[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] Women activists in Kabul held up signs that read “why is the world watching us die in silence?” on Tuesday, protesting the international community’s inaction on the crisis in Afghanistan. How'd that "negotiate with the Taliban" thingy work out for you?
Around a dozen women risked the wrath of the Taliban, who have banned demonstrations and shut them down using violence since taking power in August, holding banners affirming their “right to education” and “right to work”, before the Islamists stopped the press from approaching the march.
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“We are asking the UN secretary-general to support our rights, to education, to work. We are deprived of everything today,” Wahida Amiri, one of the organizers for the Spontaneous Movement of Women Activists in Afghanistan, told AFP.
Their demonstration, addressing the “political, social and economic situation” in Afghanistan was initially planned to take place near the UN mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA).
But it was moved at the last minute to the entrance of the former “Green Zone”, where the buildings of several Western embassies are located, although most of their missions left the country as the Taliban took control.
Taliban gunmen at the entrance to the ultra-secure area initially asked the demonstrators and the press to move away.
An AFP reporter then saw a reinforcement of a dozen Taliban guards -- most of them armed -- push back journalists and confiscate the mobile phone of one local reporter who was filming the protest.
“We have nothing against the Taliban, we just want to demonstrate peacefully,” Amiri said.
Symbolic demonstrations by women have become a regular occurrence in Kabul in recent weeks as the Taliban have still not allowed them to return to work or permitted most girls to go to school.
Last Thursday about 20 women were allowed to march for more than 90 minutes, but several foreign and local journalists covering the rally were beaten by Taliban fighters.
Posted by: Fred ||
10/27/2021 00:00 ||
Top|| File under: Taliban/IEA
Haven't seen N.O.W. or the Pink Hats going Karen in front of the White House yet?
..There is a wonderful line in Animal House - a movie full of quotable dialogue - where one of the Delta House members has just watched his brother's prized '63 Continental trashed by the other guys. In response, one of the other brothers puts his arm around the kid's shoulders and says, "Well, kid, you fu@ked up - you trusted us."
Do I really need to explain any further?
Posted by: Mike Kozlowski ||
10/27/2021 11:44 Comments ||
I've been worried about Jello recently,
but the Taliban understand the concept of Jello,
as in "but several foreign and local journalists covering the rally were beaten by Taliban fighters."
[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] US Secretary of State Antony Blinken spoke with deposed Sudanese Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok on Tuesday, the State Department said, as the African nation reels from a recent military takeover."The Secretary welcomed the Prime Minister's release from custody and reiterated his call on Sudanese military forces to release all civilian leaders in detention and to ensure their safety," State Department front man Ned Price said in a statement.
Hamdok had earlier been returned to his home amid intense international pressure following his removal in a military coup.
Posted by: Fred ||
10/27/2021 00:00 ||
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[RedStar] On the 25th of October. Atlantic. Gulf of Guinea, a detachment of ships and vessels of the Northern Fleet, led by the BPK "Vice-Admiral Kulakov," has been ensuring the safety of civilian navigation for the third week.
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"Note that a detachment of ships and vessels of the Northern Fleet, consisting of the large anti-submarine ship Vice-Admiral Kulakov, the medium sea tanker Akademik Pashin and the rescue tugboat Altai, took up anti-piracy watch in the Gulf of Guinea in early October." Russia's southern Sea of Okhotsk.
Well, basically, Good on 'em.
The next port call the the MV makes, there better be an owner's rep there, because with the captain's safe looted, there's no money for port fee, supplies, fuel, etc. Frequently paid in cash.
Posted by: ed in texas ||
10/27/2021 11:12 Comments ||
[JPost] Damn that OrangeManBad and his son-in-law!
Prior to the opening of Saudi airspace, El Al’s planes had to follow a long, winding route to Mumbai in order to avoid Saudi airspace.
An Israeli private jet landed in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia on Tuesday morning, per KAN news, marking the first time a flight from Israel has ever landed in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
The news comes just a day after the first flight from Saudi Arabia landed in Israel, as an Emirati 737 Royal Jet landed in Ben-Gurion airport Monday evening.
This is the latest among improving regional ties for Israel: agreements to normalize ties with four nations— UAE, Bahrain, Morocco and Sudan— have been realized since the 2020 Abraham Accords.
While there remain no commercial flights between Saudi Arabia and Israel, as the two states share no official relations, the flights are a considerable advancement in Saudi-Israeli relations, as both nations finally opened their airspaces to each other just last year.
Surrounded by nations that have clashed with Israel in the past, free air travel is not something that is taken for granted in Israel. Along the 2020 normalization of ties with Bahrain, Sudan, Morocco and the UAE was the opening of airspaces to Israeli flights, along with announcements of direct flights to Dubai, Morocco, and Bahrain.
[JPost] Somebody's overreaching. Time to send in the lethal help Haiti's streets were unusually quiet on Tuesday and gasoline stations remained dry as gangs blocked the entrance to ports that hold fuel stores and the country's main gang boss demanded that Prime Minister Ariel Henry resign.
Days-long fuel shortages have left Haitians with few transportation options and forced the closure of some businesses. Hospitals, which rely on diesel generators to ensure electricity due to constant blackouts, may shut down as well.
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Haiti Crippled by Fuel Shortages as Gang Leader Demands Rival Gang Leader Resign
Time to send in the lethal help
It sounds so harsh when you put it like that. Mr Gang Boss just needs to have things explained in a way he can understand. Given that gang gangs are probably a bit more lethal than the government gang, likely outside help will be needed. Anyone got the phone number for Wagner Group?
Direct Translation via Google Translate. Edited.
[KavkazUzel] A resident of Karachay-Cherkessia in 2012 moved to Syria and joined the militants, investigators suggested. The woman was put on the international wanted list.
According to the investigation, the native of the Prikubansky region flew from Russia to Turkey on October 25, 2012, from where she arrived in Syria.
ISIS declared itself independent in 2014, but Al Nusra fought against the Assad government for Raqqa in 2012-13, so it might have been them.
"Being in the city of Raqqa, sharing the religious-extremist ideology, she entered and took an active part in the activities of the armed formation," the press service of the ICR department for Karachay-Cherkessia said today.
A criminal case against a 34-year-old woman was opened by the Ust-Dzhegutinsky interdistrict investigation department of the department. The case is being investigated in accordance with part 2 of Article 208 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation (participation on the territory of a foreign state in an armed formation not provided for by the legislation of this state, for purposes contrary to the interests of the Russian Federation).
"The woman has been put on the international wanted list. The court has chosen a preventive measure against her in the form of detention," says a message posted on the department's website.
Part 2 of Article 208 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation provides for eight to 15 years in prison.
"Caucasian Knot" wrote about other cases of criminal prosecution of residents of Karachay-Cherkessia, accused of helping Syrian militants.
So, on August 27, the Sledkom reported on the start of an investigation into the case of a resident of the village of Kardonikskaya. According to investigators, in June 2015, a woman flew from Russia to Turkey, from where she arrived in Syria, where she helped treat members of a terrorist organization.
In July, a native of the village of Storozhevaya, Zelenchuksky District, was also suspected of participating in the activities of a terrorist organization . According to the investigation, the woman has been in Syria since 2016 and works as a doctor in a hospital where she treats militants.
[DW] The Polish military has announced plans to more than double its troop numbers, as the country faces security and migration challenges on its eastern border.
The Polish government revealed a homeland defense bill on Tuesday, which could see a massive boost to the country's military.
The leader of the ruling Law and Justice party (PiS), Jaroslaw Kaczynski, who is also deputy prime minister, said the bill comes as a response to current global trends and Poland's political geography.
Speaking at a news conference in Warsaw, Kaczynski cited "Russia's imperial ambitions" and the migrant challenge on its eastern border with Belarus as top security challenges.
"If we want to avoid the worst, that is war, we have to act according to the old rule: 'If you want peace, prepare for war,'"Kaczynski said.
WHAT DOES THE DEFENSE PLAN ENTAIL?
Both Kaczynski and Polish Defense Minister Mariusz Blaszczak jointly presented the defense proposal.
Troop numbers would more than double from the current number of 110,000 to 250,000 soldiers, along with 50,000 reserve troops.
Kaczynski said the plan entails purchasing military equipment produced in the US and elsewhere in the EU.
The boost in troop numbers would not require a return to compulsory national service, the officials said.
Blaszczak said that an Armed Forces Support Fund would be started to support the plan, with funding coming by way of government secured-bonds.
While no exact figures were given, officials said funding would work out to be significantly more than the 2% of gross domestic product, which is the benchmark for defense spending by NATO ...the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. A collection of multinational and multilingual and multicultural armed forces, all of differing capabilities, working toward a common goal by pulling in different directions... member states.
The proposed bill stills need to be signed off by parliament and the country's president.
[AlAhram] Paleostine has decided to appeal to United Nations ...boodling on the grand scale... (UN) agencies and international courts to stop the Israeli settlement plans and other measures in the West Bank and East Jerusalem, the official Paleostinian news agency WAFA reported Monday.
The decision was made during a joint meeting of the executive committee of the Paleostine Liberation Organization and the central committee of the Fatah party, according to the report.
The meeting was chaired by Paleostinian President the ineffectual Mahmoud Abbas ...aka Abu Mazen, a graduate of the prestigious unaccredited Patrice Lumumba University in Moscow with a doctorate in Holocaust Denial. While no Yasser Arafat, he has his own brand of evil, just a little more lowercase.... at his office in the West Bank city of Ramallah on Sunday night. Leaders of Paleostinian factions and chiefs of various security apparatuses attended the meeting.
A statement issued at the end of the meeting said that the Paleostinian leadership has decided to address all the world's leaders and appeal to international agencies against the Israeli settlements in Paleostine, said WAFA.
"The decision was made to urge the world to take proper measures against the Israeli settlement and other hostile actions in Paleostine," the statement said, adding that "Paleostine is to call for ensuring international protection to the Paleostinian people."
On Sunday, media reported that Israel has issued tenders for the construction of around 1,355 new housing units in the existing West Bank settlements.
Israeli settlements are the thorniest issue in the Paleostinian-Israeli conflict and one of the main reasons for the failure of the last round of direct peace negotiations between the two sides in 2014.
Israel occupied the West Bank and East Jerusalem, which are claimed by the Paleostinians, in the 1967 Middle East war and has controlled them ever since.
[Rudaw] Every month, thousands of people from Iraq and the Kurdistan Region leave the country, taking risky journeys in hopes of finding a better life abroad, the head of a foundation working with refugees and displaced persons told Rudaw on Tuesday.
"In the first ten months of 2021, around 37,000 people from Kurdistan Region and Iraq have left the country, and migration continues," the head of Summit (Lutka) Foundation for Refugee and Displaced Affairs Ari Jalal told Rudaw. This figure is only people who have left the country illegally.
Jalal added that during that period, ten people have died en route to Europa ...the land mass occupying the space between the English Channel and the Urals, also known as Moslem Lebensraum... and 12 migrants colonists remain missing.
According to Lutka data, in the past seven years over 633,000 people from Kurdistan Region and Iraq have migrated abroad. Of them, 261 have died on the way.
The migrants colonists often take dangerous and illegal routes and many have gotten stuck in Belarus, Syria, and Libya.
In June, more than 140 Iraqi and Kurdish immigrants colonists directed a message to the United Nations ...a lucrative dumping ground for the relatives of dictators and party hacks... refugee agency (UNHCR) through the International Federation of Iraqi Refugees (IFIR), asking for help. They said they were forced to migrate "due to the instability of the Kurdistan Region and Iraq in terms of security, politics and religion."
The refugee federation sent a letter to the UNHCR at the time appealing for assistance for Iraqi refugees, stating that keeping them in camps for long periods of time and general poor treatment has made their lives "extremely difficult."
Iraqi refugees and displaced persons are "committing suicide, [suffering from] psychological illness, and frequent fires have led to their camps being burnt down in Greece, Iraq, Syria and other countries," it stated.
The Iraqi government is shutting down its camps, but the Kurdistan Region has kept its open. According to the Joint Crisis Coordination (JCC), which oversees camps in the Kurdistan Region, it hosts more than 660,000 displaced Iraqis and more people are entering the Region than returning home.
[AnNahar] Israel has said it is opening its border to agricultural workers from neighboring Leb ...The Lebs have the curious habit of periodically murdering their heads of state or prime ministers, a practice dating back to the heady days of human sacrifice to Baal Moloch... , with which it is technically at war, to pick olives.
"In light of the economic situation in Lebanon, and as a gesture of goodwill to the Lebanese people, the IDF opened the border to agricultural workers from Mays al-Jabal, Aitaroun and Blida," an Israeli army statement read.
"The IDF allowed the workers to cross the Blue Line, to a certain extent, allowing them to harvest olive trees in Israeli territory," the statement added, referring to the 2000 U.N.-drawn demarcation line.
An Israeli army front man told AFP several groups had been allowed across since October 10.
The statement said the United Nations ...boodling on the grand scale... Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) overseeing a buffer zone between the two states had "reported the gesture" to the Lebanese side.
Tensions had been escalating afresh between the two sides since August, when Israel carried out its first air strikes on Lebanese territory in seven years and Hizbullah ...Party of God, a Leb militia inspired, founded, funded and directed by Iran. Hizbullah refers to itself as The Resistance and purports to defend Leb against Israel, with whom it has started and lost one disastrous war to date, though it did claim victory... claimed a direct rocket attack on Israeli soil for the first time since 2019.
In 2006, the most recent large-scale confrontation between Israel and Hizbullah left some 1,200 Lebanese dead, mainly civilians, as well as 160 Israelis, mostly soldiers.
That month-long engagement ended in a U.N.-backed ceasefire.
Lebanon and Israel last year began historic U.N.-brokered talks on setting their maritime border, even though the discussions are currently stymied.
Lebanon has for the past two years been mired in economic, political and social crisis and its residents are subject to draconian banking restrictions preventing easy access to money.
Meanwhile the local currency has plummeted some 90 percent against the dollar on the black market. Around 80 percent of the population are struggling to escape poverty amid ballooning inflation and shortages of fuel, medicine and electricity.
[IsraelTimes] Some parts of attack plans for Tehran’s nuclear sites will be viable shortly, others could take over a year, ToI learns; raids on Iranian proxies in Syria getting more difficult.
The Israeli Air Force will begin practicing for a strike on Iran’s nuclear program beginning next year, having set aside funding and updated its training schedule for the mission, The Times of Israel has learned.
[JPost] The US would need Israel’s approval to open a consulate, and the current government in Jerusalem opposes the move.
US Senator Bill Hagerty of Tennessee, along with 33 other Republican senators, introduced a bill on Tuesday meant to block the Biden administration from opening a consulate serving Palestinians in Jerusalem.
The Upholding the 1995 Jerusalem Embassy Law Act of 2021 is meant to ensure the full implementation of the 1995 Jerusalem Embassy Act and stop what Hagerty views as the Biden administration’s attempted subversion of that law.
US President Joe Biden has said he will not reverse former president Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.
However, Biden promised in his election campaign that he would reopen the consulate to the Palestinians in Jerusalem, which was merged into the US Embassy to Israel in 2018, when Trump implemented the 1995 law and moved the embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.
Secretary of State Antony Blinken and other US officials have said they will reopen the consulate, which was historically in a building on Agron Street in downtown Jerusalem.
The US would need Israel’s approval to open a consulate, and the current Israeli government opposes the move.
Hagerty said: "It is regrettable that the Biden administration insists on making moves that divide the United States and Israel when our two nations should be laser-focused on stopping Iran’s terror-sponsoring regime from going nuclear, on countering growing threats from Hezbollah, Hamas, and other Iran-backed terrorist groups, and on strengthening and expanding the historic Abraham Accords that truly have increased peace in the Middle East."
"The Trump administration kept its promise to move the US Embassy to Jerusalem, the eternal and indivisible capital of the Jewish State, and Congress must do everything in our power to strengthen our posture," he added.
The new act quotes the 1995 law, which states, "Jerusalem should remain an undivided city," and calls for it to be recognized as the capital of Israel and the relocation of the US Embassy.
It also quotes the Foreign Relations Authorization Act, Fiscal Year 2003, which states: "None of the funds authorized to be appropriated by this act may be expended for the operation of a United States consulate or diplomatic facility in Jerusalem unless such consulate or diplomatic facility is under the supervision of the United States Ambassador to Israel."
As such, the bill says: "It is the policy of the United States... to uphold, preserve and reaffirm United States recognition of Jerusalem as the eternal capital of the State of Israel and an undivided city in which the rights of every ethnic and religious group are protected; to maintain the United States Embassy to the State of Israel in Jerusalem, the capital of the State of Israel; and not to reopen, open or otherwise maintain a United States Embassy, Consulate General, Legation, Consular Office or any other diplomatic facility in Jerusalem other than the United States Embassy to the State of Israel."
It would also amend the Foreign Service Buildings Act to add a prohibition against using funds for a US diplomatic facility in Jerusalem other than under the US Embassy to Israel.
The cosponsors of Hagerty’s bill are Senators John Barrasso (R-Wyoming), Marsha Blackburn (R-Tennessee), John Boozman (R-Arkansas), Mike Braun (R-Indiana), Bill Cassidy (R-Louisiana), Susan Collins (R-Maine), Tom Cotton (R-Arkansas), Kevin Cramer (R-North Dakota), Mike Crapo (R-Indiana), Ted Cruz (R-Texas), Josh Hawley (R-Missouri), Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-Mississippi), James Inhofe (R-Oklahoma), James Lankford (R-Oklahoma), Mike Lee (R-Utah), Cynthia Lummis (R-Wyoming), Roger Marshall (R-Kansas), James Risch (R-Idaho), Marco Rubio (R-Florida), Ben Sasse (R-Nebraska), Rick Scott (R-Florida), Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska), Pat Toomey (R-Pennsylvania), Thom Tillis (R-North Carolina), Tommy Tuberville (R-Alabama), Roger Wicker (R-Mississippi) and Todd Young (R-Indiana).
Republicans and Democrats are tied in the Senate, but Vice President Kamala Harris casts the tie-breaking vote, making the chance of the bill passing slim.
[IsraelTimes] Limited number of centrifuges set up to enrich beyond 20%, but product is not being kept, IAEA says in report seen by Rooters.
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 the same idea as Stürmabteilung (or SA). The term Supreme Guide is a the modern version form of either Duce or Führer or maybe both. They hate JewsZionists Jews. Their economy is based on the production of oil and vitriol... has taken another step to increase its enrichment activities in purifying uranium beyond 20 percent, Rooters reported Monday, citing a report by the International Atomic Agency.
The move at Iran’s Natanz plant is likely aimed at building knowledge of the refinement process, the report said, as the product from changes to centrifuges is not being kept.
Though Iran already enriches uranium to 60% at Natanz, research to improve enrichment methods is opposed by Western powers, as it is irreversible and builds Iran’s ability to produce weapons-grade uranium.
"On 25 October 2021, the Agency verified that Iran began feeding (uranium hexafluoride gas) enriched up to 20% U-235 into a single IR-6 centrifuge in R&D line 2 at PFEP," the IAEA said in its report.
"The resulting product and tails streams were being re-combined," the IAEA report noted, meaning that the enriched uranium was not being stored.
In response to the developments, the IAEA report said it will "increase the frequency and intensity of its safeguards activities" at the Pilot Fuel Enrichment Plant, an aboveground facility located at the Natanz site.
A statement from the IAEA outlining the report said that, last week, Iran had notified that it planned to make changes involving uranium enriched up to 20% in the setup of clusters of small to medium-sized enrichment centrifuges at Natanz. However, there's more than one way to stuff a chicken... so far, those additional machines have not been fed, according to the IAEA report.
Earlier this month, the head of Iran’s atomic energy agency said the country has enriched more than 120 kilograms of 20% enriched uranium.
In September, the IAEA reported that Iran had boosted its stocks enriched above the percentage allowed in a deal with world powers known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action.
The IAEA had estimated that Iran had 84.3 kilos of uranium enriched to 20% (up from 62.8 kilos when the IAEA last reported in May).
Under the JCPOA, Iran was not meant to enrich uranium above 3.67%, well below the 90% threshold needed for use in a nuclear weapon.
On Monday US Special Envoy for Iran Robert Malley said Iran’s explanations for staying away from nuclear talks in Vienna are "wearing thin."
Malley said Washington is increasingly concerned Iran will choose to continue to delay the resumption of nuclear talks or come back to the negotiations with unrealistic demands. The US is intensifying "in the coming days and weeks" its diplomacy and consulting with allies on steps should Iran choose that path, according to Malley.
Though the preference is to find a diplomatic solution, Malley reiterated that the US will use "other tools" to stop Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons if the Vienna talks fail.
[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] Leb ...The Lebs have the curious habit of periodically murdering their heads of state or prime ministers, a practice dating back to the heady days of human sacrifice to Baal Moloch... ’s top Christian holy man on Tuesday said the country’s three leading politicians agreed to a "solution" to political tensions and government paralysis tied to high-profile judicial investigations.
"There is a constitutional and legal solution to the current crisis," Maronite Patriarch Bechara Boutros al-Rai said during a news conference after a day spent shuttling between the prime minister, the parliament speaker and president.
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Posted by: Fred ||
10/27/2021 00:00 ||
Top|| File under: Hezbollah
A multi-volume chronology and reference guide set detailing three years of the Mexican Drug War between 2010 and 2012.
Rantburg.com and borderlandbeat.com correspondent and author Chris Covert presents his first non-fiction work detailing
the drug and gang related violence in Mexico.
Chris gives us Mexican press dispatches of drug and gang war violence
over three years, presented in a multi volume set intended to chronicle the death, violence and mayhem which has
dominated Mexico for six years.