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-Lurid Crime Tales-: EXCLUSIVE: Beest Shared An Email Network With The Clinton Foundation
Posted by Besoeker 09/01/2015  01:28 0 Comments 263 words Read the whole thing on page 6
[Breitbart] Hillary Clinton's private email server was housed at the same physical location and on the same network as an email server used and operated by the Clinton Foundation, Breitbart News has exclusively learned.

Records reveal that Hillary Clinton's private clintonemail.com server shared an IP address with her husband Bill Clinton's email server, presidentclinton.com, and both servers were housed in New York City, not in the basement of the Clintons' Chappaqua, New York home.

Web archives show that the Presidentclinton.com Web address was being operated by the Clinton Foundation as of 2009, when Hillary Clinton registered her own clintonemail.com server.

Numerous Clinton Foundation employees used the presidentclinton.com server for their own email addresses, which means that they were using email accounts that, if hacked, would have given any hacker complete access to Hillary Clinton's State Department emails, as well.

The bombshell revelation raises new concerns about the possible illegality of Hillary Clinton's private email use. The former Secretary of State is under federal investigation for potentially violating the Espionage Act by allowing people without a security clearance to access classified information. The fact that Hillary was sharing an email network with a private foundation means that people without a security clearance almost certainly had physical access to her server while she was working at the State Department.
I believe the high likelihood of this "exclusive" was discussed here weeks ago.


Africa Subsaharan: Boko Haram Killers on Horseback Massacre nearly 80 in NE Nigeria
Posted by trailing wife 09/01/2015  00:45 0 Comments 620 words Read the whole thing on page 1
[AnNahar] Suspected Boko Haram
... not to be confused with Procol Harum, Harum Scarum, possibly to be confused with Helter Skelter. The Nigerian version of al-Qaeda and the Taliban rolled together and flavored with a smigeon of distinctly Subsaharan ignorance and brutality...
gunnies on horseback rubbed out nearly 80 people in attacks on three villages in Nigeria's restive northeast at the weekend, a vigilante and residents told AFP on Monday.

The attacks were the latest bloodbath in the six-year-old insurgency by the hard boy group aimed at carving out an Islamic state in the volatile region.

Babakura Kolo, a vigilante fighting Boko Haram, said 68 people were killed in the attack on Baanu village in Borno state late on Friday while residents said another 11 people were rubbed out in two other villages on Saturday and Sunday.

"Reports reached us of an attack on Baanu village late Friday where Boko Haram gunnies riding on horses opened fire on the village. Sixty-eight people were killed in the attack," Kolo told AFP.

He said the gunnies stormed Baanu around 8.30 pm (1930 GMT), shooting sporadically.

Baanu resident Aisami Ari who fled the attack to the state capital Maiduguri on Saturday, also confirmed the attack and the corpse count.

"The attackers came on horses around 8.30 pm and began shooting sporadically. The whole village was thrown into confusion and everybody fled. We returned after they had gone and found out they had killed 68 people in the village," he said.

"Most of us left the village on Saturday for fear of a fresh attack," he added.

A government official, who demanded anonymity, however put the corpse count in Baanu at 56.

Kolo also said four people were killed in another attack by the Islamists in Karnuwa village on Saturday.

"They rubbed out four people in the village, including the chief imam of the village, his son and two neighbours," he said.

Local resident Saleh Musa told AFP of a third attack on Hambagda on Sunday where they killed seven villagers and injured five others.

"The attackers arrived on horseback around 2:00 pm while people were praying in the mosque. They went straight to the mosque and opened fire on worshipers," said Musa who later fled to the nearby town of Askira Uba.

"They killed seven people, while five others were maimed. I was late for the afternoon prayers and I was at home preparing to go to the mosque and join in the prayers when the attack happened."

Army front man in Maiduguri, Colonel Tukur Gusau, and Borno government front man Isa Umar Gusau said they could not immediately comment on the attacks.


Terror Networks: US Allies conduct 1 air strike in Syria and 11 in Iraq against Islamic State
Posted by trailing wife 09/01/2015  00:00:00 0 Comments 171 words Read the whole thing on page 1
[Ynet] The US military reports that US Allies conduct one air strike in Syria and 11 in Iraq against Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear the pols talk they're not really Moslems....
bully boys.
A minimalist report, containing as close to no information as is possible. Congratulations to someone on having mastered brevity, an uncommon skill.


Syria-Lebanon-Iran: Russian jets in Syrian skies
Posted by trailing wife 09/01/2015  00:02 1 Comments 1158 words Read the whole thing on page 1
[Ynet] Russia has begun its military intervention in Syria, deploying an aerial contingent to a permanent Syrian base, in order to launch attacks against ISIS and Salafist tough guys; US stays silent.

Russian fighter pilots are expected to begin arriving in Syria in the coming days, and will fly their Russian air force fighter jets and attack helicopters against ISIS and rebel-aligned targets within the failing state.

According to Western diplomats, a Russian expeditionary force has already arrived in Syria and set up camp in an Assad-controlled airbase. The base is said to be in area surrounding Damascus, and will serve, for all intents and purposes, as a Russian forward operating base.

In the coming weeks thousands of Russian military personnel are set to touch down in Syria, including advisors, instructors, logistics personnel, technical personnel, members of the aerial protection division, and the pilots who will operate the aircraft.

Past reports have stated that the Russians were in talks to sell the Syrians a package of MiG-29 fighter jets, and Yak-130 trainer jets (which can also serve as attack aircraft.) The current makeup of the expeditionary force is still unknown, but there is no doubt that Russian pilots flying combat missions in Syrian skies will definitely change the existing dynamics in the Middle East.

The Russians do not harbor offensive intentions towards Israel or other sovereign states in the area, and their main stated goal is battling ISIS and preserving Assad's rule. However,
corruption finds a dozen alibis for its evil deeds...
their presence will represent a challenge to the Israeli Air Force's freedom of operation in the skies above the Middle East.

Western diplomatic sources recently reported that a series of negotiations had been held between the Russians and the Iranians, mainly focusing on ISIS and the threat it poses to the Assad regime. The infamous Iranian Quds Force commander Major General Qasem Soleimani recently visited Moscow in the framework of these talks. As a result the Russians and the Iranians reached a strategic decision: Make any effort necessary to preserve Assad's seat of power, so that Syria may act as a barrier, and prevent the spread of ISIS and Islamist backed militias into the former Soviet Islamic republics.

The Russians are not the only ones coordinating their Middle East policy with the Iranians; The US has also jumped aboard that train. American government officials have been holding intensive consultations with representatives of the Iranian regime concerning a stronger joint effort against ISIS in Iraq. It seems that the US government currently views Iran as a central and necessary force in the campaign against ISIS within Iraq.

The Iranian-American cooperation is focused on two focal points: The first being Anbar province, where the Iraqis have thus far failed to expel ISIS; and the second djinn-infested Mosul
... the home of a particularly ferocious and hairy djinn...
, where the Iraqis have yet to come up with a feasible plan to recapture the city.

Western diplomatic sources have emphasized that the B.O. regime is fully aware of the Russian intent to intervene directly in Syria, but has yet to issue any reaction. The absence of a vocal opposition from the B.O. regime is compounded by its cessation of calls for the dissolution of Assad's murderous regime.

This and more: The Iranians and the Russians- with the US well aware- have begun the struggle to reequip the Syrian army, which has been left in tatters by the civil war. They intend not only to train Assad's army, but to also equip it. During the entire duration of the civil war, the Russians have consistently sent a weapons supply ship to the Russian held port of Tartus in Syria on a weekly basis. The ships would bring missiles, replacement parts, and different types of ammunition for the Syrian army.

Arab media outlets have recently published reports that Syria and Russia were looking for an additional port on the Syrian coast, which will serve the Russians in their mission to hasten the pace of the Syrian rearmament.

In the meantime, Assad's army is in full scale retreat in the strategic province of Idlib. Mere days ago, a force from the Jaesh Al Fatah (A coalition or rebel groups including Jabhat al-Nusra
...formally Jabhat an-Nusrah li-Ahli sh-Sham (Support Front for the People of the Levant), also known as al-Qaeda in the Levant. They aim to establish a pan-Arab caliphate. Not the same one as the Islamic State, though .. ...
) advanced on the Abu Duhur military airfield in southwestern Syria's Iblib province, which borders on Latika. Alwaite and Christian residents of the area have fled to the last remaining Alawite Bantustans along the country's coastline.

Even The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...the only place on the face of the earth that misses the Ottoman Empire....
, which has so far avoided any action which would strengthen Assad, has had to come to terms with the Russian-Iranian move and the resulting American silence, leading it to launch its own bombing campaign against ISIS in Syria.

During a recent trip to Qatar
...an emirate on the east coast of the Arabian Peninsula. It sits on some really productive gas and oil deposits, which produces the highest per capita income in the world. They piss it all away on religion, financing the Moslem Brotherhood and several al-Qaeda affiliates...
, Erdogan reached understandings with the Qataris and the Saudis regarding a program to arm Moslem Brüderbund backed rebels who are fighting against ISIS, de-facto fighting both Assad and ISIS.
#1: It seems that the US government currently views Iran as a central and necessary force in the campaign against ISIS within Iraq.

Burning the barn to get rid of the rats?
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Caucasus/Russia/Central Asia: Muzhenko: Shirokino did not matter
Posted by badanov 09/01/2015  00:00 0 Comments 377 words Read the whole thing on page 3


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The chief of the Ukrainian Army general staff Lt. General Viktor Muzhenko said that the occupation of the western part of Shirokino starting last spring and ending with the rebel withdrawing from that town was a "publicity stunt and no more", accoridng to a Russian language news account which appeared in 0629.ua.com.

Last winter, western parts of the former resort town were occupied by elements of the "Azov" Regiment in counter to its occupation by rebel forces during the the rebel winter offensives. Reports at the time said that only a tiny part of the town was occupied by Ukrainian forces, and despite near constant artillery attacks from both sides, the battle for Shirokino remained a stalemate until last July when rebel forces, as a gesture of good will, abandoned the town.

Shirokino was a major focus of rebel forces during the winter months as battles raged near Donetsk city and Debaltasevo.

Despite rebels abandoning the town in order to get the Ukrainians to agree to its demilitarization, Ukrainian commanders instead moved parts of a naval infantry regiment in town and reinforced it with tanks and artillery. The marine unit is on a different level than the volunteer Azov regiment, he said.

This writer has since read about only two attempts by rebel forces to fight the marines in the town, but with no apparent effort to actually retake the town.

General Muzhenko said that the occupation of Shirokino by Azov "created more problems than positives," he is quoted as saying.

That said, General Muzhenko said that control of the heights around Shirokino has made the defense of Mariupol, which is only a few kilometers to the west, a much easier task.

Chris Covert writes about foreign military issues for Rantburg.com. He can be reached at grurkka@gmail.com and on Twitter. You can read past articles about the 2014 war in southeastern Ukraine by clicking here.


-Land of the Free: Roanoke and the Value of Guns
Posted by badanov 09/01/2015  00:00 2 Comments 1390 words Read the whole thing on page 4
A newly minted naturalized citizen notes on why he should have stayed Canadian:

Away from the world for August, in a house without Internet or television and only spotty, the-satellite-must-be-passing-over phone reception, I was, until Wednesday, thinking more or less benign thoughts about gun owners, if not guns. As I chronicled last year, I have only just learned how to drive, and, license in hand, or in glove compartment, I’ve been driving for the first time on the little winding roads of the beach town where we’ve spent vacations for the past thirty years. Despite having been anti-car and ostentatiously pro-bike for all those years, I have to admit that I love being in the driver’s seat. The overwhelming rush of freedom and possibility, the sense of autonomy—no need to request a lift, no UBER app to press—is overwhelming. You get in, and you go.

This in turn made me realize, a little more empathetically, what I had only intuited before—that guns, for many Americans, are a sort of secondary, symbolic car: another powerful symbol of autonomy and independence. The attachment to them that so many Americans show—unique among the civilized peoples of the world, and at a cost so grave that the rest of that world often turns away, appalled—is nonetheless understandable to anyone who comes late to driving: to have potentially lethal power within your grasp is an immensely empowering drug. Cars are obviously in a different category, because their benign use is so much greater than their lethal one. But they are tools of the same country, of which I am now a citizen.

In the midst of this reflection, word filtered through of one more mini-massacre, this one in Virginia. Two reporters had died, hideously, on camera, and their deaths were followed by a disturbing social-media aftershock. Though we will doubtlessly learn more of the psychological details of this horror, it already seems clear that this is one more case where the gun provided a quick means to settle scores—a way for the emotionally damaged to relieve the feeling of being shamed, achieving instant karma through killing.
Much more important is the fact that were the reporter conducting her business with a Glock or an AR strapped to her hip, she still would have been killed since she was not paying attention. The guy could have attacked using a machete and she still would have been killed because of her trust in her fellow man.
James Gilligan, the American psychiatrist specializing in violence, credibly argues that most personal violence is a response to such feelings of shame and humiliation, and the violent act is a horrendous way of equalling the score.
Only a shrink would say that rather than the most obvious: That the killer was a prick.
This case seems to belong to that variety of massacre, with the added fact that the killer seems to have imagined that his violence would be an equalizer to the Charleston killings.
Seemed to imagine? He evened it up, whether anyone likes to admit it or not.
A similar illusion of getting even appears to have been at work in the shooting of two New York City cops last winter (a killing that has already receded in memory, though not, surely, for the families of the victims).

One of the last redoubts of the gun lovers—those who, despite the evidence, allow the pleasure of expressing autonomy to overwhelm all other, more reasonable evaluations—was that, even though evidence showed an overwhelming correlation between the availability of guns and the number of gun killings, there was still no evidence that American non-domestic gun massacres were directly tied to wide gun distribution.
TW woulda strung me up for writing a sentence like that. That said, there are zero doubts that the increased presence of guns means that gun violence will increase. Government statistics of killings by guns are entirely beside the point. The point is freedom to keep and bear arms, and to bear all the consequences and responsibilities of your use of guns.
In fact, as a piece in Fusion (which generously cites this writer) details, that redoubt has now fallen to empirical investigation. A new study by Adam Lankford, of the University of Alabama, which will be presented next week at the annual conference of the American Sociological Association, shows a strong correlation between the availability of guns and the prevalence of gun massacres. With the same certainty that David Hemenway’s work established the link between the number of guns in a society and the number of gun killings, we now know that there is a correlation between the availability of guns and the major public assaults that have been a part of American life since Columbine.
The 'correlation' between the availability of people and massacres not examined? What about deaths due to automobile accidents each year, or suicide ?
And so, for all that we should still strive for an empathetic grasp of other people’s cultural symbols, the simple, unemotional, inarguable truth remains: when Richard Martinez—the father of Christopher Michael-Martinez, a twenty-year-old who was killed at the University of California Santa Barbara last year—called the N.R.A., and its fellow-travelers, complicit in the murder of his child, he stated the facts. Those who, in the face of all the evidence, still insist that guns are not the cause of the American epidemic of gun violence have decided that the deaths of Wednesday’s victims, Alison Parker and Adam Ward—like those of the children at Newtown—are the cost, to be blithely endured, of the symbolic pleasures that guns provide. Since the cure is known for certain, those who refuse it can only have decided that they enjoy the disease.
Gopnik conflates gun rights to pleasures, which they are not. Those are Gawd given, and not at the sufferance of leftists like him or the governmental Mandarins who would love to make CWII to go hot and nationwide. Only a leftist would believe that linking the right to keep and bears arms and murder committed by people who care nothing about those rights.
For the deeper truth is that cars are not, or not only, symbols of autonomy. They are, in every sense, vehicles of it. Guns, however, have an almost entirely symbolic function. No lives are saved, and no intruders are repelled; the dense and hysterical mythology of gun love has been refuted again and again. (The incident last week on the French train is good evidence of this point: unarmed defenders disarmed a terrorist with a military-style weapon.
Gopnik thinks, in the face of all evidence of massacres that were committed in a nation that disallows the right to keep and bear arms, that the luck that the passengers had during that train ride would hold out for the rest of eternity in the rest of the nation. It most emphatically will not. With Jihadi's main source and program of chemical, biological and radiological weapons becoming unavailable, the small arms attack is their next best chance for a mass casualty event.
A huge proportion of luck and an inestimable supply of courage aided them. But the possession of guns played no role at all.) The few useful social functions that guns do have—in hunting or in killing varmints, as a rural man such as my father has to do—can be preserved even with tight regulations, as in Canada. Cars have to be, and are, controlled: we license their users and insist (or should) that they regularly prove their skills; we look out for and punish drunken or reckless users. If we only achieved, in the next few years, a regulation of guns equal to that of cars, we would be moving toward the real purpose of autonomy, which is to secure the freedom from fear as much as the freedom to act. Symbols matter. Lives matter more.
Please free yourself from this carnage and return to the civilized far North.
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-Signs, Portents, and the Weather-: It's the Gerbil Warming Conference in Anchorage, AK
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Europe: Greek vacationers rescue Syrian refugee stranded at sea for 13 hours wearing only a life vest
Posted by Fred 09/01/2015  00:00 0 Comments 364 words Read the whole thing on page 2
[EN.ZAMANALWSL.NET] Sandra Tsiligeridu and a group of friends were returning from an excursion to a tiny island called Pserimos, near Kos when a man was spotted in the water. Thinking he was a diver, the group waved and turned the steering of the boat to avoid him.

But Sandra noticed the man was in distress. "I looked at him and he needed help. I immediately screamed to my friend who was driving our boat to turn around, because this man needed help."

The seas were high-- five Beaufort, and it was windy. Together, the Greeks lifted him out of the water and into their boat.

He was shaking and scared so Sandra wrapped towels around him and immediately called the port of Kos to let them know they had rescued a man. She hugged and comforted him the entire way back to port.

Relieved, the port authorities responded that the man's family had been looking for him.

The man, named Mohammed, departed at 5:00am that day with 40 Syrian refugees and headed for Kos. The seas were rough and the raft-- with no motor and only two oars-- was no match for the plastic dinghy.

As the story was later shared by those onboard the raft, the waves were huge and knocked one of the oars into the water. Seeing that the entire boat would succumb to the sea with only one oar, Mohammed dove into the water in an attempt to grab the oar so they could continue their journey to Kos.

Darkness and waves led to confusion and Mohammed was distanced from his raft-- and family. They did end up throwing him a life vest, which ultimately saved him.

The raft with the 39 refugees arrived on the island of Kos at noon-- 7 hours after their journey began at 5am and the family immediately reported Mohammed as missing. The Greek Coast Guard immediately initiated a search and rescue mission which lasted for over five hours but didn't find Mohammed, presuming that he had drowned.

Then around 6pm after-- 13 hours after diving not the sea and losing contact with the dinghy he was on, he was rescued by Sandra and her fellow Greeks.


Syria-Lebanon-Iran: 13 people, including 6 children, killed in air strikes on Eastern Ghouta
Posted by Fred 09/01/2015  00:00 0 Comments 264 words Read the whole thing on page 1
[EN.ZAMANALWSL.NET] At least 13 people, including 6 children, have been killed on Sunday in Syrian regime air strikes on Eastern Ghouta Suburbs near Damascus, a monitoring group said.

The Syrian Network for Human Rights said 7 people, including 3 children, have been killed in missile attack on Saqba town in the eastern district of Damascus.

Also 6 people, including 3 children and 2 women, have bit the dust in raids on Douma city, some 15 km (10 miles) northeast of the capital. The area is besieged by regime forces.

The monitoring group that tracks Syrian war said at least 16,744 enforced disappearance cases by regime have been documented in Damascus suburbs since the Syrian revolution erupted in March 2011.

Last week, government air strikes on east of Damascus had killed 247 people, including 50 children, and maimed 1,000 more people, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

The attacks on the rebel-held Eastern Ghouta region included Aug. 16 air strikes that killed 117 people in a marketplace in Douma.

A rescue service operating in the rebel-held region, the Civil Defense, had documented 265 deaths, including 44 children and 33 women in the same period, said the front man for Rif Damascus - the rural area around the city. Speaking to Rooters via the internet, he put the maimed at 1,200.


Syria-Lebanon-Iran: Fatah Army renews attacks on two Shiite villages in Idlib
Posted by Fred 09/01/2015  00:00 0 Comments 270 words Read the whole thing on page 1
[EN.ZAMANALWSL.NET] Fatah Army rebels have renewed attacks on two Shi'ite villages in northern province of Idlib, pressing advances as a ceasefire broke down the day before.

Activists said the ongoing festivities that erupted on Sunday are taking place in al-Sawaghiya district near of Kefraya and al-Foua villages in the northwest of rebel-held province.

The heavy shelling has also renewed in Zabadani town near the Lebanese border.

The truce between the Syrian army and the Lebanese group Hezbollah on the one side, and Fatah Army represented by the dominant Ahrar al-Sham
...a Syria jihadi group made up of Islamists and salafists, not that there's that much difference, formed into a brigade. They make up the main element of the Islamic Front but they don't profess adoration of al-Qaeda and they've been fighting (mainly for survival) against the Islamic State. Their leadership was wiped out at a single blow by a suicide kaboom at a crowded basement meeting in September, 2014...
movement, on the other, came into effect on Thursday. But it took just two days to break out.

The sides had discussed evacuating the maimed from the three areas under the ceasefire but so far none have been transported out, the Observatory said.


Syria-Lebanon-Iran: Salih Muslim offers Kurdish enclave in Syria as base for coalition operations
Posted by Fred 09/01/2015  00:00 0 Comments 625 words Read the whole thing on page 2
[RUDAW.NET] The leader of a Kurdish enclave in Syria said that the US-led coalition forces fighting the Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear the pols talk they're not really Moslems....
group (ISIS) can operate from bases in its territory.

Saleh Moslem, leader of the Democratic Union Party (PYD) that controls Syria's Kurdish regions, or Rojava, also said that moderate Syrian opposition forces can be trained in its territories, instead of in The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...the only place on the face of the earth that misses the Ottoman Empire....
.

"We would welcome the coalition to operate from Rojava and we would welcome the Free Syrian Army
... the more palatable version of the Syrian insurgency, heavily influenced by the Moslem Brüderbund...
(FSA) to train there too," Moslem said in an exclusive interview from Brussels with Britannia's Sky News.

Ankara has recently actively joined the coalition against ISIS, but Saleh scorned that pledge as "not genuine."

While declaring a war against terrorism and jihadis late last month, Ankara turned its guns on the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) with a series of air and artillery attacks in Turkey's own southeast and in the Iraqi Kurdistan Region, where the group has military camps.

The PYD is the Syrian wing of the PKK, which is regarded as a terrorist organization by several Western countries, including the United States. Yet, the PYD's fighting wing, the YPG, has been a strong ally of the US-led coalition against ISIS in Syria and recognized as the most effective force on the ground against the myrmidons.

"We favor a democratic decentralized Syria," Moslem said in the interview, adding that the political structures in Rojava are "the example of what the whole country should have."

Syria's Kurds have been calling for a federal system in Syria in which different groups can co-exist. That proposal has been opposed by Turkey, which is loath to having an autonomous Syrian enclave on its border, next to its own restive Kurdish-populated areas.

Moslem also made a call to train moderate Syrian Arab factions in Rojava.

"We can help them, we can train them," said Moslem. "But we are not going to fight their war for them. We will support them all we can but we are not mercenaries for them."


Iraq: Battle for Baiji grinds on as ISIS strikes back
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[RUDAW.NET] Fighting is still underway between Iraqi forces and ISIS for control of the critical refinery town of Baiji, with the the city's mayor describing the process as slow.

"The military operation had been temporarily slowed for two weeks as army forces, the Hashd al-Shaabi [Popular Mobilization Units] and local police reorganized in order to restart their attacks," Mayor Mohamad Mahmud, told Rudaw Arabic on Sunday.

Baiji, located in Salahadin province roughly 210km from Baghdad, fell to ISIS in 2014. The city's oil refinery is said to be the largest in Iraq and vital for the economy.

"A military operation is going on in Tal Jirad against Daesh elements, south of Baiji," the mayor added, using the Arabic acronym for ISIS.

The government has claimed victory in Baiji several times in the past months, but the reports have been unfounded. ISIS suicide kabooms have halted the advances of Iraqi forces, according to reports.

ISIS murderous Moslems attacked Hashd al-Shaabi forces in recent days, rigging 18 military vehicles with explosives, killing and wounding dozens of Iraqi forces.

Reports that the Shiite militias, known as Hashd al-Shaabi, had withdrawn from Baiji and Anbar last week have been denied by the group's commanders.

Local media reported that Shiite militias' alleged withdrawal from Iraq's Anbar and Baiji was caused by the presence of US advisers in the area.

The pro-Iranian Shiite group, however, claimed that US forces have no role on the ground and that their forces will not withdraw from the battle.


Iraq: Baghdad protesters demand chief justice resign
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[RUDAW.NET] Hundreds of Iraqis erupted into the streets in Baghdad on Monday to call for the country's chief justice to resign and the names of corrupt politicians and officials be made public.

The demonstrators called on Medhat al-Mahmoud, head of the Iraqi Supreme Judicial Council, to step down because he was appointed in by a political decision rather than elected.

Protesters chanted in support of Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi's reform agenda, which includes a plan to cut down the size of the government and rein in excessive spending.

It was the fourth demonstration since reforms were announced by Abadi this month

According to a statement by Abadi earlier this month, a committees to observe and monitor salaries for Iraqi officials are being formed.

The proposal also includes reforms in taxation and the government revenue system. The upper limits of retired officials' pensions are to be lowered and customs tariffs will be imposed at all border crossings, including into the Kurdistan region, the proposal states.

Another initiative is to set up an Anti-Corruption Council and a campaign to tackle official graft. Transparency International ranked Iraq the fifth-most corrupt county in the world.


Europe: Syrian refugees in Hungary decry camp conditions
Posted by Fred 09/01/2015  00:00 0 Comments 155 words Read the whole thing on page 2
[RUDAW.NET] Syrian refugees from the Kurdish region of Afrin have been detained in Hungary attempting to reach Germany, and spoke about their ordeal to Rudaw, saying Magyar authorities have so far been inhospitable and forced them into prisons and camps instead of allowing them to carry on their way.

"The people from Hungary are very selfish, even taxi drivers were not ready to carry us, saying 'you are from Syria,'" said one woman stuck in a Hungarian refugee camp with her young family. "There was neither water nor food. They were laughing at us. Are we not human beings?"

"If we knew the corridor was like this, we would not come. We would not flee the conflict. It was better to die in the war than the situation we are suffering from now. We did not leave our country to see another calamity; we fled for our lives, for comfort," said another woman.


Africa North: Libya loyalist forces battle ISIL in Benghazi
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[Hurriyet Daily News] Libyan pro-government forces on Aug. 31 battled jihadists from the Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear the pols talk they're not really Moslems....
of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) group in second city Benghazi, where five pro-government fighters have been killed in two days of violence, media said.

Four loyalist soldiers died and 22 were maimed on Aug. 30 in festivities with ISIL in the southern district of Hawari, the pro-government LANA news agency reported.

"Fierce festivities with all sorts of weapons are still ongoing Monday between the army and terrorist groups," LANA said, quoting a military source.

Loyalist forces have advanced into Hawari and control much of the district, it added.

The eastern city has been rocked by near-daily fighting for more than a year between pro-government forces and gangs including fighters from the radical Ansar al-Sharia
...a Salafist militia which claims it is not part of al-Qaeda, even though it works about the same and for the same ends. There are groups of the same name in Libyaand Yemen, with the Libyan versions currently most active. Tunisia's Shabaab al-Tawhid started out an Ansar al-Sharia and changed its name in early 2014. It still uses the old name now and then, probably because the stationery's not all used up and the web site hasn't expired yet...
and ISIL.

LANA also cited an army front man as saying that a special forces commander, Imad el-Jazwi, was killed in a mine blast on Aug. 31.

Jazwi had been searching a house in the central neighbourhood of Al-Laythi when the kaboom killed him and maimed three members of his unit, the front man said.

Libya descended into chaos after the 2011 uprising that toppled and killed veteran dictator Moamer Qadaffy.

The North African nation has two rival parliaments and governments and several gangs vying for power and its oil wealth.


Europe: 17-year-old migrant killed in shootout at sea with Greek police
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[Hurriyet Daily News] A 17-year-old migrant was killed during a shootout at sea between Greek port police and human smugglers, the government said late Aug. 29.

"A serious incident occurred off the island of Symi when a yacht carrying 70 migrants from The Sick Man of Europe Turkey's
...the only place on the face of the earth that misses the Ottoman Empire....
western shores tried to illegally enter [Greek waters]," the Marine Ministry said in a statement.

Greek port police and officials from the EU border agency Frontex managed to halt and board the boat.

Shots were fired during scuffles between the police and three suspected people smugglers from Turkey, the ministry said.

One of the suspected smugglers, who were all locked away
Please don't kill me!
, admitted to injuring an officer after grabbing his pistol, the statement added.

The dead migrant was "probably killed by gunfire," a doctor at Symi health center was quoted as saying.
An investigation into his death has been launched. No details on his origin were given.

Marine Minister Christos Zois expressed sadness over the youth's death while praising the police for their "daily struggle in difficult conditions to aid migrants."


Syria-Lebanon-Iran: Battling rebels, ISIL moves closer to central Damascus
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[Hurriyet Daily News] Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear the pols talk they're not really Moslems....
of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) faceless myrmidons battled Syrian rebel forces in a Damascus neighborhood Aug. 31, bringing the jihadists closer than ever to the center of the capital, a monitoring group said.

ISIL faceless myrmidons fought street battles against Salafist tough guys in Asali, part of the capital's southern Qadam district, after seizing two streets there over the weekend, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

"This is the closest ISIL has ever been to the heart of Damascus," Observatory head Rami Abdel Rahman said.

He said the jihadists had advanced from the adjacent Al-Hajar Al-Aswad neighborhood, where they have been based since July 2014.

A Syrian military official confirmed the festivities and said he was "very happy that they are fighting."

"But we are ready to react if they try to advance into government-held territory," the official told AFP.

According to the Observatory, opposition-held Qadam has been relatively quiet since a truce between rebel groups and regime forces there a year ago.

It said fighting in the district on Aug. 30 left 15 fighters dead, but it could not specify how many were from ISIL and how many were Salafist tough guys.

Abdel Rahman said the "fierce street battles" had forced civilians to flee the area.

Since its expulsion from the Eastern Ghouta suburb of Damascus last year, ISIL has used Al-Hajar Al-Aswad as a base for attacks on the capital. From there, it tried to seize the Yarmuk Paleostinian refugee camp in April, but was pushed back.

That same month, ISIL kidnapped two opposition fighters from Qadam and beheaded them in Al-Hajar Al-Aswad.


The Grand Turk: Turkish court arrests British journalists on 'ISIL terror' charges
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[Hurriyet Daily News] A Turkish court has remanded in jug two British journalists working for US-based media outlet VICE News on terror charges, in a case that has sparked fresh concern about press freedom.

The two British news hounds and their Iraqi translator have been charged with "engaging in terror activity" on behalf of the Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear the pols talk they're not really Moslems....
of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) group, the court in the southeastern province of Diyarbakir said on Aug. 31.

A fourth suspect, their driver, was allowed to go free, an AFP correspondent reported from the court.

They have now been taken to a jail in Diyarbakir ahead of an eventual trial. There were no further details over the evidence of their alleged links to ISIL jihadists.

The news hounds were detained last week covering unrest in southeast The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...the only place on the face of the earth that misses the Ottoman Empire....
which has raged as the government presses a military offensive against the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) rebels.

They had earlier been questioned by prosecutors who ruled to take the case to court.

The four men, including the driver, had been held in police custody since their detention last week.

Reports said that they were locked away
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after police acted on a tipoff and confiscated the footage shot during their reporting. All have denied the accusations in the presence of their lawyers.

VICE News, an Internet-based channel which produces in-depth video reports, named the two British journalists in a statement as Jake Hanrahan and Philip Pendlebury.
ABC News has the American perspective on the situation:
A Turkish court has charged two Vice News journalists and their assistant with "aiding a terrorist organization" and ordered them tossed in the calaboose
Drop the gat, Rocky, or you're a dead 'un!
pending trial. Their employer has called the charges "baseless and alarmingly false."

Two British journalists, correspondent Jake Hanrahan and cameraman Philip Pendlebury, and their The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...the only place on the face of the earth that misses the Ottoman Empire....
-based assistant were detained on Thursday while reporting from Diyarbakir, the main city in Turkey's mainly Kurdish southeast.

A court official said the court in Diyarbakir ordered them arrested on Monday. It was not immediately clear which organization the journalists are accused of aiding.

The three were detained in Diyarbakir's Baglar district where Kurdish youths frequently clash with security officials.


Iraq: New ISIS footage shows Shiite hostages being set on fire
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[RUDAW.NET] The Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear the pols talk they're not really Moslems....
has released video footage allegedly showing the jihadists burning alive four Hashd al-Shaabi Shiite militia members in retaliation for what the group says was the burning alive of an ISIS member by a prominent Shiite holy warrior named Abu Azrael, ISIS' Anbar province media office said Monday.

In the ISIS video, the group's Death Eaters show a Hashd al-Shaabi hostage video footage containing the killing of an ISIS holy warrior earlier by Abu Azrael, before setting the four captives alight.

Three of the Hashd al-Shaabi shown are from the Shiite tribe of Ghazalin in the city of Najaf, and one of them is from the tribe of Kanan in Babil province.

Footage appearing to show Abu Azrael carving the flesh from the body of a charred ISIS fighter he burned alive has recently made the rounds on the Internet.
#1: Allah is Compassionate and beneficent ( PBUH )..and you will notice that no Jews or Presbyterians or Amish were involved in any of this. The Moslems did it to One Another.

They hate each other at least as much ( or more ) than they hate dirty filthy Kuffirs ( like you and me ). Where are all the wars right now?
In the Middle East.

And who is killing whom? Moslems are killing Moslems. ((Bigtime )
Its the Religion of Peace ( who says that a lot ?)All the big people will tell you Islam is the Religion of Peace. Oyes SO PC to say Islam is the Religion of Peace.

You have to ask yourself: How stupid are you?

But on the positive side Moslems LIKE to kill so much they major in killing themselves a lot ( 0f not Most ) of the time. Islam loves DEATH. Nothing more Peaceful than Death ( ever noticed that?)
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Africa North: Tobruk oil slick kills birds and fish
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[Libya Herald] A large oil slick off the coast of Tobruk has killed seabirds and fish Tobruk council has said.

The municipality's front man Saleh Fouad said officials had been alerted to the slick by local fisherman.

He gave no size for the pollution but said that samples had been taken both from the sea and a tanker nearby. An investigative committee had been formed.

There are currently two tankers at Tobruk but it is unclear if either is under suspicion.

Classically oil slicks occur when tankers pump out their ballast and bilges but international regulations demand that this polluted water is put into slop tanks and discharged into other tanks ashore.


Africa North: Tripoli car bombing at Mellitah HQ
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[Libya Herald] A boom-mobile went kaboom! outside the Tripoli
...a confusing city, one end of which is located in Lebanon and the other end of which is the capital of Libya. Its chief distinction is being mentioned in the Marine Hymn...
headquarters of the Mellitah Oil and Gas company.

The car is understood to have been blown up in a narrow street beside the building in Dahra. Witnesses said two other cars nearby had went kaboom!, possibly as a result of the first blast.

Mellitah is a joint venture between the National Oil Corporation and Italia's energy giant Eni.

Initial reports of deaths and injuries appear to have been wrong and an Eni front man played down the results of the kaboom, saying there there was little damage. However,
death is not the end. There remains the litigation over the estate...
those who have seen the wreckage say that the first floor of the building was badly damaged.

The attack happened after most office workers had gone home. It has also occurred on the eve of the 46th anniversary of the coup which brought Muammar Qadaffy
...Custodian of Wheelus AFB for 42 long years until he was ejected from the gene pool by his indignant citizens...
to power in 1969. As a result, it was thought at first there might be a link.

However,
death is not the end. There remains the litigation over the estate...
this evening IS was claiming on Twitter that its "brave soldiers" had been able to bomb "the apostates".

In what is seen as a disturbing development, a number of photographers taking pictures outside building after the kaboom were placed in durance vile
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, allegedly by Rada forces, and were still being held by sunset this evening.


India-Pakistan: Afghan Taliban admit covering up Mullah Omar's death
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[DAWN] The Taliban on Monday admitted covering up longtime leader Mullah Omar's death for more than two years, saying he died in 2013 as was first claimed by the Afghan intelligence.

The group had continued as recently as July to release official statements in the name of Omar, who had not been seen in public since the Taliban were toppled from power in Kabul in 2001.

They confirmed on July 30 that he had died but did not say when, deepening internal divisions as many insurgents accused the leadership of covering up his death for two years.

A Taliban statement Monday admitted for the first time that he died on April 23, 2013. The detail was buried in a biography of new leader Mullah Akhtar Mansour, Omar's longtime deputy.

"Several key members of the supreme leading council of the Islamic Emirate (Taliban) and authentic religious scholars together decided on concealing the tragic news of passing away of (Omar)... and keep this secret limited to the very few colleagues who were already informed of this incorrigible loss," the biography said.

"One of the main reasons behind this decision was... that 2013 was considered the final year of power testing between the mujahidin and foreign invaders who... had announced that at the end of 2014, all military operations by foreign troops would be concluded."

North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (Nato) ended its combat mission in Afghanistan last December and pulled out the bulk of its troops although a 13,000-strong residual force remains for training and counter-terrorism operations.

Confirmation of Omar's death and Mansour's contentious ascension triggered a power struggle within the Taliban at a time when the rival Daesh or self-styled Islamic State group is making gradual inroads into Afghanistan.


India-Pakistan: India alleges arrest of another Pakistani in India-held Kashmir
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[DAWN] Indian authorities have claimed the arrest of a terrorist who they allege belongs to Pakistain and was sent to India-held Kashmire to setup a Lashkar-e-Taiba
...the Army of the Pure, an Ahl-e-Hadith terror organization founded by Hafiz Saeed. LeT masquerades behind the Jamaat-ud-Dawa facade within Pakistain and periodically blows things up and kills people in India. Despite the fact that it is banned, always an interesting concept in Pakistain, the organization remains an blatant tool and perhaps an arm of the ISI...
(LeT) camp in the area, according to a report published on the Hindustan Times website.

The reports claims that Assad Ahmed, cousin of an alleged Pakistain-trained suspect who was tossed in the calaboose
Drop the rod and step away witcher hands up!
last week in India-held Kashmire, had told the Hindustan Times that the arrested man Sajjad is of Pak descent.

Indian media channels showed images of a man carrying an AK-47 rifle at the entrance of a cave in India-held Kashmire, whom they have identified as Sajjad Ahmed also known as Jawed Ahmed, and claimed that the arrested terrorist had confessed that he was a resident of Pakistain's Muzzaffargarh district.

The Hindustan Times quoted Assad, a security guard 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...
, as saying: "yes, I am the brother of Sajjad Ahmed. We read about his arrest in Indian-held Kashmire in a local daily".

Assad's statements pertaining to Sajjad's father allegedly matched those of Sajjad himself when he spoke to army interrogators. "Yes, his father's name is Faiz Baksh and he is a resident of Muzaffargarh," he said.

Sajjad is allegedly the second suspect captured by Indian forces this month whom they allege has been sent from Pakistain.

The arrests come at a time when National Security Adviser (NSA) level talks between Pakistain and India have been suspended amid frequent exchanges of fire between border troops of the two nuclear-armed neighbours, which have claimed the lives of several civilians on both sides of the border.

The latest development also follows the arrest of several suspects in Karachi and Lahore whom security and intelligence agencies claim to have links to India's Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) spy agency.


India-Pakistan: LHC bans live broadcast of Altaf Hussain's speeches
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[DAWN] A full bench of the Lahore High Court (LHC) on Monday banned the live telecast of 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) Chief the increasingly roundedAltaf Hussain
..The head of MQM in Pakistain, who has lived in London and hasn't laid eyes on Pakistain since Caesar made corporal. Judging from the size of him,he may be a Hutt...
's speeches on TV channels till further orders.

The court, while banning the live broadcast of speeches made by the MQM supremo, also issued notices to the foreign secretary, interior secretary and secretary to the prime minister, seeking details of Altaf Hussain's nationality.

A three-member bench headed by Justice Mazahir Ali Naqvi and comprising Justice Mazhar Iqbal Sidhu and Justice Erum Sajjad Gul, heard a petition seeking proceedings against MQM chief Altaf Hussain and other leaders of the party for alleged treason.


India-Pakistan: Haqqani network almost wiped out, Aziz assures German FM
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[DAWN] The Foreign Minister of Germany Dr Frank-Walter Steinmeier was given assurances by the adviser on national security Sartaj Aziz
...Adviser to Pak Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on National Security and Foreign Affairs, who believes in good jihadis and bad jihadis as a matter of national policy...
that the ongoing military action in North Wazoo was against all terrorist organizations, including the Haqqani Network.

"Haqqani network is no longer present in Pakistain, and they have shifted to Afghanistan after the recent military operations in the area," said Sartaj Aziz during a meeting with Dr Steinmeier.

"The infrastructure supporting Haqqani network in North Waziristan has been dismantled," added Aziz.

Earlier, the German foreign minister reached Islamabad on Monday on a two-day official visit.

Steinmeier is here to discuss matters relating to bilateral and regional interest with particular focus on peace and stability in the region.

Later, a meeting between Dr Steinmeier and Prime Minister 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...
was held at the PM House.

The German foreign minister expressed deep respect and gratitude for Pakistain's efforts in the fight against terrorism and encouraged the government to continue the close collaboration with Afghanistan.

"Pakistain and Afghanistan need to work together for peace and prosperity in the region," stated the German envoy.

He, however, expressed concern
...meaning the brow was mildly wrinkled, the eyebrows drawn slightly together, and a thoughtful expression assumed, not that anything was actually done or indeed that any thought was actually expended...
over the military courts which have been established to try terror-related cases.


India-Pakistan: Cracker explosion near private university in Karachi triggers panic
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[DAWN] Two persons were maimed when unknown miscreants resorted to firing and hurled crackers near a private university 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...
's Gulistan-e-Johar area Monday evening, triggering fear and panic.

"Unknown miscreants threw two crackers, which landed near the boundary wall of Habib University," said Gulshan Superintendent of Police, Abid Qaimkhani.

The guards of the varsity resorted to gun sex in response, added the officer.

"It did not appear to be an attack on the varsity but its motive seemed to create harassment and fear," opined the police officer.

Contingents of police and Rangers rushed to the spot and launched a search operation in the adjoining Pehlwan Goth locality, said SP Qaimkhani.

"It was not a university-specific incident," said Habib University President Wasif Rizvi.

According to Mr. Rizvi, a law-and-order situation emerged in the neighbouring Pehlwan Goth area where suspects resorted to firing. As a result, the university's security personnel were alerted.

Later, the varsity's spokesperson, Sibtain Naqvi, said Rangers and police contingents searched the campus and cleared it.

The university spokesperson added that sounds of firing and kaboom were heard "near the varsity."


India-Pakistan: Nawaz Sharif has reverted to revenge politics of the 90s: Zardari
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[DAWN] Pakistain Peoples Party co-chairperson and former president, Asif Ali Zardari, on Monday said Prime Minister 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...
has reverted to Dire Revenge politics of the 1990s, referring to the recent arrests of high-profile PPP members.

He said first Qasim Zia and Senator Bangash's son were incarcerated
Please don't kill me!
, which was followed by Dr Asim's arrest by Rangers. Immediately afterwards, warrants for the arrests of former premier Yousuf Raza Gilani
... Pakistain's former prime minister, whose occasional feats of mental gymnastics could be awe-inspiring ...
and Makhdoom Amin Fahim were also issued, he said.

In a statement from London, Zardari said babus bureaucrats in Sindh were being harassed by the Federal Investigation Agency and the National Accountability Bureau -- pointing out that the chief secretary of Sindh is also currently on bail.

He said actions being taken by federal agencies in Sindh were clear violations of the Constitution.

"If they want to conduct fair accountability, they should first take action against a federal minister who confessed before a magistrate his involvement in money laundering for the Sharif-brothers. Only then we will know how clean followers of N-league are."
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-Lurid Crime Tales-: Woman says estranged husband's twisted sex demands gave her PTSD
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[NYPOST] Icky yuckie.
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-Signs, Portents, and the Weather-: Texas emerges as top destination for Californians fleeing state
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[WASHINGTONTIMES] Caliphornia, an impregnable bastion of the Democratic Party,ns fled the state in unprecedented numbers over the last decade, and their primary destination was Texas, according to an analysis issued Monday.
Oh, good idea. Go to Texas to get away from Caliphornia's taxes, claustrophobic laws, and corruption. Vote Democrat so you make Texas into the same sort of sinkhole.
About 5 million Californians departed the Golden State between 2004 and 2013, while 3.9 million arrived from other states for a net population loss of roughly 1.1 million, the Sacramento Bee reported Monday using tax-return data from the Internal Revenue Service.

The estimated loss from the migration in annual income to California? Roughly $26 billion.

Nearly 600,000 Californians wound up in Texas, while about 348,000 Texans moved to California. The other top net recipients of Californians were Arizona, Nevada, Oregon and Washington, the analysis found.

Even so, California has seen its population increase slightly from 37 million in 2010 to nearly 39 million, thanks largely to an influx of foreign-born immigrants.
#1: Californians did the same thing to Colorado. Fled the high taxes and oppressive government... then voted in people to raise taxes and make the government more oppressive.

Seriously, some people just need put in a rocket and fired into the sun.
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#2: Here goes the neighborhood.
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#3: Back in the early 90s when the economy was horrible Eastern Washington was full of Californians raising the housing prices which was great for those already in the market and lame for those who weren't. They all moved back when the economy in California picked up again.
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#4: Here goes the neighborhood.

In Akureyri, but on a much smaller scale.
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Afghanistan: More Than 100 School Girls Poisoned in Herat: Officials
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[Tolo News] Local officials said more than 100 school girls were poisoned in western Herat
...a venerable old Persian-speaking city in western Afghanistan, populated mostly by Tadjiks, which is why it's not as blood-soaked as areas controlled by Pashtuns...
province early Monday.

The incident took place in Herat city when the girls were at school, said officials.

The girls have been taken to a nearby hospital for treatment, officials said.

"So far it's not clear how the incident happened but we have started investigations," officials said.

Officials did not provided further details about the incident.

Poisoning of school pupils, especially at girls schools, has increased in recent months -- sparked concern among many families in Afghanistan.

No group including the Taliban has grabbed credit for the incident.
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Afghanistan: 150 Insurgents Killed in Nangarhar Military Operation
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[Tolo News] At least 150 Taliban hard boyz were killed in a large-scale military operation in eastern Nangarhar
The unfortunate Afghan province located adjacent to Mohmand, Kurram, and Khyber Agencies. The capital is Jalalabad. The province was the fief of Younus Khalis after the Soviets departed and one of his sons is the current provincial Taliban commander. Nangarhar is Haqqani country..
province in the past month, local officials said on Monday.

In addition, more than 100 other hard boyz were maimed.

The operation was launched in Hesarak, Sherzad and Khoghyani districts of the province which borders Pakistain. The operation was launched to clear hard boyz a month ago and ended on Monday, Mohammad Zaman Waziri, the commander of Selab 201 Military Corps in eastern Afghanistan said.

The operation was named "Musalas-e-Ahaneen" in which 13 security soldiers were also killed and three others injured, Mohammad Zaman Waziri said.

The military officials said that the hard boyz gathered across the border and come into Afghanistan with the intention of destabilizing the country.

"We have destroyed all Taliban bases in Hesarak and Sherzad districts of the province and the Taliban hard boyz had massive casualties in the month's operation," said Waziri.

The military soldiers, who have since returned to their bases, said the "Taliban hard boyz created problems for residents in these areas. We were sent from different provinces to rescue our people."

"I have fought the Taliban hard boyz face-to-face and the people," a soldier Ahmadullah said.

Another soldier, and resident of eastern Kunar province
... which is right down the road from Chitral. Kunar is Haqqani country.....
, Mustafa said that "the Taliban created problems for the people. I have killed a number of Talibs and as long as I am alive I will rescue my peoples from them."
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Afghanistan: NDS detain 30 terrorists involved in recent Kabul attacks
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[Khaama (Afghanistan)] The National Directorate of security (NDS) -- Afghanistan's intelligence agency has detained 30 key members of Haqqani terrorist network and Beautiful Downtown Peshawar
...capital of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (formerly known as the North-West Frontier Province), administrative and economic hub for the Federally Administered Tribal Areas of Pakistan. Peshawar is situated near the eastern end of the Khyber Pass, convenient to the Pak-Afghan border. Peshawar has evolved into one of Pakistan's most ethnically and linguistically diverse cities, which means lots of gunfire.
Shura of Taliban during special operations.

A statement issued by NDS on Monday states that these holy warriors were involved in recent deadly attacks in Kabul
...the capital of Afghanistan. Home to continuous fighting from 1992 to 1996 between the forces of would-be strongman and Pak ISI/Jamaat-e-Islami sock puppet Gulbuddin Hekmayar and the Northern Alliance, a period which won Hek the title Most Evil Man in the World and didn't do much for the reputations of the Northern Alliance guys either....
. These attacks left hundreds of people killed and maimed. Two of these attacks were carried out in Shah Shaheed and Fourth Macroryan areas and the two others were carried out on 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...
International Airport and Parliament House.

The statement further states that these people were planning more attacks in Kabul but NDS personnel detained them before they could implement their intentions.

The detained holy warriors include Qari Janan the Peshwar Shura designated governor of Kabul's Deh Sabz District and some his lover companions.

They also include some commanders from Haqqani terrorist network identified as Israr Ahmad, Malik and Mustafa who implemented one attack on Hamid Karzai International Airport and two others in Shah Shaheed and Fourth Macroryan areas.

According to NDS statement these holy warriors were working on carrying out 13 more attacks in Kabul to target the Presidential Palace, NDS compound in Shash Darak area, Ministry of Defense, U.S. Embassy, police headquarters, Parliament House and Khatam-un-Nabiyeen University.

The Press Release further states that last week NDS seized 13 tons of kabooms in two trucks in Paktika
...which coincidentally borders South Wazoo...
province. According to the statement these trucks were made ready to cross into central provinces for kabooms.

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Afghanistan: Gen. Dostum returns to Kabul, declares Pakistan 'Enemy of Afghanistan'
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[Khaama (Afghanistan)] The First Vice President Gen. Abdul Rashid Dostum
...ethnic Uzbek warlord who distinguished himself fighting the Soviets and the Taliban. The story that he had a bad guy run over with a tank is an exaggeration. It was an armored personnel carrier...
returned to Kabul
...the capital of Afghanistan. Home to continuous fighting from 1992 to 1996 between the forces of would-be strongman and Pak ISI/Jamaat-e-Islami sock puppet Gulbuddin Hekmayar and the Northern Alliance, a period which won Hek the title Most Evil Man in the World and didn't do much for the reputations of the Northern Alliance guys either....
today after participating in a month long military operation in northern provinces of Afghanistan, specifically in northern Faryab province.

Gen. Dostum appeared in a presser after his return from the north and accused Pakistain, particularly the country's military and Inter Services Intelligence (ISI) for being involved in the killing of innocent civilians and Afghan leaders.

According to Gen. Dostum, the enemies of Afghanistan are friends of Pakistain and the friends of Afghanistan are the enemies of Pakistain.

Declaring Pakistain as Afghanistan's enemy, the First Vice President called on international community to put pressure on the country.

He said he will discuss Pakistain with President Ghani during the National Security Council and offer his suggestion in this regard.

Displaying the boom jackets captured by the security forces while thwarting an liquidation plot against him, Gen. Dostum said "Pakistain sent four jacket wallahs to assassinate me," claiming the vests are made in Pakistain.

He also added that ISI is directly involved in the developments in Taliban leadership, gesturing towards the appointment of Mullah Akhtar Mansoor.

In regards to peace efforts aimed at ending the ongoing violence in the country, Gen. Dostum insisted that the country should be ready for combat while moving towards peace negotiations.

Gen. Dostum joined the Afghan cops in the frontline in northern Faryab province earlier this month.

He survived at least two liquidation plots by the anti-government armed krazed killer groups while he was leading counter-terrorism operations in Faryab.

The convoy of the First Vice President Gen. Abdul Rashid Dostum was ambushed by the Taliban in turbans in Qaisar district of northern Faryab province last week.

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#3: General you knew this from day one Pakistan isi control Taliban and Jihadi groups.

Obama please stop sending aid to our main enemy in the region Pakistan
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-Signs, Portents, and the Weather-: Egypt muezzin suspended over 'Facebook prayer call'
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[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] Egyptians in a Nile Delta province were outraged on Sunday after a holy man allegedly changed a line in the traditional Islamic call to prayer to mention Facebook.

Instead of saying "prayer is better than sleep" twice during the dawn prayer, Sheikh Mahmoud Maghazi of Beheira province allegedly said: "Prayer is better than Facebook."

The issue drew nationwide attention when he defended himself against shouted accusations on one of Egypt's most-watched television talk shows, called 10 PM.

Talk show hosts play a major role in leading public opinion in Egypt, where a quarter of the population is illiterate.

The Religious Endowments Ministry ordered an investigation after locals complained last week, senior ministry official Mohammed Abdelrazik said. That prompted Maghazi to go on hunger strike and deny that he made the reference.

"I don't know what Facebook is and I don't know how it is spelled," he swore to the silver-haired host, Wael el-Ibrashy. Maghazi went on to charge his accusers with being members of the banned Moslem Brüderbund group.

He said they were trying to remove him from the mosque because he would not allow them to hold protests and organize unlicensed Islamic lessons there.


-Signs, Portents, and the Weather-: Death toll at 158 in blasts at China port
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[HERALDSUN.AU] THE death toll has risen to 158 from explosions at a chemical warehouse in north-eastern China, with 15 people still missing.

THE toll included 94 firefighters and 11 police killed in the August 12 accident, the official Xinhua news agency reported on Monday.

Hundreds more were injured by the multiple explosions that shot into the sky above the port city of Tianjin.

Eleven local officials are being prosecuted over the blasts.

Port officials failed to manage the risk of storing dangerous chemicals, the Ministry of Public Security said.

The warehouse, operated by Ruihai International Logistics Company, was storing about 40 substances, including 500 tons of flammable materials and 700 tons of highly toxic substances, mainly sodium cyanide, Xinhua reported.

Water near the site contained cyanide levels 356 times higher than the national safety standard, the Environmental Protection Ministry said on August 20.

The blasts caused varying degrees of damage to 17,000 residences, Xinhua reported.


Arabia: Arrest of Khobar bomb mastermind 'raises doubts about trusting Iran'
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[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] Investigations into the 1996 attack on Khobar Towers that killed 19 U.S. airmen moved closer to a conclusion after its alleged criminal mastermind, Ahmed al-Mughassil, was caught and handed over to Saudi authorities in Beirut late last week.

Pan-Arab newspaper Asharq al-Awsat broke the news of the arrest, but stopped short of giving further details, reporting only that Mughassil was captured by Saudi intelligence and handed over to relevant Saudi authorities in Beirut.

The bombing destroyed an eight-story building in Khobar Towers, a housing complex for American Air Force personnel stationed in Soddy Arabia
...a kingdom taking up the bulk of the Arabian peninsula. Its primary economic activity involves exporting oil and soaking Islamic rubes on the annual hajj pilgrimage. The country supports a large number of princes in whatcha might call princely splendor. When the oil runs out the rest of the world is going to kick sand in the Soddy national face...
. Nineteen people were killed in the blast and 400 were maimed.

Former Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) analyst and senior B.O. regime official, now with the Brookings Institution, told Al Arabiya News that Mughassil had been living in hiding in Beirut under the shelter of the Iranian-backed Hezbollah group.

"Mughassil has been protected by Iran and Hezbollah since 1996, he may have gotten careless about his security. The Saudis were quick to get him out of Beirut before Hezbollah could rescue him," Riedel said.

Devastating scene
At the time of the bombing, Riedel was the deputy assistant secretary of defense and recounted the day he was dispatched to the bombsite in an op-ed for Al Monitor: "The scene was devastating. Mughassil had driven a truck containing the bomb up to a protective wall near the barracks. He then remotely detonated the bomb. It was the equivalent of 20,000 pounds of TNT, larger than the bomb used to blow up the Marine barracks in Beirut. In addition to the Americans killed and maimed, dozens of Saudis and South Asian guest workers were maimed. Mughassil allegedly fled to Iran immediately after the attack."

Neither the U.S. nor Saudi Arabia have directly commented or confirmed Mughassil's arrest. American newspapers were quick to welcome the news but raised doubts regarding the timing of it.

At the time of publication, the FBI's most wanted list still had Mughassil listed as "on the lam" with a bounty of $5 million dollars and according to a report by Asharq al-Awsat, American analysts said that Washington were "the last to be informed regarding Mughassil's arrest."

The New York Times
...which still proudly displays Walter Duranty's Pulitzer prize...
, in an editorial published on August 28, said that the news' timing had something to do with the current debate over the P5+1 Iranian nuclear deal.

Under the deal reached in July, sanctions imposed by the U.S., the EU and the U.N. will be lifted in return for Iran agreeing long-term curbs on a nuclear program that the West has suspected was aimed at creating a nuclear bomb.

"While the arrest is welcome and long overdue, the timing has raised suspicions, coming as it does in the middle of a fierce debate in Congress about the wisdom of the proposed nuclear deal with Iran and whether Tehran can be relied on to fulfill its terms," the editorial read.


Government: Obama Renames Mt. McKinley 'Denali' Ahead of Alaska Trip
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[ABCNEWS.GO] President B.O. has changed the name of Alaska's Mt. McKinley to Denali, the White House announced Sunday, a day before the president is set to visit the state.

"Denali" is the Alaskan Native name for the mountain, which is North America's tallest - and a site of cultural significance to Alaska's native population.

U.S. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell signed the order renaming the mountain on Friday. Obama will officially rename the peak in Anchorage tomorrow, where he will kick off his presidential visit to the 49th state.

The name change follows a longstanding Alaskan effort to re-designate the mountain by its Athabascan name. In 1975 Alaska's governor formally requested that the secretary of the interior work to change the name, following a resolution from the Alaska State Legislature.
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-Lurid Crime Tales-: Suspect Allegedly Unloaded His Entire Pistol in Texas Deputy
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[ABCNEWS.GO] A gunman unloaded his entire pistol into slain Harris County Sheriff's Deputy Darren Goforth when he stopped at a gas station near Houston Friday, prosecutors said in court today, adding that officials found 15 shell-casings at the scene.

Suspect Shannon Miles, 30, allegedly ran up to Goforth as he was filling up his tank and began firing immediately, Harris County District Attorney Devon Anderson said today at Miles' court appearance.

Anderson said Miles kept firing even when Goforth was on the ground.

"The gun holds 14 in its magazine and one in its chamber," Anderson said. "Fifteen shell casings; you can do the math. He unloaded the entire pistol into Deputy Goforth."

An eyewitness, who saw the suspect flee, described the make and model of Miles' red Ford Ranger, prosecutors said, leading authorities to Miles' house. Prosecutors said they found a gun matching the ballistics of the gun that killed Goforth.

A witness viewed a video line-up and positively identified Miles as the shooter, prosecutors said.

Miles, who appeared disoriented in court today, remained cuffed throughout his appearance and wore yellow jail jumpsuit. He is facing a capital murder charge. No plea was entered. Miles was provided court-appointed attorneys Anthony Osso and Charles Brown.


Southeast Asia: Thailand's police gave themselves an $84,000 reward for Bangkok bombing tips
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[WASHINGTONPOST] On Saturday, police in Thailand placed in durance vile
Drop the gat, Rocky, or you're a dead 'un!
a man in connection with the Aug. 17 bombing in central Bangkok, which killed at least 20 people and left more than 120 injured.

A reward had been offered for tips in the case, according to the News Agency that Dare Not be Named. But national police chief Somyot Poompanmoung said authorities didn't get any outside tips.

So that reward money, which equaled about $84,000? Thai police collected it for themselves.

"Give me the bag," Somyot said at a Monday news conference, the AP reported.

According to the news agency:

"This is real money," the police chief said with a smile. He went on to say that Saturday's arrest was thanks to "good police work" and had not come from any outside tips.

"It is the ability of Thai officials that led to the arrest," he said. "This money should be given to officials who did their job."

A foreigner was taken into custody on Saturday, though his suspected role in the bombing at the Erawan Shrine remains somewhat unclear. The AP notes that the man, whose name was not released, "may not even be the prime suspect."

On Monday, police released images of two more suspects, a man and a woman.

Somyot said part of the reward money came from him, while the rest was donated by his "businessmen friends who do not want to be named," Agence La Belle France-Presse reported.


Britain: Cameron on spot as Home Secretary demands UK regains control of our borders
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[DAILYMAIL.CO.UK]
  • 'EU migrants should be banned unless they have job lined up', she said
  • May also blamed 'broken EU migration system' for ongoing migrant crisis
  • Comes as data showed net migration in Britain has reached a record high
  • Mrs May made comments after European Union security summit in Paris


The Grand Turk: Turkey to offer rewards for 'denouncing terrorists'
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[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] Turkish authorities will offer up to 4 million lira ($1.37 million) in rewards for those who help a crackdown on "terrorists", according to a new ruling published Monday.

The decision comes after a surge in violence in the southeast between Turkish security forces and Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) Kurdish Death Eaters which has nullified a 2013 truce.

Under the government's plan, informants' rewards will be based on the "value of the information in preventing terrorism crimes and catching the suspects," said a statement in the official gazette, where all new legislation and government rulings are published.

Those who report the identity or location of a "suspected terrorist" anonymously will be awarded up to 200,000 Turkish lira ($68,000) as long as they as they are not involved in the "terrorism activity" that they report, it added.

But the award will be multiplied by 20 and increased to 4 million lira if the suspect is the leader of a "terrorist organization" or the crime that is exposed is severe enough to cause "unrest".

The informant does not have to be a Turkish citizen to be eligible for the award, the statement said.


Israel-Palestine-Jordan: Egypt starts dig on Gaza border to stop smuggling tunnels
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[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] Egyptian military bulldozers are digging through the sand along Egypt's border with the Gazoo Strip in recent days, pressing ahead with what appears to be a renewed campaign to pressure Gazoo's Hamas, always the voice of sweet reason, rulers and stamp out Death Eater activity along the border.

The project, billed as an Egyptian military-operated fish farm, effectively would fill the border area with water and is designed to put an end to the last remaining cross-border underground smuggling tunnels, Egyptian military officials said. Hamas accuses Egypt of further isolating the beleaguered Paleostinian territory.

The new excavations seem to be "a tightening of the grip of siege on Gazoo," Hamas official Mushir al-Masri said. Egypt "should not slide into this cliff that agrees with the Israeli policies of siege."

Israel and Egypt have maintained a blockade of the territory since the Islamic Death Eater group Hamas seized control of Gazoo in 2007. For several years, Egypt tolerated a smuggling industry, allowing hundreds of tunnels to bring in goods like cigarettes and spare cycle of violence parts, as well as weapons. These tunnels were a lifeline for Hamas, which collected millions of dollars in taxes and revenues from the smuggled goods. They continued to thrive after longtime autocrat Hosni Mubarak
...The former President-for-Life of Egypt, dumped by popular demand in early 2011...
was ousted in 2011 and the Islamist Mohammed Morsi won the country's first free presidential election.

But things changed after the Egyptian army ousted Morsi, a key ally of Hamas, in 2013. The military-backed government accused Islamic bully boyz of using smuggling tunnels to move between Gazoo and Egypt's Sinai Peninsula. Hamas denies bully boyz move in and out of its territory.

Last November, after bully boyz killed 31 Egyptian troops in an assault on a checkpoint 20 miles (30 kilometers) from Rafah, Egypt demolished hundreds of homes and evicted thousands of residents as it carved out a buffer zone and destroyed more tunnels. Today, Paleostinian smugglers operate an estimated 20 tunnels.

But the violence has continued. Last month, Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear the pols talk they're not really Moslems....
-linked bully boyz struck Egyptian army outposts in a coordinated wave of suicide kabooms and battles. It was some of Sinai's deadliest fighting in decades and underlined the government's failure to stem the insurgency. Last week, three gunnies in a speeding car killed two coppers in an attack claimed by the Islamic State group.

Now Egypt is trying to finish off the tunnels for good.

Egypt's army began digging last week what officials said will be 18 fisheries along the 9-mile (14-kilometer) border with Gazoo to grow mullet fish and shrimps, and to make digging underground tunnels impossible. The military officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to talk to the media.
#1: The project, billed as an Egyptian military-operated fish farm, effectively would fill the border area with water

A moat around Gaza is a perennial suggestion here at Rantburg, however, selling it as a fish farm is pure genius. Hey, you don't suppose al Sisi reads the 'Burg?
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Africa North: Ex-UK PM Blair 'tried to save Qaddafi:' report
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[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] British former Prime Minister Tony Blair is set to be the subject of a UK parliamentary inquiry after allegations in a new book that he tried to save late Libyan dictator Muammar Qadaffy
... who had more funny outfits than Louis XIV...
back in 2011, the Times of London reported on Monday.

According to a new biography of current UK Prime Minister David Cameron
... has stated that he is certainly a big Thatcher fan, but I don't know whether that makes me a Thatcherite, which means he's not. Since he is not deeply ideological he lacks core principles and is easily led. He has been described as certainly not a Pitt, Elder or Younger, but he does wear a nice suit so maybe he's Beau Brummel ...
, Blair was contacted by "a key individual close to Qadaffy" during the 2011 military campaign to end the dictator's regime.

Upon receiving the information, Blair phoned the prime minister's residence, Number 10 Downing Street, on his behalf. In his call to Downing Street, Blair purportedly said that Qadaffy wanted "a deal with the British."


Arabia: Houthis detain dozens in Yemeni capital
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[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] Iranian-backed Houthi
...a Zaidi Shia insurgent group operating in Yemen. They have also been referred to as the Believing Youth. Hussein Badreddin al-Houthi is said to be the spiritual leader of the group and most of the military leaders are his relatives. The Yemeni government has accused the Houthis of having ties to the Iranian government, which wouldn't suprise most of us. The group has managed to gain control over all of Saada Governorate and parts of Amran, Al Jawf and Hajjah Governorates. Its slogan is God is Great, Death to America™, Death to Israel, a curse on the Jews ...
militias and forces allied to deposed leader President-for-Life Ali Abdullah Saleh
... Saleh initially took power as a strongman of North Yemen in 1977, when disco was in flower, but he didn't invite Donna Summer to the inauguration and Blondie couldn't make it...
have launched a large campaign of raids and arrests against activists and politicians in the Yemeni capital.

According to Al Arabiya News Channel, at least 50 people have been tossed in the slammer
You have the right to remain silent...
in Sanaa where Houthis have a dominant presence.

Meanwhile,
...back at the Council of Boskone, Helmuth had turned a paler shade of blue. Star-A-Star had struck again...
the Saudi-led coalition has sent military support to forces loyal to the internationally-recognized President Abdrabbu Mansour Hadi in the eastern province of Marib, according to the channel.

If pro-government forces manage to push the Houthis out of Marib, they could potentially advance rapidly across Jawf, a flat, desert province bordering Soddy Arabia
...a kingdom taking up the bulk of the Arabian peninsula. Its primary economic activity involves exporting oil and soaking Islamic rubes on the annual hajj pilgrimage. The country supports a large number of princes in whatcha might call princely splendor. When the oil runs out the rest of the world is going to kick sand in the Soddy national face...
that is also a gateway to Saada.

Since late March, the Saudi-led coalition has bombed Iranian-backed Houthi militias and forces allied to Saleh, in a bid to put Hadi's government back in power.


Bangladesh: Suspected forest robber killed in gunfight
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[Dhaka Tribune] An alleged forest robber was killed early yesterday in a shootout with members of Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) in Sharankhola range of Sundarbans in Bagerhat.
Someday I'm going to combine all these stories into Tales from Bagerhat.
Lt Col Faridul Alam, Commander of RAB-8, claimed the dear departed Little John Khalil was the second-in-command of 'Monir Bahini'.
A band of merry men inhabiting the Sunderbans. They rob from the rich and give to the poor, which usually equates to them.
Alam said on a tip-off, they raided Dorjar canal area around 5:30am while Khalil with his cohorts were preparing to commit robbery.
"Ho ho, my good bishop! You look tired! Lemme relieve you of all those gold ornaments!"
[BANG!]
"Hey! Wot gives?"
[BANG! BANGETTY BANG!]

Spider senses tingling at the proximity of the elite force members, the robbers opened fire on them, forcing them to fire back that triggered a shootout. Khalil was caught in the line of fire and was struck down in his prime while other members of the gang managed to flee the spot.
"We're outta here!"
"Hey! Youse forgot my lute!"

"After they left, we went to the spot and found the body along with the weapons and other materials," Alam also said.
"Gosh, Chief! Is that a long bow?"
"Yeah. Long arrows, too!"

The seizure list contains four double-barrelled shotguns, one single-barrelled gun, three sawed-off rifles, three light guns, an air-gun, various ammunition, sharp weapons, mobile phone and tokens for collecting ransom and protection money.
"Never bring a quarterstaff to a gunfight."


Syria-Lebanon-Iran: Iranian film on Prophet Mohammad stirs calls for Tehran to ban it
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[Dhaka Tribune] A film on the life of Prophet Mohammad (Salaami salaami Baloney!) is expected to break box office records in Shia-majority Iran after its release last week, but some Sunni Moslem holy mans in the Arab world are demanding that Tehran ban it.

The state-sponsored "Mohammad, Messenger of God (Salaami salaami Baloney!) ," directed by Oscar-nominated director Majid Majidi, is at $40m, Iran's most expensive movie to date.

"I decided to make this film to fight against the new wave of Islamophobia
...the irrational fear that Moslems will act the way they usually do...
in the West. The Western interpretation of Islam is full of violence and terrorism," Majidi was quoted as saying by Hezbollah Line, a conservative Iranian magazine.

The 171-minute movie, the first part of a planned trilogy, focuses on the prophet's (Salaami salaami Baloney!) childhood. His face will not be shown on screen, in accordance with traditional Islamic strictures. The camera shows the boy actor playing him only from behind, or only his shadow.

A steadicam was customised especially to depict Mohammad's (Salaami salaami Baloney!) point of view by the movie's Oscar-winning Italian cinematographer Vittorio Storaro. The identity of the boy playing Mohammad (Salaami salaami Baloney!) has not been made public.
He must be killed!
Egypt's Al-Azhar, one of the most prestigious Sunni institute, is not satisfied with such precautions and has called on Iran to ban the film.

"This matter is already settled. Sharia (Islamic law) prohibits embodying the prophets (Salaami salaami Baloney!) ," said Professor Abdel Fattah Alawari, dean of the Islamic theology faculty at Al-Azhar.

"It is not permissible in Islam that someone (an actor) has contradictory and conflicting roles; sometimes we see him as a blind drunk, sometimes as a womaniser ... and then he embodies a prophet ... this is not permissible."


Bangladesh: SC cancels Joynal Hazari's acquittal in corruption case
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[Dhaka Tribune] The Supreme Court has scrapped the High Court verdict that acquitted former Awami League politician Joynal Hazari in a case filed by the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC).

A four-member bench of the Appellate Division, headed by Chief Justice SK Sinha, passed the order yesterday.

"The Supreme Court scrapped the High Court verdict after we filed a leave-to-appeal petition against the verdict," said ACC lawyer Khurshid Alam Khan.

The apex court also ordered to hold further hearing on the appeal at the High Court.

Hazari was charged with illegally amassing wealth worth Tk1.13 crore in the case filed by M Shafiqur Rahman, ACC deputy director in Comilla, with Feni Sadar cop shoppe on October 2, 2007.

On November 27, 2008, a Special Judge's Court in Dhaka sentenced Hazari to 10 years in prison and fined him Tk1 crore in the case.

However,
there is a theory which states that if ever anybody discovers exactly what the Universe is for and why it is here, it will instantly disappear and be replaced by something even more bizarre and inexplicable. There is another theory which states that this has already happened...
Hazari challenged the verdict at the High Court and was acquitted of the charges on December 5, 2011.

On April 14, 2012, the ACC filed a leave-to-appeal petition with the Appellate Division against the High Court verdict.


Syria-Lebanon-Iran: Qatar's funds to buy liberated areas' wheat revealed opposition greed
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[EN.ZAMANALWSL.NET] The Qatar
...an emirate on the east coast of the Arabian Peninsula. It sits on some really productive gas and oil deposits, which produces the highest per capita income in the world. They piss it all away on religion, financing the Moslem Brotherhood and several al-Qaeda affiliates...
i initiative to support and assist the Syrian farmers by offering $15 million to the National Coalition to facilitate buying the Syrian wheat, unveil the greediness and irresponsibility toward the farmers and many workers with the Coalition.

As soon as the $15 million arrived from Qatar to the National Coalition, plans started to get changed, even institutional changes took place. The National Coalition assigned the task to the Assistant Coordination Unit (ACU) instead of the Grain Corporation, the body responsible for trading grains, moreover, a brand new institution is going to be formed to manage the matter, while 50 employees of the Grain Corporation are at risk of losing their jobs.

Sources in the opposition's grain Corporation confirmed that they had before bought a quantity of 36 thousand tons of dry and wet Wheat from farmers in Aleppo --Idlib, daraa and Homs during 2014-2015 season, despite the weak fund. Moreover, the corporation brought an amount of 12,500 tons of wheat for bread to Aleppo, Idlib and Daraa funded by the credit wallet.

However,
man does not live by words alone, despite the fact that sometimes he has to eat them...
the lack of fund and fruitless efforts of the Grain Corporation to generate support and money from the countries known as "Friends of the Syrian People" forced the corporation to stop its activities in regard grain in August.

After two consecutive years of true and honest dealing with farmers, they trusted the Grain Foundation in time most bodies wanted to use their crisis and suffering. The Corporation then thought of an integrated project to sell the wheat of 2015 season to Qatar via the National Coalition and the head of the Interim Government.

Sources warned of delays in the purchase of wheat from farmers before the seasonal rainfall which might damaged the wheat, or farmers might smuggle the harvest to neighboring countries, or selling it to the Syrian regime, which raised the price to attract farmers from the liberated areas and deprive rebels from benefiting of the harvest..

News was circulated about preparation to establish a new Grain Corporation and sack all workers and employees in the old one, has complicated the situation.


Science & Technology: Is This the Warship of the Future?
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Re: Steve White's posting of 30 Aug.
[DefenseOne] If you thought the battleship era faded after World War II, just wait a few decades. A group of British designers with the Startpoint group have revealed concept art for a future warship called Dreadnought 2050, the product of an open-thought experiment at the informal request of the U.K. Ministry of Defense.

Named for the 1905 British man-of-war that rendered its predecessors obsolete, Dreadnought 2050 has all the futuristic accessories that a mid-21st-century warship shouldn't be without. The ship is powered by hydrogen fusion -- or if that proves unworkable, then at least by "highly efficient turbines driving silent electric motors to waterjets." The hull is composed of "ultra-strong" composites of the finest acrylic. Out back, there's a floodable dock for launching Royal Marines and swimming drones, a deck for launching armed aerial drones, and 3D printers to make more as needed. The designers don't specify the size of their new dreadnought, but they imagine it would replace a ship with a crew of about 200 -- perhaps making it comparable to the U.S. Navy's 15,000-ton Zumwalt-class destroyer.
#1: And sharks with frikin lasers attached to their heads.
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Home Front: Politix: Barack Obama Convinced He Is The Chosen One To "Save The Planet."
Posted by Blossom Unains5562 09/01/2015  00:00 0 Comments 439 words Read the whole thing on page 4
[DCWhispers]. With the time ticking on the final years of his presidency, Barack Obama is said to be moving aggressively toward sweeping Executive Authority measures enacted out of a sincere belief by the president that he was chosen to save the planet from the ravages of human progress.

This week he flies to Alaska to renew his quest to declare climate change the greatest threat to humankind and position himself as the only American president to date to address the issue with the seriousness Barack Obama believes it deserves.

"He is more convinced than ever that he is the one to make it happen regarding new climate change laws. He doesn't want to hear anything about it being politically tough or other versions of science that disagree with what he's doing. It's all-in for the president and he intends to diminish our carbon-based economy as much as possible before he leaves office. He's daring anyone to challenge him on this. This is another legacy moment, like the Iran deal, Cuba, etc. He is determined to see himself go down as one of the greatest presidents in U.S. history and nothing or no-one is going to prevent that from happening. It's also a big part of his post-White House plans. He wants to position himself as the international leader on the subject, something that will go beyond the laws of the United States. He favors the concept of a global authority -- big time."

This week President Obama travels to Alaska to announce his intent to further expand efforts by the Environmental Protection Agency to reduce America's carbon emissions. The president will stage a number of "victim forums" showcasing Alaskans negatively impacted by climate change. These events will be the backdrop for the president's demand for an international climate change treaty. The Alaskan trip bookends the president's most recent remarks commemorating the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina in which he again referenced climate change. (Despite the actual science indicating climate change, be it real or imagined, had nothing to do with the hurricane or the local and state government incompetence that was actually to blame for much of the resulting loss of life.)

Readers would do well to recall it was Barack Obama who, during his 20o8 election night speech said HIS victory would be remembered for the following:

"...this was the moment when the rise of the oceans began to slow and our planet began to heal."

It appears the president is intent on seeing that astonishing claim become reality -- at least in his own mind.


Olde Tyme Religion: The 'Birmingham Koran' fragment that could shake Islam after carbon-dating suggests it is OLDER than the Prophet Muhammad
Posted by Blossom Unains5562 09/01/2015  00:00 4 Comments 60 words Read the whole thing on page 1
o. Fragments of the oldest Koran were discovered last month in Birmingham

o. Carbon dating found the pages were produced between 568AD and 654AD

o. But several historians now say that the parchment may predate Muhammad

o. They believe that this discovery could rewrite the early history of Islam

#1: Parchment was often re-used because paper was so valuable. Unless there is something in the Koran saying that the pages were new or something I don't think there is anything here. Date the ink perhaps that'll prove something.
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-Lurid Crime Tales-: Are You Being Served?
Posted by Deacon Blues 09/01/2015  00:00 2 Comments 775 words Read the whole thing on page 6
Records reveal that Hillary Clinton's private clintonemail.com server shared an IP address with her husband Bill Clinton's email server, presidentclinton.com, and both servers were housed in New York City, not in the basement of the Clintons' Chappaqua, New York home.

Web archives show that the Presidentclinton.com Web address was being operated by the Clinton Foundation as of 2009, when Hillary Clinton registered her own clintonemail.com server.

Numerous Clinton Foundation employees used the presidentclinton.com server for their own email addresses, which means that they were using email accounts that, if hacked, would have given any hacker complete access to Hillary Clinton's State Department emails, as well.

The bombshell revelation raises new concerns about the possible illegality of Hillary Clinton's private email use. The former Secretary of State is under federal investigation for potentially violating the Espionage Act by allowing people without a security clearance to access classified information. The fact that Hillary was sharing an email network with a private foundation means that people without a security clearance almost certainly had physical access to her server while she was working at the State Department.

Here's what we know:

The Servers Have The SAME IP Address

Hillary's clintonemail.com server and the Foundation-run presidentclinton.com email server have exactly the same IP address, and the same SSL certificate (which an organization purchases for an email server to verify its trustworthiness).

mail.clintonemail.com and mail.presidentclinton.com both have an IP address of 64.94.172.146, according to an SSL Certificate Checker.

The two servers both have that same IP address, 64.94.172.146, according to DNS records. (Here are records for Hillary's server, and here are records for Bill's server).

Both servers have the same IP address, according to another independent Internet records database, robtex.net.

The fact that both of these email servers have the same IP address means that they were operating on the same network, and sharing physical space. A computer expert tells Breitbart News that the servers were probably operating on the same machine. It is also possible that they were operating on different machines on the same network, which still means that the machines would have to be close enough to exist in the same physical location.

President Clinton's server was created in 2002, while Hillary's was created in 2009, which means that Hillary's server was simply added to Bill's Foundation-run server network.

They Had The SAME IP Address When She Was Secretary of State

Hillary's server and Bill's Foundation-run server also shared a different IP address during her tenure as Secretary of State.

From September 8, 2009 until June 24, 2011, Bill Clinton's Foundation-run mail.presidentclinton.com server had an IP address of 24.187.234.187, according to DNS records.

Hillary's mail.clintonemail.com server had the same exact IP address, 24.187.234.187, from the dates May 21, 2010 until October 21, 2010, according to DNS records.

Their Shared IP Address Can Be Traced to Midtown Manhattan

A geographical search for the IP address that both servers shared at registration traces to Midtown Manhattan, according to three different databases: infosniper.net, which locates a Midtown latitude/longitude point, ip-tracker.org, which also gives a Midtown latitude/longitude point, and whatsmyip.org.

Clinton Foundation headquarters are currently located at 1271 6th Avenue in Midtown. Bill Clinton's office is at 55 West 125th Street

The Denver-based firm Platte River Networks told Breitbart News that it physically moved Hillary Clinton's private email server out of the basement of her Chappaqua home in 2013. But the Clintons could have moved the server from Manhattan to Chappaqua before Platte River got there.

Clinton Founation Employees Had presidentclinton.com email addresses

The employees who have used presidentclinton.com email addresses included former Bill Clinton right-hand man Doug Band, as well as Justin Cooper, a Hillary aide who has worked with the Foundation, Terry Krinvic, Laura Graham, and John Zimmerebner.

Was Chelsea Clinton On The Server?

The email server for mail.chelseaoffice.com, which is no longer active, resolves to clintonemail.com, according to DNS records. Wikileaks confirms that the chelseaoffice.com server was used by Chelsea Clinton employees.

Hillary Even Admitted That She Used Her Husband's "System"

"Well the system we used was set up for President Clintons office and it had numerous safeguards it was on property guarded by the Secret Service and there were no security breaches, so I think that the use of that server which started with my husband proved to be effective and secure," Hillary Clinton said in a March 2015 press conference.

Clinton has not returned to that talking point since.

The Clinton Foundation and Hillary Clinton's campaign did not return requests for comment by press time.
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Southeast Asia: Despite MNLF calls, Misuari warrant stands
Posted by ryuge 09/01/2015  00:00 3 Comments 167 words Read the whole thing on page 1
[Inquirer] The Moro National Liberation Front said it was hopeful that the Philippine government would lift the arrest warrant for its leader, Nur Misuari, so he could join the delegation to Manila on September 2 for the tripartite meeting with the government and the Organization of Islamic Conference.

On its official Facebook page, the MNLF said Misuari and some 80 MNLF officials were included in the list of those attending the meeting, to thresh out problems hounding the erstwhile militant group. The MNLF wrote, "We hope the warrant would already be lifted against our beloved leader Prof. Nur Misuari."

Misuari has been in hiding after warrants were issued against him over the September 2013 siege, where at least 300 people were killed and over 120,000 families displaced. Despite being in hiding, Misuari maintains close contact with the MNLF faction that he heads.

Regional State Prosecutor Peter Medalle said they have not received any information that Misuari's warrant would be lifted and that the former miltant leader-turned-politician could still be nabbed on sight.
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Government: Army Creating Cyber Units With Soldiers, Civilians
Posted by Besoeker 09/01/2015  00:00 0 Comments 347 words Read the whole thing on page 1
[Mil.com/Stars and Stripes] YOKOTA AIR BASE, Japan -- The Army is looking for soldiers and civilians to serve in new cyber units charged with protecting critical stateside infrastructure and creating "effects" on the battlefield in support of conventional forces. The challenge: Attracting the creative, energetic talent typically drawn to the freewheeling tech sector.

Army Cyber Command has about 20 teams in place, out of the 41 that it hopes to form by the end of next year, said Command Sgt. Maj. Rodney Harris, an adviser to Army Cyber Command and its commander, Lt. Gen. Edward C. Cardon.

Cyber protection teams harden key networks, mitigate risk and hunt for intruders. Other teams protect critical infrastructure, support commanders on the battlefield, analyze intelligence and develop software, Harris said.

Recruiters are hoping to tap into some of the energy that has helped Silicon Valley lead the world in information technology. However, it's unclear whether the Army can provide an environment compatible with the techies whose skills have made Google, Microsoft and Apple household names. A different sort of soldier will need to be recruited to fight in "a seriously nontraditional" space, said Arizona State University engineering professor Braden Allenby.

The challenge for recruiters is twofold. They need to attract skilled techies to the military, then make sure they don't trigger an "immune response" from the more traditional military organizations they need to work with, Allenby said.

The Army has been building its cyber force since 2010, and Harris said the goal is to recruit 1,899 cyber workers -- its share of 6,000 employees under the umbrella of the Defense Department's Cyber Command.

The Army's cyber teams are scheduled to be fully staffed by the end of next year, though it will take longer to complete training, said Capt. Micah Bushouse, who works for Army Cyber Command's advanced concepts and technology section.

Bushouse, whose job is to ensure cyber soldiers have the funding and gear they need, has a telecommunications degree from Michigan State University and spent nine years as a signal officer before joining Army Cyber Command.


Government: China And Russia Are Cross-Indexing Hacked Data to Target US Spies
Posted by Besoeker 09/01/2015  00:00 0 Comments 490 words Read the whole thing on page 3
Goody.
[Mil.com/LA Times] WASHINGTON -- Foreign spy services, especially in China and Russia, are aggressively aggregating and cross-indexing hacked U.S. computer databases -- including security clearance applications, airline records and medical insurance forms -- to identify U.S. intelligence officers and agents, U.S. officials said.

At least one clandestine network of American engineers and scientists who provide technical assistance to U.S. undercover operatives and agents overseas has been compromised as a result, according to two U.S. officials.

The Obama administration has scrambled to boost cyber defenses for federal agencies and crucial infrastructure as foreign-based attacks have penetrated government websites and email systems, social media accounts and, most important, vast data troves containing Social Security numbers, financial information, medical records and other personal data on millions of Americans.

Counterintelligence officials say their adversaries combine those immense data files and then employ sophisticated software to try to isolate disparate clues that can be used to identify and track -- or worse, blackmail and recruit -- U.S. intelligence operatives.

Digital analysis can reveal "who is an intelligence officer, who travels where, when, who's got financial difficulties, who's got medical issues, (to) put together a common picture," William Evanina, the top counterintelligence official for the U.S. intelligence community, said in an interview.

Asked whether adversaries had used this information against U.S. operatives, Evanina said, "Absolutely."

Evanina declined to say which nations are involved. Other U.S. officials, speaking on condition of anonymity to discuss internal assessments, say China and Russia are collecting and scrutinizing sensitive U.S. computer files for counterintelligence purposes.

U.S. cyberspying is also extensive, but authorities in Moscow and Beijing frequently work in tandem with criminal hackers and private companies to find and extract sensitive data from U.S. systems, rather than steal it themselves. That limits clear targets for U.S. retaliation.

The Obama administration marked a notable exception last week when a U.S. military drone strike near Raqqah, Syria, killed the British-born leader of the CyberCaliphate, an Islamic State hacking group that has aggressively sought to persuade sympathizers to launch "lone wolf" attacks in the United States and elsewhere.

Junaid Hussain had posted names, addresses and photos of about 1,300 U.S. military and other officials on Twitter and the Internet, and urged his followers to find and kill them, according to U.S. officials. They said he also had been in contact with one of the two heavily armed attackers killed in May outside a prophet Muhammad cartoon contest in Garland, Texas. Hussain is the first known hacker targeted by a U.S. drone.

The Pentagon also is scouring the leaked list of clients and their sexual preferences from the Ashley Madison cheating website to identify service members who may have violated military rules against infidelity and be vulnerable to extortion by foreign intelligence agencies.


Home Front: Culture Wars: What Natalie Portman Gets Right And Wrong About Jews
Posted by Besoeker 09/01/2015  00:00 3 Comments 252 words Read the whole thing on page 4
[The Federalist] Natalie Portman apparently thinks Jews spend too much time talking about the Holocaust and anti-Semitism. In an interview about her new movie with the British Independent, the Oscar-winner made provocative and newsworthy observations. However, they were also problematic for a variety of reasons.

Portman's most insightful comment is also her most incendiary: "'I think a really big question the Jewish community needs to ask itself, is how much at the forefront we put Holocaust education. Which is, of course, an important question to remember and to respect, but not over other things...'" Portman is right that for the sake of Jewish continuity, American Jewry should spend less time talking to our children about the Holocaust as some implicit explanation for why it's important to be Jewish.

The Holocaust was absolutely evil, and there is always the risk a genocide could be attempted again (this time, more likely by the Iranian regime). However, there is also so much more to being Jewish than the suffering inflicted by hateful outsiders. Young Jews should experience the beauty and vibrancy of our religious, cultural, and intellectual heritage; they should embrace Judaism for positive reasons, rather than out of some sense of historical guilt. Portman is right that the Holocaust needs to be taught as part of a full-spectrum Jewish education.
#1: Considering half of Hollywood Jews can look at Iran and go meh, instead of be horrified shows that the Holocaust lessons are not taken so seriously these days.
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#2: Personally, I think Jewish problem is that we spend too much time talking and not enough time winding our enemies guts on a stick---does that makes me a bad person?
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#3: That's not just a Jewish problem g(r)om.
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The Grand Turk: Turkey: three front war against two tough enemies
Posted by lord garth 09/01/2015  00:00 2 Comments 263 words Read the whole thing on page 4
Slightly different perspective than yesterday's
The Kurdish militants and the jihadists from the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (Islamic State, or IS), which have been battling each other in northern Syria for the past several months, now have a common enemy: Turkey... Turkey said on August 24 that it would, together with the U.S., soon launch comprehensive air strikes against IS targets. "The technical talks have been concluded, yesterday, and soon we will start this operation, comprehensive operations, against Daesh [IS]," Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said. One might say, "too little, too late."

Instead of covertly supporting IS, Turkey should long ago have done everything in its military capacity to crush IS before it grew too strong and captured large swaths of lands in Syria and Iraq, both of which neighbor Turkey.

Turkey's half-hearted and belated decision to join the coalition forces targeting IS may bring in some military value added to the campaign. But it also exposes Turkey to IS attacks from inside the country.

A survey last year found that slightly over 11% of Turks did not view the Islamic State as a terrorist organization. That means there are over eight million Turks who somehow sympathize with the group. Eight million versus just 126: The Turkish Justice Ministry revealed that there were only 126 people in Turkish prisons on charges of being a member of IS. Hence the unnerving threat of IS attacks on Turkish cities, most probably by the group's "sleeper cells" inside Turkey. It came as no surprise that IS recently threatened to "conquer Istanbul."
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Europe: Fear of Russia Drives High-Voltage Power Projects in the Baltics
Posted by Steve White 09/01/2015  00:00 0 Comments 681 words Read the whole thing on page 3
Former Soviet Union satellites such as Ukraine, Georgia, and the three Baltic states—Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia—rely heavily on Russian energy, a dependence that colors the ongoing geopolitical tussle among the Russian Federation, the European Union, and NATO. But new energy infrastructure is beginning to free the Baltics from this drama, including two high-voltage direct current links to Lithuania nearing completion: the 500-megawatt LitPol Link with Poland and the 700-MW NordBalt cable to Sweden, which is among the world’s longest subsea power links.

The links will give the Baltics the ability to get 100 percent of their imported power from non-Russian sources. Laying the 453-kilometer NordBalt cable was hindered by a series of nerve-wracking interventions by Russian naval ships, prompting Lithuania to lodge an official complaint with Moscow. Despite this hurdle, both NordBalt and LitPol Link are expected to begin testing by December and should be in operation from January 2016, says Daivis Virbickas, CEO of the Lithuanian power grid operator Litgrid.

Virbickas says that LitPol Link and NordBalt­ represent a “new era” for Lithuania, the largest of the Baltic states. While Lithuania declared its political independence from the Soviet Union in 1990, it became more dependent on Russian energy after joining the EU in 2004, which required that it shut down the Ignalina nuclear power plant’s ­Chernobyl-style reactors.

Overnight, Lithuania went from being one of Europe’s major power exporters to heavy reliance on Russia. Since the closing of the last reactor, at the end of 2009, Lithuania has imported 70 percent of its power, roughly two-thirds of that from Russia. Its domestic power plants burn natural gas imported from Russia’s ­Gazprom. As a result, Lithuanians pay the highest energy prices in Europe.

Dependence also adds to the Baltics’ sense of insecurity, which has risen in recent years as the Russian Federation has invoked power plays on other energy clients such as Ukraine and Georgia. Ukraine, whose Crimean region Russia annexed last March, now relies on Russian power imports since separatist activity has disrupted supplies from its eastern coal mines.

NordBalt and LitPol Link are, to a great extent, products of Russia’s occupation of the Georgian region of South Ossetia in 2008. In 2009, the European Commission, the Baltic nations, and several neighboring states, including Sweden, forged a common action plan to end the Baltics’ energy isolation and to synchronize their power grids with Europe’s. That plan has been bankrolled by European financing.

Natural gas options are also opening up. Last year Lithuania began operating the Baltic states’ first liquefied natural gas terminal, which is receiving Norwegian gas.

The Baltics are also taking steps to synchronize with Europe’s grid. Currently, the three countries’ grids form the western flank of a massive interconnection that spans eight time zones and is dominated by Russia’s power system. But earlier this year the Baltic transmission system operators hammered out a joint plan outlining how to desynchronize their AC grid from the Moscow-directed interconnection and synchronize it with Europe’s. The specified power line reinforcements and upgraded grid controls could take a decade to complete and could cost the Baltics €1 billion (approximately US $1.08 billion), according to Virbickas.

That may be more than the Baltics can earn back from a more fluid power market. But the cost and effort is justified, says Virbickas, because it will boost supply security. He expects Lithuania to be an equal partner in the cooperative management of continental Europe’s grid by the European Network of Transmission System Operators for Electricity, the ­Brussels-based consortium of European grid operators. In contrast, he says, the Baltic grid operators have little role in determining how the Russian grid is run.

One delicate question remains unanswered, however: the electrical fate of Kaliningrad, a Russian exclave that’s sandwiched between Poland and Lithuania. Discussions on whether Kaliningrad will become an electrical island or join the European grid ended with the breakdown in Russia-EU relations last year. “It is a difficult project geopolitically because we have Kaliningrad in between,” predicts Romas Švedas, formerly a Lithuanian diplomat and vice minister of energy. “It will be a lengthy process.”