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Iran's Quds Forces, outlawed Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood met secretly in 2014 in Turkey: Intercept report
Al Ahram takes a second look at the 700 page leaked trove discussed here and here yesterday. Yesterday’s articles looked at issues in Iraq. Today Al Ahram and the Jerusalem Post look at the team up between the Muslim Brotherhood and Iran’s Quds Force, midwifed by Erdogan’s Turkey.
[AlAhram] According to The Intercept report, Brotherhood delegation in the meeting said that 'one of the most important things the groups shared, was a hatred 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 the Soddy national face...
, the common enemy of the Moslem Brüderbund and Iran'.

Three prominent Egyptian representatives of the terrorist-designated Moslem Brüderbund group and Iran's Quds Forces met in 2014 in The Sick Man of Europe Turkey

Terror Networks
Muslim Brotherhood and IRGC's dirty dealings revealed in intel leak
A second look at the 700 page leaked trove discussed here and here yesterday. Today Al Ahram and the Jerusalem Post look at the joint plottings of IRGC, Muslim Brotherhood, and Erdogan’s Turkey against Yemen, Saudi Arabia, Israel, and America.
[Jpost] Leaked Iranian intelligence documents revealed that the Moslem Brüderbund and Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps of 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...
sought to work together. Like an iron fist in a velvet glove, the IRGC would be the muscle and the Brotherhood could give it cover in the 85 countries it works in, members of the organizations discussed. They convened in The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...the only place on the face of the earth that misses the Ottoman Empire...
in 2014 to discuss how they might work together and who to fight against. First target: Soddy Arabia

Saudi court convicts 38 people on terrorism-related charges
[Al Jazeera] A 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...
n court convicted 38 people on Tuesday of financing "terrorism" and declaring other Moslems as non-believers, handing out sentences ranging from 30 months to 25 years.

One of those sentenced had set up a "terrorist organization" while in prison and others committed takfir - labelling followers as non-believers - against the Saudi government, Moslem scholars and security forces, state-run Al Ekhbariya television reported.

In 2017, the oil-rich kingdom launched a crackdown on dissent, arresting scores of leaders, intellectuals and activists. Some have been put on trial for terrorism-related charges.

In April, Saudi Arabia beheaded 37 men for alleged crimes. The United Nations
...where theory meets practice and practice loses...
human rights
When they're defined by the state or an NGO they don't mean much...
chief said most were Shia Moslems who may not have had fair trials and at least three were minors when sentenced.

Riyadh has come under mounting international scrutiny over its human rights record since the grisly killing of journalist beloved martyr of journalism Jamal Khashoggi
......who was simultaneously a very well paid Washington Post columnist and a long time propagandist for the Muslim Brotherhood and Al Qaeda — he died while on the Qatari payroll, but previously wrote at the behest of then-Saudi intel chief Prince Turki al-Faisal......
in October 2018, and the detention of women's rights activists who are still on trial.

Al Ekhbariya did not give the nationalities or names of those convicted out of the 41 people in total on trial, nor did the TV channel provide details about when they were arrested.

It said the specialist criminal court in Riyadh, which was set up to try terrorism cases, sentenced one man to 25 years, another to 20 years and a third to 15 years. The rest received sentences ranging from 2.5 years to 12.5 years.

The convictions can be appealed.

Saudi Arabia is an absolute monarchy where public protests and political parties are banned.

It faced an armed uprising from 2003-06 when al-Qaeda members staged attacks on residential compounds and government facilities.

The kingdom responded by arresting thousands of suspected fighters and launching a media campaign to discredit their ideology.


PIJ meeting targeted by Israel in Damascus

PIJ , Akram Ajouri, Son
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Former Twitter employees charged in US with spying on accounts for Saudi Arabia
[France24] Two former Twitter employees and a third man were charged in San Francisco Federal Court Wednesday with spying on Twitter users critical of the Saudi royal family, the US Justice Department announced.

The two Saudis and one US citizen allegedly worked together to unmask the ownership details behind dissident Twitter accounts on behalf of the government in Riyadh and the royal family, the department said.
Failing to share can have consequences.
According to a court filing, they were guided by an unnamed Saudi official who worked for someone prosecutors designated "Royal Family Member-1," which The Washington Post reported was Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

Those charged were former Twitter employees Ali Alzabarah and Ahmad Abouammo, along with Ahmed Almutairi, a marketing official with ties to the royal family.
We've never had any difficulty with these people previously. Strange, very strange.
"The criminal complaint unsealed today alleges that Saudi agents mined Twitter's internal systems for personal information about known Saudi critics and thousands of other Twitter users," said US Attorney David Anderson.

"US law protects US companies from such an unlawful foreign intrusion. We will not allow US companies or US technology to become tools of foreign repression in violation of US law," he said in a statement.

The lawsuit comes as US-Saudi relations continue to suffer strains over the brutal, Riyadh-sanctioned murder last year of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, who wrote for, among others, The Washington Post.
beloved martyr of journalism Jamal Khashoggi
...who was simultaneously a very well paid Washington Post columnist and a long time propagandist for the Muslim Brotherhood and Al Qaeda — he died while on the Qatari payroll, but previously wrote at the behest of then-Saudi intel chief Prince Turki al-Faisal...

A critic of Crown Prince Mohammed, Khashoggi was killed and dismembered inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.

According to the Post, US intelligence has concluded that the prince himself was closely linked to the murder.

WWE Stars 'Held Hostage' On Saudi Arabia Plane By MbS
[Telegraph] WWE stars 'held hostage' on Saudi Arabia plane after dispute with crown prince, reports claim.

WWE wrestlers were "held hostage" in Saudi Arabia and stopped from boarding flights back to the US in a row over payment, according to reports.

Nearly 200 stars of the Smackdown brand and their entourage were ordered to wait on the tarmac for six hours at Riyadh International by Saudi's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, The Mirror reported.

The prince, or MBS as he is nicknamed, was allegedly furious that Vince McMahon, World Wrestling Entertainment’s chief executive, had cancelled the live feed of the show "Crown Jewel in Saudi Arabia" because the company was owed up to $500m (£390m) for two shows in the kingdom last year.

The delay meant the wrestlers missed a live show in Buffalo, New York, the following day - with the no-show being blamed on "mechanical issues" that stopped their 747 plane leaving Riyadh.

Dave Meltzer, a US sports journalist, tweeted on Friday: "Some notes since nobody can say anything. WWE had a problem in Saudi Arabia.

"Talent was not allowed to leave on their flight and most are still there. Twenty people, twelve of which were talent, have left but the rest are still there."

Some – including Mr McMahon and stars such as Hulk Hogan and Tyson Fury – managed to get out on their own private jets.
Cheap bastards could've easily given nearly everyone a lift then ?
Mr Meltzer told the radio station, Wrestling Observer, that tensions grew when military police were sent to the airport in the capital Riyadh.

He said: "The talent felt they were hostages… nobody was harmed or anything like that. It's a really tense story."
Ever seen a 7 foot tall, 3 foot wide pro wrestler shiver in the sun ?
Former WWE announcer Hugo Savinovich posted a video on Facebook saying the reason for the flight delay was Saudi retaliation for the live feed being pulled by WWE.

WWE on Friday confirmed that wrestlers including Karl Anderson and Brian Myers, both of whom compete on "Raw," sat on the tarmac for six hours ‐ but blamed the late take-off on "mechanical issues."

The plane's owner, Atlas Air, issued a similar statement, adding that "the aircraft is being repaired and will be inspected and certified before returning to service."

Wrestlers that had been left waiting on the runway vowed never to go back. Wrestler Karl Anderson said on Twitter: "Couldn't pay me enough to go back..well, that's not true, I need a second pool, so…"

WWE launched in Saudi Arabia in 2014, with two to four shows a year in the desert kingdom.

The contests have have been held in the wake of the murder of Jamal Khashoggi,
...who was simultaneously a very well paid Washington Post columnist and a long time propagandist for the Muslim Brotherhood and Al Qaeda — most recently for Qatar, but in the past at the behest of Saudi Arabia’s intel chief, Prince Turki al-Faisal...
a dissident journalist, in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul last year.
How this last is relevant, only the journo knows. It's all 'in the wake' of Khashoggi in the same way as we're all living in the wake of Noah's flood.
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Africa North
Giza Court sentences 6 to death in the 2016 Three Pyramids Hotel terrorist attack
[AlAhram] The Giza Criminal Court sentenced six defendants to death on terror-related charges on Saturday in the case of the 2016 terrorist attack on the Three Pyramids Hotel.

Eight other defendants received life sentences, and 12 juveniles received 10-year imprisonment.

The sentences can be appealed.
Another stage of the multi-year hell of appeals that is the Egyptian justice process.
The prosecution accused the defendants of playing leading roles in an outlawed terrorist group between mid-2015 and February 2016, providing it with weapons and money.

They were also accused of attacking the Three Pyramids Hotel, illegal disposition of firearms and ammunition, using force with police, and vandalising public property.

The prosecution charged the defendants with "the formation of a terrorist organization, membership in a group established in violation of the provisions of the law and the constitution and that aims to disrupt state institutions and operations of public authorities."

The prosecution also charged them with "establishing special operations committees for the Moslem Brüderbund in Giza that use terrorism as a means to forcibly change the governing regime, and to launch attacks on individuals as well as public and tourist facilities."
Africa News adds:
The charges stem from an attack in Jan. 2016 on an Egyptian security post outside the Three Pyramids Hotel.

No one was hurt in the incident, but the attack damaged the hotel’s facade and also a bus parked in front of the building, which was in use by a group of visiting Arab Israelis.
Do NOT mess with the tourists, guys. The Powers That Be get very annoyed when you screw up the income stream.
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Chairman Of Islamic Movement In Ramle Shot, In Critical Condition
[Jpost] Chairman of the Islamic Movement in Ramle,
...that would be the outlawed Northern Branch of the so-called Islamic Movement, the Israeli branch of the Muslim Brotherhood. It has close ties to Hamas and Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood and a home office in troubled Umm al-Fahm. The Southern Branch faction is no doubt equally connected to brotherly Muslim Brotherhood organizations, but chose to get involved in Israeli politics instead of violence...
Ali al-Danaf was shot on Saturday and is at death's door, according to Channel 12.

In his role as chairman, al-Danaf was reportedly involved in the religious, social and educational activities of the Moslem community in Ramle, in central Israel.
Al-Danaf was taken to Yitzhak Shamir Medical Center, Israeli media reported earlier Saturday morning.

The police are investigating the incident and it is not yet clear if the shooting was related to his involvement in the Moslem community, Channel 12 reported.
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Africa North
The desperation of the Brotherhood
[AlAhram] The Moslem Brüderbund’s latest attempt to move back onto the political scene in Egypt by broadcasting Internet videos from a contractor based abroad is its most desperate to date.

For a group that has managed to survive many challenges since its formation in 1928, the Moslem Brüderbund is reaching a point of unprecedented breakdown in its country of origin, Egypt.

Through many periods, from that of former king Farouk in the 1940s and early 1950s all the way to former president Hosni Mubarak
Also related, from yesterday: Egypt detains more than 1,000 after anti-Sisi protests

Africa North
Egyptian police said to arrest hundreds over anti-Sissi protests
Follow up on this report from two days ago.
[IsraelTimes] Lawyers say at least 400 people in Cairo and across Egypt held following rare outbreak of Muslim Brotherhood orchestrated public dissent against president.

Egyptian security forces rounded up hundreds of people, following small but rare anti-government protests, rights lawyers said Monday, as authorities moved to take harsh preventive measures against more unrest.

Hundreds of protesters erupted into the streets in several Egyptian cities, including the capital, Cairo, over the weekend, calling for President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi to step down.

All protests were quickly broken up by police. But they marked a startling eruption of popular dissent, which has been almost completely silenced in the past years by draconian measures imposed under Sissi.

On Monday, lawyers Malek Adly and Khaled el-Masry said security forces had arrested at least 400 people in Cairo and elsewhere across the country.

El-Masry said prosecutors questioned at least 220 people over claims that they took part in activities of an outlawed group, disseminating false news, misuse of social media platforms and taking part in unlicensed protests. Under Egyptian law, the accusations could land them in jail for years.

Prosecutors did not immediately elaborate or offer evidence.

After Friday’s demonstrations, the Moslem Brüderbund, which the government has outlawed and designated as a terrorist group in 2013, voiced in a statement its support for the protesters and urged people to take to the streets to "end the military rule."

Police have been heavily deployed in main squares and streets in across Cairo.

There were calls for more protests in the coming days on social media, from where Friday’s demonstrations took its cue.

Saeed Sadek, a political scientist at the al-Ahram Canadian University in Cairo, however, doubted whether there was wide popular support for fresh protests challenging Sissi’s rule.

"People fear the alternative. They don’t know what will be after Sissi. They don’t want another general. They don’t want the Islamists taking over. They don’t want chaos, they don’t want a civil war," he said.

False information about the protests has appeared on social media, including videos purporting to be live events that were actually of mass protests from Egypt’s years of unrest between 2011 and 2013. But social media has also been vital for getting out authentic videos of protests, since they are the only platform not fully controlled by the government.

Over the past couple of days, internet users reported difficulty accessing Facebook Messenger and other news websites such as the BBC.

Netblocks, a group monitoring internet activity, said network data showed disruption to Facebook Messenger, Facebook image CDN servers, as well as BBC News and other news sites in Egypt with two leading providers from Sunday.

It said the affected sites were previously unrestricted and social media platforms are not generally blocked in Egypt.

Terror Networks
Behind the Lines: Islamist archipelago: The Turkey-Qatar nexus
[Jpost] The Turkey-Qatar-Muslim Brotherhood alliance first came to prominence in the early, optimistic months of the “Arab Spring.”

A recent libel trial in London casts light on the workings of one of the most complex and interesting power structures in the tangled labyrinth of the Middle East ‐ namely, the burgeoning alliance between The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...the occupiers of Greek Asia Minor...
, the Emirate of Qatar

Home Front: Politix
Still waiting for Dems to apologize to Kavanaugh
[NYPOST] It’s now been four days since The New York Times

...which still proudly displays Walter Duranty's Pulitzer prize...

corrected ‐ er, retracted ‐ its attack against Justice Brett Kavanaugh. Turns out the "new allegation" isn’t supported by the victim, a fact conveniently left out of the story.

And still Kámala Harris
Former Oakland mayor Willie Brown's former mistress, now a senatrix from California and 2020 Dem presidential hopeful, indistinguishable from the others...
, Liz Warren, Beto O’Rourke;
...Kennedyeque businessman, musician, skateboard artiste, and politician who represented Texas' 16th congressional district in the United States House of Representatives from 2013 to 2019. Beto is a Latino nickname for people whose names end in "erto," like "Roberto" or "Alberto." He is seeking the Dem nomination for President in 2020 because he has nice hair and lots of teeth. He was born into a local political family in El Paso, Texas and is a graduate of a prep school and Columbia University, which is not in Texas. In 2005, he was elected to the El Paso City Council. He was elected to Congress in 2012 after defeating eight-term incumbent Silvestre Reyes in the Democratic primary. He declined to seek re-election in 2018, instead running for the Senate against Republican Ted Cruz, running a campaign that drew national attention because of his skateboarding skills. A few months after he lost, he announced his campaign for President...
, Julian Castro, Cory Spartacus Booker
U.S. Senator-for-Life from Noo Joisey, formerly the mayor of Newark. Booker is a candidate for president in 2020, running on a platform of Make America Newark. He once wrote an essay on how to grope babes. He is noted for having an imaginary friend named T-Bone...
and Pete Buttigieg
...the testicleless mayor of South Bend, Indiana, since 2012. Buttigieg graduated from Harvard College and, on a Rhodes Scholarship, from Pembroke College, Oxford. From 2007 to 2010, he worked at McKinsey and Company, a consulting firm. From 2009 to 2017 Buttigieg served as an intelligence officer in the United States Navy Reserve, attaining the rank of lieutenant and deploying to Afghanistan in 2014. Buttigieg was first elected mayor of South Bend in 2011 and was reelected in 2015. During his second term, he announced he was gay. Buttigieg also campaigned for Indiana state treasurer in 2010 and for chair of the Democratic National Committee in 2017, losing both elections. He is running for the Dem nomination in 2020 on the theory that being mayor of a nondescript medium sized city is qualification to run the country...
haven’t apologized or reversed their calls for Kavanaugh to be impeached.

How long will it be before at least one of them shows the basic decency and fairness to take back the impeachment demand? We’re waiting.
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