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Home Front: Politix: North Korea: Ferguson Response Made U.S. 'The Laughing Stock Of The World'
Posted by gorb 08/27/2014  16:12 3 Comments 585 words Read the whole thing on page 3
Better late than never. Nearly a week after other repressive countries used protests in Ferguson, MO to critique the United States' human rights record, North Korea joined the fray on Tuesday, calling the U.S. "the laughing stock of the world" over its actions over the last few weeks.

North Korean state news agency KCNA has a habit of asking the most leading questions possible to spokesmen for the Foreign Ministry. In this instance, KCNA inquired about the "serious racial discrimination" on display in the United States. "Some days ago, a black teenager was shot to death by a white policeman in Ferguson City, Missouri State, the U.S. and police ruthlessly cracked down on protesters, leveling their rifles at them and firing tear gas and smoke shells," the spokesman is quoted as saying.

"The U.S. is, indeed, a country wantonly violating the human rights where people are subject to discrimination and humiliation due to their races and they are seized with such horror that they do not know when they are shot to death," the spokesperson continued. "The protests in Ferguson City and other parts of the U.S. are an eruption of the pent-up discontent and resistance of the people against racial discrimination and inequality deeply rooted in the American society."

The statement went on to call for the United States to face trial at a human rights court, echoing other countries' demands that the leadership in Pyongyang do the same. North Korea has long chafed at reports from the United Nations and other rights bodies documenting the horrors that go on within the country's borders and used the response to Michael Brown's shooting to again ask to be left alone. But given that the city of Ferguson is now far quieter than it has been in weeks, with the nightly clashes between heavily-armed police and demonstrators receding into memory, it seems odd that the Democratic People's Republic of Korea waited this long to use the events there as a way to prod Washington.

Other countries were more quick on the uptake, seizing the opportunity to dish out the criticism that they're normally on the receiving end of. Egypt, whose military government killed an estimated 1,150 protesters last year, called for the police in Ferguson to "show restraint" in their actions. The foreign ministry in Moscow, where 60 percent of black and African people said in 2009 that they'd been physically assaulted over their race, chided the U.S. on its race relations and said it "should take care of large-scale internal problems and take effective measures to resolve them."

In addition to taking every opportunity to engage in "whataboutism" in response to critiques about its human rights record, North Korea is also attempting to set the record straight on its own. Earlier this month, Pyongyang announced that it would be writing up a response to a U.N. report that cataloged a number of mass atrocities committed by the government -- including "evidence of an array of such crimes, including 'extermination,' crimes against humanity against starving populations and a widespread campaign of abductions of individuals in South Korea and Japan." North Korea says that the assessment it plans on publishing will instead "show the true picture of the people of the DPRK dynamically advancing toward a brighter and rosy future while enjoying a free and happy life under the socialist system centered on the popular masses."
#1: text de-fubared
Posted by: Bright Pebbles|| 2014-08-27 16:32 ||Comments

#2: Love the picture.
Posted by: rjschwarz|| 2014-08-27 18:30 ||Comments

#3: Thanks, BP.
Posted by: gorb|| 2014-08-27 19:08 ||Comments



-Lurid Crime Tales-: IRS ethics lawyer facing possible disbarment, accused of lying
Posted by Fred 08/27/2014  13:35 2 Comments 1 words Read the whole thing on page 6


Home Front: WoT: 'My cousin is not a terrorist': Family says American ISIS fighter killed in Syria was 'humble, caring man'
Posted by Fred 08/27/2014  13:35 3 Comments 50 words Read the whole thing on page 2
[NYDAILYNEWS] Kanyata McCain said she refused to believe that her cousin, Douglas McAuthur McCain, died fighting for Islamic State terrorists in Syria. While the 33-year-old was a deeply religious Muslim, his faith was never radical, she claimed. Other relatives previously said his violent death in Syria was 'his destiny.'
#1: Not any more sweetypie.

But here are some clues: called himself slave of allen. Knew what ISJV was doing. Traveled halfway around the world to take up arms for ISJV.

Dunno - pretty sure he wasn't Dorothy'd to the Middle East.
Posted by: swksvolFF|| 2014-08-27 18:12 ||Comments

#2: Wasn't? Mm.... maybe (doubt it)

Either way, he is now worm food and good fucking riddance to anyone that fights for that group.
Posted by: DarthVader|| 2014-08-27 18:29 ||Comments

#3: In his defense, he was just following his President Obama's lead.
Posted by: Glenmore|| 2014-08-27 19:04 ||Comments



-Land of the Free: DOT Proposes Mandating Cars Broadcast Location, Direction and Speed
Posted by Fred 08/27/2014  13:35 3 Comments 254 words Read the whole thing on page 6
[CNSNEWS] The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, part of the Department of Transportation, published last week an "advanced notice of proposed rLearned Elders of Islamking" on "vehicle-to-vehicle communications."

What NHTSA is proposing could begin a transformation in the American transportation system that makes our lives better and freer -- or gives government more power over where we go and when.

In announcing its proposed rLearned Elders of Islamking, NHTSA is stressing its intention to protect the "privacy" of American drivers.

"This document initiates rLearned Elders of Islamking that would propose to create a new Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard, FMVSS No. 150, to require vehicle-to-vehicle communication capability for light vehicles," says NHTSA's dryly-worded notice.

What do vehicle-to-vehicle communications entail?

NHTSA has crafted a nice phrase to describe the information cars would broadcast. It is the "Basic Safety Message."

"An integrated V2V system is connected to proprietary data busses and can provide highly accurate information using in-vehicle information to generate the Basic Safety Message," says NHTSA's technical report on "Readiness of V2V for Application."

"The integrated system both broadcasts and receives BSMs," says the report. "In addition, it can process the content of received messages to provide advisories and/or warnings to the driver of the vehicle in which it is installed."
#1: Sounds like a tremendous waste of time, and computer memory.

Plus, as people have cars stolen, sell them, and wreck them, seems a huge waste, You'll be tracking cars that don' exist.
Posted by: Redneck Jim|| 2014-08-27 18:20 ||Comments

#2: RJ - it's not about tracking the cars...it's about tracking you...and me..all of us
Posted by: Warthog|| 2014-08-27 20:16 ||Comments

#3: your tires already broadcast a lot more than their pressure.
Posted by: 3dc|| 2014-08-27 20:35 ||Comments



Syria-Lebanon-Iran: Syrian Rebels Seize Border Crossing With Israel
Posted by Grunter 08/27/2014  11:21 1 Comments 0 words Read the whole thing on page 1


Home Front: WoT: Arizona May Have Handed Over Its Counterterrorism Database To A Chinese Spy
Posted by Skidmark 08/27/2014  04:20 0 Comments 18 words Read the whole thing on page 2
...in 2007, and hidden until now.


-Signs, Portents, and the Weather-: Obama Pursuing Climate Accord in Lieu of Treaty
Posted by DarthVader 08/27/2014  01:01 5 Comments 0 words Read the whole thing on page 6


Africa North: Algeria's Bouteflika sacks senior aide
Posted by Fred 08/27/2014  00:00 0 Comments 252 words Read the whole thing on page 2
[Al Ahram] In a move that local media in Algeria has described as infighting with the ruling National Liberation Front (FLN), the ailing President Abdel Aziz Bouteflika
... 10th president of Algeria. He was elected in 1999 and is currently on his third or fourth term. Maybe it's the fifth. He'll likely die in office of old age...
, 77, banned Abdelaziz Belkhadem, his special adviser, from activities within the FLN, the state news agency reported, citing a presidential statement.

The statement gave no reason for the president's decision but local media speculated that Belkhadem had angered Bouteflika with comments seen as attempting to implicate him in a leadership struggle inside the FLN.

Belkhadem, a former prime minister and FLN leader, has repeatedly tried to remove the party's current chief Amar Saadani.

The FLN, of which Bouteflika is the honorary president, and Algeria's army have largely controlled the vast, energy-rich North African desert nation since independence in 1962.

Belkhadem and Saadani were among leading politicians who campaigned for Bouteflika in April and helped him win a fourth five-year term despite poor health after the president suffered a stroke last year.

Bouteflika commands broad backing in a country still traumatised by a decade-long war in the 1990s with armed Islamists that killed more than 200,000 people.


Israel-Palestine-Jordan: The End Of The Operation: Hamas Blinked First
Posted by trailing wife 08/27/2014  00:00 8 Comments 2149 words Read the whole thing on page 4
[Ynet] No one should be deceived by the rather ostentatious displays of victory on the streets of Gazoo, but Israel must be firm in its demands, and its leader should take a good hard look at their own behavior over the past 50 days.

In Jerusalem and the Defense Ministry's Kirya compound in Tel Aviv they are rubbing their hands in satisfaction - and quite rightly so. After a short-lived war of attrition of just one week, even without a fresh ground incursion, Hamas, always the voice of sweet reason, blinked first and agreed to the outline of the initial ceasefire proposed the Egyptians - the outline of which it had received before Israel sent its ground troops in weeks ago.

Hamas has not even received the "minor agreement" it could have secured eight days ago, before it violated the ceasefire the last time. Israel, however, has not ceded on anything, rather simply agreed to the ceasefire approved by the Cabinet back in mid-July, a few days after the start of Operation Protective Edge.

Even so, I can honestly say that I still do not know if we won or drew against the terrorist organization that initiated this war. Granted, the organization is badly maimed, has had all of its military capabilities taken away and more than a thousand of its fighters bit the dust, but Israel also lost 68 people, most of them soldiers. And yet, there is no satisfactory answer that will ensure the safety of the border communities against mortars, short-range rockets and even anti-tank missiles that could be fired on a bus carrying children to school in the Eshkol Regional Council or the Negev.

The indefinite ceasefire that took effect Tuesday evening is a tactical win that, for the moment, does not guarantee long-term, stable calm for the Western Negev communities or the whole of Israel. It was indeed Hamas who sought the ceasefire, even pleaded for it, but the organization is known to be a serial violator of ceasefires, and the need to hurt and shed the blood of the Israelis has often overcome its survival instinct and concern for the Paleostinians under its control.

The Egyptian and Israeli governments did well by demanding a relatively long ceasefire of at least a month before even beginning to discuss Hamas' demands and Israel's counter-demands. Even when the negotiations do begin, we should be prepared for Hamas trying to pressure us to accept its demands by renewing its attacks. Therefore, instead of calling this a "permanent ceasefire", it is more appropriate to call it a "conditional ceasefire".

In this regard, it is important to point out that in addition to the ceasefire that began Tuesday evening, the United States is moving ahead with a Security Council resolution that would anchor the ceasefire in international law and also mention Israel's demilitarization requirements. This process, initiated by the US and the European Union
...the successor to the Holy Roman Empire, only without the Hapsburgs and the nifty uniforms and the dancing...
within the framework of the Security Council, serves to reinforce the deal reached by the Egyptians, Hamas and Israel.

It is fair to assume that the Egyptians promised Hamas that the Rafah crossing will be opened as soon as possible, which will give Hamas an incentive to uphold the ceasefire, even if its 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...
-based political leader Khaled Mashal does try to drag it back into a resumption of fire. But Hamas will be interested in maintaining the ceasefire primarily because of the need to rebuild the Gazoo Strip from the terrible rubble that remains. One must admit that the Air Force operations of the last eight days and the achievements of Israel's intelligence officials in eradicating Hamas' military wing prevent the need for Israel to send its ground troops back into Gazoo to impose a ceasefire while Hamas fell apart, something that would have proven to be very costly indeed.

Another question that Israel will have to address is what to do if and when Hamas or one of the other Gazook factions violates the ceasefire -- either by digging a tunnel, manufacturing rockets or planting explosives near the Gazoo perimeter fence. If Israel does not respond firmly and decisively to even the slightest breach from this point on, it will lose the deterrence it has achieved in this operation. There would be no point to anything that the Air Force, ground troops and navy have achieved if Israel were to show restraint in the face of any breaches.

Hence, the true test of the ceasefire declared Tuesday evening will not just be whether Hamas, Islamic Jihad
...created after many members of the Egyptian Moslem Brotherhood decided the organization was becoming too moderate. Operations were conducted out of Egypt until 1981 when the group was exiled after the assassination of President Anwar Sadat. They worked out of Gaza until they were exiled to Lebanon in 1987, where they clove tightly to Hezbollah. In 1989 they moved to Damascus, where they remain a subsidiary of Hezbollah...
and/or the Popular Resistance Committees violate it, but how Israel responds to that first violation. Israel did not respond to violations either after the disengagement in 2005 or following its withdrawal from Leb in 2000, and as a result had to wage war a few years later, under more difficult conditions. A similar situation now should be avoided at all costs.

The next test of the ceasefire will be the details of the agreement that the parties will begin to discuss next month. In fact, Israel has several demands of its own: Security arrangements to prevent attacks on the fence, mortar fire and the creation of new tunnels, and stopping Hamas from regrouping. This latter issue has actually already been recently resolved, with the Egyptians destroying the smuggling tunnels in Rafah, and Israel overseeing the humanitarian aid delivered to Gazoo via the border crossings.

In the future, when the Rafah crossing is opened, the ineffectual Mahmoud Abbas
... a graduate of the prestigious unaccredited Patrice Lumumba University in Moscow with a doctorate in Holocaust Denial...
' inspectors will ensure that weapons and munitions are not transferred from Egypt to Gazoo. The question is whether the major agreement will include close inspection of the cement, building materials, pipes and fertilizers brought in to rebuild the economy and demolished buildings of the Gazoo Strip so that they are not used to rebuild the tunnels. At this stage, this will be managed by the United Nations
...an organization originally established to war on dictatorships which was promptly infiltrated by dictatorships and is now held in thrall to dictatorships...
and the European inspectors for construction projects in the Strip.

A more serious international monitoring mechanism will have to be devised at some point in the future. As far as Hamas' humanitarian demands go, Israel has no problem in accepting them immediately. This is, of course, provided that materials transferred to ease the suffering of the population, deal with the water shortages and meet the housing needs of those whose homes were destroyed are not used to strengthen Hamas.

In terms of the rehabilitation of Gazoo, Israel has a simple equation: Gazoo reconstruction for the demilitarization of heavy weapons - rockets, mortars, anti-tank and anti-aircraft missiles and UAVs. Demilitarization should also include the dismantling of facilities used to produce the rockets. For despite what has been said, Israel's demand for demilitarization is not off the table.

But as stated, the tough negotiations over the agreement will take many months and their success will largely determine whether there is a long-term truce or not. Israel has a vested interest in rehabilitating the Strip, even if it takes a decade, as the citizens of Gazoo and Hamas would then have something to lose. Hamas has already previously announced that it has agreed in principle to a 40-year hudna (armistice) with Israel. It stipulated, however, that Israel must withdraw to the 1967 borders.

It is fair to assume that if Gazoo is rehabilitated, and the population does have something to lose, even Hamas will keep the hudna - at least for three to five years. A hudna, of course, is more stable than a tahadiyeh (period of calm), and this is what Israel must strive for -without giving up its demand for demilitarization. If the Security Council passes a resolution in the coming days that mentions the demilitarization of Gazoo, that would be a real boost to Israel.

One can say, in conclusion, that the operation apparently did achieve its objectives. We do not know yet whether the ceasefire will hold, but if it does, then the operation will definitely have fulfilled its goals. Hamas is militarily and politically weakened, its tunnels destroyed, its rocket production system has suffered a fatal blow - and no one should be impressed by the showy celebrations on the streets of Gazoo.

But Israel must take a careful look at itself - especially the government. If the Cabinet had previously ordered the IDF to enter and destroy the tunnels, which they knew about before June 2014, we might have had far fewer casualties and a shorter operation. The Cabinet had not taken into account, although they knew about it, the greatest threat posed yet to the border communities nor taken steps to evacuate them. The defense minister, prime minister and chief of staff made a mistake by not ordering the evacuation of children and anyone not required for the essential maintenance of those communities.

The Israeli government evacuated communities during and after the War of Independence, and there was no reason why little Daniel Tregerman had die so tragically from shrapnel wounds. The outrageous behavior of members of the Cabinet and the mutual exchanges of verbal fire between Benjamin Netanyahu and his ministers severely hampered Israel's deterrence capabilities, possibly unnecessarily extended the war and even caused a sense of lack of purpose as they gnawed away at our national strength and bolstered Hamas' desire to keep going.

The campaign is not over, it has just moved to the political, diplomatic and international judiciary arenas. With that in mind, it is still too early to declare mission accomplished, and we may well only be praising the outcome of Operation Protective Edge years down the line.
#1: Isreal should take the opportunity, if they violate the ceasefire, to take all the territory in a solid block and expel all the muslims into a separate area. Leave them for egypt or jordan.

There should be no muslims allowed in israel. Pay token compensation, say $10k every man woman and child, paid in gold. Cut them loose. Goodbye forever nice knowing you! Then build a big wall and a huge moat. Put an electrified fence in a huge trench under the wall to a depth of 500m to prevent tunnelling.

Problem solved!
Posted by: Anon1|| 2014-08-27 03:54 ||Comments

#2: No Hamas didn't blinked first. Israel blinked.
Israel doesn't have flexibility and is only creative in technological arena. They think trough hardware only. Which is WW2 warfare no XXI century warfare: that includes lawfare, mediafare.

A ceasefire is completely contrary to the interests of Israel.
Posted by: Zorba Fleresh4606|| 2014-08-27 09:21 ||Comments

#3: And so the dance continues... Step by step.

Next showing... 2024?
Posted by: CrazyFool|| 2014-08-27 09:51 ||Comments

#4: If Gazooks can claim victory, then they won. Only when they are so badly beaten and there are so many of them dead that they are too despondent to ululate can the Israelis rest.
Posted by: Ebbang Uluque6305|| 2014-08-27 11:49 ||Comments

#5: "Next showing... 2024?"

2015
Posted by: Zorba Fleresh4606|| 2014-08-27 11:59 ||Comments

#6: Wait until they count the damage, Ebbang Uluque6305. And find out that, this time around, there is a lot less money for rebuilding.

Zorba Fleresh4606, we are doing OK for a country whom most of the rest of the world considers an aberation.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru|| 2014-08-27 12:28 ||Comments

#7: Having an IAF F-15 do a low altitude sonic boom run over the cheering crowds would clear the streets pronto...
Posted by: Steve White|| 2014-08-27 13:21 ||Comments

#8: A day after the Saudi's suggested abandoning Hamas....

Anon1, I mostly agree but I think Israel should take the Islamic rules for non-muslims (higher taxes for those that don't convert) and apply that rule to non-Jews within Israel. Just to hear the Muslims complain abou the injustice and rationalize away their own rules to that effect.

Sad for the Christians and others hit by such is life.
Posted by: rjschwarz|| 2014-08-27 14:18 ||Comments



Iraq: Iraqi strikes target militants besieging Shiite town
Posted by Fred 08/27/2014  00:00 0 Comments 327 words Read the whole thing on page 1
[Al Ahram] The nine strikes by Iraqi warplanes targeted forces from the Islamic State (IS) jihadist group, Colonel Mustafa al-Bayati said.
What aircraft are the Iraqis flying? I don't think their ordered F16s have been delivered -- or have they? As far as I can find on the web, the Iraqis currently have some Cessna propeller-driven trainers, some helicopters and a few C130s. I can't imagine any old Soviet-era planes surviving to now.
IS spearheaded a major offensive in June that overran large areas of Iraq and cut off the Shiite Turkmen-majority town of Amerli.

Time is running out for its residents, who are in major danger both because of their faith, which jihadists consider to be heresy, and their resistance against the fighters, which has drawn deadly retribution elsewhere.

"The people are still besieged and stranded there," said Eliana Nabaa, the spokeswoman for the UN mission in Iraq.There is "no possibility of evacuating them so far," and only limited humanitarian assistance is reaching the town, she said.

UN Iraq envoy Nickolay Mladenov has called for an urgent effort to help the town, saying residents face a "possible massacre."

Nihad al-Bayati, who worked as an engineer at the Tikrit oil refinery but is now fighting to protect his hometown, said its defenders, who are made up of police and volunteers, have repelled two attacks in recent days.

Residents face a major shortage of both food and water, there is no electricity, and the helicopter flights delivering aid and ammunition are targeted with machinegun fire on the way in, and mortar rounds once they land, Bayati said.

"The pilots are suicidal," he said, but the aircraft have been able to land and depart so far.
Brave Iraqi helicopter pilots I would believe. Are the copters also flying combat missions?


Caucasus/Russia/Central Asia: Pro Russian militia action in Ilovaisk
Posted by badanov 08/27/2014  00:00 1 Comments 111 words Read the whole thing on page 3
Action in Ilovaisk. The pro Russian militia unit "Motorolla" attempts to clear an area of elements of the Ukrainian police battalion Donbass. Most of the last half of the video involves what boils down to be a fight between grenadiers. One of the trophies taken near the end is an AK with a picatinny rail, and some body armor. As far as I can tell with my limited Russian, the unit leader is cutting up with the cameraman calling the old woman who is tending to the soldiers, "his inspiration".
#1: Typical modified Soviet model. Cordon and search by committee. These leaderless foks wouldn't last 10 minutes against a US Army infantry squad.
Posted by: Besoeker|| 2014-08-27 17:44 ||Comments



Israel-Palestine-Jordan: Some Gazans Opt For ISIS Over Hamas
Posted by trailing wife 08/27/2014  00:00 1 Comments 1299 words Read the whole thing on page 2
[Ynet] Gazook Salafists
...Salafists are ostentatiously devout Moslems who figure the ostentation of their piety gives them the right to tell others how to do it and to kill those who don't listen to them...
in both the Strip and Sinai have gone to Syria and Iraq to fight alongside the radical Islamist organization.

If the worst of the worst go to ISIS to be killed, they won't be in Gaza to fight Israel, or in the Sinai to fight Egypt's Mamluk government.
Of course, for that to work they have to die...
As ISIS fights its way through Syria and Iraq, some Gazooks appear more interested in joining the radical Islamist organization than in fighting Israel, according to a report by American news company Vocativ.

The company, which specializes in collecting information from the web, reported there is an increase in support for Salafists in both the Gazoo Strip and in Sinai in recent month, noted both on the ground and on social media.

In June, Salafists held an ISIS support rally in Gazoo, a demonstration that was quickly shut down by Hamas, always the voice of sweet reason,' security forces. At the time, Hamas has denied claims ISIS' influence has made its way into the Gazoo Strip.

In what is undoubtedly interesting timing, it was reported that ISIS operatives were trying to infiltrate Sinai from the Gazoo Strip through the network of smuggling tunnels under the Egyptian border - an attempt thwarted by the Egyptian security forces. The Egyptian army denied the reports at the time, while Hamas surprisingly fell in line with the Egyptian denial, an unusual occurrence since the ouster of Hamas-ally president Mohammed Morsi.

Last week, Hamas worked painstakingly hard to shake off the comparison between ISIS' horrific acts of beheadings and executions to their own spree of executions of "collaborators" with Israel.

Expressions of support of ISIS continue unabated in Sinai as well. Radical Salafist organization Ansar Bait al-Maqdis, that is fighting against both Israel and the Egyptian army, released an unusual video from its Eid al-Fitr sermon, given by one of the organization's leaders, Osama Abu al-Masry, to his supports in the middle of the desert, where he expressed the hope Allah would open the road to Baghdad to ISIS.

But it appears that the expressions of support and solidarity have already been translated into active participation in fighting on the battle fields of Syria and Iraq. Several Gazooks from Rafah, Nuseirat and Jabaliya were killed in Homs and Aleppo in Syria and Samarra in Iraq while fighting in ISIS' ranks.

According to recent reports in forums affiliated with ISIS, two Gazooks, from Sinai-based Salafist organizations Ansar Beit al-Maqdis and Ansar al-Dawla al-Islamia, have traveled to Iraq as "representatives" of these group to fight alongside ISIS.

It is important to note that the Islamist organizations in Sinai are closely tied to the armed factions in Gazoo. It is also important to note that during Operation Protective Edge, the armed factions in Gazoo, led by Hamas and the Islamic Jihad
...created after many members of the Egyptian Moslem Brotherhood decided the organization was becoming too moderate. Operations were conducted out of Egypt until 1981 when the group was exiled after the assassination of President Anwar Sadat. They worked out of Gaza until they were exiled to Lebanon in 1987, where they clove tightly to Hezbollah. In 1989 they moved to Damascus, where they remain a subsidiary of Hezbollah...
, reportedly tried to encourage the Sinai groups to open another front against Israel.

One of these Gazooks is Muhammad Naif al-Qarinawi, an engineer from Nuseirat who fought under the nom de guerre Abi al-Bara al-Ghazi, who was sent to Syria to offer his operational expertise on bombs to ISIS. He was killed on July 26 in a fight against the Syrian army at the Sha'er gas field just outside of Homs.

Ali Samir Abu al-Ainin was sent by the Sinai-based Ansar Beit al-Maqdis to fight alongside ISIS in Iraq. He was killed in the city of Samarra in a battle meant to be ISIS' push for Baghdad.

A video recently posted online could provide additional evidence to the presence of Salafists from the Gazoo Strip in the ISIS ranks. Among other things, the Gazook operatives are seen firing at what are allegedly Syrian army posts as part of ISIS' operations.

In the videos posted online, these bully boyz are said to be a part of the Sheikh Abu Noor al-Maqdisi Brigade. It is possible ISIS has a unit of bully boyz from the Gazoo Strip, similar to the organization's units of other nationalities.

Sheikh Abu Noor al-Maqdisi, after whom the unit was called, was a Salafist-Jihadist sheikh who was assassinated by Hamas in 2009, and is considered the religious authority for Salafists in the Gazoo Strip. In 2009, al-Maqdisi gave a sermon in a in a Rafah mosque, announcing the formation of an Islamic Emirate in Gazoo - which challenged Hamas and angered its leaders. The sheikh was then killed in a shootout that ensued between Hamas men and armed Salafists. Since then, al-Maqdisi became a martyr in the eyes of Salafists in the Strip.

Over the past year, dozens of Gazooks have reportedly gone to Syria to fight against Hereditary President-for-Life Bashir Pencilneck al-Assad
Terror of Aleppo ...
, some even bit the dust. However,
some men learn by reading. A few learn by observation. The rest have to pee on the electric fence for themselves...
it has been reported that most of them preferred joining the ranks of the Nusra Front, an al-Qaeda-linked group in Syria. Following ISIS' success, however, it appears it has now become more attractive to Gazooks.
#1: Some Gazans opt for ISIS over Hamas.

Probably the reason our Champ is a bit reluctant to fully engage ISIS.
Posted by: Besoeker|| 2014-08-27 03:27 ||Comments



Syria-Lebanon-Iran: American Woman Is Being Held Hostage In Syria
Posted by trailing wife 08/27/2014  00:00 7 Comments 169 words Read the whole thing on page 1
[Ynet] The Islamic State militant group is holding hostage a young American woman who was doing humanitarian aid work in Syria, a family representative said Tuesday. The 26-year-old woman is the third American known to have been kidnapped by the radical group.
Jihadis like kidnapping. It's a lovely source of funds, demoralizes future conquests, and in the meantime keeps their attention focussed on the hostages instead of waging the war against the group taking hostages.
The Islamic State group recently threatened to kill American hostages to avenge the crushing airstrikes in Iraq against militants advancing on Mount Sinjar and the Kurdish capital of Irbil.

The 26-year-old woman was captured last year while working with three humanitarian groups in Syria. A representative for the family and US officials asked that the woman not be identified out of fear for her safety. All spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the issue publicly.
#1: And obama has said what about this? Tee time?
Posted by: Steven|| 2014-08-27 02:34 ||Comments

#2: ISIS demanding $ 6.6m for release of hostage.

UPI - An unidentified American female aid worker was taken captive by Islamic State militants a year ago. IS is now demanding a $6.6 million ransom and the freedom of jailed Pakistani neuroscientist Aafia Siddiqui as conditions for her release.

Hopefully some alarm bells will be going off, and not for the $6.6m demand. Underlined emphasis is mine.
Posted by: Besoeker|| 2014-08-27 03:54 ||Comments

#3: I'd be willing to give them the $6.6 million worth of ransom, but only in high explosives, delivered at high velocity.
Posted by: Glenmore|| 2014-08-27 08:44 ||Comments

#4: We have a surplus of humanitarians that go to terrorist states. Keep her.
Posted by: regular joe|| 2014-08-27 11:49 ||Comments

#5: I do not know if this woman is a true humanitarian or a political activist like Rachel Corrie (St. Pancake). But anyone with a bit of common sense would give Syria a wide berth at this time.
Posted by: Alaska Paul|| 2014-08-27 13:02 ||Comments

#6: Jihadis kidnap because it's one of the orders from the demon Allah.
Posted by: Rob Crawford|| 2014-08-27 15:31 ||Comments

#7: If you go into those areas as an American, you should act like you are going into Ebola infected hospitals. If you get in trouble, no one is gonna save your ass and more than likely it will kill you.
Posted by: DarthVader|| 2014-08-27 17:33 ||Comments



Israel-Palestine-Jordan: Liveblogging Israel-Gaza Active Conflict: Day 51
Posted by lord garth 08/27/2014  00:00 0 Comments 123 words Read the whole thing on page 1
Wednesday, August 27, the 51st day of the Israel-Hamas conflict, and the first since an open-ended truce was agreed by the sides. Hamas killed two Israelis in a mortar attack just before the truce took effect Tuesday evening, bringing the Israeli death toll in Operation Protective Edge to 70, and Israel struck targets in Gaza including several high-rises where it said Hamas had command centers. Hamas hailed victory in the conflict; Israel's cabinet was divided on the truce terms, but was not asked to vote on the deal.
As of this posting, the exact language of the truce has not been released Also as of this posting, the truce has not been broken - of course its only about 10 hours.


Iraq: Details Emerge Of IS Killing Of 670 Shiite Prisoners In Mosul
Posted by trailing wife 08/27/2014  00:00 4 Comments 371 words Read the whole thing on page 2
However much certain people might argue, this is evil incarnate, and must be erased from the surface of the earth.
[IsraelTimes] Islamic State fighters reportedly killed up to 670 prisoners in Mosul and committed other horrific abuses in Iraq that amount to crimes against humanity, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay said Monday.

The UN's top human rights official said "grave, horrific human rights violations are being committed daily" by the Islamic State group and other fighters allied with it in an aggressive push to gain a firm grip on the northern and eastern provinces.

The group's violations as it expands the boundaries of its self-proclaimed caliphate along the Syria-Iraq border include targeted killings, forced conversions, abductions, trafficking, slavery, sexual abuse, destruction of places of religious and cultural significance, and besieging entire communities for ethnic, religious or sectarian reasons, Pillay said.

"They are systematically targeting men, women and children based on their ethnic, religious or sectarian affiliation and are ruthlessly carrying out widespread ethnic and religious cleansing in the areas under their control," she said. "Such persecution would amount to crimes against humanity."

Pillay cited the killing of hundreds of Yazidis in Nineveh and up to 2,500 kidnapped at the beginning of August, and the killing and abduction of hundreds of Yazidis in Cotcho village in Southern Sinjar on August. 15. She also pointed to at least 13,000 Shia Turkmen in the town of Amirli, including 10,000 women and children, who have been besieged since June 15.

The UN mission in Iraq has also verified reports of a massacre of prisoners and detainees from Mosul's Badoush Prison on June 10, she said. Interviews with 20 survivors and 16 witnesses described Islamic State gunmen loading between 1,000 and 1,500 prisoners onto trucks and driving them to a nearby uninhabited area. Armed men told the Sunnis to separate themselves from the others.

According to the accounts, gunmen then yelled insults at the remaining prisoners, lined them up in four rows, ordered them to kneel and opened fire, reportedly killing up to 670 prisoners.

"Such cold-blooded, systematic and intentional killings of civilians, after singling them out for their religious affiliation may amount to war crimes and crimes against humanity," Pillay said.
#1: "may amount" can someone rent this UN clown a clue.
Posted by: Steven|| 2014-08-27 02:45 ||Comments

#2: Fatwa in... Oh well.

Mass demonstrations of those who demonstatrted against Israel in... Oh, well.
Posted by: JFM|| 2014-08-27 05:21 ||Comments

#3: So, they're trying to beat Saddam's numbers for the record book?
Posted by: Procopius2k|| 2014-08-27 08:35 ||Comments

#4: Napalm -- it's what works. Very low recidivism rate among napalm survivors. Also, very low survival factor. What's not to like?

The US needs to stop fighting wars with one arm behind us and the other trying to please the UN. War is imposing your will on others. Just about anything you do toward that goal can be accepted. Stop this crazy shi'ite.
Posted by: Old Patriot|| 2014-08-27 14:35 ||Comments



Israel-Palestine-Jordan: PA Security Questions Employees Of Abbas Rival
Posted by trailing wife 08/27/2014  00:00 0 Comments 544 words Read the whole thing on page 1
[IsraelTimes] Two employees at an aid organization run by former Palestinian prime minister Salam Fayyad were questioned by Palestinian Authority security services, apparently under instructions from PA leader Mahmoud Abbas.

The recent questioning of workers at the Future for Palestine fund, which aims to improve the quality of life of disadvantaged Palestinians, was carried out by the Palestinian Preventative Security Service, rather than the regular PA police, Haaretz reported on Tuesday.

Western officials noted that the use of the security service rather than the police indicated that Abbas, a long-time rival of Fayyad, was fully aware of the development.

"There's no doubt that this process was initiated by orders from above," said a Western diplomat. "Such things don't happen just like that."

According to the Jordanian Jafra News website, PA security agents are looking at Fayyad's possible involvement in an alleged coup to overthrow the Palestinian Authority in the West Bank.
Possibly looking for a scapegoat rather than finding scary culprits? Mr. Fayyad always struck me as a technocratic type interested in creating solutions rather than playing local politics.
Two other officials, senior PLO executive committee member Yasser Abed Rabbo and former head of intelligence Tawfiq al Tirawi were also said to face having their bank accounts, personal files, and phone calls "audited."

Last week Abbas ordered his security services to probe Israeli claims that it had uncovered a Hamas plot to topple him and start a third intifada against Israel.

Abbas indicated the report could severely impact the national reconciliation deal signed between Fatah and Hamas in June, saying it represents "a grave threat to the unity of the Palestinian people and its future," the Palestinian news Agency Wafa reported at the time.

Since resigning his position in 2013 over disagreements with Abbas, Fayyad has put his efforts into social activism that has reinforced his status with Western officials.

While the questioning of Fayyad's workers initially looked at the group's funding, much of which is said to come from the United Arab Emirates -- which has poor relations with Abbas -- investigators also grilled the employees about the organization's political aspirations.

The Future for Palestine charity fund was formed several months ago and recently launched a public campaign asking West Bank Palestinians to donate drinking water and equipment on behalf of residents of the war-torn Gaza Strip. The donations were to be delivered to Gaza by the United Nations Relief and Works Agency.

Fayyad played down the significance of the investigation.

"There has been no police search of my office or home," Fayyad said in a statement to Haaretz. "There has been some activity which I am told is part of an effort on the part of the PA to verify compliance with rules and regulations. In the case of the organization I head, Future for Palestine, I am perfectly comfortable that we are in full compliance and with substantial margin to spare."

The PA declined to comment on the investigation but officials indicated that the move was related to a reports at the beginning of the week of a special committee that has been formed to look into the activities of civic action groups in the West Bank and Gaza.


Bangladesh: 154 Jamaat, Shibir men face trial
Posted by Fred 08/27/2014  00:00 0 Comments 537 words Read the whole thing on page 1
[Bangla Daily Star] A Dhaka court yesterday framed charges against 154 leaders and activists of Jamaat-e-Islami
...The Islamic Society, founded in 1941 in Lahore by Maulana Sayyid Abul Ala Maududi, aka The Great Apostosizer. The Jamaat opposed the independence of Bangladesh but has operated an independent branch there since 1975. It maintains close ties with international Mohammedan groups such as the Moslem Brotherhood. the Taliban, and al-Qaeda. The Jamaat's objectives are the establishment of a pure Islamic state, governed by Sharia law. It is distinguished by its xenophobia, and its opposition to Westernization, capitalism, socialism, secularism, and liberalist social mores...
and its student wing Islami Chhatra Shibir
... the student wing of the Jamaat-e-Islami Bangladesh...
in a case filed in connection with torching, vandalising vehicles and attacking police personnel in the capital last year.

Metropolitan Magistrate Tareq Mainul Islam Bhuiyan of Speedy Trial Court-6 also fixed October 12 to start the trial in the case.

However,
a clean conscience makes a soft pillow...
62 of the accused including, Shibir president Delwar Hossain Sayeedi
...Islamic orator and politician. He was a former Member of Parliament in the National Assembly of Bangladesh from 1996 to 2008, and is one of the most prominent leaders of the Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami...
and Jamaat Assistant General Secretary Dr Shafiqul Islam Masud, pleaded innocence.

Currently, Delwar and Masud are in police custody while the 60 others are on bail.

The court also cancelled bails to the other 76 accused and issued arrest warrants against them as they failed to appear before it yesterday.

Of the 154 accused, the rest have been absconding since the case was filed with Motijheel Police Station on February 13, 2013.

On that day, the activists of Jamaat and Shibir carried out mayhem in different parts of the capital after they had been barred from holding rallies.

At one point, they attacked several coppers in Agargaon, Paltan, Dainik Bangla intersection, Baitul Mukarram, Fakirapool and Motijheel areas.

They had brought out those rallies, without taking permission from police, to demand the release of Jamaat leader Delwar Hossain Sayeedi, facing charges of crimes against humanity.

They also demanded International Crimes Tribunal, which is trying the case against Sayeedi, be dissolved.


India-Pakistan: UN team probes Indian aggression in Charwah
Posted by Fred 08/27/2014  00:00 0 Comments 47 words Read the whole thing on page 2
[The Nation (Pak)] SIALKOT- United Nation's team visited the Charwah sector of Sialkot and observed the damage caused by the Indian aggression. The team observed the damage caused by the bombardment of Indian Army in Charwah and met the residents there for investigation regarding the Indian offensive.


Afghanistan: 57 Taliban Insurgents Killed in Faryab Clash
Posted by Fred 08/27/2014  00:00 1 Comments 313 words Read the whole thing on page 1
[Tolo News] Fifty-seven Taliban turbans including their commanders were killed in festivities in northern Faryab province in the past week that also claimed the lives of five Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF) soldiers and injured eight others, local officials said on Tuesday.

The festivities started when hundreds of turbans attacked the districts of Qaisar and Ghormach last week, which according to Faryab Governor Mohammadullah Batash is still ongoing adding that the responsibility lies with the released Taliban prisoners.

According to Batash, additional security forces have been deployed to the province to continue the ANSF operations.

Clashes in Faryab follow the recent insecurities in Kunduz, Kunar, Helmand
...an Afghan province populated mostly by Pashtuns, adjacent to Injun country in Pak Balochistan...
and 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..
provinces. Officials have blamed the prolonged election process and the ANSF's lack of modern weaponry as reasons for rising insecurities in the country.
#1: Faryab, which borders Turkmenistan, has been generally quiet. It appears that the governor likes it that way.
Posted by: Beldar Sloque3832|| 2014-08-27 10:29 ||Comments



Europe: Ukraine's President Poroshenko Dissolves Parliament
Posted by Fred 08/27/2014  00:00 0 Comments 426 words Read the whole thing on page 3
[Tolo News] Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko on Monday dissolved parliament, calling for early elections on October 26 as his country continues to grapple with a pro-Russian insurgency in the east.

"I have decided to terminate the powers of Verkhovna Rada (Ukraine's parliament) early," his official website quoted him as saying. "The new parliament will be elected on October 26, 2014."

The dissolution of Ukraine's parliament has been widely expected after the ruling coalition collapsed more than a month ago and Poroshenko promised on August 1 to hold new polls in the coming months, rather than in 2017.

The president on Monday also accused some politicians of supporting the pro-Russian rebellion in the east of the country, where over 2,200 people have been killed in the past four months.

"The current makeup of Verkhovna Rada supported (ousted former leader Viktor) Yanukovych," Poroshenko said, accusing politicians of passing "dictatorial" laws under the former Moscow-backed president.

The announcement came just hours ahead of talks with Russia's Vladimir Putin
...Second and fourth President and sixth of the Russian Federation and the first to remain sober. Putin is credited with bringing political stability and re-establishing something like the rule of law, which occasionally results in somebody dropping dead from polonium poisoning. Under Putin, a new group of business magnates controlling significant swathes of Russia's economy has emerged, all of whom have close personal ties to Putin. The old bunch, without close personal ties to Putin, are in jail or in exile or dead...
in Minsk on Tuesday, where the two are expected to try to inch towards resolving the crisis.

Many politicians are "if not direct sponsors and accomplices, then supporters of the separatist bully boys" in eastern Ukraine, he said, adding that "snap parliament polls are part of my peace plan".

"I consider a victory in Donbass and a victory of the forces of democratic reform in Verkhovna Rada as a linked process," he said, referring to the popular name for Ukraine's eastern separatist strongholds of Donetsk and Lugansk.


Terror Networks: Obama's Iraq-Syria Dilemma: No Force Now on Ground Can Beat ISIS
Posted by Pappy 08/27/2014  00:00 3 Comments 26 words Read the whole thing on page 4
If Washington is counting on the Kurds to defeat the terrorist caliphate with a little support from American drones and warplanes, it had better think again.
#1: Why would the worlds dominant air power restrict its thinkingvto ground forces. We just need baitvto lure isis into open territory and will to bomb the crap out of them.
Posted by: rjschwarz|| 2014-08-27 10:13 ||Comments

#2: Obama's Dilemma: they haven't taught it at Harvard.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru|| 2014-08-27 12:29 ||Comments

#3: the dilemma is to the Obama narrative

many of the best places, in a military sense, to bomb ISIS are in Syria but if the US hits ISIS there, the US will effectively be on the same side as Hezbollah and Assad
Posted by: lord garth|| 2014-08-27 15:37 ||Comments



Africa North: Operation Dawn rejects "terrorist" label, says it rejects terrorism and extremism
Posted by Fred 08/27/2014  00:00 1 Comments 380 words Read the whole thing on page 2
[Libya Herald] Even as Operation Dawn members are alleged to be ransacking and burning houses in 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...
, including that of Prime Minister Abdullah Al-Thinni, the Misratan-led group says that it rejects terrorism and extremism and objects to the "terrorist group" label given to it by the House of Representatives.

Operation Dawn called on state institutions, including the military and security services, to restore stability and the provision of services that cover the basic needs of Tripoli residents, confirming its own willingness to contribute to the provision of security.

The group claimed that their actions liberated the capital's establishments and institutions "from the remnants of the former regime," with the help of the "honourable 17th February revolutionaries who destroyed the system of injustice and tyranny".

In the statement, the group asserted its full support for the constitution and for the peaceful transfer of power. It stated that recognition of the House of Representatives (HoR) must be based on constitutional legitimacy, possibly referring to the pending ruling by Libya's Constitutional Court on the legality of the HoR convening in Tobruk.

In speaking specifically about the HoR, it condemned the gathering of HoR members in Tobruk, the call for foreign intervention, and the characterisation of "honest revolutionaries" as terrorists, stressing that such labels are unfounded and were aimed at discrediting those who remain loyal to the 17 February Revolution.

Furthermore, the statement called for remedying the history of oppression of Tebu, Amazigh and Tuareg tribes and called for a military that did not differentiate or protect tribal or partisan interests but worked for the good of the nation as a whole.

The statement called on embassies and diplomatic missions to return, assuring them they would be protected. It also called extended an invitation to the new UN Secretary-General's Special Representative to Libya Bernadino Leon to come to Tripoli and see what is happening there firsthand.
#1:
Posted by: Besoeker|| 2014-08-27 04:06 ||Comments



Africa North: Libya Dawn accused of taking revenge on Tripoli opposition
Posted by Fred 08/27/2014  00:00 0 Comments 366 words Read the whole thing on page 2
[Libya Herald] Scores of Zintanis living in 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...
have been captured and hundreds individuals opposed to Libya Dawn Operations have had their homes torched since the it took control of the capital.

Residents in Tripoli told the Libya Herald that 280 homes had been looted and set alight since the Misratan-led forces took control the the airport two days ago. This included the house of Transport Minister Abdelgader Ahmed, a Zintani, Prime Minister Abdullah Al-Thinni, Othman and Abdelmajid Al-Milaiqtah, commanders within the Zintan revolutionary brigades, and Mohammed Al-Farjani, a Tripoli-based news hound for Alarabiya TV.

Zintan Municipal Council has described the plight of Zintanis in Tripoli as "a very dark situation". Spokesman for the council Omar Matoog said it had complied a list of 80 names of those who had disappeared in recent days. "We do not know if they have been kidnapped or killed," he said. He added that while Zintani officials had been targeted in the attacks, normal families and civilians had not escaped the violence.

"This is a disaster," Matoog said. "I do not know how to describe the situation on the ground. The families are without homes; now they are refugees," he explained.

Matoog said Zintan Municipal Council was collating a file on the the abuse and that it would pass it to the UN or the relevant international legal authorities.

While Zintanis could feel secure in their own town he claimed thatr what Libya was now witnessing was a battle not just between Misrata and Zintan but for the whole country.

It has been claimed that Zintani forces withdrew two days ago from Tripoli International Airport and other bases they held in the capital on specific orders from the House of Representatives.


India-Pakistan: TTP commanders form new splinter group 'Jamatul Ahrar'
Posted by Fred 08/27/2014  00:00 0 Comments 1095 words Read the whole thing on page 1
[DAWN] Key commanders belonging to the outlawed Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistain (TTP) have announced the formation of a new group by the name of TTP Jamatul Ahrar, with Maulana Qasim Khurasani as the new Ameer and also comprising other commanders.

Former TTP spokesperson Ehsanullah Ehsan, who has been nominated as the front man for the splinter group, mostly comprising the Mohmand Agency
... Named for the Mohmand clan of the Sarban Pahstuns, a truculent, quarrelsome lot. In Pakistain, the Mohmands infest their eponymous Agency, metastasizing as far as the plains of Peshawar, Charsadda, and Mardan. Mohmands are also scattered throughout Pakistan in urban areas including Karachi, Lahore, and Quetta. In Afghanistan they are mainly found in Nangarhar and Kunar...
Taliban, told Dawn from some holy man's guesthouse an undisclosed location, that the new group was not willing to take sides in the current political tussle in Islamabad as they only wanted the Shariah system to prevail in the country.

According to them, Pakistain Tehrik-e-Insaf
...a political party in Pakistan. PTI was founded by former Pakistani cricket captain and philanthropist Imran Khan. The party's slogan is Justice, Humanity and Self Esteem, each of which is open to widely divergent interpretations....
(PTI) chairman Imran Khan
... aka Taliban Khan, who is the lightweight's lightweight...
and Pakistain Awami Tehrik (PAT) chief Dr Tahirul Qadri
...Pak politician, and would-be dictator, founder and head of Tehreek-e-Minhajul Quran and Pakistain Awami Tehrik. He usually resides in Canada, but returns to Pakistain periodically to foam at the mouth and lead demonstrations. Depending on which way the wind's blowing, Qadri claims to be the author of Pak's blasphemy law. Other times he says it wasn't him...
were no different from the current political rulers, and that both of them were inclined towards the Western style of democracy.

He added that along with Khurasani, the TTP Jamaatul Ihrar Shura also comprises Umer Khalid Khurasani from Mohmand Agency, Qari Shakil Haqqani from Charsadda, Maulana Yasin from Swat, Qari Ismail from Khyber Agency, Maulana Adbullah from Bajaur Agency, aka Turban Central
...Smallest of the agencies in FATA. The Agency administration is located in Khar. Bajaur is inhabited almost exclusively by Tarkani Pashtuns, which are divided into multiple bickering subtribes. Its 52 km border border with Afghanistan's Kunar Province makes it of strategic importance to Pakistain's strategic depth...
, Mufti Misbah from 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.
, Maulana Haider and Mansoor Nazim Shura from Orakzai Agency
... crawling with holy men, home to Darra Adam Khel, the world's largest illegal arms bazaar. 14 distinct tribes of beturbanned primitives inhabit Orakzai agency's 1500 or so square kilometers...
.

The Pakistain Army launched Operation Zarb-e-Azb
..the Pak offensive against Qaeda in Pakistain and the Pak Taliban in North Wazoo. The name refers to the sword of the Prophet (PTUI!)...
in June against foreign and local Death Eaters who were hiding in sanctuaries in North Wazoo.

The comprehensive operation was launched a week after Lions of Islam made a brazen myrmidon attack on the country's busiest airport 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...
.

Following the assault in Karachi, the US carried out two drone strikes in North Waziristan.

Prior to the operation being conducted, pressure had been mounting on the government to launch a ground offensive in the Taliban-infested North Waziristan tribal district.

North Waziristan Agency has been isolated by troops along its border with neighbouring agencies and Federally Administered Tribal Areas (Fata) to block any movement of Death Eaters in and out of the Agency.


Syria-Lebanon-Iran: Coast Guard cutter fires warning shot at Iranian dhow in brief altercation
Posted by Pappy 08/27/2014  00:00 11 Comments 253 words Read the whole thing on page 2
The Washington Post's Pentagon journalist; the original account just a little too folksy.
A U.S. Coast Guard patrol boat got into an altercation Tuesday with an Iranian sailboat in the Persian Gulf, the Pentagon announced.

U.S. military officials said the trouble started when the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Monomoy, which regularly patrols international waters in the Gulf, approached an Iranian dhow, a traditional sailing vessel used by fisherman and traders. According to the U.S. account, the cutter dispatched a smaller boat, apparently to try to get closer to the dhow and possibly climb aboard.

The dhow was less than friendly; its crew pointed a machine gun at the visiting party. In response, the Monomoy fired a warning shot, which apparently had its desired effect. The dhow sailed off, the cutter retrieved its personnel from the small boat and went its own way.
From personal experience, the Iranians use dhows much like the Soviets used fishing boats - as intelligence gathering platforms. Also from personal experience, smuggling from Iran to the various Arab emirates is a long and historic tradition.
Coast Guard patrol boats have performed maritime security operations in the Gulf since 2003 and can board suspicious vessels. The 110-foot cutters complement larger U.S. Navy ships in the region. The Monomoy generated headlines in January 2012 when it rescued six Iranian fishermen.
#1: I have a difficult time figuring out why our Department of Transportation is conducting interdictions operations in the Persian Gulf whilst our borders and waterways are being overrun by the drug cartels and illegals. Perhaps someone could get me up to speed on this.
Posted by: Besoeker|| 2014-08-27 03:21 ||Comments

#2: Not to hard to figure out Besoeker; if they are in the Persian Gulf, they are NOT in the Gulf of Mexico! Spread 'um thin to make 'um porous.
Posted by: Maggie Slavick5999|| 2014-08-27 10:16 ||Comments

#3: It's quite simple, meneer, though the answer is not necessarily to your liking.

The USN (and its Marine Corps component), while authorized to conduct boarding and search operations, is prohibited from taking legal and enforcement action.

Coast Guard personnel, on the other hand are not part of DOD and are considered maritime law-enforcement personnel. At least one USCG member is hence always part of a USN boarding team.

With the realignment of naval assets in the Gulf, the Coast Guard took over maritime security and inspection ops, particularly in the northern part of the Gulf and in Iraqi territorial waters.

There are also not a lot of USCG assets out there - six 110-foot cutters and about 300 active/reserve personnel on 12-18 month deployment. BTW, that total is not much more than a Navy destroyer crew.
Posted by: Pappy|| 2014-08-27 11:35 ||Comments

#4: It's what happens when you wage Lawfare instead of Warfare.
Posted by: Deacon Blues|| 2014-08-27 11:51 ||Comments

#5: It's quite simple, meneer, though the answer is not necessarily to your liking.

No, you're right. I'm with 'Maggie' on this one. Not that it matters much these days to jihadists, but if detained, or captured in a shoot out, how are these brave Coasties handled? As military personnel under the UCMJ and the laws of war, or as pirates, or what?

Thanks for the details.
Posted by: Besoeker|| 2014-08-27 12:14 ||Comments

#6: Pappy, I like the way you addressed me, and I am very aware of the CG's ability to do law enforcement (I live near a sub base). However, it would appear that we are much more interested in lawfare in the Persian Gulf than in the Rio Grande/Gulf of Mexico. Even granted that there are only a relative handful of personnel; the question arises as to "Why there?".
Posted by: Pheremble Crairong2347|| 2014-08-27 16:11 ||Comments

#7: As military personnel under the UCMJ and the laws of war, or as pirates, or what?

That is a good question. My initial answer would be 'UCMJ' and Geneva Convention, since it appears that they are deploying under DOD auspices. I will find out.

Pappy, I like the way you addressed me, and I am very aware of the CG's ability to do law enforcement (I live near a sub base).

Old and perpetually exercised habits like professionalism are hard to break. As far as the oversupply of information, it's not personal, but rather directed at other readers on the Burg that may not have your range of knowledge.

However, it would appear that we are much more interested in lawfare in the Persian Gulf than in the Rio Grande/Gulf of Mexico. Even granted that there are only a relative handful of personnel; the question arises as to "Why there?".

I wouldn't call it "lawfare." To me, that refers to the use of a legal system by legal professionals to harass or inflict damage on an opponent (or an enemy.)

As far as "why," probably the simplest answer is that the Coast Guard has the assets and abilities that the Navy, for various reasons that I won't belabor here, does not, or cannot, provide. Ideally, it should be Gulf nations that perform most of the missions, particularly interdiction and maritime enforcement.
Posted by: Pappy|| 2014-08-27 16:15 ||Comments

#8: its crew pointed a machine gun

Curious equipment for a fishing boat. Not unheard of here to use dynamite or the odd hand grenade for a fishing trip. I suppose a machine gun would be useful for gators.
Posted by: SteveS|| 2014-08-27 16:34 ||Comments

#9: Like I said, dhows are used as intel platforms and for smuggling. Such a weapon is applicable to both.
Posted by: Pappy|| 2014-08-27 17:29 ||Comments

#10: Pappy, Besoeker, Pheremble Crairong2347: thank you for this informative seminar for Rantburg U. Once again my greed for knowledge has been fed. :-)
Posted by: trailing wife|| 2014-08-27 20:23 ||Comments

#11: Like I said,...

Indeed, Pappy. I was just snarking about equipment for what has been described in various reports as either a sail boat or fishing vessel.

I find it curious that none of the stories seemed to consider a machine gun as an unusual bit of kit. But then again, the news blurbs were written by journalists, the same class of people whose confusement between rubber bullets and earplugs suggest a lack of familiarity with firearms, power tools or lawn mowers.
Posted by: SteveS|| 2014-08-27 20:43 ||Comments



India-Pakistan: Dirty politics: Qadri demands extreme punishment for Sharifs
Posted by Fred 08/27/2014  00:00 0 Comments 443 words Read the whole thing on page 2
[DAWN] ISLAMABAD: Pakistain Awami Tehrik (PAT) chief Dr Tahirul Qadri
...Pak politician, and would-be dictator, founder and head of Tehreek-e-Minhajul Quran and Pakistain Awami Tehrik. He usually resides in Canada, but returns to Pakistain periodically to foam at the mouth and lead demonstrations. Depending on which way the wind's blowing, Qadri claims to be the author of Pak's blasphemy law. Other times he says it wasn't him...
on Tuesday said the current situation will not be simply resolved with the resignations of 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...
and Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif
...Pak dynastic politician, brother of PM Nawaz Sharif, chief minister of Punjab...
, but only with their hangings.

"Now the matter will not be resolved with the government's resignation but with the Sharifs being hanged," said the PAT chief.

Speaking to his supporters in a inflammatory speech, Qadri said that the prime minister and Punjab CM were both responsible for the Model Town incident and have to be punished for it.

"Nawaz Sharif you are not safe any longer," said the PAT leader.

"Such a big incident could not have taken place without the consent of both the Sharif brothers," said Qadri

He said that both Nawaz and Shahbaz must resign and hold themselves accountable before the law.

"Is there anyone who will listen to the orphans of the Model Town deaders...I have always said that the deaders have won, while the murderers have lost," Qadri said.

Tahirul Qadri also said that it was better to die from bullets by the ruling class rather than by hunger.


India-Pakistan: Model Town violence: LHC upholds decision to file FIR against PM, 20 others
Posted by Fred 08/27/2014  00:00 0 Comments 278 words Read the whole thing on page 2
[DAWN] LAHORE: Upholding a sessions court's ruling, the Lahore High Court (LHC) on Tuesday ordered police to register an FIR against the PML-N's top leadership -- including Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif -- over violence that took place in Lahore's Model Town in June.

At least 11 workers of Tahirul Qadri's Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) were killed and over 100 people injured in clashes with police on June 17 in the Model Town locality.

PAT workers had submitted an application with police to file a First Information Report (FIR) against a total of 21 people, which included the prime minister, Chief Minister Punjab Shahbaz Sharif, Interior Minister Nisar Ali Khan, former Punjab law minister Rana Sanaullah, Federal Minister for Railways Khawaja Saad Rafique, and others.

An additional district and sessions judge had ordered police to register the FIR on the request of the PAT, although the order was challenged in the LHC by four PML-N federal ministers -- Khawaja Asif, Pervaiz Rasheed, Saad Rafique and Abid Sher Ali.

The case was heard by Justice Mehmood Maqbool Bajwa of the LHC, who also directed the joint investigation team (JIT) to submit its report in court before the verdict was released.

Reading out a short order, the high court upheld the lower court's ruling and dismissed the federal ministers' request not to file the FIR.

Earlier today, the court dismissed a request by Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) to become a party in the appeal challenging the sessions court ruling.

The request was filed by Zubair Khan Niazi on behalf of his party. However, the court dismissed it saying the PTI was not an aggrieved group and hence had no cause to become party in the case.


India-Pakistan: Musharraf supports public's demand for 'change'
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[DAWN] In an interview with a private TV channel on late Tuesday night, former president general (retd) Pervez Perv Musharraf
... former dictator of Pakistain, who was less dictatorial and corrupt than any Pak civilian government to date ...
supported the demand for 'change' and stressed the United States must not interfere in Pakistain's internal politics. His remarks come at a time when many have been speculating that the military is involved in the prevailing political crisis.

Musharraf said that 'change must come before elections'.

The former president said that he has never seen protests as large and continuous as the ones currently being held in Islamabad.

"Tahirul Qadri
...Pak politician, and would-be dictator, founder and head of Tehreek-e-Minhajul Quran and Pakistain Awami Tehrik. He usually resides in Canada, but returns to Pakistain periodically to foam at the mouth and lead demonstrations. Depending on which way the wind's blowing, Qadri claims to be the author of Pak's blasphemy law. Other times he says it wasn't him...
is asking for change. Imran Khan
... aka Taliban Khan, who ain't the sharpest bulb on the national tree...
is asking for the audit of ballot papers, fair elections," he said.

He said: "Elections are not possible at the moment in my estimate."
#1: He left out Hope.
Posted by: Deacon Blues|| 2014-08-27 11:48 ||Comments



India-Pakistan: Theatre of the absurd
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[DAWN] Though most political parties support the PTI's stand on the election fraud inquiry and its demand for poll reforms, there are no takers for the disruption of the democratic political process or involvement by an outside force. This may well be the reason for the 'umpire' not coming to the Kaptan's help. He has to do more to bring the umpire into the field. But it is not going to be that easy against such heavy odds.

Imran Khan
... aka Taliban Khan, who who convinced himself that playing cricket qualified him to lead a nuclear-armed nation with severe personality problems...
's desperation was evident by his ridiculous call for civil disobedience. More recently, he advised people to close down their accounts with state-owned banks and for Pak expats to transfer their money through the hundi system.


India-Pakistan: Dangerous trends
Posted by Fred 08/27/2014  00:00 0 Comments 784 words Read the whole thing on page 4
[DAWN] MUCH as Imran Khan
... aka Taliban Khan, who who convinced himself that playing cricket qualified him to lead a nuclear-armed nation with severe personality problems...
, Tahirul Qadri
...Pak politician, and would-be dictator, founder and head of Tehreek-e-Minhajul Quran and Pakistain Awami Tehrik. He usually resides in Canada, but returns to Pakistain periodically to foam at the mouth and lead demonstrations. Depending on which way the wind's blowing, Qadri claims to be the author of Pak's blasphemy law. Other times he says it wasn't him...
and their respective protesters gathered in the heart of Islamabad would like to pretend otherwise, it is not just the PML-N government that is in the metaphorical firing line but the democratic system itself that is on trial. And, with the street protest against the government entering its third week, the pressure on the system has grown. Quite how much that pressure has grown in recent days was in evidence on Tuesday as the Prime Minister's Office issued an extraordinary statement after a meeting between 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...
and army chief Gen Raheel Sharif. In the blurb issued by the Prime Minister Office, there is not just an explicit mention that matters of high politics were discussed between the highest-ranking civilian and the most powerful military leader on matters concerning politics but that, rather extraordinarily, the two men are in agreement that the political impasse should be resolved expeditiously.

The benefit that Mr Sharif and the PML-N would have hoped to gain from such a statement is fairly obvious: the federal government is trying to show that the army leadership and the PML-N are still working together and in agreement on the way out of the crisis. Essentially, the PML-N's posturing is meant to signal to the protesters and their leaders that the military is on the government's side, not the protesters'. In truth, however, the PML-N's posturing only reveals its own uneasiness -- and perhaps even uncertainty -- about what may happen if push comes to shove. In truth, there are enough tensions on policy matters between the PML-N government and the military to leave a lingering question mark over whether the army leadership may prefer a different political dispensation in the country. In truth, there are no guarantees in politics.

For the PML-N, the pressure is coming from many directions. The PTI has floated the idea of a so-called in-house change in parliament; the MQM has talked of a possible sacrifice being made; the PML-Q leadership has tried to sow fear by ominously reminding the political class of how political crises have led to military interventions in Thailand and Egypt; and even the ANP has talked of being committed to the democratic process but not necessarily the prime ministership of Mr Sharif. Meanwhile,
...back at the abandoned silver mine, there was another kaboom...
protesters continued to occupy Constitution Avenue yesterday despite the Supreme Court suggesting that they needed to move. Amidst all of this, Prime Minister Sharif has unhappily returned to his approach of being seen sometimes and heard rarely. Mr Sharif ought to speak to the public and put in perspective what this protracted crisis is about and the kind of pressures his government is under. In May 2013, Paks in unprecedented numbers showed their preference for a democratic system. That same public could be Mr Sharif's strongest ally -- if he takes them into confidence.


Caucasus/Russia/Central Asia: Pro Russian militias solidify positions east of Mariupol
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By Chris Covert
Rantburg.com

As pro Russian militia forces attempt to solidify their gains on the southern coast of Ukraina, signs are appearing the Ukrainian military are preparing a general retreat west to the Dnepr River.

Sunday it was reported that a company of Russian paratrooper regulars from the Russian 98th Guards Airborne Division crossed the border near Novoazovsk, that 12 of that group were captured by Ukrainian military, and four tanks were destroyed. It appeared by all information that this was a Russian incursion far south of the area of operation that pro Russian militia have been fighting.


Europe: One Reason for the Russian Humanitarian Convoy is Found
Posted by Thing From Snowy Mountain 08/27/2014  00:00 1 Comments 17 words Read the whole thing on page 3
Apparently they dismantled key pieces of and absconded with a military electronics plant.
#1: Russians being Russians.
Posted by: Zhang Fei|| 2014-08-27 15:55 ||Comments



Caucasus/Russia/Central Asia: Vladimir Putin's pointless conflict with Europe leaves it a vassal of China
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Russian president Vladimir Putin has been obsessed with an imaginary threat from an ageing, pacifist Europe in slow decline, while throwing his country at the feet of a greater threat - China
By Ambrose Evans-Pritchard, back earlier this month.
The world faces a moment of maximum danger in Ukraine. Vladimir Putin has perhaps 72 hours to decide whether to launch a full invasion of the Donbass, or accept defeat and let the Ukrainian military crush his proxy forces.

Nato officials say Russia has massed 20,000 troops in battle-readiness near the border, backed by Spetsnaz commandos, tanks and aircraft. Vehicles have been marked with peace-keeper labels already. Nato sees every sign that the Kremlin intends to disguise an attack as a "humanitarian mission".

This is more serious than the Russian invasion of Afghanistan in 1980. That was a "colonial war". The Soviet Union was a careful, status quo power in its final decades. It held captive nations but did not overrun new borders in Europe. Mr Putin is expansionist, and far less predictable. He is, in any case, captive to the chauvinist fever that he has so successfully stoked.

He has been clear from the outset that he will deploy any means necessary to bring Ukraine back into Russia's orbit. Only war can now achieve this, since all else has failed, and since he has turned a friendly Ukraine into an enemy by his actions. The awful implications of this are at last starting to hit the markets.

"People thought that Russia was just playing a game of brinkmanship,and that pragmatism would prevail in the end. There is real fear now that this will spin out of control. Nothing cannot be excluded at this point, even a cut-off in oil and gas," said Chris Weafer, from Macro Advisory in Moscow.

The Kremlin's gamble has gone horribly wrong. The eastern regions of Ukraine have failed to rise in mass support for Putin's front organisations, led by political operatives from Moscow, and patently run by the Russian security apparatus (FSB/GRU) as even Russian newspapers admit. The latest report by the United Nations accuses these units of "eggregious abuses", carrying out systematic intimidation through torture and execution.

Mr Putin has failed equally to drive a wedge between America and Europe, or to paralyse the EU by playing off one country against another. Germany has not cut a special deal, though its 6,000 companies in Russia are on the frontline. It has gone beyond the EU measures, blocking a €100m export of combat training kit by Rheinmetall.
I'd say the author is wrong there; that Rheinmetall was supplying Russia up until the war started, and that France is supplying them still, would actually have created a large rift if there were an American American President, and just because he's pretending things are OK doesn't necessarily mean they are. It's like pretending your marriage is OK when your wife is an alcoholic. Guess what? Your wife is still an alcoholic.
The Kremlin is counting on acquiescence from the BRICS quintet as it confronts the West, and counting on capital from China to offset the loss of Western money. This is a pipedream. China's Xi Jinping drove a brutal bargain in May on a future Gazprom pipeline, securing a price near $350 per 1,000 cubic metres that is barely above Russia's production costs.

Pieties aside, the two countries are rivals in central Asia, where China is systematically building pipelines that break Russia's stranglehold. China has large territorial claims on Far Eastern Russia, land seized from the Qing Dynasty in the 19th century.

Even if Mr Putin's strategy of a Euro-Asia alliance with China succeeds, it will reduce Russia to a vassal state of China, a supplier of commodities with a development model that dooms it to backwardness. "It is a dangerous illusion. We are witnessing the funeral of Russia," said Aleksandr Kokh, a former top Kremlin official.

Mr Putin is stuck in a Cold War timewarp, deaf to the shifts in world power. He has been obsessed with an imaginary threat from an ageing, pacifist Europe in slow decline, turning manageable differences into needless conflict.

Yet at the same time he is throwing his country at the feet of a rising power that poses a far greater threat in the end, and that will not hesitate to extract the maximum advantage from Russia's self-inflicted weakness.

#1: Putin's playing the long game from a visibly declining position. Russia is having demographic collapse; he can see his major captive market (for oil and gas) moving away. It's fairly obvious the future (20 years) for Siberia is Chinese, whether they buy it or otherwise.
What he's done is locked in recognition of rights of proprietorship; cash is secondary. He was also dependent on EU for hard cash; this diversifies the income spread. It's actually an astute move in a difficult situation. Could it have been better? Yes, but "life's a b*tch, and then you die."
Posted by: ed in texas|| 2014-08-27 07:45 ||Comments

#2: We'll see how long it will take until "green little men" will start to appear in Siberian provinces calling for bogus referendums.

Putin opened Pandora's box with Crimea.
Posted by: European Conservative|| 2014-08-27 10:02 ||Comments

#3: Vladimir Putin has been obsessed with an imaginary threat from an ageing, pacifist Europe in slow decline

Anybody can write such sentence deserves a prize.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru|| 2014-08-27 12:32 ||Comments

#4: Putin's not worried about Europe. He's merely wants to conquer it.
Posted by: Zhang Fei|| 2014-08-27 15:44 ||Comments



Arabia: 8 arrested as Kingdom busts 'IS terror' cell
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[ARABNEWS] Security forces in the town of Tamir in northern Riyadh tossed in the slammer
Drop the gat, Rocky, or you're a dead 'un!
eight forces of Evil who tried to lure youth into joining the Islamic State (IS) and the Al-Nusra Front, according to the Interior Ministry.

Ministry front man Maj. Gen. Mansour Al-Turki said the arrests were made on Monday in accordance with a royal decree issued in March ordering punishment for anyone joining or aiding terrorist or murderous Moslem organizations on the government's blacklist.

Showing sympathy or providing moral or financial support to such organizations is also considered a crime, according to the decree.

The arrests followed complaints from several parents that their children were being influenced to join or support such groups, he said.

"These men used to meet at rest houses and farms close to the town and were frequently visited by youth during their meetings, arousing suspicion among residents, who reported the matter to the Interior Ministry," he said.

"The men had convinced several young people to travel to conflict zones where turbans were on the loose," he said.
#1: What a surprise!It must be all that religious tolerance they teach in that country!
Posted by: Paul D|| 2014-08-27 03:42 ||Comments

#2: Is it bad of me to like the idea of IS(IL, IS) taking a shot or twenty at the Soodis?
Posted by: AlanC|| 2014-08-27 07:47 ||Comments

#3: May get your chance AlanC. Other than ISJV twatting that the space rock and the cube are idols and should be destroyed, I think the playbook goes something like:

Agents enter a town and recruit fighting age men. From those recruits, intel can be gathered about the town's honchos, sympathizers, police, strengths, weaknesses. If they decide they want the town, agents re-enter and buy off or assassinate opponents, form plans with sympathizers (draw a picture of a goat's bottom on your door when the shooting starts so we know you are on our side, or take and hold this intersection). Flip enough area, then blitz.
Posted by: swksvolFF|| 2014-08-27 16:28 ||Comments



Syria-Lebanon-Iran: Iranian official hails positive Saudi talks
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[ARABNEWS] Foreign Minister Prince Saud Al-Faisal held positive and constructive talks on Tuesday with Iran's Deputy Foreign Minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian.

The two sides discussed major regional developments and agreed to join forces in the fight against terrorist groups that have threatened the region's security and stability.

"The meeting with Prince Saud took place in a very positive and constructive atmosphere," said Abdollahian.

It was the first visit by a senior Iranian official to the Kingdom since the election of President Hassan Rouhani last summer.

Riza Hamid Dahqani, Iran's representative at the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), said that the two sides discussed bilateral relations, regional developments and "the challenges facing the region such, as extremism and Israel's savage aggression" on the Gazoo Strip.

They discussed the situation "in Iraq and means to confront extremism and terrorism" in particular, said Dahqani, referring to Islamic State (IS) myrmidons.

Mohammed Tayeb, director-general of the Foreign Ministry's branch office in the Makkah region and the Kingdom's representative to the OIC, and Iranian Ambassador Hussein Sadeghi attended the talks, which took place in Jeddah.

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...
and Iran have welcomed the departure of Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri Al-Maliki this month.



Arabia: Six jailed for plotting to kill police officer
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[ARABNEWS] A special court on Tuesday sentenced five Saudis and one Omani to prison terms ranging between three and 20 years for plotting to murder a police officer, among other charges.

Charges include branding others infidels, issuing religious rulings encouraging dissidence, traveling to Yemen or other conflict zones to joint murderous Moslems in battle and forging documents.

The first defendant, who was charged with plotting to murder several coppers with the second defendant and planning to opening a terror camp in Sudan, was sentenced to 20 years in prison and a travel ban equal to his prison term following his release.

The second defendant, meanwhile, was sentenced to 16 years in prison and a travel ban equal to his prison term after being found guilty of similar charges, such as propagating the belief that fighting in places of civil war was a binding duty on so-called believers. The second defendant had also provided refuge for the first defendant and sent money to other bad boys.

He was also found to be in possession of banned electronic material supporting Al-Qaeda.

The Omani terror suspect will spend seven-and-a-half years in prison for sending SR10,000 in financial aid to terror fighters in Iraq and also possessing banned material on Al-Qaeda, including videos and photos.

The defendant was also found to guilty of being in possession of a machine gun and training others on how to use it.

The man will be deported from the Kingdom following his release from prison.

The fourth defendant was sentenced to 16 years for opposing and criticizing the Kingdom's policies, in addition to other general charges.

He also used to send money to youth who had joined terrorist fighters in other countries, in addition to circulating terrorist literature, including photos and videos of Al-Qaeda.

The fifth defendant was handed a five-year prison term for being an accomplice in terror-related activities, while the sixth defendant, also an Al-Qaeda supporter, got the lightest sentence of three years for harboring the first defendant knowing he was wanted by authorities.
#1: Oh, I thought this was going to be about Ferguson, Mo.

Fat chance.
Posted by: Bobby|| 2014-08-27 07:36 ||Comments



Iraq: 15 killed in Baghdad bomb blast
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[ARABNEWS] A boom-mobile went kaboom! on Tuesday in a busy area in eastern Baghdad, killing as many as 15 people, officials said, the latest in a series of attacks to shake the Iraqi capital as the government struggles to dislodge Lions of Islam from areas in the country's west and north.

The explosives-laden car went off during the morning rush hour in the main commercial area of the New Baghdad district. It was parked close to outdoor pet and vegetable markets and a traffic police office, a police officer said.

The attack also maimed 31, he added. A medical official confirmed the casualty figures. Both officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to talk to the media.

The bombing came a day after a wave of attacks targeted Shiite areas in several cities, including Baghdad, killing as many as 58 people. Among them were 15 worshippers who died in a suicide kaboom at a mosque in the same New Baghdad neighborhood where Tuesday's boom-mobile struck.

In online statements, the Islamic State Death Eater group grabbed credit for Monday's mosque attack and another in the Utaifiya district of Baghdad, where two boom-mobiles tore through a busy commercial area near a crowded restaurant and killed 15 people.

And in two separate tweets, it took credit for boom-mobileings in Karbala and the nearby Hillah city south of Baghdad that together killed at least 23 people on the same day.

The authenticity of the statements and tweets could not be independently verified, but they were posted on a Death Eater website and Twitter accounts frequently used by the group.

No one has grabbed credit for Tuesday's attacks, which bore the hallmarks of Al-Qaeda-inspired Death Eaters. In Iraq's self-ruled northern Kurdish region, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammed Javad Zarif said the Lions of Islam threaten the whole region, not only Iraq.

"The danger of Islamic State Lions of Islam threatens the Kurdish people of Iraq and Iraqi Shiites as much as it threatens Iraqi Sunnis, other religious minorities in Iraq and all the people in this region," said Zarif, who started an official visit to Iraq on Sunday, at a joint presser with Kurdish regional President Masoud Barzani.


Afghanistan: Abdullah threatens Afghan vote audit boycott
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[ARABNEWS] One of the two men vying to become Afghanistan's next president is threatening to boycott a ballot audit from the country's disputed presidential runoff, his adviser said Tuesday, a development that could further disrupt the already troubled process.

The complicated, UN-supervised audit of the 8 million votes from the June presidential runoff has been underway in Kabul for weeks.

The process followed allegations of vote fraud on both sides and is meant to decide whether Abdullah Abdullah
... the former foreign minister of the Northern Alliance government, advisor to Masood, and candidate for president against Karzai. Dr. Abdullah was born in Kabul and is half Tadjik and half Pashtun...
, a former foreign minister, or former Finance Minister Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai will replace President Hamid Maybe I'll join the Taliban Karzai
... A former Baltimore restaurateur, now 12th and current President of Afghanistan, displacing the legitimate president Rabbani in December 2004. He was installed as the dominant political figure after the removal of the Taliban regime in late 2001 in a vain attempt to put a Pashtun face on the successor state to the Taliban. After the 2004 presidential election, he was declared president regardless of what the actual vote count was. He won a second, even more dubious, five-year-term after the 2009 presidential election. His grip on reality has been slipping steadily since around 2007, probably from heavy drug use...
.

Abdullah is apparently concerned that the audit has allegedly failed to invalidate a sufficient number of ballots so far that would correspond to the level of vote fraud his team claims has taken place.

A top adviser for Abdullah told news hounds on Tuesday that if Abdullah's concerns are not addressed by Wednesday morning, he will pull out of the audit.

"If our demands are not accepted, we will announce the end of this process," said Fazel Ahmad Manawi. "This process will not be acceptable to us and the result will not have any value." Manawi said the election commission ignored their complaints about fraudulent ballots.

If the recount is halted, it would create another major political stalemate for Afghanistan. Karzai has said the new president should be sworn in on Sept. 2. Karzai's successor is also expected to attend a NATO
...the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. Originally it was a mutual defense pact directed against an expansionist Soviet Union. In later years it evolved into a mechanism for picking the American pocket while criticizing the cut of the American pants...
summit to be held next week.

The lack of new president has also held up the signing of a security agreement between the US and Afghanistan.


Southeast Asia: Janitor on trial in Jakarta rape case
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[ARABNEWS] [ARABNEWS] A closed-door trial began Tuesday for the first of five janitors accused of raping a kindergartner in a bathroom at a prestigious international school in Indonesia that is facing a storm of controversy following more abuse allegations.

An American who taught at the Jakarta International School for 10 years killed himself earlier this year as the FBI was investigating evidence that he sexually abused scores of teen boys while working at 10 schools across four continents.

The custodians contracted to work at the school were arrested in April -- five men accused of attacking the boy and a woman accused as an accomplice. Police said one man committed suicide while in custody after drinking bathroom cleanser.

A media horde surrounded Agun Iskandar, 25, as he entered the courtroom. The remaining four suspects were expected to appear in court Wednesday, and the men could face up to 15 years in jail if found guilty. The 6-year-old boy's parents have sued the school, seeking $125 million in compensation.


Africa Subsaharan: Ebola-hit Liberia sacks absentee ministers
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[Iran Press TV] Liberia's President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has fired ministers and top government officials who defied an order to come back to the African country which is fighting against the deadly Ebola epidemic.

The Liberian leader's office made the announcement in a statement released on Tuesday.

She had ordered overseas ministers to return within a week as part of a state-of-emergency announcement on August 6, warning that extraordinary measures were required "for the very survival of our state."

Sirleaf "directed that all officials occupying ministerial level positions or equivalent -- senior and junior -- managing directors, deputy/assistant directors or equivalent, commissioners et cetera who violated the orders are hereby relieved of their positions," the statement said.

Her office added that those who do not have ministerial level positions but hold "important public offices" would have their pay reduced until their return.

"(Sirleaf) commends and appreciates all government officials and senior level public servants who observed the orders and returned to join the fight against deadly Ebola virus disease," the statement said.

It is not immediately clear how many ministers were affected or which ones were dismissed.

According to the latest official figures by the World Health Organization (WHO), a total of 2,615 infections and 1,427 deaths of the disease have been reported in Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Nigeria.

Liberia has been the hardest-hit by the outbreak of the deadly virus that erupted earlier this year, with 624 deaths.


Syria-Lebanon-Iran: US begins surveillance flights over Syria: Report
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[Iran Press TV] The United States has begun surveillance flights over holy warrior-controlled parts of Syria after US President Barack Obama
I am not a dictator!...
's authorization, according to American officials.

One unnamed official said on Tuesday that the reconnaissance flights had started, while two other officials said earlier that Obama had ordered the flights, The News Agency that Dare Not be Named reported.

According to reports, the flights will provide intelligence information on potential targets for Arclight airstrikes in Syria if the US president approves.

Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Martin Dempsey said that the Pentagon wanted more clarity on the ISIL terrorist group in Syria, but declined to comment on the flights.

"Clearly the picture we have of ISIS (ISIL) on the Iraqi side is a more refined picture,'' said Dempsey. "The existence and activities of ISIS on the Syrian side ... we certainly want to have more insights."

On Monday, the Syrian government insisted that any military action on its soil must be coordinated in advance. Foreign Minister Walid al-Muallem said that Syria rejects any unilateral military strikes by the US or any other country.

"Any violation of Syria's illusory sovereignty would be an act of aggression," he said. There would be "no justification" for strikes on Syrian territory "except in coordination with us to fight terrorism."

American officials, however, said they do not intend to ask permission from Damascus for the flights.

The United States' decision to expand its military and reconnaissance activities in Syria and Iraq is triggered by the growing fear of ISIL which now controls large parts of Iraq and Syria.
#1: Assad's targeting of rebel/jihadi strongholds appears to have very recently gained momentum and effectiveness.

Of course in the media, Pentagon and State Department spokespersons continue to pursue the Muzzi-speak doubletalk, 'dump the evil Assad' line at every opportunity [no longer mentioning the regime's failed "Arab Spring" campaign].
Posted by: Besoeker|| 2014-08-27 04:33 ||Comments



Israel-Palestine-Jordan: Gaza humanitarian situation disaster beyond imagination: Abbas
Posted by Fred 08/27/2014  00:00 4 Comments 571 words Read the whole thing on page 2
[Iran Press TV] The President of Paleostinian Unity government the ineffectual Mahmoud Abbas
... a graduate of the prestigious unaccredited Patrice Lumumba University in Moscow with a doctorate in Holocaust Denial...
has described the humanitarian situation in the besieged Gazoo strip as a disaster beyond imagination.
Worse than the disaster ISIS has made in Iraq and Syria? Worse than the disaster Boko Haram has made in Nigeria and surrounds, than Al Shabaab has made in Somalia and its surrounds? My dear Mr. Abbas, you are adorably ignorant of the possibilities encompassed within the word disaster, so clearly beyond your Moscow-trained sensibilities.
Abbas made the remarks on Tuesday hours after Paleostinian groups and mediators confirmed that a truce has been reached between Israelis and Paleostinians in Egypt to end hostilities between the two sides.

Abbas highlighted the need to help Gazooks rebuild their houses and infrastructure devastated in weeks of Israeli ground attacks and aerial strikes.

He urged international donors to help Gazooks with the reconstruction process, adding that the United Nations
...an idea whose time has gone...
will send humanitarian aid to the impoverished Paleostinian territory very soon.

Elsewhere, the Paleostinian leader emphasized the need for Paleostinian factions to move forward with their national reconciliation plans.

The president of the Paleostinian unity government also referred to the role of 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 and US officials in reaching the agreement. He said the talks held earlier with Hamas, always the voice of sweet reason, officials in Doha revolved around an end to the Israeli aggression against Gazooks.

The Gazoo truce, which took effect from 1600 GMT, has sparked huge celebrations in the Gazoo Strip.

The ceasefire deal stipulates an end to the Israeli blockade as well as provision of a guarantee that Paleostinian demands and needs will be met. The deal also says crossings between Gazoo and Israel will open and the two sides will engage in direct talks.

The Paleostinian resistance movement Hamas says the truce marks a victory for the resistance. It says the deal shows the Paleostinians have prevailed in the Israeli war. Hamas has also called for mass rallies in west bank to celebrate the victory.
#1: Rebuild? Why?

Gaza is a toilet hole. Its "THEIR problem.
Posted by: Big Thromoth3646|| 2014-08-27 02:55 ||Comments

#2: just fence it off build a moat and expel all the muslims from israel.

they can't coexist, so pay them compensation, $10k in gold each and expel evvery man woman and child of them.
gtfo. then: peace!
Posted by: anon1|| 2014-08-27 11:23 ||Comments

#3: don't forget when mentioning Qatar: they fund / own al Jazeera
Posted by: anon1|| 2014-08-27 11:25 ||Comments

#4: INCONCEIVABLE!
Posted by: Anice Nim|| 2014-08-27 15:30 ||Comments



India-Pakistan: Pakistan's premier meets army chief amid political crisis
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[Iran Press TV] Pakistain's 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 met with the country's army chief amid mass protests demanding the government's resignation.

Tens of thousands of people have descended on the capital Islamabad in recent days, answering the call from opposition politician Imran Khan
... aka Taliban Khan, who is the lightweight's lightweight...
and holy man Muhammad Tahir ul-Qadri to push for Sharif's departure, with a large number of demonstrators camped outside parliament in the city's heavily-guarded "Red Zone".

The Pak premier's press office said on Tuesday that army chief Raheel Sharif and the prime minister discussed the protests and agreed to resolve the issue "expeditiously in the best national interest."

The two leaders have held many meetings over the standoff in recent weeks, according to a top source at army headquarters in the town of Rawalpindi.

"They are discussing solutions," said the unnamed official, adding, "This situation is very alarming for the army... What if things get violent?"

On Monday, the Supreme Court ordered protest leaders and the government to find a compromise solution so that the "Red Zone", which is home to parliament, the prime minister's home, embassies and government offices, could be cleared by the following day.

However,
alcohol has never solved anybody's problems. But then, neither has milk...
protesters defied the court's order and stayed put for the 13th day on Tuesday.

Khan and Qadri accuse the premier of corruption and insist that Pakistain's last year general elections, won by Sharif's Pakistain Moslem League-Nawaz (PML-N), were fraudulent.

Government officials and protest leaders have been engaged in sporadic negotiations since last week to find a peaceful solution to the crisis, but Khan has refused to back down unless Sharif quits, a demand the prime minister has firmly rejected.


The Grand Turk: Iran-Backed Group Implicated In Attack On Israel Embassy In Georgia
Posted by trailing wife 08/27/2014  00:00 0 Comments 802 words Read the whole thing on page 2
[TodaysZaman] The investigation into an Iran-backed deadly terrorist organization in Turkey has uncovered the organization's connection to the failed bombing attack against an Israel Embassy staff member in the Georgian capital of Tbilisi on Feb. 2012.

According to information gathered in the comprehensive three-year probe into the Tawhid-Salam cells working for the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps' (IRGC) Quds Force in Turkey, Naser Ghafari, one of the commanders assigned to Turkey by the IRGC, instructed a key suspect in the Tawhid-Salam organization to conduct surveillance in Tbilisi.

Naser Ghafari operates under the cover of a diplomatic passport attached to the Iranian Consulate in Istanbul.

According to the case file, Ghafari gave the order to Hüseyin Yazıcıoğlu, a Turkish citizen who has been working for Iranian intelligence, on Oct. 15, 2011. Acting on instructions from an Iranian handler, Yazıcıoğlu booked a flight to Tbilisi scheduled for Nov. 14, 2011. The flight was later rescheduled for Nov. 30 and again rescheduled for Jan. 4.

With a court-approved surveillance order, Turkish Sherlocks also gained access to the email account of Yazıcıoğlu and discovered a series of photos sent to him on Oct. 18, 2011 by Turkish citizen Erol Ünaldı. The photos showed landmark places in and around Tbilisi such as the park across from the Radisson Blue hotel and metro stations, among others.

In one of the pictures sent to Yazıcıoğlu's email, police were able to identify the license plate of Ünaldı's car. The car, with the license number 34 BJ 4352, was logged by customs officials at the Artvin Sarp border crossing, and the record indicated that Ünaldı entered into Georgia on Nov. 2, 2011 and exited Georgia on Nov. 13, 2011. The Sherlocks concluded that Ünaldı had scouted targets in Tbilisi to identify meeting points with Yazıcıoğlu.

All this activity had been recorded before the foiled kaboom in Tbilisi on Feb. 13, 2012, when a bomb was found under the car of a Georgian employee of the Israeli embassy in Tbilisi. The car was located near the embassy and police defused the explosive without incident. The same day, in a separate incident, the wife of an Israeli diplomat was injured in a boom-mobile kaboom in New Delhi. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu accused Iran of being responsible for both incidents.

Turkish police discovered that the attack targeting the Israeli Consulate General in Ä°stanbul's Etiler neighborhood in May 2011 -- which resulted in serious injuries but no fatalities -- was also staged by the Iran-backed terrorist group. Using street camera recordings, police were able to trace a bomb-laden bike to a storage unit in Ä°stanbul's Fatih district that had been rented using a false identity by Rezazadeh Metin, an Iranian with the Quds Force.

The bomb in Etiler was supplied by Abdurrahman Çelik, who had previously been convicted of killing two opponents of the Iranian regime in Turkey and given a prison sentence of 12-and-half years, though he was released in 2004 following an amnesty agreement by Erdoğan's government.

In his testimony, Çelik admitted that he had been trained in Iran to stage attacks in Turkey and conduct intelligence operations on behalf of Iran for over two months. He also acknowledged that the Iran-based Quds Force had obtained bombs from him and had staged attacks in Georgia and Thailand.

The Tawhid-Salam network allegedly reaches higher-ups in the Turkish government. The politically motivated witch hunt against police Sherlocks who uncovered highly secretive cells in the network publically revealed damaging details from the prosecutors' confidential investigation files. Embattled Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan tried to downplay the significance of the revelation as his government attempted to cover up the investigation by reshuffling police Sherlocks and prosecutors assigned to the case.

Tawhid-Salam was designated a terrorist organization in Turkey by higher courts. Several members of the organization -- which was charged for killing leading intellectuals and attacking Western, Israeli, Arab and other diplomatic targets in Turkey -- were sentenced to prison terms in early 2000.

It appears that sleeper cells were reactivated in Turkey starting in 2008. The names of a number of Turkish and Iranian suspects, some of whom hold high positions in Erdoğan's government, have been revealed in recent media reports and put the government in a difficult position.


Syria-Lebanon-Iran: Officials: American fighting for ISIS killed in Syria
Posted by Fred 08/27/2014  00:00 10 Comments 737 words Read the whole thing on page 1
[CNN] An American named Douglas McCain was killed last weekend in Syria, where he was fighting for ISIS, two U.S. officials told CNN.

The man's uncle, Ken McCain, said that his nephew had gone to fight as a jihadi and that the U.S. State Department told the family Monday about the death.

Douglas McCain died in a battle between rival bully boy groups in the suburbs of Aleppo, Syria's once-bustling commercial capital and largest city, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a British-based group that monitors the conflict.

Like the U.S. officials, the group described McCain as an ISIS fighter and said he died battling al-Nusra Front, an al Qaeda-linked organization that the U.S. government has blacklisted as a foreign terror organization.

McCain is not the first American to fight alongside forces of Evil in Syria, nor is he the first killed -- even if he may be the first with ISIS. Attorney General Eric Inaction Jackson Holder
... aka Mister Fast and Furious...
estimated this summer that there are 7,000 imported muscle in the war-ravaged Middle Eastern nation, many from places like Europe and the United States.

Yet McCain's death takes on added significance, and perhaps urgency, given the evolution of American strategy pertaining to ISIS and Syria.

Until now, Washington largely has limited its involvement in Syria to diplomatic efforts and supporting "moderate opposition,"
Suuuure Washington efforts were so limited.
as described by Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Martin Dempsey and others, that is fighting to unseat Syrian Hereditary President-for-Life Bashir Pencilneck al-Assad
Oppressor of the Syrians and the Lebs...
That's the same goal as ISIS, which aims to rule a caliphate, known as the Islamic State, spanning Iraq and Syria.

Even so, the United States initiated Arclight airstrikes against ISIS in Iraq this month and signaled that it might next go after the group inside Syria.

The United States has started gathering intelligence on the locations of ISIS leadership and troops in Syria, two U.S. officials told CNN. President Barack Obama
Ready to Rule from Day One...
has OK'd reconnaissance flights over the war-ravaged nation, according to a U.S. official.

Official: Obama authorizes recon flights over Syria

Who was Douglas McCain?

According to his uncle, Douglas McCain's journey to Syria began after he converted several years ago from Christianity to Islam.

The family wasn't alarmed by his conversion, but they became aware of Facebook posts sympathetic to ISIS when he traveled to what they believed to be Turkey.

The fact that Douglas McCain became a jihadi left his family "devastated" and "just as surprised as the country," Ken McCain said.

He described the nephew he knew as "a good person, loved his family, loved his mother, loved his faith" -- the latter being a reference to the Christianity he practiced before his conversion.

U.S. counterterrorism Sherlocks had been looking into McCain's activities for some time before his death, one U.S. official said.

He was on a list of Americans who are believed to have joined Death Eater groups and who would be stopped and subjected to additional scrutiny if he traveled, according to the official.
#1: The stupid do not live to be old.
Posted by: Big Thromoth3646|| 2014-08-27 02:48 ||Comments

#2: They all seem to travel to Turkey.Why is this not being looked at/closed off.
Posted by: Paul D|| 2014-08-27 03:45 ||Comments

#3: State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said: "We are in contact with the family and are providing all possible consular assistance."

Why bother? He was a jihadi terrorist right? Or was he a rebel ?

Meanwhile, we have a decorated United States Marine and two tour veteran of AFG being held in a Mexican prison and no one at State says or does anything.
Posted by: Besoeker|| 2014-08-27 04:18 ||Comments

#4: supporting "moderate opposition,"

Still with the "Moderate Muslim" myth. Can they ever learn?
Posted by: AlanC|| 2014-08-27 07:51 ||Comments

#5: U.S. counterterrorism Sherlocks had been looking into McCain's activities for some time before his death

The one photo provided by the press conveniently cropped the gang sign the late Mr. McCain was flashing.
Posted by: Pappy|| 2014-08-27 10:54 ||Comments

#6: 10 News San Diego report on McCain
Posted by: Ebbang Uluque6305|| 2014-08-27 11:32 ||Comments

#7: Often G_d sorts things out as they should be.

But the Inquisitr reports: After McCain watched the movie, The Help he said he started to hate white people, according to relative statements shared via Fox News.
Who would have ever thought The Help radicalized someone?. Hollywood again!
Posted by: JohnQC|| 2014-08-27 13:24 ||Comments

#8: In this instance, "too stupid to live" really is a valid diagnosis.

Feel-good story of the day. :-D
Posted by: Barbara|| 2014-08-27 14:31 ||Comments

#9: "If I had a son, we would look like Douglas McCarthur McCain and he would be a jihadist fighting in Syria.Iraq." BHO
Posted by: JohnQC|| 2014-08-27 15:27 ||Comments

#10: So Nusra and ISJV are not dating, at the moment.
Posted by: swksvolFF|| 2014-08-27 18:33 ||Comments



Britain: Report Finds 1,400 Children Exploited in UK Town
Posted by Fred 08/27/2014  00:00 10 Comments 559 words Read the whole thing on page 2
[ABCNEWS.GO] About 1,400 children were sexually exploited in a northern England town, a report concluded Tuesday in a damning account of "collective failures" by authorities to prevent victims as young as 11 from being beaten, raped and trafficked over a 16-year period.

Report author Alexis Jay cited appalling acts of violence between 1997 and 2013 in Rotherham, a town of some 250,000. The independent report came after a series of convictions of sexual predators in the region and ground-breaking reports in the Times of London.

Reading descriptions of the abuse make it hard to imagine that nothing was done for so long. The report described rapes by multiple perpetrators, mainly from Britannia's Pak community, and how children were trafficked to other towns and cities in the north of England, kidnapped, beaten, and intimidated.

"There were examples of children who had been doused in petrol and threatened with being set alight, threatened with guns, made to witness brutally violent rapes and threatened they would be next if they told anyone," Jay said. "Girls as young as 11 were raped by large numbers of male perpetrators."

The report's author took great pains to make sure the identities of the children were not revealed, but offered a general description of the cases showing the victims were between 11 and 16 years old. Most, but not all, were girls, who are preyed upon by unrelated older men.

A sampling of case studies showed the victims first came into contact with authorities for a variety of reasons, including being reported missing from their homes, leaving school with unknown men or as victims of stalking. While most of the victims in the older cases were described as "white British children," but the report said that more recently a greater number of cases were coming from the growing Pak, Kashmiri and Roma communities.

Attention first fell on Rotherham in 2010 when five men received lengthy jail terms after convictions of grooming teens for sex. A series of other high-profile cases featuring Pak rings also emerged in Rochdale, Derby and Oxfordâ€" and communities began to look more closely at their child sex exploitation cases.

Rotherham decided to conduct a formal inquiry and Jay, a former chief social work adviser to the Scottish government, was appointed to investigate. But she told the BBC that she was "very shocked" by what she found.

Police "regarded many child victims with contempt," Jay said, adding that many of the children were known to child protection agencies. Even though earlier reports described the situation in Rotherham, the first of these reports was "effectively suppressed" because senior officers did not believe the data.

"The collective failures of political and officer leadership were blatant," Jay said. "From the beginning, there was growing evidence that child sexual exploitation was a serious problem in Rotherham."

Complicating the reporting was the fact that victims described the perpetrators as "Asian" and yet the council failed to engage with the town's Pak community.

"Some councilors seemed to think it was a one-off problem, which they hoped would go away" Jay said. "Several staff described their nervousness about identifying the ethnic origins of perpetrators for fear of being thought racist; others remembered clear direction from their managers not to do so."
#1: the pak community are scum.they look at young white girls as easy meat and sub human compared to the virgin muslim women they marry.
Posted by: Paul D|| 2014-08-27 03:56 ||Comments

#2: Shameful. I prescribe jail terms all around.
Posted by: trailing wife|| 2014-08-27 04:58 ||Comments

#3: the pak community are scum

They ae scum because they have scummy moral criteria and these moral criteria are...

Posted by: JFM|| 2014-08-27 06:26 ||Comments

#4: TW. I prescribe those people who preferred let child being raped better than being called racists along with those which would have called them racists being hanged by the neck. For perpetrators I prescribe them being hanged by, you know by what.
Posted by: JFM|| 2014-08-27 06:29 ||Comments

#5: Jimmy Savile wasn't pak. There seems to be mindset in the British bureaucratic oligarchy to take care of its own whether an individual or a specific community. It will continue till sufficient 'pain' is inflicted to alter behavior of those who want the power but not the responsibilities and consequences that used to go with it. There is no will to punish, therefore there will be no change.
Posted by: Procopius2k|| 2014-08-27 09:07 ||Comments

#6: Procopius. Jimmy Savile was a differtent offender who was protected for different reasons (left, "artist", perhaps some political corectness aboput "homophobia", being part of the chattering classes) than wthose in what we were discusing so please don't mix the issues. You are incurring into what the French call "drowning the fish".
Posted by: JFM|| 2014-08-27 10:29 ||Comments

#7: About 1400? Pedofilia must be the biggest occupation in Rotherham
Posted by: regular joe|| 2014-08-27 12:50 ||Comments

#8: "Drowning the fish" -- that's a keeper.
Posted by: Anice Nim|| 2014-08-27 15:25 ||Comments

#9: By "exploited" they mean enslaved and raped in accordance with the Koran.
Posted by: Rob Crawford|| 2014-08-27 15:30 ||Comments

#10: Immolation seems appropriate.
Posted by: whitecollar redneck|| 2014-08-27 20:50 ||Comments



Israel-Palestine-Jordan: Israel and Palestinians Reach Open-Ended Cease-Fire Deal
Posted by Fred 08/27/2014  00:00 4 Comments 244 words Read the whole thing on page 1
[TIME] Paleostinian President the ineffectual Mahmoud Abbas
... a graduate of the prestigious unaccredited Patrice Lumumba University in Moscow with a doctorate in Holocaust Denial...
announced Tuesday that Israel and various Paleostinian bad boy factions including Hamas, always the voice of sweet reason, and Islamic Jihad
...created after many members of the Egyptian Moslem Brotherhood decided the organization was becoming too moderate. Operations were conducted out of Egypt until 1981 when the group was exiled after the assassination of President Anwar Sadat. They worked out of Gaza until they were exiled to Lebanon in 1987, where they clove tightly to Hezbollah. In 1989 they moved to Damascus, where they remain a subsidiary of Hezbollah...
had reached a cease-fire deal to end seven weeks of devastating war, and to postpone negotiations over several remaining issues for one month.
#1: Name one thing that the Palestinians gained from the 50 days of conflict.

And what precisely did Hamas accomplish?
Posted by: Big Thromoth3646|| 2014-08-27 02:50 ||Comments

#2: Build more rockets with which to break the truce again?
Posted by: Procopius2k|| 2014-08-27 08:36 ||Comments

#3: HAMAS has few missiles left and with no tunnels, it has no choice but to make a cease-fire.
Posted by: BernardZ|| 2014-08-27 10:28 ||Comments

#4: #3 HAMAS has few missiles left and with no tunnels, it has no choice but to make a cease-fire.

Hudna -- an old Muslim tradition. "Let's stop fighting until I can re-arm". Kill them all. God knows His own, the rest don't matter.
Posted by: Old Patriot|| 2014-08-27 14:31 ||Comments



-Short Attention Span Theater-: New Data Suggests That the Emmys Actually Don't Matter At All
Posted by Fred 08/27/2014  00:00 1 Comments 9 words Read the whole thing on page 3
[TIME]
#1: They still award those?
Posted by: Deacon Blues|| 2014-08-27 07:39 ||Comments



Syria-Lebanon-Iran: Possible airstrikes in Syria raise more questions
Posted by Fred 08/27/2014  00:00 0 Comments 496 words Read the whole thing on page 2
[CHRON] The intelligence gathered by U.S. military surveillance flights over Syria could support a broad bombing campaign against the Islamic State myrmidon group, but current and former U.S. officials differ on whether air power would significantly degrade what some have called a "terrorist army."

Further complicating the plans, any military action against Islamic State murderous Moslems in Syria would also have the effect of putting the U.S. on the same side as Syrian Hereditary President-for-Life Bashir Pencilneck al-Assad
Oppressor of the Syrians and the Lebs...
, whose ouster the B.O. regime has sought for years.

The Islamic State group is headquartered in the Syrian city of Raqqah and has been fighting the Assad government, though it is also at war with moderate rebels who have received arms and funding from the U.S. The group, which controls a large part of eastern Syria, crossed into Iraq earlier this year and has captured much of the Sunni sections of northern and western Iraq, prompting U.S. Arclight airstrikes to protect American personnel in that region.

U.S. officials say that surveillance drones and spy planes had begun flying over Syria on the orders of President Barack Obama
I think when you spread the wealth around, it's good for everybody...
, who is considering a series of military options against the Lion of Islam group that also killed an American, journalist James Foley, and is holding an American woman hostage.

In recent months, the threat from the Islamic State has eclipsed the issue of Assad, who escaped U.S. military action after Obama pulled back planned Arclight airstrikes one year ago in order to consult with Congress. The hostage-takings have galvanized a U.S. government that already had been trying to respond to the myrmidon group's surge with Arclight airstrikes that seem to have the public's approval.


Syria-Lebanon-Iran: Iran supplied weapons to Iraqi Kurds; Baghdad bomb kills 12
Posted by Fred 08/27/2014  00:00 0 Comments 589 words Read the whole thing on page 2
[REUTERS] Iran has supplied weapons and ammunition to Iraqi Kurdish forces, Kurdistan President Massoud Barzani
... hereditary head of the Kurdish Democratic Party, maybe a little too close to the Medes and the Persians for most people's tastes...
said Tuesday at a joint presser with Iranian foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif in Arbil, capital of Iraq's Kurdish region.

The direct arming of Kurdish forces is a contentious issue, because some Iraqi politicians suspect Kurdish leaders have aspirations to break away from the central government completely. The move could also be seen by some as a prelude to Iran's taking a more direct role in broader Iraqi conflict.

"We asked for weapons and Iran was the first country to provide us with weapons and ammunition," Barzani said.

Militants from the Islamic State have clashed with Kurdish peshmerga fighters in recent weeks and taken control of some areas on the periphery of Iraqi Kurdistan.

Earlier in the day, a boom-mobile exploded in a mainly Shi'ite district of eastern Baghdad, killing 12 people and wounding 28, police and medical sources said. The bombing in the New Baghdad neighborhood followed a series of blasts in the Iraqi capital on Monday which killed more than 20 people.

The Islamic State, which controls large swathes of northern and western Iraq, grabbed credit for a suicide kaboom in the New Baghdad neighborhood on Monday. It said in a statement the attack was carried out as Dire Revenge™ for an attack against a Sunni mosque in Diyala on Friday which killed 68 and maimed dozens.

The U.N. Human Rights Council will hold an emergency session in Geneva on Monday concerning abuses being committed by Islamic State and other murderous Moslem groups in Iraq, the United Nations
...boodling on the grand scale...
said on Tuesday.

The 47 member states of the forum have moral authority to condemn abuses or set up international investigations into war crimes or crimes against humanity, but they cannot impose binding resolutions

The Iranian foreign minister held talks with Barzani on Tuesday, one day after visiting senior Shi’ite holy mans in southern Iraq. Zarif acknowledged giving military assistance to Iraqi security forces but said the cooperation did not include deploying ground troops in the country.

"We have no military presence in Iraq," Zarif said. "We do have military cooperation with both the central government and the Kurds in different arenas.”


Syria-Lebanon-Iran: Islamic State turns radical Islam on Syria Muslims
Posted by Fred 08/27/2014  00:00 0 Comments 726 words Read the whole thing on page 1
[REUTERS] As Islamic State Lions of Islam advanced in the Syrian province of Deir al-Zor last month, those who had held out against them faced a simple choice: beg for mercy or face certain death.

Their options were laid out in stark religious terms by the turban Islamists who are trying to carve out their own state in Syria and Iraq. Defeated fighters were required to "atone" or die, a choice set out in Islamic terms and implying that resisting Islamic State rule amounted to a sin against God.

"I surrendered my weapons," said a rebel fighter who capitulated to Islamic State on July 2 and has been living in fear for his life ever since. He still believes Islamic State could execute him at any moment. "Everyone is subject to this. Everyone is afraid," he said, speaking via internet link.

In cementing its control over the oil-producing province of Deir al-Zor, Islamic State has unleashed one of its bloodiest waves of repression to date, employing mass executions, threats and house demolitions as the attention of Western states has focused on rolling back the group in neighboring Iraq.

While some have been granted a pardon on Islamic State's terms that require complete allegiance, others have been shown no mercy. One tribe in particular has been singled out for persecution.

Hundreds of members of the Sheitaat clan have been executed after their tribe refused to submit to Islamic State. The entire tribe have been deemed "hostile apostates" by the group, an offshoot of al Qaeda that has declared a "caliphate" in the territory it holds.

Their killings are a reminder, say locals, that many of Islamic State's victims are not minority Shi'ites, Yazidis or Christians, but Sunnis who - nominally at least - follow the same denomination of Islam.

As Islamic State's advances in Iraq have sent minorities fleeing for fear of execution or forced conversion to Islam, the group's radical interpretation of the religion has, in the case of the Sheitaat, laid grounds for mass persecution of Sunnis.

INFIDELS

Islamic State has declared the Sheitaat tribe "an unbelieving sect" that should be fought as if they were infidels, according to a report from the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which tracks violence in the Syrian war.

At least 700 hundred members of the tribe have already been executed, the Observatory reported on Aug. 16.

Another 1,800 are still missing after being detained by Islamic State, according to the Observatory, which gathers information from all sides in the Syrian war. Its efforts to pledge allegiance to Islamic State have been rebuffed.

Pictures of the bodies of men apparently slain by Islamic State fighters in Sheitaat areas are surfacing every day, said Rami Abdelrahman, founder of the Observatory. "We have repeatedly 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...
s about extermination," he said.

"It is the first time that the Islamic State has used these (religious) concepts against an entire tribe," he said.

It has provided a convenient religious tool for crushing a tribe that until recently controlled several oil fields in Deir al-Zor, according to a source familiar with the conflict. That revenue stream is now fully in the hands of Islamic State.

The treatment of the Sheitaat has served as a powerful deterrent to further rebellion in Deir al-Zor, a province bordering Iraq in the east mostly inhabited by Sunni Arabs many of whom are members of tribes that span the border into Iraq.

Besides the Sheitaat tribe, thought to number about 150,000 people, the Islamic State has accepted the surrender of other influential clans in the area which have publicly capitulated to the group.

It was in early July that Islamic State, boosted by territorial gains in Iraq, staged a rapid advance in the province, securing a corridor of Syrian territory along the Euphrates river all the way to the Iraqi border.


Europe: In Ukraine, an armored column appears out of nowhere
Posted by Fred 08/27/2014  00:00 0 Comments 119 words Read the whole thing on page 3
With all respect to the reporters with Rooters: They wouldn't know a tank unless it ground one of them into the ground with its treads.
[REUTERS] On Monday, a resident of Novoazovsk in south-eastern Ukraine said she saw a column of armored vehicles approach the town and start shooting.

"It all started at 8:00 this morning, tanks appeared, no fewer than seven of them," the woman, who gave her name only as Lyudmila, told Rooters by telephone. "Right now I can hear rumbling, kabooms ... the residents are hiding."


Africa Horn: U.N. helicopter shot down in South Sudan, three killed, Russian owner says
Posted by Fred 08/27/2014  00:00 0 Comments 430 words Read the whole thing on page 3
[REUTERS] A U.N. peacekeeping helicopter in South Sudan was shot down on Tuesday and three of its crew were killed, Russian airline UTair, which owns the aircraft, said, citing initial information.

The airline said the helicopter, carrying four crew members, had been shot down as it flew over an area that has been a flashpoint during a civil conflict that is now more than eight months old.

"According to preliminary information, the helicopter was shot down with surface-to-air fire," UTair said in a statement.

"One crew member - the second pilot - is alive and has been transported to a hospital ... with minor injuries. Other crew members - commander, flight engineer and flight attendant - were killed."

The United Nations
...a formerly good idea gone bad...
confirmed three crew members had been killed and one was being treated for injuries, but it had no immediate comment on the Russian report that the helicopter, which was on a routine cargo flight, had been shot down.

The U.N. Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) said an investigative team would arrive at the crash site on Wednesday.

A front man for the Russian embassy in Sudan, Artur Safukov, told Russia's state broadcaster Rossiya 24 that all four on board were Russian citizens.

The Mi-8 helicopter crashed about 10 km (6 miles) south of Bentiu, the capital of oil-producing Unity State, which lies in the north of the Africa's newest nation, UNMISS said.

Toby Lanzer, the officer-in-charge of UNMISS, and UTair both said the helicopter, which was contracted to the U.N. mission, had been flying from Wau in the southwest to Bentiu in the north.

UTair, which said it has been working with the United Nations since 1991, said it was temporary halting flying over the area.

Additional information from the National Post:

A rebel commander who warned the UN not to fly over his territory shot down a UN helicopter Tuesday in rural South Sudan, charged a spokesman for a state governor. South Sudanese rebel commander Peter Gadet had warned the UN last week not to fly over his territory, said the spokesman for the governor of Northern Bahr el-Ghazal state, Akol Ayom Wek.

Gadet's forces shot down the helicopter with a rocket-propelled grenade, said Wek.


Home Front: Politix: Gov. Jerry Brown To Mexican Illegals: 'You're All Welcome In California'
Posted by Fred 08/27/2014  00:00 13 Comments 429 words Read the whole thing on page 6
[BREITBART] On Monday evening, Caliphornia, an impregnable bastion of the Democratic Party, Governor Jerry Governor Moonbeam Brown
... those who ignore history are bound to repeat it ...
said all Mexicans, including undocumented Democrats, are welcome in California.

According to the Los Angeles Times, while introducing Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto, who said America is "the other Mexico," Brown "spoke about the interwoven histories of Mexico and California." He "nodded to the immigrants in the room, saying it didn't matter if they had permission to be in the United States."

"You're all welcome in California," Brown reportedly said.

Brown has made California a sanctuary state by signing the Trust Act, giving driver's licenses to undocumented Democrats. He has also expanded financial aid to undocumented Democrats by signing the California DREAM Act. Pena Nieto reportedly "thanked state officials for embracing foreigners, citing measures that extend state benefits to immigrants."

Even during the border crisis, Brown reportedly vowed "to find ways to shorten long waits at the Tijuana-San Diego international border crossing," saying, "If we can put a man on the moon, we can put a man from Mexico to California in 20 minutes."

In 2012, 28% of Californians were born outside the United States, according to The New York Times
...which still proudly displays Walter Duranty's Pulitzer prize...
. Hispanic voters reportedly "made up 19.2% of California voters" in 2010. And according to Pew Research, Latinos make up nearly 40% of the state's population and have made California "only the second state, behind New Mexico, where whites are not the majority and Latinos are the plurality."

Even though the University of California has admitted a record number of Hispanics, the Latino Caucus has vowed to make affirmative action and bilingual education top legislative priorities.

Pena Nieto is scheduled to address the California State Legislature in Sacramento on Tuesday.
#1: Considering CA has no more water to send south, no more money to spend and no more businesses to give jobs... this seems like literal suicide.
Posted by: DarthVader|| 2014-08-27 01:00 ||Comments

#2: Piece of shit.
Posted by: newc|| 2014-08-27 01:31 ||Comments

#3: It's either stupidity or treason, and I'm once again discounting stupidity. By the way, VDH penned Mexifornia in 2003.
Posted by: Besoeker|| 2014-08-27 03:25 ||Comments

#4: It's either stupidity or treason, and I'm once again discounting stupidity.

No reason it can't be both.
Posted by: Sonny Glarong6820|| 2014-08-27 07:34 ||Comments

#5: I can't tell you how badly this pisses me off. The man is publicly advocating that people break the law. There should be a law against that. He should go to jail. I think he should go to jail for treason. I think he should rot in jail.
Posted by: Ebbang Uluque6305|| 2014-08-27 11:23 ||Comments

#6: Given the exodus* of businesses, retirees, and the middle class, California is going to have fun making the adjustment.

* next will be the Asian population...
Posted by: Pappy|| 2014-08-27 12:00 ||Comments

#7: Pena Nieto is scheduled to address the California State Legislature in Sacramento on Tuesday.

Brown is now just a figure head. Pena Nieto will tell the legislature what to do and they will do it.
Posted by: Ebbang Uluque6305|| 2014-08-27 12:22 ||Comments

#8: Who appointed him Oprah of California?
Posted by: regular joe|| 2014-08-27 12:47 ||Comments

#9: Reconquesta?
Posted by: Sonny Glarong6820|| 2014-08-27 14:00 ||Comments

#10: I figure Gov Brown has to betray the unions (pension funding) or the environmentalists (fraking to get money in the coffers).

I'd always assumed he'd screw the environmentalists when push came to shove but with this move.... this is like a brush-back pitch to the unions.
Posted by: rjschwarz|| 2014-08-27 14:15 ||Comments

#11: Unfortunately, taxpayers outside of Kalifornia will also end up paying for Brown's stupidity/treason since much of the governmental largess comes from the Feds.
Posted by: JohnQC|| 2014-08-27 14:46 ||Comments

#12: this is like a brush-back pitch to the unions

Nah. The unions will enroll the illegals, give 'em fake social security cards and everything. And it won't matter to the union bosses when all of their legal members are unemployed because they'll still be collecting the dues from the illegals and contributing to Brown's presidential campaign. You think I'm joking? I wish I was. Hildebeast is damaged goods and Brown will be coming off of umpteen terms as Kalifornia governor which will be depicted in the MSM as successful. This kind of thing gives him the street creds too.
Posted by: Ebbang Uluque6305|| 2014-08-27 15:43 ||Comments

#13: Reconquesta?

No, Sonny. I believe the correct spelling is reconquista.
Posted by: Ebbang Uluque6305|| 2014-08-27 15:47 ||Comments



Home Front: Politix: Crist Makes Florida Comeback Bid As 4 States Vote
Posted by Fred 08/27/2014  00:00 3 Comments 360 words Read the whole thing on page 6
[HOSTED.AP.ORG] Former Republican Gov. Charlie Crist
...the politically androgynous former governor of Florida...
was poised for a political comeback Tuesday as voters select a Democratic nominee to challenge Republican Gov. Rick Scott in Florida, one of four states where voters were choosing candidates for statewide office.

Crist, running against former state Sen. Nan Rich, has won three statewide races as a Republican, and it wasn't that long ago that he called himself a Ronald Reagan/Jeb Bush Republican. He was once considered a potential running mate for 2008 Republican presidential nominee John Maverick McCain
... the Senator-for-Life from Arizona, former presidential candidate and even more former foot soldier in the Reagan Revolution...
and he had the backing of GOP leaders in a 2010 bid for Senate - until Marco Rubio used an image of Crist hugging President Barack Obama
I mean, I do think at a certain point you've made enough money...
to chase Crist from the primary.

After campaigning for Obama in 2012 and completing his political transition later that year, Crist, 58, now is the favorite to win the Democratic nomination to face Scott. His opponent, Rich, has been running for governor longer than Crist has been a Democrat but lacks Crist's name recognition and money.

Scott, 72, who has minor primary opposition, has already anticipated that Crist will be his opponent. He's spent millions of dollars on ads criticizing Crist and pointing out how he has changed from opposing to supporting same-sex marriage, gun control and Obama's health care plan.
#1: They're called RINOs for a reason. They deny the people the opportunity for real choices offering up only what they the Left wants. Not much different than the old Soviet state in which a 'vote' was simply a ritual ratification of the Party's slate of approved appointees candidates. Welcome to the Oligarchy.
Posted by: Procopius2k|| 2014-08-27 08:26 ||Comments

#2: Crist is the Freddy Krueger of Florida politics.
Posted by: JohnQC|| 2014-08-27 14:40 ||Comments

#3: "Vote for the Orange Guy!"
Posted by: Frank G|| 2014-08-27 15:17 ||Comments



-Lurid Crime Tales-: Fraud: Virginia County Finds 17 Repeat Voters From 2012 Election
Posted by Fred 08/27/2014  00:00 11 Comments 429 words Read the whole thing on page 6
[TOWNHALL] Virginia County officials have discovered multiple instances of voter fraud from the 2012 presidential election. Seventeen to be exact. The Virginia Voters Alliance and Election Integrity Maryland launched the investigation in Fairfax County, Va. and Maryland. Here's how they revealed the fraud and pursued a follow up inquiry:

Officials from Fairfax and Montgomery County, Md., identified dual voters by matching first and last names, dates of birth and Social Security numbers.

Brian Schoenemann, secretary of the Fairfax County Electoral Board, said he sent letters and evidence to county Commonwealth Attorney Ray Morrogh, state Attorney General Mark Herring, U.S. Attorney Dana Boente and the Public Integrity Section of the Department of Justice requesting further investigation.

Oh yeah, and one of those people charged with fraud has reportedly been voting twice for over a decade.

In response to these findings, Reagan George, president of the nonpartisan VVA, criticized political progressives for insisting voter fraud is an unfair invention intending to keep minorities away from the polls:

George said the presence of dual voters demolishes the argument by political "progressives" that voter fraud doesn't exist.

"Their next point will be that voter fraud is such a small percentage that such voter fraud should be ignored. What percentage of the overall vote is tolerable for progressives?" George asked.
Depends -- who's getting the fraudulent votes?
"VVA believes we should have zero tolerance for voter fraud in our elections," he said in a statement.

Cathy Kelleher, president of the nonpartisan Election Integrity Maryland, says that her group has not been asked to help find additional dual voters, presumably because election officials intend on keeping Virginia blue. Kelleher said EIM sent names of 164 alleged duplicate Virginia-Maryland statewide voters to Mary Wagner at the State Board of Elections.

"She passed them on to the State Prosecutor Emmett Davitt. We have not received any response to the inquiry," Kelleher said.

Illegal voting isn't an anomaly for Virginia. In last year's gubernatorial race, voting irregularities and several cases of intimidation at the polls were found in 13 districts across the state after Democrat Terry McAuliffe won the election. Some votes were found cast by people who had moved out of the district or were deceased.

Voter fraud is real. Who knows how many more illegal votes were cast throughout Virginia's elections and the country as a whole. Hopefully this will be a wake up call to progressives who often choose to look the other way.
#1: Did they check Pennsylvania and New York as well? It is entirely possible to hit all states in one day. And thrownin a few absentee ballots in as well and you have a serial voter.
Posted by: Airandee|| 2014-08-27 06:43 ||Comments

#2: Hopefully this will be a wake up call to progressives who often choose to look the other way.

For the communists progressives, it's a feature, not a bug. They're concern is only about power. They know that if they attempt an out right coup, they'd lose the subsequent civil war. So instead, they violate the law while making sure the proles worship the law and are unwilling to play the same game they play. That way they gain the acquiescence to their assumption of power.
Posted by: Procopius2k|| 2014-08-27 08:30 ||Comments

#3: Here is how things happen in France.

1) Before December of the previous year you have to get a voting card. In order to get it you have to submit proof of citizenship and proof of where you live. No proof of citizenship => no voting card => no vote. And of course submissions are handed nationally so you can never hold more than one voting card at a time.

2) Once you get your voting card you are assigned a voting place close to your home. You cannot vote elsewhere and, of course, you cannot vote more than one time at the same election.

3) No silly things like early vote where people are encouraged to vote the earliest possible so they can't change their mins later. Campaign and electoral debates are supposed to inform you so early voters should be considered uninformed voters. Last day before election is "reflexion day" where citizen are supposed to weigh the pros and cons. No propaganda is allowed this day.

4) No "get out the vote" initiatives. First because such initiatives are never neutral. Second Because if you are so uninterested ijn politics you need an activist to lead you toi vote and for which party then you should stay at home watching sports instead of casting an uninformed vote.

5) Vote is for a single day and despite no early vote and higher turnouts than in America most of the time there is no line at all. If you are _very_ silly or unfortunate you could get a five to ten minutes line. So why, why, why to have early vote? Why in America you stick to setting few voting places?

5) On election day you go to your assigned voting place you take one ballot paper of each party and an envelope. You go to an isolation booth and put one ballot into the envelope, then go to the board where you have to show your electoral card along with an ID card with photo of a model issued only to citizens along with . The people at the board use your electoral card to check that you are registered for this particular voting place. They have a printout of registered people and ask you to sign your entry in the printout before you are allowed to cast the vote. Envelope goes into a _transparent ballot_ box. No electronic box. I am a programmer and electronic vote just gives me the creeps.

4) When vote ends these good old ballot papers are counted by the good old method and verifiable method of manual counting with representatives of each party watching one another to keep things honest (I think there is a judge too). It is over in about four hours so why, why, why do you have something as vulnerable to cheating than electronic vote?

5) Once the votes are counted, everything: register, counting results countersigned by every party along with every single ballot paper go into a safe place and this is sealed. In futher days the safe place is opened and under strict police and party supervision its contents are brought unto dependencied of Ministry of Interior and counted again under judge and multiparty supervision. Trying to do do like Al Franken who was elected thanks to the contents of sevaerl ballot boxes "forgotten" for days in car trunk will land you not at Capitol Hill but in La Santé (Leavenworth in US terms).

Last presidential election I found in the official site>/b> of Massachusets than in several districts of Massachusets turnover was weel above 100% and atr times close to 200%. !!!!! ????? Obama got over 90% in those district. Do that in a few voting places and you can change outcome in a swing state. Do that in a few swing states and you can change the outcome of a presidential election.

Of course the higher number of ballot places, manual counting and strict supervision of the French system has a cost but in Spanish it is told the "What is cheap ends up being expensive". As expensive than an Obama. I am not talking merely of taxes or effects on economy but of the cost in blmood and treasure America will have to pay to offset the effects of its foreign and defence policy.
Posted by: JFM|| 2014-08-27 09:57 ||Comments

#4: You don't get it, JFM. These people are so crooked that common sense measures like the ones you describe are unthinkable to them.
Posted by: Ebbang Uluque6305|| 2014-08-27 11:57 ||Comments

#5: Eu You are thinking in what those people could do for you instead of what you could do for your country. Yo, not you Americans, should mount a "Clean Vote" initiative and get things straight once and for all.
Posted by: JFM|| 2014-08-27 12:10 ||Comments

#6: Yeah, right. With the governor of California inviting illegal aliens to come to our state and vote in our elections after collecting their welfare checks, free education and free health care at MY expense and the state legislature applauding him for it, just how much good do you think that would do? Fact is, it's too late for California. We are now a part of Mexico.
Posted by: Ebbang Uluque6305|| 2014-08-27 12:19 ||Comments

#7: Correct, this is 'not France.' This is Newbamaland and we do things here a nuway; his way, and my way. My people have been monitoring these events and this is probably little more than afronomoly.
Posted by: Besoeker|| 2014-08-27 12:38 ||Comments

#8: I think I kinda get what you mean, but could you please define "afronomoly"? What a great word LOL!
Posted by: RandomJD|| 2014-08-27 14:24 ||Comments

#9: afro.nom.o.ly noun A cultural anomalous Bell Curve outlier and bias which must be discounted in order to arrive at the accurate distribution of statistical facts.
Posted by: Besoeker|| 2014-08-27 14:48 ||Comments

#10: Good catch, B. But I tried to google and didn't find anything.
Posted by: Ebbang Uluque6305|| 2014-08-27 15:35 ||Comments

#11: JFM
Not wishing to sound rude, but France still elected Hollande.
Posted by: Bright Pebbles|| 2014-08-27 16:28 ||Comments



-Lurid Crime Tales-: Lois Lerner's Blackberry deliberately destroyed after start of congressional probe
Posted by Fred 08/27/2014  00:00 7 Comments 440 words Read the whole thing on page 6
[FOXNEWS] Lois Lerner
...the former head of the IRS Exempt Unit. She is a past president of the Council on Governmental Ethics Laws and a member of the Massachussetts bar. She was held in contempt of Congress for her role in the IRS targeting of regime political enemies and refusing to testify. The dog ate her computer's hard drive with all her emails on it...
’s Blackberry was intentionally destroyed after Congress had begun its probe into IRS targeting of conservative groups, a senior IRS lawyer acknowledged in a sworn declaration.

Thomas Kane, Deputy Assistant Chief Counsel for the IRS, wrote in the declaration, part of a lawsuit filed by Judicial Watch against the IRS, that the Blackberry was "removed or wiped clean of any sensitive or proprietary information and removed as scrap for disposal in June 2012."

That date - June 2012 - is significant because by that time, ex-IRS official Lerner had already been summoned before congressional staffers who interviewed her about reports of the IRS' targeting of conservative groups.

"We had already talked to her. Our personal staff and Oversight Committee staff had sat down with Ms. Lerner and confronted her about information we were getting from conservative groups in the state of Ohio and around the country," Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, told Fox News.

"If you intentionally destroy evidence, that is a crime. If you make a statement in court saying the evidence is not available and it is, that is also a crime," said Jay Sekulow, Chief Counsel for the American Center for Law and Justice.

The IRS did not immediately respond to Fox News’ request for comment.

News of the Blackberry's destruction followed Monday’s statement by Judicial Watch that Justice Department attorneys said in a Friday phone call the federal government backs up all computer records to ensure continuity of government in event of a catastrophe, but retrieving the Lerner emails would simply be "too onerous."

An administration official told Fox News Monday night that Judicial Watch misinterpreted the Friday phone call. "There was no new back-up system described last week to Judicial Watch," he said. "Government lawyers who spoke to Judicial Watch simply referred to the same email retention policy that Commissioner (John) Koskinen had described in his Congressional testimony."
#1: Willfully destroying evidence---that's a felony or something, right?
Posted by: Alaska Paul|| 2014-08-27 01:00 ||Comments

#2: Forget the DoJ, it's hopeless under the current regime. This matter must somehow make it's way into the Supreme Court where hopefully justice and sanity may somehow prevail.
Posted by: Besoeker|| 2014-08-27 03:31 ||Comments

#3: If the regime fall expect one of the last acts will be pardons issued, probably as thick as the District's phonebook.
Posted by: Procopius2k|| 2014-08-27 08:32 ||Comments

#4: Achilles' heel in Champ's strategy: you can't pardon someone who hasn't been convicted. Now if only the Republicans could grow a spine.
Posted by: AzCat|| 2014-08-27 09:07 ||Comments

#5: Didn't Ford pardon Nixon without Nixon having been convicted?
Posted by: Glenmore|| 2014-08-27 10:45 ||Comments

#6: It seems to me that Ford was just letting those in the justice system know it would be a waste of time to go after Nixon under his (and any further) administrations.
Posted by: gorb|| 2014-08-27 13:30 ||Comments

#7: In a world where karma was balanced she would have been required to EAT the blackberry.
Posted by: 3dc|| 2014-08-27 20:36 ||Comments



Europe: Putin meets Poroshenko in Minsk
Posted by Fred 08/27/2014  00:00 0 Comments 276 words Read the whole thing on page 3
[Iran Press TV] Russian President Vladimir Putin
...Second and fourth President and sixth of the Russian Federation and the first to remain sober. Putin is credited with bringing political stability and re-establishing something like the rule of law, which occasionally results in somebody dropping dead from polonium poisoning. Under Putin, a new group of business magnates controlling significant swathes of Russia's economy has emerged, all of whom have close personal ties to Putin. The old bunch, without close personal ties to Putin, are in jail or in exile or dead...
and Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko have agreed on the need to de-escalate the raging conflict in eastern Ukraine.

The two presidents reached the consensus during their first bilateral talks that were hosted by Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko in his country’s capital Minsk on Tuesday.

Lukashenko said despite the agreement, fundamental differences remain.

"Most likely, we shouldn’t expect a major breakthrough. But we need a conceptual decision, or order to start moving towards peace," Lukashenko said at a meeting in Minsk with EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton.

He also expressed confidence that "the EU does not object to further dialogue until complete settlement of the situation."

The talks were aimed at de-escalating the worsening crisis in eastern Ukraine that heightened tensions between Moscow and the West, and prompted the United States and EU to slap sanctions on Russia.


Israel-Palestine-Jordan: Palestinians joy after victory against Israel
Posted by Fred 08/27/2014  00:00 6 Comments 410 words Read the whole thing on page 2
[Iran Press TV] Gazooks celebrate victory after seven weeks of resistance against the Israeli offensive against the Paleostinians of the coastal enclave.

On Tuesday, Paleostinian groups and Egyptian mediators confirmed that the Cairo-based talks ended in truce.

Paleostinians poured into the streets of the war-torn sliver to celebrate as the Egyptian-brokered truce took effect at 1600 GMT.

People and traffic filled the streets with drivers honking horns and crowds chanting slogans.

The truce stipulates the removal of Israeli blockade as well as the provision of a guarantee that Paleostinian demands will be met.

Crossings between Israel and Gazoo will open and the two sides will continue holding indirect talks, according to the deal.

The Paleostinian territory's fishing zone will also be widened in the Mediterranean.

The Paleostinian resistance movement Hamas, always the voice of sweet reason, said the deal marks a victory for Paleostinians and called for mass rallies in the occupied West Bank.

"Today we declare the victory of the resistance, today we declare the victory of Gazoo," Hamas front man Sami Abu Zuhri
...a senior spokesman for Hamas. Zuhri gained notoriety in 2006 when he dropped his money belt containing somewhere between 640,000 and 900,000 euros, which was confiscated by Paleostinian security and customs officials at a routine border crossing from Egypt to Gaza. The news brought competing Hamas and Fatah forces to the crossing checkpoint for an epic face-making and hollering contest...
said.

Israeli warplanes and tanks started pounding the blockaded enclave in early July, inflicting heavy losses on the Paleostinian land.

Some 2,139 Paleostinians, mostly civilians, including women, children and the elderly, were killed in 50 days of the Israeli onslaught on Gazoo. Around 11,000 others were maimed.

Tel Aviv says 69 Israelis have been killed in the conflict, but Hamas puts the number at more than 150.
#1: Victory?

Some of them are still alive? I guess they might feel that was some sort of "victory". I would call it luck.

Better luck next time, Chump.
Posted by: Big Thromoth3646|| 2014-08-27 03:00 ||Comments

#2: Anyone remember their dancing in the streets following 9/11 ?
Posted by: Besoeker|| 2014-08-27 03:16 ||Comments

#3: I suppose getting to the end of having the IDF "redecorate" your neighborhood is worth a celebration. And it's a victory if you're still alive at the end.
Euphemisms are big in the Arab world.
Posted by: ed in texas|| 2014-08-27 07:29 ||Comments

#4: ed, also in the left/progressive world.
Posted by: AlanC|| 2014-08-27 08:01 ||Comments

#5: I would rather see rubble dance.
Posted by: regular joe|| 2014-08-27 11:54 ||Comments

#6: #2 Yeah, that one's on my short "never forget never forgive" list.
Posted by: Matt|| 2014-08-27 17:40 ||Comments



Africa Subsaharan: Boko Haram captures more Nigerian towns
Posted by Fred 08/27/2014  00:00 3 Comments 594 words Read the whole thing on page 1
[Iran Press TV] 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...
Takfiri
...an adherent of takfir wal hijra, an offshoot of Salafism that regards everybody who doesn't agree with them as apostates who must be killed...
gunnies have taken control of more Nigerian towns as they press ahead with their attacks in the African country.

A Cameroon
...a long, narrow country that fills the space between Nigeria and Chad on the northeast, CAR to the southeast. Prior to incursions by Boko Haram nothing ever happened there...
ian police source said on Tuesday that Boko Haram gunnies moved into the Nigerian town of Ashigashyia overnight Monday, where they killed three people in front of a church, after soldiers sent there fled to take refuge across the border in nearby Cameroon.

Nearly 500 Nigerian soldiers beat feet from the border towns of Ashigashyia and Kerawa over the weekend to take refuge from Boko Haram Takfiris on Cameroonian territory.

On Monday, the Nigerian army dismissed reports that the soldiers had fled, claiming that it was a "tactical maneuver" as they pursued the turbans.

However,
there's more than one way to skin a cat...
the officials in Cameroon said the troops fought a rearguard battle in the town of Gamboru Ngala before pulling out as they were outnumbered.

Boko Haram gunnies also stormed Gamboru Ngala early on Monday and by evening had taken over the cop shoppe, a military barracks and vocational training center, where they had based themselves, according to locals.

According to residents, the gunnies now control at least the town of Buni Yadi in Yobe state as well as Gwoza and Gamboru Ngala in neighboring Borno state.

In the northeastern state of Adamawa, which has been under a state of emergency along with Borno and Yobe states since May last year, local government officials said scores of gunnies attacked the town of Madagali on Saturday, forcing out soldiers and taking over government buildings.
#1: if the nigerian army cant deal with them send in the african union like in somalia.
Posted by: Paul D|| 2014-08-27 03:47 ||Comments

#2: Part of the issue is that Nigerian politicians and government officials have allied themselves with BH. Add in the inherent corruption and the situation is unsurprising.
Posted by: Pappy|| 2014-08-27 10:46 ||Comments

#3: take their children and raise them as christians

that will remove them in a generation
Posted by: anon1|| 2014-08-27 11:18 ||Comments



-Short Attention Span Theater-: Military kit through the ages: from the Battle of Hastings to Helmand
Posted by BrerRabbit 08/27/2014  00:00 3 Comments 0 words Read the whole thing on page 3


Government: Lieutenant Nat Grigsby's prediction regarding the democratic party.
Posted by Besoeker 08/27/2014  00:00 1 Comments 0 words Read the whole thing on page 4


Israel-Palestine-Jordan: Bill Warner: The "problem" started in 622 in Madinah.
Posted by Besoeker 08/27/2014  00:00 1 Comments 55 words Read the whole thing on page 4
[YouTube] The Center for the Study of Political Islam: The media does not take political Islam into account about the Hamas/Israel conflict. To understand the reality we must view it from the standpoint of jihad.
Good historical perspective in only 3:47 minutes.
#1: Excellent summation.
Thanks, B.
Posted by: Anice Nim|| 2014-08-27 15:51 ||Comments