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AU Libya Peace Plan Flops
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Good morning
Posted by: Fred || 04/13/2011 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6466 views] Top|| File under:

#1  That's a hideous dress, I think I'd sulk too. If I wore dresses.
Posted by: Scooter McGruder || 04/13/2011 0:29 Comments || Top||

#2  Happy Birthday/Daily Gam Shot

Courtney Peldon aka Lauren in "Home Improvement" aka Becky Emerson in "Boston Public" aka Candy in "Skin Walker" aka Patty in "National Lampoon's Adam & Eve" aka Tina in "Mortuary" (age 30)



Posted by: GolfBravoUSMC || 04/13/2011 1:11 Comments || Top||

#3  It's hard to tell, but Joan may be pouting, which is more cute than sulking.
Posted by: Bobby || 04/13/2011 6:31 Comments || Top||


Afghanistan
Taliban Provincial Chief Arrested in Afghan Forces Operation
[Tolo News] Maulawi Abdul Aleem a Taliban shadow provincial chief of Agrestan district of Ghazni province was captured in an operation carried out by Afghan forces on Monday night, local officials said.
Congratulations, guys!
The operation was launched in Ajrestan district of Ghazni province last night to clear hard boyz and Maulawi Abdul Aleem a Taliban shadow provincial chief was nabbed by Afghan forces, Zorawar Zahid, police chief of Ghazni told TOLOnews.

Afghan forces and civilian have suffered no casualties in the operation, he added.

Ajrestan is an insecure district where bully boyz are active in most villages and use Improvised Explosive Devices to target Afghan forces.

The Taliban have not yet commented.
The Taliban have not commented an awful lot, lately.
The operation comes as the Taliban have closed the highway of Jaghury and Qarabagh districts of Ghazni province to residents for the last three days. Ghazni officials said that the Taliban have warned the drivers not to use the highways.

The warning was release after government wanted to reconstruct the roads in the district, officials said.

Provincial officials said that Afghan and foreign forces trying to wipe out the hard boyz soon.

Militants are said to be active in most districts of Ghazni province and they often attack on government buildings and police check posts.
Posted by: Fred || 04/13/2011 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6467 views] Top|| File under: Taliban


30 Militants Surrender to Afghan Government
[Tolo News] More than 30 snuffies have laid down their weapons and surrendered to Afghan authorities, Commission for Peace and National Reconciliation said on Tuesday.
The men were residents of Pashtun-infested Logar, Kapisa, Khost, Kunduz that handed over their weapons with the help of tribal elders and surrendered to government, Sayed Sharif Yosufi, deputy of Commission for Peace and National Reconciliation said.

The snuffies and their commanders have handed over all their weapons to government, he added.

In the past six years about 10,000 Death Eaters have joined the grinding of the peace processor, Mr Yosufi added.

The report comes as 50 Death Eaters surrendered to government on Monday in southern Kandahar province.

On Monday Toryalai Weesa, governor of Kandahar told news hounds that 50 snuffies including their commander Maulawi Noorul Azizi have joined the grinding of the peace processor.

Meanwhile,
...back at the shouting match, a new, even louder, voice was to be heard...
Zabihullah Mujahid a Taliban front man dismissed the report and claimed that the ones who surrendered one not Taliban fighters.

Since Afghan and foreign forces have launched military operations to wipe out insurgency, dozens of snuffies have laid down their arms and joined the government.
Posted by: Fred || 04/13/2011 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6468 views] Top|| File under: Taliban

#1  I thought they surrendered in the fall, avoided the harsh Afghan winter, and then picked up their guns in the spring to resume the war? Did these guys read their schedules backwards?
Posted by: Glenmore || 04/13/2011 8:15 Comments || Top||

#2  I think this may be an attempt to infiltrate the country from within, Glenmore. The people that attacked the UN compound were also chieu hoi's. Perhaps the government should announce that anyone committing acts of violence after surrendering to the government should have both feet removed -- at the knees.
Posted by: Old Patriot || 04/13/2011 13:03 Comments || Top||

#3  It's harvest time!

When those poppy balls a-ripen, you got to do some very quick slicing, in those old poppy fields back home....
Posted by: Gmanzato || 04/13/2011 13:34 Comments || Top||

#4  " both feet removed -- at the knees"
Or, given their cultural propensities, at the neck.
Posted by: Glenmore || 04/13/2011 18:41 Comments || Top||


Africa North
U.S. Still flying Strike Missions in Libya
US fighter jets are still carrying out bombing raids on Libya's air defences, the Pentagon says, days after indicating American combat aircraft had withdrawn from NATO operations.

US warplanes have attacked air defence targets three times since April 4, when NATO assumed command of the air campaign, spokesman Colonel Dave Lapan said today.

US military officials had previously said about 50 combat jets had been pulled back after the handover to NATO, and that air strikes would be carried out by allies while the United States would provide refuelling and surveillance aircraft.

It was unclear why the Pentagon had waited to reveal the role of F-16 fighters helping to enforce the no-fly zone, but details emerged amid divisions within the NATO alliance over the air campaign.

Britain and France, which led the calls for international intervention to stop Muammar Gaddafi's attacks on his people, have pressed NATO allies to share more of the burden for the operation and deploy more combat aircraft.

Mr Lapan said the combat flights by F-16 Falcons were confined to striking radar and other air defences as part of the UN-mandated no-fly zone in Libya.

But US combat aircraft were not part of bombing runs against tanks or other ground targets that fell under a separate UN-approved mission to protect civilians against Gaddafi's forces, he said.

For that mission, American ground-attack aircraft and other warplanes remain on standby pending a request from NATO.

Mr Lapan said earlier that "we have fighter aircraft that NATO has, that they can use as part of the air tasking order for suppression of air defence missions, and they have conducted some of those missions".

The United States had assigned 11 aircraft, including six F-16 fighters and five EA-18 Growlers for electronic jamming, based in Aviano, Italy to target air defences as part of the no-fly zone mission, he said.

The three strikes by US aircraft were carried out on April 4, 6 and 7, with American pilots flying 97 sorties to suppress the regime's radar and anti-aircraft weaponry since NATO took command, he said.

President Barack Obama's administration, which has nearly 100,000 troops fighting a grinding war in Afghanistan while it tries to wind down the US mission in Iraq, has been eager for Western allies to bear the brunt of the Libya operation.

The Pentagon insisted that the United States was playing a secondary role despite the revelation that American aircraft were still bombing Libyan targets.
Posted by: tipper || 04/13/2011 20:36 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6492 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Kucinich for President
Posted by: Nimble Spemble || 04/13/2011 21:09 Comments || Top||

#2  Kucinich for President
Posted by: Nimble Spemble || 04/13/2011 21:09 Comments || Top||

#3  Sorry for the double post. I'm not that enthusiastic.
Posted by: Nimble Spemble || 04/13/2011 21:10 Comments || Top||

#4  US DESIRED? "REGIONALISM"?

versus

* FOX NEWS' CHARLES KRAUTHAMMER [Sunday Roundtable] = opined that IHO one of the expectations that comes wid a major Nation-State like the USA being the ONE-N-ONLY SOLE GLOBAL SUPERPOWER IS THAT THE REST OF WORLD EXPECTS THE US TO ASSERT LEADERSHIP + "TAKE CHARGE" IN ANY + ALL SITUATIONS EVEN IFF THE US PER SE DOESN'T WANT TO IRREGARDLESS OF THE MERITS.

In Chuck's opinion, POTUS BAMMER + ADMIN is clearly failing to do the above as per Gaddafi + the Libyuh Crisis???
Posted by: JosephMendiola || 04/13/2011 22:29 Comments || Top||


EU to use military in Libya if UN gives mandate
(Irish Times)EUROPEAN FOREIGN ministers resolved to conduct an EU military operation in Libya if the UN requests a mission to support humanitarian relief and protect refugees.
Yup, it's coming. That's why we have the Bataan waiting off shore. Remember how the amphibious assault group was ordered out of Norfolk a couple weeks ago? What a coincidence. Ditto the Brits who have a similar (but smaller) unit that just happens to be in place.
Ireland might participate in such an operation, to be known as "EUfor Libya", as it would have a UN mandate.
Each of the EU governments will contribute a small force, since that's all they have. They'll need the US to commit a Marine regiment (at the least) and all the logistics (at the least) to make this work. Put a good chunk of 'EUfor' into Misrata or similar coastal town and it stops Gaddafi from getting to Benghazi. The logistics tail goes to that city.
The Government will have to discuss that and obviously there are procedures for participation in any mission," Tanaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs Eamon Gilmore told reporters. He did not elaborate.

With Nato members of the EU already involved in the aerial campaign to enforce the UN no-fly zone over Libya, the initiation of any new mission would deepen Europe's military involvement in the country.

However, EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton said an intervention would be nothing close to "the traditional form of putting troops on the ground". Military assets are used only in certain circumstances, she said.
Oh no, nothing close at all. It's all for 'humanitarian' purposes. But it does allow the oil to continue to flow from rebel-held Benghazi and Tobruk to European markets. That's just an unfortunate side-effect of a supremely humanitarian mission. Want to bet that the EU collectively wins a Nobel Peace Prize for being such humanitarians?
"It is absolutely right that in terms of looking at humanitarian support one uses assets very carefully, especially military assets, because it's very important that people involved in humanitarian aid are safe." Such a mission is contingent on a request from the UN Office for the Co-ordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), giving it a UN mandate.
And so the slide into the (quag)mire continues.

I am also rather disturbed by the blurring of the distinction between the UN and the UNSC. The UN itself is run by kleptocrats and microstates whose votes are for sale to the highest bidder.
Posted by: phil_b || 04/13/2011 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6478 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Now that's going to be interesting.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 04/13/2011 1:04 Comments || Top||

#2  It will be a total clusterf*ck. The Marines may be the exception, but will doubtlessly be hamstrung by insane ROEs. Probably like Lebanon. Carry weapons but no ammo.

This thing will not bode well. Look, the EU cannot even really handle Somalia piracy.
Posted by: Alaska Paul || 04/13/2011 1:57 Comments || Top||

#3  They may be a total clusterf*ck, Alaska Paul, because Qadaffy is bound to have weapons more effective than he's used so far. There won't be a total clusterf*ck because of idiotic ROE, because there won't be any idiotic ROE. War crimes only happen in wars that International Community doesn't approve of---haven't you noticed?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 04/13/2011 2:36 Comments || Top||

#4  I hope that this story is not true. Anything involving the EU is shite. Libya is shite, let the rag heads fight it out.
Posted by: Dave UK || 04/13/2011 5:32 Comments || Top||

#5  Neither China nor Russia will object with a veto? I think not.
Posted by: Nimble Spemble || 04/13/2011 7:00 Comments || Top||

#6  "EUfor Libya" sounds like a bunch of musicians singing songs like USA for Africa. They could have come up with a better name. Even Operation "Bend 'em like Beckam" would have been better.
Posted by: rjschwarz || 04/13/2011 8:58 Comments || Top||

#7  Whatever happened to "days, not weeks." Hit its expiration date?
Posted by: Matt || 04/13/2011 9:47 Comments || Top||

#8  China and Russia will derive great amusement from this.
Posted by: Ebbang Uluque6305 || 04/13/2011 11:49 Comments || Top||

#9  Our current Pretender-in-chief has made the same fatal mistake others have made before him -- never get into a war you don't intend to win. Also, you can't afford to fight a war "on the cheap" -- there's no such thing. You fight to win, and you fight with all the forces you have in your arsenal. Two or three days of constant ARCLIGHT strikes on Tripoli would have ended this war before it was a week old, and Kadaffy Duck would either be a hulking vegetable or toast. Now it'll probably drag out another two or three years, at very high cost in human and other treasure.
Posted by: Old Patriot || 04/13/2011 13:08 Comments || Top||

#10  The Euro-Inn fighting has begun. I'll give it another week or two and they'll be marching home, at each other's throats playing the blame game. It's what they've always done.
Posted by: Besoeker || 04/13/2011 13:18 Comments || Top||

#11  To paraphrase Stalin, how many divisions does the EU have?
Posted by: Zebulon Thranter9685 || 04/13/2011 13:33 Comments || Top||

#12  My niece is on the Bataan. Though she's not in line to get directly in harm's way (she's an avionics tech), the idea of having her sent overseas as part of this madness rankles the hell out of me. As a commenter at Belmont Club put it: "We have no plan, and we're sticking to it."

Godspeed, Mel...
Posted by: xbalanke || 04/13/2011 14:12 Comments || Top||

#13  I'll give it another week or two and they'll be marching home, at each other's throats playing the blame game.

Provided Obama doesn't change his mind again.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 04/13/2011 14:25 Comments || Top||


Arrest of a suicide bomber who was preparing an attack against DGNS
[Ennahar] The security services have managed to foil attacks by terrorist sleeper cells constituted of jacket wallahs who were planning to carry them out in many sensitive places in the country.

These operations were to be executed in the coming days, according to the confession of a member of a cell, jugged earlier this week in the province of Bouira.

The terror network was preparing attacks against official buildings, especially against the seats of security and justice.

The urban security in the district of Lakhdaria, province of Bouira, jugged last Saturday a lady who was taking pictures of the penitentiary.

The woman, aged 42, from the region of El Amariah, in the province of Medea, lives in the town of Fouka (Tipaza), and was recruited by terrorists.

Her camera contained pictures of official sites, including the center of the national security of Rouiba, the penitentiary of Lakhdaria, the seat of the gendarmerie in Rouiba and photos of the third urban security in Algiers, in addition to photos of the seat of the Parliament, the Directorate General of National Security in Bab El Oued, the headquarters of the Ministry of Defense and Abbane Ramdane Court of justice in Algiers.

The defendant has admitted working on behalf of a relative, a dangerous terrorist wanted by the security services since long time.

She told Sherlocks that she was preparing to commit a suicide kaboom in late April before the general direction of national security with a car boom. She recognized in her statements that she was also preparing for the kidnapping of a senior army officer, since she worked in an area close to the officers.

The investigation by the security services of Lakhdaria also revealed that it is a cell of suicide bomber, created about five months ago, according to statements of the jugged lady.

The investigation is still underway to get to the other cell members.
Posted by: Fred || 04/13/2011 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6470 views] Top|| File under: al-Qaeda in North Africa


'Gaddafi forces killed 10,000 in Libya'
[Iran Press TV] Forces loyal to embattled Libyan ruler Colonel Muammar Qadaffy
... dictator of Libya since 1969. From 1972, when he relinquished the title of prime minister, he has been accorded the honorifics Guide of the First of September Great Revolution of the Socialist People's Libyan Arab Jamahiriya or Brotherly Leader and Guide of the Revolution. With the death of Omar Bongo of Gabon on 8 June 2009, he became the longest serving of all current non-royal national leaders. He is also the longest-serving ruler of Libya since Tripoli became an Ottoman province in 1551. When Chairman Mao was all the rage and millions of people were flashing his Little Red Book, Qadaffy came out with his own Little Green Book, which didn't do as well. Qadaffy's instability has been an inspiration to the Arab world and to Africa, which he would like to rule...
has killed at least 10,000 people during the ongoing fighting in the North African country, opposition says.

Libya's National Transition Council said on Tuesday that another 30,000 were maimed and 20,000 more are still missing, AFP reported.

The revolutionary council, headed by Libya's former Justice Minister Mustafa Abdel Jalil, plans to lead the country to an election.

Jalil was among the first high-profile Libyan figures to join protesters following Qadaffy regime's brutal crackdown on the opposition.

The developments come as there are grave concerns regarding the humanitarian situation and the safety of civilians in the city of Misrata which is under siege by Qadaffy's forces.

Misratah has been the scene of heavy bombardments for more than a month now, with fighting reaching its central parts.

Meanwhile,
...back at the bunker, his Excellency called a meeting. It was to be his last...
the Western coalition says it has destroyed over 20 tanks belonging to forces loyal to Qadaffy over the weekend.

Libya's state-run television says a NATO
...the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. Originally it was a mutual defense pact directed against an expansionist Soviet Union. In later years it evolved into a mechanism for picking the American pocket while criticizing the style of the American pants...
Arclight airstrike on the town of Kikla has killed a number of civilians and police members.

Dozens of civilians have been killed in Libya since the Western military alliance launched aerial and sea attacks on the North African country.

Human rights groups say Libyan troops have also killed thousands of civilians since a revolution started against Colonel Qadaffy in mid-February.
Posted by: Fred || 04/13/2011 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6470 views] Top|| File under:

#1  'Gaddafi forces killed 10,000 in Libya'

Not anywhere near enough.
Posted by: Redneck Jim || 04/13/2011 0:47 Comments || Top||

#2  And Serbs killed 100000 "Kosovars".
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 04/13/2011 1:13 Comments || Top||

#3  Given the gratitude shown by the Kosovo-ans as demonstrated with the shooting and killing of US Airmen in the airport by a Kosovo jihad-ist, perhaps the west should have left the Serbs to their typical Balkans butchery, and stayed out of that mess.
Posted by: The Other Beldar || 04/13/2011 10:26 Comments || Top||

#4  That's not the point Beldar, the point that the numbers used to justify 11 weeks of bombing Serbia were a lie.
Posted by: gr(o)mgoru || 04/13/2011 12:29 Comments || Top||


UN, Arab League organise Libya summits
[Maghrebia] The international "contact group" on Libya will hold its first meeting on Tuesday (April 12th) in Doha. UN Special Envoy to Libya Abdel Elah Al-Khatib will attend the Qatar event. The United Nations
...an international organization whose stated aims of facilitating interational security involve making sure that nobody with live ammo is offended unless it's a civilized country...
delegation will include representatives of the UN Development Programme (UNDP) and the UN Office for the Co-ordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA). The contact group was established at the London Conference on Libya at the end of March.

On Thursday, UN chief Ban Ki-Moon, Arab League
...an organization of Arabic-speaking states with 22 member countries and four observers. The League tries to achieve Arab consensus on issues, which usually leaves them doing nothing but a bit of grimacing and mustache cursing...
Secretary-General Jerry Lewis doppelgänger Amr Moussa
... who has been head of the Arab League since about the time Jerry and Dean split up ...
, AU Commission Chairman Jean Ping, OIC head Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu and EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton will meet at the vaporous Arab League headquarters in Cairo to co-ordinate the international response to the crisis in Libya.
Posted by: Fred || 04/13/2011 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6466 views] Top|| File under:


Idea Gaddafi steps down ridiculous, says son
[Emirates 24/7] Libyan rebels rejected an 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...
initiative for a truce accepted by Muammar Qadaffy, and said the only solution was the strongman's ouster, an idea his son called "ridiculous."

The rebel rejection came after NATO
...the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. Originally it was a mutual defense pact directed against an expansionist Soviet Union. In later years it evolved into a mechanism for picking the American pocket while criticizing the style of the American pants...
chiefs warned that any deal must be "credible and verifiable," and as alliance warplanes were again in action against heavy Muammar Qadaffy weaponry pounding Ajdabiya and Misrata.

A delegation of leaders mandated by the African Union (AU) to stop the fighting in Libya arrived late Monday in the Algerian capital for two days of talks with President Abdelaziz Bouteflika,
... 10th president of Algeria. He was elected in 1999 and is currently on his third term, which is probably why Algerians are ready to dump him...
APS news agency reported.

"We are working to find a solution to this complex question and we are continuing our efforts to get out of this crisis," Mauritanian President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz was quoted as saying on arrival.

He was accompanied by Congo's President Denis Sassou Nguesso, AU Commission chairman Jean Ping and Ugandan Foreign Minister Henry Oryem Okello, APS said. Qadaffy has accepted a proposed "roadmap" calling for an immediate ceasefire, boosted humanitarian aid and dialogue between the two sides, but the hard boyz have rejected the plan, saying Qadaffy must go immediately.

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton
... sometimes described as the Smartest Woman in the World and at other times as Mrs. Bill, never as Another Elihu B. Washburne ...
also stuck to US demands for Muammar Qadaffy to step down and leave Libya as part of a peaceful transition, but declined to comment on the proposed African Union deal before being fully briefed.

She told a news conference in Washington however that "there needs to be a transition that reflects the will of the Libyan people and the departure of Muammar Qadaffy from power and from Libya."

Muammar Qadaffy's son Seif al-Islam admitted that it was time for "new blood" in Libya, but called talk of his father stepping down "ridiculous."

"The Libyan Guide (Qadaffy) does not want to control everything. He is at an advanced age. We would like to bring a new elite of young people onto the scene to lead the country and direct local affairs," he told La Belle France's BFM TV.

"We need new blood -- that is what we want for the future -- but talk of the Guide leaving is truly ridiculous," he added.

In Benghazi, rebel leader Mustafa Abdul Jalil said the African initiative did not go far enough.

"From the first day the demand of our people has been the ouster of Muammar Qadaffy and the fall of his regime," he said.

"Muammar Qadaffy and his sons must leave immediately if they want to be safe... Any initiative that does not include the people's demand, the popular demand, essential demand, we cannot possibly recognise."

NATO, meanwhile, said it struck more loyalist targets around Ajdabiya and the besieged port of Misrata on Sunday and Monday, destroying 11 Qadaffy regime tanks and five military vehicles.

The regime warned that any foreign intervention under the pretext of bringing aid into Misrata would be met by "staunch armed resistance," the official JANA news agency quoted the foreign ministry as saying.

Diplomats in Brussels said on Friday that the EU was gearing up to deploy military assets for a humanitarian mission to evacuate maimed from Misrata and deliver food, water and medicine to the city.

NATO chief Anders Fogh Rasmussen warned that warplanes will keep pounding Libyan forces as long as civilians are at risk.

"I would also like to stress that the guiding principle for us will be how to implement the UN Security Council resolution fully, that is to protect the civilians against any attack," he said.

Shamsiddin Abdulmolah, a front man for the rebels' Transitional National Council, welcomed the African Union efforts, but demanded Muammar Qadaffy's overthrow.

"The people must be allowed to go into the streets to express their opinion and the soldiers must return to their barracks," he told AFP.

"If people are free to come out and demonstrate in Tripoli, then that's it. I imagine all of Libya will be liberated within moments."

He also demanded the release of hundreds of people missing since the outbreak of the popular uprising and believed to be held by Muammar Qadaffy's forces.

South African President Jacob Zuma said earlier that Tripoli had accepted the African Union plan for a ceasefire.

"We also in this communique are making a call on NATO to cease the bombings to allow and to give a ceasefire a chance," he said.

The rebels, however, doubted Muammar Qadaffy would adhere to a truce.

"The world has seen these offers of ceasefires before and within 15 minutes (Muammar Qadaffy) starts shooting again," Abdulmolah said.

The rebels have said they would negotiate a political transition to democracy with certain senior regime figures, but only on the condition that he and his sons leave Libya.

Meanwhile,
...back at the Council of Boskone, Helmuth had turned a paler shade of blue. Star-A-Star had struck again...
Libya's former foreign minister Mussa Kussa, who is in Britain after defecting from Muammar Qadaffy's regime, told the BBC Monday that the restive nation could become a "new Somalia" if civil war broke out.
Posted by: Fred || 04/13/2011 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6467 views] Top|| File under:

#1  What kind of Muslim is Sonny-Boy anyway? By this time the question of 'step down or fall down' should have been answered by the bloody dagger in Daffy'sn back.
Posted by: Glenmore || 04/13/2011 8:11 Comments || Top||


AU Libya Peace Plan Flops
[Tolo News] Rebels have rebuffed a peace plan proposed by an 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...
delegation that visited both Tripoli and Banghazi.

An African Union delegation headed by the South African President Jacob Zuma expressed optimism about the peace visit after the Libyan Leader Muammar Qadaffy welcomed the AU ceasefire proposal.

While the delegation was on its way to the rebel stronghold of Benghazi there were reports of increasing attacks of pro-Qadaffy forces on the besieged city of Misrata.

The rebel representatives have insisted that no ceasefire will be accepted if Qadaffy and his sons are to remain in power.

Mistra has been under siege for day and there are concerns about the humanitarian situation in the city.

Red Thingy had earlier succeeded to ship essential medicines to a Misrata port.

Meanwhile,
...back at the precinct house, Sergeant Maloney wasn't buying it. It was just too pat. It smelled phony...
the French Foreign Minister Alain Juppe has criticised NATO
...the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. Originally it was a mutual defense pact directed against an expansionist Soviet Union. In later years it evolved into a mechanism for picking the American pocket while criticizing the style of the American pants...
for not doing enough in Libya.

Juppe has said despite the continuing air strikes, NATO has not been able to destroy Qadaffy's heavy weaponry.

The comments come as NATO recently stepped up air srikes against the Libyan government forces and even destroyed 15 tanks.
How many tanks does he have?
Some countries believe that NATO has already exceeded the UN mandate in Libya. NATO has even been criticised for serving as the Libyan rebels' air force.
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AU leaders in ceasefire talks with Libya rebels
[The Nation (Nairobi)] A delegation of African heads of state met Libyan rebel leaders in their stronghold of Benghazi today to try to sell a peace plan already accepted by Muammar Qadaffy's regime but NATO
...the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. Originally it was a mutual defense pact directed against an expansionist Soviet Union. In later years it evolved into a mechanism for picking the American pocket while criticizing the style of the American pants...
chiefs warned that any deal must be "credible and verifiable".

But the rebels were demanding that any ceasefire should require the withdrawal of government troops from the streets and freedom of expression.

Near Ajdabiya, one of the two rebel helicopters shot down over the weekend was found with three bodies inside but one man had survived, a doctor said.

Italian Foreign minister Franco Frattini said Qadaffy and his sons should play no role in Libyan politics when a resolution is found to the current conflict.

Around 200 people waving rebel flags were gathered outside the airport at Benghazi when the high-level 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...
delegation arrived, welcoming its efforts but demanding Qadaffy's overthrow.

"The people must be allowed to go into the streets to express their opinion and the soldiers must return to their barracks," Shamsiddin Abdulmolah, a front man for the rebels' Transitional National Council, told AFP.

"If people are free to come out and demonstrate in Tripoli, then that's it. I imagine all of Libya will be liberated within moments."

He also demanded the release of hundreds of people who have gone missing since the outbreak of the popular uprising and are believed to be held by Qadaffy's forces.

South African President Jacob Zuma said Tripoli had accepted the African Union's plan for a ceasefire which would halt a NATO bombing campaign that destroyed 26 loyalist tanks on Sunday alone.

"We also in this communique are making a call on NATO to cease the bombings to allow and to give a ceasefire a chance," Zuma stressed.

Negotiate political transition
But the rebels doubt the Libyan strongman would adhere to such a deal.

"The world has seen these offers of ceasefires before and within 15 minutes (Qadaffy) starts shooting again," Abdulmolah said.

The rebels have said they would negotiate a political transition to democracy with certain senior regime figures but only on the condition that Qadaffy and his sons leave the country.

The South African leader is taking no further part in the talks as he was leaving Libya to return home due to prior commitments.

The other members of the AU team -- the leaders of Mali, Amadou Toumani Toure, Mauritania, Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz, and Congo's Denis Sassou Nguesso, as well as Ugandan Foreign minister Henry Oryem Okello, representing President Yoweri Museveni -- all arrived in Benghazi, 1,000 kilometres east of Tripoli.

NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said in Brussels: "Any ceasefire must be credible and verifiable." He noted that the UN Security Council resolution authorising military action in Libya calls for a "complete end to violence" against civilians. He added that any solution to the crisis "must respond to the legitimate demands of the Libyan people for political reforms."

The European Union gives the African Union's diplomatic efforts its full backing, a front man for EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton said.

"We support the AU efforts to find a political solution to the situation in Libya," front man Michael Mann told a news briefing.
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#1  I think we need some new pictures of Qudaffy. These are a bit dated.

Actually, can we have more pictures of his Ukrainian nurses?
Posted by: Bill Clinton || 04/13/2011 10:06 Comments || Top||

#2  These are a bit dated

You noticed some new sprockets from the heroic struggles of the last month missing?
Posted by: Flesh Thud4308 || 04/13/2011 11:14 Comments || Top||


Arabia
'Another mosque destroyed in Bahrain'
[Iran Press TV] Saudi-backed Bahraini forces have reportedly razed another mosque in Hamad town after they destroyed five more mosques in the protest-hit country.
It's okay for them to destroy mosques. They're Mohammedans.
Tuesday's destruction comes after five mosques in Hamad Town and Mahooz village in the east and northeast of Bahrain were ruined on Sunday.

Destruction of the religious sites has become a new scare tactic by Manama in its attempts to suppress the popular protests.

Earlier on Tuesday, reports said that incarcerated Bahraini opposition leaders have been tortured in prison.

Riot police in the Persian Gulf country also besieged the town of Karzakkan on Tuesday. Al-Malikiyah village is under the siege of Bahraini pro-regime thugs.

People in Bahrain have been protesting since February 14, demanding an end to the two-century-long rule of the Al Khalifa dynasty.

Demonstrators maintain that they will hold their ground until their demands for freedom, constitutional monarchy as well as a proportional voice in the government are met.

Bahraini forces have cracked down on the anti-regime protests with the help of Saudi, the UAE and Kuwaiti troops. Scores of people have been killed and many others gone missing since the beginning of the revolution.
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#1  'Another mosque destroyed in Bahrain'

Sort of like cuttimg your own throat?
Posted by: Redneck Jim || 04/13/2011 0:51 Comments || Top||

#2  These are Shia mosques, RJ.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 04/13/2011 1:34 Comments || Top||


12 Suspected Al-Qaeda Militants Killed by Security Forces in Abyan
[Yemen Post] At least 12 suspected Al-Qaeda snuffies were killed in festivities between Yemen's security forces and Al-Qaeda snuffies in Yemen's southern province of Abyan.

According to Yemen's Defense Ministry website and Interior Ministry sources, two of the snuffies killed in the festivities were foreigners.

Abyan province is considered the main stronghold for Al-Qaeda members as festivities their have been ongoing for months.

Lately, Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, AQAP, has increased its attacks against Yemeni forces since the rise of protests demanding President Ali Abdullah Saleh to step down.
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Saleh ready for 'peaceful' power shift
[The Nation (Nairobi)] Embattled Yemeni President President-for-Life Ali Abdullah Saleh
... Saleh initially took power as a strongman of North Yemen in 1977, when disco was in flower, after serving as a lieutenant colonel in the army. He had been part of the conspiracy that bumped off his predecessor, Ibrahim al-Hamdi, in the usual tiresome military coup, and he has maintained power by keeping Yemen's many tribes fighting with each other, rather than uniting to string him up. ...
said today he was ready for a "peaceful" and constitutional transfer of power, a day after Gulf states urged him to hand over power to his deputy.

Protesters have rejected the proposal made by foreign ministers of the Gulf Cooperation Council, saying they wanted the fall of Saleh's regime altogether and insisting that Yemen's strongman should also be tried.

"In compliance with statements (he) made several times... his excellency the president has no reservation against transferring power peacefully and smoothly within the framework of the constitution," said a statement issued by Saleh's office.

The statement said that the Yemeni president again "welcomes efforts exerted by brothers in the Gulf Cooperation Council to help in finding a solution for the current crisis in Yemen."

But it fell short of saying clearly whether he accepted a direct GCC proposal calling on Saleh to ensure a peaceful transition of power to his deputy, Abdrabuh Mansur Hadi.

"The Yemeni Republic stresses that it will deal positively with the (GCC) statement as a base for dialogue," said the statement, which came a day after a meeting of GCC foreign ministers in Riyadh.

His defiant statement came after Qatari Prime Minister Hamad bin Jassem al-Thani had said that the GCC member countries "hope to reach a deal with the Yemeni president to step down."

Yemen, an impoverished neighbour of the GCC, recalled its ambassador to Doha in protest.

Thousands of protesters headed Monday from Sanaa's University Square, dubbed as Change Square after protests, to the residence of Saleh's deputy, Hadi, according to an AFP journalist.
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Caribbean-Latin America
More Mexican Mayhem
30 Die in Chihuahua

A total of 30 individuals were murdered in Chihuahua, Mexico in ongoing drug and gang related violence that included three Juarez police officers shot last Sunday.

  • One unidentified inmate at a Chihuahua prison was killed Friday night. The knife fight also severely wounded a second inmate. Oscar Alejandro Quiñonez Maguregui, 28, was killed in the intake hall of the prison.

  • Juarez municipal police officers rescued a kidnap victim early Friday morning. Three armed suspects fired on police officers who rolled up on the scene near the intersection of calles Cedro de la Cumbre and Cedro de la Sierra in the Urbivilla del Cedro Etapa II colony. The suspects were arrested at the scene. The unidentified female kidnap victim was found hiding from the suspects inside a garbage can.

  • An unidentified man and his seven year old son were shot to death in Chihuahua, Chihuahua Friday. The victims were aboard a Datsun sedan near the intersection of calles 11th and Morelos in the Aldama colony when they were shot.

  • An unidentified married couple and an unidentified man were shot to death in Chihuahua, Chihuahua Friday. The couple were near the intersection of 1st de Mayo and Revolucion Proletaria in the Tierra y Libertad colony when armed suspects aboard a Dodge Ram pickup truck fired on them. Another man was shot to death near the corner of calles Victoria del Pueblo and Venceremos. The children of the couple were present at the time of the shooting, but escaped harm. Several AK-47 assault rifle and 9mm spent shell casings were found at the scene.

  • Four unidentified men were shot to death at an automotive repair shop in Juarez Friday. The victims were at the Fuel Injecion Ramirez shop near the intersection of calles Guadalupe and Leticia in the Lomas del Rey colony when armed suspects came and shot them and two other victims. The victims were all drinking beer when the attack took place.

  • Four unidentified men were shot to death in two separate attacks in Juarez Saturday night in the Felipes Angels colony, according to the Mexican news dailyLa Polaka.
    • Three men were shot to death near the corner of calles Irapuato and Mochis as they were working to repair a vehicle.

    • A man was shot to death about ten blocks away.

  • One man was shot to death and two others were wounded in an attack in a funeral parlor in Juarez Saturday evening. The shooting took place at the Funeral Miranda funeral home near the intersection of avenidas Tecnologico and Arturo de Córdova in the Lourde colony, where a man and a woman walked into the chapel and concentrated their gunfire on the victim, Jorge Ugarte Saenz 32. The shooters escaped the scene aboard a BMW sedan.

  • Two unidentified men were found tortured and shot to death in Juarez Saturday night. The victims were dumped near the intersection of Calle Miguel Trillo and Bulevar Oscar Flores in the Kilometro 5 colony, bound hand and foot and gagged with duct tape.

  • An unidentified man was shot to death in Juarez Sunday. The victim was found naked to the waist, bound hand and foot, and gagged with duct tape near the intersection of calles Che Guevara and Ponciano Arriaga in the Mexico 68 colony.

  • An unidentified Juarez city police officer was shot to death in Juarez Sunday afternoon. The victim was shot near the intersection of calles Ricardo Peña and Mendoza in the Oasis Revolucion colony just as he was leaving home. Several 9mm and .40 caliber spent shell casing were found at the scene.

  • An unidentified man in his 20s was shot to death in Juarez Sunday. The victim was near the intersection of calles Ajusco and del Arena in the Diaz Ordaz colony hen he was shot. Several .40 caliber spent shell casings were found at the scene.

  • Two unidentified men were shot to death in Juarez Sunday. The victims were near a residence near the intersection of calles General Teran and Ignacio Alatorre in the Mariano Escobedo colony when they were shot. More than 60 spent shell casings were found at the scene, mostly for AK-47 assault rifles. The shooters were aboard trucks when they fired.

  • Another unidentified Juarez municipal police officer was shot to death Sunday. The officer was on calle Caridad Bravo in the Revolucion Mexicana colony when he was shot.

  • An unidentified female Juarez police officer was shot and wounded in Juarez Sunday night. The victim was aboard her Ford Expedition near the intersection of Santiago Blancas and Yepomera in the Hacienda las Torres colony when armed suspects fired on her and her five year old daughter who was with her at the time. The shooters fired their weapons at least a dozen times. The girl was unhurt.

  • Two Chihuahua, Chihuahua municipal police officers were arrested by Mexican Federal agents as they attempted to loot an ATM Monday night. The ATM belonged to Banorte and was on avenida Teofilo Borunda. Ramon and Jesus Gomez Durän were caught with a cutting torch and a bankcard at the scene.

  • Three unidentified men were shot to death in Chihuahua Monday. The victims were near the intersection of calles 36th and Batallon de San Patricio in the Rubio colony when they were shot. The shooting took place just two blocks from a Mexican Army base.

  • La Linea, the armed wing of the Juarez drug cartel has issued a new warning against Juarez municipal police officers who are part of the Delta group. The message in the form of graffiti in Juarez was erased quickly by Juarez city workers. Delta Group US equivalent would be a major case squad. La Linea is demanding the resignation of newly installed Juarez police chief Julian Leyoazala, who is under fire for his practices in his previous post in Tijuana. Three of his officers were arrested last week for their alleged involvement in the kidnapping of four individuals,who have yet to be found.

  • An unidentified man was shot to death in Chihuahua Monday. The victim was shot by several armed suspects who were aboard a pickup truck. The shooting took place in the Cafetales colony near the campus of the Universidad Autónoma de Chihuahua.

  • An unidentified man was beaten and strangled to death in Juarez Monday night. The victim was dumped near the intersection of calles Kripton and Donato Guerra in the Postal colony. He was beaten, bound hand and foot and suffocated with a plastic bag.

  • Two unidentified men were mutilated in Juarez Monday night. The victims were found near the calle Rivera Lara and Maria Martinez. One of them men were beheaded and quartered, while the other was suffocated with a plastic bag.
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Death Toll in Tamaulipas Rises to 116, Los Zetas Likely Perps
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The death toll in the mass grave in San Fernando, Tamaulipas rose to 116 after 28 more dead were found, according to Mexican press reports.

Conflicting press accounts also put the toll at 120, but that higher number is so far unconfirmed.

In a joint press conference with Tamaulipas government officials Tuesday newly installed Mexican attorney general of the republic (PGR) Marisela Morales said that a total of 17 suspects in the mass murder have been detained to date, 14 of which have been ordered to preventative detention by court order.

Morales also mentioned that evidence points to the criminal gang Los Zetas as the most likely involved.

The discovery of the grave took place only a week ago with information released last Thursday when 59 bodies were found, and it was thought at that moment that was the extent of the crime.

But since last Thursday, several suspects arrested have apparently led authorities to additional gravesites with additional bodies.
To see the Rantburg report on the original finding click here. An update is here.
In a related development Matamoros, Tamaulipas director of Proteccion Civil Oscar de la Cerda said Tuesday that enquiries from at least 200 families have been made to authorities in Matamoros concerning missing relatives. The calls have come from the Mexican states of Oaxaca, Chihuahua, San Luis Potosi and Chiapas.

Matamoros would be the logical place to enquire since it was the terminus to the bus trip from Ciudad Victoria.
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Military Mayhem in Nuevo Leon: 10 busted, 3 hurt
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Mexican Army and Naval Infantry units were involved in counternarcotics operations in Nuevo Leon over the weekend including a lengthy firefight with an armed group following a series of robberies in Monterrey early Friday morning.
  • Two unidentified Guadalupe, Nuevo Leon police officers were hurt Monday afternoon in an attempt to intervene in a kidnapping. The officers were aboard their official patrol vehicle in the Tres Caminos colony when they witnessed armed suspects force a victim into a vehicle. The ensuing chase ended when the driver of the police vehicle crashed into a natural gas line on Avenida Israel Cavazos. The suspect vehicle escaped.

  • Eight roadblocks were reported in Guadalupe and Monterrey Monday afternoon set by armed suspects hijacking private vehicles. Most of the blocks centered around Avenida Israel Cavazos, but also included calles Reynosa, Papaloapan and Juarez. All blocks were released within a few minutes.

  • A man was lightly wounded in a grenade attack in Monterrey Monday afternoon. Juan Alberto Saucedo Franco, 25, was near the intersection of Bulevar Diaz Ordaz and Avenida Juarez in the La Fama colony at about 1630 hrs when the grenade detonated. It is unknown how the grenade was delivered.

  • Detachments of the Mexican Army conducted four counternarcorics operations in and around China, Nuevo Leon last Friday yielding the arrest of 10 suspects, and an amount of munitions and drugs.

    • On the General Bravo-China highway at about 1000 hrs a Mexican Army patrol was fired on by armed suspects who were travelling aboard two vehicles near the intersection of calles Padre Mier and Bernardo Reyes. Apparently army counterfire was sufficient to end the confrontation and affect the arrest of five suspects. Seized in the aftermath were the two vehicles, two rifles, 25 weapons magazines, ammunition, and weapons furniture.

    • Based on information gained from suspect interrogation the unit went to an address on Calle Bernardo Reyes at about 1030 hrs and arrested two suspects, and seized two rifles and 17 weapons magazines.

    • At about 1130 hrs on Calle Padre Mier the army unit went to a location and arrested two suspects, and seized two rifles, 12 weapons magazines and two doses of marijuana.

    • Finally at 1530 hrs near General Bravo an army unit arrested a lone individual, and seized four rifles, two grenades, 1,542 rounds of AK-47 assault rifles ammunition and two camo pants.

  • A large criminal group involved in two home invasion and liquor store robberies were intercepted by a Mexican Marine unit last Friday. Reports say about 40 armed suspects aboard ten vehicles conducted home invasion robberies in two residences in calle Cerezo taking jewellery, cash and electronic devices before going to a liquor store near the corner of calles Camelia and Cipres. From the store the suspects took several boxes of liquor and about $15,000 pesos (USD $1,277.43) in cash. Just as they were leaving the suspects began firing their AR-15 assault rifles in the store wounding an unidentified worker. The suspects began walking to Avenida Felix U. Gomez with their loot when a Mexican Marine unit arrived on the scene. The ensuing firefight lasted for several minutes during which time several suspects managed to escape. Several suspects were also wounded and an unknown number were arrested. Apparently the firefight was so intense at one point doctors at a nearby public medical clinic decided to close the facility and take refuge elsewhere.
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Caucasus/Russia/Central Asia
Belarus arrests metro bombing suspects
[Al Jazeera] Belarus has nabbed several people in connection with the metro bombing in Minsk that killed 12 people, state media quoted the deputy prosecutor as saying.

"Information is being worked on from several people," Andrei Shved, the deputy prosecutor general who is in charge of the investigation, was quoted as saying by the Belta news agency on Tuesday.

"People have been jugged," Shved said; however, he did not give numbers or say if those jugged are formal suspects.

Shved added that photo-fit images of those wanted individuals still on the lam had been prepared and would be released to the public in a short time.

Earlier on Tuesday, Anatoly Kuleshov, the interior minister, said police had created composite pictures of two male suspects using testimony from witnesses. He said the explosive apparently was radio-controlled.

The bomb was placed under a bench on the Oktyabrskaya station and went kaboom! as people were coming off the trains at an evening peak hour, killing 12 people and wounding more than 200.

Viktor Sirenko, the chief doctor of the Minsk Emergency Hospital, said that many victims had lost arms or legs.

People streamed to the site of kaboom to lay flowers as police tightened security at all subway stations.

"I went through that hell, I saw that pile of disfigured bodies," Nina Rusetskaya, a 37-year old Minsk resident, said as she lit a candle at the kaboom site.

"I rode a car in the back of the train and only survived by miracle."

'Foreign forces'
Lukashenko said at a meeting with officials late Monday that foreign forces could be behind the kaboom, but he didn't elaborate.

Lukashenko took his six-year-old son to visit the site of the kaboom about two hours after the blast. He later ordered the country's feared security agency, which still goes under its Soviet-era name KGB, to "turn everything inside-out" to find the culprits.

Alexander Milinkevich, a prominent opposition leader, voiced fears that the kaboom could serve as a pretext for a further crackdown on dissent.

"Forces both inside and outside the country, which are interested in the destabilisation of the situation in Belarus, could profit from that terror attack," Milinkevich said in a statement Tuesday.

"These forces want to provoke even harsher political repressions."

More than 700 people, including seven presidential candidates, were nabbed after massive protests against fraud in December's presidential vote.

The European Union and the United States have responded to the flawed vote with sanctions, leaving Lukashenko to rely exclusively on it main sponsor and ally Russia.

Lukashenko has often launched diatribes at the West, accusing it of trying to destabilise Belarus. But his relations with Russia also have often been strained in the past as he accused the Kremlin of trying to wrest control over Belarus' key economic assets.

Belarus is facing a severe economic crisis with hard currency reserves running critically low and people waiting in day-long lines to exchange rubles as they prepare for devaluation of the national currency.
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Home Front: WoT
Pakistani-American sentenced for plotting US subway bombings
[Dawn] A Pak-American man was sentenced Monday to 23 years in prison for plotting attacks on subway stations around the US capital with people he believed were Al-Qaeda affiliates.

Farooque Ahmed, a naturalised US citizen who lived in the Virginia suburbs of Washington, admitted photographing stations in 2010 to plan simultaneous kabooms.

The 35-year-old pleaded guilty to charges of attempting to provide material support to a designated terrorist organisation and collecting information to assist in planning a terrorist attack, US officials said.

A federal judge also sentenced Ahmed to 50 years of supervised release after prison, as part of a plea agreement between Ahmed's lawyers and prosecutors.

Ahmed was caught in a sting operation by US authorities, who said that "at no time was the public in danger during this investigation and that the FBI was aware of Ahmed's activities from before the alleged attempt began and closely monitored his activities until his arrest."

Ahmed was jugged in October 2010. Authorities said he had studied security operations at subway stations, took photographs, and provided diagrams to the fake Al-Qaeda affiliates.

Ahmed also "provided suggestions as to where explosives should be placed on trains in Metrorail stations in Arlington to kill the most people in simultaneous attacks planned for 2011," the US Department of Justice said in a statement.
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#1  What a drag! Poor Farooque was duped by the evil Juice and their American stooges! Then the court's Bush cronies ignored the evidence and convicted him anyway.

Moral of the story: Stay home, in your third-world dump.
Posted by: Bobby || 04/13/2011 6:05 Comments || Top||


US stay against illegal immigrants law upheld
[Al Jazeera] A federal appeals court in the United States upheld a preliminary injunction against major parts of a tough Arizona law that targets undocumented Democrats.

The 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals on Monday turned down an appeal filed by governor Jan Brewer.

The governor had asked them to lift an injunction imposed by a federal judge in Phoenix the day before the law was to take effect on July 29, 2010.

Arizona's law would require police to determine the immigration status of a person they have jugged and suspect is in the country illegally.

On Monday, the court ruled that a lower court did not abuse its authority by enjoining key sections of the state law that were challenged by the B.O. regime.

The law, which was signed by Brewer at the end of April last year, had wide support in the Mexico border state and across the United States as a whole, but was opposed by Obama and civil rights groups.

Opponents of the law said it would lead to harassment of Hispanic Americans.

Stemming the flood of undocumented Democrats

The US Justice Department had sued to block the law. It argued that it violated the constitution because enforcing immigration law was a federal issue.

Brewer's lawyers said the federal government hadn't effectively enforced immigration law and that the state law would assist federal authorities.

The Republican-controlled Arizona legislature passed the measure to try to stem the flood of thousands of undocumented Democrats who cross its border from Mexico and to cut down on drug trafficking and other crimes in the area.

Susan Bolton, the US District Court Judge, had blocked the law's most controversial elements shortly before it was due to come into effect last July, arguing that immigration matters are the federal government's responsibility.

In addition to the requirement that police check immigration status, Bolton also had blocked a provision
requiring immigrants to carry their papers at all times and made it illegal for people without proper documents to solicit for work in public places.

Immigration as an issue has festered in US politics for years and attempts to overhaul the system have failed, most recently in 2007 when Republicans torpedoed reforms pushed by George W. Bush, then the Republican president.
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#1  I stopped reading as soon as I saw it was the Ninth Circus. On to the SCOTUS.
Posted by: Ebbang Uluque6305 || 04/13/2011 11:53 Comments || Top||

#2  Its really time to break up the 9th Circus

Suggestion
1) SoCal AZ NM Nevada Circuit
2) Rocky Mtn Circuit
3) The Giggling Class Circuit centered on SanFran
4) The Ecotopia/Tourist/Alaska Circuit made up of Oregon, Washington, Alaska, Hawaii and Pacific Islands
Posted by: Water Modem || 04/13/2011 14:23 Comments || Top||

#3  Mexico and 10 other Latin American countries got real gleeful about this.
Posted by: Anonymoose || 04/13/2011 18:23 Comments || Top||


India-Pakistan
Three MQM workers killed in Karachi
[Dawn] Three workers of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement(MQM) were killed in a firing incident in the Mehmoodabad area of Bloody Karachi, DawnNews reported on Tuesday.

The three activists of MQM, Syed Asif Ali, Naeem and Munir were seriously injured when unknown men on cycle of violences attacked them. They gave up the ghost on the way to Jinnah Hospital.

According to police in the area, the victims were employees of the Water Board.

Following the murders, festivities broke out in numerous areas of the city and shops and stalls in the area immediately shut down.

The deployment of Rangers and police has also increased in the city.

In the last 48 hours, eight people have fallen victim to murders in Bloody Karachi.

However,
The essential However...
Chief Minister Sindh Qaim Ali Shah also on Monday, claimed that murders in Bloody Karachi were under control.

The CM said that top priority was being given to the law and order situation in the city and legal action would be taken against those involved in the criminal acts.
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ASI, three militants killed in Peshawar clash
[Dawn] Three alleged faceless myrmidons and a policeman were killed and another official sustained injuries in a clash at Jamrud Road here in the small hours of Monday.

Capital City Police Officer Liaquat Ali told journalists that a police party led by assistant sub-inspector Sajid Iqbal Khan was on a routine patrol when faceless myrmidons attacked their vehicle near Hayatabad Industrial Estate at about 2am.

He said that at least 20 people armed with sophisticate weapons opened indiscriminate fire on the police van from the rooftop of a building in Khushaal Market. The ASI and another policeman identified as Bakhshis Khan of Naguman Charsadda sustained bullet injuries in the attack.

Mr Ali said that three attackers were killed in retaliatory firing by coppers. "Soon after the encounter, additional force also reached the spot and started search operation but the attackers managed to escape," he said. However,
The contradictory However...
bodies of three Death Eaters were found on the rooftop, where they had taken position, he added. He said that three Kalashnikovs and hand grenades were also found on the rooftop.

The injured coppers were shifted to Hayatabad Medical Complex, where the ASI was pronounced dead. Bakhshis Khan was stated to be in stable condition.

The funeral prayer of the ASI was offered at Malik Saad Khan Police Lines with full honour and later his body was shifted to his village Daudzai, on the suburbs of Beautiful Downtown Peshawar, for burial.

Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa
... formerly NWFP, still Terrorism Central...
Governor Barrister Masood Kausar, Khyber Assembly Speaker Karamatullah Khan Chagharmati, Minister for Information Mian Iftikhar Hussain, Inspector General of Police Fiaz Ahmad Khan Turo, Frontier Constabulary Commandant Mohammad Akbar Khan Hoti and other officials attended the funeral prayer.

The governor condemned the killing of police official and termed the attack as cowardly act. The government, he said, was determined to uproot the menace of terrorism once for all and would never bow down to any pressure in this regard.

The bodies of killed Death Eaters were shifted to local morgue. A source at the mortuary said that no one had so far contacted them for taking the bodies.

A police source claimed that the Death Eaters belonged to Khyber Agency and one of them was an activist of jihad boy organisation Lashkar-i-Islam.

The others two belonged to Qambarkhel and Kokikhel tribes, he said. However,
The contradictory However...
he did not disclose their names.

An official of Haytabad cop shoppe, when contacted, said that FIR was registered against unidentified terrorists. He said that police had started search operation in the surrounding areas but no one had so far been tossed in the slammer. He said that faceless myrmidons might have decamped to Khyber Agency as the area was located close to the scene of the crime.
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Roadside bomb kills three in Kurram
[Dawn] Three persons were killed and 13 others received injuries in a roadside kaboom blast in upper Kurram tribal region on Monday.

The residents of the area said that a pick-up vehicle, carrying passengers from Kanraki to Parachinar, hit a landmine planted by suspected snuffies along a roadside. As a result the vehicle was destroyed and driver Mohammad Hassan, Noor Wali and a religious scholar Maulana Rahmat Ali were killed on the spot.

Thirteen other passengers were maimed in the blast. Two of the injured were stated to be at death's door. The injured also included a woman and children.

The locals rushed to the site of occurrence and started rescue work. The injured were taken to agency headquarters hospital in Parachinar.

Meanwhile,
...back at the wreckage, a single surviver held tightly to the smashed prow...
most of the areas in tehsil Safi plunged into darkness when unidentified persons blew up two power transmission towers in Mohmand
... Named for the Mohmand clan of the Sarban Pahstuns, a truculent, quarrelsome lot. In Pakistain, the Mohmands infest their eponymous Agency, metastasizing as far as the plains of Beautiful Downtown Peshawar, Charsadda, and Mardan. Mohmands are also scattered throughout Pakistan in urban areas including Bloody Karachi, Lahore, and Quetta. In Afghanistan they are mainly found in Nangarhar and Kunar...
tribal region on Monday.

Locals said two electricity towers were blown up by suspected persons in Qayumabad and Bayankhel areas of tehsil Safi on Sunday night. The towers were destroyed completely, disrupting power supply to several areas of Mohmand and Bajaur agencies. They said that power supply to Mamagat grid station was also disconnected.

Meanwhile,
...back at the wreckage, a single surviver held tightly to the smashed prow...
jet fighters and helicopter gunships pounded suspected jihad boy hideouts in Baizai and Safi tehsils. The artillery also targeted jihad boy positions in Mattai and Suran Darra. However,
The wishy-washy However...
no casualty was reported till late night.
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Iraq
Iraq blasts kill six, injure 12
[Iran Press TV] An improvised bomb killed two coppers in the south of Storied Baghdad overnight, a security source said on Tuesday.

The third policeman was killed in Fallujah west of Storied Baghdad by a sticky bomb, AFP reported.
What's a sticky bomb?
Six coppers were maimed in the two kabooms.

Sticky bombs in different regions outside Storied Baghdad killed one person and maimed three other people, the unnamed source said.

In another attack, two civilian contractors for the Iraqi army were killed when their home west of Storied Baghdad was targeted by dynamite.

Meanwhile,
...back at the shattered spaceship, Fffflirgoll the Arcturan slithered stealthily toward the control room, where the humans had barricaded themselves...
three other family members, including a woman, were maimed, according to medical sources.
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Syria-Lebanon-Iran
Syrian security forces attack village
[Al Jazeera] Syrian security forces have fired upon people in the village of Bayda, near the town of Baniyas in the country's northeast, injuring at least one person, witnesses have told Al Jizz.

On Sunday, security forces in Baniyas killed at least four pro-reform protesters and left another 17 maimed, human rights
...which often intentionally defined so widely as to be meaningless...
groups have said.

"Security forces and gunnies are firing machine guns indiscriminately at [Bayda]," a witness said on Tuesday.

"The gunfire against Bayda is intense like the rain. At least one person was injured," another witness said, describing the violence in the village, which is 10km south of Baniyas.

"What we are hearing from residents [in Bayda] is that there has been a campaign of arrests, those who have been jugged are taken to the main square ... and eyewitnesses say they are being brutally beaten," reported Al Jizz's Rula Amin from Damascus.
...The City of Jasmin is the oldest continuously-inhabited city in the world. It has not always been inhabited by the same set of fascisti...

"In Baniyas ... the city is still sealed, tension is very high ... and [there is a] heavy security presence."


"The goal of the attack is probably the arrest of Anas al-Shukri [one of the leaders of the opposition movement]," a human rights activist, who wished to remain anonymous, said.

Al-Shukri told the AFP news agency that security forces and the army were "continu[ing] to assault Baniyas".

The AP news agency reported that pro-government gunnies were also attacking the village of Beit Jnad, near Baida, on Tuesday.

Haitham al-Maleh, an opposition activist, said attackers were using automatic rifles in the two villages.

A resident from a third village nearby said he could hear the sound of heavy gunfire coming from the two villages.

"Some residents of the two villages took part in the anti-regime protests in Baniyas," the resident said, speaking on condition of anonymity
... for fear of being murdered...
for fear of government reprisals.

Also on Tuesday, Khalil Matouk, a human rights lawyer, told AFP that Ghiyath Oyun al-Sood, secretary-general of the Democratic People's Party (a banned communist party) had been incarcerated while shopping near his home in southern Damascus.

Meanwhile,
...back at the conspirators' cleverly concealed hideout, the long-awaited message arrived...
about 600 Kurds held a one-hour long peaceful protest demonstration in the village of Ain Arab in the northern part of the country, Radif Mustapha, the head of the Rased Kurdish human rights group told AFP. The protesters were calling for reforms and the release of political prisoners.

Meeting with opposition
Al Jizz's Amin reported that an opposition delegation from the city of Daraa, where protests against the government first began several weeks ago, had met with the country's vice-president on Tuesday.

"The people of Daraa had a delegation led by the imam of the Omari mosque [where protests started] ... met with Syria's vice-president Farouk al-Sharra. This is a very significant step.

"The people we spoke to, including this imam, told us that they met the vice-president, they gave him their list of demands, some have to do with Daraa - like pulling out the heavy security that's stationed there, releasing all prisoners - and some demands have to do with all of Syria, like lifting the state of emergency law, giving them more political freedoms and to stop the heavyhandedness of security forces in their daily lives."

The opposition also demanded that the status of those who are still missing after the protests were broken up by security forces be revealed, and that the families of those who were killed during protests in Daraa be provided a monthly salary.

"What the government wants of course is for the protests to stop, and so far, of course, there is no conclusion. But according to the delegation ... preparations are underway to arrange a meeting between a delegation from Daraa and the president himself. Maybe as soon as tomorrow," Amin said.
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#1  Who cares?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 04/13/2011 1:14 Comments || Top||


Syrian opposition says 200 killed in protests
[Asharq al-Aswat] Syria's main human rights
...which are usually entirely different from personal liberty...
movement said the corpse count from pro-democracy protests against President Bashar al-Assad had reached 200 and urged the Arab League
...an organization of Arabic-speaking states with 22 member countries and four observers. The League tries to achieve Arab consensus on issues, which usually leaves them doing nothing but a bit of grimacing and mustache cursing...
to impose sanctions on the ruling hierarchy.

Syria, the latest Arab country shaken by mass uprisings against authoritarian rulers, has witnessed unprecedented protests across the tightly-controlled country for the last three weeks.

Assad has responded with force -- witnesses say security forces have opened fire on protesters -- vague pledges of reform and attempts at appeasing minority Kurds. Protests have shown no sign of abating but have not yet reached the levels seen in Tunisia and Egypt where leaders were ultimately tossed.

"Syria's uprising is screaming with 200 deaders, hundreds of injured and a similar number of arrests," the Damascus
...The City of Jasmin is the oldest continuously-inhabited city in the world. It has not always been inhabited by the same set of fascisti...
Declaration group said in a letter sent on Monday to the secretary general of the vaporous Arab League.

The Damascus Declaration is named after a document signed in 2005 by prominent civic, Islamist and liberal leaders calling for the end of 41 years of Assad family rule and its replacement with a democratic system.

"The regime unleashes its forces to besiege cities and terrorise civilians, while protesters across Syria thunder with the same chant 'peaceful peaceful'," it added.

"We ask you to... impose political, diplomatic and economic sanctions on the Syrian regime, which continues to be the faithful guardian of Hafez al-Assad's legacy," the letter said, referring to the iron-fisted rule of President Hafez al-Assad, who died in 2000 after 30 years in power.

"RESPONDING WITH REPRESSION"

The protests, which erupted in the southern city of Deraa last month before spreading, have demanded freedom of expression and assembly and an end to corruption.

The authorities blame "gangs" and "infiltrators" for the violence, in which they said soldiers and police have also been killed. On Tuesday, state news agency SANA named six security service personnel it said had been killed and 168 maimed in Deraa, suburbs of Damascus, Homs and Latakia.

"President Assad has been only giving promises for the last 11 years. Instead of solutions he talks, as the regime usually does, about an outside conspiracy," the letter said.

Last Friday was one of the deadliest since the uprising began in Deraa, an agricultural city near the border with Jordan where many Sunni Mohammedan tribes resent the wealth and power amassed by minority Alawites, the sect to which Assad belongs.

Human Rights Watch, which said 27 people were killed in Deraa, condemned Syria's security forces for preventing maimed protesters reaching hospitals and stopping medical teams from treating them in two towns.

"The Syrian authorities are responding to protests against repression with more repression: killings, mass arbitrary arrests, beatings and torture," HRW's Sarah Leah Whitson said.

HRW said protesters told the rights group that demonstrators seized weapons from an abandoned army checkpoint and shot at security forces, killing at least a dozen of them and setting on fire two cars belonging to the army and security services.

"SLOW-MOTION REVOLUTION"

Western governments who have been trying to coax Syria out of its anti-Israeli alliance with Iran as well as to give up its support for bad boy groups Hamas, always the voice of sweet reason, and Hezbullies, have denounced the violence against the protesters and urged Assad to take more vigorous steps towards reforms such as lifting emergency law.

"Time is running out as every new casualty makes the clock tick faster," said the International Crisis Group's Peter Harling on the Foreign Policy blog.

"To open the space required for a radical reform agenda to take hold, the regime's top priority must be to ensure a period of relative calm. Prospects will look grim were the country to witness yet another bloody Friday," he said, describing Syria as a "slow-motion revolution".

Assad has said the protests are part of a foreign conspiracy to sow sectarian strife. His father used similar language when he crushed leftist and Islamist challenges to his rule in the 1980s, killing thousands.

Syrian security forces sealed off the coastal city of Banias on Monday following pro-democracy protests and killings by irregulars loyal to Assad, residents said.

Since the uprisings in Tunisia and Egypt, authorities have intensified a campaign of arrests against dissidents and civic activists. Authorities generally embark on a round of arrests after protests, according to activists and witnesses, before later releasing some.

Fayez Sara, a journalist who was placed in durance vile for two-and-a-half years along with 11 Damascus Declaration members and released in 2010, was nabbed again on Sunday, rights activists said.

"The secret police have been rounding up every outspoken figure they can get their hands on. They either call them in for 'interrogation' and keep them, pick them up from the street or break into their homes," one of the rights defenders said.

Most of the Damascus Declaration members have spent long periods as political prisoners, including leading opposition figure Raid al-Turk, who spent more than 17 years in solitary confinement under Hafez al-Assad.
Continued on Page 49
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#1  ION HAARETZ > [Exiled]SYRIAN MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD LEADER DECLARES SUPPORT FOR ANTI-ASSAD PROTESTS.

Mohammed Riad Shafqa.

* Also from HAARETZ > AHMADINEJAD: ARAB WORLD CONFLICTS WILL LEAD TO COLLAPSE OF ZIONIST REGIME ["New Middle East to rise widout Israel or the US].

OWG Caliphate.

* TOPIX > IRAN, SAUDI ARABIA FACE OFF IN ISLAMIC "COLD WAR".

* TOPIX/ISRAEL NN > THE SIX GCC MEMBERS WANT DIPLOMATIC, MILITARY CONFEDERATION, to counter agz Iran + Iranian belligerencies.

Lest we fergit, SAUDI ARABIA = would prefer itself, + a GCC = Saudi-led Regional Bloc, to possess NUCLEAR WEAPONS.
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Terror Networks
In case you wondered
A scrapbook found at Wellington Menezes de Oliveira´s home, who on last Thursday has murdered 12 students in a school at Realengo neighbourhood, Rio de Janeiro, points he belonged or has links to a radical islamist group.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 04/13/2011 03:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6469 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Ooops, bad link (takes you to Gates of Vienna news feed instead of specific article = Brazil: School Murderer Linked to Islamist Groups)*

*The original article is in Portuguese.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 04/13/2011 3:07 Comments || Top||

#2  The original article is in Portuguese but the point is quite comprehensible.

"Um caderno de apontamentos encontrado na casa de Wellington Menezes Oliveira, de 23 anos, que na quinta-feira passada matou 12 alunos numa escola no bairro de Realengo, Rio de Janeiro, indica que ele pertencia ou tinha ligações a um grupo radical islâmico."
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 04/13/2011 3:15 Comments || Top||

#3  Thank you g(r)omgoru, I had wondered.
Posted by: Whiskey Mike || 04/13/2011 7:03 Comments || Top||

#4  This sort of thing was in radio reports here in the US the day after the crime was committed, that he had gone all Allan Snackbar on everyone.
Posted by: Thing From Snowy Mountain || 04/13/2011 9:19 Comments || Top||

#5  Where's my surprise meter when I need it?
Posted by: Bill Clinton || 04/13/2011 10:08 Comments || Top||

#6  He wore a Moslem-styled beard until a few days before the murders. And he recorded a video the week of the murders, without beard, addressing Moslem "brothers" and explaining why he shaved and what his plan was.

The local authorities still claim he was a mad loner.
Posted by: Shereter Poodle9774 || 04/13/2011 10:45 Comments || Top||

#7  I'm sure the Left(tm) will dismiss as a loner anyone they could remotely be link by three degrees of separation to the Tea Party for any hideous act. NOT.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 04/13/2011 10:52 Comments || Top||

#8  Anyone got a useful link?
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 04/13/2011 11:04 Comments || Top||

#9  Just look at how they linked that shooting in AZ with Sarah Palin and the Tea party Proc - and in many cases still do.
Posted by: CrazyFool || 04/13/2011 11:05 Comments || Top||

#10  Rio School Shooter was a Devout Muslim

Google translation:
In an interview with Radio Band News from Rio de Janeiro, Roselane, the foster sister of the shooter Wellington Menezes de Oliveira, 24, said he was very attached to Islam, do not go far from home and stayed the entire time on the computer.

"It was very strange, had no friends, lived on the Internet," said his sister. "He speaks of a Muslim business." She said he lived alone for eight months, at a place near the school in the district of the Royal one. The boy's adoptive parents have died.
Posted by: Zebulon Thranter9685 || 04/13/2011 13:22 Comments || Top||



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