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Yemen gets new president after 33 years
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Afghanistan
Secret cable warns of threat from militant havens in Pakistan
For phuechs sake! Anyone reading traffic for the past 5-7 years is fully aware of the PAK connection, militant havens, etc. Has it just recently reached the ambassadorial level? Clearly WAPO providing convenient cover for the administration failure in... "The Good War."
Posted by: Besoeker || 02/25/2012 02:50 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [217 views] Top||

#1  Anyone reading traffic for the past 5-7 years is fully aware of the PAK connection, militant havens, etc.

Apparently not. We have a Brit or two whose mission in life at the Burg is to repeat the obvious ad infinitum.
Posted by: Pappy || 02/25/2012 10:24 Comments || Top||

#2  The convenient cover idea would be a good one except that Bambi decided to leave Afghanistan long before this. He doesn't need cover.
Posted by: Steve White || 02/25/2012 11:39 Comments || Top||


Africa Horn
Radical Canadian Muslim preacher expelled from Kenya
Nairobi newspapers are reporting that the controversial Canadian Muslim preacher, Bilal Philips, has been deported from Kenya due to security concerns, just hours after he landed in the country for a speaking tour.

Njiru Mwaniki, chief of the Anti-Terrorism Police said, "We had to turn him away because he easily mobilizes people using his controversial teachings wherever he goes. This is dangerous to our country."

The police chief said Philips "has been in terror circles," the Nation reported. The Standard quoted a senior immigration official who said, "He is not wanted here because he may poison our youth through his controversial preaching."

He was deported on Wednesday. A Muslim group has demanded an apology and noted that Philips had visited in 2009.

Born in Jamaica, Philips converted to Islam after immigrating to Canada. He studied in Saudi Arabia and is now called an Islamic scholar. He lives in Qatar and has written more than 50 books. His writings preach against listening to music, which he compares to a drug, call homosexuality "evil" and claim that AIDS is a form of divine punishment.

Kenya is only the latest country to deny him entry. Last year, Philips was expelled from Germany for advocating the killing of homosexuals. Britain and Australia have taken similar action and the U.S. has named him as a suspected terrorist co-conspirator. He continues to travel to Canada and spoke last year at two Toronto mosques whose former worshippers have joined al-Qaeda-linked terrorist groups.

Last year he said he had been "from the beginning opposed to the Qaeda and any form of terrorism in the name of Islam" and "continues to oppose suicide bombing directed against civilian populations anywhere."

Asked why he was not allowed to enter other countries, he said, "Well, I think mainly it is an issue of assimilation. I mean, they want Muslims to assimilate and be indistinguishable from the regular local population. That's what I see at the bottom of it."
Posted by: ryuge || 02/25/2012 00:12 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [202 views] Top||

#1  Nothing radical down here in Georgia, we simply use the "bow test."

Link
Posted by: Besoeker || 02/25/2012 2:06 Comments || Top||


Africa North
Egypt┬'s Salafists go after Hamas┬' Haniyeh
Egypt┬'s ultra-conservative ┬"Salafists Call┬" condemned Hamas leader in Gaza Ismail Haniya shortly after he led a prayer in the al-Azhar Mosque on Friday, saying he met with Shiite leaders last week while all the killing in Iraq is ongoing and Sunnis are attacked almost daily.

┬"We refuse that Haniya leads the prayer in Egypt┬'s largest Sunni mosque after he shook hands with the Shiites, and Egypt is the country of the Sunni al-Azhar [and we] do not accept a man who put his hand into the hand that kills Sunnis in Iraq and Syria,┬" said a statement released by the Salafi Call on Friday.

Haniya is visiting Egypt for meetings with Egyptian officials on Gaza and the peace process with Israel.

The Call said that Haniya, who is being supported by the Muslim Brotherhood, follows a method of ┬"lying, cheating and cunning and plays on all fronts after he shook hands with Shiite in Iran and Hezboallah and Bashar al-Assad and now he comes to Egypt to shake ours, despite he never condemned Assad even once.┬"

┬"What is the difference between Jews, Hezbollah and Iran when they are all gathered in going against God┬'s word and wish to break down Islam,┬" continued the Call.

┬"There is no difference between the massacres in Syria and Gaza, they are all Muslims,┬" the group added.

┬"Why do we only care about al-Aqsa and Jihad there and ignore Aleppo and the rest of Syria.┬"

The Call went on to criticize the Muslim Brotherhood, who in their opinion, tried its hardest to get Haniya to Egypt and failed to support the bearded police officers in their battle with the ministry of interior.

A number of police officers want to go against the code of the ministry and let their beards grow as they see it as part of their Islamic identity.
Posted by: tipper || 02/25/2012 08:05 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [248 views] Top||

#1 
Posted by: Water Modem || 02/25/2012 14:16 Comments || Top||


Arabia
Yemen gets new president after 33 years
Abd Rabu Mansour Hadi was elected Yemen's new president with 99.8 per cent of the vote, the head of the Supreme Commission for Elections and Referendum, Mohammed Hussein al-Hakimi, said Friday, dpa reported.

Hadi, 67, will replace Ali Abdullah Saleh, who was in power for 33 years.
Wonder if Hadi is already plotting how to spend his next 33 years...
Saleh is expected to attend Hadi's inauguration next week in the Yemeni capital Sana'a.

Al-Hakimi said more than 6.6 million voters cast their ballots on Tuesday, and put the turnout at about 65 per cent. Hadi was the sole candidate in the early election, which was the result of a deal for the peaceful transfer of power signed in November by Saleh, 69, and the opposition.
Posted by: Steve White || 02/25/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [223 views] Top||

#1  Where's Saleh going to retire to for his health?
Posted by: Barbara || 02/25/2012 0:39 Comments || Top||

#2  Well, Idi Amin got to die in Saudi Arabia after he was deposed by playing the Muslim card. I think that Saleh should consider Morocco or France instead.
Posted by: Shieldwolf || 02/25/2012 2:15 Comments || Top||


Britain
Head of state 'funded al-Qaeda and knew of 7/7 terror attacks'
Posted by: American Delight || 02/25/2012 09:44 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [198 views] Top||

#1  Any idea who they're talking about?
Posted by: Thing From Snowy Mountain || 02/25/2012 9:54 Comments || Top||

#2  A conjecture.
Posted by: Pappy || 02/25/2012 10:30 Comments || Top||

#3  Pappy - they sound like a real bunch of low life thugs....
Posted by: 3dc || 02/25/2012 12:13 Comments || Top||


Caribbean-Latin America
For Rantburg's Sunday Morning Coffee Pot: The Buenaventura 3
A Mexican army battalion commander is currently on trial for ordering the murders of two of his subordinates in early 2010.

At around the same time as those murders, three petty thieves were arrested by men in military uniforms in Buenaventura in Galeana municipality in western Chihuahua state.

Human rights activists and family members of the three disappeared say the commander is responsible, but some evidence exculpates the commander:


Relatives had said the three were taken to the Nuevas Casas Grandes army base, while officials both at the local army garrison as well as at higher commands denied having them. A human rights report stated that on February 4th, a friend of one of the victims, received a brief telephone call from Nitza Paola Alvarado Espinoza. A local prosecutor in Galeana attempted to trace the call but failed.

The army has consistently denied knowing the whereabouts or fate of the three victims, a contention which has appeared to be true.


On Rantburg's Sunday Morning Coffee Pot
Posted by: badanov || 02/25/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [197 views] Top||


Europe
Guard leaders in Kosovo used 'a range of tactics' in alleged misconduct
Well COL Liethen, we're all certainly glad you were the commander and were monitoring the unit's command climate and these horrid events closely in order to nip them in the bud.
Posted by: Besoeker || 02/25/2012 03:11 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [204 views] Top||

#1  "Hostile work environment"

Tells it all.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 02/25/2012 3:49 Comments || Top||

#2  Sounds like someone knew how to file an Article 138 complaint [aka nuke handgrenade].
Posted by: Procopius2k || 02/25/2012 10:32 Comments || Top||

#3  BLUF: Leadership Failure at the 06 level.

"There are no "bad soldiers" only poor leaders."
Very old quote, I forgot he said it.
Posted by: Besoeker || 02/25/2012 10:38 Comments || Top||


Home Front: WoT
Oregon Islamic Charity Founder Must Go To Prison During Appeal
Pirouz Sedaghaty, also known as Pete Seda, was convicted of federal tax fraud and conspiracy charges, for helping to smuggle $150,000 to Saudi Arabia through the Al-Haramain Islamic Foundation in Ashland.

Prosecutors argued the money was meant for Islamic fighters in Chechnya, but Judge Michael Hogan ruled they failed to prove that element of the conspiracy. He was sentenced to 33 months (2 years, 9 months)in prison.

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has upheld a lower court ruling denying a stay of sentence while his appeal is being heard.
Posted by: Anonymoose || 02/25/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [199 views] Top||


Brawl erupts at Nonie Darwish talk at Univ. New Mexico
There was a vocal - some call it violent - protest at last night's lecture by Nonie Darwish, an Egyptian born American human rights activist. She is a co-founder of the group "Arabs for Israel." Ms. Darwish was speaking at UNM on "Why the Arab Spring is Failing and how Israel is Involved".

Video clip from KOB-TV shows some audience members interrupting the speaker by shouting her down, followed by a crowd scene involving other audience members with gray hair. The ABQ Journal has nothing on its web site about this incident.
Following clip is from KOB-TV web site:

A YouTube video (which has since been taken down) was posted by the someone calling themselves (Un)Occupy Albuquerque, with the text: A group of people, who were acting in solidarity with the Palestinian people...
I think we already know the rest of the lines to that song & dance...
Posted by: Anguper Hupomosing9418 || 02/25/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [207 views] Top||

#1  "A group of people, who were acting in solidarity with the Palestinian people..."

I'm getting sick of this sh*t. Every single idiot who says they're "in solidarity" with the paleos should prove it by going to live with they. I hear Gazoo is lovely this time of year. >:-(
Posted by: Barbara || 02/25/2012 0:43 Comments || Top||

#2  Some of the other ABQ MSM sites are finally starting to publish reports.
KRQE: Chaos broke out during a lecture at the University of New Mexico, and it is was all caught on video Thursday.

When (Un)Occupy Albuquerque protesters shouted down a speaker in an UNM lecture hall other members of the audience went after the protesters.

The video posted on the Internet showed the noisy scene that looked more like the start of a bar brawl than an educational lecture...The group UNM Israel Alliance put on the event and invited anyone to show up. (Un)Occupy Albuquerque took up the offer.

About 12 people with the group started shouting down the speaker halfway through her talk.

"We came to basically voice our opinion," said Brittany Arneson, a member of (Un)Occupy Albuquerque who was at the lecture.

Arneson was there to say she did not agree with the speaker and to show her support for Palestine.

"We were there in peace and weren't trying to be violent at all," Areneson said.

But during the loud protest some people there to listen to the speaker had enough and started grabbing and shoving protesters...Arneson said she was roughed up a bit but not injured in the chaos.

"I wasn't expecting that at all," she said.
Riiight.
Posted by: Anguper Hupomosing9418 || 02/25/2012 4:38 Comments || Top||

#3  For better or worse, (I vote worse) advocation of superstition, barbarism and genocide is still freedom of speech, and our brave, brave universities here in the US are the vanguard.

No easy answers.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 02/25/2012 9:02 Comments || Top||

#4  Att Brittany Arneson

Ask Paelos what they think of infidels?
Posted by: Squinty Glatch1099 || 02/25/2012 9:04 Comments || Top||

#5  "We were there in peace and weren't trying to be violent at all,"

Shutting down some other person's right to free speech and peaceful assembly is stripping them of their basic civil rights. Of course in the minds of the perps, the civil rights of others are trumped by 'social justice'.

Now we'll see if they can connect the dots. If they go file criminal complaints, their names and addresses will become public record. The power of anonymity disappears.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 02/25/2012 10:03 Comments || Top||

#6  "I wasn't expecting that at all"

Based on history, she probably wasn't.

Surprise!
Posted by: Pappy || 02/25/2012 10:34 Comments || Top||

#7  If the agitators were to try the exact same behavior during an Obama speech, they would get to know what 'violence' really is.
Posted by: Anguper Hupomosing9418 || 02/25/2012 14:57 Comments || Top||


India-Pakistan
TTP fractures into more than 100 groups
After Baitullah Mehsud┬'s death in 2009, the TTP has lost organisational capability

Internal rivalries, coupled with a prolonged leadership crisis since militant leader Baitullah Mehsud┬'s death in August 2009, have diminished the influence of the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistani (TTP) as a militant umbrella organisation in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA), analysts say.

Against that backdrop, about 130 major and minor militant groups, some of which have splintered off the TTP, operate in and from a 27,220-sq.-km. area of FATA, said Ashraf Ali, president of the FATA Research Centre, an Islamabad-based think tank dedicated to researching the Taliban in Pakistan┬'s tribal regions.

The TTP has not been able to forge a united command ever since it lost its influential commander in an air strike in August 2009, he said.

┬"The TTP is plagued by a leadership crisis as neither its incumbent head Hakeemullah Mehsud ┬-- too immature to lead ┬-- nor Maulvi Faqir, a leading commander from Bajaur Agency, is in a position to keep it united,┬" Ali said.

┬"Nobody knows exactly how many militant groups exist these days,┬" Shah said, referring to the secession from the TTP.

The TTP resulted from bringing 40 militant groups together under one umbrella in 2007, Ali said.

┬"Baitullah,┬" he said, ┬"was the linchpin in keeping the TTP together, as it was because of him that so many militant leaders agreed to form the TTP.┬"

After its creation, the organisation saw its influence grow as many small gangs that were active in FATA started joining its ranks, Mansoor Khan Mehsud, director of research at the FATA Research Centre, told Central Asia Online.

After Baitullah┬'s death, reports of differences among Hakeemullah Mehsud, a more lethal militant leader; Wali-ur-Rehman, an important commander; and Maulvi Faqir, one of Baitullah┬'s deputies in Bajaur, surfaced, setting the stage for a confrontation that continues to this day, Ali said.

LOTS more detail in full article.
Posted by: Glenmore || 02/25/2012 16:56 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [200 views] Top||


India's PM: American NGOs fund nuclear protests
NEW DELHI: American NGOs fund the protests that hold India back from building the nuclear reactors it needs to meet fast-growing energy needs, the country's prime minister said in an interview published in Science magazine on Friday.
Which of the consortium of NGOs amongst Open Society, Ford, Carnegie, etc?
Among the plants suffering delays is the Kudankulam power station, which was due to open last year. Progress on the Russian-built reactor has been halted by protesters over safety fears.

"The atomic energy program has got into problems because these NGOs, mostly I think based in the United States, don't appreciate the need for our country to increase the energy supply," Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said in the interview Singh also blamed protests against genetically modified crops on groups he said were funded from the United States and Scandinavian countries.
The NGOs are into protesting all sorts of stuff that they don't like. They'll even take money from your competitors and protest against you.
"(They are) not fully appreciative of the development challenges that our country faces," he said.

Protesters at Kudankulam in southern India have denied that they get overseas financing, and say an interior ministry investigation into the accounts of dozens of protest groups in the area turned up no evidence of wrongdoing.

Non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in India are allowed to receive foreign financing, with certain restrictions. A member of Singh's cabinet on Friday said three NGOs had lost their license to operate for inappropriately using funds.
Maybe you should dig deeper...
The Kudankulam power station in Tamil Nadu is one of several planned power projects that are seen as vital to plugging huge electricity shortages that have damaged economic growth. Protests by local people against the power station gathered pace after the Fukushima accident in Japan in March last year. In December, Singh said the plant would be open within weeks.
Posted by: Steve White || 02/25/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [199 views] Top||

#1  I wouldn't be surprised about actual "NGO" interference here. Nor that is exists in Egypt as well.
Posted by: tipover || 02/25/2012 0:15 Comments || Top||

#2  Muzzies aren't the only savages trying to pull civilization down.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 02/25/2012 4:06 Comments || Top||

#3  Progress on the Russian-built reactor has been halted by protesters over safety fears.

I think I've spotted the problem here...
Posted by: Raj || 02/25/2012 7:43 Comments || Top||

#4  "It is absolutely a lie that we have been receiving money from US and Scandinavian countries,┬" said SP Udayakumar of the People┬'s Movement Against Nuclear Energy (PMANE).

The Times of India reported that Western Christian organizations transferred 630 million rupees to finance the campaign against the peaceful use of nuclear energy in the country.

Other accusations have been made against Scandanavian NGOs. Money had been received by about 12 NGOs that were investigated by the Minisry of Home Affairs.

┬"The Ministry of Home Affairs cancelled licenses for about 3 NGOS and is initiating action against NGOs not following guidelines,┬" he said.

India still remember how these organization financed by the West organized mass protests against the construction of metallurgical and Engineering factories and oil refineries many years ago. The Prime Minister has also blamed these NGOs for opposing the development of biotechnology in the country.

A special Home Ministry team found that some organisations involved in the protests against the Kudankulam had received funds to the tune of over Rs. 55 crore (about $4.7m).
Posted by: Anonymoose || 02/25/2012 8:16 Comments || Top||


Iraq
White House announces token attendees at dinner honoring Iraq veterans
"This is the beginning of a thank you which will continue throughout election year." Wilson said. "POTUS We wanted to make sure the entire country was represented.

"So all 57 states and territories, all ranks, all services, all backgrounds, even a lawyer general from Oklahoma -- the point of it was that in the East Room that night, that that room would look like the America that served on the battlefield in Iraq."

Posted by: Besoeker || 02/25/2012 03:41 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [207 views] Top||

#1  the point of it was that in the East Room that night, that that room would look like the America that served on the battlefield in Iraq."

Along with a lawyer. How appropriate.
Posted by: Besoeker || 02/25/2012 10:06 Comments || Top||

#2  It gets better. Two junior enlisted sailors and the rest all above E-6.

Go Navy.
Posted by: Pappy || 02/25/2012 10:40 Comments || Top||

#3  Is there going to be a parade in NYC?
Posted by: JohnQC || 02/25/2012 19:30 Comments || Top||


Dissolved Baath party threatens Arab summit
BAGHDAD / Aswat al-Iraq: The dissolved Baath party on Friday threatened to target the coming Arab summit if it is held in Baghdad. A statement from what is called the Armed Iraqi National Resistance, which was published on a website belonging to the Baath party, expressed hope that the Arab League would hold the meeting in another country until Iraq is freed from the "Parisian occupation."

The statement threatened to attack the interests any country that insists on attending the summit with any representation.

Iraq is to host an Arab summit on March 29, the first since the Arab Spring that swept away several leaders and brought Islamists to the fore.

The last time Baghdad hosted a regular summit of the 22-member organisation dates back to November 1978, and Iraq was the venue for an extraordinary session in May 1990, just months before Saddam Hussein's invasion of Kuwait.

A regular Arab summit was originally due to be held on March 29, 2011 in the Iraqi capital but delayed due to the turbulence of the Arab Spring that last year ousted long-term rulers of Tunisia, Egypt and Libya. It was rescheduled until May 11 before being postponed for a second time.
Posted by: Steve White || 02/25/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [203 views] Top||


Southeast Asia
Thai government struggles with compensation issue
Granting compensation payments to families of protesters killed by Thai authorities in the recent deaths of four villagers, reportedly shot by Army rangers, could complicate reconciliation efforts in the deep South, an official said yesterday.

Relatives of people killed by security officials in several incidents in the deep South, including the Tak Bai incident, are likely to demand the same amount - Bt7.5 million - that is to be paid to families of redshirt supporters and others killed in Bangkok in May 2010, Prasit Meksuwan said.

The guidelines for compensating families of those killed or injured by terrorists insurgents or in counterinsurgency operations in the deep South have yet to be completed. Relatives of the victims would like the same Bt7.5 million figure.

Prasit said, "The relatives are asking how their mental anguish and suffering will be measured and how they will be compensated for the deaths of their loved ones."

Government teachers also would like higher compensation rates for doing such risky jobs in the strife-torn region, he added.
Posted by: ryuge || 02/25/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [202 views] Top||


Thai delegation studies appeasement in Aceh
A Thai government delegation has visited Aceh province in Indonesia to study the peace process and the implementation of sharia law. The three-day visit was to get input from the Aceh provincial administration so that the lessons learned can be applied in Thailand, particularly in the southern provinces of the country, where people have been fighting for autonomy and sharia law.

Narumon Siriwat, a delegation member representing the Thai senate said, "We want to know exactly how the people of Aceh, especially the disputing parties such as the Free Aceh Movement [GAM] and the Indonesian government, could make peace and sit together now."

"We wish to transfer the knowledge achieved by the people of Aceh to our citizens in the south," Narumon added.

In the meeting between the delegation and members of the Aceh Legislative Council, members from the Thai delegation asked a number of questions about the peace process, including the reasons why GAM demanded independence from the Indonesia.

Legislative council member Adnan Beuransyah, a former GAM member, responded by saying, "The conflict ensued from the Dutch era, when they attempted to rule the Aceh kingdom. However, since Indonesia┬'s independence, Aceh was unilaterally handed over to the Indonesian government and Aceh became a part of Indonesia."

In addition to Aceh┬'s historical resistance to the central government, the delegation was also told about prominent separatist figure Hasan Di Tiro, who formed the Free Aceh Movement in 1976 to fight for independence, leading to armed conflict between GAM and Indonesia.

The Thai delegation also asked about the implementation of sharia law in Aceh. Delegation head Narong Vongsumits asked, "Has the Islamic sharia been implemented long ago, or ever since the peace pact was signed in 2005?"

Hasbi replied that sharia law has been enforced in Aceh since the signing of the peace treaty in 2005. Although sharia law was one of the regional autonomous rights in Aceh, its implementation was still in a transitional stage. Hasbi said, "In several aspects we have implemented Islamic sharia, but in other aspects we still use the national law."
Posted by: ryuge || 02/25/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [199 views] Top||


Syria-Lebanon-Iran
Iran military official: Only burning White House can make up for burning Koran
The Muslim world should not accept an apology issued by U.S. President Barack Obama over the burning of Korans in an American base in Afghanistan, a top Iranian military commander said on Saturday, adding that nothing short of "burning the White House can relieve the wound of us."

Obama's Thursday apology in a letter to Afghan President Hamid Karzai sought to quell spiraling furor among Afghans, who have been protesting the act for five straight days, after Afghan workers found charred copies of the Muslim holy book on a military base near Kabul.
Posted by: tipper || 02/25/2012 16:34 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [255 views] Top||

#1  How about we vote him out? Does that count?
Posted by: Bobby || 02/25/2012 17:02 Comments || Top||

#2  Of course not, Bobby. His successor is likely to be a Christian.
Posted by: Rambler in Virginia || 02/25/2012 17:12 Comments || Top||

#3  Death penalty - for Iran.
Posted by: Shimble Guelph5793 || 02/25/2012 18:00 Comments || Top||

#4  They sure get their panties in a wad.
Posted by: JohnQC || 02/25/2012 19:28 Comments || Top||

#5  Jew or Muslim, pro-US or anti-US, by most accounts they are not impressed wid Obama as POTUS - by that scope, then, IRAN + RADICAL ISLAM HAVE A STAKE IN ENSURING THAT THE BAMMER WINS RE-ELECTION.

As per the "Arab Springs", its under the Bammer that Radical Islam is now on the verge/threshold of going de facto Nuclear, vee formal electoral control of the NucProgs of key, formerly pro-US Islamic Countries + Wannabes.
Posted by: JosephMendiola || 02/25/2012 21:43 Comments || Top||


Iran: Attack Will Lead to Israel's Collapse
Iran's defense minister says an Israeli attack will lead to the collapse of the Jewish state.

The comments by Gen. Ahmad Vahidi are one of the strongest statements from Iran that it will punish Israel should it attack Iran's nuclear facilities.

Vahidi's remarks were posted on the state-run Press TV's website Saturday.
Israel has recently increased its rhetoric warning of the need to halt Iran's nuclear development.

Israeli officials say Israel must act by the summer because Tehran is moving more of its nuclear installations underground.

The U.S. and some of its allies accuse Iran of seeking to develop nuclear weapons, a charge Tehran denies.
Israel views Iran as an existential threat.
Posted by: tipper || 02/25/2012 07:55 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [197 views] Top||

#1  So YOU say, NOT reality.
Posted by: Redneck Jim || 02/25/2012 13:41 Comments || Top||


US planning to boost sea and land defences as Iran fears grow
Military planners have asked for emergency funding from Congress to address a perceived shortfall in defence capabilities that could undermine the ability of US forces to respond to an Iranian closure of the Strait of Hormuz, the Wall Street Journal quoted American officials as saying.

Gen James Mattis, the head of the US Central Command, has privately informed Congress of his intentions to place mine detection and clearing equipment in and around the Strait and to boost surveillance capabilities in the Gulf.

There are also plans to modify weapons systems on ships that are at present vulnerable to Iranian fast-attack boats, many of which carry anti-ship missiles.

Reflecting Pentagon fears that the US could be sucked into a war by the end of the year, the Central Command told Congress that it wanted the new systems in place by the autumn.

The request comes amid growing speculation that Israel is preparing to launch unilateral military strikes against Iran's nuclear facilities this year. Senior US and British officials have cautioned Israel against such action, urging Benjamin Netanyahu, the Israeli prime minister, to give tougher Western sanctions against Iran a chance to work. President Barack Obama is expected to emphasise that message when he holds talks with Mr Netanyahu in Washington next Sunday.
Posted by: tipper || 02/25/2012 07:52 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [203 views] Top||

#1  Netanyahu needs to hire
Posted by: Water Modem || 02/25/2012 13:51 Comments || Top||

#2  Looks like the Navy is weighing in, as per FOX NEWS AM - DepNav has repor submitted funding requests to the Congress to fund its expansion of shipboard close-in weapons for defense agz harassing IRGC Speedboats, Drones, + Sappers.

IIUC, NAVY = e.g. MA DEUCE + M-60's + M-16's/AR-15's, Rockets + the like, for Marines + assigned Sailors.
Posted by: JosephMendiola || 02/25/2012 21:27 Comments || Top||

#3  WAFF > USN: SURFACE SHIP SHORTFALL | US NAVY FACES A GAP [shortage] IN CRUISERS + DESTROYERS UNDER ITS CURRENT PLAN.

Navy favors $$$ for more LCS'.

and

* SAME > [StrategyPage] IRAN ATTACKS.

ARTIC = denotes that MALAYSIA allows many dedicated, foreign Islamic Terrorists to stay + reside in their Country as long as they don't foster trouble in same or Malaysia's sovereign neighbors.

A MALAY POLICY WHICH APPAREN HASN'T WORKED OUT TOO WELL.
Posted by: JosephMendiola || 02/25/2012 22:00 Comments || Top||

#4  DEFENCE.PK/FORUMS > [Trend.com]IRAN BUILDS SMART, REMOTE-CONTROLLED "PHOENIX" SUBNARINE.

But can it "transform"???
Posted by: JosephMendiola || 02/25/2012 22:35 Comments || Top||


Hillary Clinton calls Russia and China 'despicable' for opposing UN resolution
Speaking after a Friends of Syria conference, held in Tunisia, Mrs Clinton said that Russia and China must join international condemnation of President Assad's regime.

"It's quite distressing to see two permanent members of the Security Council using their veto while people are being murdered ┬-- women, children, brave young men ┬-- houses are being destroyed," she said.

"It is just despicable and I ask whose side are they on? They are clearly not on the side of the Syrian people."

Mrs Clinton went on to predict a military coup inside Syria of the kind that ended the old regimes in Egypt and Tunisia.

"We saw this happen in other settings last year, I think it is going to happen in Syria," she told reporters at the end of the meeting.
Posted by: tipper || 02/25/2012 07:45 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [193 views] Top||

#1  I can imagine it in this voice (wav file).
Posted by: Anonymoose || 02/25/2012 8:01 Comments || Top||

#2  Is this that fabled reset button being pushed again?

The current state of the US and the world just disgusts me in so many ways.
Posted by: AlanC || 02/25/2012 9:15 Comments || Top||

#3  Agitated to find out the basic tenant that "America" is the source of all problems isn't the real world or frustrated that the narrative isn't fitting into the real world, cause it means the evil conservatives back home might be right.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 02/25/2012 10:28 Comments || Top||


Hillary Clinton, at 'Friends' meeting, has encouraging words for Syria rebels
Posted by: Besoeker || 02/25/2012 02:48 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [195 views] Top||

#1  Anne-Marie Slaughter ┬-- Clinton┬'s former policy planning director at the State Department ┬-- has called for the establishment of ┬"no-kill zones" inside Syria.

So it appears all our intrepid R2P'ers are starting to chime in again. Apparently they must think that Libyan thang was a smashing success. Except for all those pesky tribal revenge killings and missing MANPAD's of course. But hey, that Unity of Command thingee is sooooo Bush. Now it's all about Unity of Vision bayybee.

Let's hear a snippit what the good Dr.Slaughter thinks 'bout Syria...shall we?

If the U.S. says it stands behind R2P but then does nothing in a case where it applies, not only will dictators around the world draw their own conclusions, but belief in the U.S. commitment to other international norms and obligations also weakens, just at a time when the U.S. grand strategy is to expand and strengthen an effective international order.


Ooooh Ann-Marie you sound so..so international when talk about Grand strategies and International orders and all.

Posted by: DepotGuy || 02/25/2012 11:25 Comments || Top||

#2  I bet if No Kill zones are established in Syria, Assad will agree to them.

Enemies in concentrated areas makes targeting so much easier.
Posted by: badanov || 02/25/2012 11:36 Comments || Top||


It's time to stop killings in Syria - Obama
Oh no, not this shit again!
My thinking exactly as soon as I saw six articles in a row placed under the wrong category
Posted by: Besoeker || 02/25/2012 02:37 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [200 views] Top||

#1  Or, else?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 02/25/2012 3:51 Comments || Top||

#2  Isn't it rich?
Are we a pair (me and Kofi)?
Me here at last on the ground,
You in mid-air (but nowhere near Syria thankfully).
Send in the drones.

Isn't it bliss?
Don't you approve?
One who keeps tearing around (first class),
One who can't move (great pad this WH).
Where are the drones?
Send in the drones.

Just when I'd stopped opening doors,
Finally knowing the one that I wanted was yours,
Making my entrance again with my usual flair,
Sure of my lines,
No one is there.

Don't you love farce?
My fault I fear.
I thought that you'd want what I want.
Sorry, my dear Kofi.
But where are the drones?
Quick, send in the drones.
Don't bother, they're here (somewhere in Arizona).

Isn't it rich?
Isn't it queer,
Losing my timing this late
In my presidency?
And where are the drones?
There ought to be drones.
Well, maybe next year.
Posted by: Phil_B || 02/25/2012 5:56 Comments || Top||


Hamas PM voices support for Syria protests
That twitched the Surprise Meter just a touch...
CAIRO: The Hamas prime minister on Friday expressed support for Syrian protesters seeking to overthrow President Bashar Assad, the first time a senior Hamas leader has publicly rebuked the group┬'s longtime patron.

Ismail Haniyeh said after Friday prayers at Egypt┬'s Al-Azhar Mosque that Hamas commends ┬"the brave Syrian people that are moving toward democracy and reform.┬"
And who would know more about democracy and reform than Ismail?
Assad has long hosted and supported leaders of the movement, which rules the Gaza Strip, but the group has significantly reduced the presence of its exiled leaders in Syria since the start of the 11-month-old uprising against the Syrian regime.

Some of the top Hamas leaders are now spending most of their time in Qatar, Egypt and Lebanon, as the group tries to distance itself from Assad┬'s brutal crackdown on opponents.
Keep it up and maybe they'll spend most of their time in Mauritania...
The United States viewed Haniyeh┬'s remarks on Syria positively.

┬"It just speaks to how isolated Assad is,┬" State Department spokesman Mark Toner said.

Haniyeh┬'s speech was another sign of Hamas┬' drift away from longtime backers Iran and Syria, as it finds new allies in the region. Hamas┬' isolation has eased since its parent movement, the pan-Arab Muslim Brotherhood, gained political influence in the region, including in Egypt, in the wake of the Arab Spring uprisings.
Which is why they don't need the Shi'a infidels in Iran and Syria as much as they used to. Duh.
Posted by: Steve White || 02/25/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [198 views] Top||


Saudi Arabia backs call to arm Syria opposition
TUNISIA: Foreign Minister Prince Saud Al-Faisal supported yesterday the call for arming the rebels fighting the brutal regime of President Bashar Assad. He went further than any of the other Friends of Syria nations meeting in Tunis Friday to increase pressure on Assad to call for a cease-fire, step down and allow humanitarian aid to flow to hard-hit areas.

Asked at the start of a meeting with US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton if he thought arming the Syrian opposition was a good idea, the prince said: ┬"I think it┬'s an excellent idea.┬" Asked why, he said, ┬"Because they have to protect themselves.┬"

Clinton warned that Syria┬'s rulers have squandered every chance for peace and, if they do not let aid reach civilians, will have even more blood on their hands.

Arab and Western nations called for an immediate end to violence in the country and new sanctions on the Assad regime. In a final declaration, the group called for Syria's government to "immediately cease all violence" to allow humanitarian access and "committed to take steps to apply and enforce restrictions and sanctions on the regime."
Posted by: Steve White || 02/25/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [199 views] Top||

#1  Hillary,

You need to ask yourself who is more damgerous in charge Sunnis or Shias?

Sunni people in general seem to be more fanatical and anti western.
Posted by: Squinty Glatch1099 || 02/25/2012 9:07 Comments || Top||



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