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-Lurid Crime Tales-
US extradition case against Julian Assange set for next year
[NYPOST] A British court has set a date early next year for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to face a US extradition attempt over his role in revealing classified government and military information.

The judge at Westminster Magistrates’ Court on Friday set a full extradition hearing for Feb. 25, 2020. It is expected to last about five days. Interim hearings are expected in July and October.

Assange, who has been suffering from ill health in prison, appeared in court via video link. He appeared to be tired and showed signs of a possible hand tremor. He was again sporting a gray-white beard after having shaved it off before his last court appearance.

Ben Brandon, a British lawyer representing the US government, told a hearing that the case "related to one of the largest compromises of confidential information in the history of the United States."

U.S. officials are seeking to prosecute Assange under the Espionage Act, blaming him for directing WikiLeaks’ publication of a huge trove of secret documents that disclosed the names of people who provided confidential information to American and coalition forces in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Posted by: Fred || 06/16/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [110 views] Top|| File under:

#1  "Ben Brandon, a British lawyer representing the US government, told a hearing that the case "related to one of the largest compromises of confidential information in the history of the United States."
Except for the Pentagon Papers!!!I don't agree with what Assange did, but it's not a far stretch from what Daniel Ellsberg did in the '70's.
Posted by: Texhooey || 06/16/2019 22:37 Comments || Top||


Africa North
Canada Peacekeepers to Stay in Mali an Extra Month Till End-August
[AnNahar] Canadian personnel participating in the UN peacekeeping force in Mali will remain in place until the end of August, a month longer than planned, to ensure a smooth transition, the government said Friday.

The Canadians, who were providing medevac services as well as logistics and supply transport support, will stay until a Romanian helicopter unit is in place, the foreign ministry said.

During the month of August, Canadian forces will only perform medical evacuation tasks, it said.

The Canadian peacekeepers, who have been deployed in Gao in the north of the violence-wracked country since July 2018 as part of the UN force known as MINUSMA, were to leave at the end of July.

In late January, Romania agreed to relieve the Canadian forces -- a contingent of about 250 personnel and eight helicopters.

MINUSMA was established in April 2013, after radical Islamist militias seized the north of the country the year before, only to be pushed back by French troops.

The force of 15,000 soldiers and police is considered to be one of the most dangerous peace missions run by the United Nations
...a formerly good idea gone bad...
, with 195 fatalities.
Posted by: trailing wife || 06/16/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [72 views] Top|| File under: al-Qaeda in North Africa


Libyan Norwegian fertilizer to restart operations shortly: NOC
A hint of approaching normalcy?
[AlAhram] Libya's state oil firm NOC said on Saturday it had restored natural gas supply to LifeCo - the fertiliser joint venture it operates with Norway's Yara, allowing the factory to resume work shortly.

In January, NOC announced it had suspended gas supplies to Lifeco, saying the venture owed it money.

"LifeCo shareholders have agreed on a number of measures to restore operational continuity and protect jobs, including the restoration of gas supply and NOC assuming control of the marketing of ammonia and urea fertiliser products," NOC said in a statement.
Posted by: trailing wife || 06/16/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [102 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Ammonium Nitrate for all. Win-win.
Posted by: Mercutio || 06/16/2019 8:09 Comments || Top||


Arabia
Tanker Hit in Gulf Attacks Heads to Port, UK to send marines, Israel blames attacks on IRGC
[AnNahar] Japanese tanker, one of two vessels attacked in sensitive Gulf waters this week, was heading to port on Saturday, its owners said.

The Kokuka Courageous was rocked by explosions as it passed through the Gulf of Oman on Thursday, threatening its highly flammable cargo of methanol.

The resulting blaze was quickly extinguished, although one crew member suffered minor injuries.

The Japanese tanker's Tokyo-based operator Kokuka confirmed the vessel was heading to port in the United Arab Emirates.

"We still don't know if the tanker goes to Khor Fakkan or Fujairah as they are very close," said a front man, referring to two Emirati ports on the Gulf of Oman.

The oil tankers were 10 nautical miles apart and headed to Asia when they were struck by explosions early Thursday after passing through the Strait of Hormuz, some 25 nautical miles off Iran's southern coast.

The other vessel, the Front Altair, was carrying naphtha, a refined petroleum product.

It was hit by three explosions, according to Norwegian officials.

Iran
...a theocratic Shiite state divided among the Medes, the Persians, and the (Arab) Elamites. Formerly a fairly civilized nation ruled by a Shah, it became a victim of Islamic revolution in 1979. The nation is today noted for spontaneously taking over other countries' embassies, maintaining whorehouses run by clergymen, involvement in international drug trafficking, and financing sock puppet militias to extend the regime's influence. The word Iran is a cognate form of Aryan, the abbreviation IRGC is a cognate form of Stürmabteilung (or SA), the term Supreme Guide is a cognate form of either Shah or Führer or maybe both, and they hate Jews Zionists Jews. Their economy is based on the production of oil and vitriol...
has repeatedly warned that it could block the Hormuz Strait in a relatively low-tech, high-impact countermeasure to any attack by the United States.

Doing so would disrupt oil tankers travelling out of the Gulf region to the Indian Ocean and global export routes.

Trump played down the threat.

"It's not going to be closed, it's not going to be closed for long and they know it. They've been told in very strong terms," Trump said.

Oil prices have surged following the attacks.
Ramp up the frackers, boys! We’ve got more money to make!

Israel said to blame Iran’s Revolutionary Guard for attacks on oil tankers

[IsraelTimes] TV report says Israeli intelligence shares US, UK assessment, claims mines and a torpedo were used in Thursday’s strikes in Gulf of Oman.

The Israeli conclusion mirrors that of the US and the UK.

Meanwhile in Tokyo, the owner of the Kokuka Courageous said its sailors saw "flying objects" before the attack, suggesting it wasn’t damaged by mines. Company president Yutaka Katada offered no evidence for his claim, which contradicts the US military account.

Katada also said crew members saw an Iranian naval ship nearby, but did not specify whether this was before or after the attacks.

UK To Send Royal Marines To Persian Gulf To Protect British Ships

[Jpost] The UK is to send 100 Royal Marines to the Strait of Hormuz in the Persian Gulf to protect British ships and other interests in the region, as the fallout from the attack on two tankers last week escalates, The Times reported.

As the pressure increases after Norwegian and Japanese oil tankers were attacked last week, Britannia has joined the US, 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...
and others in accusing Iran
...a theocratic Shiite state divided among the Medes, the Persians, and the (Arab) Elamites. Formerly a fairly civilized nation ruled by a Shah, it became a victim of Islamic revolution in 1979. The nation is today noted for spontaneously taking over other countries' embassies, maintaining whorehouses run by clergymen, involvement in international drug trafficking, and financing sock puppet militias to extend the regime's influence. The word Iran is a cognate form of Aryan, the abbreviation IRGC is a cognate form of Stürmabteilung (or SA), the term Supreme Guide is a cognate form of either Shah or Führer or maybe both, and they hate Jews Zionists Jews. Their economy is based on the production of oil and vitriol...
of carrying out the attacks.

Britannia's Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt on Friday said there was no reason not to believe the United States' assessment that Iran was responsible for the attacks on two oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman on Thursday.

In response, Iran summoned the British ambassador to Tehran on Saturday and condemned Britannia's stance on the current tensions.
Posted by: trailing wife || 06/16/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [160 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iran

#1  I will sleep better knowing the United nations will investigate and the insurance carrier so they do not get screwed! Insurance and maritime law glad they have the ability and more freedom to operate than drug cartels money don't screw with my money is that the mantra?
Posted by: Omorong Black8889 || 06/16/2019 11:37 Comments || Top||

#2  a few countries say the evidence isn't strong enough to be definitive vs Iran

since one Japanese and one Finnish ship were hit and since the cargo was from the Saudis and destined to Japan or elsewhere in east Asia, our best move now would be to continue the forensic investigation and increase surveillance so if it happens again we will have the video evidence down solidly
Posted by: lord garth || 06/16/2019 14:40 Comments || Top||


UK To Send Royal Marines To Persian Gulf To Protect British Ships
[Jpost] The UK is to send 100 Royal Marines to the Strait of Hormuz in the Persian Gulf to protect British ships and other interests in the region, as the fallout from the attack on two tankers last week escalates, The Times reported.

As the pressure increases after Norwegian and Japanese oil tankers were attacked last week, Britannia has joined the US, 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...
and others in accusing Iran
...a theocratic Shiite state divided among the Medes, the Persians, and the (Arab) Elamites. Formerly a fairly civilized nation ruled by a Shah, it became a victim of Islamic revolution in 1979. The nation is today noted for spontaneously taking over other countries' embassies, maintaining whorehouses run by clergymen, involvement in international drug trafficking, and financing sock puppet militias to extend the regime's influence. The word Iran is a cognate form of Aryan, the abbreviation IRGC is a cognate form of Stürmabteilung (or SA), the term Supreme Guide is a cognate form of either Shah or Führer or maybe both, and they hate Jews Zionists Jews. Their economy is based on the production of oil and vitriol...
of carrying out the attacks.

Britannia's Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt on Friday said there was no reason not to believe the United States' assessment that Iran was responsible for the attacks on two oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman on Thursday.

In response, Iran summoned the British ambassador to Tehran on Saturday and condemned Britannia's stance on the current tensions.
Posted by: trailing wife || 06/16/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [142 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iran

#1  All tankers should have some merc force aboard. Enough of this shit. Then again what would Somalians do for entertainment.
Posted by: Woodrow || 06/16/2019 6:54 Comments || Top||

#2  Pulled Sniper teams from AFG?
Posted by: Skidmark || 06/16/2019 11:59 Comments || Top||


Caribbean-Latin America
Mexico publishes Trump's 'secret deal' on migration
[DAWN] Mexico published the document Friday that Donald Trump
...The tack in the backside of the Democratic Party...
earlier flaunted as a secret deal to curb migration, but denied it had capitulated to the US president's demands for a so-called "safe third country" agreement.

Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard underwent a grilling in Mexico's Congress, where some politicians insisted otherwise and demanded more details on what exactly he agreed to in the last-minute deal brokered a week ago to dodge Trump's threat to impose tariffs on Mexican goods.

Angry over a surge of Central Americans seeking US asylum,
...not to mention the “refugees” from the Indian subcontinent and and sub-Saharan Africa who can afford to fly in to Mexico before paying coyotes to bring them north to the Promised Land...
Trump is pushing Mexico to agree to a deal in which migrants colonists entering Mexican territory would have to apply for refugee status there, not in the United States.

The language in the "supplementary agreement" released by Mexico appears to resemble that. However Mexico's foreign ministry insisted the document ‐ signed by a deputy legal advisor to the ministry and his State Department counterpart ‐ was "not a binding bilateral agreement."

Rather, it says the two sides agree to immediately open talks to arrive at just that ‐ a "binding bilateral agreement" ‐ in which Mexico "would accept the return, and process refugee status claims, of third-party nationals" who cross its territory to reach the United States.

If in 45 days Washington decides that Mexico City's efforts to curb migration are not enough, then the Mexican government "will take all necessary steps under domestic law" to bring that agreement into force in another 45 days, the text concludes.

Posted by: Fred || 06/16/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [135 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Is Mexico pretending to be weaselly to save face or are they simply being weasels? If they are counting on Trump folding like a wet obama, I fear they are mistaken. Nice remittances ya got there! Be a shame if something were to happen to them.
Posted by: SteveS || 06/16/2019 9:55 Comments || Top||

#2  So much diplobabble that I'm not sure what exactly this is all about. But maybe that's the point.
Posted by: Tom || 06/16/2019 14:05 Comments || Top||


Europe
Italy allows 10 migrants to leave German Sea-Watch boat
[DW] Italia has allowed 10 rescued migrants colonists on the Sea-Watch 3 ship to leave the vessel. Two pregnant women and two sick men are among those who have been given permission to leave the boat.

Italian Interior Minister Matteo Salvini Italia on Saturday gave permission for 10 migrants colonists to leave the German Sea-Watch 3 rescue boat, following

Among the 10 were two pregnant women, three minors and two sick men. The group was allowed to disembark on the Mediterranean island of Lampedusa, which lies between the Italian mainland and the north African coast.

The Sea-Watch 3 rescued more than 50 migrants colonists drifting in an inflatable dinghy off the coast of Libya on Wednesday, but Italia's populist government did not allow the ship to enter an Italian port.

Earlier on Saturday, the Italian coasties had conducted a medical check on board, according to Sea-Watch front man Ruben Neugebauer.

The boat is currently waiting at sea near the Italian island of Lampedusa.

Several German cities had offered on Friday to take in the migrants colonists, but it is the federal government in Berlin that decides in such matters.

SALVINI SIGNS DECREE BANNING SHIP
On Thursday, Salvini, who is also the leader of the far-right League party, ordered Italian law enforcement to prevent the boat from entering Italian waters.

Earlier in the week, his government adopted a decree that would force non-governmental organizations to pay between €10,000 and €50,000 ($11,327 ‐ $56,638) for transporting rescued migrants colonists to Italian ports.

Salvini's popularity has risen over the last year after taking a hard line against migrants colonists, which has included closing ports to rescue vessels.

On Saturday, he announced on Twitter that he had signed a decree banning the Sea-Watch 3 from entering Italia.

"I have just signed a ban on the entry, transit and berthing of Sea-Watch 3 in Italian territorial waters, as provided for by the Security Decree," he wrote.

The decree still has to go before Italia's parliament, where the coalition government holds the majority.

Salvini has said asylum-seekers sailing from Libya to seek safety in Europe
...the land mass occupying the space between the English Channel and the Urals, also known as Moslem Lebensraum...
should be returned ‐ an order that is contentious under international law.

Sea-Watch has repeatedly said it would not land survivors in Libya as it did not consider Tripoli
...a confusing city, one end of which is located in Lebanon and the other end of which is the capital of Libya. Its chief distinction is being mentioned in the Marine Hymn...
a port of safety.

SOUTHERN EU STATES CALL FOR 'BURDEN SHARING'
Following a summit, Southern European leaders on Friday called for a fair distribution of migrants colonists arriving from across the Mediterranean Sea as the latest NGO boat carrying rescued families was denied a safe port by Italia.

The leaders of Cyprus, La Belle France, Greece, Italia, Malta, Portugal and Spain said the European Union should "guarantee effective implementation of the principle of solidarity and fair burden-sharing between member states."

More than 12,000 people have died since 2014 trying to flee Libya to Europe via what the UN refugee agency calls the "world's deadliest sea crossing".
Posted by: trailing wife || 06/16/2019 00:10 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [105 views] Top|| File under: Moslem Colonists


Paris's Notre-Dame to celebrate first mass after fire
[DAWN] The Notre-Dame cathedral in Gay Paree will host its first mass on Saturday, exactly two months after the devastating blaze that shocked La Belle France and the world.

For safety reasons, the mass led by Archbishop of Gay Paree Michel Aupetit will be celebrated on a very small scale. Worshippers will be expected to don hard hats but priests will be wearing their ceremonial garb.

There will be just some 30 people ‐ half of them clergy ‐ although the mass will be broadcast live on Catholic TV channel KTO.

It will take place at 6:00 pm (1600 GMT) in the Chapel of the Virgin on the east side of the cathedral behind the choir, which has been confirmed to be safe.

Aupetit will be joined by the rector of Notre-Dame, Patrick Chauvet, canons, volunteers, people working on the restoration as well a handful of lay worshippers.

The date has been chosen as it is the anniversary of the consecration of the cathedral's altar, which is celebrated every year on June 16.

The date is "highly significant, spiritually," Chauvet told AFP, adding he was happy to be able to show that "Notre-Dame is truly alive".

Posted by: Fred || 06/16/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [82 views] Top|| File under:


India-Pakistan
US urges India to contain violence on basis of religion
[DAWN] The top US diplomat for South Asia has urged the newly re-elected Modi government to quickly condemn religious violence in India and hold bandidos Lions of Hinduvta accountable.

In her remarks before a House subcommittee for foreign affairs on Thursday, the State Department’s acting assistant secretary for South and Central Asia Alice Wells also tried to persuade India not to purchase S-400 missile defence systems from Russia.

"In our engagements with India, we will continue to highlight the importance of preserving a diverse and inclusive society," she said in a brief prepared statement on India-US relations, which also addressed the issue of religious discrimination in that country.

Noting that India’s constitution provides strong protections for religious freedom, Ms Wells said: "We look to India’s democratically elected leaders and institutions to swiftly condemn acts of violence on the basis of religion and hold perpetrators accountable."

Such measures "will help further India’s security and economic interests and strengthen our bilateral relationship," she added.

While reporting her remarks, the US media noted that Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party triumphed in the election after appealing to "India’s Hindu majority with a potent mix of nationalism, religion and welfare policies."

The reports also noted that BJP "fielded as a candidate ‐ and later defended ‐ a self-styled Hindu holy woman facing charges related to a kaboom in a Moslem neighbourhood that killed six people and injured 100."

Posted by: Fred || 06/16/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [162 views] Top|| File under:

#1  "Uhh, sure. Sure. Diverse... heh, got it. Hey, diversity's our middle name. Don'tchoo worry, babe."
Posted by: Dron66046 || 06/16/2019 4:38 Comments || Top||

#2  Fighting against jihad. What the hell was the point of muslim Pakistan if they all didn't' go.
Posted by: Woodrow || 06/16/2019 6:49 Comments || Top||

#3  Hard to fault a country partially born in the forging of the "Land of the Pure" for not being inclusive.
Posted by: Rob Crawford || 06/16/2019 7:59 Comments || Top||

#4  The majority of India has always been a narrow minded society. We can experiment with socialism and western liberal idealism all we want. The classist and feudal mindset will not dilute easily in just 80 years. It is the basis of conservative forces in India. When Indians saw that idealist, inclusive politics of the west had done for them, they went back to the days of pitchfork and axe carrying mobs. It was better to vote saffron clad monks in power who would ensure speedy removal of islamist elements and curbing of faux liberal interest groups like the LGBT brigades.

Almost all countries where muslims are a minority are seeing a conservative resurgence, for which the muslims only are to blame. Buddhist monks are taking up arms, and navel gazing hindus are attacking muslims with bombs, because the world has had it with them.

At a time when the so called first world has almost capitulated to the rag-head sasquatcges after including them in academics, legislatures, law and education; it is a boon to be free to run a banana republic that can do the right thing.
Posted by: Dron66046 || 06/16/2019 9:21 Comments || Top||

#5  whoops ! Sasquatches.
Posted by: Dron66046 || 06/16/2019 9:22 Comments || Top||

#6  Diverse, yes.
With nearly 800 languages there will be exclusionary behavior.
Posted by: Skidmark || 06/16/2019 12:05 Comments || Top||


International-UN-NGOs
Mediterranean Countries Ramp Up Efforts to Find Missing Migrants
Planning on sweeping the bottom of the Mediterranean Sea for whatever is left of the drowned?
[AnNahar] Mediterranean countries say they have taken a key step towards finding out the fate of thousands of migrants colonists -- many fleeing Syria's war -- who have gone missing while trying to reach Europe
...the land mass occupying the space between the English Channel and the Urals, also known as Moslem Lebensraum...
At a meeting of the International Commission for Missing Persons in The Hague this week, Cyprus, Greece and Malta pledged to coordinate and beef up their efforts to trace nearly 18,500 migrants colonists who have disappeared since 2014 while making the perilous journey across the Mediterranean.
"This crab tastes...Africanny?"
Italia -- which has taken a hard line on migrants colonists under its populist government and interior minister Matteo Salvini -- did not sign up to that new joint statement due to what the ICMP described as internal government issues

The four countries are the main point of entry to Europe for many of the migrants colonists fleeing the war in Syria and other regions.

Born out of the conflicts in the former Yugoslavia and set up in 1996 in Sarajevo by then US president Bill Clinton
...former Democratic president of the U.S. Bill was the second U.S. president to be impeached, the first to deny that oral sex was sex, the first to have difficulty with the definition of is...
, the ICMP uses increasingly sophisticated DNA technology to trace missing persons.

It has already succeeded in identifying around 70 percent of the 40,000 people who went missing in the Balkans conflicts of the 1990s, including around 90 percent of the nearly 8,000 killed in the 1995 Srebrenica massacre.

But it is now turning its attention to one of the biggest human catastrophes of recent times -- the migration crisis that has hit the Middle East, North Africa and Europe since 2014.

The plan to better locate and identify missing migrants colonists fleeing conflict and economic hardship in the Middle East and Africa was launched in Rome last year.

But this week's meeting of the southern European states was key to pushing the process forward.

Top ICMP representatives nevertheless called for more to be done to help find the missing migrants colonists, particularly those from Syria's war where the fate is of an estimated 85,000 people is not known.

"What we are implicitly saying to states is that they have a responsibility to deal with this, but that it is also in their interest to deal with it," former Dutch foreign minister Bert Koenders told AFP.

The ICMP also wants to obtain permission from Syria's neighbours to start mapping the thousands of refugees fleeing the bitter eight-year war -- in a move that could one day help identify war crimes, Queen Noor said.

Collecting and having access to data about these refugees will make it easier in future to identify "where crimes may have occurred, where mass graves exist -- and where families and relatives may be," she said.

But the longer-term aim is to bring millions of displaced people back to their homes.

"I can see in a future that is hopefully not too far off that we can set in motion steps that will provide greater hope for many of the migrants colonists and refugees to Europe."

"To give them hope that they can return home," she said.
Posted by: trailing wife || 06/16/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [159 views] Top|| File under: Moslem Colonists

#1  I suggest a new pic for these particular kinds of posts - a picture of McCoy saying 'He's dead, Jim.'
Posted by: Raj || 06/16/2019 0:33 Comments || Top||

#2  "To give them hope that they can return home,"

We effin' hope they return home !
Posted by: Dron66046 || 06/16/2019 2:14 Comments || Top||

#3  Why do they care? Not their citizens, not legal residents, and they have home countries who should care about them.

If there's a slavery ring (like the one operating out of the Hillary Rodham Clinton Slave Market in Libya), root it out of territories you control. Otherwise, tend to the needs of your actual citizens.
Posted by: Rob Crawford || 06/16/2019 7:57 Comments || Top||

#4  I know where they are.

Sitting somewhere and collecting some state's largess.
Posted by: Mullah Richard || 06/16/2019 11:53 Comments || Top||


Iraq
U.S. allows Iraq to import Iranian gas for more 3 months
(IraqiNews.com) ‐ The United States has allowed Iraq to import Iranian gas for its power grid for another three months by extending a waiver to U.S. sanctions for Baghdad, two government sources told Rooters on Saturday.

One of the sources, who asked not to be named, said the extension was given during a phone call between Prime Minister Adel Abdel Mahdi and U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

Iraq was first granted an exemption on Iranian electricity imports after Washington reimposed sanctions on Iran’s oil industry in November, citing concerns about its nuclear program and what it said was its meddling in the Middle East.

It has extended the waiver several times since then but has urged Iraq to develop its energy infrastructure to reduce reliance on Iranian energy.

Iraq relies heavily on Iranian gas to feed several power stations, importing roughly 1.5 billion standard cubic feet per day via pipelines in the south and east.

Washington wants to roll back Iranian influence in the Middle East, including in Iraq, where Iran
...a theocratic Shiite state divided among the Medes, the Persians, and the (Arab) Elamites. Formerly a fairly civilized nation ruled by a Shah, it became a victim of Islamic revolution in 1979. The nation is today noted for spontaneously taking over other countries' embassies, maintaining whorehouses run by clergymen, involvement in international drug trafficking, and financing sock puppet militias to extend the regime's influence. The word Iran is a cognate form of Aryan, the abbreviation IRGC is a cognate form of Stürmabteilung (or SA), the term Supreme Guide is a cognate form of either Shah or Führer or maybe both, and they hate Jews Zionists Jews. Their economy is based on the production of oil and vitriol...
holds broad sway over politics and trade.

Although Iraq has one of the world’s largest natural gas reserves, it has moved slowly to develop them and has relied on Iran to supply it with gas and electricity.
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162 IDPs return back to their areas in Anbar: Ministry
Anbar (IraqiNews) Iraqi Ministry of Migration and Displaced announced, on Saturday, that 162 internally displaced persons (IDPs) returned back to their homeland in Qaim District, in Anbar Province.

In a press statement, the ministry said that through direct coordination with the Ministry of Transport, Municipality and Anbar Operations Command, 162 displaced persons were repatriated.

It also mentioned that the IDPs were in camps in Ameriya Falluja and Touristic City, and they were transferred to their original area in Qaim District, in Anbar Province.
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Israel-Palestine-Jordan
Gaza factions make incendiary balloons sent to Israel more lethal
[Ynet] The new method adopted by the terror groups includes soaking slow-burning fuse in explosive liquids, causing balloons to drip fireballs as they fly, creating fires in multiple locations.

The terror groups in Gazoo
...Hellhole adjunct to Israel and Egypt's Sinai Peninsula, inhabited by Gazooks. The place was acquired in the wake of the 1967 War and then presented to Paleostinian control in 2006 by Ariel Sharon, who had entered his dotage. It is currently ruled with an iron fist by Hamaswith about the living conditions you'd expect. It periodically attacks the Hated Zionist Entity whenever Iran needs a ruckus created or the hard boyz get bored, getting thumped by the IDF in return. The ruling turbans then wave the bloody shirt and holler loudly about oppression and disproportionate response...
appear to have found a new method of launching incendiary balloons in order to ignite as many fires as possible on Israeli territory, thereby maximizing the damage.

The balloon terrorism has seen a gradual increase over the recent weeks with nearly dozens of fires started on a daily basis by incendiary balloons flown from the Hamas, always the voice of sweet reason,-ruled enclave into nearby Israeli communities.

The latest upgrade in what has become an entire arsenal of terror tools for the Paleostinian factions in Gaza is to soak a slow-burning fuse in explosive liquids and attach it to an incendiary balloon. The balloon drips fireballs as it flies, creating several ignition points from just one device.

The new method has been discovered by Israeli military after no remnants of actual balloons had been recovered at several ignition zones in the Gaza border region. For instance, on Tuesday there were three fires in three different locations (relatively close to each other) of Kissufim Forest in the Eshkol Regional Council, but the firefighters found no traces of physical balloons in the affected area.

"The Paleostinians see this upgrade as a success story. This threat should not be taken lightly, and although it sounds non-threatening, it is certainly dangerous and can be lethal," said one of the security coordinators of the communities bordering the Strip.
Posted by: trailing wife || 06/16/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [106 views] Top|| File under: Hamas

#1  Good grief. Can these people get any more depraved?

And is it completely impossible for them to turn all this ingenuity towards something positive?
Posted by: Tom || 06/16/2019 14:08 Comments || Top||


Tremors across Jordan as Trump Mideast peace plan revives old fears
[Ynet] Already facing economic pressure at home, King Abdullah II greatly fears the so-called 'deal of the century' will push Israeli narrative that Jordan - where nearly half of its 8 million citizens are of Paleostinian descent - is essentially Paleostine.
"We don't want em!"
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Israel said to demand return of soldiers’ bodies as condition for calm in Gaza
[IsraelTimes] Qatar
...an emirate on the east coast of the Arabian Peninsula. It sits on some really productive gas and oil deposits, which produces the highest per capita income in the world. They piss it all away on religion, financing the Moslem Brotherhood and several al-Qaeda affiliates. Home of nutbag holy manYusuf al-Qaradawi...
i envoy bearing money delayed by Israeli officials at Strip’s border, Paleostinian sources say, as tensions in south continue to spiral.

Hamas, the braying voice of Islamic Resistance®, sources said Saturday that Israel was demanding the terror group renew talks on returning the bodies of fallen Israeli soldiers in exchange for quiet in the Gazoo
...Hellhole adjunct to Israel and Egypt's Sinai Peninsula, inhabited by Gazooks. The place was acquired in the wake of the 1967 War and then presented to Paleostinian control in 2006 by Ariel Sharon, who had entered his dotage. It is currently ruled with an iron fist by Hamaswith about the living conditions you'd expect. It periodically attacks the Hated Zionist Entity whenever Iran needs a ruckus created or the hard boyz get bored, getting thumped by the IDF in return. The ruling turbans then wave the bloody shirt and holler loudly about oppression and disproportionate response...
Strip.

The sources told the Arabic 21 news site that Hamas had refused the demand, according to a report by Channel 13 news.

Hamas is believed to be holding the remains of Israeli soldiers Oron Shaul and Hadar Goldin, whose bodies were captured by the terror group when they were killed in the Strip during the 2014 Operation Protective Edge.

The terror group also holds captive Israeli civilians Abera Mengistu and Hisham al-Sayed.

The report added that UN envoy to the Middle East Nickolay Mladenov was working to prevent further deterioration in the situation between Israel and Hamas.

Mladenov reportedly conveyed a message from Hamas to Israel that the terror group placed full responsibility for any future escalation on Jerusalem, saying that it was not fulfilling its part of the unofficial ceasefire agreement. Mladenov has told Hamas that Israel is interested in maintaining quiet.

Meanwhile,
...back at the wreckage, Captain Poindexter wished he had a cup of coffee. Even instant would do...
the Qatari envoy who was supposed to enter the Strip with a cash delivery on Saturday was delayed by Israel, Paleostinian sources told the Al Quds newspaper, according to Hebrew-language media reports.

Israeli officials had delayed the envoy in order to discuss several subjects related to the unofficial ceasefire agreement. The delegate was supposed to meet in Gaza with Hamas leadership and update it on the developments in the agreement.

Saturday’s developments came after a fresh surge in violence, including two nights of rocket attacks and retaliatory air force strikes, and a wave of arson balloons sent into Israel.

Hamas chief Ismail Haniyeh
...became Prime Minister after the legislative elections of 2006 which Hamas won. President Mahmoud Abbas dismissed Haniyeh from office on 14 June 2007 at the height of the Fatah-Hamas festivities, but Haniyeh did not acknowledge the decree and continues as the PM of Gazoo while Abbas maintains a separate PM in the West Bank...
on Friday told Mladenov that Hamas did not know who fired rockets at Israel in the past week, and was conducting an investigation into the launches.
Posted by: trailing wife || 06/16/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [114 views] Top|| File under: Hamas

#1  That's the way to get the bodies dragged thru the streets. Ah'd bet the ones from 2014 aren't fresh.
Posted by: Skidmark || 06/16/2019 12:08 Comments || Top||

#2  it is unfortunate that the Jewish religion has an emphasis on the need to inter all the body remains; it comes from Ecclesiastes aka Kohelot 5:14

it gives the enemy a substantial tactical advantage
Posted by: lord garth || 06/16/2019 14:10 Comments || Top||


Southeast Asia
Maldives seek foreign help to deal with IS fighters
[AlAhram] The Maldives Saturday called for international help to rehabilitate up to 160 of its nationals languishing in Syrian detention camps after the defeat of the Islamic State group.
I thought Obama said Argentina should take ownership? *snicker*
Speaker Mohamed Nasheed said the Maldives kept a close tab on citizens who had joined the militant group, but that the island nation was not ready to accept them back without an internationally supervised reintegration programme.

Visiting neighbouring Sri Lanka where 258 people were killed in jihadi attacks recently, Nasheed said the question of foreign IS fighters in Syria should be addressed as a global issue.

As many as 160 Maldivians are thought to be held in detention camps after the fall of IS in March.

"We do not know the situation they have gone through. We don't have the capacity to rehabilitate these people to the extent that they will not have a further impact on society," Nasheed said.

"I think the international community should join together and decide what we should do to the returnees. Hopefully, there is an international arrangement where they are first received, not necessarily to their countries of origin or nationality."

He said the Maldives was concerned about the 30 to 40 children said to be of Maldivian parents now living in detention camps in Syria, but insisted that there should be international involvement to screen the parents.

"I don't think we should say they can come back in the first flight they can catch," he added.

Nasheed said the nation of 340,000 Sunni Muslims was keeping a close watch on any attempt to radicalise its population, which is known to practise a liberal form of Islam -- and relies heavily on luxury tourism.

More than two thirds of the Maldivian parliament was spending a three-day holiday in Sri Lanka, to demonstrate it was safe for foreigners to visit the island after the deadly Easter Sunday attacks, Nasheed said.

In a chilling warning of the impact of terrorism on tourism, Sri Lanka's thriving tourism sector is projected to lose at least $1.5 billion revenue this year with a 30 percent slump in the number of holidaymakers visiting the island.

Nasheed and his legislators were staying at the luxury Cinnamon Grand -- one of the three hotels hit by a local jihadi group which pledged allegiance to IS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi -- to show Sri Lanka was still a safe tourist destination.

India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi flew to Sri Lanka last week, the first world leader to visit the island after the Easter attacks.

Sri Lankan authorities say they have arrested all those who were involved in the April 21 attacks that also hit three Christian churches.
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Syria-Lebanon-Iran
British-Iranian woman begins fresh hunger strike in Tehran prison
[IsraelTimes] Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, held on sedition charges in Iran
...a theocratic Shiite state divided among the Medes, the Persians, and the (Arab) Elamites. Formerly a fairly civilized nation ruled by a Shah, it became a victim of Islamic revolution in 1979. The nation is today noted for spontaneously taking over other countries' embassies, maintaining whorehouses run by clergymen, involvement in international drug trafficking, and financing sock puppet militias to extend the regime's influence. The word Iran is a cognate form of Aryan, the abbreviation IRGC is a cognate form of Stürmabteilung (or SA), the term Supreme Guide is a cognate form of either Shah or Führer or maybe both, and they hate Jews Zionists Jews. Their economy is based on the production of oil and vitriol...
since 2016, marks daughter’s 5th birthday with protest; husband says will fast in solidarity, hold London embassy vigil.

Last month, London changed its travel advice for British-Iranian dual nationals, warning them against all travel to Iran, citing Zaghari-Ratcliffe’s case.
Posted by: trailing wife || 06/16/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [130 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iran

#1  I don't understand why once having left behind their nightmare societies these fools have to travel back to meet their parents, feed the fucking cat or tell their old friends how they're doing back in civilization. This oaf too left the comforts and safety if her London home and went back to celebrate some ritual inanity(Nowruz). With her infant daughter no less.
Posted by: Dron66046 || 06/16/2019 9:41 Comments || Top||

#2  They seem to forget the unpleasantness from 1979 and our embassy hostages. Some animals don't/can't change their spots
Posted by: Frank G || 06/16/2019 9:47 Comments || Top||

#3 
Posted by: HOlybastard || 06/16/2019 9:55 Comments || Top||

#4  I don't understand why once having left

They all have dual passports, and can get them on demand for their children and grandchildren, and mostly the authorities ignore the visitors. So it feels safe even when the locals are marching and protesting. And so it is, until someone in authority notices, or feels the need for yet another hostage.
Posted by: trailing wife || 06/16/2019 10:17 Comments || Top||



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