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-Lurid Crime Tales-: BREAKING: Shots fired; Inova Fairfax Hospital on lockdown
Posted by Grinter Flick6330 03/31/2015  06:54 2 Comments 199 words Read the whole thing on page 3
[Wash Times] Fairfax County Police are investigating an active shooter situation early Tuesday morning at Inova Fairfax Hospital in Virginia after a prisoner being treated there escaped with his guard's gun.
Perp's name is reported to be 'Wossen Assaye.' Foto at right.
WTOP said the shooting occurred at 3 a.m. at the hospital in Falls Church. It's not clear if anyone was hurt, but shots were fired, CBS reported.

Fairfax County Police said they are searching for an escaped prisoner wearing a hospital gown, no shoes and armed with a gun. Police said the prisoner, Wossen Assaye, is 6-foot-tall and 170 pounds, and is considered "armed and dangerous."

The prisoner was in the custody of a private security guard and escaped with the guard's gun, Fairfax County Police said.

Entrances to the hospital and nearby intersections to the hospital at 3300 Gallows Road are blocked. All hospital employees are directed by police to go to Falls Church High School where a shuttle bus will take them to the hospital. The hospital still remains on lockdown.
#1: Bad taste warning:
"Ahh, found out about his Obamacare coverage, eh?"
Posted by: ed in texas|| 2015-03-31 07:30 ||Comments

#2: Yo Wos ~ Take the Parkway north to the NSA exit. Ignore the guard shack. You're good-to-go.
Posted by: Besoeker|| 2015-03-31 09:13 ||Comments



Iraq: Coalition airstrikes scross Iraq
Posted by trailing wife 03/31/2015  02:59 2 Comments 286 words Read the whole thing on page 1
US-led coalition conduct 7 air strikes on ISIL terrorists in Iraq

[IraqiNews.com] The US-led coalition jet fighters conducted 7 air strikes on ISIL shelters in Iraq.

The Joint Mission Forces in a press statement received by IraqiNews.com reported that "the US-led coalition warplanes conducted 7 air strikes on ISIL shelters yesterday morning."

"The air strikes targeted 2 ISIL units, a position, a number of buildings and other targets near djinn-infested Mosul
... the home of a particularly ferocious and hairy djinn...
, Tikrit and Tal Afar".

13 ISIL terrorists killed by US-led coalition air strikes in Mosul

[IraqiNews.com] A security source reported The US-led coalition jet fighters targeted ISIL positions, killing 13 snuffies western djinn-infested Mosul
... the home of a particularly ferocious and hairy djinn...
today Monday.

"The US-led coalitions warplanes conducted 2 air strikes on ISIL positions, the first one on Wadi Iqab position while the second one on Bwaba Al-Sham in Mosul, killing 13 snuffies of the ISIL", the security source told IraqiNews.com.

"The air strikes targeted 2 ISIL units, a position, a number of buildings and other targets near Mosul, Tikrit and Tal Afar".
#1: With the withdrawal of the Shiites who rebelled against US airstrikes, Iraqi government forces are struggling to fill the gaps.

They feel they do not have the resources for house to house urban clearing operations.
Posted by: Ebbomosh Hupemp2664 || 2015-03-31 09:24 ||Comments

#2: They feel they do not have the resources for house to house urban clearing operations.

I recommend remote clearing operations. Artillery has a good track record, or if they want, they could ask us for a good old-fashioned Arc Lighting. Tikrit is a village worth destroying in order to save. Rubble don't cause trouble.
Posted by: Glenmore|| 2015-03-31 12:30 ||Comments



Iraq: Anbar Province Activities
Posted by trailing wife 03/31/2015  02:59 2 Comments 516 words Read the whole thing on page 1
3 ISIL terrorists killed in Ramadi

[IraqiNews.com] Three ISIL bad boyz were potted in Ramadi.

Security source stated to IraqiNews.com "A sniper of the Federal Police killed three ISIL terrprists in Ramadi."

Iraqi forces kill 3 terrorists and destroy their shelters in Karma

[IraqiNews.com] On Sunday, Iraqi Ministry of Defense announced, that the security forces have managed to kill 3 terrorists, including a sniper, and destroy a vehicle and 4 shelters for them in an operation in al-Karma district.

The ministry said in a statement obtained by IraqiNews, "Iraqi forces from the army and local police elements backed by al-Hashed al-Sha'bi militia fighters have continued for the 24th day in a row to cleanse the areas in the east and center of al-Karma district, with support from the army's air force and the international coalition warplanes."

"The forces have managed to kill 3 terrorists, including a sniper, in addition to destroying 4 shelters and a vehicle for them in the area of al-Itr," the statement asserted.

Security forces kill 6 ISIS militants, including sniper, in Fallujah

[IraqiNews.com] On Sunday, a security source in Anbar province revealed, that 6 ISIS elements, including a sniper, were killed during violent festivities with the security forces in northern al-Fallujah,
... the City of Mosques, which might have somthing to do with why it's not called Center of Prosperity or a really nice place to raise your kids...
while a number of gunnies have been also killed in an air strike by the Iraqi Air Force (IAF) in the district of al-Karma.

The source informed IraqiNews, "Today, a force from the rapid intervention units clashed with ISIS gunnies in northern Fallujah," noting that, "The festivities resulted in killing 6 myrmidons, including an ISIS sniper, and destroying an armored vehicle for them."

The source, who requested anonymity, added, "The army's air force, in coordination with the special rapid intervention units, has carried out an air strike on ISIS sites in al-Harirat area in the district of al-Karma (53 km east of Ramadi)," pointing out that, "The air strike resulted in killing and wounding a number of ISIS Lion of Islams, in addition to destroying their hideouts."
#1: Great condensed updates.
Posted by: Besoeker|| 2015-03-31 06:58 ||Comments

#2: Great condensed updates.

I suspect the first generation of Iraqi News reporters were trained by our military for brevity and focussed message. The second generation is clearly struggling with both the style and the English language.
Posted by: trailing wife|| 2015-03-31 12:20 ||Comments



Iraq: Baghdad and Babel Bagatelles
Posted by trailing wife 03/31/2015  02:59 2 Comments 517 words Read the whole thing on page 1
2 car bombings in Baghdad kill 3, injure 15 people

[IraqiNews.com] Security source reported on Monday that a pair of boom-mobileings in a Baghdad suburb has went kaboom!, killing and injuring 18 citizens.

"The two boom-mobiles went off simultaneously in Husseiniyah district in northeastern Baghdad, killing three citizens and injuring 15 others", the security source told IraqiNews.com.

5 killed, 15 injured in Husseiniya bombings north of Baghdad

[IraqiNews.com] A source within the Iraqi police announced on Monday, that Husseiniya bombings in the north of Baghdad have left four dead and 15 injured.

The source said in an interview for IraqiNews.com, "The outcome of the two suicide kabooms, that targeted Hosseiniya in the north of Baghdad, was four deaths and 15 injuries."

The source, who requested anonymity, added, "The security forces and ambulance crews continue to work to save the victims. The bodies of the dead were transferred to the Forensic Medicine Authority and the injured to the hospital for treatment."

These developments come in the wake of a terrorist attack carried out by boom-mobiles which targeted Husseiniya area north of Baghdad.

Rare monuments found in Karrada, Baghdad

[IraqiNews.com] A source in the Interior Ministry announced on Monday, that a force of the ministry intelligence has found a large quantity of rare monuments in Karrada district in central Baghdad.

The source said in an interview for IraqiNews.com, "Today, a force within the intelligence of the Interior Ministry found a large quantities of rare monuments in Rusafa area, while inspecting Karrada district in central Baghdad."

The source, who asked to remain anonymous, added, "The force handed the monuments to the National Museum," without giving further details.

It is noteworthy that the Ministry of Interior announced on March 26th, the seizure of 207 different artifacts being smuggled northern of Nasiriyah in Dhi Qar province.

Babel governor announces weapons store found

[IraqiNews.com] The governor of Babel, Sadiq Al-Sultani announced today Monday that the Security Forces found a store containing weapons, munitions and kabooms in Buhyrat district.

"A Force of the National Security Department found a weapons cache involves weapons, munitions and kabooms which were slowly transferried to the military locations, in Buhyrat region within ISkindariah sub-district of northern Babel", Sultani told IraqiNews.com.

"The force is surveying the region in coordination with the Security Forces there", he added.
#1: Bagatelles; A collection of minor tunes,
Posted by: Dale|| 2015-03-31 07:42 ||Comments

#2: The sickly Canuck hummed his motto:
"Low bedside commode, no legato!
You hipsters are cool,
Straining at your smooth stool,
But I've got to play Bach more staccato."
Posted by: Zenobia Floger6220|| 2015-03-31 12:36 ||Comments



Government: Champ returns to Kogelo, but only for a visit.
Posted by Besoeker 03/31/2015  01:37 4 Comments 79 words Read the whole thing on page 3
[NDTV] Washington: Barack Obama will make a long-awaited return to Kenya this July, visiting his father's homeland for the first time since becoming US president, the White House announced Monday.

During the much-delayed visit, Obama will attend a summit to encourage entrepreneurship and meet the country's controversial leader Uhuru Kenyatta.

Obama's late father was from a small village near the shores of Lake Victoria. He met Obama's white American mother in Hawaii, where they had a son before divorcing.
#1: "where's the golf course?"
Posted by: Frank G|| 2015-03-31 08:07 ||Comments

#2: An Australian official recently made an error and released details of several world leaders passport details. Obama's said he was born in Nairobi.
Posted by: Deacon Blues|| 2015-03-31 09:02 ||Comments

#3: P.s. instapundit has the story reported by The Hill.
Posted by: Deacon Blues|| 2015-03-31 09:06 ||Comments

#4: Obama's said he was born in Nairobi.

Where did you find that, Deacon Blues? I looked at the Instapundit link, and the Guardian article that links to, and didn't see any such details.
Posted by: trailing wife|| 2015-03-31 12:09 ||Comments



Syria-Lebanon-Iran: Iran Is Shaking Down Desperate-Seeming United States
Posted by Besoeker 03/31/2015  01:19 5 Comments 95 words Read the whole thing on page 1
[Investors Bus Daily] Iran: At the eleventh hour before the Tuesday deadline, Tehran negotiators predictably changed positions and demanded new concessions. Unfortunately, unlike Ronald Reagan, President Obama won't be walking away.

As the world's leading terrorist sponsor state, which for years has sought nuclear weapons, backs Secretary of State John Kerry and negotiators for the other major powers into a corner, Americans should think back nearly three decades ago to a low-key former British Embassy in northern Reykjavik in Iceland.
#1: On the Net or ala Guam locals, I keep telling 'em to pray hard + keep your fingers that the OWG Globalists including POTUS Obama don't miscalculate.
Posted by: JosephMendiola|| 2015-03-31 02:45 ||Comments

#2: Only disagreement is that it is the US that is desperate.

It is Obama that is desperate.

He is looking for that big legacy making event and having f***ed up everything he's touched he's running out of time.

OR; he really is deliberately trying to start a world war and bring down the US and the west in general.

I'm cynical enough to consider the latter but optimistic enough to hope for the former. Stupid incompetence can usually be fixed.
Posted by: AlanC|| 2015-03-31 07:43 ||Comments

#3: Obean = battered wife.
Posted by: gorb|| 2015-03-31 10:38 ||Comments

#4: Here is the way I look at it:

O desperately wants a piece of paper, any "official" paper, consisting of a signed agreement with Iran that signifies that Iran will put some limits of some sort on its nuclear weapons program.

He is negotiating an agreement with a country that makes a model of a US aircraft carrier and films it being blown up, calls the US "the great Satan," repeatedly calling for the total destruction of Israel, and has no intention of honoring any agreement it signs.

O, along with his little dog Kerry will make any concessions and take any humiliation dished out from Iran to obtain this worthless piece of paper.

This negotiation on Iran's part is just front of a many front effort at hegemony and influence in the ME.

Iran is making inroads into Iraq by working with the Iraqi govt to fight ISIS.

Iran has been giving support and aid to the Assad regime in Syria, including air resupply. They also have IRGC ground forces in Syria.

Iran also supports Hezb'Allah in their fight with Israel.

Iran also has a major part in the war in Yemen, using proxies to go after the Bab el Mandeb, a major choke point to the south approach to the Suez Canal.

Iran also looks to the Straits of Hormuz, another choke point for world oil transport, like the Bab el Mandeb.

Iran has been busy.

The Saudis have been very concerned about Iranian moves against them. So for years Saudi has helped to bankroll Pakistani nuclear weapons programs, and they will or are being equipped with nuclear weapons and delivery systems.

So with this face-off between Saudi and its allies, and Iran on the other, with Putin and China on the side with their own agendas for mischief, O's desperate paper could become a death warrant for thousands or millions of people in the ME that could die in a nuclear exchange.

Just like Neville Chamberlain's Peace in Our Time scrap of worthless paper signed by Hitler, O's legacy in his desperate agreement with Iran could become one of death and destruction.

Appeasement never works.
Posted by: Alaska Paul|| 2015-03-31 11:43 ||Comments

#5: But, AP, as I asked is O's desperate paper could become a death warrant for thousands or millions of people in the ME that could die in a nuclear exchange.

the truly desired goal? While I can't imagine a mind that would desire that; I also can't imagine a mind so truly inept and lacking of vision that would NOT see what's going on.
Posted by: AlanC|| 2015-03-31 11:52 ||Comments



Syria-Lebanon-Iran: Pentagon ups the ante in Syria fight.
Posted by Besoeker 03/31/2015  01:14 1 Comments 395 words Read the whole thing on page 1
[FP] The Special Forces group that ousted the Taliban from Afghanistan in 2001 is preparing to deploy to Jordan to train Syrian rebels to fight the Islamic State, but many of the U.S. military's most elite warriors have a gnawing fear that those efforts may be too little, too late.

Four years after the start of the uprising against Syrian president Bashar al-Assad, the Army's 5th Special Forces Group is getting ready to establish a multinational special operations task force in Jordan to train and equip Syrian rebel forces that the United States deems "moderate" -- which means allied with neither the Islamic State nor al Qaeda's local affiliate, al-Nusra Front.

But daunting challenges lie ahead for 5th Group. They include finding and vetting enough moderate rebels to make a difference on the battlefield; potential friction with the CIA, which has its own rebel training program going on in Jordan; the Obama administration's refusal to let special operations forces fight alongside the rebel forces they have trained; and a confusing chain of command that none of the relevant American military headquarters seem willing or able to explain.

To complicate matters further, the general in charge of the training mission in Jordan is considered one of the special operations community's most capable senior officers, but as things stand he is scheduled to rotate out of the country just as the training effort gets underway.

The stakes are enormously high for Washington and its allies. The Obama administration has publicly vowed to keep U.S. forces out of the line of fire in the campaign against the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq, in part to guard against the prospect of more American fatalities in a conflict the U.S. public had overwhelmingly turned against in recent years. The White House is instead hoping that members of some of the military's most secretive and elite units can rebuild the shattered Iraqi army and stand up a force of tribal militias willing to fight the Islamic State, while simultaneously helping to train and equip a new rebel force in Syria. Failure in either location is likely to embolden the United States' enemies in the region -- Iran, the Assad regime, the Islamic State, and al-Nusra Front -- and seriously damage American prestige.
#1: many of the U.S. military's most elite warriors have a gnawing fear that those efforts may be too little, too late

About three years too late. And it's not a "gnawing fear" if one's been maintaining a strategic awareness all this time.
Posted by: Pappy|| 2015-03-31 12:26 ||Comments



Arabia: A deputy, a relative, an ideologue: key Houthi leaders reportedly killed
Posted by Besoeker 03/31/2015  00:36 3 Comments 117 words Read the whole thing on page 1
[Al Arabi] The Iran-backed Houthi rebels seeking to seize Yemen from its fragile internationally-recognized government suffered a blow on Thursday, as three of its top military commanders were reportedly early victims of an aerial offensive by Operation Decisive Storm.

The deadly strikes led by the Royal Saudi Air Force were responding to a plea made Wednesday by beleaguered President Abd-Rabbo Mansour Hadi, who was holed up in the port city of Aden - the government's last stronghold -- as Houthi militias closed in on the city.

The three leaders killed were named as Abdul Khaliq al-Houthi, Yousef al-Madani and Yussef al-Fishi.
#1: As Diceman said: "Three blind mice, see how they run..." Heh, heh, heh. Where the f*ck they goin?
Posted by: M. Murcek|| 2015-03-31 08:24 ||Comments

#2: sounds al-Fishi....

Go to your room.
Posted by: Frank G|| 2015-03-31 08:29 ||Comments

#3: That picture looks like a target of opportunity.
Posted by: Alaska Paul|| 2015-03-31 11:45 ||Comments



Iraq: Mosul: ISIS and/or the Peshmerga
Posted by trailing wife 03/31/2015  00:00 0 Comments 720 words Read the whole thing on page 1
ISIS blows [up] Nineveh traffic station northern Mosul

[IraqiNews.com] According to a local source in Nineveh province, the ISIS group turbans have blown up the traffic station building after stealing its contents northern city of djinn-infested Mosul
... the home of a particularly ferocious and hairy djinn...
The source said in an interview IraqiNews.com, "Today, elements of the ISIS organization bombed traffic station building of Nineveh province, located in the Waterfalls area northern the city of Mosul."

The source, who requested anonymity, added, "ISIS elements stole all the building contents."

ISIS militants behead officer in northeast of Biji

[IraqiNews.com] A local source in Nineveh province revealed on Sunday, that the ISIS group murderous Moslems beheaded a local police officer in the village in northeast of Biji.

The source informed IraqiNews.com, "This afternoon, ISIS murderous Moslems have beheaded a local police officer after previously kidnapped him from the village of al-Zawiyah in northeast of the district of Biji, located 40 km north of Tikrit," pointing out that, "The murderous Moslems carried out the execution in front of a gathering of people in the village."

2 ISIL leaders killed by US led-coalition air strike in Mosul

[IraqiNews.com] A securitysource reported that two ISIL leaders were killed by a US-led coalition air strike northern djinn-infested Mosul
... the home of a particularly ferocious and hairy djinn...
"The US-led coalition jet fighters conducted an air strike today in Al-Rashidia sub-district of northern Mosul, killing two Iraqi ISIL leaders, known as Abid Hamud and Abu Zakaria", the security source told IraqiNews.com.

ISIL terrorists shot teacher due to his criticism to them in Tal Afar

[IraqiNews.com] A security source reported that the ISIL hard boyz executed a teacher in primary school in Tal Afar district of western djinn-infested Mosul
... the home of a particularly ferocious and hairy djinn...
"The hard boyz of the ISIL shot the teacher due to his explicitly criticising the ISIL actions and exposing their crimes in Tal Afar", the security source told IraqiNews.com.

Mosul hospitals received 73 ISIL injuries wounded in campaign in Tikrit

[IraqiNews.com] A security source reported today Monday that the djinn-infested Mosul
... the home of a particularly ferocious and hairy djinn...
hospitals received 73 injuries of the ISIL holy warriors maimed in the ongoing campaign in Tikrit.

"Al-Jumohuri and Mosul hospitals received 73 ISIL injuries brought to Mosul from Tikrit", a medical source told IraqiNews.com.

It added that "the injuries of the ISIL holy warriors maimed by air strikes in the ongoing campaign in Tikrit, central Salah-il-Din.


Terror Networks: ISIL terrorists transform 7 kidnapped journalists from Mosul to Syria
Posted by trailing wife 03/31/2015  00:00 0 Comments 105 words Read the whole thing on page 1
[IraqiNews.com] The Lions of Islam of the ISIL transformed 7 journalists kidnapped in djinn-infested Mosul
... the home of a particularly ferocious and hairy djinn...
to Syria.

A security source told IraqiNews.com that "The Lions of Islam transformed 7 journalists, kidnapped in Mosul, to Al-Raqah in Syria".


Iraq: Tikrit Reconquista
Posted by trailing wife 03/31/2015  00:00 2 Comments 891 words Read the whole thing on page 1
Moving a bit more quickly than previously, it appears...
MoD: Iraqi forces kill 26 terrorists, advance towards Tikrit

[IraqiNews.com] The Ministry of Defense announced Sunday, that the Iraqi joint forces advanced towards Tikrit, while 26 bad boyz were potted during violent festivities in the city.

The ministry said in a statement obtained by IraqiNews, "A joint force, consisting of anti-terrorism units and local police elements advanced towards the city of Tikrit," pointing out that,"The force has cleansed the roads in the southern axis in al-Awjah area and the western axis in al-Dayoum area from ISIS myrmidons."

"The security forces have managed to kill 26 bully boyz during festivities with a number of holy warriors in the areas of Ain-Farras, Tikrit Hospital, al-Oujah al-Jadida," the statement also added.

137 villages and areas liberated in Tikrit

[IraqiNews.com] Commander of the federal police forces Raed Shakir Jawdat announced, that 137 villages, districts and areas have been liberated from the control of the ISIS group, emphasizing that the military operations are still ongoing in Tikrit, pointing out that no air strikes have been carried out by the US-led international coalition in the city.

Jaedwdat said in an interview IraqiNews.com, "Our forces managed to destroy the terrorists' infrastructure, kill a lot of jacket wallahs, and cleanse many roads from improvised bombs," pointing out that, "137 villages, districts, areas and neighborhoods have been liberated in Iraq since the operations began."

Jawdat continued,"The federal police works with the Volunteer Fighters and there is no withdrawal," noting that, "We are dealing professionally with intelligence when we direct our strikes against the enemy's whereabouts through the cooperation with the leadership of the Army Aviation and Iraqi Air Force."

Security forces control doctors’ houses around Tikrit General Hospital

[IraqiNews.com] A security source in Salahuddin province announced on Monday, that the security forces gained control of the houses of doctors surrounding Tikrit General Hospital south of the city.

The source said in an interview for IraqiNews.com, "Security forces of the federal police and the army backed by the Volunteer Fighters (al-Hashd al-Sha'bi) militia managed today to gain control over the houses of doctors that surround Tikrit General Hospital, south of the city," indicating that, " This area is adjacent to the compound of the presidential palaces and Salahuddin province building."

The source, who asked to remain anonymous, added, "The security forces secured the area around Tikrit General Hospital, and are currently searching for booby-traps and bombs."

ISF raise Iraqi flag over Tikrit hospital

[IraqiNews.com] The Iraqi Security Forces raised the Iraqi flag over Tikrit hospital.

Security source reported to IraqiNews.com "ISF raised the Iraqi flag over Tikrit Hospital at the center of Tikrit city," noting that "ISF are progressing in Tikrit city from different axes."

Security forces repel ISIS attack on Alas oilfields in Tikrit

[IraqiNews.com] A security source in Salahuddin province announced on Monday, that the security forces were able to repel an ISIS attack that targeted Alas oilfields northeast of Tikrit, which left a number of ISIS elements dead.

The source said in an interview for IraqiNews.com, "The security forces managed this afternoon to repel an attack by ISIS elements that targeted Alas oilfields northeast of the city of Tikrit," pointing to "the death of more than 10 ISIS members."

"Security leaders ordered the transfer of Baiji oil police regiment to Ajil to boost the military existence in the fields."

Civil Defense, Central Prison liberated from ISIL in Tikrit

[IraqiNews.com] A security source reported that the Directorates of Civil Defense and Central Prison were liberated from the ISIL control.

“The joint Forces and the volunteers of public mobilization liberated the Directorates of Civil Defense and Central Prison from the ISIL control in Salah-il-Din, which are not far 300 meters from Salah-il-Din Council building”, the security source reported to IraqiNews.com.

ISF liberate governmental complex in Tikrit

[IraqiNews.com] The Iraqi Security Forces and volunteers liberated the building of Salah-il-Din Provincial Council in central Tikrit city, security source reported to IraqiNews.com.

The source told IraqiNews.com "The ISF and volunteers entered the governmental complex located at the Presidential Palaces and raised the Iraqi flag over the building."
#1: Tikrit Tango
Posted by: g(r)omgoru|| 2015-03-31 03:58 ||Comments

#2: Nice choice, g(r)omgoru. :-)
Posted by: trailing wife|| 2015-03-31 12:28 ||Comments



Home Front: Culture Wars: Women’s groups campaign in D.C. to help victims of forced marriages
Posted by Steve White 03/31/2015  00:00 3 Comments 54 words Read the whole thing on page 2
Long story in WaPo -- the wimmins groups in the story genuinely are trying to help young women born into immigrant Pakistani and other Asian families avoid the trap of the arranged marriage. Of course it's WaPo so turn your bias filters on.
#1: Make note that those who inhabit the bubble of 'modern' Western urban civ do not understand that for thousands of years arrange marriages were and are an economic contractual relationship between families and clans. When you are among the poorest, and lack the social economic structure that the West has enjoyed for generations, these have been among the means to survival of blood. In the West, that component has largely disappeared in practice and in awareness. Let them eat cake?
Posted by: Procopius2k|| 2015-03-31 07:04 ||Comments

#2: OK, here goes... "Proposed Social Postulate: Western Liberalism is a symptom of affluent women with too much time on their hands."
Comments, anyone? Bueller?
Posted by: ed in texas|| 2015-03-31 07:25 ||Comments

#3: Not much help for women riding in cars driven by drunk senators though...
Posted by: M. Murcek|| 2015-03-31 08:33 ||Comments



Caucasus/Russia/Central Asia: 290 U.S. Paratroopers to Train Ukraine Forces
Posted by trailing wife 03/31/2015  00:00 2 Comments 449 words Read the whole thing on page 3
[AnNahar] Hundreds of U.S. paratroopers will train Ukrainian soldiers from April 20 as Kiev battles to contain pro-Russian separatists in the country's east, Ukrainian interior minister Arsen Avakov said Monday.

"290 U.S. paratroopers will arrive on April 20 at the Yavoriv military zone" in the government-controlled western region of Lviv, near the Polish border, Avakov wrote on his Facebook account.

Soldiers from the U.S. 173rd Airborne brigade, based in Italia, will instruct around 900 troops from the National Guard of Ukraine (NGU) in three waves of training, each lasting eight weeks, followed by joint war games.

The NGU is made up of reservists, and was reformed in 2014 to bring volunteers and militia under government control following the Maidan protests that brought down the pro-Russian government of Victor Yanukovych, sparking conflict between those loyal to Kiev and Moscow.

U.S.-led maneuvers in a country neighboring Russia are likely to provoke anger in Moscow. 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...
accuses the U.S. of fueling the Maidan protests.

The West counters that the Russian leader has supplied the separatists movement with weapons and troops during a near year-long conflict that has claimed over 6,000 lives, but Putin has always denied the claims.

Ukraine President Petro Poroshenko on Wednesday took delivery of ten U.S. armored vehicles, two days after American politicians voted to urge President Barack Obama
I bowled a 129. It’s like — it was like Special Olympics, or something...
to provide "lethal" aid to Kiev.

A shaky ceasefire is currently in place in Ukraine, but skirmishes continue on a daily basis.
#1: And when they're Spetznazed, that will be the cause for war?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru|| 2015-03-31 04:04 ||Comments

#2: Getting posted to Vicenza ain't what it used to be. (Some paratroopers in the US Army spend their entire career trying to get to Vincenza. Probably the nicest Army base in the world. And the Venice-Milan train is right outside the main gate.)
Posted by: ed in texas|| 2015-03-31 08:28 ||Comments



Iraq: Iran says US drone kills 2 advisers in Iraq; US denies claim
Posted by trailing wife 03/31/2015  00:00 5 Comments 251 words Read the whole thing on page 1
[Ynet] Iran's Revolutionary Guard says a US drone strike killed two of its advisers near the Iraqi city of Tikrit, where a major offensive is underway against the Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear the pols talk they're not really Moslems....
group, but the US said Monday its coalition conducted no Arclight airstrikes in the area during the time of the incident.

US Central Command said it didn't target the area around Tikrit from March 22 through March 24, the window when the Guard said the two men were killed. The Guard said on its sepahnews.ir website that the strike happened March 23 as the men supported Iraqi forces trying to retake the Islamic State-held city of Tikrit. It identified the dead advisers as Ali Yazdani and Hadi Jafari, saying they were buried Sunday. It did not say whether Iran contacted Iraqi or U.S. forces after the strike.
#1: Oops. Our bad
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#2: Whoopsie.
Posted by: Pappy|| 2015-03-31 11:46 ||Comments

#3: Don't you just hate when that happens?

And did we get DNA samples of the dearly departed?
Posted by: Steve White|| 2015-03-31 12:01 ||Comments

#4: Tried to fool our new drone, the X-Wuf Beagle a.k.a. the flying nose.
Posted by: Shipman|| 2015-03-31 12:26 ||Comments

#5: US denies claim

"Wudn't us. We weren't there during the period in question."
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Home Front: WoT: Prosecution Rests in Boston Bombing Trial
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[AnNahar] The prosecution rested its case Monday in the trial of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the ethnic Chechen facing the death penalty for his role in the Boston Marathon bombings.

Prosecutors yielded to the defense after summoning 92 witnesses to the stand over the past weeks as they built a case against the 21-year-old as an active and willing participant in the bombings that destroyed crowds gathered near the finish line of the famous race on April 15, 2013.

Three people were killed and 264 others maimed in the blasts, the worst in the United States since the September 11, 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.

The prosecution's final witness was forensic expert Henry Nields, who recounted in gruesome detail the injuries suffered by the youngest victim, eight-year-old Martin Richard, who was torn apart by the pressure-cooker bomb that Tsarnaev placed in the crowd near the finish line.

The child's clothing was shown to jurors, some of whom were unable to hold back tears.

They also were shown photographs of the Richard family, standing on the race's sidelines in front of Tsarnaev. Another showed Martin Richard lying on the ground.

From the start of the trial, the defense has acknowledged Tsarnaev's role in the bombing, but has advanced the idea that he was under the influence of his older brother Tamerlan, 26, who was killed three days after the bombings in a shoot-out with police.

The younger Tsarnaev was unreadable on Monday, as he has been throughout the trial, his head down as witnesses testified or occasionally talking with his lawyer, Judy Clarke.


Home Front: WoT: Mentally ill British man pleads guilty to US terrorism charges
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[Ynet] A mentally ill British man pleaded guilty on Monday to US terrorism charges and conspiring with radical London holy man Abu Hamza al-Masri to set up a jihadist training camp in Oregon in 1999.

Haroon Aswat, 40, entered his plea in Manhattan federal court as part of an agreement with government prosecutors. Defense lawyer Peter Quijano had disclosed the outline of the deal in the court earlier this month, saying it would resolve the case ahead of a June 1 trial date. Under questioning from US District Judge Katherine Forrest before pleading guilty, the soft-spoken Aswat said he had suffered from symptoms of schizophrenia for the last 20 years and was currently being treated for the disorder. He was diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia in 2008 while being held at a high-security psychiatric hospital in England, according to court documents.


Africa Subsaharan: Nigeria's Buhari leads by 2 mln votes with two thirds of states counted
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[Ynet] With three quarters of states counted in Nigeria's election, opposition challenger Muhammadu Buhari had 11.5 million votes against President Goodluck Jonathan
... 14th President of Nigeria. He was Governor of Bayelsa State from 9 December 2005 to 28 May 2007, and was sworn in as Vice President on 29 May 2007. Jonathan is a member of the ruling People's Democratic Party (PDP). He is a lover of nifty hats, which makes him easily recognizable unless someone else in the room is wearing a neat chapeau...
's 9.5 million, official results collated by Rooters showed.


Arabia: Report: Egyptian ships shell Houthi positions near Aden
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[Ynet] The Arabic-language version of Sky News reported on Monday that Egyptian naval vessels shelled Houthi
...a Zaidi Shia insurgent group operating in Yemen. They have also been referred to as the Believing Youth. Hussein Badreddin al-Houthi is said to be the spiritual leader of the group and most of the military leaders are his relatives. The Yemeni government has accused the Houthis of having ties to the Iranian government, which wouldn't suprise most of us. The group has managed to gain control over all of Saada Governorate and parts of Amran, Al Jawf and Hajjah Governorates. Its slogan is God is Great, Death to America™, Death to Israel, a curse on the Jews ...
rebel positions in Yemen, east of the port city of Aden. According to other reports, locals said the ships bombarded a Houthi convoy and a convoy of fighters aligned with ousted president President-for-Life Ali Abdullah Saleh
... Saleh initially took power as a strongman of North Yemen in 1977, when disco was in flower, but he didn't invite Donna Summer to the inauguration and Blondie couldn't make it...
Rooters reported that this was first testimony about naval attacks on the rebels.


Syria-Lebanon-Iran: Arsal becomes ISIL Main Stronghold, Implementing Self-Rule
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[AnNahar] The Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear the pols talk they're not really Moslems....
of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) reportedly warned a family residing in the northeastern border town of Arsal to leave the town as soon as possible or they will be executed.

According to As Safir newspaper published on Monday, the family of Ali Ezzedine, who was killed last week by ISIL bully boys, were compelled to depart their village after jihadists gave them several warnings since Friday, threatening to kill Ezzedine's parents, sister, wife and three kids.

Ezzedine was reportedly famed for opposing ISIL.

The relatives of the victim managed to avenge their cousin by murdering Syrian national Mohammed al-Rankousi (al-Tartousi), who belongs to the Islamic group.
Mr. al-Rankousi is a senior ISIS official, according to another An Nahar report.
However,
if you can't say something nice about a person some juicy gossip will go well...
the family of Ezzedine refused to let the family of Ali to leave their home.

As Safir newspaper said that this incident is not the first of its kind, however, security forces in the area are not moving to clamp down on ISIL's control over the residents of Arsal.

The daily said that a prominent ISIL security official, identified as Houssam Trad, detained Ahmed Qassem Wehbi from his residence in Arsal and locked him in a room in Wadi Atta "on charges of collaborating with the Lebanese army."

Wehbi was expected to stand trial before ISIL's court in the area before fleeing his captors.

Interior Minister Nouhad al-Mashnouq had voiced concern recently that Arsal is "under occupation."

On Sunday, the body of Younis al-Hujeiri , an Arsal resident, was found decapitated in the outskirts of the town, more than two months after he was kidnapped by bully boys.

The state-run National News Agency said the man was nabbed on January 19 from the Wadi Hmeid area, east of Arsal, at the hands of an gang.

Arsal lies 12 kilometers from the border with Syria and has been used as a conduit for weapons and rebels to enter Syria, while also serving as a refuge for people fleeing the conflict.

It currently hosts tens of thousands of Syrian refugees.

The Sunni-majority area was sympathetic to the uprising against Bashir al-Assad, when it kicked off in 2011.

Arsal has been the battlefront of the Lebanese army in its fight with jihadists since they crossed the border from Syria and overran the town in early August. The Death Eaters from al-Nusra
...the current nom de guerre of al-Qaeda in the Levant, which isn't to be confused with al-Qaeda in Iraq and the Levant...
Front and the Islamic State kidnapped Lebanese servicemen during their withdrawal. Four of them have been executed.

Jihadists remain holed up in the mountainous region around Arsal.


Bangladesh: Convicted 3 years back, Bachchu Razakar still traceless
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[Dhaka Tribune] Bachchu Razakar used to preach Islam on private television channels. No one, apparently, was aware of his complicity in killing, rape, abduction, torture and arson attacks during the 1971 Liberation War in Faridpur until a war crimes tribunal issued arrest warrant against him upon a prosecution plea.

He fled his house – amid surveillance of law enforcers – in between filing of the plea and issuance of the warrant that took a week. Unofficial sources say he went to Pakistan via India and Nepal – without a passport or visa.

He never came back, neither to prove himself innocent during the trial period nor to challenge the death sentence he was awarded on January 15, 2013 by the International Crimes Tribunal.

He was the first war crimes accused to face judgement after a trial in absentia.

The law enforcers, however, have not been able to locate him until date let alone bringing him back. Even no agency or government official agrees to confirm that he fled to Pakistan.

Abul Kalam Azad, known as Bachchu Razakar during the war, had been an associate of Zahid Hossain Khokon of Faridpur. Khokon and another convicted war criminal Mohammad Abdul Jabbar managed to flee the country.

Campaigners say the suspected war criminals would not have fled the country had the law enforcers been sincere.

Bachchu Razakar managed to flee the country sensing that he could be arrested. He got several days to chalk out an exit route, and with the help of family members and aides, he went to Dinajpur from his house at Dhaka’s Uttarkhan, then to India through Hili Land Port, and finally reached Pakistan via Nepal.

The prosecution sought a warrant for his arrest on March 25, 2012 and the tribunal issued the warrant on April 2 after receiving a report from its investigation agency. But it was too late to catch him.

Bachchu Razakar was under watch, police and detectives said, since the prosecution had sought the arrest warrant. He left the capital on March 30.

The tribunal on October 7 the same year decided to continue the trial in absentia. He was indicted on November 4 on the eight charges brought against him by the prosecution. After the trial, the tribunal handed down death penalty for the committing war crimes.
#1: Kogelo, Kenya? Perhaps there's an executive link-up in the making.
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Bangladesh: Forest bandit killed in 'gunfight'
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[Dhaka Tribune] A suspected forest bandit has been killed in a "shootout" with police at Jhopjhapia canal in Sundarbans under Koyra upazila of Khulna district yesterday.

The dear departed is Al Amin, ringleader of a forest bandit group.

Khulna Police Super Md Habibur Rahman said: "Amin was detained from Amadi Bridge area around 7am Sunday. He confessed about being a forest bandit."

"Acting upon the information given by Amin, police went to recover arms from Jhopjhapia canal along with the detainee around 9pm," he said.

The SP said Amin's associates opened fire targeting the law enforcers when they reached the spot.

In retaliation, police fired back that triggered a "shootout."

Later, Amin was found bullet maimed at the spot while the others expeditiously departed at a goodly pace.

The police officials said duty doctor declared Amin dead when taken to Joygit Mohol Hospital at night.

Police recovered seven firearms and 141 rounds of ammunition from the spot after the shootout.

Meanwhile,
...back at the Senate, the partisans of Honorius went for their knives and the partisans of Stilicho went for the doors...
SI Hafiz, constables Raju, Harun and Akramul were maimed in the incident.


Bangladesh: 14 Hindu families flee political musclemen
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[Dhaka Tribune] At least 14 Hindu families, allegedly evicted from their homesteads by a local Jubo League
... the youth wing of the Bangla Awami League...
leader, have been living like refugees for years.

There are allegations that Zakir Hossain, a leader of ruling Awami League's youth wing Jubo League in Taltali upazila of Barguna district, has been looking to gobble up the lands owned by these Hindu families for a long time.

In the face of torture by goons hired by Zakir and his elder brother Salam, the first three of these 14 families left their homestead and took refuge in the Borguna district town in 2013. Two more families followed them next year.

On March 13, the last nine families left their homesteads together and came to Barguna town.

During a recent visit to the Chandantala village -- home of these 14 families -- this correspondent saw deserted homesteads and ponds.

Locals, who did not want to be named for understandable security concerns, said grabbers have for long been trying to persuade these Hindu families to sell their lands at low prices.

As they refused, politically influential grabbers inflicted inhuman torture on these Hindu families, eventually forcing them out of their homes.

Jadav Sarker, a victim, said: "Abur Rashid, a local influential, have been pressuring me for a long time for extortion. His men teased my daughter on her way to and from school. I filed a case under the women and kiddies repression prevention act and he served jail terms in that case. Later I withdrew the case after local Awami League leaders told me to. But after getting released from jail, Rashid started torturing us again. That was why we had no option but to leave."

Locals said Rashid is known a close associate of Jubo League leader Zakir and his brother.

This correspondent tried to contact Zakir and Salam but found nobody at home. They were not available on their mobile phones either.

Local union parishad Chairman Nazrul Islam Kalu Patwari said: "Locals formed a human chain against Rashid. There have also been several arbitrations. But nothing worked. The way the Hindu families left their home, this is unacceptable."

When contacted, Barguna police chief (SP) Md Saiful Islam and Deputy Commissioner Meer Zahurul Islam both assured doing whatever needed to bring these Hindu families back to their homes and ensure their security.


Bangladesh: ICT: Submit war crimes charges against Nasir, Shamsu by Apr 15
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[Dhaka Tribune] The International Crimes Tribunal 1 yesterday asked the prosecution to submit by April 15 the formal war crimes charges brought against two siblings -- Nasiruddin Ahmed, a retied army officer, now on the run, and advocate Shamsuddin Ahmed, now in jug -- of Kishoreganj.

Justice M Enayetur Rahim, chairman of the three-member tribunal, passed the order in presence of prosecutor Sultan Mahmud Simon.

After closing the investigation, war crimes investigation officer (IO) M Ataur Rahman on November 25 last year submitted the conclusive report containing 450 pages against war crimes accused Nasiruddin and Shamsuddin to the office of the Chief Prosecutor.


Bangladesh: Burdwan blast: 4 JMB militants charged
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[Dhaka Tribune] The National Investigation Agency (NIA) of India has formally charged four Bangladeshi nationals belonging to bully boy outfit Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh
The JMB is said to be the youth front of Al Mujahideen, the parent organization that began working toward establishing Bangladesh as an Islamic state in the mid 1990s which remains obscure even today. Other organizations, such as Jama'atul Jihad, JMB, Jagrata Muslim Janata Bangladesh (JMJB), Harkat-ul-Jihad-al-Islami (HUJI), Hizbut Tawhid, Tawhidi Janata, Islami Jubo Shangha, Islami Shangha, Al Falah A'am Unnayan Shanstha and Shahadat-e al Hiqma are believed to be part of the Al Mujahideen network. The JMB at its peak was reported to contain at least 100,000 members, and an alleged 2,000-man suicide brigade, few of whom actually exploded. JMB allegedly received financial assistance from individual donors in Kuwait, UAE, Bahrain, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia and Libya. Reports have claimed that funding of JMB by international NGOs like Kuwait based Society of the Revival of Islamic Heritage (RIHS) and Doulatul Kuwait, Saudi Arabia based Al Haramaine Islamic Institute and Rabita Al Alam Al Islami, Qatar Charitable Society and UAE-based Al Fuzaira and Khairul Ansar Al Khairia. The top leadership of JMB was captured in 2005 and hung in 2007, which pretty much shot their bolt.
(JMB) among 21 accused for their involvement in the Burdwan blast.

The National Investigation Agency (NIA) of India has formally charged in a special court 21 people, including four Bangladeshi nationals, for their involvement in the Burdwan blast.

The chargesheet was filed before a National Investigation Agency (NIA) special court in Kolkata on Monday, reports Times of India.

"Twenty-one accused, including four Bangladeshi nationals, have been charged for offences relating to terrorist act, conspiracy, recruitment, funding and running terrorist training camps, possession of arms and explosives, offences of forgery, offences relating to foreigners act and passport act," an NIA officer told IANS.

The blast took place in a house in Khagragarh in Burdwan district on October 2, killing two JMB murderous Moslems and injuring another.

Probing the blast, the NIA has so far locked away
Drop the gat, Rocky, or you're a dead 'un!
18 people from various parts of the country as well as Dhaka in Bangladesh.

The agency has claimed its investigation showed that the JMB had established its network in many districts - particularly in Murshidabad, Nadia, Malda, Birbhum and Burdwan in Bengal, Barpeta in Assam, and Sahibganj and Pakur in Jharkhand.

As many as 15 people suspected to be involved in the case are missing and on the run.


Bangladesh: Two members of third gender catch killers of blogger Oyasiqur
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[Dhaka Tribune] Salafists hacked to death secular blogger Md Oyasiqur Rahman Babu yesterday morning in Tejgaon, Dhaka allegedly for his atheist views.

A travel agency executive, Oyasiqur's murder was premeditated. Three assailants swooped on Oyasiqur, 27, armed with machetes around 9am on Dipika Mosque Lane of Begunbari, close to Tejgaon Textile Engineering University, when he was going to office in Motijheel.

While fleeing, two of the killers -- Zikrullah, a student of Hefajat-e-Islam
...a madrassa-based false nose and mustache of the Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami, formed in 2010 to protest against secular education. In 2011 demonstrated violentyly against women's rights and in 2013 held large rallies demanding capital punishment of Shahbag Square protesters and banning women working outside the home...
's Hathazari Madrasa in Chittagong, and Ariful, student of Mirpur Darul Uloom Madrasa -- were held by two hermaphrodites as locals remained reluctant to chase the killers. The other member of the team, Abu Taher, escaped.

The duo was handed over to police, who later recovered the machetes from the scene of the crime, Tejgaon industrial police OC Salauddin said.

The incident took place only a month after secular blogger and former Buet teacher Avijit Roy and his wife Rafida Ahmed Bonya came under attack by krazed killers. Avijit departed this vale of tears at a hospital. Police are yet to solve the case but claim that the killers might be linked to the banned Islamist group Hizbut Tahrir
...an al-Qaeda recruiting organization banned in most countries. It calls for the reestablishment of the Caliphate...
and Ansarullah Bangla Team.

Deputy Commissioner of Tejgaon zone Biplab Kumar Sarker told news hounds that in preliminary interrogation the arrestees said they had killed Oyasiqur for writing on religious issues. "We are investigating whether they are involved with any organization."

Known as Oyasiqur Babu on Facebook where he had more than 2,600 friends, the blogger used to write under pseudonyms on popular blogs. On his Facebook account, Oyasiqur wrote several notes opposing irrational religious beliefs, superstitions and radical Islamists.

He was also an admirer of Avijit Roy. After the attack on Avijit, he changed his profile picture to the hashtag "#iamavijit" on a black background. His Facebook cover photo also displays the hashtag #WordsCannotBeKilled.

Witness Ziauddin, brother of the owner of Khokon General Store near the spot, told the Dhaka Tribune: "I heard some women screaming. Soon I along with some customers came out of the shop and found an injured person lying on the street and three attackers running towards the main road."

Two Hijras, whose identities could not be ascertained, chased the killers and held Zikrullah and Arif.

Locals took Oyasiqur to Dhaka Medical College Hospital where doctors declared him dead.
He's dead, Jim!
He had deep cuts on the eyes and left cheek, according to the inquest.

OC Salauddin said the killers hacked him mainly on the face.

The murder spot is beside the boundary wall of the Textile Engineering University. There is another building on the other side of the 10-foot lane. There are no shops close to the spot and only a few people were around at the time of murder.

Oyasiqur's house is around 50 feet from the spot.

His cousins Helal and Shilpi told the Dhaka Tribune that he had no enemies and that they did not understand why he would be killed.

They said he had been working as a trainee at Fareast Aviation in Motijheel after graduating from Tejgaon College.

He used to write against 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 radical Islamist groups. He was vocal against human rights
...which are usually open to widely divergent definitions...
violations on the religious minorities and indigenous people of the country.

Tamanna Setu, one of Oyasiqur's friends, said: "I asked him several times not to write about these issues ... but he replied: 'I have no photos on my Facebook account. So they will not recognise me.'"
#1: were held by two Hermaphrodites

LGBTH?
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Iraq: Iraqi forces retake control of Tikrit Grand Mosque
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[Iran Press TV] The Iraqi army, backed by Shia and Sunni volunteers, has raised the Iraqi national flag over the Grand Mosque of Tikrit after recapturing the mosque in the northern city.

The forces also retook the city's medicine college on Monday as they continued to gain more grounds against the ISIL 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...
murderous Moslems.

According to the Iraqi military, nearly 40 murderous Moslems with the murderous Moslem group were killed in separate operations in the strategic city.

The Iraqi forces also announced that they have raised the national flag on top of Tikrit's main hospital and an administrative building.

Tikrit is currently under a complete siege, which has left the ISIL murderous Moslems paralyzed and trapped inside the city.

The Iraqi city, which is the birthplace of former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein, fell to ISIL in June last year. Its recapture is crucial for the Iraqi army in its quest to take control of the country's second-largest city, djinn-infested Mosul
... the home of a particularly ferocious and hairy djinn...
, situated some 400 kilometers (248 miles) north of Baghdad.

ISIL started its campaign of terror in Iraq in early June 2014. The heavily-armed murderous Moslems took control of Mosul before sweeping through parts of the country's Sunni Arab heartland.

Iraqi soldiers, police units, Kurdish forces, Shia volunteers and Sunni rustics have succeeded in driving the ISIL Death Eaters out of some areas in Iraq.
#1: So they captured a major armory. It's a start.
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Fifth Column: Will life on Earth be Washington's next victim?
Posted by Fred 03/31/2015  00:00 6 Comments 714 words Read the whole thing on page 4
[Iran Press TV] By DR PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS
Dear Friends: We have had a satisfactory response to our request for your support. As long as you support this site, I will as well. Without your support the website would not exist.

Foundations and corporations do not support truth-tellers. American foundations underwrite war and US imperialism. Foundations support subversion of countries that are not Washington's puppet states. Your website has no foundation support, no corporate support; it only has your support.

I have been around for a long time and have experienced more than most. The current situation in my experience is the most dangerous time of all for humanity.

Nuclear weapons are no longer restrained by the Cold War MAD doctrine. Washington has released them into pre-emptive first strike form.

The targets of these pre-emptive strikes -- Russia and China -- know it, because Washington proudly proclaims its immorality in public documents describing its war doctrine.

The result is to maximize the chance of nuclear war. If you were Russia and China, and you knew that Washington had a war doctrine that permits a surprise nuclear attack, would you sit there waiting while Washington cranks up its anti-Russian and anti-Chinese propaganda machine, demonizing both countries as a threat to "freedom and democracy"?

The fools in Washington are playing with nuclear fire. Noam Chomsky
...intellectual and political theorist of a socialist persuasion. He is noted for being so far out in left field he can't see the shortstop on every issue he pushes...
points out that in a less dangerous time than currently exists, we came very close to nuclear war.

Harold Pinter, one of the last Western intellects, understood the danger in Western arrogance. He denounced the West's crimes and called for the crimes to be subject to established law before it is too late for humanity.

"We have brought torture, cluster bombs, depleted uranium, innumerable acts of random murder, misery, degradation and death to the Iraqi people and call it 'bringing freedom and democracy to the Middle East'. How many people do you have to kill before you qualify to be described as a mass murderer and a war criminal? One hundred thousand? More than enough, I would have thought. Therefore it is just that Bush and Blair be arraigned before the International Criminal Court
... where Milosevich died of old age before being convicted ...
of Justice." Harold Pinter, 2005 Nobel Prize Acceptance Speech.
"An Iraqi Holocaust" by Gideon Polya and "Genocide In Iraq" provide abundant evidence for convicting Bush and Blair.

Dr. Gideon Polya is a professor of science in one of Australia's leading universities. He has a moral conscience, something increasingly rare in the Western world.

His articles are based largely on the just published by Clarity Press two volume heavily documented Genocide in Iraq by Abdul-Haq Al-Ani and Tarik Al-Ani. Abdul-Haq Al-Ani is a British-educated lawyer with a Ph.D. in International Law and a Ph.D. in electronics engineering. Tarik Al-Ani, is an architect, translator, and researcher.

Currently I am reading the two-volume work and intended to review it. But Professor Polya's articles suffice as an introduction to Genocide in Iraq. Washington has committed a terrible crime in our name. Washington not only murdered Iraq, Washington has murdered the Middle East. Washington and its despicable vassals--"the Coalition of the Willing"--are responsible for a Middle East Holocaust.

For people in the Anglo-American world who have a moral conscience, the facts are soul-wrenching. The populations of the countries whose governments comprised "the Coalition of the Willing" are contaminated with war crimes committed by their governments in the Iraq Genocide. A progressive modern state was obliterated, and 2.7 million Iraqi people were murdered.
#1: Look to the future.
A great millions more die for your fake Islam religion that will never, ever deliver peace but eternal war.

Posted by: newc|| 2015-03-31 00:25 ||Comments

#2: It was called "Flexible Response" during the Cold War, where ala US INFS Moscow did not know whether a highly-accurate, Nuke-tipped Pershing or GLCM, etc. would be fired at a Soviet frontal battle group or at Moscow itself, + which included preemptive strike options.

In the 21st century, GMD-TMD is as potent and valued as the original Nuclear Triad + ultimately the MAD Doctrine itself.

* SNAFU/FUBAR = iff the US-Allies fail to stop the Global Jihad, + in fact help to directly or indirectly nuclearize same, THE SO-CALLED "US" NUCLEAR TRIAD OF THE COLD WAR + 20TH CENTURY = MAY DEVOL INTO THE "ISLAMIC/ISLAMOMERIKAN" NUCLEAR TRIAD + GMD-TMD OF THE POST-9-11, GWOT ISLAMIC WORLD CONQUEST OF THE 21ST CENTURY.

The OWG Mighty USSA = OWG Weak USRoA = is no different than Russia, China, + India, etc. in being vulnerable to the Jihad + ESPEC THE "GREAT GAME".

OWG or no OWG, Jihad or no Jihad, America or Amerika, the "Great Game" never ends.
Posted by: JosephMendiola|| 2015-03-31 03:07 ||Comments

#3: A progressive modern state was obliterated

A genocidal maniac was 'progressive'. Doesn't really surprise me.
Posted by: phil_b|| 2015-03-31 04:00 ||Comments

#4: Tranzis rule DC. Tranzis are enemies general of humankind. Ergo, Washington is dangerous to humankind. Snail darter, however, is perfectly safe.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru|| 2015-03-31 04:07 ||Comments

#5: Most of our (and everybody's) government takes the point of view that the world would run oh so much smoother without a bunch of tacky proles running around messing things up.
Posted by: ed in texas|| 2015-03-31 07:36 ||Comments

#6: Actually, according to Masha Gessen's brilliant book "The man without a face", it was Vlad "Poisoner" Putin who introduced the first-strike doctrine in his first ever action when appointed acting president in 1999 (if you don't count giving his predecessor Yeltsin immunity from prosecution which was technically first but not really to do with runnig the state, just a pay-off).
Posted by: anon1|| 2015-03-31 11:07 ||Comments



Europe: At least 70 German women have joined ISIS
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The Grand Turk: Goodbye to stability if AKP is to win
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[Hurriyet Daily News] Not a day goes by without a public opinion poll being published in the pro-government media and according to their claim, the Justice and Development Party has 47 percent of the votes.

Unbiased research does not validate this information but they don't mind!

The aim is to manipulate the voter, and in this endeavor, they excel.

One of these media explains the AKP's 47 percent support by saying the electorate want stability.
I could not refrain from laughing when I read this.

Because if the AKP gets the majority as it dreams to do, The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...the only place on the face of the earth that misses the Ottoman Empire....
will be faced with a heavy regime debate rather than stability.

We will be entangled for a long while on debates about a new constitution and a new system.

If Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) are to remain below the threshold, a parliament with a significant amount of unrepresented votes will be make a constitution that will change the system.

We cannot foresee the consequences of the tension resulting from these debates, but we can say society will become extremely tense.

Then we will be facing a referendum on the constitution.

If the constitution changes in accordance with the wishes of the AKP, then we will have to go to the ballot box again this time to elect a parliament and a president according to the new constitution.

A period of rising political tensions and upset economic balances due to economic policies conducted for an electoral victory awaits us.

Stability? Nonsense.


The Grand Turk: A vote to save the republic
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[Hurriyet Daily News] President Recep Tayyip Erdogan
... Turkey's version of Mohammed Morsi but they voted him back in so they deserve him...
is pushing harder by the day for a presidential system. He now says the parliamentary system has been put in the ante-room and it is only a presidential system that can save the republic.

He also insists there are many countries run by presidential systems and there is no reason why The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...the only place on the face of the earth that misses the Ottoman Empire....
should not be another one. While saying this, he does not appear to make any distinctions between democratic and anti-democratic countries. He does not clarify, in other words, whether his vision is a Turkey run by a democratic presidential system -- with all checks and balances tying the president down constitutionally -- or by a system that amounts to a one-man rule.

We know from his own declarations, for example, that he finds the American system too constricting for the president, so one can assume he wants a system where the president has a free hand to do as he will. All of Erdogan's remarks point to one fact alone. He will not be a president that everyone in Turkey looks up to. In plain English, he has no intention of being bipartisan. He intends to be the president of those who elected him and to push for their interests alone.

By his own admission, directly prior to flying to Slovenia for an official visit on Monday, his was the guiding hand as the government prepared its electoral declaration for the upcoming June general elections, specifically regarding the presidential system's section.

Erdogan feels no need to reflect the political impartiality the president in Turkey has to maintain constitutionally. He is the Justice and Development Party's (AKP) president and will only look after those who vote for him and the AKP. That, of course, leaves nearly half the population out.

Based on his now well-known ideological leanings, that also means that he intends to push for a Turkey run according to an Islamist worldview, not a secular one. Put another way, he will be involved in a constant struggle against secularist elements, and thus will need draconian anti-democratic legislation.

Looking at what is happening in Turkey today, it is not hard to see what Erdogan is aiming for, even if he managed to pull the wool over the eyes of his unquestioning supporters, who actually remind one of followers of a religious leader, rather than rational and questioning voters.

Erdogan's ambitions, however, are built on a "winner-take-all" type gamble and this could end up as his undoing. He needs the AKP to win enough seats in parliament in June to change the constitution on its own and realize his dream of becoming an unencumbered president.

In other words, it is not sufficient for the AKP to just win the elections; it must win big. Erdogan's nightmare is that if this does not happen, he will be trapped in the presidency, trying to exercise powers that the constitution does not give him. In that case, just like his ostentatious presidential palace (illegal because it did not obtain the required planning permission), his exercise of executive powers as president will not be legal.

It will be a "de facto fait accompli" to the extent he can push. Recent grumblings within the AKP also show he may not be able to push this very far, because, even within his own camp, not everyone is convinced by his "vision" for Turkey.

The picture today suggests that Turkey is in for more political tensions and anti-democratic pressures on opponents of Erdogan's ambitions. He is asking voters to help him become the president he wants to be so he can save the republic.

It seems the real task of the rational and free-thinking voter in June will be to save the republic from Erdogan's patently anti-democratic ambitions.
#1: UGH
Posted by: newc|| 2015-03-31 00:22 ||Comments

#2: Can someone explain why Erdogan feels the need to visit Slovenia? It's rather like Obama visiting Belize.
Posted by: Ulique Pelosi8805|| 2015-03-31 09:18 ||Comments

#3: Face-to-face mortgage pay off ?
Posted by: Besoeker|| 2015-03-31 09:30 ||Comments

#4: "I need more power to save the republic, allah snackbar"
Posted by: anon1|| 2015-03-31 11:12 ||Comments

#5: He intends to be the president of those who elected him and to push for their interests alone.

That's what Zero has done, so I guess it's the current model for presidenting.
Posted by: Glenmore|| 2015-03-31 12:19 ||Comments



Arabia: Air raid kills 45 at Yemen displaced camp
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[Hurriyet Daily News] An air strike killed dozens of people at a camp for displaced people in northwest Yemen
...an area of the Arabian Peninsula sometimes mistaken for a country. It is populated by more antagonistic tribes and factions than you can keep track of. Except for a tiny handfull of Jews everthing there is very Islamic...
on March 30, aid workers said, as Arab warplanes bombard rebels around the country.

The International Organization for Migration said 45 internally displaced people had been killed and 65 maimed at the Al-Mazrak camp in Hajja province.

IOM front man Joel Millman told AFP that the organization had 75 staff on hand assisting the victims.

Earlier Doctors Without Borders (MSF) said 15 dead bodies and 30 maimed were taken to a hospital where it operates near the Al-Mazrak camp.

"It was an air strike," said MSF's Middle East programme manager Pablo Marco.

The Al-Mazrak camp has since 2009 been housing Yemenis displaced by the conflict between northern Houthis and the central government.

Marco said 500 new families had arrived at the camp over the past two days.

A Saudi-led Arab coalition has been pounding rebel positions in Yemen since early Thursday.

It has vowed to keep up the raids until the Iran-backed rebels abandon their insurrection against President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi, who has fled to Riyadh.

Warplanes carried out a fifth night of air strikes around the capital Sanaa, an AFP correspondent reported.

Positions held by the Houthis and soldiers of the renegade Republican Guard overlooking the presidential palace were believed to have been targeted.

A Republican Guard camp in south Sanaa was also hit, witnesses said.

In the area around Marib, 140 kilometres (90 miles) east of Sanaa, radar facilities and surface-to-air missile batteries were targeted, local officials said.

The Huthis are backed as well by army units loyal to former president President-for-Life Ali Abdullah Saleh
... Saleh initially took power as a strongman of North Yemen in 1977, when disco was in flower, but he didn't invite Donna Summer to the inauguration and Blondie couldn't make it...
, who stepped down in 2012 after a year of bloody protests in the deeply tribal country, where Al-Qaeda is active.

Officials said on Monday that the ex-strongman's son had been sacked as ambassador to the United Arab Emirates, which is part of the coalition.

Ahmed Ali Saleh was relieved of his duties at the demand of the UAE, according to a Gulf diplomatic official who did not want to be named.

A Hadi aide confirmed the president had dismissed Saleh, who was appointed to the post after his father's overthrow but is believed to have remained in Yemen.

The Huthis and allied renegade military units have overrun much of Yemen and prompted Hadi to flee what had been his last remaining refuge in the main southern city Aden.

Dozens of people have been killed in several days of festivities in Aden, and Hadi's aides have said he has no immediate plan to return there.

A Chinese naval flotilla, which had been carrying out anti-piracy escort missions in the Gulf of Aden and Somali waters, was sent to Yemen on Sunday to evacuate Chinese nationals, China's defence ministry said in a statement.

More than 500 Chinese citizens have been evacuated over the past two days, Beijing said.


Europe: French right deals major blow to ruling Socialists in local elections
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[Hurriyet Daily News] La Belle France's ruling Socialists took a drubbing in run-off local polls on March 29 that saw major gains for former president Nicolas Sarkozy
...23rd President of the French Republic. Sarkozy is married to singer-songwriter Carla Bruni, who has a really nice birthday suit...
and the far-right ahead of 2017 presidential elections.

Right-wing parties, spearheaded by Sarkozy's UMP, won a thumping victory, taking 66 councils out of a possible 101, according to results compiled by AFP.

Voters punished the Socialist government of President Francois Hollande
...the Socialist president of La Belle France, an economic bad joke for la Belle France but seemingly a foreign policy realist...
for failing to revive the slumping economy, with left-wing parties winning only 34 councils. There was still one council result to be declared.

The results mean 25 councils switched from left to right-wing party control with only one going in the opposite direction.


Israel-Palestine-Jordan: Ex-Israel PM Olmert found guilty in corruption retrial
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[Hurriyet Daily News] A Jerusalem court found former Israeli premier Ehud Olmert guilty of corruption March 30 in a retrial of allegations he received envelopes of cash from a US businessman, the verdict read.
He'd make such a good Democrat...
It was the latest legal blow in a humiliating fall from grace for the debonair man who took over as prime minister in 2006 after his mentor and predecessor Ariel Sharon lapsed into a coma from which he never recovered.

"We find the defendant guilty of fraud and a breach of trust," the Jerusalem district court verdict read, "and of the felony of fraud under aggravated circumstances."

Sentencing for the 69-year-old, who already faces a six-year prison sentence in a separate bribery case that he has appealed to the supreme court, is scheduled to begin on May 5, the verdict stated.


Syria-Lebanon-Iran: Iran nuclear talks race towards deadline
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[Hurriyet Daily News] Global powers were due to gather with Iran March 30, seeking to slot into place the last pieces of a complex puzzle to curtail Tehran's nuclear programme as diplomats said tentative agreement on some parts had been reached.

US Secretary of State John F. I was in Vietnam, you know Kerry
Former Senator-for-Life from Massachussetts, self-defined war hero, speaker of French, owner of a lucky hat, conqueror of Cambodia, and current Secretary of State...
will lead the team of six world powers -- who hope an end to more than a decade of nuclear tensions with Iran may be in sight -- for their first full plenary session of the latest round of talks.

While diplomats said some key points appeared to have been resolved to ensure Iran cannot make a covert dash for a nuclear bomb, they cautioned that the outlines of a political understanding were not yet fully agreed.

"We are here because we believe a deal can be done," British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond told news hounds in Lausanne late Sunday as he became the last of the P5+1 group of foreign ministers to arrive in the Swiss town for the talks.

"But it has to be a deal which puts the bomb beyond Iran's reach," he said, adding he hoped for success before Tuesday's midnight deadline.

"There can't be any compromise about that," Hammond insisted, before meeting with his Chinese, French, German, Russian and US counterparts, as well as EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini.

As negotiators in Switzerland
...home of the Helvetians, famous for cheese, watches, yodeling, and William Tell...
raced against the clock, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu launched a blistering attack on the "dangerous" deal.

One Western diplomat said Iran had "more or less" agreed to slash the number of its sophisticated centrifuges from 20,000 to 6,000 and to ship abroad most of its stockpile of nuclear material.

But Iran's chief negotiator Abbas Araqchi insisted: "There is no question of sending the stocks abroad."
#1:

Iran's nuclear facilities. Iran's oil production is the number 6 out of 115 oil producing nations, and has no need for this much nuclear production other than to destroy Israel and conquer all who they consider enemy.

The US Officially during the past 6 years has done a complete change from good and now seeks to facilitate Iran and other dark forces of evil.
Posted by: Ebbomosh Hupemp2664 || 2015-03-31 09:13 ||Comments



Africa North: Two smugglers killed in drugs ambush in Qatrun
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[Libya Herald] Two members of a Libyan Tebu group of smugglers were killed yesterday and their leader seriously maimed in a gun-fight in Qatrun between them and another band of smugglers, also Tebu, from Chad. They are said to have been fighting over possession of a consignment of drugs in the possession of the Libyan group.

According to reports, the Chadians, said to be from the Ounianga Lakes district in northeastern Chad, ambushed the Libyan group and seized the drugs. The two men who were killed are believed to be the sons of the maimed leader of the group. It, allegedly, has carried out a number of criminal attacks in the area over the past year.

For its part, the Chadian group is now being pursued.

Drug trafficking is a major issue in the Tibesti region, and beyond, and said to be far more profitable than people smuggling. A drugs trail, from Morocco to Egypt, via the Sahel states, southern Libya and the Siwa oasis, developed in the early 1990s and has involved both Tebus and Tuaregs as the smugglers. Corrupt local officials and army personnel are also said to be linked in what has become a highly lucrative business.


Africa North: Divided Zawia hit by rockets this evening
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Africa North: Tuareg want their language made an official Libyan language
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[Libya Herald] The Tuareg Social Council, along civil society activists, has told the Constitutional Drafting Assembly (CDA) that the Tuareg want to be given equal rights as Libyan citizens and see their language become an official Libyan language. Called Tarigia by the Tuareg themselves, it is related to Tamazight, the language of the Amazigh, and in Libya uses the same script.

In a meeting with the CDA in Beida this week, various Tuareg speakers voiced their support of the assembly, saying that they were closely following the drafting process and eagerly awaiting the constitution's completion.

Representatives from the Tuareg cautioned the assembly against challenging the nationality of those who were given citizenship post-1969, as a number of the Tuareg were, warning that such action could further threaten the peace in southwestern Libya.

Furthermore, they requested that the country not forget their region and rather make plans for investment and development in the area.

"The South has long suffered the ravages of scarcity and marginalisation," they charged.

For its part, the CDA has welcomed the requests and proposals made by the Tuareg and said that they will be taken into serious consideration, along with the rights of all Libyans.

The Tuareg are a nomadic people spread over the countries of the Western Sahara: Algeria, Mali, Niger and Burkino Faso, as well as Libya.
#1: "and our Official Font will be Wing Dings"
Posted by: Frank G|| 2015-03-31 07:56 ||Comments

#2: Stolen from Frank Zafpha.
Posted by: Shipman|| 2015-03-31 10:05 ||Comments



Africa North: Another LNA raid on Zuwara: report
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[Libya Herald] Two people were reported injured today in a Libyan National Army (LNA) air raid on the Amazigh town of Zuwara, some 60 kilometres from the Tunisian border. According to the front man for the town's security room, a Counter-Crime Agency building was the hit. He said the two injured people were agency staff and that there was some damage to the building.

Unconfirmed reports also claimed there were LNA Arclight airstrikes on Al-Qala near Yefren and a number of buildings under construction west of Ghariyan.

There have been a number of air strike on Zuwara in the past three months, the most deadly being that on 2 December when at eight people were said to have been killed. Last week, LNA aircraft hit Zuwara airport for the first time, although no serious damage was reported.

Zuwara, the hometown of continuing General National Congress president, Nuri Abu Sahmain, is allied with Libya Dawn
...aka Fajr Libya, the Islamist operation launched to counter that of General Khalifa Haftar (Operation Dignity). It is made up of the Libya Shield militia (Misrata and Moslem Brotherhood), Libya Revolutionaries Operations Room (Moslem Brotherhood), and Tripoli Brigade (close to Abdul Hakim Belhaj, head of Al-Watan party). Financing and moral support come from Turkey and Qatar...
(LD), but this is seen as more connected to Zuwara's hostility to Zintan than any deep support for LD.


Africa North: Human rights defenders in Libya at serious risk of being murdered says UNCHR
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[Libya Herald] Human rights defenders in Libya face threats of physical attacks, abduction, harm to their family and even murder on a daily basis, said a joint report of the UN Office of the High Commission for Human Rights (OHCHR) and UNSMIL.
Both of which seem to be tasked with tut-tutting when something unpleasant happens
In a stark and chilling 16-page document, OHCHR described episode after episode of attempts to silence human rights
...which are usually open to widely divergent definitions...
defenders in Libya, saying that violence and threats towards them have increased since May 2014. The report highlighted abuses across the country, from Benghazi and Derna to 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...
and Misrata, saying that with the rise in abuses, freedom of expression has been effectively curtailed in Libya.

Human rights defenders have been the victims of physical attacks, illegal detention, abductions and murder. The report recalls the murders of Benghazi-based newspaper editor Muftah Awad Buzid, of Salwa Bughaigis, youth activists Tawfik Bensaud and Sami Al-Kawafi and activist Intisar Hasairi.

The consistent failure to complete any meaningful investigations of these murders or any other incident, said OHCHR, was indicative of a failure of the criminal justice system. Personnel in the justice system had themselves been targets of threats. OHCHR specifically mentioned the investigation into the murder of Bughaigis. The lead investigator in the case, public prosecutor Abdel Nasser Al-Jaroushi, was himself kidnapped and is reportedly being held in Gernada Prison.


Southeast Asia: Philippine troops 'killed' 139 rebels in monthlong offensive
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[ARABNEWS] A monthlong Philippine offensive against hard-line rebels ended Monday after 139 insurgents were killed, 12 others were captured and bomb-making strongholds were seized by troops, the military chief said.

Ten soldiers were killed and 30 others were wounded in the ground and air strikes in the marshy boundary of Maguindanao and North Cotabato provinces in the southern Philippines. The clashes displaced 120,000 villagers at the height of fighting, and about 30,000 have returned home as the clashes eased, Gen. Gregorio Pio Catapang told a news conference.

In a final gunbattle Sunday, four soldiers and 16 insurgents were killed, including a rebel commander, the military said.

Government forces launched the assaults Feb. 25 against the BIFM after its fighters attacked villages and were implicated in the killings in January of 44 police anti-terror commandos in the outskirts of Maguindanao’s Mamasapano town.

“After the relentless operations against the (rebels), we have achieved our objectives, including the neutralization of more than 50 percent of their ranks, the capture of their bomb factories and the seizure of their enclaves or safe havens,” Catapang said.

The military’s account could not be independently verified. Catapang cited intelligence and accounts from troops and villagers for the rebel death toll.

Catapang said a smaller number of troops would continue to hunt the rest of the rebels, specifically Abdul Basit Usman, alleged to be a bomb maker and trainer with links to the Indonesian-based Jemaah Islamiyah terrorist network and a suspect in several deadly bomb attacks in the south.

Washington has offered a $1 million award for Usman’s capture and prosecution.

The huge police casualties in Mamasapano — the government’s biggest single-day combat loss in recent memory — sparked public outrage and calls for retaliatory strikes against the insurgents. The deaths also stalled a peace deal the government signed last year with the largestrebel group in the south, the MILF, some fighters of which became entangled in the clashes that killed the commandos.

After the offensive, government troops will help construct roads, bridges, schools and hospitals in the area of fighting — far-flung communities where poverty, landlessness and neglect have fostered the decades-long rebellion in the south of the nation.


Syria-Lebanon-Iran: What else is Iran hiding?
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By Ali Alfoneh and Reuel Marc Gerecht
Key bit:
[WashingtonPost] The unfinished North Korean-designed reactor that was destroyed by Israeli planes on Sept. 6, 2007, at Deir al-Zour in Syria was in all likelihood an Iranian project, perhaps one meant to serve as a backup site for Iran’s own nuclear plants. We draw this conclusion because of the timing and the close connection between the two regimes: Deir al-Zour was started around the time Iran’s nuclear facilities were disclosed by an Iranian opposition group in 2002, and the relationship between Shiite-ruled Syria and Shiite Iran has been exceptionally tight since Bashar al-Assad came to power in 2000. We also know — because Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, the former Iranian president and majordomo of the political clergy, proudly tells us in his multivolume autobiography — that sensitive Iranian-North Korean military cooperation began in 1989. Rafsanjani’s commentary leaves little doubt that the Iranian-North Korean nexus revolved around two items: ballistic missiles and nuclear-weapons technology.

In his memoirs, the bulk of which is composed of journal entries, Rafsanjani openly discusses Iran’s arms and missile procurement from North Korea. However, from 1989 forward, his entries on Pyongyang become more opaque — a change, we believe, indicating emerging nuclear cooperation. By 1991, Rafsanjani discusses “special and sensitive issues” related to North Korea in entries that are notably different from his candid commentary on tactical ballistic missiles. Rafsanjani mentions summoning Majid Abbaspour, who was the president’s technical adviser on “chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear industries,” into the discussions. Rafsanjani expresses his interest in importing a “special commodity” from the North Koreans in return for oil shipments to Pyongyang. He insists that Iran gain unspecified “technical know-how.”
#1: What Iran is hiding is a well organized plan to develop it's capacity for multiple nuclear strikes agains Israel first and Europe and the USA afterwards on it's way to become a middle east superpower.
What Obama fails to realize is that while Iran looks Like a "GREAT PARTNER" to the new US plan of fighting the Sunny radicals like ISIS without involving American soldiers on the ground, after they dominate Iraq, Syria, Yemen, Lebanon in a pincer-like maneuver it will turn around and byte the American hand that made it a nuclear state ( remember Al Kaida who was befriended by the US as a pawn in the war against the soviet empire?).
Obama's plan to eject Israel and Its current Sunny Arab allies to be replaced by the "trusty" Shiite Ayatollahs is doomed to fail because of it's short-sightedness.
Moreover, Once Israel is fully surrounded by Iran's supported terrorist regimes, and with no US support, I believe Israel will be forced to use it's nuclear arsenal sooner or later.
Does Kerry sleep well at night ?
I don't....
Posted by: Elder iof Zion|| 2015-03-31 06:15 ||Comments

#2: I don't know why Obama, Kerry and the P5+1 powers are even negotiating with the MMs of Iran. They are theology-driven maniacs who still preach "Death to America" and "destroying Israel is non-negotiable." Negotiations are based on the assumption the big turbans are rational by Western standards.
Posted by: JohnQC|| 2015-03-31 10:45 ||Comments



Africa North: Two injured in Derna bomb blast
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[Libya Herald] It is reported that three people -- two members of staff and a student -- were seriously injured in Derna when a bomb went kaboom! this morning at the town's Higher Careers Institute. Others suffered light injuries. The premises are said to have been badly damaged.

The institute itself acts as a professions training centre for university graduates.

The two staff have been named as Hussein Bufaraj Gatash and Abdussalam Al-Shaari, and the student as Abdulhamid Al-Shami.

This is the second attack on the institute in five days. It was reported attacked Wednesday

The reason for the attacks in the Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear the pols talk they're not really Moslems....
-controlled town is unclear. It has been suggested that it was targeted because it was not following following IS' strict gender segregation policies. However,
death is not the end. There remains the litigation over the estate...
all organizations in Derna were forced to implement segregation some time ago.


-Signs, Portents, and the Weather-: Landslides bury 15 in flood-hit Indian Kashmir
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[ARABNEWS] Landslides buried at least 15 people in Indian Kashmire on Monday as hundreds fled their homes after heavy rain triggered flooding around the mountainous region.

Police and witnesses said landslides had buried at least four houses in Chadoora, the worst hit area of the Himalayan region where hundreds were killed in devastating floods last September.

"The ground above the houses just collapsed early this morning and buried them," villager Mohammad Sultan told AFP by telephone from Chadoora, around 15 km west of the main city of Srinagar.

Hundreds of Kashmiris in both India and Pakistain moved to higher ground Monday as rain-swollen rivers swamped parts of the disputed Himalayan region placed under an emergency flood alert just six months after some 600 people died in flooding that left the region in shambles.

Officials ordered residents along the banks of the Jhelum River to move to relief camps as the water crossed the danger threshold in Srinagar, the main city in Indian-controlled Kashmire. More than a dozen people were trapped inside two houses that partially sank into the ground after a landslide hit Budgam district, police said. Rescuers were digging through huge piles of mud in an effort to reach them.


Iraq: Twin car bombings in Baghdad leave 11 dead
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[ARABNEWS] A pair of boom-mobileings in a Baghdad suburb on Monday killed at least 11 people and maimed dozens, officials said, hours after the arrival of the United Nations
...an idea whose time has gone...
Secretary General, the ephemeral Ban Ki-moon
... of whom it can be said to his credit that he is not Kofi Annan...
, for talks with the Iraqi officials.

Shortly before noon, the two car bombs went off simultaneously in a commercial area of the Husseiniyah district in northeastern Baghdad, a police officer said. Two coppers were among the dead. At least 26 people were maimed in the attack, he added.

A medical official confirmed the casualty figures. Both officials spoke on condition of anonymity as they were not authorized to brief the media.

The UN mission in Iraq, known as UNAMI, announced Ban's arrival on its Twitter account, but gave no details on the talks. He met with Iraqi President Fuad Masum, Foreign Minister Ibrahim Al-Jaafari and Parliament Speaker Salim Al-Jubouri. Ban is also scheduled to meet Prime Minister Haider Al-Abadi.

The attack and the visit come as Iraqi government forces, backed by Arclight airstrikes from the US-led international coalition, are battling IS bully boyz to recapture the city of Tikrit, north of Baghdad.

The murderous Moslem group occupies large areas in northern and western Iraq captured during a lightning blitz last summer.


India-Pakistan: President postpones Saulat Mirza's execution for one month
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[DAWN] Machh Jail Superintendent Muhammad Ishaq Zehri confirmed that jail authorities have received the order from presidency regarding the postponement of Saulat Mirza's execution for one month.

"The execution (of Saulat Mirza) has been postponed for a month," Zehri told DawnNews after receiving orders from presidency.

Earlier, preparations had been finalised for executing Mirza, a former Muttahida Qaumi Movement
...English: United National Movement, generally known as MQM, is the 3rd largest political party and the largest secular political party in Pakistain with particular strength in Sindh. From 1992 to 1999, the MQM was the target of the Pak Army's Operation Cleanup leaving thousands of urdu speaking civilians dead...
(MQM) worker convicted in a triple murder case, as per the new black warrants on April 1 at 5.30 am.

"Saulat will be hanged on April 1 as per the fresh black warrants," the officer had said.

An anti-terrorism court (ATC) 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...
had issued fresh black warrants following the postponement of the death row convict's execution. Mirza was originally scheduled to be hanged on March 19.


Arabia: Pakistan calls on international community to resolve Yemen crisis
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[DAWN] Pakistain called upon the United Nations
...the Oyster Bay money pit...
, Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) and the international community to play a constructive role in finding a political solution to the crisis in Yemen.

The appeal was made in a high-level civil-military meeting on Monday, presided by 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...
to review the situation in Yemen.

The meeting was attended by Federal Minister for Finance Ishaq Dar, Federal Minister for Defence Khawaja Asif, Advisor to PM on National Security and Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz
...Adviser to Pak Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on National Security and Foreign Affairs, who believes in good jihadis and bad jihadis as a matter of national policy...
, Chief of the Army Staff Gen Raheel Sharif, Air Chief Marshal Sohail Aman and secretary foreign affairs among other bigwigs.

An official statement from the PM House said the meeting concluded that Pakistain remains firmly committed to supporting the illusory sovereignty and territorial integrity of 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...
in accordance with the aspirations of the people of Pakistain.

It was also emphasised in the meeting that Pakistain is committed to playing a meaningful role in resolving the deteriorating situation in the Middle East.
#1: They don't want to pay the favors being called in by the Saudis?
Posted by: 3dc|| 2015-03-31 00:52 ||Comments

#2: 3dc, you are right there.
Posted by: phil_b|| 2015-03-31 05:20 ||Comments



India-Pakistan: 12-year-old girl burnt to death after rape in Ghotki
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[DAWN] GHOTKI: A 12-year-old girl was allegedly raped and burnt to death In Ghotki district's Daharki city last week. The victim's mother was also severely injured and gained consciousness on Monday.

The victim and her mother stitched and sold sheets for a living and were pursued by three men under the pretense of wanting to purchase their products. The girl was drugged after being offered tea and was allegedly set on fire by the three men after being raped, the victim's 40-year-old mother told DawnNews.

The victim's brother filed a petition at the Ghotki sessions court upon the police's refusal to register the case. The court took notice of the incident and ordered the victim's mother to record her statement on Monday.
#1: Girls and women get short shrift in this part of the world. Not much is heard from the womyn of the Western world about this very real war on women.
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India-Pakistan: Altaf takes back decision to resign as MQM chief
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[DAWN] Within a span of a few hours, Muttahida Qaumi Movement
...English: United National Movement, generally known as MQM, is the 3rd largest political party and the largest secular political party in Pakistain with particular strength in Sindh. From 1992 to 1999, the MQM was the target of the Pak Army's Operation Cleanup leaving thousands of urdu speaking civilians dead...
(MQM) chief Altaf Hussain
...think of the head of the Barzini clan, only in Urdu...
withdrew his earlier decision to sever ties with the party on Monday.

The MQM chief had tendered his resignation to party leadership on Monday morning, saying he was not able to bear the burden of leading the party any longer.

He had asked the party politicians to elect a new party chief by evening, drawing cries of disapproval from party activists.

Altaf's resignation had drawn emotional pleas and chants from MQM workers who urged him to take back his decision.

The MQM leader had made the announcement during a telephonic address to party leaders at MQM's Nine-Zero headquarters.

"I will not be leading MQM from now on," the MQM chief said.


Iraq: US drone kills two Iran troops in Iraq
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[ARABNEWS] Two Iranian Revolutionary Guardsmen were killed by a US drone in the Iraqi city of Tikrit, Iranian state media said Monday, in a report that was denied by the Pentagon.

The official IRNA news agency said the two had been posted to Iraq as advisers in the war against IS group and that they died in the drone strike on March 23.

Pictures of the two men, named as Ali Yazdani and Hadi Jafari, were posted on Iranian news websites after their funerals on home soil.Iran has said it is supporting ally Iraq and will protect its places against IS. However,
the way to a man's heart remains through his stomach...
the US Department of Defense said in a statement that it had not conducted air strikes in the Tikrit area on the date the men were said to have been killed.

"Coalition forces initiated air strikes near Tikrit on March 25, two days after the alleged incident occurred and no air strikes were conducted in or near Tikrit on March 23," said Major Omar Villarreal, a front man for US Central Command.

"We have no information to corroborate claims that coalition air strikes killed two IRGC members," he added, referring to Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps.

Iranian-backed militia groups have for weeks been heavily involved in fighting in Tikrit.

Iranian media have reported the deaths of military personnel, including several generals, killed in Iraq and Syria after Tehran sent them in support of Baghdad's government and of Bashir al-Assad in conflicts against IS and other rebels. Iran denies its troops are fighting on the ground in Iraq and Syria, but Tehran has said it has military advisers in both countries.

Other Iranians have joined militia groups as volunteers. The Revolutionary Guard, however, is integral to the fighting in Iraq.

Maj. Gen. Qassem Suleimani, who leads the Quds Force, the Guard's foreign wing, has been pictured on social media near the frontline in Tikrit and other battlegrounds, where he is said to be coordinating militia groups. Brig. Gen. Hamid Taghavi, also a member of the Guard, was killed in the Iraqi city of Samarra north of Baghdad in December while advising Iraqi troops.
#1: Sounds like the advisors might have been killed by their advisees, either by accident or on purpose. It happens. And the US drones are a good internal cover story.
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India-Pakistan: TTP claims responsibility for killing army officer
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[DAWN] Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistain (TTP) on Monday grabbed credit for the killing of Lieutenant Colonel Tahir Azeem who was rubbed out a day earlier by unknown gunnies in 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.
's Hayatabad area, in a statement issued by Taliban front man Mohammad Khorasani.

On Sunday, two assailants on a cycle of violence targeted Col Tahir in Abaseen Market when he was on his way home from a nearby mosque in Hayatabad Phase 3.

Take a look: Army officer rubbed out in Peshawar

Local police said Tahir Azeem expired on the spot after sustaining multiple bullet wounds. A police official also told Dawn that Col Azeem's murder appeared to be a murder because there was no evidence that he had any personal enmity with anyone.

According to reports, Col Tahir Azeem's brothers-- Waqas and Shakil -- were also rubbed out in separate attacks in 2004 and 2005. Both Waqas and Shakil, however, had no association with the armed forces.


Syria-Lebanon-Iran: UN warns of Syria 'catastrophe' as NGOs pledge donations
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[ARABNEWS] A UN envoy warned Monday of a "horrifying" humanitarian situation brewing in Syria as non-governmental organizations pledged more than $480 million for refugees on the eve of a major donor conference.

The United Nations
...a formerly good idea gone bad...
aims to raise $8.4 billion at the Syria donor meeting, which starts on Tuesday in Kuwait.

"Failing to meet the required funds risks resulting in a horrifying and dangerous humanitarian catastrophe," Abdullah al-Maatuq, UN special envoy for humanitarian affairs, told a meeting of NGOs.

Among the aid groups which gathered on Monday, The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...the only place on the face of the earth that misses the Ottoman Empire....
's IHH Humanitarian Relief Foundation made the largest pledge of $100 million. Other donors included 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...
's Red Islamic Thingy Society and Kuwait's International Islamic Charity Organization.

UN humanitarian affairs chief Valerie Amos said the donor response at Tuesday's conference "needs to be comprehensive."

She said that the humanitarian situation had deteriorated in Syria with no reduction in violence and children particularly affected.

The aid is urgently required to provide life-saving assistance to half of Syria's population as several UN aid agencies have said they remain underfunded and warned they could halt or downsize their operations.

The Third International Humanitarian Pledging Conference to be held on Tuesday will be chaired by UN Secretary General the ephemeral Ban Ki-moon
... of whom it can be said to his credit that he is not Kofi Annan...
and will be opened by Kuwait's emir, Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah.

At the first and second conferences, also hosted by Kuwait, pledges of $1.5 billion and $2.4 billion were made, but the United Nations has complained that not all pledges were honoured.

In a report on the worsening humanitarian crisis in Syria released last week, Ban said devastation from the fighting had left around 7.6 million people internally displaced.

Another 3.9 million people have sought refuge in neighbouring countries.

"Every day brings more death, displacement and destruction," the UN report said.


Arabia: Evil designs of Iranian regime should be exposed, say Saudi intellectuals
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The Grand Turk: Yemen conflict: Iran asks Turkish envoy to explain Erdogan comments
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[DAWN] Iran has asked The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...the only place on the face of the earth that misses the Ottoman Empire....
's top diplomat in Tehran to explain remarks by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan
... Turkey's version of Mohammed Morsi but they voted him back in so they deserve him...
heavily critical of Iran's role in Yemen
...an area of the Arabian Peninsula sometimes mistaken for a country. It is populated by more antagonistic tribes and factions than you can keep track of. Except for a tiny handfull of Jews everthing there is very Islamic...
and the region.

In the absence of its ambassador, Turkey's charge d'affaires has been "invited" to respond to "the Islamic republic's objection and regret over Erdogan's inappropriate and unusual comments," foreign ministry spokeswoman Marzieh Afkham said in a statement.

"We demand a clear and convincing response," Afkham added amid calls for Erdogan's planned visit to Tehran next month to be cancelled. Turkey has expressed support for a Saudi-led coalition that is conducting air strikes against Shia Houthi
...a Zaidi Shia insurgent group operating in Yemen. They have also been referred to as the Believing Youth. Hussein Badreddin al-Houthi is said to be the spiritual leader of the group and most of the military leaders are his relatives. The Yemeni government has accused the Houthis of having ties to the Iranian government, which wouldn't suprise most of us. The group has managed to gain control over all of Saada Governorate and parts of Amran, Al Jawf and Hajjah Governorates. Its slogan is God is Great, Death to America™, Death to Israel, a curse on the Jews ...
rebels in Yemen.

The coalition has vowed to keep up the raids until the rebels abandon their insurrection against President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi, who has fled to Riyadh. Hadi and his backers charge that the rebels, who overran the capital last year and have since advanced across much of the country, have support from Iran.

On Thursday, Erdogan demanded that "Iran and the terrorist groups must withdraw" from Yemen. He also accused Iran of meddling in other regional countries, citing its role advising and coordinating Shia militia groups in the fight against Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear the pols talk they're not really Moslems....
(IS) jihadists in Iraq.


Bangladesh: Another blogger hacked to death in Bangladesh
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[DAWN] A blogger was hacked to death in the Bangladesh capital on Monday, in the latest brutal attack on the country's independent writers, a senior officer said.

Police have incarcerated
Don't shoot, coppers! I'm comin' out!
two men over the murder which comes just weeks after an American atheist blogger was also hacked to death in Dhaka ─ a crime that triggered international outrage, the officer said.

"He was brutally hacked to death this morning with big knives just 500 yards [460 metres] from his home at Dhaka's Begunbari area," local police chief Wahidul Islam told AFP.

Islam said the men were arrested immediately after the attack while they were trying to flee the scene.

Police said they were unsure whether the victim, Washiqur Rahman, 27, was also an atheist blogger but another social media writer said that he was known to write "against religious fundamentalism".

"It appeared Rahman used to write using a pen-name Kutshit Hasher Chhana [Ugly Duckling]," Imran Sarker, head of Blogger and Online Activists Network in Bangladesh, told AFP.

"He was a progressive free thinker and was against religious fundamentalism," he said.

Police have also arrested a suspect over the killing, in February, of American atheist writer and blogger Avijit Roy.


India-Pakistan: Govt reluctant to book seminary students over Daesh pledge
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[DAWN] The government is reluctant to register a case against the Shohada Foundation and students of Jamia Hafsa
... the Islamic nunnery maintained by Lal Masjid....

on charges of waging war against the state and inviting the self-styled Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear the pols talk they're not really Moslems....
Death Eater group -- commonly known by its Arabic acronym Daesh -- to avenge Operation Silence, which was launched against the Lal Masjid
...literally the Red Mosque, located in Islamabad and frequented by all sorts of high govt officials. The proprietors, Ghazi Abdul Rasheed and Maulana Abdul Aziz Ghazi, unleashed their Islamic storm troopers on the city, shutting down whorehouses and beating people up who weren't devout enough. The Musharraf govt put an end to the nonsense by besieging the place. Abdul Aziz Ghazi was nabbed while he was trying to escape dressed up like a girl. BBC reported that the corpse count at 173, but other claims, usually hysterical, say there were up to 1000 titzup. Among their number was Abdul Rashid Ghazi. Everyone then said tut-tut and what a nice guy he had been...
in 2007, officials of the interior ministry and coppers told Dawn.
Shohada Foundation is a domino mask of Lal Masjid.
In December, the Shohada Foundation had issued a blurb and a video message, inviting the head of Daesh to come to Pakistain to avenge the deaths of their brethren.

After the blurb and video message went public, a report was prepared by Superintendent of Police City Rizwan Omar Gondal and sent to Inspector General of Police Tahir Alam Khan for further legal action.

The prosecution department also suggested that because the matter related to the illusory sovereignty of the country, the case should be sent to the appropriate forum and legal advice sought before proceeding further.

The legal opinion was then sent to the interior ministry with the recommendation that a case be registered under the suggested PPC sections, officials said, adding that so far, written directives in the case had yet to be issued.

According to an official from the interior ministry, "coppers reminded a senior government functionary in a few meetings, but were asked to wait for a response. Now, whenever the senior functionary is reminded about the matter, he expresses his displeasure in no unclear terms."

The official said that the last time the case was mentioned, the functionary had replied that "The government has categorically denied the presence of Daesh in the country and the government strongly and firmly stands by this denial."

"Taking legal action against supporters and followers who had pledged allegiance to Daesh would lead to a panic and the issue would be unnecessarily highlighted," the official quoted the functionary as saying.

"Those who pledge support to Daesh or distribute literature or carry out wall-chalkings should not be booked now, because that would only spread fear among the populous."

A senior police official, speaking on condition of anonymity
... for fear of being murdered...
, told Dawn that, "The police had done their job in the first week of January, but high-ups are refusing to register a case."

Sarfaraz Hussain, who deals with the media on behalf of the interior ministry, denied that the ministry had issued any such directives in this case. Adeel Sattar, another ministry official, refused to comment on the matter.


Arabia: Conspiring against one's own people
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[ARABNEWS] The son of isolated former Yemeni President President-for-Life Ali Abdullah Saleh
... Saleh initially took power as a strongman of North Yemen in 1977, when disco was in flower, but he didn't invite Donna Summer to the inauguration and Blondie couldn't make it...
has been injured with more than half of his body suffering from burns.

Despite this, Saleh -- who is allied with the Houthis who support Iran -- is the criminal mastermind of the current mayhem in Yemen
#1: nice. The Houthis must feel all warm and cuddly about the fox now....
Posted by: Frank G|| 2015-03-31 08:22 ||Comments

#2: This is not what I thought this article was going to be about at all. Thought it was about domestic issues closer at hand. Interesting none-the-less.
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Arabia: Raids take out Houthi ballistic missiles
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[ARABNEWS] Saudi-led naval forces imposed a blockade on Yemen's ports as coalition Arclight airstrikes on Monday repelled an advance on Aden by Houthi
...a Zaidi Shia insurgent group operating in Yemen. They have also been referred to as the Believing Youth. Hussein Badreddin al-Houthi is said to be the spiritual leader of the group and most of the military leaders are his relatives. The Yemeni government has accused the Houthis of having ties to the Iranian government, which wouldn't suprise most of us. The group has managed to gain control over all of Saada Governorate and parts of Amran, Al Jawf and Hajjah Governorates. Its slogan is God is Great, Death to America™, Death to Israel, a curse on the Jews ...
turbans and forces loyal to the country's former president.

The move to block ports is aimed at preventing the Houthis from rearming, and comes after the coalition achieved full control of the skies and bombed a number of rebel-held airports.

Brig. Gen. Ahmad Al-Assiri, consultant at the office of defense minister, told news hounds in Riyadh that naval forces are blocking the movement of ships to prevent weapons and gunnies from entering or leaving Yemen.

"On day 5, our Arclight airstrike objective included ballistic missile stocks, air defense, ammunition storage, troops movement supply and strictly monitoring Saudi-Yemeni border, whereas ground operation included artillery fire, land forces aviation attacks and anti-mortar firing and maritime operation had primary motive of maritime blockade," Al-Assiri said.

The front man said: "Ground forces are trained and ready and will perform their duty at the right time."

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...
is leading Operation Decisive Storm in Yemen
...an area of the Arabian Peninsula sometimes mistaken for a country. It is populated by more antagonistic tribes and factions than you can keep track of. Except for a tiny handfull of Jews everthing there is very Islamic...
along with coalition partners the UAE, Bahrain, Kuwait, 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...
, Jordan, Morocco, Egypt, Sudan and Pakistain.

Al-Assiri said the coalition forces are progressing as per the plan and will ensure the Houthis' are defeated and the legitimate government in Yemen, led by President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi, is restored.

The military also destroyed their (Houthis) artillery stocks and vehicle attempting to target our forces, he said.

Al-Assiri denied reports in a section of media that an aerial strike by coalition forces on Monday killed dozens of refugees at a camp in north Yemen.

"We are taking extra care to avoid collateral damage as safety of civilians is our top priority."

On the Kingdom's border security, he said: "We are on full alert on the border and repulse any attack by terrorists."


Arabia: Skilled Saudi pilots outwit Houthi defenses
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India-Pakistan: Five militants killed, four kidnapped drivers freed
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[DAWN] QUETTA: Security forces killed five suspected forces of Evil and recovered four kidnapped drivers in a gunbattle in Mastung district, about 70km from here, on Sunday.

Official sources said that Frontier Corps personnel moved into the mountainous region of Kirdgap in Kalat division on information about the presence there of those who had allegedly kidnapped four drivers and torched five oil tankers in the area a few days ago.

The tankers were carrying fuel for the Saindak copper project where a Chinese company has been working for several years.

An FC front man claimed that forces of Evil opened fire on paramilitary troops when they started combing the Kirdgap area for the kidnapped drivers. The troops retaliated and a heavy exchange of fire continued for hours.

"Five suspected forces of Evil were killed and six others injured in the gunbattle," the front man said.

He said troops got the four drivers released and seized a huge quantity of weapons and ammunition.

All hideouts located in the area were destroyed, the front man said, adding that the dear departed belonged to a banned bully boy organization.

Security forces had killed four suspected forces of Evil in Mangocher area of Kalat division on Saturday.

The Inspector General of Frontier Corps, Maj Gen Sher Afgan, said such targeted operations against elements involved in attacks on security forces and national installations would continue.


India-Pakistan: 28 more suspects held in lynching case
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[DAWN] At least 28 more suspects were tossed in the slammer
Keep yer hands where we can see 'em, if yez please!
on Sunday in the lynching case of two youngsters after twin suicide kabooms outside the churches in Youhanabad recently.

SSP (Investigations) Rana Ayyaz Saleem said that suspects were taken into custody after matching their images from footages and subsequently with the record of Nadra.

"Police teams had carried out raids in different parts of the country to arrest suspects involved in the lynching of two youngsters, harassing a woman car rider and damaging public and private property," he said.

The identification parade would be conducted to re-verify that the suspects arrested were actually the wanted persons or not, the SSP said.

He said all the suspects taken into custody would be presented before a magistrate to get their remand.

Condemnation: The Cecil and Iris Chaudhry Foundation (CICF) has expressed concern
...meaning the brow was mildly wrinkled, the eyebrows drawn slightly together, and a thoughtful expression assumed, not that anything was actually done or indeed that any thought was actually expended...
over the alleged mass arrests by law enforcement agencies in Youhanabad over the lynching incident after suicide kabooms on two churches in the area recently.

A blurb of the foundation quoted local residents as saying law enforcement agencies had been arresting en masse for almost a week. They claimed men in plain clothes stormed into people's houses in the middle of the night and picked up men and young boys from the area. There was a wave of fear in the area, which had compelled majority of the residents to flee their homes, they said.

President of the CICF, Michelle Chaudhry, expressing concern over the situation, said: "We have and continue to condemn the extremely tragic incident of the lynching of two people at Youhanabad; such extreme form of violence is absolutely not acceptable. The perpetrators must be brought to justice and punished according to the law."

"However,
a poor excuse is better than no excuse at all...
the tactics being used by the law enforcement authorities is highly inappropriate; barging into people's house in the middle of the night and picking up husbands, sons and brothers and showing no respect whatsoever to family or personal life cannot be justified. These are neither Death Eaters nor hardcore criminals and therefore, should not be treated as such. The rule of law must prevail," Michelle added.

"We request the government to look into this matter on an urgent basis and release all those illegally detained," she further said.

The CICF also expressed disappointment over the comments of Minister for Interior Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan
...Currently the Interior Minister of Pakistain. He is the senior leader of the Pak Moslem League (N) and a close aide to Nawaz Uncle Fester Sharif. He is noted for his vocal anti-American railing in the National Assembly. However (comma) Khan told the U.S. ambassador that he was in fact pro-American but he and the PML-N would have to be critical of US actions in order to remain publicly credible. Khan cited his wife and children's US citizenship as proof, which means he's lying to one side or the other and probably both. He wears a wig, but you probably guessed that. since hair doesn't grow naturally in that shape or texture...
, who in parliament declared the Youhanabad lynching incident as "worst form of terrorism".

Michelle said: "We, by no means, condone the lynching incident. However,
a poor excuse is better than no excuse at all...
declaring it an act of terrorism is certainly not justified; by doing so the entire focus has been shifted to the lynching incident, subsuming the church attacks which left 20 people dead and over 80 people injured."


Britain: RAF mounts biggest defence exercise in 30 YEARS after Russian bomber flights
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[Express] Operation Rising Panther, the first of six proposed air defence operations due to take place every year, will "show Vladimir Putin in no uncertain terms" that Britain is ready, willing and able counter increasing Russian aggression should the need arise, say military sources.
#1: The Russ Air Force flew "OVER" CORNWALL, ENGLAND, NOT "NEAR" CORNWALL, ENGLAND.
Posted by: JosephMendiola|| 2015-03-31 02:49 ||Comments

#2: You know - GUAM.
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Home Front: WoT: Report: Obama Supports Military Retirement Pay Cuts
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President Barack Obama said Monday that he supports the idea of reducing military retirement pay by about 20 percent.

According to the Washington Times, Obama wrote a letter to congressional leaders saying he favors the recommendations put forth by a military commission.

Under the plan, troops serving at least 20 years would not be affected and would continue to receive full retirement benefits. Those serving less than 20 years, however, would have their retirement checks slashed by about 20 percent.
They must have changed the rules. Back in the Upper Paleolithic twenty was the minimum. Unless he's talking about medical retirements? In that case he's an even rattier busturd than even I thought.

#1: Someone is blowing smoke here, the Administration, the reporters, or both. Remember these are the people who call military equipment such as armored personnel carriers and self propelled artillery vehicles tanks.

Those serving less than 20 years, however, would have their retirement checks slashed by about 20 percent.
On the other hand, the proposal would help boost troops' retirement savings accounts, as the Department of Defense would contribute up to 6 percent of a soldier's basic pay for those serving more than two years. Under the current system, the Defense Department automatically contributes 1 percent.


As noted, there is no less than 20 years retirement unless its medical. There is no 'retirement' account. There is Social Security which is taken out from pay from the very first pay check because it is anticipated that very few who join will be around in 20 years. Anything else is someone playing games with the accounting books of moving appropriations and numbers from one department's books to another.


"About 83 percent leave with absolutely nothing," Todd Harrison of the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments told USA Today

They leave as any worker with money in their SS accounts and usually with the minimum period for future access. They also receive VA benefits which as we've witnessed in this administration's handling has dwindled in practical coverage.

I smell a Trojan Horse in play.
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#2: Under the plan, troops serving at least 20 years would not be affected and would continue to receive full retirement benefits. Those serving less than 20 years, however, would have their retirement checks slashed by about 20 percent.

The 'formula' for retirement is 2.5 percent per year towards retirement. 20 years x 2.5 percent is 50 percent. Slashing that by .5 percent to 2 percent makes it 40 percent for 20 years or a "20 percent" reduction. The to receive full retirement benefits is the misrepresentation (aka lie) in this case.

They played that game before in the late 80s, reducing retirement computation from 2.5 to 2 percent a year. It resulted in middle grade officers and enlisted disappearing at about the 12 year mark as they took their skills (with much prompting by the senior retention officer - aka mom) out to civilian market. By the mid-90s Congress restored the old 2.5 percent to the formula in order to stem the hemorrhage of trained and skilled personnel.

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#3: Regime Bureau of Public Relations distraction. Taunting the little people.

File under 'DoD enlistment - Lifting of drug testing.'
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Syria-Lebanon-Iran: Another Iranian bait-and-switch ?
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[Hot Air] The deadline for an agreement in the talks with Iran arrives tomorrow, and the talks have taken a surprising turn in the last few hours. Surprising, that is, only to those who have never paid attention to nuclear talks with the Iranians before. At the last minute, the Iranians have refused to part with their already-enriched uranium as discussed in the talks, the New York Times' David Sanger and Michael Gordon reported late last night. Russia had offered to hold it in "escrow" in order to facilitate a deal, but as they have done at every turn, the Iranians have demanded a last-minute change to the fundamentals of any arrangement that the West might accept.
#1: Iran ought to demand that Kerry dress up in a chicken suite for the next meeting.
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Caucasus/Russia/Central Asia: Billionaire with his own private army is fighting the government in Ukraine
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[Business Insider] Igor Kolomoisky was once called Ukraine's "secret weapon" as the 52-year-old billionaire raised his own private army to fight off separatist forces attempting to capture the country's third-largest city. Now the government in Kiev faces a dangerous stand-off with one of its most important allies.

The banking magnate was sacked by Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko on Wednesday.

In March last year Kolomoisky, who founded Ukraine's largest commercial bank Privat Bank, had been appointed governor of Dnipropetrovsk Oblast, a predominantly Russian-speaking region in the east of the country.


-Lurid Crime Tales-: Meet the Men Behind Hillary Clinton's Private 'Spy Network'
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[Weekly Standard] Two big Clinton stories landed last week. The first is that Hillary Clinton destroyed the electronic copies of her State Department emails on her private server after the State Department subpoenaed her emails. The second is that Hillary Clinton had an aide running a "secret spy network" that was, among other things, feeding her information on Benghazi, according to a report by Pro Publica and Gawker. Earlier this month, I noted the myriad ways that Clinton running her own private email server breathes new life into the Benghazi investigation, but this last revelation takes things to a whole new level.

Specifically, this new report suggests that three men -- Sidney Blumenthal, Tyler Drumhiller, and Cody Shearer -- were involved in her private intelligence gathering efforts. Each of these men has a reputation for being associated with scandal.

We only know about Clinton's spy ring because a hacker who goes by the moniker "Guccifer" hacked the email account of former Clinton aide Sidney Blumenthal and posted his emails online. (Guccifer is now serving a prison sentence in his native Romania.) Guccifer's emails reveal Blumenthal was providing Clinton with detailed intelligence briefings on events in the Middle East and running the ad hoc spy ring. This arrangement is very curious, considering that the Obama White House made it clear that they didn't want Blumenthal working for the administration after Hillary Clinton previously tried to formally hire him to work at the State Department.
#1: Bear in mind that it was to shield personal property from Sid Blumenthal that caused Matt Drudge to relocate from Cal to Florida.
Posted by: ed in texas|| 2015-03-31 07:33 ||Comments

#2: do a Bing search for "Max Blumenthal".

The corrupt apple doesn't fall far from the Asshole Tree. Anti-Semite, insults Chris Kyle, insults Ayaan Hirsi Ali....
Posted by: Frank G|| 2015-03-31 08:27 ||Comments

#3: Some pretty interesting stuff here. (there's an ad in the middle - scroll all the way to bottom to see it all)

Connect Senior Clinton Adviser Ghostwriter to Hillary Clinton e-mail Scandal

There are already a lot of Hillary's e-mails (hacked by gucifer and others) floating around out there on the net.
Be interesting to see how many of these "hacked" e-mails were NOT included in the batch Hillary turned over in response to the Trey Gowdy/Benghazi Commission Subpoena.
Posted by: junkiron|| 2015-03-31 11:54 ||Comments

#4: ..and right now, anyone who has the means and know how is 'manufacturing' material that fundamentally can't be denied because they destroyed the evidence. We're not talking crude sophomoric Dan Rather stuff, but world class level art. The assassins are out there, any nationality, any alphabet agency, can hold these people hostages. The word 'compromised' doesn't do justice to what they've done to themselves.
Posted by: Procopius2k|| 2015-03-31 12:45 ||Comments



-Short Attention Span Theater-: 40 maps that may help explain the middle east.
Posted by Besoeker 03/31/2015  00:00 1 Comments 23 words Read the whole thing on page 2
Good gawd we're citing Vox. But the maps are useful.
#1: do they show that Gaza to West Bank highway bridge Israel closed?
Posted by: Frank G|| 2015-03-31 07:55 ||Comments



Iraq: Pakistani Urdu Daily: 'Iran's Interference In Iraq's Affairs, Under American Patronage, Has Become So Much That It appears As If Iraq Is Part Of Iran'
Posted by Hupineger Glomomp52169 03/31/2015  00:00 1 Comments 9 words Read the whole thing on page 4
[MEMRI] Soon. Very soon.
#1: Behind backdoors, it was decided to say screw the Sunnis and Kurds and have Iraq be Shi'ite (or basically an Iranian extension)?

Who else is being sold out by the regime? (Just a rhetorical question).
Posted by: JohnQC|| 2015-03-31 10:35 ||Comments



Africa North: Your guide to 'Operation Decisive Storm'
Posted by Hupineger Glomomp52169 03/31/2015  00:00 0 Comments 0 words Read the whole thing on page 2


Home Front: Culture Wars: O'Keefe Finds Another University Willing To Sanction An ISIS Club (As Long As They Change Name So It's Not Obvious)
Posted by Hupineger Glomomp52169 03/31/2015  00:00 9 Comments 99 words Read the whole thing on page 2
[YidWithLid] The latest video takes place at Barry University and the school's only objection to the club was the name, they suggested the group find a more politically correct name 'because technically our country is at war with ISIS'
Also links to their report of Project Veritas' previous outing at Cornell University for the same purpose. Barry U video is about 9 1/2 minutes, Cornell U about 5 1/2 minutes.
#1: They all support Paleo cause---so why not ISIS?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru|| 2015-03-31 04:03 ||Comments

#2: Barry Soetero University?
Posted by: Frank G|| 2015-03-31 08:00 ||Comments

#3: Frederique Frage? Daisy Santiago?

Snickergasm. Keep it up, God. You'll get me yet.
Posted by: Zenobia Floger6220|| 2015-03-31 10:24 ||Comments

#4: "Barry University" seems so appropriate for O'Keefe's project as Frank G. has suggested. O'Keefe has a certain sense of humor tinged with a bit of irony.
Posted by: JohnQC|| 2015-03-31 10:50 ||Comments

#5: If you are fine with ISIS, but you think Hobby Lobby and Chick-Fil-A are evil, that would pretty much have to be the definition of insanity, right? Is there any to define that term which would not include this behavior?
Posted by: Iblis|| 2015-03-31 11:11 ||Comments

#6: Iblis, is pure evil insane?

If not, that is the alternative explanation.
Posted by: AlanC|| 2015-03-31 11:55 ||Comments

#7: AlanC:

Not sure that does it. Evil implies an ability to discern between good and evil, awareness of which is which, and a choice.
Posted by: Iblis|| 2015-03-31 12:16 ||Comments

#8: If you are fine with ISIS, but you think Hobby Lobby and Chick-Fil-A are evil, that would pretty much have to be the definition of insanity, right?

"It's not evil if they're sort-of on our side?"
Posted by: Pappy|| 2015-03-31 12:35 ||Comments

#9: ..as in toppling walls on gays?

At worst the (non-Westboro) Christian fundamentalists practice ostracism of the behavior. The Islamic fundamentalists kill.

However, both the Left which includes a vast following in academia and the Islamics both are on the side to take down Western civ.
Posted by: Procopius2k|| 2015-03-31 12:50 ||Comments