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-Signs, Portents, and the Weather-: Noise at 35,000 feet
Posted by g(r)omgoru 11/20/2014  17:32 1 Comments 0 words Read the whole thing on page 3

Government: CIA Director John Brennan considering sweeping organizational changes
Posted by Tyde Twinkles1188 11/20/2014  10:23 2 Comments 216 words Read the whole thing on page 2
CIA Director John Brennan is considering sweeping organizational changes that could include breaking up the separate spying and analysis divisions that have been in place for decades to create hybrid units focused on individual regions and threats to U.S. security, current and former U.S. intelligence officials said.

The proposal would essentially replicate the structure of the CIA’s Counterterrorism Center and other similar entities in the agency — an idea that reflects the CTC’s expanded role and influence since the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks.

U.S. officials emphasized that the proposal is in its preliminary stages, and could still be scaled back or even discarded. Already the idea has encountered opposition from current and former officials who have voiced concern that it would be too disruptive and might jeopardize critical capabilities and expertise.

But if Brennan moves forward, officials said, the changes would be among the most ambitious in CIA history — potentially creating individual centers focused on China, Latin America and other regions or issues for which personnel are now dispersed across difference parts of the agency.

“It’s a major deal,” said a former senior CIA official who has worked with Brennan. Asked for an example of a previous reorganization that was similar in scale, he replied, “I don’t think there has been one.”
#1: From central control to verticals. Not sufficient to change the culture, but it would be helpful for Ops people to have analysts that were dedicated to them. Problem is: silos = tendency for decreased lateral work. Advantage is: breaking up some of the fiefdoms that don't give a crap about other divisions (e.g. ops getting shit on by admin, etc)
Posted by: OldSpook|| 2014-11-20 19:11 ||Comments

#2: How many new hires will be Muslim?
Posted by: Airandee|| 2014-11-20 20:48 ||Comments

Science & Technology: Fighter Milestone: F-22s and F-35s Train Together
Posted by GolfBravoUSMC 11/20/2014  09:12 6 Comments 0 words Read the whole thing on page 3

Arabia: Two US Navy Vessels Collide in the Gulf of Aden
Posted by Steve White 11/20/2014  08:53 10 Comments 138 words Read the whole thing on page 3
Two US Naval supply ships have collided in the Gulf of Aden at the beginning of a replenishment operation.

USNS Amerlia Earhart and USNS Walter S. Diehl crashed into one another with only minor damage caused to each vessel, according to the US Navy. No crew members were injured in the incident and the ships are now continuing with their assigned missions in the Gulf.
Though they'll shortly have two new commanding officers...
The US Navy said that it would conduct an investigation into the cause of the collision.

Despite a decline in attacks in recent years, the Gulf of Aden still remains an area which witnesses hijackings by Somali pirates, forcing an international naval coalition to maintain a presence in the region.
#1: Two new commanding officers and two new deck cleaners.
Posted by: JFM|| 2014-11-20 11:02 ||Comments

#2: There's a suction between vessels crusing closely, you gotta watch out, or the ships will suck together.

(Very ex- Navy)
Posted by: Redneck Jim|| 2014-11-20 11:21 ||Comments

#3: Every ship can be a minesweeper ...... once.
Posted by: Lone Ranger|| 2014-11-20 11:39 ||Comments

#4: Hey, it happened to Nimitz.

Although he didn't hit another boat.
Posted by: charger|| 2014-11-20 12:13 ||Comments

#5: Playing Marco Polo with expensive ships is never a good idea.
Posted by: DarthVader|| 2014-11-20 13:49 ||Comments

#6: I guess Amelia and Walter were, just a bit too much, attracted to each other.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru|| 2014-11-20 13:54 ||Comments

#7: Replenshing operations mean some pretty close ships. I'm not sure this would justify replacing the command, although I suspect promotions might be over for the commanders.

Of course I was never in the Navy, I just read a lot about them.
Posted by: rjschwarz|| 2014-11-20 15:01 ||Comments

#8: So it appears that Walter Diehl Never did find out where Amelia ended up......
Posted by: USN, Ret.|| 2014-11-20 17:51 ||Comments

#9: I suspect promotions might be over for the commanders

USNS = Military Sealift Command ship Civilian crews, with a small military detachment. Captained by a civilian (Master.)
Posted by: Pappy|| 2014-11-20 20:07 ||Comments

#10: #6 I guess Amelia and Walter were, just a bit too much, attracted to each other.

Whatever happened to Don't Ask, Don't Tell?

All snark aside, this is just another example of how doing mil stuff is like running with scissors - explosive fragmentation scissors. In civilian life, a screw-up means you have to fish a fork out of the garbage disposal or reboot the server because your code skipped checking for an error condition. Maybe expensive, but seldom fatal. Nobody was hurt here, but often times a mil screw-up means people die. Just something to think about. Hey, anyone up for a night carrier landing?
Posted by: SteveS|| 2014-11-20 21:15 ||Comments

-Lurid Crime Tales-: Clinton Foundation travel expenses up: way, way up
Posted by Steve White 11/20/2014  08:52 0 Comments 33 words Read the whole thing on page 6
Remember, the first purpose of the "non-profit" Clinton Foundation is to maintain the Clintons in the lifestyles to which they've become accustomed...

-Lurid Crime Tales-: Agents of chavismo break into blogger's flat in London
Posted by Bright Pebbles 11/20/2014  06:26 0 Comments 0 words Read the whole thing on page 3

India-Pakistan: Israel and India forge deeper business ties
Posted by g(r)omgoru 11/20/2014  02:13 0 Comments 161 words Read the whole thing on page 2
At the UN General Assembly in New York last September, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu set aside time for a critical meeting. But it wasn't President Barack Obama he was keen to see. It was Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Since Modi came to power in May, ties between Israel and India have been in overdrive, with the two signing a series of defence and technology deals that have underscored their burgeoning commercial and political relationship.

The same month as the UN meeting, Modi's cabinet cleared a long-delayed purchase of Israeli missiles for its navy. In October, India closed a $520 million deal to buy Israeli anti-tank missiles. And last week, a jointly developed aerial defence system passed a major trial, which India called a "milestone".

India is steadily catching up with China as it buys more Israeli defense and cyber-security technology, an area where China is limited since the United States frowns on Israel dealing too freely with Beijing in defence matters.

Israel-Palestine-Jordan: Thousands Of Israeli Druze And Jews Grieve At Funeral For Policeman Slain In Terror Attack
Posted by trailing wife 11/20/2014  00:38 1 Comments 137 words Read the whole thing on page 2
[Ynet] Hundreds of people from Haredi sector respond to calls on social media to accompany Master Sergeant Zidan Saif on final journey: 'We won't be ungrateful, we will show out gratitude to those who sacrificed our lives for us'.

The Druze police officer who lost his life in Tuesday's terror attack is being honored by the ultra-Orthodox community, which was hit the hardest in the deadly terror attack on a synagogue, and the community is urging Haredi youths to attend the young officer's funeral service.

The ultraâOrthodox community determined Wednesday that Master-Sergeant Zidan Saif, the Druze policeman who died from wounds sustained in Tuesday morning's synagogue terror attack was a "Righteous Among the Nations", and many urged their public to attend his funeral, even arranging free transportation from the Jerusalem International Convention Center.
#1: Now's that's some serious Ecumentalism right there.
Posted by: Shipman|| 2014-11-20 08:33 ||Comments

Israel-Palestine-Jordan: Terrorist's Home Destroyed, Marking Return To Controversial Policy
Posted by trailing wife 11/20/2014  00:00 8 Comments 207 words Read the whole thing on page 2
Thanks to 3dc for the cool dozer pic, now added to the Burg archive!
[IsraelTimes] Shortly before dawn Wednesday, a powerful kaboom ripped out the walls of the home of Abdelrahman al-Shaludi, a 21-year-old Paleostinian from East Jerusalem who rammed his car into Israeli pedestrians in a murderous terror attack.
In demolishing the home of the Hamas, always the voice of sweet reason, terrorist behind last month's attack, which killed a baby and a woman before police shot and fatally maimed him, Israel renewed a controversial policy aimed at deterrence but one which may further inflame tensions.

The blast, which rocked the densely populated Silwan neighborhood on a steep hillside just south of Jerusalem's Old City, marked the restart of a policy of demolishing the family homes of Paleostinians responsible for anti-Israeli attacks.
Posted by: 3dc|| 2014-11-20 00:27 ||Comments

#2: For me the fact that the family wasn't kept inside is the only controversial (Arabs are eusocial, r-strategists) aspect
Posted by: g(r)omgoru|| 2014-11-20 02:08 ||Comments

#3: Is the controversial part why they're not shelling the entire neighborhood?
Posted by: Rob Crawford|| 2014-11-20 06:18 ||Comments

#4: Varoom varoom, clank, clank, clank.
Posted by: Besoeker|| 2014-11-20 07:15 ||Comments

#5: Micro-nakbas too slow.
Posted by: Shipman|| 2014-11-20 08:36 ||Comments

#6: What would Israel do if the terrorist lived in a highrise complex?
Posted by: rjschwarz|| 2014-11-20 15:05 ||Comments

#7: highrise complex?

When shahids descend into heaven,
They know the D9's will be revvin',
But jooz haz surprizes:
Their folks in high-rises
Might just get their own 9/11.
Posted by: Zenobia Truther6220|| 2014-11-20 15:42 ||Comments

#8: Bravo, Zenobia F! Very well done, indeed!
Posted by: trailing wife|| 2014-11-20 21:08 ||Comments

Israel-Palestine-Jordan: Israel Approves 78 New Settler Homes In East Jerusalem
Posted by trailing wife 11/20/2014  00:00 5 Comments 285 words Read the whole thing on page 2
[Ynet] Jerusalem's municipal planning committee authorized 50 homes in Har Homa and 28 in Ramot; Paleostinians accuse Israel of trying to 'cause more tension, push towards further escalation.'
Of course they do. They see no connection between their refusal to bargain for peace and Israel's decision to move ahead as if there won't be peace.
Israel on Wednesday approved the construction of 78 new homes in two settlements on West Bank land adjacent to Jerusalem, likely to aggravate Paleostinian anger at a time when violence has flared, including a deadly attack on a synagogue.

Jerusalem's municipal planning committee authorized 50 new housing units in the Jewish neighborhood Har Homa and 28 in Ramot, a municipal spokeswoman said.

Jerusalem has seen unrest in the past few weeks over access to the city's most sacred and politically sensitive site, holy to both Jews and Moslems. On Tuesday, two Paleostinians killed four rabbis and a [Druze] policeman at a Jerusalem synagogue, the worst attack in the city since 2008.

The Paleostinians have also been angered by a recent slew of plans Israel has advanced for about 4,000 housing units on West Bank land adjacent to the city.

The Paleostinians want to establish a state in East Jerusalem, the West Bank and the Gazoo Strip, territories captured by Israel in the 1967 Six-Day War. They fear the Israeli enclaves will deny them contiguous territory.
Consequences happen, especially when one refuses to accept reality.
#1: We should've built in in Malmo?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru|| 2014-11-20 02:13 ||Comments

#2: We should've built in in Malmo?

It could be amusing to play "Kurds and ISIS" over Hanukkah, g(r)omgoru, only with Israel weapons.
Posted by: trailing wife|| 2014-11-20 04:28 ||Comments

#3: It could be amusing to play "Kurds and ISIS" over Hanukkah

What would really amuse me is to return the next "peace maker" to visit Israel, to his/hers source via a qassam rocket.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru|| 2014-11-20 06:33 ||Comments

#4: Still think that Paleos should be re-located to KSA, they got lots of empty land.
Posted by: AlanC|| 2014-11-20 07:29 ||Comments

#5: The Paleos would f*ck up the sand in the empty quarter
Posted by: Frank G|| 2014-11-20 15:21 ||Comments

Israel-Palestine-Jordan: Ashkelon Mayor: No Arab Construction Workers In Kindergartens
Posted by trailing wife 11/20/2014  00:00 0 Comments 405 words Read the whole thing on page 2
[Ynet] Itamar Shimoni cites security issues; armed guards to be stationed at kindergartens near construction sites in city; MKs outraged

Ashkelon Mayor Itamar Shimoni announced Wednesday that Arab workers will no longer be allowed on construction sites at kindergartens in the city where shelters are being built, citing the escalating security situation and fear of terrorist attacks. The announcement almost immediately drew fire from MKs, who said it was illegal and racist.

Armed guards will also be posted at kindergartens near construction sites in the southern city, Shimoni said.

Israel's Equal Opportunities Act states that an employer may not discriminate between employees on grounds of religion, nationality, gender, sexual orientation and more when it comes to hiring, working conditions and so on.

According to Shimoni, however, the decision was made in collaboration with Ashkelon police amnd a donor has agreed to fund the cost of security at the kindergartens.

In a statement on his Facebook page Wednesday, Shimoni wrote: "Despite the fact that the deployment of security guards is the responsibility of the Ministry of Public Security, I decided to place armed guards in each cluster of preschools (40 preschools) close to construction sites employing Arab workers, starting tomorrow morning. Also, in kindergartens that are currently having protected spaces built by Arab workers, that work is suspended until further notice."

Israeli media reported that MK Issawi Frej (Meretz) called on the mayor to reverse the decision.

"Shimoni's decision to prevent Arab Israelis from working is racism at its worst form," Frej said. "Using a poor excuse of 'sense of security,' Shimoni wishes to cleanse Ashkelon of Arabs and anti-contaminate the city with racist anti-Semitism."

He further demanded that officials "publicly condemn Shimoni and demand that he overturn his decision, along with all of its consequences."

MK Nachman Shai (Labor) said the order was illegal, and should be immediately rescinded.

"Relations between Jews and Arabs are now being tested, and leaders are commanded to preserve such relations, not tear them apart to the point where it may be impossible to fix them," he said, according to Israeli media.

MK Ahmad Tibi (Ra'am Ta'al) responded to the mayor on Twitter. "Shouldn't he be prosecuted for racisim? Remind you of something?" Tibi wrote.
Update courtesy of g(r)omgoru:

Israel-Palestine-Jordan: Jerusalem Security Stepped Up; Guards At Kindergartens, Police Install Checkpoints
Posted by trailing wife 11/20/2014  00:00 4 Comments 886 words Read the whole thing on page 2
[Ynet] Local residents express lack of sense of security in wake of terror attack at city synagogue; police to expand civli guard, boost patrols.

A day after the deadly terror attack on the synagogue in the Har Nof neighborhood, residents of Jerusalem on Wednesday expressed their fear over the security situation. Guards were stationed at some kindergartens in the city and while others were locked from the inside. Staff members explained that they had been instructed to do so in meetings with municipal officials and security.

A group of parents arrived at one of the kindergartens, which operates from a community center, for a meeting with school staff. They 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...
about the presence of Arab employees who work closely with the school. They said that the issue may have a solution and guards were placed at the site.

Moriah Peled, who accompanied her daughter to the kindergarten told Ynet: "I'm not calm, I'm terrified. There are workers here who could do whatever they want to our children. Everything is wide open. They told us that they are taking care of it, but what will be in the meantime?"

There were parents who thought otherwise, however, including Eden Leshem, whose daughter attends the kindergarten next door. "We cannot succumb to this madness," she said. "The Arabs live and work here. They are part of the city."

Even so, in the wake of Tuesday's attack, police have stepped up security at educational institutions in the city and increased patrols. The new directives stipulate that every school has to have a security guard, but the main problem is that preschools are the responsibility of local authorities, and many of them have no security.

Since then, there have been situation assessments attended by security officials in order to determine the most sensitive areas, where security guards will be stationed. At the same time, a plan to place guards at kindergartens on a permanent basis was also discussed, as well as ways to tighten security procedures, such as keeping the doors locked. Furthermore, Israel Police Commander Yohanan Danino, Jerusalem District Police chief Moshe Edri and Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat have decided on an extensive recruitment campaign to expand the Civil Guard.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday visited the new operations room for the observation unit at the Jerusalem municipality, which runs observation balloons scattered throughout the city and covers real-time disturbances.

"Spare no effort here," Netanyahu said. "This morning we destroyed the home of a terrorist. It was a significant and important step, and there will be more house demolitions. There will be many more steps."

I'm afraid they will stab me
There was a heightened police presence Wednesday in the Armon HaNatziv neighborhood, located next to the East Jerusalem village of Jabel Mukaber, from where the hard boyz set out to carry out Tuesday's attack. Police and Border Police had set up checkpoints at the entrances to the roads that separate the village from the neighborhood.

Since the murder of teenager Mohammed Abu Khdeir in early July, residents of the neighborhood, which runs next to the seam line, have had stones and Molotov cocktails thrown at them, and their sense of security has been shaken dramatically.

Dalia Ben-Sheetrit, 53, a resident and owner of a local salon said, "What is happening here is not easy and it is very frightening. I look around me when I drive on some of the roads. I don't walk on foot at all since they murdered that boy. I'm afraid that someone will stab me." Such attacks have happened in the area in the past she added.

"The situation is complex," Ben-Sheetrit continued. "I have Arab friends, even people who live in my building, and we act like a family. I want the peace and coexistence to return. The police and Border Police are active here but it does not restore our sense of security. People in Tel Aviv and even Jerusalem residents who live in neighborhoods that are not along seam line do not understand."

Local residents waiting for a bus no longer stand at the stops, preferring to wait in backyards to avoid stones being thrown at them.

"The residents of Jabel Mukaber do what they want," says Aviram Hefetz, 29. "The stones, fireworks and petrol bombs have become routine and the police don't solve the problem. People here are just afraid."

Hanan, 40, a resident of Jabel Mukaber and mother of three who works in Armon HaNatziv, tried to explain the source of tension in the village.

"People in the village are furious because they killed Mohammed Abu Khdeir and mainly because of what the Jews are doing at Al-Aqsa," she said. "I want to live quietly and peacefully but also the police give us do a difficult life, coming into the village at two in the morning, and our children are afraid."
#1: How debased is an enemy when you know they are capable targeting children's kindergartens? We are by now desensitized to it, but when you think about it this goes against any instinct for human decency. This "religion of peace" seems to be a license for behaving worse than animals. Sadly, it's going to get worse before it get's better.
Posted by: Incredulous|| 2014-11-20 05:26 ||Comments

#2: How debased are our Pro-Palestianinana activisist when they side woith people capable of targetting kindergartens and who havetargetted maternnities?

How debased can they be to side with such scum instead of with the victims of the Islamic State, thçose of Boko Haram or the Blacks of Darfir salughtered by five thousnad a year?
Posted by: JFM|| 2014-11-20 09:47 ||Comments

#3: "I'm not calm, I'm terrified. There are workers here who could do whatever they want to our children.

What happens if one of these "workers" does go all Paleo and takes out a dozen or so kids? IMHO that would come down hardest on the non-terrorist arab-Israelis (assuming there are such) because the only answer then would be apartheid or a Trail of Tears.

Civilized people cannot be participants in a system that feeds their own children to the beast.
Posted by: AlanC|| 2014-11-20 10:46 ||Comments

#4: Yes JFM, and there's the world's financiers, activists and armchair liberals who support Paleo terrorism and decry Israeli sovereignty, and legitimate national protective measures, that any other nation state would be entitled to.
Posted by: Incredulous|| 2014-11-20 11:19 ||Comments

Africa North: Libya Dawn commander injured in continued Jebel Nafusa clashes
Posted by Fred 11/20/2014  00:00 0 Comments 314 words Read the whole thing on page 1
[Libya Herald] It is reported that Adel Ghariani, the head of the political department of the Libyan Revolutionaries Operations Room, was maimed today in fighting with Zintani forces near Gwalish, south of Kikla and some 30 kilomtres south west of Gharian.

Although serious, the injury sustained by Ghariani is not thought to be life-threatening.

Meanwhile an officer at the Zintan Operations Room said that fighting had been taking place at Bu Sheiba, east of Bir Ghanem, with Ghariani and Zawia units of 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...
. He said that his forces were "holding up" and were expecting air force support.

There was fighting in Bu Sheiba over a month ago but the Zintanis pulled back, supposedly, they claimed, to concentrate forces on capturing Kikla. Libya Dawn claimed at the time it was because they were forced out.

The Zintani officer also said Libya Dawn forces had yesterday tried to take the Wattayah airbase on the road from Jmail to the Jebel Nafusa, controlled by the Zintanis. Forty vehicles carrying Libya Dawn forces had arrived at the base but had been driven back, he claimed.

Africa North: Benghazi truce fails as fighting rages across the city
Posted by Fred 11/20/2014  00:00 3 Comments 726 words Read the whole thing on page 1
[Libya Herald] Clashes have continued across Benghazi despite a twelve-hour humanitarian ceasefire brokered by the UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL).

"A ceasefire beginning at 7 am was like an invitation for Ansar to start attacking at that time", one resident in Benghazi's Bel Awn district told the Libya Herald. She explained that in her area inhabitants had witnessed some of the most intense festivities they had seen in recent days.

UNSMIL said the ceasefire was announced by its head Bernardino Leon and had been agreed to by the "different parties to the conflict in Benghazi". The "unconditional humanitarian truce
..The purposes of a truce are twofold: 1.) bring up more arms, ammunition, and reinforcements; and 2.) get the enemy to relax his vigilance. A truce is not the same thing as a ceasefire, and a ceasefire doesn't mean you have to stop shooting...
" was scheduled to begin at 7 am local time for a period of 12 hours. Residents reported fighting in Benghazi from 7 am onwards.

The truce was described by the UN as being critical in "giving the people of Benghazi a much-needed reprieve from violence". Had it held it would have given the Libyan Red Islamic Thingy time to evacuate civilians and retrieve bodies.

A front man for the Libyan National Army (LNA) Mohammed Hejazi told this newspaper that pro-government forces had been unable to keep the truce in the face of aggression from Ansar al-Sharia
...a Salafist militia which claims it is not part of al-Qaeda, even though it works about the same and for the same ends. There are groups of the same name in Libyaand Yemen, with the Libyan versions currently most active. Tunisia's Shabaab al-Tawhid started out an Ansar al-Sharia and changed its name in early 2014. It still uses the old name now and then, probably because the stationery's not all used up and the web site hasn't expired yet...
and its allies. "We acted in defence," he said.

Hejazi said that in Bel Awn six members of Ansar al-Sharia had been killed in festivities with government forces. He said fighting had also taken place in Hawari, Sabri and around Benghazi University.

Hejazi explained that the LNA had agreed to the ceasefire on humanitarian grounds and had coordinated with the Libyan Red Islamic Thingy and the UN. The army did not enter into direct negotiations with Ansar al-Sharia. he said. "They are criminals and we will not negotiate with them," he added.

The LNA confirmed its participation in the ceasefire in a statement released by the Chief of Staff's office. The statement said the truce had been managed by the UN with the support of British Special Envoy to Libya Jonathan Powell.

Spokesman for UNSMIL Samir Ghattas explained that the truce had been extended to all areas in Benghazi affected by recent fighting. He said the UN had used "channels direct or indirect involving the Shoura Council, Chief of General Staff's office and the Red Islamic Thingy" but explained that the UN "does not deal with Ansar al-Sharia".

Beyond its obvious refusal of the truce, Benghazi Revolutionaries Shoura Council (BRSC), of which Ansar is a part, has been ambiguous in its response to the UN overtures. A front man for the Islamist coalition told Bowabat Al-Wassat that an official response was still being coordinated after fighting had resumed.
#1: "Miss me yet?" Muammar
Posted by: g(r)omgoru|| 2014-11-20 02:30 ||Comments

#2: Whoever thought The Duck would be a paragon of responsible governance? Effing Bizarro World, man.
Posted by: SteveS|| 2014-11-20 03:27 ||Comments

#3: Dang, and I got the hand-painted china tea set out for just this occasion.
Posted by: swksvolFF|| 2014-11-20 09:37 ||Comments

Africa North: Mauritania highlights religious education
Posted by Fred 11/20/2014  00:00 0 Comments 78 words Read the whole thing on page 2
[MAGHAREBIA] Mauritania just approved an increase in the time allocated for Islamic and religious education (IMCR) in secondary schools.

As a result of the decision by the education minister, religion will now be a compulsory subject for the baccalaureate.

The November 4th move, which was welcomed by pupils and civil society organisations, aims at initiating young people into a moderate, middle-ground form of Islam, teaching the virtues of the religion and avoiding false interpretations that lead to extremism.

Africa North: Algeria sends troops to southern frontier
Posted by Fred 11/20/2014  00:00 0 Comments 382 words Read the whole thing on page 1
[MAGHAREBIA] Military authorities sent 4,500 special operations and infantry forces to repel any infiltration attempts in Bordj Badji Mokhtar.

The army command also reportedly hired 218 Bedouin and Touareg footprint trackers to support troops protecting the 1,800-kilometre long southern border between Mali and Niger, in Tamanrasset and Adrar provinces. This is in addition to flying night sorties to track terrorists' suspicious movements.

The decision was made after the army command received a report indicating an alarming increase of terrorism-related crimes. The report talked about violent, international networks engaged in smuggling arms and individuals along the Mali border, as well as in Tamanrasset and Illizi.

Army forces stationed on the borders recently thwarted infiltration attempts by terrorists.

The latest operation on Saturday (November 8th) netted al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) figure Ouhli Abdurrahman, alias Abou Alqama al-Nidjiri.

During the action in Bordj Badji Mokhtar, ANP troops killed several terrorists. Dozens more have been eliminated in recent months.

The security measures implemented on the borders came in the wake of warnings about the possible infiltration of pro-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....
(ISIS) elements into Algeria.

Several recent arrests indicate that the threat may come from anywhere. Algerian authorities recently dismantled a 15-member cell engaged in recruiting fighters for terrorist groups operating inside and outside Algeria.

Interpol warned Algeria to be on the lookout for suspected ISIS fighters that may cross international borders, El Khabar reported.

Unofficial estimates indicate that 200 Algerians have joined ISIS. Official figures put the number at 80.

But according to a military official, Algeria has taken all necessary measures to prevent any infiltration by ISIS.

"Algeria's southern and eastern borders are secure," said Brig. Gen. Mohammed Saleh Asrik of the ANP Chiefs of Staff Command.

Afghanistan: Parliament Enraged Over Fazl Remarks
Posted by Fred 11/20/2014  00:00 1 Comments 730 words Read the whole thing on page 2
[Tolo News] A number of Afghan politicians on Wednesday condemned the recent remarks made by controversial Pak holy man Maulana Fazlurrahman in which he called for war to continue in Afghanistan until all foreign troops withdraw from the country.

The firebrand
...firebrands are noted more for audio volume and the quantity of spittle generated than for any actual logic in their arguments...
holy man has long been associated with the Taliban, but his remarks last week have received significant attention because they were made just as President Ashraf Ghani
...former chancellor of Kabul University, now president of Afghanistan. Before returning to Afghanistan in 2002 he was a scholar of political science and anthropology. He worked at the World Bank working on international development assistance. As Finance Minister of Afghanistan between July 2002 and December 2004, he led Afghanistan's attempted economic recovery until the Karzais stole all the money. ..
arrived in Pakistain to meet with military and intelligence officials about reconciliation talks with the Taliban. Fazlurrahman was a member if the Pak delegation in the meetings with the Afghan president.

"We believe that the presence of foreign troops in Afghanistan is not permissible and defensive efforts will continue against it, we demand the internal security of Afghanistan," Fazlurrahman told news hounds just a couple hours after sitting down with Ghani.

The MPs on Wednesday called for the Afghan Council of Religious Scholars to rebuke the Pak holy man's stance, and criticized the national unity government for remaining silent in the wake of the remarks.

Others took aim at Pakistain, which many in Parliament and in the Afghan intelligence services have claimed offers covert support for the Taliban, al-Qaeda and other hard boy groups in the region. Many of the MPs remember the 1990s when the Pak military did not try to hide it's support for the Taliban in Afghanistan.
"There are brothels in Pakistain that pay taxes to the Pak government, the British laws still dominate that country, and foreign bases also exist in Pakistain; all infidelities exist there so how does this holy man dare justify war in Afghanistan," Laghman MP Naqibullah said.

The government in Kabul and its NATO
...the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. A cautionary tale of cost-benefit analysis....
allies, many of which provide significant financial aid to Pakistain, have asked Islamabad repeatedly to crack down on bully boyz and help get them to the negotiating table. But the rhetoric used by Pak officials, often supportive and peace-minded, has rarely been backed up by action.

"This indicates clear interference in Afghanistan and in contradiction to international charters," Afghan Parliament Speaker Abdul Rauf Ibrahimi said in response to the holy man's comments. "The people of Afghanistan are doubtful about Pakistain's independence and how he dares to come and teach us about Jihad."

This wasn't the first time that a Pak holy man tried to justify war in Afghanistan. Previously the head of the Pak Ulema Council had also tried to legitimize war in Afghanistan and declared it Jihad against foreign invaders.
#1: Until the muslim world teaches tolerance of other religions there will never be peace!
Posted by: Paul D|| 2014-11-20 06:08 ||Comments

Africa North: Bunker destroyed by the army forces in Batna
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[ENNAHARONLINE] A bunker was destroyed and weapons were recovered by a unit of the Army forces (ANP) following an operation in Mount Oustili in the province of Batna (east of Algiers), said Tuesday a statement from the Ministry of National Defense.

"As part of the fight against terrorism, a unit of the joint forces of the National People's Army under the operational area of Batna, following a reconnaissance operation conducted Monday in the Mount Oustili, destroyed a bunker and recovered two (02) repeating rifles, one (01) shotgun, a satellite phone and other items," said the same source.

Iraq: ISIL Minister of War killed in Mosul
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[Iraq News] Local sources in Nineveh Province assured on Wednesday killing the Minister of War within the terrorist Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant during an airstrike for the international coalition western the province.

The source told âAn airstrike for the international coalition targeted on Wednesday evening a vehicle belongs to the ISIL that resulted in killing the former Amir of Mosul and the current Minister of War within the ISIL and three of his companions in Suq al-Maash of western Mosul.â
#1: As Michael Ledeen says, "Faster, please!"
Posted by: Old Patriot|| 2014-11-20 13:52 ||Comments

Iraq: 16 mortar shells fall on al-Baghdadi district, kill 3 soldiers
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[Iraq News] On Wednesday, the head of al-Baghdadi council in al-Anbar, Mal al-Abidi announced that al-Baghaddi district has witnessed a mortar shell attack that resulted in killing 3 Iraqi soldiers.

Al-Abidi stated for IraqiNews in an interview, âISIS militants in Heet base have launched 16 mortar shells on al-Jabbah area in al-Baghdadi district, located 90 km in west of Ramadi. The attack resulted in killing an Iraqi soldier from the Iraqi Army and two other soldiers among the tribal fighters from the armed volunteers.â

Iraq: We now control 3 cities and 75 villages in northen Mosul says Peshmerga
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[Iraq News] On Wednesday, Peshmerga forces announced they managed to restore a large part of the northern regions of Mosul, that includes 3 cities and 75 villages as well as several residential areas.

The Commander of the Peshmerga forces, Jabbar Yawar said in an interview quoted by the Anatolia news agency, and followed by, âWe were able to restore a large part of the northern regions of Mosul, including 3 cities and 75 villages, in addition to several residential areas.â

Yawar added, âNot only do coalition forces carry out air strikes to target ISIS, but they also train the Iraqi army and Peshmerga forces, and supply them with weapons,â noting that the Peshmerga forces managed to restore many areas with the help of friends and ongoing operations to gain back the remaining areas.

Iraq: 8 Civilians killed, wounded in Mashtal area
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[Iraq News] Eight civilians were either killed or wounded when an Improvised Explosive Device went off in Mashtal area in Baghdad.Security source declared to Iraqi News âThe explosion of the IED, which was emplaced a public bus, resulted in killing a civilian and wounding seven others near Baquba transport station in Mashtal area in Baghdad.â

Iraq: Erbil bomb casualties rise to 33 says Kurdistan government
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[Iraq News] On Wednesday, the regional government of Kurdistan announced that the number or casualties in the explosion which occurred in front of Erbil Governorate building has reached 33 people.

The government revealed in a statement obtained by, that it denounces the terrorist attack which occurred in front of Erbil Governorate building, and noted that the explosion resulted in killing 4 people and injuring 29 others.

Iraq: Mobile oil refinery explodes to kill 9 ISIL terrorists eastern Tikrit
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[Iraq News] A mobile oil refinery used by the ISIL terrorists exploded to kill nine of the terrorists in eastern Tikrit. Security source stated to IraqiNews.comâ The mobile oil refinery exploded in Ajeel area of eastern Tikrit to kill nine ISIL terrorists.â

Iraq: Iraqi forces liberate 8 villages surrounding al-Saidiya
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[Iraq News] On Wednesday, the head of Diyali police force Gen. Officer Gamil al-Shamri announced that the Iraqi security forces liberated 8 villages in the outskirts of al-Saidiya district.

Al-Shamri informed IraqiNews, âA joint force between the Iraqi soldiers and tribal fighters managed to liberate 8 villages surrounding al-Saidiya district, 60 km northeast of Baqubah. Army special units removed more than 90 explosive mines.â

India-Pakistan: US and Pakistan: Will the relationship endure?
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[BBC] Days after a Pentagon report accused Pakistain of harbouring Death Eaters who wage war against Afghanistan and India, its army chief is in the US meeting top military officials and Congressmen.

Raheel Sharif's visit, the first by any Mighty Pak Army chief in four years, comes at a time when the US is in the final stages of its withdrawal from Afghanistan.

Officials say the US may not need Pakistain's ports and roads as before to sustain its Afghanistan operations, but the engagement between the two nations will continue.

The relationship took a heavy blow following the US raid in Abbottabad
... A pleasant city located only 30 convenient miles from Islamabad. The city is noted for its nice weather and good schools. It is the site of Pakistain's military academy, which was within comfortable walking distance of the residence of the late Osama bin Laden....
to kill the late Osama bin Laden
... who is no longer with us, and won't be again...
, but efforts have been made over the past year to rebuild the military ties.

Mr Sharif, after taking over the post last year, has overseen a major military operation against Islamists in the tribal areas of Pakistain, a long-pending US demand.

Experts say Islamabad is using this as a way to extract a commitment from the US regarding enhanced engagement and continuation of military aid to Pakistain post-2014.

Signs of thawing relations between Afghanistan and Pakistain have helped create some positive vibes in the US towards its uncertain ally.

But there still remains a huge trust deficit.

Many officials and members of Congress have openly expressed frustration at Pakistain's efforts to combat murderous Moslem groups like the Haqqani Network, who pose a direct threat to US interests.

Earlier this year the US had to free five top Taliban fighters from the Guantanamo Bay prison to secure the release of one of its soldiers, Pvt Sgt Bowe Bergdahl, who was allegedly in the captivity of the Haqqani Network.

The deal left many Pentagon officials cringing. They believed Sgt Bergdahl could have been snatched from the Haqqanis if the Pak Army had extended its cooperation.

"They placed a higher value on their relationship with the Haqqanis than they did on their relationship with the United States, " said former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense David Sedney.

Incidents like these have led many in Congress to question the effectiveness of this strategic partnership.

With the ongoing military operation against Death Eaters in North Wazoo, the army chief has tried to convey that Pakistain no longer discriminates between murderous Moslems and it has no favourites.
#1: Dont trust Pakistan as they have more jihadi organistions than any other country in the world.

Some of the army still live in Zia's mindset.

Once this country shows/teaches religious tolerance then build a relationship.

In the meantime fund/support multi religious India and keep Pakistans jihadi ideology out of Afghanistan.

Cut aid till they mend their ways which wont be soon seeing what the Foreign minister said recently that not all American enemies are theirs!
Posted by: Paul D|| 2014-11-20 06:02 ||Comments

Posted by: Fat Bob Brown9476|| 2014-11-20 06:34 ||Comments

#3: Till we purge the State Department. Can leave the janitors and night watchmen.
Posted by: Procopius2k|| 2014-11-20 08:48 ||Comments

#4: It would be nice, when the last Americans are out of Afghanistan, to raid Pakistan and destroy their nukes.

When they complain ask them how long they covered for the man that killed 3000 Americans and how lucky they are that we don't blow the living hell out of them as accomplices.
Posted by: rjschwarz|| 2014-11-20 15:03 ||Comments

India-Pakistan: Pakistan family sentenced to death over 'honor killing'
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[AMERICA.ALJAZEERA] Four men who bludgeoned a pregnant woman to death outside one of Pakistain's top courts because they objected to her marriage were sentenced to death Wednesday, their defense lawyer said.

A Pakistain court handed the father, brother, cousin and another relative of 25-year-old Farzana Iqbal death sentences and fined each $1,000, lawyer Mansoor Afridi said. Another cousin was sentenced to 10 years in prison and also fined $1,000.

Pakistain currently has a moratorium on executions, meaning death-row prisoners are effectively sentenced to life imprisonment. But Afridi said that the family planned to appeal, and that the verdict was "a decision based on sensationalism."

The state prosecutor was not immediately available for comment.
"I can say no more!"

Hundreds of women are put to death every year in so-called honor killings, often carried out by husbands or relatives as a punishment for alleged adultery or other illicit sexual behavior that constitutes a perceived threat to conservative social traditions. The crime is so common that it rarely merits more than a paragraph in newspapers.

But this particular case attracted attention because it took place on a busy street in broad daylight outside the provincial High Court, on a main downtown thoroughfare where Iqbal -- who was three months pregnant -- had testified that her marriage to Muhammed Iqbal was genuine, in response to a false charge of kidnapping brought by her family.

Pakistain 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...
described the incident back in May as a "brutal killing" that was "totally unacceptable." U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay was also among those who condemned the killing.

"I do not even wish to use the phrase honor killing," Pillay said in a statement issued at the time. "There is not the faintest vestige of honor in killing a woman in this way."

In the incident that took place in late May, nearly 20 members of Farzana Iqbal's extended family, including her father and brothers, had waited outside the building that houses the high court of Lahore. As the couple walked up to the main gate, the relatives fired shots in the air and tried to snatch her from her husband, The News Agency that Dare Not be Named reported.

When she resisted, her relatives started beating her, eventually pelting her with bricks picked up from a nearby construction site, according to the victim's husband and lawyer. Even Paks who have tracked violence against women expressed shock at the brutal and public nature of slaying.

"I have not heard of any such case in which a woman was stoned to death, and the most shameful and worrying thing is that this woman was killed outside a courthouse," Zia Awan, a prominent lawyer and human rights
...which are usually entirely different from personal liberty...
activist told the AP in May.

Muhammed Iqbal later admitted that he had killed his first wife to marry Farzana. He escaped punishment because his son forgave him. According to Pak law, a woman's next of kin can forgive her murderers.

Since Pak women are often killed by close relations, this loophole allows thousands of murderers to escape without punishment. Awan said those who commit violence against women are also often acquitted or handed light sentences due to poor police work and faulty prosecutions.

India-Pakistan: Gujrat police track down 'militant'
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[DAWN] GUJRAT: The police claim to have nabbed
Don't shoot, coppers! I'm comin' out!
a murderous Moslem leader who was involved in killing two religious figures after kidnapping them for ransom a few years ago.

The arrested man, Hafiz Wajid of Gujrat's Kotla Arab Ali Khan area, had been a leader of the defunct Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistain (Asmatullah Moaviya group), the police claimed.

The suspect, along with his five accomplices one of who was already in the Gujrat jail in connection with the assassination cases, had kidnapped homeopath Dr Naqi Husain Shah in the Lalamusa Saddar police precinct in October 2009 and demanded a ransom of Rs10 million from his family.

The turbans killed the kidnapped man and dumped his body which is yet to be discovered as the file of the case had been closed for being an "untraced case".

Hafiz Wajid also kidnapped Mubarak Ahmad, an Ahmadi, and his servant Sikandar Mahmood in the Gojra Saddar police area of Toba Tek Singh district in 2010. They later freed the servant and demanded Rs20 million for the release of Mubarak who was later brutally killed and his body was dumped in Gujrat.

The same group had kidnapped 10-year-old Afaq Ahmad from Kunjah, Gujrat in 2011 but left the boy after meeting with an accident while speeding away.

District Police Officer Rai Ijaz Ahmad confirmed the arrest of the key member of the outlawed outfit and said a co-accused in the case, Afzal Fauji, was already in Gujrat jail. The police had interrogated both the suspects who, the DPO said, made some revelations which could lead to arrest of other members of the group.

Police sources said the complainants in all the kidnap for ransom cases had been told about the murder of the kidnapped men but the locations where the suspects had dumped the bodies were yet to be identified.

The families of the kidnapped men, they said, hoped against hope that they might be alive somewhere in the tribal belt of North Wazoo Agency prior to the confessional statement by the suspect that he had killed both the men.

The suspect had once been the head of the TTP (Asmatullah group) 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...
and was working on organising the group. The Gujrat police on Tuesday presented him to the court of an area magistrate where the suspect confessed to the killings.

He was handed over to the police for a day's physical remand and is scheduled to be presented before the Gujranwala Anti-Terrorism Court on Wednesday for seeking further remand.

India-Pakistan: Another policeman targeted
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[DAWN] A policeman was rubbed out in an Orangi Town area on Tuesday evening.

The Pirabad police said that 35-year-old Adeeb Abbasi, a head constable, was sitting at a general store near his home at Badar Chowk when two gunnies emerged there, fired at him and fled. He sustained two bullet wounds in the head and shoulder and was taken to the Abbasi Shaheed Hospital, where doctors pronounced him dead
He's dead, Jim!

Investigators found two empty bullet casings of .30-bore and 9mm pistols from the spot.

The victim was posted at the Mominabad cop shoppe.

His brother, Nadeem Abbasi, also a policeman, was bumped off in Manghopir in 2013, said Pirabad SHO Nasir Mehmood.

India-Pakistan: 7 militants among 11 killed in Khyber
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[DAWN] Eleven people, seven suspected bully boyz among them, were killed in air strikes and other incidents in Tirah and Bara areas of Khyber Agency on Tuesday.

Security officials said military planes pounded positions of the banned Lashkar-e-Islam
...a group of Islamic bandidos infesting Khyber Agency. It's headed by a former bus driver....
(LI) and Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistain (TTP) in Nakai and Kukikhel
...a tribe of primitives inhabiting Khyber Agency. They are a branch of the Afridi tribe. Traditionally they have been migratory, tromping between Jamrud and the Rajgal valley with the seasons. The tribe has had mustache-cursing relationships with several other tribes, including the Zakkakhel and Kambarkhel, and with the Mullagori. They make welcome most anyone with a turban and automatic weapons, but every once in awhile they get together a tribal lashkar to mollify the government...
areas of Tirah valley, killing seven bully boyz and destroying three of their hideouts.

The claim could not be independently verified.

...back at the argument, Jane reached into her purse for her .38...
sources in Mehraban Kalay of Tirah valley said that a man was publicly killed by bully boyz on a charge of spying.

The incident is second of its kind in the area in less than a week.

The area is under the control of bully boyz belonging to the LI and Tariq Afridi group of the TTP.

In Bara, personnel of Khasadar force found bullet-riddled bodies of two men.

They were taken to Levies Centre in Shah Kas for identification.

Sources in Bazaar Zakhakhel area said that an activist of the pro-government Tawheedul Islam group was killed in Nari Bara.

India-Pakistan: Operation against terrorists affected by India: Gen Raheel
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[DAWN] Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Gen Raheel Sharif said Pakistain's operation against holy warriors in the country's tribal region was affected by Indian troops' continuous violation of ceasefire at the Line of Control (LoC) and Working Boundary (WB), said a report published by BBC Urdu.

An official in Washington told BBC Urdu, on condition of anonymity, that during his first visit to the United States, the army chief had said that heavy firing by Indian troops along the border and statements issued by their leaders were affecting Pakistain's campaign in fighting against extremism.

Gen Raheel told US officials that Pakistain has deployed 140,000 troops on its Western borders after getting assurance that there would be peace with India on its Eastern borders which did not happen.

you can observe a lot just by watching...
there was no word on Gen Raheel's statement by the US, but experts often say that the US now avoids interfering in India-Pakistain matters.

Frequency of ceasefire violation along the LoC and working boundary has increased during the past several weeks. Pakistain has also established diplomatic channels to communicate with India over the issue. More than 19 people have bit the dust on both sides as a result of the cross-border conflict.

Gen Raheel was expected to meet US congressmen on Wednesday (today) where he would brief them on the ongoing operation Zarb-e-Azb
..the Pak offensive against Qaeda in Pakistain and the Pak Taliban in North Wazoo. The name refers to the sword of the Prophet (PTUI!)...
in North Wazoo. Issues related to US-Pakistain long-term strategic partnership post-withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan would also be discussed during the meeting.

India-Pakistan: Eight infants die overnight in Sargodha hospital
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[DAWN] Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif
...Pak dynastic politician, brother of PM Nawaz Sharif, chief minister of Punjab...
on Wednesday took notice of the deaths of eight infants who died overnight in an incubator ward in District Teaching Hospital Sargodha.

He also said that their deliveries were performed by midwives who were unable to provide frontline medical care that is imperative for a newborn baby.
Sikandar Hayat Warraich, the front man for the District Teaching Hospital Sargodha, told Dawn via telephone that premature births coupled with low birth weight led to the deaths of the infants.

He also said that their deliveries were performed by midwives who were unable to provide frontline medical care that is imperative for a newborn baby.

The spokesperson added that 26 infants had been admitted in the hospital out of which 10 are said to be at death's door. The spokesperson furthermore said the hospital only had a capacity of 25 nursery beds, but as there was no hospital of its kind in the district, it often had to deal with over admission.

...back at the Hubba Hubba Club, Nunzio had his hands full of angry bleached blonde...
a three-member team has been constituted by the chief minister to probe the deaths, with instructions to submit a report within 24 hours.

A report published in 2012 found that Pakistain ranks fourth globally in terms of the number of preterm births, with India on the top, followed by China and Nigeria as third and fourth, respectively.

India-Pakistan: Polio cases rise to 12 in Balochistan as another child falls prey
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[DAWN] Number of Polio cases rises to 12 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...
this year as another case has been surfaced in district Killa Abdullah on Wednesday, health officials said.

Despite repeated claims by the Balochistan government, polio
...Poliomyelitis is a disease caused by infection with the poliovirus. Between 1840 and the 1950s, polio was a worldwide epidemic. Since the development of polio vaccines the disease has been largely wiped out in the civilized world. However, since the vaccine is known to make Moslem pee-pees shrink and renders females sterile, bookish, and unsubmissive it is not widely used by the turban and automatic weapons set...
cases are being reported from different parts of the province.

The latest victim of the crippling virus was identified as 14-month-old Bahadur, a resident of Daman Ashezai in Chaman, Pakistain's bordering town with Afghanistan.

According to health officials, Bahadur had received four dozes of the anti polio vaccine. But, he fell prey to the crippling disease. This case has surfaced days after a three-day anti polio campaign in 11 districts of Balochistan.

Children below the age of five years were administered polio drops. Most of the cases were reported from Quetta and Killa Abdullah districts. However,
by candlelight every wench is handsome...
one case was reported from Balochistan's Zhob district.

Balochistan remained polio-free for almost more than two years before the first polio case was reported in July this year from Maizai Addah area of district Killa Abdullah.

India-Pakistan: Sartaj censured in Senate over controversial interview
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[DAWN] The controversial interview of Advisor 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...
with BBC is continuously under criticism by his political opponent and opposition in the upper House of the Parliament, which has sought an explanation through a calling attention notice on Wednesday.

Aziz had told BBC Urdu that Pakistain was not going to target krazed killer groups that do not "pose a threat to the state".

The statement received harsh criticism by political rivals and on social media. The country's premier spy agency has long been accused of harbouring the "good" and "bad" Taliban narrative.

Pakistain's Foreign Office (FO), however, tried to clarify that the statement was reported out of context. "The advisor made the statement in a historical context," FO spokesperson Tasneem Aslam said in a statement on Tuesday.

The calling attention notice was moved in the Senate today by Pakistain Peoples Party (PPP) leader Farhatullah Babar.

"Attention is drawn to a matter of sufficient public importance namely the Advisor's interview to the BBC on Nov 17, 2014 admitting the selective nature of operation against krazed killer groups, taking on some while leaving others," said the notice.

The statement by the Advisor Foreign Affairs is a reversal of the stated policy of across the board action against all turbans reiterated recently also by the security establishment, the calling attention notice added.

"A disturbing distinction has been made between turbans challenging the state of Pakistain and those, using Pakistain's soil, launch violent operations against other states in the region. It exposes Pakistain to the charge that it is running with the hare and hunting with the hound in the fight against krazed killers."

"This highly disturbing admission at the highest level of policy formulation of turning a blind eye to non-state actors bent upon destabilising foreign states through violent means is a matter of sufficient public importance and calls for urgent attention," it said.
#1: I like the PPP but its the Pak army that dictates good and bad taliban not the govt!
Posted by: Paul D|| 2014-11-20 05:52 ||Comments

Afghanistan: Afghanistan won't allow proxy India-Pakistan war: Karzai
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[DAWN] Former president Hamid Maybe I'll join the Taliban Karzai
... A former Baltimore restaurateur, now 12th and current President of Afghanistan, displacing the legitimate president Rabbani in December 2004. He was installed as the dominant political figure after the removal of the Taliban regime in late 2001 in a vain attempt to put a Pashtun face on the successor state to the Taliban. After the 2004 presidential election, he was declared president regardless of what the actual vote count was. He won a second, even more dubious, five-year-term after the 2009 presidential election. His grip on reality has been slipping steadily since around 2007, probably from heavy drug use...
insisted on Wednesday that Afghanistan would not allow itself to become the battleground in a proxy war between India and Pakistain after the imminent departure of US-led troops.

Speaking in New Delhi, Karzai angrily rejected warnings by his one-time counterpart in Islamabad Pervez Perv Musharraf
... former dictator of Pakistain, who was less dictatorial and corrupt than any Pak civilian government to date ...
that India and Pakistain could coopt allies among Afghanistan's main ethnic groups to effectively wage war against each other, saying such claims were "hurtful".

"Of course Afghanistan will not allow a proxy war between Pakistain and India," Karzai said in an address to a thinktank, saying he was "sure" India wouldn't allow such a scenario either.

International-UN-NGOs: U.N. slams Iran, Syria over rights record
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[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] The U.N. human rights
...which are usually entirely different from personal liberty...
committee adopted on Tuesday two resolutions strongly condemning Iran and Syria's human rights record, Al Arabiya News Channel's correspondent reported.

The non-binding measures now go to the full Assembly for a vote expected next month.

More than 120 member-states voted in favor of a resolution condemning "the grave deterioration of the human right situation" in Syria, with a mere 13 states rejecting and 47 abstentions, the correspondent reported.

As to Iran's rights record, 78 countries endorsed the resolution, 35 voted against while 69 abstained.

Syria's Ambassador Bashar Jaafari criticized the resolution as biased and politically-motivated, Agence La Belle France-Presse reported.

"They align themselves against Syria as long as Saudi oil runs through their veins," he said.

The resolution condemned the use of chemical weapons in Syria's nearly four-year war and deplored the use of torture in detention centers throughout the country.

Iraq: Iraq's anti-ISIS strategy 'bearing fruit': U.N.
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[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] The new Iraqi governmentâs strategy of enlisting Kurds and local tribes in the fight against Islamists is yielding results, the U.N. envoy for Iraq told the Security Council on Tuesday.

Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi has made it a priority to pay salaries, arm and train fighters from local tribes and communities and provide legal guarantees for volunteers, envoy Nickolay Mladenov said.

âThis strategy is bearing fruit,â Mladenov told the 15-member council.

âCommunities are beginning to push back.â

The massacre by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) militant group of 322 members of the Albu Nimr tribe spurred cooperation with the government in its campaign to defeat the militants, he said.

Mladenov called on all militia groups who are not aligned with the Islamist militants to enter talks with Baghdad on resolving differences and joining the governmentâs anti-Islamist campaign.

Also Tuesday, U.N. human rights chief Zeid Ra'ad al-Hussein called for a campaign led by Muslims to undermine the ideology of ISIS, saying this may ultimately be more effective than air strikes.
Because yap-yap is always more effective than boom-boom.

Southeast Asia: Indonesian capital gets a Christian governor
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[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] A Christian has been appointed governor of Indonesia's Jakarta, the capital city of the country with the world's largest Moslem population, the News Agency that Dare Not be Named reported.
Did they check to make sure he's a virgin?
Basuki Tjahaja Purnama's is the city's first Christian governor in 50 years, despite protest from Islamic hardliners who insisted the job be reserved for a Moslem.

Purnama, who took oath of office in a Wednesday ceremony conducted by President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo, is also the first ethnic Chinese to assume the role.

Widodo is Puranma's predecessor. The new governor had served as his deputy.

An outspoken figure, Purnama has a track record of combating graft and cutting red tape.

The Grand Turk: Erdogan slams ridicule over 'Muslims discovered Americas' claim
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Africa North: Death threats to Egypt singer after anti-ISIS song
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[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] Egyptian popular music singer Shaaban Abdel Rahim received death threats after the release of his song in which he mocks and condemns 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 Syria (ISIS) Death Eater group, the Arabic website for the Al Arabiya News Channel reported.

ISIS supporters attacked Abdel Rahim on several social media platforms, Al Arabiya.Net reported, adding that they issued several fatwas, or edicts, decreeing his death.

To which Abdel Rahim responded: "I will leave it to God."

The veteran artist received a phone call Tuesday morning from a man who spoke in a "Levantine accent," he told Al Arabiya.Net.

After questioning Abdel Rahim about his song, the man warned the singer he could be "assassinated" for mocking the Death Eater group and its self-proclaimed emir, His Supreme Immensity, Caliph of the Faithful and Galactic Overlord, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi
...formerly merely the head of ISIL and a veteran of the Bagram jailhouse. Looks like a new messiah to bajillions of Moslems, like just another dead-eyed mass murder to the rest of us...

In his song, the singer addresses Baghdadi as a bored "Emir of criminals" and describes ISIS turbans a "bunch of crazies."

Syria-Lebanon-Iran: Cyprus on lookout for Syria-bound militants
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[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] Cyprus has intensified screening procedures at its ports, airports and checkpoints to prevent Europeans from passing through the country en route to Syria to join 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 Syria (ISIS), a security official said.

The security official said that since Turkey has tightened security measures to stem the flow of potential jihadis to Syria, it is possible that Europeans could travel to the island of Cyprus, cross into the breakaway Turkish Cypriot north, then head into Syria that way.

The official spoke on condition of anonymity Wednesday because he didn't want to publicly discuss sensitive security issues.

The official said the new security measures include tougher police scrutiny at seven crossing points along the 180 kilometer (110 mile), U.N.-controlled buffer zone that regulate people and vehicles traveling across Cyprus' north-south divide.

Syria-Lebanon-Iran: Suspected U.S. strikes hit Syrian Al-Qaeda-held town
Posted by Fred 11/20/2014  00:00 0 Comments 580 words Read the whole thing on page 1
[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] An Arclight airstrike believed to have been carried out by the U.S.-led coalition overnight hit a town controlled by al-Qaeda Death Eaters in northwestern Syria, activists said Wednesday.

Harem, on an important smuggling route to Turkey, is controlled by al-Qaeda's Syrian branch, the Nusra Front. U.S. aircraft bombed Nusra Death Eaters near Harem last week.

The strike was reported by the Local Coordination Committees and the Britannia-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, both of which gather information from local activists. The Britannia-based Observatory said the strike hit near an empty house and killed two Nusra Front fighters.

If confirmed, the strike would mark the fourth time that coalition aircraft have targeted the al-Qaeda affiliate in the U.S.-led aerial campaign 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 in Syria and Iraq.

The U.S. military says the attacks against the Nusra Front have targeted the so-called Khorasan group, which Washington says is a special cell within Nusra that is plotting attacks against Western interests.

Inside Syria, activists and rebels dismiss the U.S. attempt to distinguish between the two, saying they are one entity. Many analysts also question the distinction.

The U.S. says it isn't coordinating its aerial operation in Syria with Hereditary President-for-Life Bashir Pencilneck al-Assad
Horror of Homs...
, whose own air force has been pummeling opposition-held areas from the sky since the international coalition's campaign began in late September.

The Observatory said Wednesday that Syrian aircraft have carried out nearly 1,600 Arclight airstrikes since Oct. 20. It said at least 396 people,
...some portion of whom were no doubt jihadis and other rebels out of uniform...
including 109 children, have been killed in those strikes.

On Wednesday, a government strike hit the northeastern city of Raqqa, controlled by the Islamic State group, killing at least nine people, the Observatory and local activist Fourat Alwfaa said. Alwfaa said the killed were civilians.

Another strike hit the town of al-Hara in southern Syria, killing eight people, including four children and a woman, the Observatory said. An activist group in Daraa also reported the strikes, but offered no casualty figures.

Africa North: Egypt militant arrested on return from Syria
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[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] Egyptian authorities on Wednesday announced the arrest of a jihadist who returned home from the Syrian conflict to train Islamist murderous Moslems in the use of explosives.

Hani Shahine had fought in the ranks of the 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, Al-Qaeda's franchise in Syria, the interior ministry said.

He was enjugged
Please don't kill me!
in Al-Gharbiya province, 100 kilometres (60 miles) north of Cairo, the ministry said on its Facebook page.

It said Shahine's assignment was to "train Islamist elements in the production and use of explosives", and that his arrest had led to five terrorist cells being dismantled.

Africa North: U.N. Security Council adds Libya's Ansar al-Sharia to terror list
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[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] The U.N. Security Council on Wednesday added to its terror list a Libyan Islamist group accused of involvement in the September 2012 attack on the US mission in Benghazi that killed the US ambassador and three other Americans.

The Security Council slapped sanctions on Ansar al-Sharia
...a Salafist militia which claims it is not part of al-Qaeda, even though it works about the same and for the same ends. There are groups of the same name in Libyaand Yemen, with the Libyan versions currently most active. Tunisia's Shabaab al-Tawhid started out an Ansar al-Sharia and changed its name in early 2014. It still uses the old name now and then, probably because the stationery's not all used up and the web site hasn't expired yet...
for its ties to Al-Qaeda, diplomats said, with an arms embargo, assets freeze and global travel ban targeting the holy warriors going into force at the request of Britannia, La Belle France and the United States.

The measure targets Ansar al-Sharia Benghazi and its sister group Ansar al-Sharia Derna, which both have links to Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) and other violent hard boy outfits.

In October, Ansar al-Sharia Derna pledged allegiance to 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....
(IS), the Islamist group that has seized control of territory in Iraq and Syria.

Since 2012, the Benghazi wing has operated several training camps mainly to help gangs in Iraq and Syria and to a lesser extent in Mali, according to the request filed by the three countries.

Twelve of the 24 jihadists who attacked the Algerian In Amenas gas complex in 2013 trained in the camps of Ansar al-Sharia in Benghazi, Libya's second city, documents said.

More recently, the group has conducted several attacks on Libyan security forces, it added.

Ansar al-Sharia Derna also took part in the 2012 attack on the US mission and is operating camps in the northeastern Derna and Jebel Akhdar regions to train fighters for Iraq and Syria.

French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius in September told a meeting on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly that the group should face sanctions as part of efforts to prevent Libya from sliding further into violence.

Diplomats said the blacklisting of Ansar al-Sharia would help sideline hardliners at a time when the United Nations organization originally established to war on dictatorships which was promptly infiltrated by dictatorships and is now held in thrall to dictatorships...
is engaged in dialogue with various Islamist militias and the government on restoring order in Libya.

Terror Networks: Six French fighter jets added to ISIS fight
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[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] La Belle France's defense minister said Wednesday the country will send an additional six fighter jets to aid the battle against Lions of Islam from the Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear the pols talk they're not really Moslems....
group, Rooters news agency reported.

Jean-Yves Le Drian announced the reinforcements in comments to the French parliament.

The French Defense Ministry says there are 12 French aircraft already in the region helping carry out Arclight airstrikes against the Islamic State group in Iraq.

Le Drian says six Mirage jets would join the force, which on Monday carried out Arclight airstrikes against targets around Kirkuk.

French fighters
Also on Wednesday, French Prime Minister Manuel Valls said that "close to 50" French citizens have been killed fighting alongside Death Eaters in Syria, according to Agence La Belle France-Presse.

A government source told AFP the precise number, as of Monday, was estimated at 49.

"We know the number of Frenchies, more than a thousand, who are involved in this phenomenon," Valls said after a security meeting in Beauvais, north of Gay Paree.

The Grand Turk: A question of 'who discovered America?'
Posted by Fred 11/20/2014  00:00 13 Comments 606 words Read the whole thing on page 4
[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] Can Erdogan tell us what we were doing to ourselves in the past 10-year period. We saw the liquidation of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafiq Hariri to the looting of dozens of cities to the murder of hundreds of thousands of people and to replacing dictators with even worse ones.

By repeating the stories of late Libyan Col. Muammar Qadaffy
...a reminder that a single man with an idea can change an entire nation, usually for the worse...
, Erdogan has gone from the successful renaissance experience to the ranks of political jesters and swindlers for the sake of satisfying an idle audience through the borrowing of other people's achievements. What Mr. Hazem Saghieh wrote in his article on politicians' confusion during disputes rings true in this case. Saghieh said that they tend to force the political dispute beyond its borders to include culture and history. Therefore, tactics are employed according to the needs of the moment.

Who discovered America? If by this we really mean to ask who the first human to set foot on the continent was, then scientists will confirm that thousands of years ago there were neither Arabs nor Moslems. If what is meant is to ask who conquered it, then Moslems may have arrived there later, just as other sailors who traversed the Atlantic Ocean arrived on its eastern shores, but this is of no value. No one is fighting over who discovered the rest of the earth because this is of no value and it's nothing to take pride in. The United State is an extension of European civilization which is an extension of previous civilizations.

Our false pride is not limited to narration of history, forging William Shakespeare's origins, claims of being the innovators of aviation, or aggrandizing our contributions in the fields of chemistry, physics and medicine, but also extends to PhD holders and researchers. Our reality will not change and we will continue to go backward with this mentality which does not appreciate education and the sciences and which takes pride in displaying degrees and holding governmental posts.

In boasting about the past, like Erdogan is doing, and remaining static as religious fundamentalists do, there is exploitation of people's frustrations and their inability to escape the rut they have been living in for centuries.

Erdogan has the Turkish experiment, meaning he has the recent present to draw examples from instead of borrowing valueless folklore from the past. Where is the value in Moslems arriving on a hill that today is known as Cuba if they had no role in its development?

Moslems' relationship with America is symbolized by the queues they stand in to attain a visa from American consulates in order to escape their countries and governments and to find a safe haven for their children, a job to make a living, hospitals to treat their diseases and universities to get an education. That is the modern reality.
#1: Thanks to my brother, I've developed a strong interest in pre-Colombian history. But I gotta ask: Islamo-dudes, what have you done for me lately? And by me, I mean civilization. And by lately, I mean the last 50/100/1000 years. Because I don't see much beyond fatwas and corpses. It's not like y'all invented the transistor or something.
Posted by: SteveS|| 2014-11-20 03:11 ||Comments

#2: Erdogan sees himself as the leader of the muslim world and a possible Caliph!
Posted by: Paul D|| 2014-11-20 05:54 ||Comments

#3: Xerox PARC 'discovered' the graphic user interface integral to modern PCs, tablets, and smartphones. They didn't do anything with it. One day Steve Jobs et al visited Xerox PARC and 'voila' the Apple GUI magically appeared. The rest is 'history'.
Posted by: Procopius2k|| 2014-11-20 08:35 ||Comments

#4: I am more concerned with who is destroying America.
Posted by: Airandee|| 2014-11-20 11:00 ||Comments

#5: I remember reading that the Indians were Chinese, that makes the Chinese the discoverers.
Posted by: Redneck Jim|| 2014-11-20 11:14 ||Comments

#6: Is it Chinese Uyghurs who discovered America, if so, then Erdogan is right.

Posted by: Thor Noodleman1711|| 2014-11-20 11:38 ||Comments

#7: Am. Indians are genetically related to Mongols or Koreans and up to 1/3 Eurasian (e.g. Steppe dwellers). Not Han Chinese.
Posted by: Choting Speaking for Boskone6255|| 2014-11-20 11:48 ||Comments

#8: Noodlemen: the Chinese were not even able to discover Taiwan so fantasizing about them going East for thousands of miles despite believing there was nothing there is absurd.
Posted by: JFM|| 2014-11-20 12:10 ||Comments

Posted by: DarthVader|| 2014-11-20 14:11 ||Comments

#10: Vikings were running around newfoundland 800 years before the Chinese claim, and they left evidence to boot.

So land bridge migration folk and then Viking. Then perhaps China and then Spanish. Arab claims are just not credible.
Posted by: rjschwarz|| 2014-11-20 14:57 ||Comments

#11: This reminds me of Stan Freberg's History of the United States of America audio. Hilarious! Here is the relevant part on the discovery of America:

Columbus: Alright-(clears throat) I claim this land in the name of Queen Isabella and King Ferdinand of Spain!

Native: How!

Columbus: Well, first I stick the flag in the sand, and then I-

King: Watch yourself, Admiral. Natives-they may be hostile.

Columbus: Well, we’re all a little hostile now and then; some of us can sublimate, others can’t adjust. You know how it is…

King: I know, but you better try and talk to ‘em!

Columbus: Alright, alright. Hello there, hello there. We white men--other side of ocean. My name Christopher Columbus.

Native: Oh? You over here on a Fulbright?

Columbus: Huh? Uh, no,no, I’m over here on an Isabella, as a matter of fact. Which reminds me, I want to take a few of you guys back on the boat with me to prove I discovered you.

Native: What you mean, you discover us? We discover you.

Columbus: You discovered us?

Native: Certainly. We discover you on beach here. Is all how you look at it.

Columbus: Yeah, I never thought of that. At any rate, my men and I were wondering if you could spare a little food?

Native: What kind num-nums you want?

Columbus: Well, what is that strange plant you’re holding there, with yellow kernels?

Native: You mean this? (brass fanfare)

Columbus: Yes. What is that?

Native: French horns.

Columbus: No, what you’re holding in your hand.

Native: Oh-corn.

Columbus: That’s what I thought it was. What else you got to eat around here?

Native: Oh, Berries, herbs, naturally grown fruits, and organically grown vegetables.

Columbus: That’s what I suspected. What kind of a diet is that? That’s why I’ve come here. To fulfill my dream.

Native: You have a dream?

Columbus: Yes, I do.

Native: Would you like to talk about it?

Columbus: I certainly would. My dream is to open the first Italian restaurant in your country. Give me some real food: starches, spaghetti, cholesterol-all the better things. That’s called progress, you see?

Native: Hmmmm.
Posted by: Alaska Paul|| 2014-11-20 15:07 ||Comments

#12: Tell you what, Recip: you can take it from the current inhabitants---it's yours.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru|| 2014-11-20 15:30 ||Comments

#13: Lest we fergit, there is still the theory that both a defending Athenian hoplite army + enemy Ameri-Indian army invading the Aegean were both destroyed the day Atlantis got whacked.
Posted by: JosephMendiola|| 2014-11-20 20:17 ||Comments

-Short Attention Span Theater-: Naked outdoor protest over SeaWorld float in NY's Thanksgiving parade
Posted by Fred 11/20/2014  00:00 4 Comments 194 words Read the whole thing on page 3
[REUTERS] Animal rights advocates outraged that a SeaWorld float is included in next week's lineup for Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade unveiled plans on Wednesday for a naked protest outside the landmark store.
Good idea. Get nekkid in downtown Noo Yawk on the fourth Thursday in November. Hope the temperature's climbed back up out of the 30s by then.
Demonstrators wearing nothing but black and white body paint to resemble orcas will squeeze into a bathtub outside the midtown Manhattan store on Thursday to mimic orcas held in captivity and to repeat last year's demand - which was denied - that the float be excluded, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) said.

"It is unacceptable to confine orcas to barren tanks that, to them, are the size of a bathtub," said Delcianna Winders, PETA's deputy general counsel.

The naked protest in temperatures predicted to hover just above freezing rides a wave of controversy surrounding SeaWorld after the 2013 documentary film "Blackfish" alleged the park mishandled the huge sea mammals. The marine theme park uses orcas in its aquatic shows.
#1: They can tie in their event with the WestboroFeminists for cat-calling and ogling denunciations. A two-for.
Posted by: Procopius2k|| 2014-11-20 08:45 ||Comments

#2: As a guy, I'm all for boobage and nekkid (although the quality at most protests is decidedly sub-optimal), but when did being naked add moral authority and righteousness to a cause?
Posted by: SteveS|| 2014-11-20 14:16 ||Comments

#3: "decidedly sub-optimal?"
Most of 'em need that rip-stop Kevlar-enhanced burlappage to help keep all the fugly in.

Posted by: USN, Ret.|| 2014-11-20 14:23 ||Comments

#4: The naked protest in temperatures predicted to hover just above freezing

Put up a 'police line ' tape around the spectacle, and forget to take it down for a few hours?
Posted by: Pappy|| 2014-11-20 20:00 ||Comments

-Land of the Free: Air Force Documents Show President Obama Ran up $1,539,402.10 in Flight Expenses Alone for Labor Day 2014 Weekend Trips
Posted by Fred 11/20/2014  00:00 3 Comments 393 words Read the whole thing on page 6

[JUDICIALWATCH.ORG] Judicial Watch announced today it has obtained records from the United States Air Force revealing the flight cost for President Obama's Labor Day 2014 weekend trips for fundraising, personal business, and politicking came to a total of $1,539,402.10 in taxpayer-paid transportation expenses. The documents regarding the transportation expenses came in response to a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request filed on September 2, 2014.

According to the newly released records obtained by Judicial Watch:
  • Flights for Obama's 2014 Labor Day weekend fundraising trips to Westchester, New York, and Providence, Rhode Island, cost taxpayers $527,192.50

  • Transportation for Obama's round-trip flight from D.C. to Westchester, New York, to attend a wedding cost taxpayers $358,490.90

  • The flight for Obama's trip to Milwaukee, Wisconsin, to speak at 'Laborfest 2014' cost taxpayers $653,718.70
Obama began his Labor Day weekend by taking off on yet another flurry of fundraisers in the Northeast. He began his money-raising venture by heading to Westchester, New York, on Friday, August 29.

While in New York, Obama attended two fundraisers for the Democratic National Committee, one of them a BBQ at the home of former UBS CEO Robert Wolf. Obama later that day took off for Providence, Rhode Island, for a fundraiser at the private residence of former Nortek CEO Richard Bready and Betty Easton, where tickets cost up to $32, 400. This event marked Obama's ninth fundraiser for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee this year.

Obama was originally scheduled to fly back to Westchester, New York, Friday night, spend the night there, then return to D.C. after attending the high-profile wedding of the White House chef Sam Kass to MSNBC host and liberal commentator, Alex Wagner on Saturday.

However, he changed plans last minute and flew to D.C. for the night ' and then flew back to New York. White House's Press Secretary Josh Earnest explained that this change allowed Obama to 'sleep in his own bed, do a little work tomorrow, spend some time with his family, and then travel back to New York’. The difference between flying to Washington, D.C., instead of New York created an additional 1.4 hours spent in Air Force One, which adds up to $295,227.80 more in taxpayer dollars.

Obama wrapped up his Labor Day travel by flying to Milwaukee, Wisconsin, on Monday, where he made a campaign speech at Laborfest 2014.
#1: There is a law making just about everything that could possibly be thunk of illegal, how about a law saying a president still in office can't be involved in political fundraising. Plenty of time for that after your out of office. Especially since we are having to pay for everything involved in the travel expenses and reap no reward.
Posted by: chris|| 2014-11-20 07:26 ||Comments

#2: given the election returns this November, we should encourage the "Golden Boy" to appear at EVERY Dem campaign in 2016
Posted by: Frank G|| 2014-11-20 09:58 ||Comments

#3: 1.4 hours spent in Air Force One, which adds up to $295,227.80 more in taxpayer dollars.

Not too mention tons of eeeeeeevil greenhouse gasses nad a big contribution to man made global warming.
Posted by: JFM|| 2014-11-20 10:13 ||Comments

Home Front: WoT: Man Arrested Near White House With Rifle, Ammunition in Car
Posted by Fred 11/20/2014  00:00 10 Comments 87 words Read the whole thing on page 1
[WASHINGTON.CBSLOCAL] A man was arrested near the White House by Secret Service after a .30-30 rifle and ammunition was found in his car.

R.J. Renae Kapheim, a 41-year-old from Davenport, Iowa, approached a Secret Service checkpoint at 15th and E Street and said that someone told him to go to the White House, according to CBS News.

He then took Secret Service agents to his car where they found the .30-30 rifle and ammunition in the trunk.

Kapheim was arrested for possession of a firearm.
#1: The imperial guards are getting disgruntled.
Posted by: Skidmark|| 2014-11-20 00:02 ||Comments

Posted by: Fat Bob Brown9476|| 2014-11-20 06:17 ||Comments

#3: I've half been expecting some sort of "attack" on Obola, set up by the regime and blamed on the Tea Party types.

I know I'm paranoid, but am I paranoid enough?
Posted by: AlanC|| 2014-11-20 07:23 ||Comments

#4: I've half been expecting some sort of "attack" on Obola, set up by the regime and blamed on the Tea Party types.

The G*d on Earth would never risk himself this way. On the other hand, we know they only tell him what he needs to know.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru|| 2014-11-20 07:32 ||Comments

#5: Arrested for possession of a firearm?
Posted by: DLR|| 2014-11-20 10:51 ||Comments

#6: R.J. Renae Kapheim was arrested near the White House by Secret Service after a .30-30 rifle and ammunition was found in his car.

Arrested for possession of a firearm?

Yup, Kapheim had a very bad day, in hindsight might he have faired better with a .20-20 ?
Posted by: Thor Noodleman1711|| 2014-11-20 11:25 ||Comments

#7: .30-30 sounds like a hunting round, common in lever action deer rifles.
Posted by: AlanC|| 2014-11-20 16:07 ||Comments

#8: R.J.

One similar story, of many:
R.J., losing track of his jenny,
Was feeling blackhearted,
Got drunk, and bombarded
Her shack with his 32-20.
Posted by: Zenobia Floger6220|| 2014-11-20 17:04 ||Comments

#9: Three words that should be sufficient deterrent for any would-be assassin:
President Joe Biden
Posted by: OldSpook|| 2014-11-20 19:07 ||Comments

#10: OldSpook, I've been hearing this for 6 years and my question now is HOW THE HELL COULD BUFFOON BIDEN BE WORSE THAN WHAT WE'VE GOT NOW??

Seriously, how could he be worse?
Posted by: AlanC|| 2014-11-20 19:43 ||Comments

Arabia: Saudi beheads killer who donned women's clothes
Posted by Fred 11/20/2014  00:00 0 Comments 331 words Read the whole thing on page 3
[NEWS.YAHOO] 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...
executed on Wednesday a man who donned women's clothing in a bid to escape after shooting dead a soldier and police officer, state media said.

Salih bin Yateem bin Salih al-Qarni was beheaded in the southwestern city of Abha, the official Saudi Press Agency said.

Qarni was intially placed in durance vile
Please don't kill me!
on other charges and was transported in an official vehicle by the soldier and a member of the Muttawa inquisitors religious police.

"He shot them with a gun that he was carrying," the SPA said, without explaining how he obtained the weapon.

After stealing the keys from the security officer driving the vehicle, Qarni chewed some narcotic qat "and disguised himself in women's clothing" in an attempt to flee, but was recaptured, it said.

Saudi women are required to cover from head to toe, often with only their eyes exposed.

The report did not say when the escape bid occurred.

Qarni is the latest of 69 Saudis and foreigners executed in the kingdom this year, despite international concern.

-Signs, Portents, and the Weather-: India isolates man with Ebola-infected semen
Posted by Fred 11/20/2014  00:00 5 Comments 196 words Read the whole thing on page 3
[CNN] An Ebola survivor has been quarantined in India after his semen tested positive for the virus, health officials there have announced.

The 26-year-old man, an Indian national, traveled to New Delhi from Liberia on November 10, almost two months after he was hospitalized in the West African nation after showing symptoms of the illness, India's health ministry said in a statement.

He was released from the Liberian hospital on September 30 with documents declaring him free of clinical signs linked to Ebola, the ministry added.

As a precautionary measure, Indian authorities carried out tests on his body fluids, which confirmed traces of the virus in his semen, the statement said.

"Currently, this person is not having any symptoms of the disease. However,
denial ain't just a river in Egypt...
he would be kept under isolation in the special health facility of (the) Delhi Airport Health Organization, till such time his body fluids test negative and he is found medically fit to be discharged," it said.
#1: Yet another reason for a raincoat.
Posted by: Skidmark|| 2014-11-20 00:06 ||Comments

Posted by: Fat Bob Brown9476|| 2014-11-20 06:45 ||Comments

#3: Here....., step out of the boarding line, take this cup and go over there. We may have to reschudule your ticket, regardless of the test results.
Posted by: Besoeker|| 2014-11-20 07:12 ||Comments

#4: I might have to rethink visiting India, if this is what it takes to get in.
Posted by: Grunter|| 2014-11-20 13:49 ||Comments

#5: Only if you're from a high risk country, Grunter, like USA.
Posted by: Ebbang Uluque6305|| 2014-11-20 19:13 ||Comments

-Lurid Crime Tales-: Militant group offers cash rewards for 'location' of officer Darren Wilson
Posted by Fred 11/20/2014  00:00 10 Comments 151 words Read the whole thing on page 3
[DAILYMAIL.CO.UK] A group describing itself as a 'Militant Resistance' to a 'corrupt police state' has offered $5000 for details of Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson's whereabouts, MailOnline can reveal.

Officer Wilson, 28, has been in hiding on paid leave ever since he bumped off unarmed teenager Michael Brown, 18, on 9 August.

Now, in one of a series of incendiary tweets the RbG Black Rebels have stated, 'We are paying $5k cash for location of Ofc. Darren Wilson. Real $, no joke, no crime we just wana get his photo an ask him a few questions.'

And though the RbG Black Rebels insist this is not a bounty on the officer's head, the chilling offer is set in the context of a stream of violent online posts boasting of 'combat experience', 'stockpiling' ammunition, cleaning out gun stores and being #WarReady.
#1: A lynching bounty?
Posted by: Skidmark|| 2014-11-20 00:10 ||Comments

#2: Isn't this illegal?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru|| 2014-11-20 03:31 ||Comments

#3: He's with me, visiting friends and family in Indiana. Feel free to wave my truck down, we'll be happy to meet with you.
Posted by: Besoeker|| 2014-11-20 07:05 ||Comments

#4: #2 - yes it is. However, expect Hold, Obama, & Co to do nothing about it.
Posted by: Procopius2k|| 2014-11-20 08:43 ||Comments

#5: Asking for a serious dawg catches Kenworth moment.
Posted by: Shipman|| 2014-11-20 08:44 ||Comments

#6: The RgB Rebels huh.

What is that hashtag anyways? I didn't get my breakfast menu, so I'm #WarReady. My clothes from yesterday still smell good enough, so they are #WoreReady. I'm a viking, so I'm #OarReady #ThorReady
Posted by: swksvolFF|| 2014-11-20 09:35 ||Comments

#7: Offering cash and/or beer for names and locations of the members of the militant resistance group.

Posted by: DarthVader|| 2014-11-20 11:29 ||Comments

#8: We'll chant till we're all hot and sweaty!
We'll make a mess eating spaghetti!
We'll sharpen machetes
And sleep without teddies
Because we is wah-wah-wah-ready!
Posted by: Zenobia Floger6220|| 2014-11-20 12:46 ||Comments

#9: Uh, #WahWahWahReady.
Posted by: Zenobia Floger6220|| 2014-11-20 12:47 ||Comments

#10: *giggle*
Posted by: trailing wife|| 2014-11-20 17:45 ||Comments

-Lurid Crime Tales-: 350-Pound Thief In Motorized Scooter Caught Sitting On Stolen Walmart Steaks
Posted by Fred 11/20/2014  00:00 2 Comments 170 words Read the whole thing on page 3
[THESMOKINGGUN] A 350-pound Walmart shopper was arrested yesterday after he was found sitting atop five stolen rib eye steaks in the seat of a motorized scooter that he was riding around the South Carolina store.

Rodney Fowler, 43, was spotted Tuesday afternoon placing the steaks in his scooter by a Walmart loss prevention officer, according to a police report.

âSuspect sat on the steaks and exited the store passing all points of sale, without attempting to pay for said merchandise,â cops noted.

The 5â 5â Fowler was then confronted by the Walmart worker and escorted back into the store, where he was later arrested by police for shoplifting. âDue to his size, the suspect was cuffed using two pairs of cuffs,â investigators noted.

Pictured above, Fowler spent about three hours in police custody before being released without bond. The fate of the rib eye steaks Fowler sat upon is not addressed in the police report (though hereâs hoping Walmart did not re-shelve the pressed meat).
#1: Rodney the Fowler strikes again.
Posted by: Besoeker|| 2014-11-20 07:27 ||Comments

#2: Scooter Jerky - yum!
Posted by: Mad Eye Bucket2611|| 2014-11-20 08:33 ||Comments

Home Front: Politix: Sessions: Obama Now 'Emperor of the United States'
Posted by Fred 11/20/2014  00:00 5 Comments 244 words Read the whole thing on page 6
[WEEKLYSTANDARD] Senator Jeff Sessions calls Barack Obama
Pot had helped, and booze; maybe a little blow when you could afford it. Not smack, though....
an "Emperor of the United States" now that the president is going ahead with executive amnesty.

"President B.O. previously said he could not issue an executive amnesty because 'I'm the President of the United States, I'm not the emperor of the United States. My job is to execute laws that are passed.' Well, apparently we now have an 'Emperor of the United States,'" Sessions writes in a statement.

"President B.O.'s immigration order would provide undocumented Democrats with the exact benefits Congress has repeatedly rejected: Social Security numbers, photo IDs and work permits--which will allow them to now take jobs directly from struggling Americans in every occupation. Congress must not allow this unconstitutional action. That means Congress should fund the government while ensuring that no funds can be spent on this unlawful purpose."
Posted by: Tyde Twinkles1188|| 2014-11-20 10:33 ||Comments

#2: Obama is no conqueror. He's more like Nero or Caligula.

And then there is Sessions. Everybody is all the time talking about Cruz but the guy who has been coming out with the most focused, on point statements lately has been Sessions. I like him.
Posted by: Ebbang Uluque6305|| 2014-11-20 12:31 ||Comments

#3: I call him Emperor Zero.
Posted by: Bright Pebbles|| 2014-11-20 16:51 ||Comments

#4: Without snark, I say to y'all, "All Democrats are insane."
Posted by: Winky Chemp1114|| 2014-11-20 18:12 ||Comments

#5: Not emperor. Nor king. Just a big Chicago thug boss, on the largest scale since Tammany.
Posted by: OldSpook|| 2014-11-20 19:17 ||Comments

Home Front: Politix: Obama Immigration Speech: CBS, Fox, NBC & ABC Not Airing
Posted by Fred 11/20/2014  00:00 13 Comments 229 words Read the whole thing on page 6
[DEADLINE] President Barack Obama will finally be making public tomorrow night what his plan is to overhaul immigration. However, while his primetime speech will postpone part of the 15th annual Latin Grammys, it will not be covered by most of the Big 4 â if any of them.

The administration announced today that POTUS will be speaking live from the White House at 8 PM ET on Thursday. ABC has the fall finale for Greyâs Anatomy on at that time while CBS has ratings powerhouse The Big Bang Theory, NBC has reality show The Biggest Loser and Fox has Bones. As of right now, three of those networks will not see any changes in their November sweep schedules due to the speech.

While Obamaâs speech will be seen on their cable news siblings, Fox and NBC are not carrying it live on their broadcast networks tomorrow night. CNN, along with Fox News and MSNBC, will be showing the speech live. A CBS News division spokesperson says the network will also not be showing Obamaâs approximately 15-minute address on Thursday night. The broadcast networks were not asked for time by the administration, sources tell me. The time zone difference will see NBC, CBS as well as ABC adding coverage of Obamaâs immigration speech to the West Coast versions of their national nightly news shows.
#1: Thanks for the heads up. I'm sure I can find something else to do during this timeframe.
Posted by: Besoeker|| 2014-11-20 07:22 ||Comments

#2: There is that narcissism showing through. Right in the primetime hour when most ppl do not want to hear that bullshit.
Posted by: chris|| 2014-11-20 07:31 ||Comments

#3: Obama Immigration Speech: CBS, Fox, NBC & ABC Not Airing

Cause large portions of the population going 'Ferguson' immediately afterward would be something they could not hide no matter how big the Memory Hole(c,1984) is.
Posted by: Procopius2k|| 2014-11-20 08:30 ||Comments

#4: He will be live on all the news channels. That's where people should go if they want to watch it. Those that would rather watch Golden Girls should not be disturbed with his partisan politics.
Posted by: 49 Pan|| 2014-11-20 10:51 ||Comments

#5: The administration announced today that POTUS EOTUS will be speaking live from the White House throne room at 8 PM ET on Thursday.

Posted by: AlmostAnonymous5839|| 2014-11-20 10:52 ||Comments

#6: And teh 0ne, in his narcissistic glory, is throwing a whine fit about it.

Pass the popcorn please.
Posted by: DarthVader|| 2014-11-20 11:31 ||Comments

#7: Pass the popcorn please.
Posted by: DarthVader

Here you go DarthVader, there is plenty to go around, it just drops out of Joe's head.

Posted by: Thor Noodleman1711|| 2014-11-20 11:42 ||Comments

#8: Obama is timing his speech to take place on Mexican Revolution Day (a national holiday) just before the Latin Grammy's.

It sounds like he wants to be President of Mexico once he leaves the white house.

Posted by: Frozen Al|| 2014-11-20 11:47 ||Comments

#9: Chicken shit.
Posted by: swksvolFF|| 2014-11-20 13:07 ||Comments

#10: There are no jobs for those people. You drive by a HOme Depot or other hardware outlet where illegals hang out hoping for a days work, and there are dozens who get no work.

When the Dems benefits run out the foreign Nationals here unconstitutionally will raise hell and the Dems will have to go after Americans 401Ks. Unless they are deported I see nothing but kaos and debt for the future of this country.
Posted by: Ebbomosh Hupemp2664|| 2014-11-20 13:24 ||Comments

#11: You guys are missing the point. The Prez is making a prime time speech touting an immigration 'reform' plan that would likely annoy quite a bit of America if they heard about it AND that seems to overstep his Constitutional role and authority.

Normally, a prime-time speech is news. A plan to offer criminals amnesty is news. A plan to usurp Congress's role in making laws is news. But the media is uninterested. Just like the recent Gruber-gate, the IRS scandal, Fast and Furious or any of a number of events that have fallen down the memory hole. Nothing to see here. Move along.
Posted by: SteveS|| 2014-11-20 14:11 ||Comments

#12: maybe he'll apologize for all the deaths from Fast and Furious?

Posted by: Frank G|| 2014-11-20 15:19 ||Comments

#13: I agree wid RUSH LIMBAUGH's statement on FREEREPUBLIC, i.e. the [OWG Globalist?]Obama intends to transform America into something it was never founded on.

Youse can add, "... ... And widout having to formally ask the consent of either our Mighty GOP-DEM Unitarian Congress, nor the Electorate aka the US/Amer Voters aka Mainstream Amerika aka Socialist-beloved "the People" or "Will of the People", etc. iff they like it or not, want it not.


Starting officially in Feb 2015, the US will begin transferring parts of its formerly "Nationalist" Sovereignty to the higher OWG + NAU, plus also the TPP + TAP, etc. sub-entities now + future. WID THE FORMAL TRANSMITTAL OF SOVEREIGNTY TO THE NEW OWG NAU, ETC. BY DEFINITION WILL ALSO COME TRANSMITTAL OF SOVEREIGN DEBT.

OWG NAU > USA = MEXICO = CANADA, ETC. Unfortunately for the Globies, AFAIK there is no common overt or formal agreement between the US + Canada + Mahico/Azteca, etc. as to how ALL of their sovereign national debts will be paid by the new OWG NAU + related Polity(s).


Again, the Globies have yet to answer just how much Power-n-Authority/Influence is the Cold War + post Cold War Sole-Superpower USA supposed to unilaterally or asymetrically give up to newbie fellow OWG Co-Superpowers, e.g. CHINA + RUSSIA + IRAN + ....??? to come, + Third-Party NGOS, e.g. ISIS/ISIL + Qead Boyz = Soon-to-be-Nukulaar-wid-Western-Help ISLAM, RADICAL ISLAM, HARD BOYZ, + GLOBAL JIHAD, + WIDOUT BEING EXISTENTIALLY THREATENED OR DESTROYED BY SAME???



Keep buying those Popcorn futures, people, the MilPol = Geopol Fun, Shennanigans is only just beginning!

I like Butterscotch Wasabi flavor myself.
Posted by: JosephMendiola|| 2014-11-20 20:05 ||Comments

Africa Subsaharan: Military Leader Becomes Burkina Faso Prime Minster
Posted by Fred 11/20/2014  00:00 0 Comments 459 words Read the whole thing on page 3
[ABCNEWS.GO] The military colonel who briefly seized control of Burkina Faso
...The country in west Africa that they put where Upper Volta used to be. Its capital is Oogadooga, or something like that...
after the longtime president stepped down was chosen Wednesday to serve as prime minister, casting doubt that the army will stay out of politics as demanded by the international community.

Lt. Col. Isaac Yacouba Zida said his appointment by the new president of the transitional government showed "a mark of confidence" in the country's security and defense forces, and pledged his commitment to organizing a poll in 2015.

The main objective of the government is to "hold free, fair and transparent, and equitable elections as well as to undertake important reforms for the future of the country," the 49-year-old said.

The appointment Wednesday of Zida was read out by decree at the presidential palace by Alain Ouattara, the assistant secretary general of the government.

It came a day after longtime diplomat Michel Kafando, who is from the same Mossi ethnic group as Zida, was sworn in as president of the transitional government to lead the West African country to elections in a year's time. The selection of Kafando was welcomed by the United States and others, who praised the country for pressing ahead with a civilian transitional government.

The military initially had picked Zida to lead Burkina Faso after it swooped in and took control in the power vacuum after longtime President Blaise Compaore resigned on Oct. 31 after nearly 30 years in power. Compaore's resignation was forced by angry demonstrators who set the parliament on fire to show their displeasure over his attempts to seek another term in office.

The international community urged the military to swiftly hand back power or face crippling economic sanctions. It was not immediately clear whether the African Union
...a union consisting of 53 African states, most run by dictators of one flavor or another. The only all-African state not in the AU is Morocco. Established in 2002, the AU is the successor to the Organisation of African Unity (OAU), which was even less successful...
would accept an army colonel playing such a pivotal role in the transition.

The United States had encouraged Kafando "to select individuals to serve in the transitional government who are firmly committed to a democratic, civilian government."

Afghanistan: Taliban suicide bombers die in attack on int'l zone in Kabul
Posted by Fred 11/20/2014  00:00 0 Comments 485 words Read the whole thing on page 1
[IN.REUTERS] Four Afghan Taliban jacket wallahs died when a group of the forces of Evil tried to storm an international zone in Kabul on Wednesday in the latest high-profile assault aimed at foreign targets in Afghanistan.

The attackers tried to break into a complex known as Green Village, starting with the kaboom of a van at the gate of the heavily guarded area in eastern Kabul that houses foreign contractors and various facilities.

Security forces repelled them after about an hour of fighting and no casualties were reported among the area's residents, officials said.

Attacks on foreign troops, Afghan government officials and security forces have intensified as the international military coalition ends operations, leaving the fight against the Taliban insurgency mostly to Afghan forces.

"Four suicide bombers have been killed, there was no harm to civilians," said deputy Interior Minister General Ayoub Salangi. It was not immediately clear how the attackers died.

"Since the Green Village had been targeted several times in the past, the place was heavily guarded and the attackers failed to reach their intended target. Only one guard was maimed," said Interior Ministry front man Sediq Sediqqi.

The Afghan Taliban, ousted from power by a U.S.-led coalition in 2001, have been staging almost daily attacks in Kabul and grabbed credit for the latest assault.

"Suicide bombers attacked the invading forces' base called the Green Village," their front man Zabihullah Mujahid said by text message. "The attack began with blowing up an exploding car and other fighters, armed with heavy and light weapons, arrived at the area and started the shootout."

A Western security source at the Green Village told Rooters there had been between four and six kabooms.

Another Western security source said the attackers failed to get inside but their grenades went over the wall and hit Green Village premises. They may have also fired rocket-propelled grenades, the source said.

The Green Village is one of Kabul's most heavily guarded compounds, surrounded by layers of tall grey blast walls and multiple security check points.

Syria-Lebanon-Iran: Kerry in diplomatic overdrive on Iran nuclear deal
Posted by Fred 11/20/2014  00:00 1 Comments 222 words Read the whole thing on page 2
[DAILYMAIL.CO.UK] With a deadline for Iranian nuclear deal fast approaching, U.S. 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...
embarked Wednesday on a frenzy of high-stakes diplomacy in a last-minute push to secure an agreement -- or at least prevent the process from collapsing.

As senior negotiators huddled for a second day in Vienna, Kerry held separate meetings in London. He planned a trip to Gay Paree Wednesday. Kerry was still weighing when he might join the larger effort in the Austrian capital where negotiators are racing against the clock to forge a pact over the next five days to prevent Iran from reaching the capability to produce atomic weapons.

Despite his efforts, though, signs increasingly pointed to Monday's deadline passing without a deal and the negotiations being extended a second time.
#1: Yes, go ahead and give away the farm for a bunch of promises from the Mad Mullahs.

Just like your boss O did with the Chinese on decreasing US carbon footprint on a promise from the Chinese for doing something in 15 years.

You guys are worse than the EUnichs. A pox on your houses.
Posted by: Alaska Paul|| 2014-11-20 14:55 ||Comments

Terror Networks: Islamic State: Second Frenchman in killing video named
Posted by Fred 11/20/2014  00:00 1 Comments 478 words Read the whole thing on page 1
[BBC] La Belle France has named a second Frenchie in a video showing the killing of Syrian prisoners by 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) Death Eaters as Mickael Dos Santos, 22.

The Moslem convert comes from an eastern Gay Paree suburb. The other French murderous Moslem was named as Maxime Hauchard, a convert from Normandy.

In the same video, the severed head of US hostage Abdul-Rahman Kassig was displayed for the camera.

About 1,000 French jihadists are thought to have gone to Syria and Iraq.

French Prime Minister Manuel Valls said after a security meeting in Beauvais, north of Gay Paree, that "close to 50" French citizens had died in Syria.

"Sadly, we are not surprised to learn that French citizens or residents of La Belle France are found at the heart of these cells and taking part in this barbarity," he added.

...back at the alley, Slats grabbed for his rosco...
new IS video has appeared which shows a small group of gunnies burning what appear to be French passports before three of them make appeals to French Moslems to abandon La Belle France and join IS, or stay there and attack "enemies of Allah".

It is unclear where the video was filmed but it was released by al-Hayat, the media arm of IS.

'Tis more imperative now than e-v-a-r! before that the UK stay in the EU, rebuild its Econ + Armed Forces, + make certain the wily finicky propellers of the FNS CV CHARLES DE GAULLE doesn't surrender France to the Hard Boyz.


My parents + older had already witnessed one DUNKIRK = FALL OF FRANCE in their lifetime - theoretically, I + MY GENERATION, FOLLOW-ON COULD WITNESS TWO? MORE?


Or whats left of it + UK Royals after the Hard Boyz decide to take a vacation in the Bahamas = go on Pan-Asian, South Amer Jihad.

But I digress ...
Posted by: JosephMendiola|| 2014-11-20 21:14 ||Comments

Home Front: Politix: Key ObamaCare official used threats, 'tantrums' to push website launch despite concern
Posted by Injun Grumble7123 11/20/2014  00:00 1 Comments 22 words Read the whole thing on page 6
It just gets weirder and weirder.
#1: Get under the bus!
Posted by: Ebbomosh Hupemp2664|| 2014-11-20 00:09 ||Comments

Home Front: Politix: AFL-CIO forwards e-mail about Obama immigration plans to reporters by mistake
Posted by Injun Grumble7123 11/20/2014  00:00 2 Comments 40 words Read the whole thing on page 6
Hauser then forwarded it to his media list. He tried to walk it back, asking them to ignore, but you can’t put that genie back in the bottle.
Posted by: Tyde Twinkles1188|| 2014-11-20 10:42 ||Comments

#2: TT's Rotten eCards blurb above is a cleaned-up version of an actual LBJ quote.
Posted by: SteveS|| 2014-11-20 14:19 ||Comments

China-Japan-Koreas: Nork reprocessing facility may restart operations
Posted by Steve White 11/20/2014  00:00 3 Comments 561 words Read the whole thing on page 2
WASHINGTON -- North Korea's main nuclear reactor is believed to have been shut down for more than two months amid signs Pyongyang may be preparing to restart the nearby reprocessing facility to extract weapons-grade plutonium from spent fuel, a U.S. think tank said Wednesday.

Satellite imagery shows that the 5-megawatt reactor at the Yongbyon nuclear complex has been closed for about 10 weeks, longer than what is required for routine maintenance, according to 38 North, a website run by the U.S.-Korea Institute at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies.

The assessment was made based on the continued absence of two key indicators of reactor operations: vented steam and discharged water. Neither was seen in imagery from Oct. 28 to Nov. 3, said 38 North in a report.

"New evidence is accumulating that suggests the shutdown may have allowed the North to remove a limited number of fuel rods, possibly failed, from the reactor, and Pyongyang may be preparing to restart the Radiochemical Laboratory," where spent fuel rods are reprocessed to extract weapons-grade plutonium, 38 North said.

It is not clear why the reactor was shut down, but speculation has focused on such possibilities as routine maintenance; more serious problems, possibly with the cooling systems; a partial unloading of fuel rods, possibly defective; and the removal of the entire core, the report said.
Remove the fuel rods so as to extract the plutonium?
Evidence from the most recent imagery seems to reinforce the hypothesis of a partial unloading of fuel rods, the report said. Those rods would be transported underground from the reactor to the spent fuel cooling pond and then moved to the reprocessing facility by vehicles.

The shutdown assessment could run counter to that of South Korea's government. Seoul's foreign minister, Yun Byung-se, said he believes the reactor was up and running.
It was not clear if Seoul still stands by the assessment.

With regard to the reprocessing facility, there was little activity throughout the summer and into the fall. However, on Nov. 4, steam was seen rising from a large cooling tower at auxiliary buildings just southeast of the plutonium separation building. Such steam is consistent with activities before commencing operations.

In the same image, three vehicles -- two trucks and one unidentified vehicle -- were seen on the road in front of the door to the reprocessing complex building, to which spent fuel rods are transported for reprocessing. Satellite imagery also showed piles of gray material outside the old pilot fuel fabrication facility, which may indicate that a chemical process is taking place, possibly related to the production of new rods for the 5-megawatt reactor.

38 North said Pyongyang may also be trying to mask indicators of reactor operations. The imagery taken on Oct. 28 indicates that the North may be building a new pipeline running from the pipe that carries hot water and steam from the reactor turbine building to the river, a move that would complicate future efforts to monitor reactor operations, 38 North said.

"Observing the white froth from the steam and water discharged into the river helped private analysts determine that the reactor restarted in August 2013 as well as the short period when it has been shut down over the past year," it said. "Without this indicator, determining what is happening at the facility will become more difficult."
#1: Guess they've already burned thru Clapper's ransom payoffs.
Posted by: Skidmark|| 2014-11-20 00:04 ||Comments

Posted by: Fat Bob Brown9476|| 2014-11-20 06:37 ||Comments

#3: Long past time for the Japanese and South Koreans to fire their programs up.
Posted by: Procopius2k|| 2014-11-20 08:46 ||Comments

Arabia: Egypt urged to back Gulf deal
Posted by Steve White 11/20/2014  00:00 1 Comments 216 words Read the whole thing on page 2
The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz of Saudi Arabia, on Wednesday called on regional ally Egypt to back a reconciliation agreement reached between Gulf states and Qatar following months of tensions linked to last year's removal of Egyptian president Mohammed Mursi.

In his first public comments since reaching the accord with Qatar, King Abdullah asked that Egypt support the agreement, which he hailed as "a new page" in relations.  "I appeal to the people and leadership of Egypt to seek with us the success of this step in the march of Arab solidarity," he said in remarks carried by the Saudi Press Agency.
Mr. Big speaks, and youse guys better listen...
King Abdullah said Saudi Arabia looked forward "to the start of a new phase of consensus" among Arab nations. He voiced hope for "security and stability for our people amid these circumstances and challenges" facing the region.

He said his country fully supported Egypt in the Gulf agreement with Qatar. Details of the agreement, which also involved Kuwait, the UAE and Bahrain, have not been made public.

King Abdullah said that his country was keen to resolve the dispute in the face of challenges facing Arab and Muslim nations.
#1: I imagine that Egypt will restore relations with Qatar only after all major Muslim Brotherhood figures have left the country.
Posted by: Bertie Shomble6918|| 2014-11-20 07:37 ||Comments

Africa North: Tunisian dictator's son-in-law jugged
Posted by Steve White 11/20/2014  00:00 1 Comments 229 words Read the whole thing on page 3
The son-in-law of Tunisia's deposed dictator has been sentenced to six months in prison on gun possession charges after returning from exile to face outstanding cases against him. After the verdict was pronounced late Tuesday, Slim Chiboub was taken to Mornag prison, according to his lawyer Wissam Saidi.
TheReal Slim Shibouby...
One of the greatest grievances against dictator Zine El Abidine Ben Ali was the influence peddling and kickbacks obtained by his extended family in business deals. Several fled and were tried in absentia.

Protesters ransacked Chiboub's house after he fled and it was held up as a sign of the opulence enjoyed by the dictator's family. He was convicted in absentia in 2011 on two counts of gun possession and received sentences of five years and a one year. In Tuesday's trial, the judge tossed out one verdict and reduced sentence on the other to six months.

Several other cases against Chiboubremain open, including one over a deal with French industrial giant Alstom. His next trial is set for December 10, according to his lawyers.
Chiboub, a 55-year-old businessman and former football club owner, said recently in an interview he was ready to return from exile and face justice in Tunisia.

His return comes at a time when many officials from Ben Ali's time are being rehabilitated and participating in politics once more.
#1: Shake, shake, shake...
Shake, shake, shake...
Posted by: Anice Nim|| 2014-11-20 15:23 ||Comments

Africa Horn: Somalia donor summit underway in Denmark
Posted by Steve White 11/20/2014  00:00 0 Comments 227 words Read the whole thing on page 2
GAROWE, Somalia -- Amidst damaging political deadlock, Somalia donors gathered for a summit discussing New Deal Compact for Reconstruction and Development on Wednesday, Garowe Online reports.

More than 140 countries attended the two-day high level partnership forum on Somalia that is being co-chaired by Federal Government of Somalia's President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud and United Nations under-secretary general for political affairs Jeffrey D. Feltman.
Go for amnesty while you're at it...
Speaking at the event, President Mohamud noted that New deal Somali Compact became a testament to the partnership between the war-ravaged horn of Africa nation and the international community. He added that his administration laid the basic building blocks of state reform, developed legal frameworks, re-structured key institutions, developed the path for political reform and put in place the architecture for linking international support to Somalia priorities through the New Deal Compact.
He also cured cancer, ended poverty and stopped the heartbreak of psoriasis...
On his side, D. Feltman told participants that Somalia can't afford to relapse into anarchy and division.

The political infighting between President and Prime Minister Abdiweli Sheikh Ahmed Mohamed was also raised in the two-day ministerial forum on Somalia, with the donors asking the two to bring the dispute to an end.

Europe: “Salami Slicing” and Deterrence
Posted by Elmerert Hupens2660 11/20/2014  00:00 0 Comments 0 words Read the whole thing on page 4

Home Front: Culture Wars: 39 Wymyn to become U.S. Army Ranger school observers/advisors.
Posted by Besoeker 11/20/2014  00:00 13 Comments 33 words Read the whole thing on page 3
Only slightly beyond belief, but a cadre of course standards 'change agents and advocates' had to be instituted.
#1: Chilling, but only 8 days.
Posted by: Skidmark|| 2014-11-20 00:21 ||Comments

#2: Sorry - standards should remain the same. No waivers, no special programs, because in combat in the Ranger's type of missions, there is no room for anyone that cannot perform to the current standard.

That includes all the stuff that requires upper body strength which traditionally washes out most females.
Posted by: OldSpook|| 2014-11-20 03:07 ||Comments

#3: And no icky shirts!!!
Posted by: g(r)omgoru|| 2014-11-20 03:29 ||Comments

#4: Sorry - standards should remain the same.

Agreed. But extra props to any woman who both can meet the standards and steps forward to do the work. Ditto for Marines and every other area.
Posted by: trailing wife|| 2014-11-20 04:18 ||Comments

Posted by: Fat Bob Brown9476|| 2014-11-20 06:53 ||Comments

#6: Physical capabilities aside, something about a woman popping a squat at the edge of the perimeter just seems.... WRONG! Very, very wrong.
Posted by: Besoeker|| 2014-11-20 07:09 ||Comments

#7: TW?, agreed but... A gold medalst female runner can run faster than most of men but there are many, many men (some of them 110 kg rugby players) who can run faster. Army and most particularly Special Forces require excellence. Sometimes a unit has to walk for fourty miles in a night or face anihilation. If someone is not able to walk at that speed he would have to be left behind.

Sometimes the people in this unit have to climb the one hundred feet high Pointe du Hoc or the entire D-DAY operation will fail, thousands of soldiers will be killed and another landing will have to be made a year later.

It is not that easy to find women who can climb _and_ run, and carry heavy loads, _and_ walk fast and for long time.

Not to mention a little problem. What happens when a unit has to let someone behind because he/she is slowing them. Evolution has made us be comparatively indifferemt to the death of a man respective to the death of a woman: since men don't need nine months for having children they are expendable while women are precious. But in situations whre one member of the unit has to be left behind that half-chivalrous, half-darwinian concern for the life of women can lead the unit leader to take the wrong decision and the unit being anihilated.
Posted by: JFM|| 2014-11-20 07:51 ||Comments

#8: When they do away with 'Mens' and 'Womens' Olympic events and just make it direct competition regards of color, race, gender, call me.

The 'other side' has not qualms about Political Correctness, judges, or politicians. They simply want to win and are, as observed and reported, unmoved by special interests debates. War is the ultimate Darwinian environment.
Posted by: Procopius2k|| 2014-11-20 08:40 ||Comments

#9: Here Cindy, since you're not jumping any ammo, med supplies, or batteries, you can have the rigger tie this mortar baseplate to the bottom of your rucksack. Don't forget the rounds, we're jumping in two rounds per team member. I've got the tube. SGT Jones has the bipod. You ok with that ?

See you on the Drop Zone !
Posted by: Besoeker|| 2014-11-20 10:14 ||Comments

#10: When you watch a womans basketball game, baseball game, etc., they have just as much competitive spirit as men.

A battle on the home turf (Israeli womens homes in Israel, their home town of Kobane-Syria) when surrounded and out numbered women can step up and turn the tide of battle. They fight according to a different ways and means. One that is unexpected by the enemy if they have never fought a woman's brigade.

A video shows a woman's brigade that expelled an entire force of ISIS from a fortress at the loss of only two of their own.

A woman's brigade may or may not do well in a foreign jungle battle field, a foreign desert battle field, or on the high seas.

But if you are an enemy that is trying to destroy the home town or home turf of a well trained, well armed women's brigade. "Hell hath no fury" than that of a women's brigade.
Posted by: Ebbomosh Hupemp2664|| 2014-11-20 15:22 ||Comments

#11: Another thing I am trying to say in the above comment is that there could be more benefit to a nation's defense if women's military training was segregated from men's military training, due to differences in fighting style and technique required for real success on the battle field. i.e., the kurdish women's units methodology may be a success, and possibly a first in centuries of military history.

Posted by: Ebbomosh Hupemp2664|| 2014-11-20 16:30 ||Comments

#12: Ebbo - its one thing to fight as a line unit, and the YPG Kurdish femals certainly have. But its nearly a completely different thing to go into spec ops, especially Rangers. They're who gets called when the SEALs get stuck and need a rescue. They have very different operations methods, and require far more than most male soldiers can handle - there is a high washout rate, from injuries alone, of Ranger candidates, in addition to the washout from inability to perform. Stone Mountain gets a lot of them. No sleep, cold, and lots and lots of forced marches and climbing. Then there's the swamps and riverine where you are immersed for long stretches of time - physiology is not kind to females since they do have an open body cavity down there exposed to infiltration by swamp water that males do not have. Not being sexist, its just basic physiology.

The Ranger is a different beast. And no amount of political posturing can change the basic differences in physiology versus the differences in mission. The only way they will get women through this is to drop the standards, and if they do that, more will die, and there will be less success. Special Ops is not the place to play social science experimenter.
Posted by: OldSpook|| 2014-11-20 19:28 ||Comments

#13: We fight our own way ... and we fight desperate and dirty when pressed to that last extremity. Not in the classical male way, honor and chivalry and all that ... but for our babies and homes.

I honestly can't say much about the fitness of the average American woman for Ranger duty - I suspect that not many of our sex are fit enough, Olympic-class fit enough, which is what I suspect it would take - but give women the tools and the training, and - most importantly - the motivation of backs-against-the-wall and protecting our homes and children ... the results might be surprising.
The Israeli and Kurdish women are in that very situation. And women fight dirty and vicious - I knew that from junior high, when a guy fight would result in a bloody nose or two, but a girl fight would result for an ambulance called for one or both parties.
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