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-Short Attention Span Theater-: 'iPriest' Launches Arabic App For Catholic Prayers To Skirt Islamic Bans
Posted by trailing wife 04/20/2014  09:41 0 Comments 63 words Read the whole thing on page 3
[Telegraph] Tech-savvy priest says iBreviary in Arabic aimed at providing daily prayers for Christian congregations in Muslim countries where Catholic breviary is censored.
No reason this can't be modified for the various Christian sects throughout the Middle East... providing another quiet opportunity for those six million per year leaving Islam.


China-Japan-Koreas: China On Course To Become 'World's Most Christian Nation' Within 15 Years
Posted by trailing wife 04/20/2014  09:34 0 Comments 63 words Read the whole thing on page 3
[Telegraph] The number of Christians in Communist China is growing so steadily that it by 2030 it could have more churchgoers than America
Something to ponder on this Easter day. It will be interesting to see how the Christianization of Chinese society impacts China's current external aggressiveness and internal winner-take-all mentality.


-Land of the Free: Follow Up To This Week in Guns: Bundy Ranch Special Edition (from yesterday)
Posted by Besoeker 04/20/2014  04:56 16 Comments 180 words Read the whole thing on page 4
I felt the following comments from the thread were insightful enough to warrant follow-up and additional discussion:
#20 If the description in the video is true, then the armed militia that day behaved like a well trained military force against the clownish federal government.

I'm inclined to go with the theory in the one video you mentioned that the militia leadership realized they were in a no-win situation; that, despite with 20+:1 odds in their favor, they, the demonstrators, and the BLM agents were likely being set-up.
Posted by Pappy 2014-04-19 21:59|| 2014-04-19

#21 Badanov: I think the Feds _want_ an incident they can use politically, and don't care whether they win the engagement.
Posted by Thing From Snowy Mountain 2014-04-19 22:05|| 2014-04-19
The theory of a gov't contrived show-down with armed, conservative US Citizens is most worrisome and something I had honestly not considered. As I believe someone mentioned yesterday....'a second event this close to the election is unlikely.' After the election however, all bets may be off.
#1: A good challenge for the knowledgeable minds of Rantburg on this Easter Sunday, which commemorates the day that Jesus Christ changed things for those who believed and also those who didn't.

Besoeker, I changed the URL link from the one badanov used to the Rantburg link for his article.
Posted by: trailing wife|| 2014-04-20 06:44 ||Comments

#2: Like I've posted before, those 'agents' have to go home eventually, at night. It's the reason the local cops were not effective in Iraq or Afghanistan. They have to live among the population. When they start building permanent housing within compounds or picking up military housing from 'downsized' installations, pay close attention. Remember too, that our effectiveness in Iraq and Afghanistan was when the local trusted the foreigners enough to provide info on the hostiles. Info flow will drop below effective levels real quick if there is any shooting.
Posted by: Procopius2k|| 2014-04-20 08:19 ||Comments

#3: Why go to all the trouble to set up a real incident? Gleiwitz incident format is much simpler & very predictable.
Posted by: Glenmore|| 2014-04-20 08:19 ||Comments

#4: Real change will require a meaningful percentage of the population to believe the government is not merely mistaken or incompetent, but is in fact an enemy. Heavy handed tactics like those used at the Bundy Ranch change people's minds quickly. In other words, incidents like this quickly turn the population against you.

What is very disturbing is that this government doesn't seem to care about losing popular opinion.
Posted by: Snick Prince of the Weak7544|| 2014-04-20 08:28 ||Comments

#5: John Fund has this perspective at NRO:

The United States of SWAT

We have a number of federal agencies with policing power. Fine, as far as that goes: The Fish and Wildlife Service occasionally needs to arrest someone. The IRS needs to investigate for tax fraud. And so on.

But one of the problems is that they've all up-gunned significantly without apparent reason. As Mr. Fund points out, the FBI has a much better sense (though certainly not perfect) as to when a SWAT team is required.

The BLM does not need a SWAT team -- if they do, they should call the FBI. As it stands, agencies like the BLM have wannabe infantry that lack accountability and the the very needed quality of stability when a situation is tense.

The Bundy ranch standoff could have turned out very badly: Mr. Bundy's people could have reacted with violence. The pro-Bundy militia types could have turned violent. And very importantly, the BLM SWAT teams could have turned violent.

That last one is, to me, the most dangerous part of the confrontation. Our society can deal with citizens who turn violent. But when the government turns violent against the citizens? That's when revolution becomes not only thinkable, but necessary.
Posted by: Steve White|| 2014-04-20 08:48 ||Comments

#6: I think they had no idea it would inflame so quickly and their first bureaucratic reaction was "we'll squash this little dissenting bug".

A "First Amendment Area"? Really?
Posted by: Frank G|| 2014-04-20 08:51 ||Comments

#7: Thanks for the re-post TW.

I'll be filming the egg hunt later today with the grannies. A few eggs failed to get the requisite paint job. Suppose I'll hide those for myself ;-)

Safe Easter travels to all.
Posted by: Besoeker|| 2014-04-20 08:57 ||Comments

#8: What is very disturbing is that this government doesn't seem to care about losing popular opinion. Posted by Snick Prince of the Weak7544

Snicks: The Champ has already told the important people in his life that.... "he'd have more flexibility after his election."


Posted by: Besoeker|| 2014-04-20 09:03 ||Comments

#9: I now understand Cliven Bundy's former rancher neighbors who lost their land to the Feds, are mobilizing legal efforts to get their land back.
Posted by: Besoeker|| 2014-04-20 09:06 ||Comments

#10: I think the Feds _want_ an incident they can use politically, and don't care whether they win the engagement.

There is always the possibility of unintended consequences--something this bunch in Washington is not good at anticipating. Somehow, when shooting starts there are almost always unintended consequences.

The BLM does not need a SWAT team Many agencies do not need armed police/SWAT teams. It seems to be a status symbol for your agency these days. The weaponizing of agencies, presumably against the American people, is totally unnecessary and a danger. The present state of the Federal government is a huge burden on the American people. At some point one of the armed agents or one of the citizens is going to pull a trigger--then it is on.
Posted by: JohnQC|| 2014-04-20 09:12 ||Comments

#11: regardless of how you feel about the standoff, Mr. Bundy needs to get right on paying his grazing fees on public lands to somebody, if only to Clark County.
Posted by: Frank G|| 2014-04-20 09:36 ||Comments

#12: You can't make money paying $50 per year per head fees. In the years it take to raise a calf to a cow that can be taken to market, all profit is lost. That is why 51 ranchers lost their ranches. As designed by the feds.

Knowing this regime, there will be a heavy effort to go after supporters whose names the have or will have. It is how tryants work.
Posted by: Bubba Graiting8281|| 2014-04-20 10:12 ||Comments

#13: ...and that is why the Bundys said the battle has just begun. They know the feds.
Posted by: Bubba Graiting8281|| 2014-04-20 10:13 ||Comments

#14: Meanwhile, no comment from the Feds on the environmental impacts and obvious lost benefits of the Dung Beetle.

Dung beetles offer benefits, for livestock and pasture health, in any part of the country. They include:

• Fly control – Beetles can remove dung before horn and face flies lay eggs in it. Some also prey on maggots, reducing fly populations.
• Parasite control – Some beetles carry mites that don’t harm them but do eat parasite and fly eggs in dung.
• More complete foraging – Cattle won’t forage near patties, so when beetles break dung down, more pasture is ready to be grazed.
• Better nutrient uptake – By breaking down patties, beetles make nutrients such as carbon and nitrogen more available to pasture plants.
• Water absorption – Tunneling beetles improve the soil’s structure by increasing its capacity to absorb and hold water.
Posted by: Besoeker|| 2014-04-20 10:29 ||Comments

#15: Why go to all the trouble to set up a real incident? Gleiwitz incident format is much simpler & very predictable.

I don't think they intended to "set up a real incident." I think the intent was to exploit, in multiple ways for multiple purposes, an already existing situation. That's pretty much in line with the history of previous actions. Think of it as a form of political ju-jitsu.
Posted by: Pappy|| 2014-04-20 11:22 ||Comments

#16:

WARNING GRAPHIC: Several large holes of cattle slaughtered and buried by the feds are being dug up.
Posted by: Bubba Graiting8281|| 2014-04-20 11:55 ||Comments



Caucasus/Russia/Central Asia: Obama Imposes Sanctions on Vladimir Putin's Dog
Posted by g(r)omgoru 04/20/2014  01:47 6 Comments 79 words Read the whole thing on page 4
After Russia's president ignored and mocked a first round of U.S. sanctions against his wealthy political cronies, President Obama today announced he'll hit Vladimir Putin where it hurts. Not only did he announce new sanctions, he actually carried them out on live TV.

"With the full support of the international community," Mr. Obama said, "I'm announcing today several crippling sanctions on Vladimir Putin's dog -- limiting his travel, seizing his assets, and shaming him before the global community."
#1: you know it's Scrappleface, right?
Posted by: Frank G|| 2014-04-20 02:05 ||Comments

#2: Scrappleface

I fear it is no longer possible to reliably distinguish Scrappleface news from news news.
Posted by: SteveS|| 2014-04-20 02:35 ||Comments

#3: Because it's Scrappleface, the article has been moved to Opinion.
Posted by: trailing wife|| 2014-04-20 06:58 ||Comments

#4: Problem is, it sounds like Obama's ravings, thus Indistinguishable from truth.
Posted by: Redneck Jim|| 2014-04-20 09:04 ||Comments

#5: If his gums were flapping, you may safely discount any chance of "truth."
Posted by: Besoeker|| 2014-04-20 09:09 ||Comments

#6: I can not wait for the Russian President's reply headline:

Putin on the Dog - Americans are all show


Posted by: Black Charlie|| 2014-04-20 09:18 ||Comments



Southeast Asia: Vietnamese officers shot dead by Chinese Uighur Muslims
Posted by g(r)omgoru 04/20/2014  01:42 2 Comments 74 words Read the whole thing on page 1
h/t Gates of Vienna
Five Uighur Muslims and two Vietnamese police killed in gun fight

18 Uighur Muslims illegally entering Vietnam were arrested by Vietnamese police who received request from the Chinese authorities to send them back to China, but some of the arrested robbed an AK-47 from a guard and opened fire at police.
Islam, spreading it's blessings around the World
#1: Oh what a delightful diplomatic and counter-terror military training opportunity we'll no doubt squander.
Posted by: Besoeker|| 2014-04-20 09:48 ||Comments

#2: They may adopt the Indian Border Guards approach: shoot all trying to cross
Posted by: John Frum|| 2014-04-20 09:49 ||Comments



Syria-Lebanon-Iran: The poster girls for jihad
Posted by g(r)omgoru 04/20/2014  01:37 6 Comments 60 words Read the whole thing on page 2
h/t Gates of Vienna
Interpol is searching for two Austrian teenage girls who they believe were tricked into going to Syria to fight for Islamist rebels.

Samra Kesinovic, 16, and Sabina Selimovic, 15, vanished from their homes in Vienna on April 10.
The warriors of the Faith are going to get some
#1: Possible Tsarnaev syndrome ?
Posted by: Besoeker|| 2014-04-20 05:20 ||Comments

#2: Possible benefits for brave Jihadis, Besoeker.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru|| 2014-04-20 06:33 ||Comments

#3: "fight for Islamist rebels" = "spreading your legs for Krazed Killers on R&R"
Posted by: Frank G|| 2014-04-20 08:53 ||Comments

#4: If they're that stupid, the hell with them.
Posted by: Redneck Jim|| 2014-04-20 09:16 ||Comments

#5: Well brother Frank, two things make the old world go around, and the other one is yes, money.
Posted by: Besoeker|| 2014-04-20 09:20 ||Comments

#6: Mostly the parents' fault for letting them go to that particular mosque in the first place. Perhaps this event will wake up some of the other refugee parents.
Posted by: Odysseus|| 2014-04-20 11:23 ||Comments



Caucasus/Russia/Central Asia: Ukraine rabbi calls anti-semitic leaflet a political hoax
Posted by g(r)omgoru 04/20/2014  01:00 0 Comments 48 words Read the whole thing on page 3
Chief rabbi of Donetsk says while anti-Semitic leaflet was initially shocking, he now believes it was fake. "I'm asking those behind this not to make us tools in this game."
I wonder who could be behind something this---maybe we should ask Cliven Bundi?


China-Japan-Koreas: Russia writes off 90 percent of North Korea debt, eyes gas pipeline to South Korea
Posted by Anguper Hupomosing9418 04/20/2014  00:17 3 Comments 0 words Read the whole thing on page 3


Good Easter morning
Posted by Fred 04/20/2014  00:00 6 Comments 22 words Read the whole thing on page 1
#1: Happy Easter indeed. My two oldest chilruns, ages 29 and 26 did the year long work and received their Catholic COnfirmation at Easter Vigil Mass.
Posted by: Frank G|| 2014-04-20 08:44 ||Comments

#2: Mazel Tov, Frank.
Posted by: Glarong Sneart4734|| 2014-04-20 08:53 ||Comments

#3: to you as well!
Posted by: Frank G|| 2014-04-20 09:05 ||Comments

#4: Happy Easter or Happy Resurrection as my wife said to a neighbor.
Posted by: JohnQC|| 2014-04-20 09:23 ||Comments

#5: Happy Easter everyone!
Posted by: 49 Pan|| 2014-04-20 11:17 ||Comments

#6: My two oldest chilruns, ages 29 and 26

Most excellent.
However, hummmmm...2 oldest, 2 oldest.... hummmm.
:)
Posted by: Shipman|| 2014-04-20 11:43 ||Comments



Africa North: One killed as Muslims, Copts fight in Qalyubiya over traffic
Posted by Fred 04/20/2014  00:00 0 Comments 266 words Read the whole thing on page 1
[Egypt Independent] One person was killed and four others injured on Saturday in festivities between Moslems and Christians in Qalyubiya, reportedly due to a traffic dispute.

In a press statement on Saturday, Mahmoud Yousry, Qalyubiya's security chief, said there were no sectarian motivations behind the incident.

Security forces had managed to put the festivities in the town of Khosous under control after a shootout between disputing parties.

A security source said the festivities flared due to a wrangle over vehicle passing turns. Romani Milad, a Copt, was killed in the festivities.

Over the past years since the 2011 revolution, Egypt has seen chronic incidents of violence between the Moslem majority and the Coptic minority over multiple reasons including church constructions, conversions, and, sometimes, politics.

Khosous had seen sectarian festivities in April 2012 when abusive graffiti was painted on the walls of an Islamic institute. The festivities left six dead.


Africa North: MBC suspends Bassem Youssef's show to avoid 'influencing voters'
Posted by Fred 04/20/2014  00:00 0 Comments 173 words Read the whole thing on page 2
[Egypt Independent] Dubai-based, Saudi-owned MBC Group has decided to halt the screening of Egypt's most popular comic show during the presidential elections on 26 and 27 May to avoid influencing voters.

Al-Bernameg, by satirist Bassem Youssef, will halt until 30 May "so as not to influence voters during the presidential elections," according to a statement by the network on Saturday.

Youssef had earlier announced a seasonal vacation ending on 9 May, but the network decided to extend the halt to after the polls, with the show returning on 30 May.

Al-Bernameg gained more popularity under the rule of the ousted president Mohammed Morsy with scathing criticisms of the Moslem Brüderbund and Islamist factions. After Morsy's overthrow, Youssef shifted to satirical criticisms of former defense minister Abdel Fattah al-Sisi's presidency supporters.

The show had been faced with trials under Morsy over charges of blasphemy and libel, while it was prevented from CBC satellite channel after Morsy's ouster over material satirical of the transitional authorities.


Afghanistan: 4 Taliban Insurgents Killed in Afghan Army Operation
Posted by Fred 04/20/2014  00:00 0 Comments 152 words Read the whole thing on page 1
[Tolo News] The Ministry of Defense stated on Saturday that at least four Taliban faceless myrmidons were killed and six others were maimed in an Afghan army operation early Friday.

The statement read: "within the last 24 hours, the Afghan army conducted several operations across the country killing four bully boys, wounding six others and arresting four armed bully boys."

Army specialists found and defused 55 roadside kabooms and landmines during the operation.

The statement did not offer details about Afghan army casualties during the operation.


Africa North: Tunisia president slices salary
Posted by Fred 04/20/2014  00:00 0 Comments 96 words Read the whole thing on page 3
[MAGHAREBIA] Tunisian President Moncef Marzouki on Friday (April 18th) voluntarily took a two-thirds pay cut, AFP reported.

"We are facing a financial and economic crisis. The state must be a model... That is why I have decided to lower the legal salary of the president of the republic to a third" of its current level, Marzouki said in a statement.

According to presidential front man Adnan Mansar, Marzouki earned a gross monthly wage of 30,000 dinars (around 13,600 euros), and a net income of 20,000 dinars (9,100 euros).


Syria-Lebanon-Iran: Takfiris decapitate seven Syrian soldiers: Report
Posted by Fred 04/20/2014  00:00 4 Comments 388 words Read the whole thing on page 1
[Iran Press TV] In a recent heinous crime by snuffies in Syria, Takfiri
...an adherent of takfir wal hijra, an offshoot of Salafism that regards everybody who doesn't agree with them as apostates who most be killed...
turbans have captured and decapitated seven soldiers in the east of the Arab country.

The so-called Jund al-Aqsa terrorist group beheaded seven Syrian soldiers in the town of Banesh in eastern province of Idlib on Wednesday, the Syrian website Hadath News reported.

The turbans used cars to drag the soldiers on the streets before they killed and decapitated them.

The turbans also abused the corpses and used sharp instruments to distort their features.

Since the beginning of the crisis in Syria in March 2011, many reports and videos have been released on similar horrific crimes committed by foreign-backed snuffies against the Syrian people and soldiers in Syria.

In February, a disturbing video emerged showing al-Qaeda-linked snuffies in Syria's central province of Homs beheading a man believed to have been a Shia supporter of the government.

The so-called Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which posted the video, said the beheading was conducted by snuffies from the so-called Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant
... the current version of al-Qaeda in Iraq, just as blood-thirsty and well-beloved as the original...
(ISIL).
#1: Allan is pleased
Posted by: Frank G|| 2014-04-20 01:46 ||Comments

#2: Remind me again which side we're on?
Posted by: BrerRabbit|| 2014-04-20 07:53 ||Comments

#3: In this particular case Mein Hare, heads or no heads, we're on the side of the highest body count.
Posted by: Besoeker|| 2014-04-20 09:10 ||Comments

#4: Mein Hare
Credit where due.... 9.74 on the icwutudidthar scale.
Posted by: Shipman|| 2014-04-20 11:46 ||Comments



Africa Horn: Gunmen Abduct Foreigners from Sudan Oilfield
Posted by Fred 04/20/2014  00:00 0 Comments 286 words Read the whole thing on page 1
[An Nahar] Gunmen have kidnapped three workers including a Chinese and an Algerian from an oilfield in Sudan's West Kordofan province, the army said Saturday.

"Armed men yesterday (Friday) attacked the Kanar field in West Kordofan and kidnapped three workers -- a Sudanese, a Chinese and an Algerian," front man Sawarmi Khaled Saad told Agence La Belle France Presse.

He added that three attackers were killed in a firefight with guards at the site.

No further details were immediately available about the kidnapping, which has not been claimed by any group.

West Kordofan borders the province of South Kordofan where Sudanese government forces have been battling rebels for nearly three years.

The festivities in South Kordofan and Blue Nile states with fighters of the Sudan People's Liberation Movement-North (SPLM-N) have displaced or severely affected 1.1 million people, the United Nations
...a lucrative dumping ground for the relatives of dictators and party hacks...
says.

West Kordofan also borders Sudan's western region of Darfur, where the army and allied tribes have since 2003 battled rebels demanding an end to the region's economic marginalisation and power sharing with the Khartoum government.

China is the main investor in Sudan's oil sector, which is vital to the nation's economy.


Caucasus/Russia/Central Asia: Kiev's Orthodox patriarch Says 'Enemy' Russia Doomed to Fail in Ukraine
Posted by Fred 04/20/2014  00:00 1 Comments 2 words Read the whole thing on page 3


Caucasus/Russia/Central Asia: Russian Patriarch Says Ukraine, Russia United in Orthodox Faith
Posted by Fred 04/20/2014  00:00 0 Comments 2 words Read the whole thing on page 3


Caucasus/Russia/Central Asia: Beatings, Arson Target pro-Kiev Journalists in Ukraine's Rebel East
Posted by Fred 04/20/2014  00:00 0 Comments 2 words Read the whole thing on page 3


Syria-Lebanon-Iran: Syria Army Advances in Homs as Car Bomb Kills 14
Posted by Fred 04/20/2014  00:00 0 Comments 977 words Read the whole thing on page 1
[An Nahar] Syrian army forces advanced Friday around rebel-held areas of the Old City of Homs, as a boom-mobile hit a regime-controlled part of the city, killing 14 people.

Around 1,200 rebel fighters and nearly 200 civilians are believed to be inside the rebel-held parts of the Old City, under army siege for nearly two years.

The army, which began a broad offensive there on Tuesday, "is progressing daily by capturing buildings and tightening the noose around the terrorist groups", a security source said.

Syrian authorities refer to all those seeking the ouster of Hereditary President-for-Life Bashir Pencilneck al-Assad
Supressor of the Damascenes...
as "terrorists".

The source added that regime forces had seized a church in the Old City.

State news agency SANA said the army had captured buildings in the Bab Hud and Wadi al-Sayeh districts and "killed a number of faceless myrmidons in Homs city and around it".

Rami Abdel Rahman, director of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, confirmed the advance, saying the army was shelling Bab Hud and Wadi al-Sayeh.

But he said the regime had so far only captured buildings rather than whole streets and fighting was continuing.

"There are street battles, but the loyalist forces are not advancing much because the buildings are mined," said the head of the monitoring group, which collects its information from a network of medics on the ground and opposition activists.

The remaining rebel fighters in Homs "know the area very well and refuse to leave. They want to fight until the end", he added.

On Thursday, members of the U.N. Security Council 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 plight of Syrian civilians caught in the renewed fighting in Homs.

And they called for implementation of a resolution passed in February urging immediate access of humanitarian assistance in all parts of Syria.

The U.S. on Friday described the situation in Homs as "desperate and tragic" and called on the Syrian government to stop attacks in the city.

A State Department statement called for an "end to the barbaric acts committed against civilians".

In February, a U.N.-led operation evacuated around half of the 3,000 people trapped under army siege in rebel-held parts of Homs city.

On Thursday, U.N.-Arab League
...an organization of Arabic-speaking states with 22 member countries and four observers. The League tries to achieve Arab consensus on issues, which usually leaves them doing nothing but a bit of grimacing and mustache cursing...
envoy Lakhdar Brahimi urged the Syrian government and opposition to resume discussions about lifting the siege.

"It is a matter of deep regret that negotiations were brutally stopped and violence is now rife again when a comprehensive agreement seemed close at hand," Brahimi added.

On Friday afternoon, state media and the Observatory reported, a boom-mobile went kaboom! outside a mosque in the government-controlled Homs district of Al-Walid.

State media said it detonated as people were leaving the mosque after weekly Friday prayers.

Meanwhile,
...back at the argument, Livia grabbed for Jane's hair to make her point. Jane elbowed her in the face in rebuttal...
in northern Aleppo city, the Observatory said at least 10 people had been killed in shelling and aerial bombardment of rebel-held areas.

At least three children were among those killed, the monitoring group said.

The Syrian regime has waged a campaign of aerial raids including the use of explosives-packed barrel bombs that has prompted an exodus of civilians from rebel-held areas.

In recent days fighting between rebels and regime forces in the city has ramped up, with some 50 combatants from both sides killed in an opposition assault on a military base on an eastern outskirt of Aleppo, according to the Observatory.

And in Mleiha, in Damascus province, the Observatory said at least 15 air raids had been carried out as regime forces backed by fighters from Leb's Hizbullah
...Party of God, a Leb militia inspired, founded, funded and directed by Iran. Hizbullah refers to itself as The Resistance and purports to defend Leb against Israel, with whom it has started and lost one disastrous war to date, though it did claim victory...
battled rebels on the ground.


Syria-Lebanon-Iran: Syria Rivalry Sharply Splits Jihadist Ranks
Posted by Fred 04/20/2014  00:00 2 Comments 133 words Read the whole thing on page 2
[An Nahar] Rivalry between jihadist groups fighting in Syria has sharply divided global Death Eater ranks once loosely allied under Al-Qaeda, sparking infighting which experts say has hampered efforts to topple Hereditary President-for-Life Bashir Pencilneck al-Assad
Horror of Homs...
.

And while big shots of Al-Qaeda were all but above question under revered founder the late Osama bin Laden
#1: I understand faction fights after winning over the original regime, but fuction fighting when losing...
Posted by: g(r)omgoru|| 2014-04-20 05:17 ||Comments

#2: Very common. Those who have what they believe to be a better way, one that will lead to winning rather than losing, will try to take over from those leading the losing, g(r)omgoru.
Posted by: trailing wife|| 2014-04-20 06:56 ||Comments



Africa North: Egypt Brotherhood Leader Jailed for Prosecutor Insult
Posted by Fred 04/20/2014  00:00 0 Comments 150 words Read the whole thing on page 2
[AnNahar] An Egyptian court on Saturday sentenced an Islamist leader on trial for murder alongside deposed president Mohammed Morsi to a year in jail for insulting a prosecutor, judicial sources said.

Top Muslim Brotherhood member Mohammed al-Beltagui and Morsi were both in court Saturday accused of inciting the killing of opposition protesters outside the presidential palace in Cairo in December 2012.

Their trial is part of a relentless crackdown targeting Morsi and the Brotherhood since the military ousted him on July 3, ending a turbulent single year in office.

The sources said Beltagui, who is currently in custody along with scores of other Brotherhood leaders, was condemned for "insulting" a prosecutor during Saturday's hearing, but without elaborating.

It is the first time a senior member of the Brotherhood has been given a jail sentence since Morsi's ouster.

Beltagui's lawyer Mohammed Abu Leila told Agence France Presse that such sentences cannot be appealed.


Iraq: Violence Kills 29 as Iraqi Forces Hit Militants
Posted by Fred 04/20/2014  00:00 0 Comments 348 words Read the whole thing on page 1
[An Nahar] Violence in Iraq killed 29 people Saturday, most of them snuffies who died in a security forces assault that pushed them out of an area west of Storied Baghdad, officials said.

Anti-government fighters have held shifting parts of Anbar lovely provincial capital Ramadi and all of the city of 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...
both west of Storied Baghdad, for more than three months, with security forces still struggling to bring parts of the province back under government control.

Early on Saturday, security forces assaulted the Al-Hamira area south of Ramadi, retaking it from bully boys, an army colonel and a police lieutenant colonel said.

The fighting killed 21 snuffies and two soldiers, the officers said.

The crisis in the desert province of Anbar erupted in late December when security forces dismantled Iraq's main Sunni Arab anti-government protest camp just outside Ramadi.

Militants subsequently seized parts of Ramadi and all of Fallujah, the first time anti-government forces have exercised such open control in major cities since the peak of the deadly violence that followed the U.S.-led invasion of 2003.

In Mishahada, north of Storied Baghdad, a jacket wallah targeted an army base on Saturday, killing at least four soldiers and wounding six, and bombings in the capital itself killed at least two people.


Syria-Lebanon-Iran: Two Children Killed, Three Injured in Dynamite Explosion in Akkar
Posted by Fred 04/20/2014  00:00 0 Comments 57 words Read the whole thing on page 1
[An Nahar] Two children were killed on Saturday and three others were injured when a dynamite stick they were playing with exploded in the northern plain of Akkar, the state-run National News Agency said. The children, mostly from al-Ali family, were playing in the al-Bahr neighborhood close to the northern Qulaiat airport base when the dynamite exploded.


Africa Subsaharan: Boko Haram Says It Bombed Abuja
Posted by Fred 04/20/2014  00:00 0 Comments 244 words Read the whole thing on page 1
[NY Times] Islamic snuffies on Saturday grabbed credit for the rush-hour kaboom on Monday that destroyed a busy bus station in Nigeria's capital, Abuja, killing at least 75 people and wounding 141.

"We are in your city, but you don't know where we are," the leader of the Boko Haram
... not to be confused with Procol Harum, Harum Scarum, possibly to be confused with Helter Skelter. The Nigerian version of al-Qaeda and the Taliban rolled together and flavored with a smigeon of distinctly Subsaharan ignorance and brutality...
terrorist network, Abubakar Shekau, said in a new video that threatens more attacks.

"Yes, we are the ones who carried out the attack in Abuja," Mr. Shekau said in the video made available to news outlets.

The attack undermined claims by the government and military that they have contained the Islamic uprising to the northeast of the country, and it raised fears that the Boko Haram insurgency is spreading.


Government: Scalia to students on high taxes: At a certain point, 'perhaps you should revolt'
Posted by Fred 04/20/2014  00:00 4 Comments 91 words Read the whole thing on page 3
[WASHINGTONTIMES] The longest-serving justice currently on the bench answered the student by saying that the government has the constitutional right to implement the tax, "but if it reaches a certain point, perhaps you should revolt."

Justice Scalia continued to tell the students that they have every right to express criticism of the government.

"You're entitled to criticize the government, and you can use words, you can use symbols, you can use telegraph, you can use Morse code, you can burn a flag," he said, according to the News Sentinel.

#1: When the government takes more than 50% of what you create by labor or skill, you exist to serve the state. You have become an indentured servant of the state (all of course in the name of the poor, underprivileged, etc as directed by the upper 10 percent).
Posted by: Procopius2k|| 2014-04-20 08:30 ||Comments

#2: Reid says the American people (ranchers, Tea Party) are domestic terrorists. Scalia says perhaps we should revolt over taxes (the life blood of the government). Reid's a blithering idiot and makes little sense with his babblings. Scalia, on the other hand...
Posted by: JohnQC|| 2014-04-20 09:21 ||Comments

#3: A "Tax Revolt" is unlikely in Blue areas. Takes a bloody genius eh ?

Posted by: Besoeker|| 2014-04-20 09:31 ||Comments

#4: Every time I see that map I am astounded by the permanency of the remnants of the Southern cotton culture. The termination of the blue streak north of NOLA must be due to 20th century oil and gas.

See that little blue spot in North Florida? Those 2 counties were the largest cotton growing areas in Florida prior to 1910.
Posted by: Shipman|| 2014-04-20 11:56 ||Comments



Britain: State Schools Targeted For Takeover In Muslim 'Trojan Horse' Plot
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  • [DAILYMAIL.CO.UK] Department for Education investigating three Birmingham schools

  • Schools at centre of alleged plot to introduce hardline Muslim teaching

  • Leaked report found male and female pupils were forced to sit apart

  • Says Christian students were left to teach themselves religious education

  • Lessons in art, literature, evolution and sex education also restricted

    Governors were also dismissive or rude towards senior female staff


  • India-Pakistan: Musharraf lands in Karachi amid tight security
    Posted by Fred 04/20/2014  00:00 0 Comments 246 words Read the whole thing on page 2
    [DAWN] Former president Pervez Perv Musharraf
    ... former dictator of Pakistain, who was less dictatorial and corrupt than any Pak civilian government to date ...
    's special chartered plane has arrived 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...
    on late Saturday night, after departing from Islamabad.

    The port city has been on high alert with roads being cordoned off for the former president's security.

    It is the first time that the former president, who will be staying at his residence in the city, has left Islamabad after being indicted in a high treason case by a special court last month.

    Musharraf is due to appear in court in person in Islamabad on Monday in the murder case of a slain Baloch nationalist leader, or face arrest.


    India-Pakistan: Moral dilemmas
    Posted by Fred 04/20/2014  00:00 0 Comments 496 words Read the whole thing on page 4
    [DAWN] A READER recently accused me of inconsistency. He pointed out that despite my advocacy of human rights
    ...which are usually entirely different from personal liberty...
    , I had argued for tough action and laws against terrorists.

    He went on to argue -- quite rightly -- that the state ought not to stoop to the level of the bully boyz in its attempt to defeat them. I agree that there is no moral equivalence between the criminal actions of snuffies and terrorists, and the means adopted by the state to combat these criminals.

    Moving from the general to the specific, we in Pakistain find ourselves at war with a cruel foe who is not bound by the Geneva Conventions. He has unleashed the most barbaric violence against the people and institutions of Pakistain. What should our response be?

    Should we deal in his own coin and use similarly vicious means, suspending our own liberal laws and civil liberties in the process? To an extent, other countries have done just this: witness the robust laws and anti-terror forces put in place in the West after 9/11. Despite the many human rights violations that have resulted, these countries have managed to contain the threat of Islamist terrorism.

    But it is easier to enact laws and take tough action against the 'other': the perceived danger in the West largely comes from immigrant Mohammedans and their descendants, making it easier to crack down with wide public support. In Sri Lanka, the Tamils are widely seen as outsiders by the majority Sinhalese, allowing the government to adopt draconian measures against the separatist LTTE.

    Things are not as clear-cut in Pakistain. The Taliban and their various constituent factions are widely viewed as misled brethren, despite all the atrocities they have committed. This is why so many Paks support 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...
    in his efforts to negotiate with them. Interestingly, the Baloch nationalist movement receives no such understanding, and security forces are allowed to conduct their brutal campaign against the Baloch without much criticism by the Pak public and the media.


    India-Pakistan: Three militants killed in Balochistan violence
    Posted by Fred 04/20/2014  00:00 0 Comments 270 words Read the whole thing on page 1
    [DAWN] Frontier Corps (FC) claimed to have killed three faceless myrmidons in Balochistan
    ...the Pak province bordering Kandahar and Uruzgun provinces in Afghanistan and Sistan Baluchistan in Iran. Its native Baloch propulation is being displaced by Pashtuns and Punjabis and they aren't happy about it...
    's troubled Panjgoor district on Saturday evening, an official said.

    Khan Wasey, the Spokesman for FC, said miscreants shot up the patrolling party of FC in Tasp area of Panjgoor.

    He said security forces quickly responded and three attackers were killed.

    "The miscreants left three cycle of violences as well," Wasey stated. The attack was followed by an exchange of fire between security forces and Death Eaters.

    "Some miscreants were maimed during the exchange of fire," he said.

    More personnel were called in the area to bring the situation under control. The situation was tense in the aftermath of armed clash in Tasp.

    Panjgoor is considered to be one of the sensitive districts of Balochistan, Pakistain's least developed province.


    India-Pakistan: Quetta violence claims at least four lives
    Posted by Fred 04/20/2014  00:00 0 Comments 689 words Read the whole thing on page 1
    [DAWN] At least four people, including a police officer and a 14-year-old girl, were killed Saturday in separate incidents of violence in Quetta, the capital of Balochistan
    ...the Pak province bordering Kandahar and Uruzgun provinces in Afghanistan and Sistan Baluchistan in Iran. Its native Baloch propulation is being displaced by Pashtuns and Punjabis and they aren't happy about it...

    In the first reported incident, police said armed gunnies rubbed out a police officer and critically injured his son in the Sariab road area.

    Imran Qureshi, the Superintendent of Police, said two gunnies on a cycle of violence sprayed bullets at the vehicle of Assistant Sub Inspector Police Kudratullah.

    He said the son of the ASI suffered serious wounds as a result of the attack. "This was an apparent act of assassination," Qureshi said.

    The gunnies sped away on their cycle of violence after the attack. However,
    there's more than one way to stuff a chicken...
    the police were quick to reach the site of attack and shift the injured son of the ASI to Civil Hospital Quetta for medical treatment.

    Qureshi said the police officer was en route from his residence to the market when he was targeted by bully boys.

    There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack.

    Quetta and other parts of Balochistan have seen a sharp rise in incidents of bombings and assassinations. The incident comes three days after gunnies killed two people in the same area.

    In another incident of assassination, gunnies bumped off an Afghan national in the Satellite Town area.

    Police said two gunnies on a cycle of violence shot up an Afghan national and killed him on the spot.

    "The assailants had not covered their faces," a police officer, who requested anonymity, told Dawn.com. He added that "it was an act of assassination."

    In a seemingly unrelated incident, two people were killed in a firing incident in the city's Kasi road area, police said.

    A police official told Dawn.com that gunnies shot up a house in Kasi road area and killed the two people including a 14-year old girl. "This was an act of tribal dispute," said the police official.

    The bodies were rushed to Civil Hospital Quetta for postmortem.


    India-Pakistan: Police say two UN workers 'likely' abducted in Karachi
    Posted by Fred 04/20/2014  00:00 0 Comments 387 words Read the whole thing on page 1
    [DAWN] Police officials on Friday said two local workers of the United Nations
    ...an organization originally established to war on dictatorships which was promptly infiltrated by dictatorships and is now held in thrall to dictatorships...
    have gone missing from Gulshan-e-Maymar neigbourhood of the port city fearing they might have been kidnapped, DawnNews reported.

    According to initial reports both UN officials are residents of Hyderabad who were visiting Bloody Karachi
    ...formerly the capital of Pakistain, now merely its most important port and financial center. It is among the largest cities in the world, with a population of 18 million, most of whom hate each other and many of whom are armed and dangerous...
    for leisure. Police said their mobile phones are switched off which implies that they have been kidnapped.

    They said UN workers Sami Nawaz and Farrukh Saleem came for a picnic at a water park located at Super Highway. Their search went underway after wife of one of them reached to police for help.

    Police and Citizen Police Liaison Committee (CPLC) are looking into the incident.

    Meanwhile,
    ...back at the revival hall, Buford bit the snake and Eloise began speaking in tongues...
    three people including two political activists are allegedly taken away by faceless myrmidons in plain clothes from Shah Faisal Colony area of the city to some holy man's guesthouse an undisclosed location, DawnNews reported quoting sources as saying.


    India-Pakistan: Seminary teacher, student killed in 'sectarian attack'
    Posted by Fred 04/20/2014  00:00 0 Comments 403 words Read the whole thing on page 1
    [DAWN] A seminary teacher and a student were rubbed out in a sectarian attack on Shahrah-e-Noorjehan on Friday afternoon, officials said.

    A brother of one of the victims was also maimed in the attack, the police added.

    The victims were waiting for a rickshaw near a marriage hall close to the Sakhi Hasan traffic intersection when they were attacked, said Shadman DSP Iftikhar Lodhi.

    The police added that Esar Qasmi was struck down in his prime while his brother Zia Rehman and Masood Shabbir were maimed.

    The victims were taken to the Abbasi Shaheed Hospital from where they were taken to a private hospital on Stadium Road where Masood died during treatment.

    "It was an act of assassination," the DSP said.

    Shahrah-e-Noorjehan SHO Asif Munawwar said that the victims belonged to the Ahle Sunnat Wal Jamaat
    ...which is the false nose and plastic mustache of the murderous banned extremist group Sipah-e-Sahaba Pakistain, whatcha might call the political wing of Lashkar-e-Jhangvi...
    (ASWJ). He added that the attack was the result of sectarianism.

    The police seized nine spent bullet casings of a 9mm pistol from the spot, he said.

    Some witnesses said that gunnies were riding a cycle of violence while others said the attackers were travelling in a car, the police officer said.

    An ASWJ spokesperson said that Masood was a seminary teacher in New Mianwali Colony of Manghopir while Esar Qasmi was a seminary student.

    He said the victims were returning home after performing their "security duty" at the Siddiq Akbar mosque during Friday prayers when they were targeted


    Syria-Lebanon-Iran: 'Extremist' Syrians Arrested in Bekaa Ambush
    Posted by Fred 04/20/2014  00:00 0 Comments 361 words Read the whole thing on page 1
    [An Nahar] The army tossed in the slammer
    Please don't kill me!
    on Saturday a group of "extremist" Syrians near the town of Beit Lahya in the Bekaa.

    "Army intelligence was able to detain several bad boy Syrians in an ambush near Beit Layha," the state-run National News Agency reported.

    NNA noted that the captured men belonged to "an bad boy organization."

    Later in the evening the military institution announced in a communique arresting six Syrian nationals for "illegally entering Leb."

    Saturday's arrests come as army troops and security forces are implementing a security plan adopted by the cabinet to end the state of chaos in the North and the Bekaa.

    The plan was first implemented in the northern city of 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...
    in an attempt to put an end to the festivities that frequently erupt between the city's rival neighborhoods of Bab al-Tabbaneh and Jabal Mohsen.

    It was then implemented in the Bekaa region, with the security forces cracking down on gunnies, car theft gangs, and other outlaws.

    The plan has resulted so far in the arrest of dozens of runaways.


    The Grand Turk: Kidnapped French journalists found on Turkey’s Syrian border
    Posted by Steve White 04/20/2014  00:00 0 Comments 203 words Read the whole thing on page 1
    Four French journalists held hostage in Syria since June were found by Turkish soldiers on its border with Syria on Saturday, Turkish media reported, and French President Francois Hollande said the four were in good health. Nicolas Henin, Pierre Torres, Edouard Elias and Didier Francois were found in Sanliurfa province blindfolded with their hands bound, Dogan News Agency said.

    Hollande said the four were in “good health, in spite of the very gruelling conditions of their captivity.” They will be taken to France in the coming hours, he said in a statement.

    Dogan said the journalists had been kidnapped by the rebel group Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) but that an unknown group brought the journalists to the Turkish border on Friday night. They would be handed over to French officials after medical checks, it said.

    Francois, a veteran war correspondent working for Europe 1 radio, and Elias, a photographer, were abducted in early June on their way to Aleppo. Henin, who was working for Le Point magazine and Torres, reporting for French-German television channel Arte, were taken later that month.

    Syria is the most dangerous place in the world for journalists, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists.


    Olde Tyme Religion: The Middle East War on Christians
    Posted by trailing wife 04/20/2014  00:00 1 Comments 407 words Read the whole thing on page 4
    Muslim-majority nations are doing to followers of Jesus what they did to the Jews.

    by Ron Prosor

    [WSJ] This week, as Jews celebrate the Passover holiday, they are commemorating the Bible's Exodus story describing a series of plagues inflicted on ancient Egypt that freed the Israelites, allowing them to make their way to the Holy Land. But over the past century, another exodus, driven by a plague of persecution, has swept across the Middle East and is emptying the region of its Christian population. The persecution is especially virulent today.

    The Middle East may be the birthplace of three monotheistic religions, but some Arab nations appear bent on making it the burial ground for two one of them. For 2,000 years, Christian communities dotted the region, enriching the Arab world with literature, culture and commerce. At the turn of the 20th century, Christians made up 26% of the Middle East's population. Today, that figure has dwindled to less than 10%. Intolerant and bad boy governments are driving away the Christian communities that have lived in the Middle East since their faith was born.

    In the rubble of Syrian cities like Aleppo and Damascus, Christians who refused to convert to Islam have been kidnapped, shot and beheaded by Islamist opposition fighters. In Egypt, mobs of Moslem Brüderbund members burn Coptic Christian churches in the same way they once obliterated Jewish synagogues. And in Iraq, forces of Evil deliberately target Christian worshippers. This past Christmas, 26 people were killed when a bomb destroyed a crowd of worshipers leaving a church in Storied Baghdad's southern Dora neighborhood.

    Christians are losing their lives, liberties, businesses and their houses of worship across the Middle East. It is little wonder that native Christians have sought refuge in neighboring countries--yet in many cases they find themselves equally unwelcome. Over the past 10 years, nearly two-thirds of Iraq's 1.5 million Christians have been driven from their homes. Many settled in Syria before once again becoming victims of unrelenting persecution. Syria's Christian population has dropped from 30% in the 1920s to less than 10% today.

    Mr. Prosor is Israel's ambassador to the United Nations.
    #1: Anyone who paid attention to the plight of the Copts in Egypt would not be surprised.
    Posted by: Procopius2k|| 2014-04-20 08:22 ||Comments



    Arabia: Two expats die of Mers in Jeddah
    Posted by Steve White 04/20/2014  00:00 0 Comments 225 words Read the whole thing on page 3
    Two foreigners died of Mers in the Saudi city of Jeddah, the health ministry said on Saturday, as fears rise over the spreading respiratory virus in the kingdom’s commercial hub. The ministry said five more people were infected with the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome in the western city, including two foreign medics aged 54.

    The latest deaths of a 64-year-old and 44-year-old, whose nationalities were undisclosed, bring to 76 the overall number of people to have died of Mers in Saudi Arabia, from a total of 231 infections.

    Panic over the spread of Mers among medical staff in Jeddah this month forced the temporary closure of a hospital emergency room, prompting Health Minister Abdullah Al Rabiah to visit the facility in a bid to calm the public. On Wednesday, at least four doctors at the King Fahd hospital reportedly resigned after refusing to treat Mers patients, apparently out of fear of infection.

    Mers was initially concentrated in eastern Saudi Arabia but it now affects other areas.

    The World Health Organisation said on Thursday it had been told of 243 laboratory-confirmed cases of Mers infections worldwide, of which 93 have proved fatal. The virus is considered a deadlier but less-transmissible cousin of the Sars virus that erupted in Asia in 2003 and infected 8,273 people, nine per cent of whom died.


    Europe: U.S. Ground Troops Going To Poland, Defense Minister Says
    Posted by trailing wife 04/20/2014  00:00 2 Comments 156 words Read the whole thing on page 3
    [[WashingtonPost] Poland and the United States will announce next week the deployment of U.S. ground forces to Poland as part of an expansion of NATO
    ...the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. It's headquartered in Belgium. That sez it all....
    presence in Central and Eastern Europe in response to events in Ukraine. That was the word from Poland's defense minister, Tomasz Siemoniak, who visited The Post Friday after meeting with Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel at the Pentagon on Thursday.

    Siemoniak said the decision has been made on a political level and that military planners are working out details. There will also be intensified cooperation in air defense, special forces, cyberdefense and other areas. Poland will play a leading regional role, "under U.S. patronage," he said.
    #1: Task Force Smith to the courtesy phone.

    BTW, a 'trip wire' means it will set off a nuclear exchange. However, in this case the Benghazi Bunch at the WH, it means a lot of good troops will die for nothing or simply be directed to surrender and be prisoners. That would in turn either totally demoralize the uniform services or initiate a coup, or both. A demoralized military will not be effective in putting down any internal insurrection and possibly go over to such events. Can we say, these people are not competent.
    Posted by: Procopius2k|| 2014-04-20 08:28 ||Comments

    #2: It's a group from Ft Hood. (I was talking to someone in the deployment.) They were supposed to be going to Germany, but re-assigned, to Poland and (are you ready) Latvia.
    Posted by: ed in texas|| 2014-04-20 09:00 ||Comments



    Arabia: Two killed in Bahrain car kaboom
    Posted by Steve White 04/20/2014  00:00 0 Comments 127 words Read the whole thing on page 1
    An explosion in a car killed two people and wounded a third in a village in Bahrain on Saturday, the Interior Ministry said.

    The ministry said on its Twitter account the explosion was in the village of Al Maqshaa', along the Budayya highway, outside of the capital Manama.

    "Initial inspections uncovered two burnt bodies and a third with burn wounds was taken to hospital," the ministry said.
    Third-degree burns? That's going to hurt...
    There were early signs the car contained explosive substances, it added.
    Really? What was your first clue?


    Arabia: Air strike kills 13 hard boyz in central Yemen
    Posted by Steve White 04/20/2014  00:00 1 Comments 188 words Read the whole thing on page 1
    A drone zap An air strike killed 13 suspected Al Qaeda militants in the central Yemeni province of Al Bayda on Saturday, security and tribal sources said.

    "An air strike targeted cars that suspected Al Qaeda militants were in and killed 13 of them in the Sawma'a area of Al Bayda," a security source said.

    The tribal sources said a drone had been circling Al Bayda for days and on Saturday struck two cars the suspected militants were in. Three civilians who happened to be in a nearby car were also killed, they said.

    Nasser Salem, a witness who arrived at the scene after the strike, said: "We found a completely burnt car and body parts strewn around and we started picking them up," he said.
    Relics?
    Al Bayda has seen serious security incidents in the past. In December, 15 people on their way to a wedding were killed by an air strike after their party was apparently mistaken for an Al Qaeda convoy, according to security officials.
    #1: I hope this is a drone harvest resulting from the recent Al Qaeda open-air leadership conference.
    Posted by: Besoeker|| 2014-04-20 11:13 ||Comments



    India-Pakistan: Hamid Mir wounded in Pakistan gun attack
    Posted by Fred 04/20/2014  00:00 0 Comments 510 words Read the whole thing on page 1
    [BBC] Gunmen have shot and maimed one of Pakistain's best known television presenters in the city of 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...

    Police said the attackers opened fire on Hamid Mir's car near the airport.

    The presenter for Geo TV received three bullets, but was in a stable condition, the officials added.

    There have been previous attempts on the life of Mr Mir, the first journalist to interview the late Osama bin Laden
    ... who is now sometimes referred to as Mister Bones...
    after 9/11. Pakistain is one of the most dangerous countries for the media.

    The attack has been strongly condemned by Pak politicians, including 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...

    Last month, Mr Sharif pledged to do more to protect journalists in Pakistain.
    That's working well.

    Car chase
    Mr Mir had just landed in Karachi and was on his way to the studios of Geo TV, a private Pak news channel, when unidentified gunnies in a car and on cycle of violences reportedly tailed him before opening fire.

    Police said he sustained three gunshot wounds, but that his life was not in danger.

    In 2001, Mr Mir became the first journalist to interview Osama bin Laden following the 9/11 attacks
    Mr Mir's brother, a leading investigative journalist, has accused the country's intelligence agency, the ISI (Inter-Services Intelligence), of orchestrating the attack, reports the BBC's Shahzeb Jillani, in Karachi.

    According to his brother, Mr Mir had recently told family and colleagues that he had received threats from the ISI because of his political views.

    In 2012, the Pak Taliban tried to kill Mr Mir by planting half a kilogram (1lb) of explosives under his car outside his home in the capital, Islamabad.

    But the remote-controlled bomb failed to go off.


    Africa Subsaharan: Boko Haram: Women in clergy vow to strip, point breasts to God in protest
    Posted by Fred 04/20/2014  00:00 2 Comments 459 words Read the whole thing on page 2
    [DAILYPOST.NG] Nigerian women in clergy today trooped out in number in protest of the recent happenings in the country. The group which comprises female Pastors, Prophetesses, Rev. Sisters, Pastor's wives and evangelists say they were ready to use every means, including their 'breast' to pray to God for intervention. The women of God said they were ready to use the power of women as manifested in the bible to rise against all kinds of violence in the country.

    The group who were all clad in black attires said they were ready to strip naked before God and pray to God, using the very 'breast' the Boko Haram
    ... not to be confused with Procol Harum, Harum Scarum, possibly to be confused with Helter Skelter. The Nigerian version of al-Qaeda and the Taliban rolled together and flavored with a smigeon of distinctly Subsaharan ignorance and brutality...
    Death Eaters sucked at some point to reach out to God in Protest. Speaking during the protest march that metamorphosed into a courtesy call at the Nigerian Christian Pilgrims Commission in Abuja, where the Association took their protest to the Executive Director, one of the women of God, Pastor Mama Praise said, '' we stand with the authority of the most high and declare today that all forms of violence in our land be put to an abrupt end. These Boko Haram members were all born by women, and at some point, we fed them with our breast, the same breast will be a curse unto them if we expose it while crying to God and pointing it to the high heavens.''

    Also speaking , the President, Nigerian women in clergy, Prophetess Nonnie Roberson said Nigerian women were angry over the ongoing event in the country, particularly the inversion of the country by Boko Haram terrorists. While introducing the group to the Director, she said ''we are ordained women ministers of God who have taken up our responsibilities as wailing women as posited in Jeremiah chapter 9. Our mission is taking a spiritual stand against injustice in the Land. We engage and operate in spiritual warfare and advocacy having been mandated to raise our voices for the voiceless woman; we are advancing against the wickedness in the land like Deborah, rebuilding the walls like Nehemiah and displacing the ungodly like Esther. We are also committed to intercession, projecting peace, supporting good governance and promoting righteousness in the leadership of our dear Nation. ''
    #1: LOL. Another example of "point-your-breasts-in-protest syndrome." Give it a shot.
    Posted by: JohnQC|| 2014-04-20 09:00 ||Comments

    #2: Seems to me, Those who are willing to Bare their breasts, usually don't have any.
    Posted by: Redneck Jim|| 2014-04-20 09:20 ||Comments



    Africa Subsaharan: Cameroon: Fears in Cameroon of Boko Haram Recruitment
    Posted by Fred 04/20/2014  00:00 0 Comments 354 words Read the whole thing on page 2
    [ALLAFRICA] Nigeria's Death Eater Islamist group Boko Haram
    ... not to be confused with Procol Harum, Harum Scarum, possibly to be confused with Helter Skelter. The Nigerian version of al-Qaeda and the Taliban rolled together and flavored with a smigeon of distinctly Subsaharan ignorance and brutality...
    are believed to be actively recruiting fighters across the border in Cameroon's Far North Region, according to residents and local government officials.

    More than 100 suspected Boko Haram fighters and preachers (the latter presumed to have links with the group), have been tossed in the slammer
    Drop the gat, Rocky, or you're a dead 'un!
    in Far North Region since 2012, but many have been released due to lack of evidence, according to a local security official.

    "There are many Moslem brothers coming from Nigeria with the aim of preaching to the youths. The government has warned against this practice, but they still reach out to the young people because they make them promises and give them money," said Ibrahim Haman, an Islamic preacher and elder in Mora District in the Far North.

    Residents of Mayo-Sava area in Far North Region say that unidentified preachers are secretly reaching out to youths in their locality. Haman pointed out that some youths have managed to escape the sect after being recruited, but many others have not returned.

    "Boko Haram is considered here as just another religious group, and it is not difficult to be a member if you want to. Young people from here have been induced into joining Boko Haram," he said.


    Syria-Lebanon-Iran: Car Bomber Kills 6 At Syrian Government Checkpoint
    Posted by trailing wife 04/20/2014  00:00 0 Comments 94 words Read the whole thing on page 1
    [Ynet] A jacket wallah in a car went kaboom! at a checkpoint near a government-controlled town in central Syria early Saturday, killing at least six soldiers, activists said.

    The Britannia-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights also said the bombing near Salamiya left an unknown number of civilian casualties.


    Africa North: New Militant Group Claims Responsibility For Friday Blast In Cairo
    Posted by trailing wife 04/20/2014  00:00 5 Comments 133 words Read the whole thing on page 1
    [Ynet] The Egyptian bad boy group Ajnad Misr grabbed credit on Saturday for a blast that killed one police officer in Cairo.

    The bomb went kaboom! in Cairo's Leb Square on Friday night, killing the officer and wounding another.

    Ajnad Misr, or Soldiers of Egypt, said in a statement on an Islamist website that its turbans had monitored a police checkpoint in the square before detonating the bomb.
    #1: this group has had about a half dozen operations since early Feb

    Posted by: lord garth|| 2014-04-20 00:16 ||Comments

    #2: Thank you, lord garth. Any idea if they are connected to the Muslim Brotherhood, Al Qaeda in the Sinai Peninsula or some other pre-existing group?
    Posted by: trailing wife|| 2014-04-20 06:47 ||Comments

    #3: Here's what a quick google search yielded: link
    Posted by: trailing wife|| 2014-04-20 06:53 ||Comments

    #4: tw,

    tactics are AlQ-like. However, targets are the kind the MBrotherhood would choose.
    Posted by: lord garth|| 2014-04-20 08:00 ||Comments

    #5: Certainly is comforting that we no longer have to be concerned with... "Core Al Qaeda."

    [sarc off]
    Posted by: Besoeker|| 2014-04-20 09:15 ||Comments



    Syria-Lebanon-Iran: No Food In Palestinian Refugee Camp, UN Reports
    Posted by trailing wife 04/20/2014  00:00 5 Comments 116 words Read the whole thing on page 2
    [Ynet] The UN Relief and Works Agency said Saturday that as of Sunday, the refugees in a Paleostinian refugee camp in Syria will be out of food.

    "This is the tenth consecutive day that UNRWA has been unable to distribute food assistance inside Yarmouk. Given that an UNRAW food parcel lasts for a maximum of 10 days, from tomorrow there will be no UN food in the camp," front man Chris Gunness said.

    According to the UN agency, on April 18 they were not authorized to enter the camp and distribute food following the recent escalation between the sides of the on going conflict in Syria.
    #1: They'll have to boil suicide vests for food?
    Posted by: g(r)omgoru|| 2014-04-20 00:59 ||Comments

    #2: They can eat their hate
    Posted by: Frank G|| 2014-04-20 01:53 ||Comments

    #3:
    Posted by: Big Thromoth3646|| 2014-04-20 04:57 ||Comments

    #4: There's always the Donner Pass option. Their proclivity for this sort of thing has already been seen.
    Posted by: Besoeker|| 2014-04-20 05:15 ||Comments

    #5: Good time to go on a hunger strike...
    Posted by: tu3031|| 2014-04-20 10:54 ||Comments



    Israel-Palestine-Jordan: Israel's Natural Gas Ambitions Could Face Russian Opposition
    Posted by trailing wife 04/20/2014  00:00 4 Comments 26 words Read the whole thing on page 3
    [Ynet] Turkey's endorsement of Russian pipeline could create political conflict with new-found Israeli gas interests in Europe. Are Israel and Russia on an economic collision course?
    #1: If the Turkish govt wanted to hedge, they would get pipelines going from both Israel and Russia. On the other hand, Europe would do well to stay away from Pootie Poot. The other fly in the ointment is how confident is Israel that the Turkish govt will honor its commitments.
    Posted by: Alaska Paul|| 2014-04-20 00:38 ||Comments

    #2: Actually, Russia's Gazprom is a partner in Israeli/Cypriot gas fields.
    Posted by: g(r)omgoru|| 2014-04-20 01:22 ||Comments

    #3: Good counterpoint, G(r)om. But I couldn't find a date for the news. On February 26th, that culminated in Russia’s Gazprom clinching a key deal to market Israeli liquefied natural gas (LNG).

    Izzat this year?
    Posted by: Bobby|| 2014-04-20 08:59 ||Comments

    #4: 2013, Bobby. http://www.neurope.eu/article/gazprom-lng-purchase-deal-israel
    Posted by: Odysseus|| 2014-04-20 11:28 ||Comments



    Syria-Lebanon-Iran: Report: Dozens Hurt In Chemical Weapons Attack In Homs
    Posted by trailing wife 04/20/2014  00:00 0 Comments 753 words Read the whole thing on page 1
    [Ynet] OPCW says Syria has gotten rid of 80% of chemical arsenal, if momentum kepts, all declared chemical agents will be out of the country by April 27.

    Dozens of people were hurt in a chemical weapons attack committed by the Syrian army in Zita al-Gharbiyah in Homs, opposition sources said Saturday.

    According to the Syrian opposition, helicopters belonging to Bashir al-Assad's army dropped barrels containing chlorine gas. Similar reports were made during the past week in several areas in Syria.

    The Syrian opposition posted videos that indicate on "quite a number" of maimed suffering from suffocation. They were treated using oxygen masks. This report has no confirmation from official sources.

    Al-Jazeera
    ... an Arab news network headquartered in Qatar, notorious for carrying al-Qaeda press releases. The name means the Peninsula, as in the Arabian Peninsula. In recent years it has settled in to become slightly less biased than MSNBC, in about the same category as BBC or CBS...
    quoted opposition sources who claimed some 100 suffered from suffocation, and that similar cases were documented at the village of Tamana al-Ghab.

    Related stories:
    Syria: US, Turkey, Israel behind chemical weapons attacks
    UN reports: Chemical weapons used in Syria are from army stockpile
    Syria rebels, government report poison gas attack

    A week ago, the rebels accused the Assad regime of a similar attack in Hama. The Syrian government, on its part, accused the al-Qaeda-linked Al-Nusra Front of that attack.

    During the week, Al Arabiya reported that Assad's forces were using toxic gas in an attack in the Harasta area in the suburbs of Damascus. According to the report that cites opposition sources, nine people were maimed in the attack.

    A video posted on YouTube shows several maimed being treated by a medics with the news hound announcing a "poison gas in Harasta."

    Several days earlier, Syrian media reported on another chemical weapons attack in Zita al-Gharbiyah, in which two people were killed and some 100 more maimed.

    Human rights organizations claimed that Syrian army jets dropped barrels of explosives with chemical substances in them. The kaboom caused smoke, a pungent smell, suffocation and poisoning.

    Syrian state television
    ... and if you can't believe state television who can you believe?
    provided a different version of events, saying "we received information that snuffies from the Al-Nusra Front committed a chemical attack that caused the death of two and the injured over a hundred people suffering from suffocation."

    The Syrian government warned that the Al-Nusra Front was planning to strike the Hama and Idlib areas as well.

    Syrian opposition sources claimed that the Assad regime has committed 14 chemical attacks in 2014 so far. As a result of these attacks, 22 people were killed and 259 others hurt. The primary use of chemical weapons was done in Damascus and its suburbs, they said.

    The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) said Saturday that Syria has shipped out or destroyed approximately 80 percent of its declared chemical weapons material. Sigrid Kaag, special coordinator of the joint mission of the United Nations
    ...the Oyster Bay money pit...
    and the OPCW, said if the momentum was sustained, Syria should be able to meet its April 27 deadline to hand over all declared chemical agents.
    It's all the undeclared stuff that Pencilneck is using on his people...
    "The renewed pace in movements is positive and necessary to ensure progress towards a tight deadline," Kaag said.


    Israel-Palestine-Jordan: Al-Qaeda Leader: Abbas Is A Traitor Who Is Selling Out Palestine
    Posted by trailing wife 04/20/2014  00:00 1 Comments 602 words Read the whole thing on page 2
    [Ynet] Ayman al-Zawahiri
    ... Formerly second in command of al-Qaeda, now the head cheese, occasionally described as the real brains of the outfit. Formerly the Mister Big of Egyptian Islamic Jihad. Bumped off Abdullah Azzam with a car boom in the course of one of their little disputes. Is thought to have composed bin Laden's fatwa entitled World Islamic Front Against Jews and Crusaders. Currently residing in the North Wazoo area. That is not a horn growing from the middle of his forehead, but a prayer bump, attesting to how devout he is...
    accuses PA president of 'giving up on the right of return to please the US'; Fatah officials call Zawahiri 'hypocrite.'

    Al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri slammed Paleostinian Authority President the ineffectual Mahmoud Abbas
    ... a graduate of the prestigious unaccredited Patrice Lumumba University in Moscow with a doctorate in Holocaust Denial...
    this week, calling him "a traitor who is selling out Paleostine."

    Fatah officials were quick to respond to Zawahiri's comments, calling him a "hypocrite," wondering why he suddenly developed an interest in the Israeli-Paleostinian conflict and warned that his comments threaten to create an internal conflict among the Paleostinian people.

    In an audio tape posted on al-Qaeda-linked websites, Zawahiri said that "Fatah pretends to be a national liberation movement, but it has turned into a movement that sells out its homeland and its citizens.

    "These people abandoned the majority of the homeland and many of its citizens, and now their president is giving up on the right of return to please the United States," Zawahiri accused.

    Related stories:
    Qaeda chief: Jihad only way to solve Paleostinian problem
    Zawahiri urges attacks on Israeli, Western targets
    Zawahiri slams Arab leaders as 'Zionists' in new tape

    The al-Qaeda leader sent a message to US President Barack Obama
    I've now been in 57 states -- I think one left to go...
    as well, saying Obama "knows very well that we are spreading to other countries besides Syria, Algeria, Iraq, Yemen, Somalia and Mali."

    On the situation in Egypt, Zawahiri said al-Qaeda "welcomes any jihad activities against the Zionists and against the (Egyptian) army that is allied with the United States and defends (the Zionists') border."

    Shortly after the audio recording was posted, Fatah officials attacked Zawahiri, saying he "serves the Zionist plot to tear the Paleostinian people apart during this sensitive time, when Abbas if facing threats and pressures to give in to American and Israeli demands."

    Fatah front man Ahmad Assaf added that Zawahiri's statements "confirm the level of his and his organization's involvement in the Zionist project. Since when has this hypocrite and his gang been interested in the Paleostinian issue and the Paleostinian people? They see the whole world an open arena for their activities, but we didn't see even one activity against the Israeli occupation."
    #1: So, why don't you murder him?
    Posted by: g(r)omgoru|| 2014-04-20 01:23 ||Comments



    Syria-Lebanon-Iran: IRGC not involved in military affairs in Syria
    Posted by Steve White 04/20/2014  00:00 0 Comments 159 words Read the whole thing on page 2
    The Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) is not involved in military affairs in Syria, Commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Ground Force Brigadier General Mohammad Pakpour said.

    "The IRGC is just offering consultations. It has no military presence in Syria," Pakpour said, Iran's Fars news agency reported on April 19.
    Just consultations. Heavily-armed consultations...
    Iran only has a number of military attachés in Syria, he said, adding that these envoys have provided consultations to the Syrian army, which has resulted in the formation of popular mobilized troops.

    Syrian opposition claim that Iranian military forces are fighting against them, while Iran dismisses the claims, saying that Iran only has advisors in Syria, to transfer its military experience to the Syrian army.
    Just advisors. Heavily-armed advisors...


    Africa Horn: Somali refugees in Kenya transferred to camps
    Posted by Steve White 04/20/2014  00:00 0 Comments 190 words Read the whole thing on page 2
    Some 281 [Somali] refugees have been taken back to their camps from Nairobi in the last three days, the Ministry of Interior and National Coordination has said. The ministry’s director of communication Mwenda Njoka said this was in line with government policy to have refugees settled only in gazette refugee camps.

    The refugees who were netted during the ongoing security operation in Nairobi and screened at Safaricom Stadium in Kasarani were taken to Dadaab and Kakuma camps.

    “The first group of 111 refugees was transported from Kasarani Sports Ground on Thursday evening in a ceremony witnessed by Cabinet Secretary for Interior and Coordination of National Government Mr Joseph Ole Lenku,” the statement said.

    The refugees were transported in four buses that were provided by the government. The second group comprising of 170 refugees left Nairobi from on Friday evening in six buses.

    Mr Lenku, was accompanied by senior officials from the Ministry of Interior at Kasarani on Friday evening to see off the second group. The ministry said the directive requiring refugees to be settled strictly in gazette refugee camps issued on March 25 conforms to local and international laws governing refugee affairs.


    Caribbean-Latin America: 3 die in Matamoros
    Posted by badanov 04/20/2014  00:00 0 Comments 150 words Read the whole thing on page 1


    Three unidentified armed suspects were shot to death after firing on a Mexican Navy helicopter in the border municipality of Matamoros Friday afternoon, according to Mexican news accounts.

    According to an official news report posted on the website of the Tamaulipas state government, the incident began Friday at 15:25 hrs, when a Mexican naval helicopter observed several armed suspects traveling aboard two vehicles on ejido Francisco I. Madero. Some of the suspects fired on the bird, causing naval personnel to return fire.

    Naval return fire killed three. Others in the convoy escaped the scene. Mexican security forces seized a Chevrolet Equinox SUV and an AK-47 rifle. The dead were all men in their 20s.

    Chris Covert writes Mexican Drug War and national political news for Rantburg.com and BorderlandBeat.com. He can be reached at grurkka@gmail.com