[ToloNews] Following Abdullah Abdullah ...the former foreign minister of the Northern Alliance government, advisor to Masood, and candidate for president against both Karzai and Ghani. Dr. Abdullah was born in Kabul and is half Tadjik and half Pashtun. He also held the meaningless salaried sop position as CEO of Afghanistan, while Ghani was president... ’s trip to regional countries, a group of Afghan politicians, including Hizb-e-Islami leader Gulbuddin Hekmatyar ... who used to be known in intelligence circles as The Most Evil Man in the World but who now seems merely run-of-the-mill evil...
...while there he’ll pick up his latest orders from the ISI, no doubt...
will travel to Pakistain on Monday for talks on the Afghan grinding of the peace processor.
The parliament speaker Mir Rahman Rahmani will also be part of this trip, according to his office.
"Issues related to peace are on the agenda for the trip. Efforts will be made so that the trip could help the grinding of the peace processor," said Hafiz-Ur-Rahman Naqi, member of Hizb-e-Islami.
"The three-day trip of the parliament speaker is happening based on the invitation of the Islamic Theocratic Republic of Pakistain. Different issues on relations between the two countries will be discussed," said Fahim Kargar, head of the office of the parliament speaker.
Reports indicate that some other politicians will also travel to countries in the region, including India and Pakistain, in near future.
Analysts said the trips indicate that regional consensus on Afghan peace needs to be strengthened.
[KhaamaPress] Abdullah Abdullah ...the former foreign minister of the Northern Alliance government, advisor to Masood, and candidate for president against both Karzai and Ghani. Dr. Abdullah was born in Kabul and is half Tadjik and half Pashtun. He also held the meaningless salaried sop position as CEO of Afghanistan, while Ghani was president... , chairman of Afghanistan’s High Council for National Reconciliation, arrived in Tehran on October 18 for a three-day official visit.
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 the same idea as Stürmabteilung (or SA). The term Supreme Guide is a the modern version form of either Duce or Führer or maybe both. They hate JewsZionists Jews. Their economy is based on the production of oil and vitriol... is reportedly a key regional power broker with sway over the Taliban ...the Pashtun equivalent of men... and Afghan political factions.
Abdullah tweeted before his visit that he would, "meet the Iranian leadership" and "exchange views on Afghanistan Peace and all other relevant bilateral issues to promote long-term cooperation & friendship."
The HCNR chairman met Javad Zarif ...Persian foreign minister, Mouthpiece of Mullahs, good friend of John Kerry and similar exemplars of Merkin values... , Foreign Minister of the Islamic Theocratic Republic of Iran, exchanging views on the Afghan grinding of the peace processor, intra-Afghan talks in Doha and bilateral issues of interest, stressing on brotherly bonds between the two countries.
Abdullah Also thanked Iranian officials for a continued principled position on "Afghan peace efforts" and reiterated that "peace & stability in Afghanistan amounts to peace & stability in the region and beyond".
Foreign minister Zarif assured Iran’s continued support for the Afghan grinding of the peace processor and emphasized a process that assures Afghan ownership of their aims for stability and inclusive outcomes.
Following his meeting Abdullah had dialogues with Mohammad Bagher Ghalibaf Speaker of the Parliament of Iran, as they both discussed the Afghan grinding of the peace processor and Doha dialogues developments.
Abdullah Abdullah tweeted:
Head of Afghan High Council for National Reconciliation is expected to meet Hassan Rouhani ...Iran's moderate president, which he is, relative to his predecessor, which doesn't mean he's anything but a puppet of the nearest holy man... , President of the Islamic Theocratic Republic of Iran throughout his visit.
In a gathering at the Afghan embassy in iran Sunday night, abdullah said the Afghan government would take serious steps to address the plight of Afghan refugees in Iran and had discussed the issue with Iranian officials.
Reports indicate an agreement had been reached with Iranian officials to allow Afghan refugees to travel to Iran legally.
He also called for the distribution of electronic ID cards to Afghan refugees in Iran as part of the agreement.
Meanwhile, ...back at the barn, Bossy had come up with a new idea, one that didn't involve kerosene... Afghanistan’s ambassador to Iran, Ghafoor Lewal, said there are about 2.5 million Afghan refugees living in Iran and that their biggest problem is lack of official documents.
BREAKING - #Israel|i Channel 12 reports, citing sources in Sudan, that Trump is expected to tweet today that he’s removing Sudan from the terror blacklist, a step that will pave the way for the normalization of ties between Sudan and Israel.
GREAT news! New government of Sudan, which is making great progress, agreed to pay $335 MILLION to U.S. terror victims and families. Once deposited, I will lift Sudan from the State Sponsors of Terrorism list. At long last, JUSTICE for the American people and BIG step for Sudan!
Sudan has agreed to pay compensation for victims of the 1998 bombings of the U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania, attacks conducted by the late Osama bin Laden ...... who doesn't live anywhere anymore...... 's al-Qaeda network while bin Laden was living in Sudan.
Once the compensation money has been deposited, Trump is to sign an order removing Sudan from the terrorism list, on which it has languished under heavy American sanctions for 27 years.
Congress is then expected to act to restore Sudan's sovereign immunity, which would effectively stop future compensation claims from being filed against it in U.S. courts.
Sudanese officials have been negotiating the terms of removing the country from the list for more than a year, but the U.S. effort to repair relations with Sudan dates to the end of President Barack Obama If you like your coverage you can keep it... 's administration, which initiated the process in January 2017.
The designation of Sudan as a state sponsor of terrorism dates back to the 1990s, when Sudan briefly hosted bin Laden and other wanted holy warriors. Sudan was also believed to have served as a pipeline for 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 the same idea as Stürmabteilung (or SA). The term Supreme Guide is a the modern version form of either Duce or Führer or maybe both. They hate JewsZionists Jews. Their economy is based on the production of oil and vitriol... to supply weapons to Paleostinian turbans in 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.
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[ALMASDARNEWS] Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan said this week that The Sick Man of Europe Turkey ...the decaying remnant of the Ottoman Empire... ’s goal in Karabakh is not to liberate the lands of Azerbaijan as it says, but rather to seek to control gas supply lines to Europe.The Armenian Prime Minister stated on his Facebook page that the battles in the Karabakh region are taking place in order to determine his legal status, pointing out that the war would have been avoided had it surrendered Karabakh.
He said that reaching agreement on an acceptable legal status for the Karabakh region was not possible, adding that all attempts had been exhausted and that the last opportunity was in 2011 in Kazan, where the summit of Russia, Azerbaijan and Armenia was held, which ended without reaching an agreement on the basic principles of the legal situation.
Karabakh has been witnessing battles since September 27, leaving hundreds of dead and maimed on both sides.
Turkey declared its support for Azerbaijan, and confirmed its readiness to provide the necessary assistance, if Baku asked it to do so.
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Taiwan's military feed has been posting a lot of battlefield footage from Armenia and Azerbaijan. For some strange reason Twitter has been censoring about 1/2 of it. Note Taiwan is just interested in the battles and techniques and has no sides to support and the videos being deleted show both sides.
And for those watching the USA:
[AlAhram] A standoff occurred at the border earlier this year after The Sick Man of Europe Turkey ...the occupiers of Greek Asia Minor... said it would no longer prevent migrants colonists trying to reach the EU, and tens of thousands tried to cross into Greece.
Greece's government says it has finalized plans to build a wall along its northeast border with Turkey, over concerns that migrants colonists may try to stage mass crossings into the European Union ...the successor to the Holy Roman Empire, only without the Hapsburgs and the nifty uniforms and the dancing... country.
Government front man Stelios Petsas said Monday that 26 kilometers (16 miles) of wall would be added to an existing 10-kilometer (six-mile) section of fence in a 63-million-euro ($74 million) project due to be completed by the end of April.
Before the next rush from Turkey, not to mention the beginning of tourism season.
A standoff occurred at the border earlier this year after Turkey said it would no longer prevent migrants colonists trying to reach the EU, and tens of thousands tried to cross into Greece.
The two countries are also at odds over energy rights in the eastern Mediterranean in a dispute that has triggered a dangerous military buildup in the region and fears of conflict.
Four Greek construction companies have been selected to build the new wall and upgrade the existing section of fencing, running along or close to the Evros River, which forms much of the border between the two countries.
The five-meter (15-foot) wall will be made using galvanized square steel tubes and concrete foundations, according to Greece's public order ministry.
Police officials on Monday told The News Agency that Dare Not be Named that a surveillance camera network was also planned to cover the entire 192-kilometer (120-mile) Greek-Ottoman Turkish border, while police have already started trials with high-powered mobile sirens, aimed at deterring migrants colonists as they attempt to cross
``The cameras will be a vital resource for us,'' Ilias Akidis, head of the coppers' association in the Greek border region, told the AP.
``We have been asking for them for five years and we think they will be very effective.''
The number of migrants colonists and refugees traveling from Turkey to Greece fell sharply this year during the pandemic and after the border standoff prompted tougher border policing. Turkey has accused Greece of illegally pushing back migrants colonists reaching its islands in the eastern Aegean Sea, a charge that Athens denies.
Turkey hosts the largest number of refugees worldwide, at nearly 4 million people, mostly from Syria, according to the UN Refugee Agency.
Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis visited the border region on Saturday after a test installation of a section of the new wall.
[DM] A Muslim doctor has been denied German citizenship after refusing to shake a woman's hand when she gave him his certificate.
The 39-year-old Lebanese national was on the brink of becoming a German after living in the country for 13 years, completing his medical studies and passing a citizenship test with the highest possible mark.
But he failed at the final hurdle after refusing to shake the hand of the female official at the ceremony in 2015, leading state authorities to deny him citizenship.
Five years later, a court has backed their decision - saying the man's 'fundamentalist' views were at odds with his integration into German society.
The man had moved to Germany in 2002 and lived there legally ever since, marrying a woman of Syrian origin about 10 years ago - promising her that he would never take the hand of another woman.
He started his application for citizenship in 2012 and signed the necessary paperwork vowing to uphold the constitution and reject extremism.
But the court in Mannheim said the handshake incident was incompatible with the constitution's guarantee of equality between men and women.
'If the applicant refuses to shake hands for gender-specific reasons which are incompatible with the constitution, there is no integration into German living conditions,' they said.
'This applies in particular if the refusal to shake hands with the opposite sex - as in this case - serves to further a Salafist conviction about the relationship between men and women.'
Since the start of 2018, the man has stopped giving handshakes altogether - but the court dismissed this as a 'tactical' step to improve his chances of getting citizenship.
The court said that handshakes had deep roots in Western culture, including as a symbol of reaching agreement.
'Handshakes are common greeting and farewell rituals that take place regardless of the social status, gender or other personal characteristics of the people involved and go back centuries,' the judges said.
The man can now appeal the decision to a federal court.
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[USAToday] A reminder of the extent of the Antifa/BLM insurrection back in June. Click on the headline to go to the image at the link. Below is the calendar published in the local Cincinnati daily newspaper on October 15th, an example of an area not making the national news. Note that “protests” include Joe Biden rallies, a sign of where the local journalists think the protesters belong:
[LIBYAREVIEW] The Russian President’s Special Representative for the Middle East and Africa and Deputy Foreign Minister, Mikhail Bogdanov, stated that Moscow has raised the issue of Ottoman Turkish use of mercenaries from Syria. Such fighters have recently been used in Libya, and in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.In a statement, Bogdanov added that they have discussed all relevant matters relating to mercenaries and stressed that their involvement in conflicts like Nagorno-Karabakh is unacceptable. The Sick Man of Europe Turkey ...just another cheapjack Moslem dictatorship, brought to you by the Moslem Brüderbund... has refuted the reports of Death Eaters being transported to the Caucasus from other countries.
Notably, former Armenian Ambassador to Italia, Sergis Ghazarian, confirmed that about 4,000 mercenaries from the al-Nusra ...formally Jabhat an-Nusrah li-Ahli al-Sham (Support Front for the People of the Levant), also known as al-Qaeda in the Levant. They aim to establish a pan-Arab caliphate. Not the same one as the Islamic State, though .. ... Front and the Sultan Murad Brigade arrived from Libya and Syria. He added that they are fighting on behalf of Azerbaijani forces.
The Wall Street Journal confirmed that hundreds of Syrian fighters linked to Turkey were deployed in the region, and participated in battles.
Nagorno-Karabakh is a disputed territory consisting of ethnic Armenians but which was part of Azerbaijan before the Soviet Union’s dissolution. Fighting broke out in February 1988, after the Nagorno-Karabakh Autonomous Region announced its withdrawal from the Azerbaijan Soviet Socialist Republic. In 1992-1994, tensions boiled over and went kaboom! into large-scale military action for control over the enclave, as well as seven adjacent territories, over which Azerbaijan lost control.
Talks on the Nagorno-Karabakh settlement have been ongoing since 1992 under the OSCE Minsk Group, led by its three co-chairs — Russia, La Belle France, and the United States.
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[AlAhram] 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... said on Monday no-one should doubt OPEC's commitment to propping up volatile markets, as it held talks with the world's other leading oil exporter Russia on Monday.
Already Russian President Vladimir Putin ...President-for-Life of Russia. He gets along well with other presidents for life. He is credited with bringing political stability and re-establishing something like the rule of law, which occasionally results in somebody dropping dead from poisoning by polonium or other interesting substance. Under Putin, a new group of business magnates controlling significant swathes of Russia's economy has emerged, all of whom have close personal ties to him. The old bunch, without close personal ties to Putin, are in jail or in exile or dead from poisoning by polonium or other interesting substances... and Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman ...Crown Prince and modernizer of Saudi Arabia as of 2016. The Turks hate him, so he must be all right, despite the occasional brutal murder of Qatar-owned journalists... held two phone calls last week, Kremlin Dmitry Peskov front man said, adding regular contact was necessary as the COVID-19 pandemic has sapped oil demand.
On Monday, an OPEC+ ministerial monitoring committee (JMMC), including Saudi Arabia and Russia, held talks to discuss compliance with their oil output cuts. The panel may also debate options on whether to extend the existing curbs into 2021, OPEC+ sources said.
The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) and allies, including Russia, collectively known as OPEC+, have curbed output since January 2017 to try to support prices and reduce inventories.
"This group has shown, especially in this year, that it has the flexibility to adapt to changing circumstances when required. We will not dodge our responsibilities in this regard," Saudi Energy Minister Prince Abdulaziz bin Salman said.
"Nobody in the market should be in any doubt as to our commitment and our intent," Prince Abdulaziz told the opening of JMMC.
For now, the group is reducing production by 7.7 million barrels per day (bpd), down from cuts totalling 9.7 million bpd maintained from May 1 to Aug. 1. OPEC+ is due to reduce the cuts by a further 2 million bpd in January.
What a delightful thought: less income and fewer jobs for all, with the jihadis the first to be cut off.
Several OPEC watchers, including analysts from U.S. investment bank J.P. Morgan, have said a weak demand outlook could prompt OPEC+ to delay any easing of the reductions. The United Arab Emirates and Russia, however, have said that cuts would be eased as planned.
Two OPEC+ sources speaking on condition of anonymity ... for fear of being murdered... said Monday's panel meeting was unlikely to make a formal recommendation ahead of the next full OPEC meeting on Nov. 30-Dec. 1.
[Jpost] Earlier, Erekat said he was experiencing "difficult symptoms resulting from my lack of immunity as a result of lung transplantation."
Veteran PLO official Saeb Erekat ...negotiated the Oslo Accords with Israel. He has been chief Paleostinian negotiator since 1995. He is currently negotiating with Israel to establish a de jure Paleostinian state... , who contracted the coronavirus (aka COVID19 or Chinese Plague) ...the twenty first century equivalent of bubonic plague, only instead of killing off a third of the population of Europe it kills 3.4 percent of those who notice they have it. It seems to be fond of the elderly, especially Iranian politicians and holy men... earlier this month, was intubated on Monday after his condition worsened, and he is now considered at death's door in Hadassah-University Medical Center in Jerusalem’s Ein Kerem.
On Monday the hospital issued a statement reporting that Erekat was "ventilated on high concentration of oxygen and on nitric oxide gas and is in the prone position. He has received concentrated convalescent plasma with high levels of anti-Covid antibodies."
"We have consulted with specialists from Tel Aviv, New York and Washington," the front man said, adding: "Prognosis remains very guarded."
Erekat was transferred to Hadassah on Sunday at death's door.
Erekat, 65, underwent a lung transplant in the US in 2017 after suffering from pulmonary fibrosis, a condition that scars the lungs and damages their ability to circulate oxygen.
"Mr. Erekat had a quiet night but his condition deteriorated this morning, and is now critical," a statement from Hadassah said Monday morning. "Due to respiratory distress, he is in a coma and ventilated. Mr. Erekat's treatment presents a significant challenge as, as the recipient of a lung transplant, he is immunosuppressed and suffers a bacterial infection in addition to the corona."
According to the hospital, Erekat is in the intensive care unit for corona patients and required high-flow oxygen therapy (HFOT) and oxygen (Airbo). He was not ventilated and was deemed stable when he entered the hospital on Sunday, although his condition deteriorated on Monday.
"Mr. Erekat is receiving top-notch professional care like all serious corona patients at Hadassah and the staff will do everything to assist his recovery. At Hadassah, we treat every patient as if he were our only patient," said the hospital’s director, Prof. Zeev Rothstein.
Several members of the Paleostinian ruling Fatah faction in east Jerusalem arrived at the hospital to inquire about Erekat’s condition. Erekat is the most senior Paleostinian official to be admitted to an Israeli hospital after testing positive for the coronavirus.
"Due to the chronic health problems he faces in the respiratory system, Dr. Erekat’s condition now requires medical attention in a hospital," the PLO said in a statement.
Erekat, who previously served as chief Paleostinian negotiator with Israel, is currently secretary-general of the PLO. He is also a member of the Fatah Central Committee.
The decision to transfer Erekat to an Israeli hospital came after his condition deteriorated over the past 24 hours, Paleostinian sources told The Jerusalem Post.
The Paleostinian Authority made an urgent request to Israel to allow Erekat, who lives in Jericho, to be transferred to an Israeli hospital immediately, the sources said.
Erekat was in stable, pH balanced condition and fully conscious while being taken to the hospital in an Israeli ambulance, they said.
On October 9, Jordan’s King Abdullah instructed his government to provide Erekat with any medical care he requires.
Another senior PLO official, Hanan Ashrawi, was diagnosed with the coronavirus earlier this month.
[AlAhram] A top U.S. official recently visited Syria for rare, secret high-level talks on securing the return of two Americans missing in the war-torn country for years, the daughter of one of them said Monday.
The visit of Kash Patel, deputy assistant to President Donald Trump ...Oh, noze! Not him!... and the top White House counterterrorism official, was first reported by The Wall Street Journal on Sunday.
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I wonder if it's tied in with this? Also, Russia is shipping trains worth of weapons through Iran to Armenia. There are massive protests against it by the Azerbaijanis who live in Iran. According to Wikipedia and how it's counted between %16 to %22 of Iran's population is of Azerbaijani ethnic background.
Tehran’s Worst Nightmare: The Nagorno-Karabakh conflict could spill over to Iran’s Azeri minority, setting off a battle the government can’t contain
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