burned.
Posted by: Elmavimp Glinegum6967 || 10/07/2019 5:04 Comments || Top||

#2  Let a thousand suns bloom over Iran!
Posted by: 3dc || 10/07/2019 6:41 Comments || Top||

#3  Jimmy is not in office now.
Posted by: chris || 10/07/2019 11:15 Comments || Top||

#4  The big problem is that this would indeed be a clever move.

No sarcasm.

Since 1979 Islamic aggression, Islamic war crimes, the unapologetic violation of rules of international conduct by Islamic entities have been rewarded by the West.

Losing the 9/11 war has consequences.
Posted by: Elmerert Hupens2660 || 10/07/2019 16:51 Comments || Top||


Israel-Palestine-Jordan
PA removes mention of agreements with Israel from textbooks
[Ynet] The Paleostinian Authority removed all trace of agreements signed with Israel from its textbooks.

The only signed agreement that is still mentioned in schoolbooks for students from first grade through high school in the West Bank, the 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...
Strip, is the 1993 Oslo accords but even those are mentioned less favorably, and in less detail than earlier versions of the book.
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Israel’s interior minister moves to deport BDS founder Barghouti
[Jpost] Interior Minister Arye Deri took the first steps toward revoking the permanent resident status of Omar Barghouti,
...one of a long list of members of the Barghouti clan who have prosecuted the war against Israel for over a generation, both politically and as terrorists for both Fatah and Hamas. This one organizes academic boycotts of Israel as well as BDS...
founder of the antisemitic and anti-Israel Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement.
...formally the Palestinian BDS National Committee (BNC). Its multi-partisan membership includes Hamas, Islamic Jihad, and the Popular Front for the Liberation of Paleostine, groups listed as terrorist organizations by the US...
"I plan to act quickly to revoke Omar Barghouti’s resident status in Israel," Deri said on Sunday.
Ululululululululu!
"He is a person who is doing everything to hurt the country, and therefore, he cannot enjoy the privilege of being a resident of Israel."

Deri instructed the legal department of the Population, Immigration and Borders Authority to prepare the legal framework to revoke Barghouti’s resident status over breach of trust.

The interior minister’s decision came after Deputy Attorney-General Dina Zilber said he has the authority to do so. A 2018 amendment to the residence law allows the interior minister to cancel resident status over breach of trust, without approval from the Attorney-General’s Office.

In this case, the breach of trust is that Barghouti is promoting boycotts against Israel from within Israel, Deri’s front man explained.
To be fair, he also promotes boycotts against Israel from outside Israel. He’ll be able to do that more easily once he no longer has to get permission for visas from the Israeli government, which should make CAIR and the British Labour Party memberships awfully happy...
Barghouti resides in Acre, having moved to Israel in 1993 after marrying an Israeli-Arab woman. He has a PhD in ethics from Tel Aviv University, despite calling for an academic boycott of Israel.

Barghouti opposes "a Jewish state in Paleostine in any shape or form," he said in a talk to the Dag Hammarskjold Society in 2013.

He does not speak to Israeli media and therefore was unavailable for comment.

"Barghouti led a determined battle against the occupation and settlements," said Joint List MK Ahmed Tibi. "He received his resident status legally, and did not commit a crime other than expressing clear and determined stances here in Israel and in the world against the occupation and colonialism and used the same methods the blacks used in South Africa.

"Boycott is a legitimate nonviolent mode of struggle," he added. "Deri’s intention is arbitrary, and an attempt to silence all actions against the occupation even if they are nonviolent."
Taqiyyah. Israel recognizes the soft jihad of the law as well as the hard jihad of the sword, so you aren’t fooling anyone, O Joint List MK.
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FM confirms initiative to sign ‘historic’ non-aggression pact with Arab states
[IsraelTimes] Validating report, Israel Katz says he met with top diplomats from Gulf countries in bid to ‘end the conflict and enable civilian cooperation until the signing of peace agreements’.
Thank you, President Trump, for moving the Overton Window beyond what anyone thought possible.
Foreign Minister Israel Katz on Sunday confirmed that he has been advancing non-aggression treaties with several Arab countries in the Gulf, a "historic" démarche he said could end the conflict between Jerusalem and those states.

"Recently I have been promoting, with the backing of the prime minister, a diplomatic initiative to sign ’non-aggression agreements’ with the Arab Gulf states," Katz wrote on Twitter.

"It’s a historic move that will end the conflict and enable civilian cooperation until the signing of peace agreements," he said, in what appeared to be a tacit acknowledgement that no Arab country is currently willing to establish full diplomatic relations with the Jewish state as long as the Israeli-Paleostinian conflict remains unresolved.

Katz further confirmed that he presented his plan to several Arab foreign ministers during his visit to New York last week at the sidelines of the United Nations
...a lucrative dumping ground for the relatives of dictators and party hacks...
General Assembly. He also discussed the proposal with the US administration’s outgoing special envoy for the grinding of the peace processor, Jason Greenblatt, Katz said.

"I will continue to work to strengthen Israel’s standing in the region and around the world," he pledged.

Katz’s tweet included a link to a report aired Saturday night by Channel 12, which first revealed the existence of the potentially groundbreaking initiative.

The TV report, which did not quote a source, said the deal in the workings is designed to provide for friendly bilateral relations, cooperation in a variety of fields, and no war or incitement, as both Israel and the Gulf states face an increasingly belligerent Iran.

Katz agreed with his Gulf Arab interlocutors during "a series of meetings" in New York to set up working teams to take the non-aggression pact forward, the TV report said.

The draft clauses reportedly include commitments to develop "friendly relations and cooperation" in accordance with the UN charter and international law; to prevent hostility or incitement to hostility against each other; and to eschew any military or security alliance with other parties against each other.

Among other elements, the TV report said, the draft text specifies cooperation in the fight against terror, and in advancing economic interests.

Katz, who is also intelligence minister, has previously met with senior Arab officials at least twice: In early July, he met an unnamed senior Emirati official during a visit to the Gulf city of Abu Dhabi. Later that month, he shared a photograph with Bahrain’s Foreign Minister Khalid bin Ahmed Al Khalifa during an event hosted by the US State Department in Washington. It marked the rare instance in which a top Arab official is publicly documented meeting a senior Israeli figure.

In November 2018, Katz traveled to Oman to attend an international transport conference. "In my view cooperation between Israel and the Gulf states can and should be expanded," he said at the time. "Israel also has a lot to offer when it comes to water desalination and irrigation, agriculture and medicine."

In his speech at the UN last month, Katz stressed that Israel "has a clear policy to advance ties, and normalization with the Arab Gulf States.

"We have no conflict with the Gulf states, and we have common interests in the field of security against the Iranian threat as well as in developing many joint civilian initiatives," he said.

"Israel has a lot of capabilities in many areas, including hi-tech, innovation, agriculture and water technology, which can help the Gulf states, and the Gulf states have a lot of capabilities that can help Israel as well," he noted. "I hope that this cooperation will lead to the signing of peace agreements between our countries, as we did with Egypt and Jordan."
Posted by: trailing wife || 10/07/2019 01:42 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [262 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Not worth the paper it's printed on, but what the Hell.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 10/07/2019 2:04 Comments || Top||

#2  Probably, g(r)omgoru. Even so, the fact that there are face to face discussions was unthinkable before President Trump moved the embassy to Jerusalem over the shrieks of dismay from State Department and DoD alike. Not to mention the MSM pundits.
Posted by: trailing wife || 10/07/2019 9:17 Comments || Top||

#3  Iran, TW, Iran. And frackers
Posted by: g(r)omgoru PB || 10/07/2019 10:54 Comments || Top||

#4  Iran and frackers only matter to the oil ticks because of President Trump, my dear. President Obama had already surrendered on both.
Posted by: trailing wife || 10/07/2019 20:59 Comments || Top||


Palestinian President Abbas says he will discuss new elections with Hamas
[MIDDLEEASTEYE.NET] Paleostinian president the ineffectual Mahmoud Abbas
...aka Abu Mazen, a graduate of the prestigious unaccredited Patrice Lumumba University in Moscow with a doctorate in Holocaust Denial. While no Yasser Arafat, he has his own brand of evil, just a little more lowercase....
said on Sunday he would discuss plans for new parliamentary elections with all factions, including longtime rivals Hamas, the braying voice of Islamic Resistance®,.

Meeting with senior Paleostinian leaders in Ramallah in the occupied West Bank, Abbas renewed a pledge to hold the polls - the first since 2006 - but without giving a promised timeframe, AFP said.

In a speech two weeks ago in New York at the UN General Assembly, Abbas said: "I have decided, upon my return from this international gathering, to announce a date for the holding of general elections in Paleostine - in the West Bank, including East Jerusalem and the 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...
Strip," according to Haaretz.

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Over 120 settlers violate Aqsa Mosque protected by Israeli forces
[PRESSTV] Dozens of Israeli settlers have violated the al-Aqsa Mosque compound in the occupied Old City of East Jerusalem al-Quds under the tight protection of regime forces.

According to a statement by the Department of Islamic Endowments in Jerusalem al-Quds, carried by the Paleostine Information Center, 121 Israeli settlers entered the compound from the Moroccan Gate on Sunday morning, attempting to perform rituals.

It said that 62 of the holy warrior settlers performed rituals in the courtyards while the mosque guards prevented many others from doing so during their provocative tours at the holy site.

Israeli forces stationed at al-Aqsa gates imposed restrictions on Paleostinian worshipers’ access to the mosque, demanded their ID cards, frisked them, and searched their bags, the statement added.

Hard-line Israeli politicians and holy warrior settlers regularly violate the al-Aqsa Mosque compound in the occupied city, a provocative move that infuriates Paleostinians.

The al-Aqsa Mosque compound sits just above the Western Wall plaza and houses both the Dome of the Rock and the al-Aqsa Mosque.

According to an agreement signed between the Israeli regime and the Jordanian government after Israel’s occupation of East Jerusalem al-Quds in 1967, non-Moslem worship at the compound is prohibited.

Paleostinians want the occupied West Bank as part of their future independent state with East Jerusalem al-Quds as the capital of their future sovereign state.

Posted by: Fred || 10/07/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [200 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Nothing about this in the Israeli press yesterday, suggesting the activities and persons in question are typical Iranian vapourware.
Posted by: trailing wife || 10/07/2019 9:19 Comments || Top||

#2  Depends on one's definition of 'violated', TW.

If 'attempting to perform rituals' is akin to deflowering Fatima (!) then a bit of raising of hands and the hava nagila should bring about the winged steed to shit the skies.
Posted by: Dron66046 || 10/07/2019 11:20 Comments || Top||

#3  If 'attempting to perform rituals'

It’s the Ten Days of Repentence between Rosh Hashanah (the Jewish new year) and Yom Kippur (the day of atonement, holiest day of the Jewish calendar), so they probably intended to pray or blow a ram’s horn on the Temple Mount platform, not enter the mosque there. But such attempts by Jews generally trigger rioting by Hamas-linked Muslim “study groups”, who camp out in the mosque ready to attack with staves and rocks, requiring intervention by Israeli soldiers — and there was no report of anything along that line before I fell asleep late last night.
Posted by: trailing wife || 10/07/2019 11:35 Comments || Top||

#4  Difficult to find Arab virgin of appropriate age for blood sacrifice - all 13 years old already married
Posted by: g(r)omgoru PB || 10/07/2019 12:15 Comments || Top||


Syria-Lebanon-Iran
Donald Trump Now Threatens Turkey on Twitter
[SCMP] ◼️ Trump's extraordinary Twitter warning against Nato ally Turkey came just after the White House announced a US military drawdown in Turkish-Syrian border areas.

◼️ That decision appeared to give Turkey a green light to attack its long-time Kurdish foes who have been fighting alongside US forces against Isis.

As I have stated strongly before, and just to reiterate, if Turkey does anything that I, in my great and unmatched wisdom, consider to be off limits, I will totally destroy and obliterate the Economy of Turkey (I've done before!). They must, with Europe and others, watch over... - Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 7, 2019


The president drew fierce criticism Monday from congressional allies for a White House statement the previous night that the US wouldn’t stand in the way of a Turkish incursion into Syria.

The announcement, which followed a call with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, marked an abrupt change in US posture.

Senator Lindsey Graham, a South Carolina Republican who is normally a close Trump ally, said he would introduce bipartisan legislation to sanction Turkey if it invades Syria and suspend it from NATO if it attacks the Kurdish-led forces. He said Trump’s stance risks a comeback by Islamic State.

"Isis is not defeated, my friend. The biggest lie being told by the administration is that Isis is defeated," Graham told Fox and Friends in a phone call Monday.
I got this from the South China Morning Post, because I didn't want to read CNN and NBC gloat about Trump 'floundering' and 'backtracking' to save face.
Posted by: Dron66046 || 10/07/2019 15:22 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [427 views] Top|| File under: Sublime Porte

#1  I, in my great and unmatched wisdom,

You sure this isn't a fake?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 10/07/2019 16:24 Comments || Top||

#2  Senator Lindsey Graham, a South Carolina Republican who is normally a close Trump ally, said he would introduce bipartisan legislation to sanction Turkey if it invades Syria and suspend it from NATO if it attacks the Kurdish-led forces.

Lindsey late to the party once again. NATO expulsion should have taken place LONG ago.
Posted by: Besoeker || 10/07/2019 16:27 Comments || Top||

#3  Yupp, Grom. I re-checked. He's a funny guy.



Posted by: Dron66046 || 10/07/2019 16:52 Comments || Top||

#4  Havens preserve us - the only normal POTUS since Reagan ...
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 10/07/2019 16:56 Comments || Top||

#5  Maybe since Teddy.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 10/07/2019 17:02 Comments || Top||

#6  Well, he's certainly the best one can hope for in these times. I would rather that he learned the dynamics and nuances of violence, besides his characteristic 'magnate's tough love dealing'. I think a second term will bring that out.
Posted by: Dron66046 || 10/07/2019 17:15 Comments || Top||

#7  Yea, but "in my great and unmatched wisdom".
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 10/07/2019 17:24 Comments || Top||

#8  So, it's like a joke to him. A display of power ? Aah... maybe we read too much into it. After all, he's just bound to be as daft as the best of us at times. What matters is, the Americans cannot afford to be seen as weak at this juncture no matter what people like 'erb think.

I agree they're not world cops, but to the islamist they're Moby Dick. Which is why the caliphates and Al quaedas do not waste time with others. They know with the US defeated once, the muslims of the world shall suddenly have new impetus in their respective zones. Every islamist faction and terror group gains double the recruits and ten times the morale when America is seen losing. Even if it's just optics.

The Pakis may be going round the world begging right now, but their public is celebrating 'the rout of the US forces at the hands of talibaners.'

If the Turks march into north Syria, the surviving Daesh licking their wounds will feel safer. The prisoners will go free and it will rise worse than last time.
Posted by: Dron66046 || 10/07/2019 17:39 Comments || Top||

#9  Ah get it: unmatched wisdom --> supreme wisdom --> Hagia Sophia
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 10/07/2019 17:59 Comments || Top||

#10  that I, in my great and unmatched wisdom, consider to be off limits

He's just messing with his domestic enemies heads and trying to piss them off.
Posted by: JohnQC || 10/07/2019 19:20 Comments || Top||

#11  yep
Posted by: Frank G || 10/07/2019 19:29 Comments || Top||

#12  unmatched wisdom --> supreme wisdom --> Hagia Sophia

Could be. Goodness knows, the man has travelled round the world a bit.

But probably he is just having fun pointing the laser pointer to see who’ll chase the light.

...Or both. No reason why it couldn’t be both — I don’t think he’s said anything like this before, and it’s snicker-worthy both ways.
Posted by: trailing wife || 10/07/2019 21:10 Comments || Top||

#13  Erdy is drunk. Real drunk. And he is trying to start a fight. We want the world to know, that if he starts a fight, we won't get involved. We might even hold him down for you.

Very clear, very concise.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 10/07/2019 21:40 Comments || Top||


%43 inflation for Iran this year.
Posted by: 3dc || 10/07/2019 06:44 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [189 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iran

#1  If we aren't careful the Fed will try some of the things the Iranians have done to get inflation
Posted by: M. Murcek || 10/07/2019 6:58 Comments || Top||

#2  Great
Posted by: g(r)omgoru PB || 10/07/2019 10:51 Comments || Top||

#3  You do have to wonder how long the regime can survive things like this.

Any Iranian with any savings or investments at all just saw 43% of it go up in smoke. Including the kleptocrats in the IRG and elsewhere.
Posted by: Tom || 10/07/2019 11:58 Comments || Top||

#4  Consumer goods like gas and food are heavily subsidized in Iran. More inflation means more $ubsidies for butter and les$ for guns. It also makes black market missile & nuclear widgets more expensive.
Posted by: The peanut gallery || 10/07/2019 16:35 Comments || Top||


Trump Green Lights Turkey For Syria Invasion. [WTF moment for Kurds]
See also here.
[Jpost] Trump gives green light to Turkey to takeover Syria, displace U.S. partners

For four years the US and mostly Kurdish fighters in eastern Syria have fought and defeated Islamic State in northeast Syria. On October 6 the White House decided to give the green light to a Turkish invasion of the same area to defeat to displace the partner forces the US had been working with. For more than a year and a half US President Donald Trump has been seeking to leave Syria. In the midst of the impeachment crisis he has now made the decision not to pressure Ankara diplomatically, but to sacrifice other US allies in the war on ISIS.
Well, earlier this year Trump did promise to destroy Turkey if they harmed the allies. Let's see this play out. Maybe Erdogan was just told that.
According to a statement from the White House press secretary Trump spoke to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and the US says that "Turkey will soon be moving forward with its long-planned operation into Northern Syria." The US will not support the operation and the US claims it has defeated the ISIS "caliphate," so it is mission accomplished in terms of what the US initially went to Syria to do. This is the logic by which Washington has decided to act in the face of a year of Ankara&'s threats to takeover eastern Syria.
Maybe whether Trump aims to let Yipyip put his money where his mouth is. Or maybe the intention is to let Iran and Turkey fight over it. In either case it turns out badly I imagine. I can't understand the move, other than simple economics as a rationale.
Read the rest of this at the Jerusalem Post.
Posted by: Dron66046 || 10/07/2019 01:58 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [957 views] Top|| File under:

#1  WTF is right. Seems like Trump has decided to abandon the Kurds.

Subject: Statement from the Press Secretary
The White House
Office of the Press Secretary
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 6, 2019

Statement from the Press Secretary

Today, President Donald J. Trump spoke with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey by telephone. Turkey will soon be moving forward with its long-planned operation into Northern Syria. The United States Armed Forces will not support or be involved in the operation, and United States forces, having defeated the ISIS territorial “Caliphate,” will no longer be in the immediate area.

The United States Government has pressed France, Germany, and other European nations, from which many captured ISIS fighters came, to take them back, but they did not want them and refused. The United States will not hold them for what could be many years and great cost to the United States taxpayer. Turkey will now be responsible for all ISIS fighters in the area captured over the past two years in the wake of the defeat of the territorial “Caliphate” by the United States.
Posted by: Elmavimp Glinegum6967 || 10/07/2019 4:07 Comments || Top||

#2  Seems like Trump has decided to abandon the Kurds.

Seems Trump been advised, correctly IMO, that independent Kurdistan is a pipe dream.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 10/07/2019 4:09 Comments || Top||

#3  Same could have been said for Israelis.
Posted by: Elmavimp Glinegum6967 || 10/07/2019 4:12 Comments || Top||

#4  Yea, well I'm not responsible for your sayings.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 10/07/2019 4:14 Comments || Top||

#5  A little to close to home.
Posted by: Elmavimp Glinegum6967 || 10/07/2019 4:18 Comments || Top||

#6  Yep, yours.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 10/07/2019 4:23 Comments || Top||

#7  35 million Kurds under western protection have a better chance to form a nation than 2 (now 7) million Jews.
Posted by: Elmavimp Glinegum6967 || 10/07/2019 4:26 Comments || Top||

#8  You are entitled to your opinions. And I'm entitled to my opinion about you.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 10/07/2019 4:30 Comments || Top||

#9  Same here. No country on earth has benefited more from American largess and protection than Israel. Too bad you can't return the favor to another.
Posted by: Elmavimp Glinegum6967 || 10/07/2019 4:38 Comments || Top||

#10  I'm certainly not going to argue with your (fact free) beliefs.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 10/07/2019 4:41 Comments || Top||

#11  Not going to or can't?
Posted by: Elmavimp Glinegum6967 || 10/07/2019 4:43 Comments || Top||

#12  If I have to stop the car.....
Posted by: Besoeker || 10/07/2019 4:44 Comments || Top||

#13  One can't turn a saw's ear into a silk purse.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 10/07/2019 4:45 Comments || Top||

#14  Socialists are not redeemable.
Posted by: Elmavimp Glinegum6967 || 10/07/2019 4:48 Comments || Top||

#15  Sorry Besoeker, but - I bet - you know why I couldn't resist the temptation.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 10/07/2019 5:07 Comments || Top||

#16  And you still can't
Posted by: Elmavimp Glinegum6967 || 10/07/2019 5:10 Comments || Top||

#17  What was John Bolton's position on the Kurds?
Posted by: Thimp Clusort2035 || 10/07/2019 6:06 Comments || Top||

#18  The way DJT operates, this is about giving the turk a chance to find out what it feels like to have a bloody nose while stepping on their dicks
Posted by: M. Murcek || 10/07/2019 6:06 Comments || Top||

#19  A rant. And... data.

Almost all Kurdish Jews or Jewish Kurds ? emigrated into Israel proper from the 50s onward. The jewish Kurd community used to once have great influence in Iraq. More than that, Grom and TW may know best. But of course, the majority are sadly muslim.

The Kurds, being the most sensible lot of the muslim demographic in the middle east are so hated by sunni and shia alike because they are an amalgam of cultures and religious practices. Most importantly they are seen as takfirs who did not bow down to the ayatollahs and mahdis through the ages and impudently stuck to their own distinct identity. They also refused the madness of jihad and sacrificed greatly in the war on terror, often being frontline hitters while American forces took the credit. This is true, no offense.

Also true is that they were not fighting for relevance or to establish some righteous super-suzerainty over the middle east but for mere survival against vicious hordes of barbaric islamists.

The Kurdish fighters in fact drew their inspiration from the Israeli nation and the Peshmerga have been helped by agencies and arms of governments sympathetic to their cause from the US to China Even the chinks once advocated the establishment of an autonomous kurdish state within the Iraqi republic Israeli aid to Jurd, Yazidi, Christian survivors of the ISIS has been considerable. I wish my country had done more, but that's India for you Sycophant, penny-pinching, money grubbers. Recently, Erdogan's overtures towards the Pakis have been waking up Modi to our appeals to assist the Kurds rather than please OIC sasquatches.

Now, about Turkey. Especially Erdogan. The turkish community in the US was coaxed and prodded by his party to support freshman Ilhan Omar. They have considerable activist clout within the US media and now the HoR through several other Brotherhood stooges too. Then there's the $100 mil that Erdogan pured into a mosque and islamic center in Maryland. Can't think of more, but I'm sure if you dig a little...

In 2016, Wikileaks published thousands of emails documenting the involvement of Berat Albayrak son-in-law of Yippy, in helping ISIS market oil robbed in Syria and Iraq. Turkish transport and logistics were heavily used to assist ISIS fighters fleeing zones occupied by US and allied fighters. Ask almost any ISIS fighter caught in the EU or neighboring borders how he got out and I'm sure he'd tell you about Turkish assist.

The issue is not one of whether the Kurdish cause warrants the support of the US, or anybody. It's about letting Erdogan's Ottoman Syria dreams free reign while mad islamists watch across 'the levant' as it were.

I have the utmost respect for Trump, and even if I didn't I would still support him just for the expediency of such a leader at the moment. But truly loyal allies don't nod in the affirmative to even the mistakes of their friends. I hope people in the military will better apprise the President of the ground realities and the implications of such a move. Bolton certainly would have.

All that being said, I for one shall side with the underdog as usual. Biji Kurdistan !

Posted by: Dron66046 || 10/07/2019 6:39 Comments || Top||

#20  Ref #17: And from a Kurdish perspective, it is important to note that another point of tension between Bolton and Trump was northeast Syria. Bolton opposed Trump’s decision last December, following a phone call with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, to withdraw US forces from Syria.

Link
Posted by: Besoeker || 10/07/2019 6:49 Comments || Top||

#21  Yea, well I'm not responsible for your sayings.

Remember two years or so ago that you were lecturing me about the need to 'take responsibility for your elected politicians' even if I didn't vote for them? Funny how that principle doesn't apply when it's applied to you, isn't it?
Posted by: Raj || 10/07/2019 7:30 Comments || Top||

#22  and RealPolitik rises from the grave yet again.
Posted by: Bugs Schwarzeneggar3591 || 10/07/2019 8:11 Comments || Top||

#23  Trùmp is mine, raj?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru PB || 10/07/2019 8:53 Comments || Top||

#24  Patience. Play the long game. The Kurds aren't going anywhere.
There will yet be an independent Kurdish homeland with a US military forward presence.
Posted by: Snusotch Shique1675 || 10/07/2019 8:56 Comments || Top||

#25  Socialists are not redeemable

Socialist power in Israel has been falling since the mid-1970s, marked first by the election of Menachem Begin and Likud in 1977, and accelerated by Bibi Netwnyahu freeing Israel’s capitalists beast starting in the early 1990s. This rejection of socialism is what the Democratic Party has found increasingly unacceptable over the years, to the point that open Joo-hatred is their preferred position.

No country on earth has benefited more from American largess and protection than Israel. Too bad you can't return the favor to another.

1) Israel has been America's strongest and most consistent supporter in the U.N.

2) Israel spends much of America’s donated funds to buy American weaponry, and often has served as co-developer and beta tester of that weaponry. The F-35 is the most recent example of that.

3) Israel volunteered to fight in both Gulf Wars, but in both cases was told to stand down because if Israel was seen to be involved the Arab countries would refuse to be involved, or even join the fight on Saddam Hussein’s side. You may be old enough to recall that Israel sat tight, doing nothing to imperil the Gulf War I effort while Saddam Hussein rained Scud missiles down on Tel Aviv and Haifa for over a month. The government did distribute gas masks to the population, and directions on how to build gas-proof safe rooms in their apartments, but the Patriot missiles President G.W. Bush sent over were utterly useless as protection. The exercise was repeated during the second Gulf War, and since then safe rooms and gas masks have become standard issue for all Israeli households. Search “Saddam Hussein scud attack Israel” for an interesting selection of articles on the subject.

4) Just as both Presidents Bush refused to allow Israel to join the fight lest their Arab friends walk away, so too domestically various branches of the American intelligence services rejected Jewish volunteer translators after 9/11 lest their Arab and Iranian translators walk off the job. And so there have been entirely too many translators whose connections are frighteningly untrustworthy over the years.

And finally, Israel has quietly helped the Kurds as they can for years. But just as America refused Israeli aid against Saddam Hussein lest the Arabs walk, so too the Kurds would be harmed rather than helped if they were believed to be Israeli clients. On the other hand, the various socialist Kurdish groups were long time clients of the Soviet Union, and still get some support from Putin’s Russia out of sentiment, but they have pretty much hung them out to dry, too. One hopes, Elmavimp Glinegum6967, that for the sake of consistency you quarrel with those you know to be Russian for it as you did with g(r)omgoru.
Posted by: trailing wife || 10/07/2019 9:10 Comments || Top||

#26  Open borders for Israel!
Posted by: Glotch Ebbusons2137 || 10/07/2019 10:01 Comments || Top||

#27  The Kurds will look after their own interests. It is Syrian territory. Who should be concerned are the Europeans. Seems the man is disengaging America from flashpoints and not interested in playing lower primate territorial games. They too can be next.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 10/07/2019 11:12 Comments || Top||

#28  What you say is accurate and I would echo this TW. Spent the last week with Israelis (JQC wife side of the family) talking about these same issues. I'll add a couple of comments however.

1.According to the Democracy Index, Israel is the only democracy in the Mideast and North Africa. They are a representative government and Israeli-Arabs do have representation in the Knesset, unlike Arab countries. A reason to support Israel and to be measured about support for other countries in that region.

2.Donald J. Trump tweeted on 10/7/2019
Replying to @realDonaldTrump
....almost 3 years, but it is time for us to get out of these ridiculous Endless Wars, many of them tribal, and bring our soldiers home. WE WILL FIGHT WHERE IT IS TO OUR BENEFIT, AND ONLY FIGHT TO WIN. Turkey, Europe, Syria, Iran, Iraq, Russia and the Kurds will now have to.....
...figure the situation out, and what they want to do with the captured ISIS fighters in their “neighborhood.” They all hate ISIS, have been enemies for years. We are 7000 miles away and will crush ISIS again if they come anywhere near us!

3.Congress’ oath of office is:

"I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter: So help me God."

POTUS, the VP and the military, LE officers oaths are similar.

Currently, POTUS and the U.S. are busy addressing “Domestic Enemies.” Let’s get that done before some knee-jerk reaction to ME possible problems.

4.Maybe it’s time for NATO and the U.N. to step up to the plate and not be feckless for a change in addressing any Turkey/SDF possible p!ssing contest.

5.It’s a little like addressing prostate or other cancers. Sometimes watchful waiting is appropriate before more drastic measures such as excising or nuking the tumor.


Posted by: JohnQC || 10/07/2019 11:14 Comments || Top||

#29  Without Israel's intel help we'd be flying blind in the Middle East.

In the US-Israel relationship, we gain at least as much as we give.
Posted by: Lex || 10/07/2019 11:50 Comments || Top||

#30  Thank you, people, but that's not my point. The point is, how many here attack Israel to score of me? In particular, using these particular arguments?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru PB || 10/07/2019 12:01 Comments || Top||

#31  Whew!
Posted by: newc || 10/07/2019 12:36 Comments || Top||

#32  Without entanglement with Israel we wouldn't need to be in the Middle East at all.

Sometimes we don't even realize we have assumptions, much less question them.
Posted by: Herb McCoy || 10/07/2019 15:30 Comments || Top||

#33  Without entanglement with Israel we wouldn't need to be in the Middle East at all.

Not a libertarian, a LaRoucheit?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 10/07/2019 15:39 Comments || Top||

#34  Trùmp is mine, raj?

Just like Hillary was supposed to be mine.
Posted by: Raj || 10/07/2019 16:26 Comments || Top||

#35  Ah, raj you do realize that I'm an Israeli not an American?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 10/07/2019 16:28 Comments || Top||

#36  LaRouche? Really? That's all you can come up with? Not just name-calling, but name-calling of the absurd absolute variety?

An absurd absolute is a restatement of the other person's reasonable position as an absurd absolute. For example, if your point is there is high crime in Detroit, the absurd absolute would be your debate opponent saying something such as "So, you're saying every person in Detroit is a criminal." When your debate opponent recasts your opinion to include an "absolute" word, such as every, always, never, all, completely, universally, and the like, you are seeing cognitive dissonance.

Some people call what I just described a strawman argument. But a strawman argument refers to any sort of inaccurate recasting of your opponent's argument. That is the generic case. I'm referring to a specific strawman argument that uses an absurd absolute. When your debate opponent recasts your point as an absurd absolute, you won the debate. That's as far as you can go.


http://blog.dilbert.com/post/160696999931/how-to-know-you-won-a-political-debate-on-the
Posted by: Herb McCoy || 10/07/2019 16:41 Comments || Top||

#37  Pshell nahuy.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 10/07/2019 16:42 Comments || Top||

#38  Already there are some positive results.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 10/07/2019 17:26 Comments || Top||

#39  This was an interesting rant on the dailybeast.
Posted by: Dron66046 || 10/07/2019 18:03 Comments || Top||

#40  Ah, raj you do realize that I'm an Israeli not an American?

Of course I do, yet you lectured me anyway. I think that's the part of it that sticks in my craw.
Posted by: Raj || 10/07/2019 18:43 Comments || Top||

#41  Israel and the Kurds are the only two true allies the US in that area.

The Kurds occupy a block of land that is spread over part of four countries.

Kurdish factions fight each other.

I hope this brings them together and that they liberate themselves from Syria, Iraq, Iran, and Turkey.
Posted by: Phaick Uneretle6310 || 10/07/2019 20:40 Comments || Top||

#42  TW: Socialists are not redeemable

That was written in sarcasm. Partly as a dig to Sovok Man G, partly because of Communist/Socialist Kurd politics and partly because of Socialist Israeli history.

Of course I know from founding to the Camp David Accords, Israel was a Socialist country with more than a little Communist flavor. But Israelis took the aid money (>25% of GDP at the time) and modernized to become a competitive market economy. They redeemed themselves while the Egyptians took the money and subsidized bread.

Seems G doesn't believe the Kurds, or anyone else in the Middle East, should get the same chance Israelis. He a flaming hypocrite in every sense of the word.
Posted by: Spirt Glans1838 || 10/07/2019 21:36 Comments || Top||

#43  From ZeroHedge so add some salt. Maybe slat not needed in this case::
Erdogan's Syria Invasion Begins: Turkish Jets Filmed Bombing Kurdish Targets

Erdogan's promised Turkish military operation in northeast Syria has begun, as confirmed by regional media and video footage. On Monday night Turkish fighter jets commenced bombing the Semelka Border Crossing in far northeast Syria on the border with Iraq.

Both Hezbollah-affiliated al-Mayadeen television channel and Israeli media are also reporting Turkish jets have attacked Kurdish targets in northern Syria.

#BREAKING: Reports: Turkish warplanes have bombed the Semelka Border Crossing at the Syria-Iraq border
pic.twitter.com/4Pi1mAratB
— Amichai Stein (@AmichaiStein1) October 7, 2019
Posted by: Spirt Glans1838 || 10/07/2019 21:43 Comments || Top||

#44  Spirt Glans1838 is also Elmavimp Glinegum6967. Browser keeps changing names as I don't save browser history.

Posted by: Spirt Glans1838 || 10/07/2019 21:45 Comments || Top||

#45  Also:
Meanwhile Turkey's military spokesman has ominously warned that the army will move forward to "correct the demographics changed by YPG in Northeast Syria" and further that "Turkey won’t allow ISIS to return in any shape or form."

Considering Erdogan already stood down US pressures on acquiring the Russian S-400 air defense system, he appears more willing to call Trump's bluff at this point.

#Turkish armored vehicles set in motion with target #Syria. At the roadside the #TSK is applauded. Via @yasiremres pic.twitter.com/U35PL65LLq
— Ali Özkök (@Ozkok_A) October 7, 2019

As Syria's Kurds have warned from the beginning, and as the military spokesman's words darkly imply, it appears Turkey's campaign will be toward full-on ethnic cleansing of Kurds from the border regions.
Posted by: Spirt Glans1838 || 10/07/2019 21:49 Comments || Top||

#46  Socialists are not redeemable

That was written in sarcasm.


Thank goodness. Next time put in one of those emoticon thingies so that I pick up on it, please. I do wish you all would play nicely and love one another as I do all of you, but I realize that isn’t realistic.
Posted by: trailing wife || 10/07/2019 21:50 Comments || Top||

#47  Opinions and values differ. Some can't be compromised.

I fear for the Syrian Kurds. Pasha Erdogan is out to ethnically cleanse them or worse.

One "NO" from Pres Trump could have avoided this. It's the least he could have done to support the one non-back-shooting ally in the Middle East. Trump will suffer fallout from his base for this perceived betrayal. It's a question of how much, not if.
Posted by: Spirt Glans1838 || 10/07/2019 22:07 Comments || Top||

#48  No country on earth has benefited more from American largess and protection than Israel.

That can be argued.

35 million Kurds under western protection have a better chance to form a nation than 2 (now 7) million Jews.

Numbers and geography would disagree. So would the governments of Iran, Iraq, and Turkey. In fact I have heard many an argument that westerners drawing lines on a map willy nilly are why there are so many conflicts between Middle East, African nations.

2 million in a small area is much easier to unify in purpose than 35 million spread over the size, cultural, and climatic diversity of southern Europe.

The clock started for a greater Kurdistan as soon as ISIS started rolling up Syria and Iraq, and everyone knew there was a time limit. The chances increased the better ISIS performed as a weak Syria and Iraq with preoccupied Turkey and Iran benefits the idea of Kurdistan.

Remember when the Iraqi Kurds told the government, "Dude, ISIS is shooting at us right now, we have taken in the Yzidis, and getting squat from Baghdad...maybe this government isn't for us."

And within 24 hours Baghdad had troops in every major Iraqi Kurd airport?

I think the Kurds had about 4 years more than, my amateur opinion, should have had. That there was not at least a skeleton of Kurdistan already ready for an opportunity is a bit of a worry about the venture.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 10/07/2019 22:22 Comments || Top||

#49  Without entanglement with Israel we wouldn't need to be in the Middle East at all.

Bull Shit.

The United States has been involved in the Middle East since before modern Israel.

Every consumer of the industrial critical resources middle east oil has an active interest in any and all activities which may or may not influence middle east oil production has an active interest in Middle East policies and going-ons.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 10/07/2019 22:48 Comments || Top||

#50  50 troops is what all of this fuss is about.
Posted by: Phaick Uneretle6310 || 10/07/2019 23:26 Comments || Top||


Iran says Chinese state oil firm withdraws from $5b natural gas deal
[IsraelTimes] Massive South Pars field agreement, reached after 2015 nuclear accord, becomes latest business casualty of US sanctions campaign on Tehran.
The noose continues to tighten.
Oil Minister Bijan Zangeneh, quoted by the ministry’s SHANA news agency, said Sunday that the China National Petroleum Corp. was "no longer in the project." He did not elaborate or give any reason for the withdrawal, though SHANA said the company "had pulled out of a contract" to develop the field.

Officials in Beijing didn’t immediately acknowledge their decision. Phone calls to the CNPC rang unanswered on Sunday and its website bore no mention of the withdrawal.
Posted by: trailing wife || 10/07/2019 00:26 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [174 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iran

#1  Killing rug merchants with economics
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 10/07/2019 1:21 Comments || Top||

#2  Having an ant farm is one thing. Having a scorpion and black widow petting zoo just ain't worth the trouble.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 10/07/2019 8:51 Comments || Top||


Europeans in no position to quit nuclear deal: Iran FM
[PRESSTV] Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif says the Europe
...the land mass occupying the space between the English Channel and the Urals, also known as Moslem Lebensraum...
an signatories to a nuclear deal signed between 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 Jews Zionists Jews. Their economy is based on the production of oil and vitriol...
and major world powers in 2015 are legally in no position to withdraw from the accord.

Zarif made the remarks in Tehran on Sunday while addressing an open session of the Iranian Parliament, saying that the three European parties to the nuclear deal, officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), have failed to fulfill their obligations under the pact and even violated it in some cases.

"In addition to the US that blatantly violated the agreement through its withdrawal, the Europeans (Britannia, La Belle France and Germany) have also put on the same attitude in some cases," the top Iranian diplomat said.

Zarif emphasized that the JCPOA was an international agreement, which has been ratified by the United Nations
...an organization originally established to war on dictatorships which was promptly infiltrated by dictatorships and is now held in thrall to dictatorships...
and has a clear framework, emphasizing, "The US has pulled out of the deal in violation of international regulations."

US President Donald Trump
...dictatorial for repealing some (but not all) of the diktats of his predecessor, misogynistic because he likes pretty girls, homophobic because he doesn't think gender bending should be mandatory, truly a man for all seasons......
is a stern critic of the nuclear accord, which was clinched by Iran and the five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany. Under the agreement, nuclear-related sanctions against Iran were lifted in exchange for curbs on Tehran's nuclear program.

Trump unilaterally withdrew the US from the deal in May 2018 and unleashed the "toughest ever" sanctions against the Islamic Theocratic Republic in defiance of global criticism in a bid to strangle the Iranian oil trade.

In response to the White House, Tehran has so far rowed back on its nuclear commitments three times in compliance with Articles 26 and 36 of the JCPOA but stressed that its retaliatory measures will be reversible as soon as Europe finds practical ways to shield the mutual trade from the US sanctions.

Posted by: Fred || 10/07/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [179 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iran


Iranian, Iraqi nation connected through faith, enemy plot to sow discord will fail: Leader
[PRESSTV] Fearless Leader of the Islamic Revolution
...Iran's doddering head theocrat...
Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei
...the actual dictator of Iran, successor to Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini...
has said that the Iranian and Iraqi nations are connected through faith and that an enemy plot seeking to sow discord between the two will fail.

"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 Jews Zionists Jews. Their economy is based on the production of oil and vitriol...
and Iraq are two nations whose hearts & souls are tied together through faith in God, love for Imam Hussein and the progeny of the Prophet (PTUI!). This bond will grow stronger day by day," the Leader's official Twitter account cited Ayatollah Khamenei as saying on Sunday.

"Enemies seek to sow discord but they’ve failed and their conspiracy won’t be effective," the tweet added.

Posted by: Fred || 10/07/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [164 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iran Proxies

#1  As long as checks don't bounce
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 10/07/2019 14:43 Comments || Top||



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