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After Karzai's visit to Washington, fears about U.S. withdrawal linger in Afghanistan
[Washington Post] When President Hamid Maybe I'll join the Taliban Karzai
... A former Baltimore restaurateur, now 12th and current President of Afghanistan, displacing the legitimate president Rabbani in December 2004. He was installed as the dominant political figure after the removal of the Taliban regime in late 2001 in a vain attempt to put a Pashtun face on the successor state to the Taliban. After the 2004 presidential election, he was declared president regardless of what the actual vote count was. He won a second, even more dubious, five-year-term after the 2009 presidential election. His grip on reality has been slipping steadily since around 2007, probably from heavy drug use...
left for Washington this week, some Afghans wondered what he would bring back. Their leader had a long list of demands, but he would be meeting with an American president whose top priority was a U.S. military withdrawal.

The meeting between the two leaders at the White House on Friday appears to have yielded progress on at least a few of the issues on Karzai's list -- a U.S. pullout from Afghan villages and a full handover of the country's military detention center at Bagram.

But neither Obama nor Karzai spoke concretely about the future size of the U.S. presence here after 2014, with Karzai saying, "Numbers are not going to make a difference to the situation in Afghanistan."

In Kabul, though, there's still great interest in that question, and some voiced disappointment Saturday that neither president offered clarity on an issue that weighs heavily on the minds of many Afghans.
Posted by: Fred || 01/13/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6468 views] Top|| File under: al-Qaeda

Obama: U.S. Has Fallen 'Short of the Ideal' in Afghanistan
[WEEKLYSTANDARD] In remarks with Afghan president Hamid Karzai at the White House this afternoon, President Barack Obama said the U.S. has fallen "short of the ideal" in Afghanistan:

"So, you know, I think that, have we achieved everything that some might have imagined us achieving in the best of scenarios? Probably not. You know, there's a human enterprise, and you know, you fall short of the ideal," said Obama.

The president went on to say that America has achieved some measure of success in Afghanistan, however. "Did we achieve our central goal? And have we been able, I think, to shape a strong relationship with a responsible Afghan government that is willing to cooperate with us to make sure that it is not a launching pad for future attacks against the United States? We have achieved that goal. We are in the process of achieving that goal. And for that, I think we have to thank our extraordinary military, intelligence and diplomatic teams, as well as the cooperation of the Afghan government and the Afghan people."
Posted by: Fred || 01/13/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6474 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Verbal softening of .... we are once again losers.
Posted by: Besoeker || 01/13/2013 3:38 Comments || Top||

#2  We have achieved that goal. We are in the process of achieving that goal.

Huh? Which one is it?
Posted by: Omomp Gray8508 || 01/13/2013 7:28 Comments || Top||

#3  Whatever happened to "I"?
Posted by: gorb || 01/13/2013 8:35 Comments || Top||

#4  We have also fallen short of the ideal in the WH.
Posted by: JohnQC || 01/13/2013 10:32 Comments || Top||

#5  "We" fall short. "He" succeeds. When "he" doesn't, "we" are at fault.
Posted by: tu3031 || 01/13/2013 11:43 Comments || Top||

#6  Nice tribute to those who never returned from that God forsaken place. Very nice indeed.

I will never forget sitting there, listening to radio's. Watching a solemn QRF (Quick Reaction Force) sit and wait, hopelessly.

Posted by: Besoeker || 01/13/2013 12:13 Comments || Top||

#7  We have also fallen 'short of the ideal' in Electing Presidents. I see the two as being related.
Posted by: SteveS || 01/13/2013 13:11 Comments || Top||

#8  We still get a trophy tho... amirite?
Posted by: Shipman || 01/13/2013 13:35 Comments || Top||

#9  Klik

Thank you for what you've been doing, Besoeker, whatever it is. I wish I had the strength to read it all the way through, but it's too much for me to handle.
Posted by: trailing wife || 01/13/2013 14:22 Comments || Top||

#10  Thanks Besoeker for the post and "Klik" about the Pathfinder action. Sometimes, those of us back home forget what our military goes through in far away places. We often don't get the information regarding the deprivations and sacrifices our military goes through. I only wish our civilian leaders were worthy of and met the standards set by our troops. Thanks again.
Posted by: JohnQC || 01/13/2013 14:29 Comments || Top||

#11  So senseless. The aviation unit didn't contact the US Brigade 'battle space owner' or AFG Border Patrol (ABP) less then 10k's away, they just conducted aerial surveillance the trailer for a few weeks and INFILLED. No notice to friendlies or the ABP. they must have thought it so cool to go it alone and snatch a IED or weapons cache right under the noses of a US Brigade HQ. The stories coming back from the site were terrible. We all went back to our CHU's and wept.
Posted by: Besoeker || 01/13/2013 16:58 Comments || Top||

#12  Read the story. Heartbreaking, utterly heartbreaking. It sounds like none of it needed to happen at all. And if what Besoeker said is right it shouldn't have happened at all. Some idiot decided to steal glory and got the men sent out killed rather than checking.
Posted by: Charles || 01/13/2013 17:09 Comments || Top||

#13  The Picture reminds me of the Poem "Ozymandias".
Posted by: Redneck Jim || 01/13/2013 17:10 Comments || Top||

#14  "Ozymandias"

I met a traveler from an antique land
Who said: Two vast and trunkless legs of stone
Stand in the desert. Near them, on the sand,
Half sunk, a shattered visage lies, whose frown,
And wrinkled lip, and sneer of cold command,
Tell that its sculptor well those passions read
Which yet survive, stamped on these lifeless things,
The hand that mocked them, and the heart that fed;
And on the pedestal these words appear:
“My name is Ozymandias, king of kings:
Look on my works, ye Mighty, and despair!”
Nothing beside remains. Round the decay
Of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare
The lone and level sands stretch far away.

Yep, that's Obama
Posted by: Redneck Jim || 01/13/2013 17:16 Comments || Top||

Champ sez Taliban must renounce workplace violence
Posted by: Clomorong Elmeagum4956 || 01/13/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6473 views] Top|| File under:

#1  I see whut you did there
Posted by: Frank G || 01/13/2013 12:20 Comments || Top||

#2  Maybe toss in an assault weapons ban...
Posted by: tu3031 || 01/13/2013 12:26 Comments || Top||

Africa North
Libya, Algeria, Tunisia Join Forces to Secure Borders
[An Nahar] The prime ministers of Libya, Algeria and Tunisia decided on Saturday to reinforce border security
Shoulder to shoulder and all that, no doubt...
and join forces tackling regional challenges including terrorism, arms trafficking and organized crime.
A noble goal. Now which of you are working toward reestablishing the Caliphate?
The decision was taken by Libyan Prime Minister Ali Zeidan, Algerian Prime Minister Abdelmalik Sellal and Tunisian Prime Minister Hamadi Jebali during a meeting in the southern Libyan oasis of Ghadames.

They pledged in an 11-point plan to "create common border checkpoints and intensify cooperation in the security sphere through joint patrols," and vowed as well to tackle organized crime and terrorism.

The premiers also addressed the crisis in Mali, which shares a border with Algeria and where troops are poised to reclaim a key town from Islamists threatening to advance on the capital after La Belle France sent in its air force.

"It is necessary to find a political solution to this crisis by fostering dialogue between the different parties in Mali to preserve the illusory sovereignty and unity of its territory," they said in a joint statement.
Except that the jihadis are only interested in kinetic conversations, in between which they happily abuse the non-jihadi natives.
The Libyan prime minister told journalists the "situation in Mali has made it necessary for us to meet in order to prevent and tackle its consequences."

It requires close "coordination between our military and intelligence services to prevent anything that might affect our security, the movement of persons, arms and drugs trafficking, terrorism and human trafficking," he said.
Is that the American professor that NPR was so excited about, or did he give up and return to his lectern?
Libyan authorities in December decided to close the country's borders with Algeria, Niger, Chad and Sudan, decreeing the oil-rich south a military zone, in a move seen by analysts as a response to the crisis in Mali.

Although Libya does not share borders with Mali it has been the worst affected by the spillover of weapons and fighters, both Tuareg and Islamist, that accompanied the 2011 uprising that ousted dictator Muammar Qadaffy
... the like of whose wardrobe will never be seen again. At least that's what we hope...
Posted by: Fred || 01/13/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6468 views] Top|| File under: Arab Spring

#1  Notice the one, essential, country that is missing...
Posted by: Pappy || 01/13/2013 13:26 Comments || Top||

'Mosque buster' claims he can stop 'tide of Islam'
A planning lawyer and self-styled 'mosque buster' claims he is fighting to stop the 'tide of Islam' by successfully blocking plans for the building of mosques across the UK.

Gavin Boby, once linked to the far-right English Defence League, boasts he has already blocked plans for 16 out of 17 mosques being built.

Under the banner of the Law and Freedom Foundation, he calls for people to come to him for free professional legal help in opposing mosque proposals and claims that Islam encourages paedophilia, sexual abuse and pimping.
Posted by: tipper || 01/13/2013 11:25 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6491 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Who you gonna call?
Posted by: tu3031 || 01/13/2013 11:32 Comments || Top||

#2  Who you gonna call?

Mr Mayor, do you have a minute/
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 01/13/2013 15:14 Comments || Top||

#3  "Tide"?
Flood tide, or ebb tide.

More like a trickle.

(Outside of their wild claims)
Posted by: Redneck Jim || 01/13/2013 17:09 Comments || Top||

claims that Islam encourages paedophilia, sexual abuse and pimping

Hey, Mohammed did it!
Posted by: Rob Crawford || 01/13/2013 17:17 Comments || Top||

#5  Radical Islam + aligned have their own set of Lawyers as others do - They will use the Left's own strategy of PCorrect "Universalism = Stratification" against it, i.e. WHAT THE LEFT + PUBLIC GOVT. HAS DONE FOR OTHERS, IT CAN DO FOR ISLAM + SHARIA.





The only difference is that where the Left + Politicos are too politically "smart" = "chicken little"? to be held accountable or responsible, THE ISLAMISTS + MUSLIMS, etc. WILL BE OPEN ABOUT IT - GOTTA GIVE RESPECT TO THE ISLAMISTS + MUSLIMS FOR THAT.
Posted by: JosephMendiola || 01/13/2013 18:35 Comments || Top||

Posted by: JosephMendiola || 01/13/2013 18:36 Comments || Top||

Islamists Protest in London against French Mali Role

[An Nahar] Around 60 Islamists including women in veils protested outside the French embassy in London on Saturday against La Belle France's military intervention in Mali.
That's a bunch of dumbasses wearing dresses and holding signs on 8.5x11 paper saying "Jihad" burped out of their Islamic laser printers. Are you intimidated?
The demonstrators held placards reading "French army, you will pay, the Mohammedans are on their way", "United Nations,
...an idea whose time has gone...
go to hell" and "Sharia is the only solution for Mali".
But most of them seem to just say "Jihad"...
French President Francois Hollande
...the Socialist president of La Belle France, and a fine job he's doing of it...
sent troops on Friday to help Malian forces hold back an advance by beturbanned fascisti, and on Saturday Gay Paree announced that a French military pilot had been killed.

"Francois Hollande, you are a Satan," one of the protesters, Abu Shaafehi, said in French through a loudspeaker. "Sharia for La Belle France!"

The protest was divided into two groups, separated by several meters, of men in traditional dress and women in veils.
Posted by: Fred || 01/13/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6472 views] Top|| File under: Salafists

#1  Francois Hollande, you are a Satan
No way Froggy wannaBe
USA is King Hell Satan and don't you pajama wearing fuckups forget it.

Protip: Use colored copy paper for maximum impact.

Posted by: Shipman || 01/13/2013 7:15 Comments || Top||

#2  Arrest them all for Blocking Traffic.
Posted by: Redneck Jim || 01/13/2013 17:17 Comments || Top||

PM orders delegation of policing powers to FC in Quetta
[Dawn] Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf on Saturday issued directives to delegate policing powers to the Frontier Corps (FC) in Quetta, DawnNews reported.

The premier issued the directives after a meeting with Interior Minister Rehman Malik
Pak politician, Interior Minister under the Gilani government. Malik is a former Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) intelligence officer who rose to head the FIA during Benazir Bhutto's second tenure. Malik was tossed from his FIA job in 1998 after documenting the breath-taking corruption of the Sharif family. By unhappy coincidence Nawaz Sharif became PM at just that moment and Malik moved to London one step ahead of the button men. He had to give up the interior ministry job because he held dual Brit citizenship.
Fortunately a non-fatal mistake in a country where so many win Darwin awards.
The FC has been directed to assist the Balochistan
...the Pak province bordering Kandahar and Uruzgun provinces in Afghanistan and Sistan Baluchistan in Iran. Its native Baloch propulation is being displaced by Pashtuns and Punjabis and they aren't happy about it...
government in maintaining peace and controlling the law and order situation in the province in the wake of the multiple bombings that have claimed the lives of over 100 people.

Furthermore, the prime minister directed Information Minister Qamar Zaman Kaira to immediately leave for Quetta in order to monitor the situation in the quiet provincial capital.

Prime Minister Ashraf has moreover announced compensation of rupees one million for the heirs of each victim killed in the bombings and rupees 100,000 for each person injured in the kabooms.

He moreover ordered that C-130s be sent to Quetta in order to shift the maimed to Bloody Karachi
...formerly the capital of Pakistain, now merely its most important port and financial center. It is among the largest cities in the world, with a population of 18 million, most of whom hate each other and many of whom are armed and dangerous...
for medical treatment.

The premier has moreover directed Chief Minister Balochistan Aslam Raisani, who is currently abroad, to return to the country without further delay.
Posted by: Fred || 01/13/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6464 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Pakistan

MQM pledges support for Hazara Shia protest
[Dawn] The Muttahida Qaumi Movement
...English: United National Movement, generally known as MQM, is the 3rd largest political party and the largest secular political party in Pakistain with particular strength in Sindh. From 1992 to 1999, the MQM was the target of the Pak Army's Operation Cleanup leaving thousands of urdu speaking civilians dead...
(MQM) on Saturday pledged support for the sit-in protest by the Hazara Shia community in Quetta, calling on the federal and Balochistan
...the Pak province bordering Kandahar and Uruzgun provinces in Afghanistan and Sistan Baluchistan in Iran. Its native Baloch propulation is being displaced by Pashtuns and Punjabis and they aren't happy about it...
governments to accept the legitimate demands of the grieving relatives of victims of Thursday's blasts in the city.

Hundreds of people belonging to the Hazara Shia community were staging a sit-in on Alamdar Road, refusing to bury the dead till the army takes control of Quetta.

The corpse count from the three blasts on Thursday -- two targeting Hazara Shias claimed by the banned Lashkar-e-Jhangvi
... a 'more violent' offshoot of Sipah-e-Sahaba Pakistain. LeJ's purpose in life is to murder anyone who's not of utmost religious purity, starting with Shiites but including Brelvis, Ahmadis, Christians, Jews, Buddhists, Rosicrucians, and just about anyone else you can think of. They are currently a wholly-owned subsidiary of al-Qaeda ...
(LeJ) -- has risen to 104.

In telephonic conversations with Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf and Federal Interior Minister Rehman Malik
Pak politician, Interior Minister under the Gilani government. Malik is a former Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) intelligence officer who rose to head the FIA during Benazir Bhutto's second tenure. Malik was tossed from his FIA job in 1998 after documenting the breath-taking corruption of the Sharif family. By unhappy coincidence Nawaz Sharif became PM at just that moment and Malik moved to London one step ahead of the button men. He had to give up the interior ministry job because he held dual Brit citizenship.
on Saturday, MQM chief Altaf Hussain condemned the 'continued apathy' of the Balochistan government despite protests by the Hazara community in Quetta and their refusal to bury the bodies of the blast victims.

Hussain said that the Hazara community was being repeatedly massacred in Quetta, however no protection was being provided to the persecuted minority. He also protested against the fact that no prominent official from the government had visited Alamdar Road to express their solidarity with the victims.

The MQM chief urged the PM and interior minister to immediately take notice of the legitimate demands of the demonstrators, and to make arrangements for the burials of the victims.

...back at the Senate, Odius Sepulcher rashly called for war against the Visigoths...
deputy convener of the MQM's Rabita Committee, Farooq Sattar spoke to the chairman of the Hazara Qaumi Jirga, Haji Abdul Qayyum Hazara, and expressed his party's solidarity with the relatives of the victims, and the MQM's support of the protesting members of the community.

MQM is the largest political party in Bloody Karachi
...formerly the capital of Pakistain, now merely its most important port and financial center. It is among the largest cities in the world, with a population of 18 million, most of whom hate each other and many of whom are armed and dangerous...
and an ally of the ruling Pakistain People's Party (PPP) coalition in the National Assembly.
Posted by: Fred || 01/13/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6465 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Pakistan

Talks between govt, Hazara Shia protesters end inconclusively
That's because the only satisfactory outcome is that the nation is Shia-frei.
[Dawn] Negotiations aimed at convincing members of the Hazara Shia community to call off their protest ended inconclusively on Saturday after efforts by Governor Balochistan
...the Pak province bordering Kandahar and Uruzgun provinces in Afghanistan and Sistan Baluchistan in Iran. Its native Baloch propulation is being displaced by Pashtuns and Punjabis and they aren't happy about it...
Nawab Zulfiqar Magsi and Federal Minister Syed Khursheed Shah.

Thousands of protesters have been braving chilly weather in Quetta to protest over killings of Hazara Shias in twin suicide kabooms on Alamdar road area of the city. In sub- zero temperature, women and kiddies spent Friday night to mourn the killings on the road, refusing to bury the bodies of the victims until the army takes control of the bustling provincial capital.

The big shots of Pakistain's federal and Balochistan government reached Quetta's Alamdar Road on Saturday for negotiations with Shia leaders after almost 25 hours of a continuing sit-in by thousands of Hazara Shia community members.

Speaking to news hounds after the talks, Khursheed Shah said that an important meeting has been convened in Bloody Karachi
...formerly the capital of Pakistain, now merely its most important port and financial center. It is among the largest cities in the world, with a population of 18 million, most of whom hate each other and many of whom are armed and dangerous...
to discuss law and order situation in Balochistan on Sunday.

Shah further said that he has sought one day to meet the demands of protesters.

"We will continue our sit in until Quetta is handed over to Army," Syed Dawood Agha, the Chief of Balochistan Shia Conference had earlier said. Agha said that the provincial government and police had completely failed to provide protection to them.

The mourners have brought 86 bodies of victims of Alamdar road blast and blocked the road connecting main government offices with Quetta city. Women and children are also part of the protest.

"We have requested them to bury the dead bodies but they are not listening," Capital City Police Officer Quetta Zubair Mehmood said. He said the government had given an assurance to the family and friends of victims that the perpetraters would be brought to book.

The leaders of the newly formed Milli Yakjehti Council have refused to bury the dead bodies despite repeated requests made by Governor Balochistan Nawab Zulfiqar Magsi and the two federal ministers.

Markets and shops centers in the Hazara Shia dominated areas of Quetta are still closed.
Posted by: Fred || 01/13/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6471 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Pakistan

Pakistani Taliban say they will not attack Pak army
Taqiyyah or hudna?
[Dawn] The Pak Taliban said on Saturday they would cease their occasional attacks on the Mighty Pak Army in the Taliban stronghold of North Wazoo and concentrate attacks on NATO
...the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. It's headquartered in Belgium. That sez it all....
forces in Afghanistan instead
Remembering always that the Afghan Taliban are a wholly owned subsidiary of the ISI...
-- an announcement possibly designed to head off divisions in the insurgency.

The ceasefire does not apply to the rest of the country, where there are often fierce festivities between the Taliban and security services.

Thousands of Pak soldiers are stationed in North Waziristan, a tribal region along the Afghan border.

There have been occasional festivities there between the soldiers and Taliban, but a leaflet issued by Taliban leader Hakimullah Mehsud ordered those to stop. A senior commander confirmed the pamphlet's veracity.

"O Mujahideen brothers! As you know, the Pak and Afghan Taliban under the leadership of Mullah Mohammad Omar Mujahid are engaged in jihad against the crusaders and infidels,
That is to say, the American-led Coalition...
and are supporters of each others in the ongoing holy war," the pamphlet said.

"The enemy does not want to see us united and disciplined against them and are trying to divide us," it continued.

The Taliban have formed alliances with a number of other jihad boy groups in North Waziristan who are violently opposed to the Pak state.


Some Taliban capos are divided over whether the Pak state or NATO forces are their top target.

Those divisions were laid bare in November by an attempted suicide kaboom on Mullah Nazir, a top jihad boy commander from the Wazir tribe in South Waziristan. He had signed a peace deal with the Mighty Pak Army but supported attacks on NATO forces in Afghanistan.

The attack was widely believed to be the work of rival Taliban capos, and the Wazir tribe ordered Hakimullah Mehsud's tribe out of their lands.

Mullah Nazir was killed in a drone strike this month and it is unclear if his successor will continue his policies, or what relationship the Wazir tribe will have with the Mehsud tribe.

Mighty Pak Army officials have also told Rooters that there are tensions between Mehsud and his deputy. The two men recently appeared together in a video to deny the allegations.

The decision to halt attacks against the Mighty Pak Army in North Waziristan could signal the Pak Taliban's intention to help the Afghan Taliban fight US-led NATO forces in the neighbouring country, or focus more closely on attacking Western targets inside Pakistain.

Or it could be more specifically aimed at unifying local factions. Mehsud's statement specifically addressed both imported muscle and local Taliban.
Posted by: Fred || 01/13/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6482 views] Top|| File under: TTP

Sectarian killings in Balochistan: DNA samples of Mastung victims lost
[Dawn] DNA identification and burial of the 19 city residents killed by sectarian faceless myrmidons in Mastung on new year's day has been further delayed as the samples collected from the bodies got lost.

Two local hospitals collected fresh samples on Friday and the process of identification would take a week or 10 days for the bodies to be handed to legal heirs for burial.

Officials said that samples of the relatives of the dead were collected for DNA matching soon after the bodies arrived in the garrison city and kept in mortuaries -- 16 in the Holy Family Hospital (HFH) and three in the DHQ Hospital.

How the samples collected from the bodies in Mastung got lost on their way to the Khan Research Laboratory (KRL), nobody knows.

But it became known when relatives got restive over the long wait for the bodies of their dear ones and pestered the hospitals and the KRL for information and were made to shuttle between the two.

Eventually some relatives, with influence, came to know from the KRL that no samples reached them from Mastung for DNA testing to match them with those of the relatives.

An HFH official approached by Dawn said the Mastung administration had to send the samples directly to KRL and blamed it for misplacing them.

When the KRL confirmed that it had not received the samples from Mastung, the HFH sought the help of Rawalpindi district coordination officer.

"DCO Saqib Zafar contacted the Mastung administration which said, in ambiguous terms, that it had dispatched the samples on January 1," said the HFH official.

With the relatives getting impatient and angry, he said the DCO decided to collect fresh samples from the bodies kept in the mortuaries of two hospitals to get the identification job done.

A doctor who had access to the bodies of the victims of sectarian madness confided to Dawn that they were charred beyond recognition.

"We collected tissues from the bodies and dispatched them to the laboratory. Nail is the ideal sample for DNA testing but flesh can also be used for this purpose. The whole process will take approximately 10 days," he said.

"It was negligent of the local hospitals not to re-check whether the laboratory had received the samples from the bodies of the dead before sending the samples of the relatives," he remarked.

HFH Medical Superintendent Dr Arshad Sabir said the bodies would be handed to legal heirs "as soon as we receive the DNA report from the laboratory".

...back at the palazzo, Count Guido had escaped from his bonds and overwhelmed his guard using the bludgeon the faithful Filomena had smuggled to him in the loaf of bread...
the agony of relatives of the victims persists. "It has been a painful, long wait for my grieving family. What a sorrow it is for everyone in our house waiting for the body of our dear mother to arrive," moaned Mazhar Ali whose family lives in Hasanabad.

She was among the 20 people killed in the terrorist attack on the pilgrims bus heading to Iran.

Like many, Mazhar accused the government of not just failing to provide protection to pilgrims but even delivering the dead for burial.

"My family members have not the heart to do any other work until the burial rituals are completed. We love our mother. She was not an abandoned person. The thought is unbearable for me," he said, with tears welling up in his eyes.
Posted by: Fred || 01/13/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6493 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Pakistan

Posted by: JosephMendiola || 01/13/2013 23:55 Comments || Top||

Malik terms Qadri's march as "suicide attack on democracy"
[Dawn] Interior Minister Rehman Malik
Pak politician, Interior Minister under the Gilani government. Malik is a former Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) intelligence officer who rose to head the FIA during Benazir Bhutto's second tenure. Malik was tossed from his FIA job in 1998 after documenting the breath-taking corruption of the Sharif family. By unhappy coincidence Nawaz Sharif became PM at just that moment and Malik moved to London one step ahead of the button men. He had to give up the interior ministry job because he held dual Brit citizenship.
on Saturday said that Dr Tahirul Qadri's long march was nothing but a "blanket mach" and a "suicide kaboom on democracy," DawnNews reported.

Speaking to media representatives after offering condolences to Sharif brothers over the demise of Nawaz Sharif
... served two non-consecutive terms as prime minister, heads the Pakistain Moslem League (Nawaz). Noted for his spectacular corruption, the 1998 Pak nuclear test, border war with India, and for being tossed by General Musharraf...
's younger brother, he reiterated that there were "confirmed intelligence reports" of terrorism threats for the long march.

Malik questioned financial assistance for the march. "Where is he (Qadri) getting funds for the long march from? Who is behind all this? What are the purposes behind holding the march?," asked the minister, adding that Dr Qadri should himself answer all these questions, otherwise, he said the FIA holds the right to investigate and find out itself.

He said the Jan 14 march is a conspiracy to delay the upcoming general elections in the country and vowed to fail all efforts of derailing the democratic process.

...back at the Senate, the partisans of Honorius went for their knives and the partisans of Stilicho went for the doors...
the minister also chaired a high level meeting in Islamabad to review law and order situation and security arrangements for the Jan 14 long march proposed by Tehrik-e-Minhajul Koran (TMQ) chief Dr Tahirul Qadri.

The minister approved the Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) evolved by CCPO Lahore for security arrangements in buses, said a blurb issued here.

During the meeting it was pointed out by the Police representatives of KP and Punjab that as per credible intelligence information Dr Tahirul Qadri and his long march is under imminent threat of attack by banned Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistain (TTP) and other terrorist groups.
Posted by: Fred || 01/13/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6466 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Pakistan

Hundreds back Maliki amid Calls for Iraq PM to Quit
[An Nahar] Hundreds of demonstrators rallied in central Storied Baghdad
...located along the Tigris River, founded in the 8th century, home of the Abbasid Caliphate...
backing Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki
... Prime Minister of Iraq and the secretary-general of the Islamic Dawa Party....
on Saturday as the latest in weeks of anti-government rallies in Sunni areas of Iraq called for him to quit.

The demonstrations have worsened a political crisis, pitting Maliki against his erstwhile government partners, with the premier facing accusations of authoritarianism and sectarianism ahead of key provincial polls.

At Tahrir Square in the heart of the capital, demonstrators held up posters of the prime minister alongside banners that read: "I am Iraqi, I love Maliki," and: "We strongly support Nouri al-Maliki," while many shouted in unison: "All the people support Nouri al-Maliki".

Other banners blamed parliament speaker Osama al-Nujaifi, a Sunni Arab opponent of Maliki, for cut-thoat attacks and slammed calls in anti-government protests for a wide-ranging prisoner amnesty and reform of anti-terror laws.

In a sign of increasing sectarian rhetoric at the rallies, many demonstrators held up banners describing themselves as "followers of Hussein", a revered figure in Shiite Islam, and a speaker led the crowd in chants of "Labeika Ya Hussein", or "We will follow you, Hussein".

"In the names of all the deaders, the victims, the widows, we call on the government not to cancel Article 4," said one protester, a 67-year-old who gave his name as Abu Hussam, referring to anti-terror legislation.

He noted that his son was killed by gunfire in west Storied Baghdad in 2006, adding: "He was 20, I was about to get him married. For six years, I have not slept, I hope one night I can sleep."

...back at the buffalo wallow, Tex and his new-found Indian friend were preparing a little surprise for the bandidos...
anti-government rallies blocked a key highway linking Storied Baghdad to Jordan and Syria for a third week, while protests were also held in Samarra, Tikrit, Baiji and djinn-infested Mosul, all Sunni-majority areas north of the capital.

The protesters have railed against alleged targeting of the minority community by the Shiite-led government, in particular claiming abuse of anti-terror laws to detain community members.
Posted by: Fred || 01/13/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6476 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iraq

#1  "I am Shia Iraqi, I love Maliki," and: "We strongly support Iran Nouri al-Maliki," while many shouted in unison: "All the Shia people support Iran Nouri al-Maliki".
Posted by: Frank G || 01/13/2013 12:25 Comments || Top||

#2  The good news: he may be ego putz enough to defy Iran.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 01/13/2013 14:04 Comments || Top||

EU 'to propose' peace plan after Israel vote
The European Union is drawing up a detailed new plan to restart Israeli-Palestinian peace talks, and expects to present it after this month's Israeli general election, Yediot Aharonot reported Sunday.

Citing diplomatic sources in Jerusalem, Israel's top-selling daily said the plan was intended to "bring about the establishment of a Palestinian state on the basis of the 1967 lines with east Jerusalem as its capital."
Hasn't that ship sailed?
The plan will include "clear timetables for the completion of the negotiations on all the core issues in the course of 2013."
Timetables being the preferred way to hammer the Israelis, since they are the ones who are supposed to cave whenever the negotiations reach the 'last minute'...
The newspaper said the plan is expected to be presented around March, to give time for the formation of a new Israeli government after the general election on January 22.
How generous of them...
The newspaper said the plan "apparently will also include a demand to freeze all construction in the settlements."
Any demands on the Paleos? Like for example a freeze on importing Fajr rockets?
The report said the British and French foreign ministries are sponsoring the initiative, which is also backed by Germany and could be adopted by the full EU.

"There's a lot in the works behind the scenes," the newspaper quoted high-ranking Israeli political officials as saying.

"The Europeans don't have the capability to force an agreement on us, but they definitely may embarrass themselves us," they added. "It is reasonable to assume that the Palestinians will accept a document of that sort, but Israel will be hard put to do so. That's going to paint us into a corner."
Posted by: tipper || 01/13/2013 05:36 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6499 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Among other things Europeans have forgotten is, "what goes around, comes around".
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 01/13/2013 13:59 Comments || Top||

#2  Among other things the Europeans have forgotten is that they want to buy natural gas, and maybe oil, from the Israelis, replacing untrustworthy Russian sources, before they freeze in the dark after shutting down their nuclear power plants. Also, they really want partnerships with Israeli technology companies.

But give up bullying the Juices? Never!!!
Posted by: trailing wife || 01/13/2013 14:47 Comments || Top||

#3  No doubt the Palestinians will rocket to the top of the technology world just as soon as the Juices stop oppressing them.

I mean, the signs are all there, no?
Posted by: lotp || 01/13/2013 17:18 Comments || Top||

#4  at least modern Emergency Podiatry Methods
Posted by: Frank G || 01/13/2013 18:23 Comments || Top||

#5  Fully expect that Israel will listen to the EU-weenies as much as they listened the the
Posted by: USN,Ret. || 01/13/2013 21:49 Comments || Top||

#6  IIRC Israel has a "peace plan" - its called *********** the Too-Many-Headaches-for-Aspirin "Two-State Solution" ["Two Govts, One Land/Israel"] + helping the Paleos take over or dominate Jordan vee the anti-Paleo ruling Hashemites.
Posted by: JosephMendiola || 01/13/2013 23:51 Comments || Top||

Olmert slams Netanyahu for Iran spending
Former Israeli prime minister Ehud Olmert slammed current Premier Benjamin Netanyahu for wasting billions on "crazy adventures" against Iran that never materialized, in an interview that appeared Saturday, dpa reported.

The comments come just weeks ahead of national elections, which will partially be decided on whether Israelis feel that Netanyahu's hardline stance on Iran has made them more or less safe.

Olmert said the 11 billion shekels (2.9 billion dollars) spent on preparing possible attacks upon Iran - which Israel says is building a nuclear bomb, possibly for use against Israel - was, in the end, "used for crazy adventures that never became reality and never will," said Olmert, according to the Times of Israel.
Easy to be a nay-sayer when nothing bad happened to Israel. If something bad had happened, Olmert would be hammering Bibi for that. Olmert had his chance and as I recall, he didn't do too much with it except feather his own pockets.
The administration "set the world into a state of fear for a year and, in the end, did nothing," said Olmert, looking back at a year during which Israel had more than once threatened an attack against Iran to knock out its nuclear capabilities.

Netanyahu's campaign lashed out, noting that Olmert, who has been found guilty of breach of trust charges, was "the last person who should moralize about Prime Minister Netanyahu," noting that the current premier had strengthened Israel in the face of global threats.
Posted by: Steve White || 01/13/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6473 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Sore loser.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 01/13/2013 14:00 Comments || Top||

#2  naive, corrupt, and ineffective is no way to go through life, son
Posted by: Frank G || 01/13/2013 14:44 Comments || Top||

Gold price continue rise at Iran's free market
Each Azadi gold coin was sold at the price of 12.97 million rials at the free market on Friday. It is while the price of gold coin stood at 12.95 million rials at Iran's free market on Thursday.
The sanctions continue to do something right...
Euro was also sold at 42,900 rials at Iran's free market on Friday, while US dollar was presented at 32,950 rials. US Dollar and euro were traded at the prices of 32,850 and 42,950, respectively on Thursday.

The government has set the 28,500 rials price for the free market but the brokers refuse to trade dollar at the mentioned price.

Dollar price had reached 40,000 rials in October but by inauguration of the foreign exchange center the prices fell to 27,000 rials.

Critics believe that Iranian government is not controlling the price of dollar at the free market on purpose. They claim that the government wants to take advantage of selling dollar at the free market in order to compensate its lack of budget.
Posted by: Steve White || 01/13/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6475 views] Top|| File under:

#1  The price here in the USA for Gold has fallen from this past Summer. We now have gold at about $1658/oz. or so. If you go into any ubiquitous WE BUY GOLD shop which have sprung up all over the place you meet people who will exchange your Gold and other precious metals into cash or checks right there as soon as you lay your gold on the scale and hold out your hand. Avoid the people who pay with checks. ( think people, c’mon )Take the Cash. Go through your mother’s jewelry box if you are still at home and over 18. Feed your crack habit with what you get from breaking into homes or muggings. Sell your aunt’s boyfriends engagement ring, there are so many stories, you will hear them all. The kiddies need new shoes.
The man behind the desk will pass a very powerful magnet over your offering. Its a ritual from start to finish, genuflect and have a chair.. They will look for marks on the jewelry with a jeweler’s loupe, these people are subtle and slicker than pawnshops and more savvy and untrusting. Technological paranoia is rampant, there are buzz locks on the door and guns you can’t see, little cameras in the ceiling too probably. (Oh no? Well, then, you tell me.) A digital scale and small bottles of various acids that reveal all. Fakes won’t be accepted and neither will electroplate.
But the cash is good. Obama and Al Gore are both in the pantheon that brought us to all this. Next stop the grocery store or the Liquor shop...depending on what you deem important. Food stamps and 47 million people looking for a job.
Oh, Iran? They have their problems also. But here in the USA? You won’t see anybody asking for your vote who isn’t wearing a Rolex. That, and hock shops and WE BUY GOLD on every corner. It ain’t Mayberry anymore.
By the way, do you own a gun?
Posted by: Threater Flusoper9823 || 01/13/2013 3:24 Comments || Top||

#2  As a person who been several times to Iranian recently, the sanctions are hurting badly the people but the Iranian government does not care.

People in Iran will pay way above the unofficial rate just to get something of value.

Posted by: Bernard Z || 01/13/2013 5:26 Comments || Top||

#3  Technological paranoia is rampant

I am forced by circumstance to agree for once.
Posted by: Shipman || 01/13/2013 7:18 Comments || Top||

#4  Jewelry shops have buzz lock doors and other security features as well. This is normal for a business with easily portable, high value stock.

Do stop hyperventilating, Threater Flusoper9823.
Posted by: trailing wife || 01/13/2013 14:51 Comments || Top||

Foreign Fighters Seek Islamic State In Post-Assad Syria
[Maan] Huddled around a fire in a bombed-out building in Aleppo, foreign jihadists say they are fighting for a radical Islamic state in Syria - whether local rebels trying to topple Hereditary President-for-Life Bashir Pencilneck al-Assad
Scourge of Qusayr...
like it or not.

Among their fellow revolutionaries and civilians, these foreigners draw both respect for their iron discipline and fear that if Assad falls, they may turn on former allies to complete the struggle for an Islamic caliphate.
Continued on Page 49
Posted by: trailing wife || 01/13/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6480 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Can we have a surprise metter?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 01/13/2013 14:01 Comments || Top||

Syria talks end in Geneva without solution
[Dawn] International envoy Lakhdar Brahimi said Friday that Russia seems as determined as the United States to end Syria's civil war, but that he doesn't expect a political solution to emerge anytime soon.

Brahimi, who is the joint UN-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...
envoy for Syria, spent the day at the United Nations
...what started out as a a diplomatic initiative, now trying to edge its way into legislative, judicial, and executive areas...
' European headquarters meeting with Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov and US Deputy Secretary of State William Burns.

"We are all very, very deeply aware of the immense suffering of the Syrian people, which has gone for far too long. We all stressed the need for a speedy end to the bloodshed, to the destruction and all forms of violence in Syria. We stressed again that in our view, there was no military solution to this conflict," Brahimi told news hounds.

But he acknowledged that "if you are asking me whether a solution is around the corner, I am not sure that is the case. What I am certain of is that there is an absolute necessity for people to continue to work for such a peaceful solution, and that it is the wider international community, especially members of the Security Council that can really create the opening that is necessary to start effectively solving the problem."

Brahimi's five hours of talks with Bogdanov and Burns on Friday ended without any apparent deal. It was Brahimi's second meeting in as many months with Bogdanov and Burns, who each left without making any public comments.

In December, Brahimi also met with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton
... sometimes described as the Smartest Woman in the World and at other times as Mrs. Bill, never as Another John C. Calhoun ...
to discuss Syria.

At the Security Council, the most powerful arm of the UN, Russia has joined China in blocking several resolutions aimed at pressuring Syrian Hereditary President-for-Life Bashir Pencilneck al-Assad
The Scourge of Hama...
, but Moscow says it is not propping up his regime.
Posted by: Fred || 01/13/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6467 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Syria

A Trail of Bullet Casings Leads From Africa's Wars Back to Iran
Not just Africa, actually. That's just where the trail started in 2006. You, dear Reader, will not be surprised at the various countries where what turned out to be Iranian bullets were found, though neither Venezuela nor Mexico are mentioned. Photos of one type of bullet can be seen at the link or here.
Posted by: trailing wife || 01/13/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6504 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Thomas R. Picking was appointed as what again ?
Posted by: Besoeker || 01/13/2013 3:13 Comments || Top||

#2  The trail of crumbs leads back to Iran in a lot of other places as well.
Posted by: JohnQC || 01/13/2013 10:34 Comments || Top||

#3  Is that why Iran signed a multinational compact and Egypt and Libya were the ones who gave the French frogs etc grief and were the first invaded under the bullshit democratic trade crap,can't you still buy everything over the Internet including bullets,not to mention all of the years of bullets and weapons gathering dust etc etcetera. It is all crap a euro trash nazi wet dream of controlling Africa etc and setting up some craker club med on the shores of the med and using the locals like Jews were used however their own people sold them into slavery once before , are they in need of shackles and balls yet and if so when does the contract go out to bid?
Posted by: Maggie Flomong2662 || 01/13/2013 17:46 Comments || Top||

#4  jeez Maggie. Ya pushed all the right buttons, but in such intellectual disarray, it failed. Come back when you're coherent
Posted by: Frank G || 01/13/2013 18:27 Comments || Top||

#5  And bring some punctuation when you come.
Posted by: Unurt Gleang9484 || 01/13/2013 18:59 Comments || Top||

#6  The newspaper and island home where the article comes from says it all. Blank. 50 stress on the 50. Anyway how is that French Iran luck oil and I will have more freedom if I get elected again to work worth Russia thing going anyways kids? It is a joke and a cluster puck at best!
Posted by: Maggie Flomong2662 || 01/13/2013 19:00 Comments || Top||

#7  Maggie may well be a bot, but not a particularly sophisticated one if so.
Posted by: lotp || 01/13/2013 19:26 Comments || Top||

#8  LOL - Joe M -please assimilate
Posted by: Frank G || 01/13/2013 20:41 Comments || Top||

#9  I confess I once thought Joe M was a perl script. But that was before I learned JoeSpeek(tm).
Posted by: SteveS || 01/13/2013 20:44 Comments || Top||

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