(Sh.M.Network)- The al Qaeda-linked fighters in Somalia, Al-Shabaab ... the Islamic version of the old Somali warlord... has warned on Thursday troops from Sierra Leone not to deploy in south Somalia otherwise they will meet retaliation attacks against them, Al-Shabaab front man said.
Sheik Ali Mohamud Rageh(Ali Dheere) , the front man of Al shabab fighters threatened the government of Sierra Leone not to dispatch their boys to Gedo, Lower Jubba and Midlle regions of southern Somalia otherwise they will collect more bodies from there.
The announcement of Al-Shabaab came as Somalia government and AMISOM in Mogadishu await the first deployment of 850 soldiers from Sierra Leone in June to boost kenyan army. A month ago military officers from Sierra Leone and Kenya visited the southern region of Gedo region to look locations for the new deployment.
According to the Egyptian website Youm 7, Azza al-Jarf, a female Member of Parliament representing the Muslim Brotherhood's "Freedom and Justice Party," is trying to abolish several laws currently enjoyed by Egyptian women--including preventing them from divorcing or even separating from their husbands, because "the man has the authority and stewardship" (see Koran 4:34); mandating that fathers must circumcise their daughters; and trying to get the Egyptian educational system to ban the teaching of the English language--on the grounds that it is an "infidel" tongue--while separating boys and girls in classrooms and forcing girls to wear the hijab.
Ms. Jarf, of course, is not the first Muslim female in Egypt opposed to her own gender; earlier, another female politician declared that "women are deficient in intelligence and religion," and that, in agreement with Sharia law, they are banned from running for presidency.
At any rate, repressive and discriminatory laws, not to mention laws that mutilate the human body--such represent the Muslim Brotherhood's idea of "Freedom and Justice," the telling name of their political wing.
Egypt's Adel Imam, the Arab world's most famous comic actor, had a conviction and three-month prison sentence for insulting Islam in his films and plays overturned on appeal, a state newspaper reported on Thursday.
Imam, 71, has poked fun at officials in his comedies and politicians of all colors during a 40-year career, although he was publicly criticized by many Egyptians for failing to back protests against former President Hosni Mubarak ...The former President-for-Life of Egypt, dumped by popular demand in early 2011... . His more serious films dealt with the rise of Islamic militancy.
Egypt's liberals, leftists and others are worried that Islamists who have emerged as the dominant political force in post-Mubarak Egypt will stifle social and cultural freedoms.
A misdemeanour court overruled the verdict handed down in February against Imam, citing the "absence of a crime", state newspaper Al-Ahram reported on its website. It added that the actor had to pay attorney fees and other legal costs.
[Yemen Post] Thousands of people held a demonstration in Yemen's capital Sanaa in memory of the deaders who were killed during the 2011 uprising, coinciding with an expanded meeting by the families of the victims.
The demonstrators urged to prosecute all officials involved in killing innocents and protesters in the country, including the 2011 killings.
At the demonstration, which originated early Thursday from Change Square outside Sanaa University passing through Rabat and other streets, the people remembered the victims during anti-regime protests last year and vowed be loyal to their sacrifices.
The youth organizational committee called for the walk amid demands to try those involved in the last year's killings before the participation in any dialogue.
The meeting of the families of the deaders were said to discuss options before dialogue.
The House of Representatives is yet to pass the transitional justice law, already approved by the government, within the efforts to compensate the victims of the popular uprising.
Earlier, Human Rights Minister, Horia Mashour, head of ministerial panel negotiating the youth-led protesters and political forces as a prelude to hold a comprehensive national dialogue, said more than 2000 people were killed last year including 143 children and 20 women. About 20.000 others injured also, she said.
The power-sharing government has many times pledged to support and compensate the victims of the revolution.
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... resigned as president of the republic of Yemen in November under a power transfer deal brokered by the GCC countries and backed by the West.
The deal came as a result of the mass protests along 2011 to demand for the departure of Saleh and reforms.
[Iran Press TV] US President Barack Obama My friends, we live in the greatest nation in the history of the world. I hope you'll join with me as we try to change it... has approved a new policy which allows the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) to expand its covert drone campaign in Yemen.
According to US officials, Obama has approved the use of "signature strikes", which will allow the CIA to launch strikes against terrorism suspects even when it does not know the identities of those who could be killed.
The move comes as the number of US liquidation drone strikes in Yemen has already hit a record.
Critics of drone campaign believe that more innocent people will be killed if US strikes are expanded in Yemen.
US liquidation drone strikes killed at least 64 people, mainly civilians, in southern Yemen over a period of only three days in March.
The CIA has been flying drones in Yemen since 2011 from a secret base in the country.
Last year, two American citizens, Anwar al-Awlaki ... Born in Las Cruces, New Mexico, zapped in Yemen, al-Awlaki was a dual citizen of the U.S. and Yemen. He was an Islamic holy man who was a trainer for al-Qaeda and its franchises. His sermons were attended by three of the 9/11 hijackers, by Fort Hood murderer Nidal Malik Hussein, and Undieboomer Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab. He was the first U.S. citizen ever placed on a CIA target list... and his teenage son, were also killed in US drone attacks in Yemen. Their deaths sparked strong criticism against B.O. regime's assassinations of civilians across the world, including American citizens without any judicial procedures.
Leading academic Professor Noam Chomsky ...intellectual and political theorist of a socialist persuasion. He is noted for being so far out in left field he can't see the shortstop on every issue he pushes... has also condemned US policy of targeting terror suspects in foreign countries using unmanned aerial vehicles, saying the tactic amounts to ''state terror''.
The US military uses liquidation drones in several Moslem countries, including Yemen, Somalia, and Pakistain.
Washington claims the Arclight airstrikes target jihad boys, but the attacks have mostly led to civilian casualties.
To do so would mean that everything they hated about Boooosh for 6 years has doubled with their man Obama, and would have to confront their hyprocrasy...perhaps maybe not vote next cycle.
So oddly, one of the few successes and the administration is self muffled. I also theorize one reason for the delay of the movie Operation No Brainer is that confrontation, after calling Boooshitler a war criminal for even going after bin dover, nevermind this guy bragging it up.
The tru believers like chomsky don't care if they have a man in the White House or not, so long as they hurt the credibility of the USA then his own teammates are expendable. Its the collectivist way.
Annnnd as that goes down, team bammy is hyping up the killing of bin dover. See how that works out, but calling Romney gutless (because he is a Mormon), I don't see that. My knowledge of Mormon history is not extensive, but I know there is an ornery streak in there.
AMSTERDAM: With the collapse of the Dutch center-right government, the Netherlands may now drop some of its most eye-popping proposals aimed at Muslims and other immigrants and could soften its strong anti-immigration rhetoric.
A ban on burqa is less likely to go ahead after the government collapsed at the weekend.
The minority Liberal-Christian Democrat coalition's alliance with Geert Wilders' Freedom Party (PVV) fell apart when they could not reach agreement on crucial budget cuts. An election has been called for Sept.12. In return for Wilders' support in Parliament, the government had proposed a number of laws, including bans on Muslim face veils and on dual nationality.
If it appears clear that there is no longer a parliamentary majority in favor of such proposals, they could soon be taken "off the table", said Maurits Berger, professor of Islam in the contemporary West at Leiden University.
"These policies were driven by PVV but also by this government in order to maintain their relationship with PVV. They have turned Holland into a pariah," Berger said. "These are the legacy of the PVV."
[Iran Press TV] Human rights groups say European countries are discriminating against Moslems, calling on institutions and governments to implement anti-discrimination laws.
The London-based human rights ...not to be confused with individual rights, mind you... group Amnesia Amnesty International criticized politicians for their lack of action on the growth of Islamophobia ...the irrational fear that Moslems will act the way they usually do... in Europe.
The main problem in most countries is not a lack of anti-discrimination laws but their effective implementation, said John Dalhuisen, the body's director for Europe and Central Asia.
Discrimination is largely tolerated, Dalhuisen added, noting that religious discrimination against Moslems in Europe has become so commonplace that the society no longer deems it as improper.
In a new report released on Tuesday, Amnesty highlighted national laws or local rules which target Islamic customs; especially, in the fields of employment, education and daily life including wearing headscarves or face-covering Islamic veils.
The report entitled "Choice and Prejudice," also focused on the rise of political movements that target Moslems or Moslem practices in Belgium, La Belle France, the Netherlands, Spain and Switzerland ...home of the Helvetians, famous for cheese, watches, yodeling, and William Tell...
"EU legislation prohibiting discrimination on the ground of religion or belief in the area of employment seems to be toothless across Europe, as we observe a higher rate of unemployment among Moslems," said Marco Perolini, Amnesia Amnesty International's expert on discrimination.
"Moslem women are being denied jobs, and girls prevented from attending regular classes just because they wear traditional forms of dress, such as the headscarf; men can be dismissed for wearing beards associated with Islam,"added Perolini.
Invited by Amnesia Amnesty International to share her experiences, Hajare Boujitat, a Belgian citizen, told news hounds how she was rejected in an interview, after she applied for an internship at a charity.
Boujitat was eventually offered the job, but "received a very cold welcome" on her first day at work.
"Many colleagues didn't want to speak with me, and some didn't even view me as a colleague and said quite bluntly they didn't want to work with me," she recalled.
Amnesty called on European governments to clear the negative stereotypes and prejudices against Islam, adding that "rather than countering these prejudices, political parties and public officials are all too often pandering to them in their quest for votes."
The call comes amid anti-Islamic remarks made by a number of European officials as well as acts of religious extremism against the growing Moslem population across the EU.
Last week, a member of Germany Chancellor Angela Merkel ...current chancellor of Germany. She was educated in East Germany when is was still run by commies, but in 1989 got involved with the growing democracy movement when the Berlin Wall fell. Merkel is sometimes referred to by Germans as Mom... 's conservative bloc, Volker Kauder, said Islam is not a part of the country's tradition and identity and so does not belong in Germany.
In UK the two nationalities that dont assimilate but are happy to collect welfare benefits without mixing with the natives are Pakistani and Somalian.Both have the highest numbers of unemployment.What do they add to country/economy?
The british born ones are the worse who usually choose jihad over jobs as they are lazy.
NGO's, where would we be without them!
Of course they never criticize Islam, that would be Islamophobic, don't ya know. A letter stamped by Iranian authorities in terms of how Muslims are to deal with Bahai
"In the name of God.
All members of the Bahai cult are guilty as being infidels & are regarded as "Najes" (an islamic term for being inherently unclean/dirty), thus people are advised to avoid proximity in food & other things because of their contagious nature AND it is paramount that the believers combat the schemes & devious nature of this misled cult."
Jewish Congress fears says Israelis strike on Iranian nuke facilities will lead to 'dramatic increase of anti-Semitic, very violent attacks against Jews'
Moshe Kantor, president of the European Jewish Congress, said his group is expected to meet Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday to discuss its concerns, but the chief responsibility for the safety of European Jews lay with their own governments.
He spoke at Tel Aviv University after the presentation of an annual report on worldwide anti-Semitic attacks. The report was issued before Israel's yearly memorial day for the 6 million Jewish victims of the Nazi Holocaust of World War II. The commemoration was beginning at sundown Wednesday.
The report said the number of attacks declined in 2011, but they were generally more violent than in previous years.
The European Jewish Congress is an umbrella organization that says it represents some 2.5 million Jews in Europe. The largest communities are in La Belle France and Great Britannia.
FORT MEADE, Maryland - A U.S. military judge refused on Thursday to throw out a charge that Bradley Manning, the U.S. intelligence analyst accused of leaking government files to the anti-secrecy website WikiLeaks, aided the enemy identified as al Qaeda. The charge, the most serious accusation against Manning, could result in a life prison sentence if he is convicted of it at a court-martial in September.
Manning, 24, is charged with leaking hundreds of thousands of U.S. government cables and field reports from Iraq and Afghanistan to WikiLeaks in 2010, in the largest leak of classified documents in U.S. history.
Prosecutors say the leaks helped "al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula," one of the militant group's most potent affiliates.
"The defense motion to dismiss ... is denied," military Judge Colonel Denise Lind said in a pretrial hearing.
Manning's attorney, David Coombs, had pressed the court to dismiss the charge. Comparing Manning's actions to that of a soldier speaking to a major newspaper, he argued that without an intent to provide information to the enemy, Manning's actions constituted negligence.
The ruling was another blow for Manning, who made several appeals over three days of pretrial hearings this week to reduce or dismiss all 22 charges against him. Those motions were all rejected.
"The case will go forward. (Manning) will face the full brunt of these charges," said Eugene Fidell who teaches military law at Yale Law School.
Lind said the prosecution would have to prove that Manning knew the information could reach the enemy through the WikiLeaks website. If it fails to do that, she said she may throw the charge out before Manning's defense team makes its case.
Aiding the enemy is a capital offense, but the prosecution has said it would not seek the death penalty in Manning's case if he is found guilty.
Manning faces a three-week military trial starting on September 21 and has until then to enter a plea of guilty or not guilty.
In what could be a key part of Manning's defense, Coombs argued on Thursday that the WikiLeaks release caused little or no harm to national security and that Manning as a trained analyst may have chosen information that would not compromise national security.
So a 'trained' private first class gets to decide what can and cannot be released to the public. As the learned judge would say to the lawyer, "next argument"...
Since the WikiLeaks release, U.S. government agencies have launched task forces to determine whether any damage was done.
"The documents (we've) seen so far show no or little harm," Coombs said. "Prosecution will argue that he should have known. If he did ... he was selective in what he chose. ... He selected information he believed would not cause harm."
Military prosecutors, who have tried to portray Manning as a trained and trusted analyst who knowingly committed criminal offenses, have requested that harm to national security only be discussed in the sentencing phase of the trial if Manning is found guilty. That motion will likely be discussed at the next hearing in June, according to a legal expert with the Military District of Washington, the Army command unit for the capital region, who was present at the hearing.
Prosecutors accuse Manning of downloading more than 700,000 classified or confidential files from the military's Secret Internet Protocol Router Network, or SIPRNet, while serving in the Army's 10th Mountain Division in Iraq. Manning also faces charges of stealing records belonging to the United States and wrongfully causing them to be published on the Internet.
[An Nahar] A U.S. military judge is poised to decide Thursday if WikiLeaks suspect Bradley Manning can be charged with "aiding the enemy" for allegedly leaking classified documents to the website.
Manning's lawyers asked the judge at pre-trial hearings this week to dismiss the most serious charge facing their client, arguing the government must drop the count unless it can prove the U.S. Army private had "evil intent" to help al-Qaeda when he allegedly passed files to WikiLeaks.
Otherwise, defense lawyers argue, the government's case implies any soldier could be prosecuted for espionage if they spilled secrets online or discussed sensitive information with news news hounds.
Prosecutors counter that Manning's intent is not at issue and that the government only needed to prove that the intelligence analyst knew al-Qaeda would see the leaked the information on the anti-secrecy WikiLeaks site.
At Wednesday's hearing, Manning's civilian counsel, David Coombs, insisted that under the government's interpretation, a soldier could face the charge simply for telling a Washington Post news hound about high suicide rates, low morale or pervasive post-traumatic stress disorder in his unit without authorization.
[Dawn] Pakistain has spelt out in no uncertain terms that US drone aircraft strikes against forces of Evil inside its territory must stop, but Washington is not listening, the country's foreign minister said.
"On drones, the language is clear: a clear cessation of drone strikes," Hina Rabbani Khar said.
"I maintain the position that we'd told them categorically before. But they did not listen. I hope their listening will improve," she told Rooters in an interview late on Wednesday.
The attacks by the unmanned aircraft from Afghanistan, which US officials say are highly effective against cut-thoats, fuel anti-American sentiment in Pakistain because they are seen as violations of illusory sovereignty that inflict civilian casualties.
Khar's sharp comments on the drone strikes came ahead of a two-day visit to Islamabad by the United States' special envoy for Afghanistan and Pakistain, Marc Grossman.
Ambassador Grossman was due to hold bilateral meetings with Pak officials and take part in a "core group" meeting with officials from both Pakistain and Afghanistan, where the United States is hoping to revive stalled peace talks with the Taliban.
Ties between Pakistain and the United States, allies in the war on militancy, have lurched from crisis to crisis as they spar over security, assistance and the future of Afghanistan.
An unannounced raid on Pak soil by US Special Forces who killed Al Qaeda leader the late Osama bin Laden ... who is now beyond all cares and woe... last May plunged relations to a low, and tensions were further stoked in November when a NATO ...the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. It's headquartered in Belgium. That sez it all.... attack across the border from Afghanistan killed 24 Pak soldiers.
After a review of ties with Washington, a Pak parliamentary committee laid out a series of demands, including an end to US drone strikes.
Khar said other methods should be used to take out forces of Evil in the border region between Afghanistan and Pakistain.
"We have to look at effective tools which are mutually acceptable. The cost of using tools which are not mutually acceptable is far, far too high. We're looking at alternatives," she said, without elaborating.
The commander of the frontline corps in Pakistain's northwest told Rooters last week that one alternative would be for the United States to share intelligence so that its ally's F-16 fighter jets could target forces of Evil there.
The commander of the frontline corps in Pakistain's northwest told Rooters last week that one alternative would be for the United States to share intelligence so that its ally's F-16 fighter jets could target forces of Evil there
We dont share intelligence with a country harboring/supporting terrorist groups.
[Dawn] The chief minister has absolved the Punjab government of protecting Railways installations, saying since it is part of the federal institution, the security of the Lahore railway station is Islamabad's responsibility.
His remarks came in the wake of a blast at the city railway station on Tuesday evening which claimed four passengers and injured 60 others.
"The railway station is part of the federal setup and the federal government is responsible for its security," Shahbaz told news hounds at the police training school ceremony here on Wednesday.
He said surveillance cameras installed at the railway station were dysfunctional.
The Pakistain People's Party (PPP), which rules Islamabad, blames the Punjab government for the kaboom.
"The dreadful kaboom occurred owing to the failure of the Punjab government," Punjab PPP information secretary Raja Aamir Khan said in a statement.
Aamir held the provincial government responsible for "the lack of proper security plan and dysfunctional cameras as well as lack of security staff at the station."
He would not take calls on his cell phone when this news hound tried to know what law obliged the provincial government to install its security apparatus at a federal government property.
A senior colleague, however, commented that the provincial government should also accept its responsibility as explosives passed through its territory to reach the railway station.
The chief minister said justice could be manipulated in the country and that Islamic fascistiexploited this situation to their advantage.
He said that "to combat the war against terror, latest equipment and technical manpower are more important than more recruitment in the police force".
He said terrorism stemmed from poverty hence the challenge of terrorism could be countered through promotion of social and economic justice and removal of disparity between the rich and the poor.
He said the aim of setting up a safe and peaceful society could not be achieved without an alert and vibrant police force.
[Dawn] The Supreme Court on Wednesday told the city managers either honour their word on rebuilding the demolished Jamia Hafsa or face contempt charges.
A three-member bench of the court, headed by Chief Justice Iftikhar Mohammad Chaudhry, issued notices to the Chief Commissioner of Islamabad, Chairman of the Capital development Authority and the federal interior secretary to the effect while hearing a private petition that the officers did not fulfill their commitments to the court.
Counsel of the petitioner Mohammad Hafeez Jalandhari secretary general of Wafaqul Madaris conceded to the bench that land was allotted for building the girls seminary but the documentation process was yet to be completed.
Chief Justice Iftikhar Mohammad Chaudhry asked Deputy Attorney General Babar Ali representing the government to seek fresh instructions from the government and said it had to comply with the earlier orders.
Islamabad authorities had the option to honour the undertakings they gave to the court or implement the agreement they reached with the Jamia Hafsa party last December about providing a 20-kanal plot in Sector H-11/4 for the construction of a new Jamia Hafsa with ancillary buildings.
The old building of Jamia Hafsa was razed to the ground following the Lal Masjid episode. The conflict started when female students of the Jamia occupied the adjacent children's library on January 22, 2007 to protest against the razing of seven other mosques in the city. The tension mounted and on July 3, several people were killed in battles between security forces and students at the mosque.
Earlier in October 2, 2007 the Islamabad administration and the CDA had submitted an undertaking in the Supreme Court to arrange for the construction of a new Jamia Hafsa building that should also contain a research centre and a hostel at some alternative place.
Later on December 29, 2011 an agreement was reached in which it was decided that a large chunk of 20 kanals land in Sector H-11/4, earlier reserved for the National Institute of Science and Technology, will be given for the construction of the madressah, research centre and the hostel for students of Jamia Hafsa. The land was to be given in lieu of the comparatively small piece of land where the demolished building of the Jamia stood.
Founder of party tentatively labeled Israeli-Arab Nationalist Party says other Arab parties serve only Paleostinians.
Move over Balad, Hadash and the United Arab List-Ta'al.
In the next general election, there will be a new Arab party. But what is tentatively labeled the Israeli-Arab Nationalist Party will be very different from the current Arab factions in the Knesset.
While those factions' MKs have been criticized for being too extreme and vocal in their criticism of the Jewish state, the new party will be unabashedly pro-Israel and take a very different approach.
"Most Arab citizens are in favor of coexisting, cooperating and living in harmony with Jewish Israelis," the party's founder, Sarhan Bader, told The Jerusalem Post. "The other Arab parties place too much emphasis on the Paleostinians and external Arabs. But it's more important to serve the Arabs inside Israel who want to live here in peace with our Jewish cousins. After we solve the problems of internal Arabs, we can help the Paleostinians."
The not-so-mythical moderate Muslim.
Bader said he would fight for the rights of Israeli Arabs and fair expression for his sector, which he said totaled 22 percent of the population. He said his party would represent its constituency better than the current Arab parties, in part because he intends to join the coalition, which no Arab party has ever done.
"To serve the Arabs properly, it's important to work together with the ruling party in the coalition," he said. "The Druse MKs who are part of the coalition [in Likud, Yisrael Beytenu and the Independence Party] help their constituency a hundred times more than every Arab MK in the opposition. I will dramatically improve things for the Arab sector."
Bader, 36, has been involved in local politics for many years in Nahaf, his Upper Galilee village.
Out of a belief that large ruling parties can be more effective, he was a member of the Likud before deciding that the formation of a pro-Israel Arab party was more urgent.
Asked if backing Likud caused him problems, he admitted that he had encountered hostility but said he always resolutely defended his politics.
Bader's behavior reached the Prime Minister's Office, which encouraged him to form the party that may end up acting as an Arab satellite party of Likud.
"Only a strong party like Likud can bring peace," he said. "It's true historically.
The Left won't bring peace. Labor never did anything for the Arab sector. It's time to give a chance to the Right."
Bader described the party as six months away from being ready.
Mocking the current Arab politicians again, he blasted their visits to Libya and Leb.
"They went to Qadaffy and called him a king to get money from him for a soccer stadium and a few months later they called him a murderer," he said.
In a recent interview with journalist Shalom Yerushalmi, Bader predicted that his party would win three seats in the next election. Yerushalmi asked how the party would mark "Nakba Day," the anniversary of Israel's founding that Paleostinians and some Israeli Arabs observe with anti-Israel rallies.
"We won't officially mark the day," he said. "But I am not responsible for what each person feels in his heart."
[Iran Press TV] A senior Iranian holy man has underscored Tehran's support for Damascus ...Home to a staggering array of terrorist organizations... , saying Syria will not fall as long as the Islamic Theocratic Republic is allied with it.
"As long as the Islamic Theocratic Republic is standing by Syria, the government of this country will not collapse," member of the presiding board of Iran's Assembly of Experts Ayatollah Seyyed Ahmad Khatami said on Thursday.
The senior Iranian holy man added, however, that Iran's support for the Syrian regime does not denote the Islamic Theocratic Republic's approval of every measure taken by Damascus.
"Iran seriously demands reforms in Syria, such that the recent elections and other reformist measures in Syria have all been [taken] under the Islamic Theocratic Republic's encouragement," he added.
Ayatollah Khatami said the reason why Iran supports Syria is that the West is taking Dire Revenge™ on the country for the Islamic Awakenings, the Islamic Revolution of Iran, and Leb's resistance movement of Hezbullies.
"Western imperialism is dispatching weaponry to the Syrian opposition, which is disgraceful, and of course the Islamic Theocratic Republic will not allow their agendas to bear fruit," he added.
Syria has been the scene of unrest since mid-March 2011. Many people, including security forces, have been killed in the turmoil.
The West and the Syrian opposition blame Damascus for the year-long turmoil, but the government says the "terrorists" are responsible for the unrest, which it says is being orchestrated from abroad.
TOPIX > [Lucianne] SPECULATION GROWS [Leading] IRAN CLERIC WILL LEAD IRAQ'S SHIITES. Fear of Iran attempting to extend its theocratic, hence political, system = influence + conrol to Iraq.
* SAME > WIRED: USAF QUIETLY ASSEMBLING NEAR IRAN, vee "cannnot be confirmed or denied" F-22 + Air NG F-15E deployments to locales + world regions that are weirdly + mysteriously, but only PCorrectly coincidentally, not too far from Iran???
* SAME > THE TURKISH NUCLEAR THREAT | REAL NUCLEAR THREAT TO NEAR EAST [ + Caucasus + Central Asia -Stans] IS EXPANSION-MINDED TURKEY, NOT [Zionist Imperialist] ISRAEL OR [Islamist, neo-Persianist] IRAN.
Secular, already Japan Nuke Model-esque TURKEY more geopol Wily + Nuke-dangerous than Islamist, We-want-be-like-Japan Nuke Model-esque Rising Iran???
* DEFENCE.PK/FORUMS > STANLEY WEISS: IRAN IS TO INDIA LIKE PAKISTAN IS TO US.
[An Nahar] Russian deputy foreign minister Mikhail Bogdanov said Thursday that French calls to use force in Syria under a United Nations ...an international organization whose stated aims of facilitating interational security involves making sure that nobody with live ammo is offended unless it's a civilized country... mandate were counterproductive.
Bogdanov's comments came a day after French Foreign Minister Alain Juppe said Syria's United Nations-backed peace plan was "seriously compromised" and held out the threat of seeking military action to end a brutal 13-month crackdown on dissent.
"It's a counterproductive approach," Russian news agencies cited Bogdanov as saying. "It seems to us the only way to avoid civil war, the most promising method, is a national dialogue" in Syria.
Syrian opposition leaders Thursday demanded an emergency meeting of the UN, following the reported killing of more than 100 people in the city of Hama, though Russia blamed rebels for stoking the unrest.
"The questions of a ceasefire and the retreat of troops are, of course, important, but they must be accompanied by practices tied to the political process," Bogdanov added.
[An Nahar] Turkey is considering every possibility if the continuing violence in neighboring Syria send tens of thousands of refugees pouring across the border, its foreign minister said Thursday.
"In the face of developments in Syria, we are taking into consideration any kind of possibility in line with our national security and interests," Ahmet Davutoglu told parliament during a briefing to politicians.
"Planning what kind of measures we will take if tens of thousands of people end up on our border is a requirement of being a big state," he said.
"This is not an intervention or warmongering as some claim."
The foreign minister did not specify what measures his government would take, but the mass influx of refugees fleeing the Syrian unrest has raised alarm in Ankara.
Different scenarios are being floated by the media, including the setting up of a buffer zone along the border with Syria to protect refugees but opponents say such a measure would be a declaration of war.
In response to criticism from opposition parties, Davutoglu said Turkey did not attempt to change the regime of any country in the region including Syria.
"It was not we who initiated the popular movement in Syria. We didn't call on anybody to rise up," he said. "But we cannot and will not remain silent to the masses' appeal for democracy."
Turkey, once a strong ally of Syria, broke with Damascus ...Capital of the last remaining Baathist regime in the world... after Bashir al-Assad's regime began cracking down on dissent in mid-March last year, sending waves of Syrian refugees into Turkish territory.
Although some of the refugees have headed back to Syria following Damascus' promise to implement international mediator Kofi Annan ...Ghanaian diplomat who served as the seventh and so far the worst Secretary-General of the UN. Annan and the UN were the co-recipients of the 2001 Nobel Peace Prize for something or other that probably sounded good at the time. In December 2004, reports surfaced that Kofi's son Kojo received payments from the Swiss company Cotecna, which had won a lucrative contract under the UN Oil-for-Food Program. Kofi Annan called for an investigation to look into the allegations, which stirred up the expected cesspool but couldn't seem to come up with enough evidence to indict Kofi himself, or even Kojo... 's ceasefire plan, Turkey still hosts more than 23,000 Syrians.
Methinks the Ayatollah Seyyed Ahmad Khatami just gave Iran's answer to such in another RB Artic.
* DEFENCE.PK/FORUMS > TERRIFIED ISRAEL ASKS OTHER COUNTRIES TO BOMB IRAN | ISRAELI ARMY CHIEF: OTHER COUNTRIES COULD STRIKE IRAN.
* SAME > PAKISTAN POSSESSES VARIOUS ICBMS WHICH HAVE A RANGE OF 9000-PLUS KILOMETERS - TERMINAL X.
Iran's Navy claims it hasn't openly revealed most of its mighty equipment or available MilSys to defend the Nation + Gulf, APPARENTLY NEITHER ALSO HAS PAKISTAN WID ITS LRBMS.
FYI ARTIC denotes ...
> Pakistan is watching how US, etc. conducts itself in various strategic regions or theaters around the world.
> HINTS THAT PAK'S LRBMS CAN WELL-TARGET OTHER COUNTRIES, NOT JUST INDIA = INDJUH.
UNLIKE IRAN + NORTH KOREA, IT SOUNDS LIKE PAKISTAN IS POLITELY TRYING HARD NOT TO SAY THAT IT CAN FIRE ITS 9000-KM PLUS RANGE ICBMS AT THE US + NATO, ESPEC THE US???
Which may explain [in part] Iran's seeming strategeery to defeat or destroy any US-led Ground INvasion/War agz Iran by isolating or restricting US CVNS/CBGS + Gator Navy EBGS, etal. to the Sea of Oman + beyond, i.e. outside of the SoH + Persian Gulf proper???
* BHARAT RAKSHAK > THE QATAR BUBBLE: CAN THIS TINY, RICH EMIRATE REALLY SOLVE THE MIDDLE EAST'S THORNIEST POLITICAL CONFLICTS?
* BR BLOGGER/POSTER = OPINED THAT THE KSA + BAHRAIN ARE FORMING A NEW "ARABIC GULF UNION" WHICH MAY BE FORMALLY ANNOUNCED TO THE WORLD NEXT MONTH OR THIS SUMMER. Other GCC States allowed to join - Iran???
Russia wouldn't do anything. They'd look to Turkey to become the new Syria, bigger and badder, and with more money to buy things. In the end they can supply both sides of a war.
Personally I hope they do, less backlash against Isreal when they try to take Iran's Nukes out. Jordan can't do squat against Isreal, and Egypt would be only threat with Syria fending off Turkey. also give Isreal good chance to gain some more ground up at the Golan's.
Posted by: Charles ||
[Dawn] La Belle France has raised the prospect of military intervention in Syria, saying the UN should consider harsher measures if an international peace plan that has been shaken by violence ultimately collapses.
The statement Wednesday reflects mounting international frustration with daily attacks that have kept a cease-fire between troops loyal to Hereditary President-for-Life Bashir Pencilneck al-Assad Lord of the Baath... and armed rebels seeking to oust him from taking hold.
Activists said government troops killed at least 29 civilians on Wednesday, including 12 killed in shelling in the central city of Hama.
Rebels attacked elsewhere, killing at least four security personnel.
French Foreign Minister Alain Juppe said La Belle France had discussed invoking Chapter 7 of the UN Charter, which can be enforced militarily, with other world powers.
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton ... sometimes described as For a good time at 3 a.m. call Hillary and at other times as Mrs. Bill, never as Another Philander C. Knox ... said last week the United Nations ...an organization whose definition of human rights is interesting, to say the least... should move toward such a step to allow for measures like travel and financial sanctions and an arms embargo. She didn't mention military action. The US has for more than a year opposed the further militarisation of the situation.
Any such move, however, would likely be blocked by Russia and China, which have twice used their vetoes as permanent Council members to protect Syria from condemnation and remain opposed to military intervention.
Western powers, too, don't appear interested in sending forces to another Middle East nation in turmoil.
Instead, all parties have backed a peace plan brokered by envoy Kofi Annan ...Ghanaian diplomat who served as the seventh and so far the worst Secretary-General of the UN. Annan and the UN were the co-recipients of the 2001 Nobel Peace Prize for something or other that probably sounded good at the time. In December 2004, reports surfaced that Kofi's son Kojo received payments from the Swiss company Cotecna, which had won a lucrative contract under the UN Oil-for-Food Program. Kofi Annan called for an investigation to look into the allegations, which stirred up the expected cesspool but couldn't seem to come up with enough evidence to indict Kofi himself, or even Kojo... that calls for a cease-fire to allow for dialogue between the regime and the opposition on a political solution to the 13-month-old conflict which has killed more than 9,000 people.
That plan, however, has been troubled from the start. Syria has failed to enact key parts of the plan, like withdrawing its forces from cities, and its troops have attacked opposition areas, killing scores of civilians since the truce was to begin on April 12.
Rebel fighters, too, have attacked military checkpoints and convoys.
In Gay Paree on Wednesday, Juppe said the plan was "severely compromised" but must go ahead.
"We think this mediation should be given a chance," he said after a meeting with Syrian dissidents. He called for the full contingent of 300 observers authorised by the Security Council to be deployed in Syria in 15 days and said Annan's report on the cease-fire scheduled for May 5 will be a "moment of truth" on whether mediation can solve the conflict.
"We cannot allow ourselves to be defied by the current regime," he said.
In New York, UN Ambassador Vitaly Churkin of Russia said he told Moscow that some Security Council members said they had proof that Syria had not withdrawn its forces from cities as Syria's foreign minister claimed on April 21.