[Daily Nation (Kenya)] Neither the United Nations ...a formerly good idea gone bad... nor 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... can impose its will on Sudan, President Omar al-Bashir Head of the National Congress Party. He came to power in 1989 when he, as a brigadier in the Sudanese army, led a group of officers in a bloodless military coup that ousted the government of Prime Minister Sadiq al-Mahdi and eventually appointed himself president-for-life. He has fallen out with his Islamic mentor, Hasan al-Turabi, tried to impose shariah on the Christian and animist south, resulting in its secessesion, and attempted to Arabize Darfur by unleashing the barbaric Janjaweed on it. Sudan's potential prosperity has been pissed away in warfare that has left as many as 400,000 people dead and 2.5 million displaced. Omar has been indicted for genocide by the International Criminal Court but nothing is expected to come of it. said today, after fresh fighting along the border with South Sudan.
"We will implement what we want and, what we do not want, no one can impose upon us -- neither the UN Security Council nor the African Union Peace and Security Council," Bashir said.
He was referring to a May 2 UN Security Council resolution calling for Sudan and South Sudan to cease hostilities along their border, and resume talks to settle unresolved issues.
A South Sudanese cabinet minister said on Thursday his country was ready for talks at any time.
President Bashir's remarks were his first about the resolution, and came a day after Sudan's army said it had fought with South Sudan along the disputed border on Wednesday, while the South said it came under renewed Sudanese air attack, violating a four-day-old UN-imposed ceasefire.
The UN resolution also ordered Sudan and South Sudan to pull troops back from their disputed frontier, effective Wednesday May 9, but Khartoum said it could not comply until there was a border agreement.
President Bashir made his comments in an address to about 1,000 oil industry workers marking the "liberation" last month of Sudan's main oil region of Heglig, which South Sudan occupied for 10 days in a move coinciding with waves of Sudanese air raids against the South, leading to fears of a wider war.
Khartoum's foreign ministry has said it is committed to stopping hostilities under the UN resolution, but it also has certain reservations "which may create some difficulties in fully implementing" it.
The South's government also pledged to seek peace after the UN threatened sanctions if both sides did not stop border fighting by last Friday evening to avert "a serious threat to international peace and security."
On Wednesday, the army in Khartoum said it had expelled South Sudanese troops and their rebel allies from two areas, Kafindibei and Kafia Kingi, in South Darfur state across from the South's Western Bahr el-Ghazal state.
Sudan's foreign ministry has described Kafindibei and Kafia Kingi as disputed.
Earlier on Wednesday, Southern army front man Kella Kueth said Sudan had been "randomly bombarding civilian areas," in Southern border states on Monday and Tuesday.
Sudan has repeatedly denied bombing the South. South Sudan's army confirmed, however, that Kafindibei had been captured by Sudanese troops backed by air support on Monday.
The incident is the first confirmed violation after the cessation of hostilities took effect.
While Khartoum announced last week that it would honour the ceasefire, it accused South Sudan of continuing aggression by occupying disputed points along the border and warned that if they did not withdraw, they would be forced out in an act of self-defence.
Sudan has been backed at various times by Iran Pakistan and China. The Iranians bought Chinese built aircraft for the Sudanese; there are credible reports that Pak contract personnel maintain them (even less credible are one that say they also fly them).
(Sh. M. Network)- A document obtained by Shabelle Media Network tells that the president of Puntland ...a region in northeastern Somalia, centered on Garowe in the Nugaal province. Its leaders declared the territory an autonomous state in 1998. Puntland and the equally autonomous Somaliland seem to have avoided the clan rivalries and warlordism that have typified the rest of Somalia, which puts both places high on the list for Islamic subversion... state of Somalia, Abdirahman Mohammed Mohamud (Farole) is against the new draft constitution of Somalia.
President Farole, said the new draft constitution is not shaped as a constitution of a country, let alone a fragmented conflict-ridden nation, Somalia.
He also urged to amend the contentious issues in the draft constitution.
Egyptian expatriates in 166 countries are heading to the polls for elections to replace ousted leader Hosni Mubarak that are hoped to be the first genuinely contested presidential vote in the country's history.
The voting comes a day after two election front-runners, one of Mubarak's former foreign ministers and a moderate Islamist, squared off in the Arab world's first ever presidential debate.
Elections authorities say less than a million Egyptians out of nearly 10 million living abroad registered to vote. Saudi Arabia has the largest number of Egyptian voters.
Expatriate voting starts Friday and ends May 17. Voters inside Egypt will cast their ballots on May 23-24. If no candidate wins 50 percent of the votes, a runoff is scheduled for June.
Saudi Arabia yesterday agreed to give an initial loan package worth nearly $ 2 billion to support Egypt's economy. It has transferred $ 1 billion to Egypt's central bank as an eight-year deposit,
Literally money in the bank. I'm not sure I can handle that thought...
Faiza Abu El-Naga, the Egyptian minister for planning and international cooperation, said yesterday.
That'll fix the balance of payments for a couple months...
"Saudi Arabia is implementing its financial package for Egypt, which will go a long way in helping the battered economy," said El-Naga while thanking the Kingdom for its support.
"Saudi Arabia has pumped this fund in the form of a deposit at the Central Bank of Egypt, while it also provided a $500 million loan to boost Egypt's economy," said the minister in a statement released by the Egyptian Embassy in Riyadh.
Saudi Ambassador to Cairo, Ahmed Qattan, confirmed the report saying the Kingdom signed an agreement with Egypt to provide $500 million to support its various economic sectors and $1 billion to deposit in the Egyptian Central Bank.
"The Kingdom also gave $250 million to finance gas exports from the Kingdom and $200 million to finance Egypt's small and medium enterprises," the Saudi Press Agency quoted Qattan as saying. He said Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah approved the aid to support Egypt and its economic stability.
After the political unrest, Egypt's economy has been experiencing difficult times, which prompted Cairo to urge more support from friendly countries as well as the International Monetary Fund. In fact, Egypt's foreign exchange reserves fell from $36 billion in December 2010 to only $16.3 billion in January 2012.
In February 2012, Standard & Poor's rating agency lowered Egypt's credit rating from B+ to B in the long term, which indicates turbulent times for the Egyptian economy if normalcy is not restored early and the financial institutions, including banks, do not start working more aggressively.
Asked about the aid and assistance provided by other countries, Nabeel Baker, a spokesman of the Egyptian Embassy in Riyadh, said: "The Kingdom has extended a helping hand to Egypt in times of need and in all emergency situations." Riyadh is set to send Egypt billions of dollars in aid, including the $1 billion that has already been disbursed. "The Saudi aid package demonstrates the good relations between the two countries," he added.
The Kingdom and Egypt are highly influential countries in the Arab world. Egypt, which is also negotiating a $3.2 billion loan from the International Monetary Fund, has been seeking funds from international donors to help it plug a balance of payment deficits aggravated by the political and economic turmoil of the last 15 months, said Baker. Saudi Arabia is committed to provide Egypt with up to $2.7 billion in financial aid.
I had wondered why the predicted melt-down of Egypt was delayed.
"Saudi Arabia has supported Egypt's economy before by sending $500 million," said Minister of Finance Ibrahim Al-Assaf while speaking during a conference for finance ministers of Gulf states in the Saudi capital last week. Saudi Arabia announced in April that it would deposit $1 billion in Egypt's central bank and buy treasury bonds worth $750 million as part of a $2.7 billion package to support Egypt's battered finances.
Better they give their excess funds to Egypt than to jihadis...
[Yemen Post] The Saada-based Al-Houthi ...a Zaidi Shia insurgent group operating in Yemen. They have also been referred to as the Believing Youth. Hussein Badreddin al-Houthi is said to be the spiritual leader of the group and most of the military leaders are his relatives. The Yemeni government has accused the Houthis of having ties to the Iranian government, which wouldn't suprise most of us. The group has managed to gain control over all of Saada Governorate and parts of Amran, Al Jawf and Hajjah Governorates.... group has demanded to end US interventions in Yemen's affairs as one condition out of ten others to engage in the national dialogue conference that will be held according to the GCC --brokered power transfer deal.
In a statement, the group further asked the authorities to express its attitudes towards "US violations" against Yemen's illusory sovereignty, pointing out that US soldiers enter to Yemeni lands and kill Yemenis.
Meanwhile, ...back at the pool hall, Peoria Slim had found another sucker... cooperation between the Houthi group and the family of the former president President-for-Life Ali Abdullah Saleh ... Saleh initially took power as a strongman of North Yemen in 1977, when disco was in flower, but he didn't invite Donna Summer to the inauguration and Blondie couldn't make it... has recently increased.
A front man of the General People Congress Abdul-Jani has lately said in a presser that the GPC had to ally with Al-Houthi as all regional and international forces abandoned it.
A newspaper close to the Houthi group, Al-Hawiah, has said that one relative of Saleh met with the Iranian ambassador to Sana'a, but it did not mention the name of the person.
Locals of Saada revealed that officers of the Republican Guard led by the elderly son of Saleh, Ahmed, are currently existed in Sada'a with the aim of training Houthi militias on military planning and military operation management.
Media sources had said that Saleh opened a training centre for the Houthi group inside one brigade of the Republican Guard in Al-Khamseen street of the capital Sana'a.
Al-Ahali Newspaper said that Ahmed Ali Saleh met on March 29 with six high-ranking members of the Houth group in Al-Subaha military camp and that they agreed to enhance mutual cooperation and cooperation.
[Yemen Post] President Abdurabu Mansour Hadi ...the second and possibly the last president of Yemen, successor to former President-for-Life Ali Abdullah Saleh... has strongly refused talks to Al-Qaeda that takes control on some parts of the southern Abyan ...a governorate of Yemen. The region was a base to the Aden-Abyan Islamic Army terrorist group until it dropped the name and joined al-Qaeda. Its capital is Zinjibar. In March 2011, al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula declared the governate an Islamic Emirate after seizing control of the region. The New York Times fastidiously reported that those in control, while Islamic hard boyz, are not in fact al-Qaeda, but something else that looks, tastes, smells, and acts the same. Yemeni government forces launched an effort to re-establish control of the region when President-for-Life Saleh was tossed and the carnage continues... and Shabwa governorates, a state-run newspaper, 26 September said on Thursday.
It further quoted well-informed source as saying that Hadi refuses dialogue with al-Qaeda and all other terrorist groups, stressing that the president is determined to pursue the terrorist organization and eradicate it through all possible means.
The source affirmd that Hadi will deal with al-Qaeda via laws, military and security settlement, pointing out that the terrorist groups do not know dialogue.
"Terrorist groups committed crimes against troops, citizens and foreigners who come to visit Yemen" it added.
Al-Qaeda gunnies took control a year ago on Abyan and some areas of Shabwa as they exploited turbulences that hit Yemen in 2011 and that led to the outset of the former president Ali Saleh.
Western countries including the United Sates support efforts of Yemen's president to defeat Al-Qaeda.
Media sources said the Yemeni army prepares to launch large-scale attack to cleanse areas controlled by Al-Qaeda in Abyan.
Hadi had vowed in address delivered before Yemeni officers and troops last week that he will defeat Al-Qaeda.
However, a poor excuse is better than no excuse at all... Al-Qaeda attacked hours after the address a military position in Abyan, killed and captured dozens of the Yemeni troops.
The jacket wallah dispatched by the Yemen branch of Al Qaeda last month to blow up a United States-bound airliner was actually an intelligence agent for 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 their national face... who infiltrated the terrorist group and volunteered for the mission, American and foreign officials said on Tuesday.
[Bangla Daily Star] During cross-examination of a witness, the defence of Sayeedi said footage presented as evidence had no relevance to the case against the Jamaat nayeb-e-ameer and that it was submitted only to stir emotions.
Mizanul Islam, a defence counsel of Delwar Hossain Sayeedi ...Islamic orator and politician. He was a former Member of Parliament in the National Assembly of Bangladesh from 1996 to 2008, and is one of the most prominent leaders of the Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami... at the International Crimes Tribunal-1, said the footage from the US broadcaster NBC's 1972 news report was heavily edited and distorted.
In response, witness Mohammad Helal Uddin, who is the investigation officer of the case and the 28th and last prosecution witness, said it was not true. Helal had provided the court with the footage.
Helal, during his testimony, had also presented footage of US broadcaster CBS's news report as evidence against the Jamaat-e-Islami ...The Islamic Society, founded in 1941 in Lahore by Maulana Sayyid Abul Ala Maududi, aka The Great Apostosizer. The Jamaat opposed the independence of Bangladesh but has operated an independent branch there since 1975. It maintains close ties with international Mohammedan groups such as the Moslem Brotherhood. the Taliban, and al-Qaeda. The Jamaat's objectives are the establishment of a pure Islamic state, governed by Sharia law. It is distinguished by its xenophobia, and its opposition to Westernization, capitalism, socialism, secularism, and liberalist social mores... leader who is facing 20 specific charges of crimes against humanity allegedly committed during the Liberation War.
The three-member tribunal of Justice Md Nizamul Huq, Justice Md Anwarul Haque and AKM Zaheer Ahmed yesterday recorded the cross-examination of the witness for the sixth day yesterday.
The NBC and CBS footage from 1972 gave an account of the atrocities committed in Bangladesh during the Liberation War.
Helal yesterday said the CBS news report did not mention anything about Sayeedi or about Pirojpur district where the Jamaat leader had allegedly committed the crimes. He went on to add that atrocities were committed all over the country and some of those atrocities were described in the CBS report.
"Sayeedi committed similar crimes. I investigated those crimes and submitted a report accordingly," he had said but the tribunal omitted his answer from the proceedings as it was irrelevant.
In reply to other questions, the investigation officer admitted that he did not know where CBS was based in and that he did not try to contact the journalists who produced the report.
Helal said the CBS report was collected in the same way the NBC report was collected, meaning the foreign ministry provided the investigation agency with the reports.
He, however, said he did not know how the two reports of the two channels came to be in the same video file that the investigator submitted as exhibit before the tribunal.
The investigation officer also faced questions on other exhibits he had presented before the court during his testimony.
The questions were related to an ATN Bangla documentary on the atrocities committed in the country in 1971 and ETV footage on Sayeedi's involvements in the atrocities.
The cross-examination would resume on May 13.
Sayeedi was produced before the court yesterday. The nayeb-e-ameer of Jamaat-e-Islami is among three Jamaat and a BNP leader facing such charges at the tribunal-1.
[An Nahar] North Korea said Thursday it would strengthen its nuclear deterrent and other defenses regardless of cost, amid fears it is preparing for another atomic weapons test.
"No matter what high expense the army and people of the DPRK (North Korea) have to cover, they will further bolster its defense capability including nuclear deterrence to firmly protect its dignity and illusory sovereignty," said a state body known as the Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of Korea.
The committee, in comments on the official news agency, vowed not to be deceived by offers from hostile forces that it could get benefits in return for abandoning nuclear weapons and suspending missile launches.
It was the second such pledge in five days.
Pudgy is feeling feisty.
On Sunday a foreign ministry front man condemned a statement by the five permanent U.N. Security Council members which urged Pyongyang to refrain from nuclear tests or other actions that could spark security concerns.
The North would safeguard the nation "based on self-defensive nuclear deterrent" and strongly pursue peaceful space development, the front man said.
There has been widespread speculation the North could stage its third nuclear test following a failed rocket launch on April 13 that sparked international criticism.
Satellite photos have shown work in progress at the Punggye-ri nuclear test site.
The North said its launch was intended to put a peaceful satellite into orbit. The United States and its allies said the exercise was a pretext for a ballistic missile test banned under U.N. resolutions.
Love 'em or hate 'em, the Norkies are walking a very thin, geopol dangerous "grey line" as per itself + the entire Korean Peninsula + NE Asia.
* ION DEFENCE.PK/FORUMS > GOP PUSHES FOR RE-DEPLOYMENT OF NUKES [TacNukes] IN KOREA | HOUSE PUSHES OBAMA ADMINISTRATION TO [Re-]CONSIDER TACTICAL NUCLEAR WEAPONS [reopen debate] IN SOUTH KOREA.
ARTIC > US HOUSE MEMBER REP. TRENT FRANKS [R-AZ] = Instead of China helping the US curb or stop the Dprk's NucProgs, CHINA IS ACTUALLY SECRETLY SELLING THE DPRK NUCLEAR COMPONENTS.
* SAME > KOREAN WAVE MAKING NORTH KOREANS REBELLIOUS AGZ REGINE | NORTH KOREANS GETTING MORE FOREIGN MEDIA EXPOSURE THAN EVER, [US State Dept] STUDY SAYS, albeit such intense exposure does not appear to be altering their personal views of their own country at this time.
Yes, the airline was profiling, and that stinks for those at the receiving end. But let's not forget that the CIA is currently examining an unexploded pantibomb that's invisible to the X-ray machines, and likely to unspecialized manual examination as well, and there have been females with Muslim names who've flown hither and yon in pursuit of jihad. And the family were delayed only half an hour before getting on the very same airplane and going on their way. Instead of being mad about being profiled, shouldn't they be furious that others are creating this situation in the name of their shared religion?
Previous precedent used body cavities and the AQ mole warned of plans to use pets besides the diaper issue. A Maltese could be the next boomer. Also, horses have been used to transport drugs (intrauterine)as per an old article on KLM overseas--what about special cargo screening as racehorses are moved from the ME to tracks throughout the world?
[Dawn] The US House Armed Services Committee has placed strict conditions on the financial and military assistance being given out to Pakistain.
The committee, in the defence budget bill, asked Pakistain to openly support America in the war against terror. It further asked Pakistain to stop the supply of kabooms used in IED's to Afghanistan.
The American authorities maintained that the explosives, that were being sent to Afghanistan via Pakistain, were responsible for the deaths and injuries to American troops and that this situation is totally unacceptable to the US.
The said defence budget bill, that already is supported by the representatives of the Republican and Democratic parties, would be presented in the next session.
There is very, very little NOT known about where the Ammonium Nitrite (ANFO) is manufactured in Pakistan. Also well known are the types of bags and markings, origins, shippers, percentage of actual agricultural use... and to what agri locations. The smuggling routes are also known. Unfortunately, there is very, very little done about any of it.
[Dawn] Pakistain's Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani ... Pakistain's erstwhile current prime minister, whose occasional feats of mental gymnastics can be awe-inspiring ... has rejected claims that Pakistain had secretly known the late Osama bin Laden Osama bin Laden is dead.
He took two shots to the head.
That made him frown
and he had to lie down.
Osama bin Laden is dead. was living in the garrison city of 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....
"There is no complicity," said the Pak premier in an interview to the daily Guardian. "Why should we do that? We have suffered the most," he added, refuting suggestions that the country's armed forces may have known of the former al Qaeda leader's presence.
"I think it's an intelligence failure from all over the world," said Gilani, who is currently in London on a five-day visit.
Gilani argued that Pakistain is "part of the solution, not part of the problem" in the "global issue" of fighting terrorism.
"Pakistain has paid a huge price. Some 35,000 people have been martyred. 5,000 police and soldiers have been killed."
Gilani is scheduled to meet British Prime Minister David Cameron ... has stated that he is certainly a big Thatcher fan, but I don't know whether that makes me a Thatcherite, which means he's not. Since he is not deeply ideological he lacks core principles and is easily led. He has been described as certainly not a Pitt, Elder or Younger, but he does wear a nice suit so maybe he's Beau Brummel ... on Thursday.
Earlier this week, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton ... sometimes described as the Smartest Woman in the World and at other times as Mrs. Bill, never as Another Daniel Webster ... had said the US believes Ayman al-Zawahiri ... Formerly second in command of al-Qaeda, now the head cheese, occasionally described as the real brains of the outfit. Formerly the Mister Big of Egyptian Islamic Jihad. Bumped off Abdullah Azzam with a car boom in the course of one of their little disputes. Is thought to have composed bin Laden's fatwa entitled World Islamic Front Against Jews and Crusaders. Currently residing in the North Wazoo area. That is not a horn growing from the middle of his forehead, but a prayer bump, attesting to how devout he is... , the al Qaeda chief after Bin Laden's death, was hiding "somewhere in Pakistain", pushing Islamabad to "do more" in the war on terrorism.
However, some men learn by reading. A few learn by observation. The rest have to pee on the electric fence for themselves... Gilani refuted the allegations, claiming he didn't know whether al-Zawahiri was in Pakistain. "If there is any credible information, please share it with us, so we can be quick and achieve our targets," he said.
Gilani refuted the allegations, claiming he didn't know whether al-Zawahiri was in Pakistain. "If there is any credible information, please share it with us, so we can be quick and achieve our targets move him before the drones or Seals arrive," he said
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[An Nahar] Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki ... Prime Minister of Iraq and the secretary-general of the Islamic Dawa Party.... criticized Turkey on Thursday for remarks he said did not show "mutual respect", in the latest bout of a weeks-long spat between the two neighbors.
Maliki's comments came as Turkey said it would not extradite runaway Iraqi Vice President Tareq al-Hashemi, who is accused of running death squads and is the subject of an Interpol international Red Notice.
"We do not have any problems with Turkey," Maliki told NRT, a Kurdish satellite channel, according to a statement issued by his office that included quotes from the yet-to-be broadcast interview.
"We do not want to antagonize Turkey, or Iran, or America, or 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 their national face... , or any other country, but what happened and the remarks issued by Turkey do not show mutual respect."
His remarks come after Iraq and Turkey last month summoned each other's ambassadors to express their displeasure over a worsening row.
At the time, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan accused Maliki, a Shiite, of stoking sectarian tensions between Shiites, Sunnis and Kurds, and of monopolizing power.
Maliki fired back, saying such comments "will damage Turkey's interests and makes it a hostile state for all."
The Iraqi premier's latest comments came as Turkish deputy prime minister Bekir Bozdag said on Wednesday that Ankara would not extradite Hashemi, whose trial in Storied Baghdad ...located along the Tigris River, founded in the 8th century, home of the Abbasid Caliphate... is due to begin on May 15 after two delays.
US officials fear the unity government established earlier this week signals an impending Israeli attack on Iran, Channel 10 News reported Thursday evening.
They mean 'Cowering, fearful, scaredy cat US officials'. The ones who are fretting about Champ's election. A fair number of Americans have no problem with Israel protecting itself and are concerned (not afraid, concerned) only that Israel does it right.
According to the report, officials are holding marathon talks in Washington out of concern that an Israeli attack on Iran's nuclear program may take place before the US presidential elections in November.
Should have done it already and would have it you guys had kept your mouths shut. But you leaned on the Israelis so they held off. As the old saying goes, 'be careful what you wish for'...
Undisclosed Washington sources told Channel 10 that they worry Kadima was offered a place in the coalition to shore up support for a preemptive attack aimed at halting the Islamic Republic's nuclear drive, and that Kadima chairman Shaul Mofaz would approve of such an attack.
Because Mofaz has no wish to die from an Iranian nuke or an Iranian biological/gas attack...
The report added that the US officials believe early Israeli elections would have kept the F-15s at bay, but are now genuinely concerned that with political backing, there is little to stop Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu from ordering the attack.
Certainly not Champ...
In a joint press conference held Tuesday, Netanyahu and Kadima leader Shaul Mofaz said they saw eye-to eye on a slew of issues, including Iran. In the past Mofaz has been a vocal critic of the notion of Israel striking Iran's nuclear sites on its own, but Netanyahu and Defense Minister Ehud Barak are both believed to favor an early strike.
Having gone to sleep with expectations of September elections, Israelis woke up to a new political reality Tuesday morning, learning that overnight, Netanyahu and Mofaz signed a deal to form a unity government.
Legislation to dissolve parliament was frozen after it had been approved on a first reading. The Netanyahu-Mofaz deal provides for this Knesset to see out its term, until October 2013.
"If Israel holds back and gets nuked before November, this might hurt my fundraising and Joooo votes"
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The Arab world will be forced to take sides, and no rational Arab would side with Iran over Israel.
They will probably support Israel publicly as little as possible, and if Israel de-fangs Iran for more than a year then they will go right back to siding with their Arab "brethren". They seem to enjoy keeping things right on the edge of a boil. They don't understand cooperation.
Iff its NOT Israel being surrounded like Custer vee the various ME "Arab/Muslim/Islamic Spring", its Iran being surrounded.
As per DEFENCE.PK/FORUMS, Iran allegedly is threatening to kick out any + all Afghanis in the country iff the Kabul Govt = Parley-mint formally approves the new post-2014, Bammer-Karzai Security Pact [strategic partnership]???
PAKISTAN on its part is repor unhappy about Iran opening Chabahar Port to Afghanistan trade, a move seen by Iran BFF Pakistan as denigrating its ports at Gwadar.
[An Nahar] President Michel Suleiman ...before assuming office as President, he held the position of commander of the Leb Armed Forces. That was after the previous commander, the loathesome Emile Lahoud, took office as president in November of 1998. Likely the next president of Leb will be whoever's commander of the armed forces, too... telephoned on Thursday his Syrian counterpart Bashir al-Assad to condemn the twin Damascus ...Capital of the last overtly fascist regime in the world... kabooms that took place earlier in the day.
He told Assad: "Bombings that have cost the lives of several civilians are not the proper way to achieve democracy."
"The only way to reach democracy lies in national dialogue, where issues can be discussed soundly and calmly through civilized means," he stressed.
These talks must ensure that the interests of Syria and its people are set above all others, remarked the president.
Two powerful blasts struck Damascus during morning rush hour on Thursday, killing at least 40 people, wounding dozens.
Suleiman had held talks earlier on Thursday with visiting Tunisian Prime Minister Hamadi Jebali, who is in Leb to take part in the Arab Economic Forum.
[An Nahar] Syria's U.N. envoy said Thursday that British, French and Belgian nationals were among imported muscle killed in the country's mounting conflict and that there was al-Qaeda involvement.
The ambassador, Bashar Jaafari, told the U.N. Security Council that 12 imported muscle had been killed and 26 placed in long-term storage Drop the rosco and step away witcher hands up! in recent festivities with Syrian forces.
"We have a list that contains 12 names of foreign beturbanned goons killed in Syria, including one French citizen, one British citizen, one Belgian citizen," Jaafari told the 15-member council.
He said a list of the 26 foreigners placed in long-term storage Drop the rosco and step away witcher hands up! had been sent to U.N. Secretary General the ephemeral Ban Ki-moon ... of whom it can be said to his credit that he is not Kofi Annan... and to the Security Council.
The 26 have "confessed they are beturbanned goons and entered Syria to carry out terror operations," he added. Some were "associated" with al-Qaeda.
The ambassador later told news hounds that those placed in long-term storage Drop the rosco and step away witcher hands up! were mainly Tunisians and Libyans but there was one Paleostinian and one Jordanian.
All of the "confessions" have been shown on Syrian television, Jaafari said.
The ambassador said that recent kabooms in Syria "carried the stamp of al-Qaeda methods."
Jaafari renewed condemnation of Gulf Arab states and Turkey who he accused of backing the imported muscle and Syrian rebels.
[An Nahar] Syria said Thursday's suicide kabooms that killed at least 55 people and maimed hundreds was the work of "terrorists" armed and funded by foreign organizations and media.
The foreign ministry made the accusation in a letter to U.N. Secretary General the ephemeral Ban Ki-moon ... of whom it can be said to his credit that he is not Kofi Annan... hours after the deadliest bombing attacks of the country's 14-month uprising, which also maimed nearly 400 people in Damascus ...The place where Pencilneck hangs his brass hat... "These crimes show that Syria is targeted by a terrorist attack launched by organizations armed and funded by parties who proclaim their backing to terrorist crimes," state-run SANA news agency quoted the message as saying.
It also accused unnamed "media that incite violence of being behind these terrorist crimes."
These media ask rebels "to commit crimes by offering them in exchange media coverage" of their fight against the regime," the message said.
The ministry also said that "300 soldiers and members of the security forces have been killed by armed terrorist groups since April 12," when a putative ceasefire technically went into effect.
"Terrorists" is the term used by authorities to refer to rebels seeking to topple the regime of Syrian Hereditary President-for-Life Bashir Pencilneck al-Assad Before going into the family business Pencilneck was an eye doctor... The government has repeatedly accused the Doha-based Al-Jazeera ... an Arab news network headquartered in Qatar, notorious for carrying al-Qaeda press releases. The name means the Peninsula, as in the Arabian Peninsula. In recent years it has settled in to become slightly less biased than MSNBC, in about the same category as BBC or CBS... and Saudi-owned Al-Arabiya news channels of inciting violence in Syria.
Qatar, home of Al-Jazeera, and 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 their national face... have called for the arming of the rebels fighting the Assad regime.