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Arabia
UAE: Qatar denying consequences of its policies is ‘strange’
[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] The UAE Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Anwar Gargash, tweeted on Thursday that 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...
denying the "damages" caused by its policies toward Bahrain, 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 other Arab countries is "strange."

Gargash said there were "conspiracies that were woven, tapes that were spread and bloodshed that was spilled that cannot be ignored."

He further described a "black chapter" in conspiring, yet we "hear of alleged wrongdoings" against Qatar.

The minister also dubbed Qatar’s diplomatic messages as "confusing." But he said their line of defense at least in the English language, which is not supporting of the Moslem Brüderbund and al-Qaeda affiliate al-Nusra
...formally Jabhat an-Nusrah li-Ahli al-Sham (Support Front for the People of the Levant), also known as al-Qaeda in the Levant. They aim to establish a pan-Arab caliphate. Not the same one as the Islamic State, though .. ...
Front in Syria is a "positive step," which he hopes to be implemented.

Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain and Egypt have all boycotted Qatar over its support to terrorism. On Wednesday, the foreign ministers of the four countries met in Cairo to discuss the next move against Qatar.

In their joint statement, they said that the next meeting will be held in Manama.

The four countries - Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain ‐ also thanked the Emir of Kuwait for his mediation efforts.

Gargash also said in a tweet after the Cairo meeting on Wednesday that the official Qatari response deserved the neglect it received at the conference, stressing that the next steps would increase the isolation of Doha.


Posted by: Fred || 07/07/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [292 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Qatar (MB)

#1  MAYBE you may keep Al Jazeera, but you will not maintain Moslem Brotherhood as an antagonist to your Neighbors.

It is understandable to point out corruption, In some cases a duty.

You are using you massed wealth to de-stabalize your Neighbors and this has been very deadly for more people than you may know.

I will tell you this, you need to find a way to cut away from that bad parachute ride you helped fund because I AM IS coming for them.

You have not complied for what Our Mission in this pressure was meant to bring. The range of consequence was and remains large.

When I say OUR, I mean more of a Plenary definition. Not the US (unless they say so)

But where we are is you have been bullying your Neighbors and have sponsored a politicized Islamic group.

One that has spread various havoc across the Middle East and the Earth in it's entirety.

It is a state sponsored mafia.
Otherwise, this shit should have been eradicated after WWII, NO?

They are the inspiration for the real nazis.
Were and are with the Grand Mufti in Jerusalem proscribing "final solution" bullshit.

So, on this, you better move fast, Quatar.
And mean it.


Handle the rest later.
Posted by: newc || 07/07/2017 2:14 Comments || Top||


Bahrain FM: Muslim Brotherhood is a terrorist group
[Al Jazeera] Bahrain's Foreign Minister Khalid bin Ahmed al-Khalifa has called the Moslem Brüderbund movement a "terrorist" group, amid an ongoing Gulf diplomatic crisis in which four countries severed diplomatic ties with 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...
Last month Bahrain, 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 United Arab Emirates and Egypt cut ties with Qatar - accusing it of supporting the Moslem Brüderbund and harbouring "terrorism" in the region. Qatar has strongly denied
No, no! Certainly not!
the charges.

The foreign ministers of the four states convened in Cairo on Wednesday after receiving Doha’s response to the list of demands earlier this week.

Speaking at the news conference after the meeting, Khalid bin Ahmed said that the Moslem Brüderbund movement "shed the blood" of Egyptian people and had "conspired against our states".

"We consider the Moslem Brüderbund a terrorist group and anyone who shows sympathy with them will be tried on this basis," Khalid bin Ahmed said.
Posted by: Fred || 07/07/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [223 views] Top|| File under: Muslim Brotherhood


Houthis Exclude Saleh by Monopolizing Coup Council
Riyadh – As Houthi rebels refused to hand over the leadership of the political council to the General People’s Congress, which is headed by former Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh, questions were raised over the escalating dispute between Yemen’s two insurgent groups.

An agreement reached between the Houthis and Saleh supporters in July 2016 stipulated that Houthis and the General People’s Congress should assume the presidency of the so-called political council by rotation.

However, during an extraordinary meeting held in Sanaa on Tuesday, Houthi rebels have agreed to extend the term of the current president and their own representative, Saleh al-Sammad, whose term was supposed to end in December 2016.

In this regard, the insurgents led news agency, Saba, reported that the members of the political council have unanimously agreed, during their extraordinary meeting, to extend the current president’s term for two consecutive terms of four months each.

The members justified their decision by claiming that it reflected “satisfaction with the performance of the current presidency in light of the complexities of the situation.”

Based on the former agreement between the insurgency allies, the current presidency should be handed over to the General People’s Congress and its allies.

Yemeni political writer Hamdan al-Alyi said that these measures represented an intentional concession by Saleh and his allies in order to further implicate the Houthis in the coming days.

In remarks to Asharq al-Awsat newspaper, Alyi said: “This measure (and the concession) in favor of the Houthis is aimed at involving them more (in the state administration) because Saleh and the General People’s Congress do not want to assume the responsibility of the state administration in such a situation.”

“The Congress and Saleh know very well that if they assume power, the first issue they will have to face is the employees’ salaries – an issue that is difficult to deal with at this stage,” he added.
Posted by: badanov || 07/07/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [172 views] Top|| File under: Houthis


Bangladesh
Hefazat accuses India of racial oppression with cow vigilantism
[Dhaka Tribune] Salafist platform Hefajat-e-Islam
...a madrassa-based false nose and mustache of the Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami, formed in 2010 to protest against secular education. In 2011 demonstrated violentyly against women's rights and in 2013 held large rallies demanding capital punishment of Shahbag Square protesters and banning women working outside the home...
Bangladesh condemned and expressed grave concerns over the cow vigilantism in India.

The Qawmi madrasa-based organization claimed the cow vigilantes were actively colluding with the state.

The Islamist platform also urged the international community to play a more effective role in protecting the Moslem community in India.

Junayed Babunagari, secretary general of Hefajat-e-Islam Bangladesh also urged the government of Bangladesh to convey its concerns to India to cease the "ongoing repression on the Moslem people."

The accusations and concerns were delivered via a blurb on Thursday.

The Hefazat leader referred to one of BJP’s election slogans "Vote for Modi, give life to the cow," while highlighting the fact that India is among the two largest beef-exporting countries in the world, the other being Brazil.

"India meets 25% of the global beef demand and earns $4bn from it. Regrettably, the Indian government is trying to control the people’s diet," complained Babunagari.

"Moslems are sadly becoming victims of cow vigilantism in India. Indian politicians believing in ’Hindutva’ are inciting violence against Moslems," Babunagari lamented.

Posted by: Fred || 07/07/2017 00:40 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [324 views] Top|| File under: Hefajat-e-Islam

#1  In other subcontinental cow news...

Women in India are wearing cow masks
Posted by: Hupump Grundy6146 || 07/07/2017 20:29 Comments || Top||


Britain
Sadiq Khan calls on home secretary to fully ban Hezbollah
*shrug* They're Shiites, which makes them icky.
[IsraelTimes] Sadiq Khan has urged Amber Rudd to outlaw the terror group’s political and military wing, becoming the most high-profile figure to do so in recent weeks.

Figures from across the political spectrum have called for a change in the law to proscribe the political wing, just as the military wing already is. Hezbollah ‐ whose own leaders acknowledge the two wings are one in the same thing ‐ is banned in full by the US, Canada and the Arab League
...an organization of Arabic-speaking states with 22 member countries and four observers. The League tries to achieve Arab consensus on issues, which usually leaves them doing nothing but a bit of grimacing and mustache cursing...
The loophole in the law was exposed during the latest parade when organisers pinned disclaimers to the rifle-laden flags stressing specific support for the political wing.

Posted by: trailing wife || 07/07/2017 03:06 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [179 views] Top|| File under: Hezbollah


Manchester Arena attacker 'did NOT act alone': Terrorist carried bomb around city centre for hours before targeting Ariana Grande gig as police reveal they've found explosives at a 'number of addresses'
[DailyMail]
  • Suicide bomber Salman Abedi detonated device at Ariana Grande concert

  • He killed 22 people, including seven children in May

  • Police revealed today that they do not believe the 22-year-old acted alone

  • Investigator says Abedi wasn't part of 'large network', but more arrests likely

  • A total of 21 people have been arrested, of which twelve were released without charge.

This article starring:
Salman Abedi
Posted by: trailing wife || 07/07/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [439 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

#1  and, it seems he probably used a student loan and various other welfare funds to buy the bomb components
Posted by: lord garth || 07/07/2017 0:22 Comments || Top||

#2  Gee, seems like a lot of people knew. Thankfully the moderates didn't let him get away with it, eh?
Posted by: Rob Crawford || 07/07/2017 6:44 Comments || Top||

#3  'The searches that we conducted on average took eight days to complete. The digital exhibits we've seized contain over three million files and 15 terabytes. We have now nearly 16,000 hours of CCTV and we anticipate it will take many months to work through this.
'We have taken 755 statements and there are 3,200 people who form part of the investigation.  


The authorities seem to be turning over many stones during the investigation a posteriori. Now if they could've done some of this a priori.

Of course he didn't do this alone. He traveled to Libya. He picked up some sophisticated bomb-making knowledge somewhere (probably Libya).
Posted by: JohnQC || 07/07/2017 9:08 Comments || Top||

#4  Of course he didn't do this alone. He traveled to Libya.

Dad and all Dad's friends belonged to an Al Qaeda-linked group in the old days -- that's why Britain gave them asylum decades ago. Sonnyboy didn't need to find a cell, everybody from the olde country was already part of it, active or not.

And to whom did those other addresses where bombs were stashed belong?
Posted by: trailing wife || 07/07/2017 13:26 Comments || Top||

#5  And to whom did those other addresses where bombs were stashed belong?

Fantastic phrasing!
Posted by: Skidmark || 07/07/2017 17:42 Comments || Top||

#6  :-)
Posted by: trailing wife || 07/07/2017 17:50 Comments || Top||


Europe
First Christian Syria Refugees Land in France under Corridor Scheme
[AnNahar] The first 16 Syrian refugees to be resettled in La Belle France under a "humanitarian corridor" scheme organized with Christian groups arrived in Gay Paree late Wednesday.

"For the first time in seven years I feel safe," said one of the group, a 59-year-old who gave his name as Nasser, as he stepped off the plane from Leb at Charles de Gaulle airport to applause from families and activists who had come to welcome them.

"In seven years I have never felt peace like today," said Nasser, who is originally from Homs and had been a refugee in Leb since 2013.

He is due to resettle in the southwestern French city of Pau with his wife, their son and their daughter, who is wheelchair-bound.

A total of 500 refugees are due to be resettled across La Belle France by 2018 under a deal signed between the French state and five Christian organizations in March.

The Christian groups will finance the hosting of the refugees, with the state granting them visas and refugee status.

Isabelle Yard, a 57-year-old teacher, said she was "extremely moved" to be greeting Iraqi couple Raphi, Racha and their 15-year-old daughter Perla to take them home to her village, Combas, in southern La Belle France.

She added she was "a little worried" too, hoping that the family "will not be disappointed" as the village, home to 600 people, is rather isolated.

A group of 50 residents has mobilized to welcome the family and has been preparing for months, she said.

"Some give money, others give time. A couple have made their house available," Yard said.

Francois Clavairoly, head of the French Protestant federation, said the hosts had pledged to feed and house the refugees but also help to integrate them "legally and culturally."

La Belle France is the second country in Europe to institute a "humanitarian corridor" scheme of this kind, after Italia.
Posted by: trailing wife || 07/07/2017 02:53 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [191 views] Top|| File under:


Polish Government Seats Trump Beside Painting of Sobieski
Wonderfully unsubtle.
[BREITBART] President Donald Trump
...New York real estate developer, described by Dems as illiterate, racist, misogynistic, and what ever other unpleasant descriptions they can think of, elected by the rest of us as 45th President of the United States...
’s first photo-call in Poland after his arrival in Air Force One was with President Andrzej Duda and saw him sat beside an oil painting of a prominent figure in Polish history and folklore -- the 17th-century king who kicked Islam out of Central Europe and is remembered as "the Hammer of the Turks".

Warsaw’s Royal Palace, where the meeting took place -- lavishly reconstructed after it was dynamited by Nazi German troops during the Second World War -- benefits from a surfeit of grand rooms and hundreds of works of art.

From oils of kings and statesmen by artists such as Rembrandt to impressive murals and sculpture, the Polish authorities had a great deal of choice for where to host the symbolic first meeting of President Trump’s first European visit.

It may be seen as a remarkable coincidence, therefore, that of all the rooms and of all the paintings, they chose to sit President Trump besides a portrait of one of Poland’s best-known warrior kings. King Jan (John) III Sobieski is today remembered and celebrated in Poland, and elsewhere in Central Europe, for his pivotal role at the Battle of Vienna in September 1683.
Posted by: Fred || 07/07/2017 00:18 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [437 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Deus Vult!

Posted by: Crinetle Glusosh3466 || 07/07/2017 3:32 Comments || Top||

#2  Long memories them Poles.
Posted by: Classer || 07/07/2017 5:39 Comments || Top||

#3  The thing is Poland has always been to close to Russia and the jihads in the Balkans. The assholes are way too close. It has been, "It's Monday night Abdul, why don't unplug from the goats, get on our horses, and ride for an hour into Poland.
Posted by: Ulains Thuque6389 || 07/07/2017 8:35 Comments || Top||

#4  Polish made short work of one wave outside Vienna.
Posted by: DarthVader || 07/07/2017 9:58 Comments || Top||

#5  Not just at Vienna, he led a number of ass kickings so that when they showed up in relief of Vienna after one of those impossible marches where the army shows up where no army should appear, the Ottomans thoroughly wet themselves.

Jan Sobieski: The King who Saved Europe
by Miltiades Varvounis

Dude was a Hoss, at court and on horseback.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 07/07/2017 16:03 Comments || Top||


The Grand Turk
Turkey detains 12 at human rights meeting in island hotel: Media
[AlAhram] Ottoman Turkish police have detained 12 people, including the local director of Amnesia Amnesty International and other human rights
...which are usually entirely different from personal liberty...
activists, on an island near Istanbul, media said on Thursday, in a move Amnesty branded a "grotesque abuse of power".

The detentions came less than a month after a court ordered the arrest of the chairman of Amnesty's The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...the only place on the face of the earth that misses the Ottoman Empire....
branch, Taner Kilic, on charges of "membership of a terrorist organization" in a crackdown following an attempted military coup in July 2016. Kilic remains in jail pending trial.

Amnesty Turkey Director Idil Eser and the others were taken to a cop shoppe on Wednesday evening after meeting at a hotel on Buyukada, an island just south of Istanbul, Hurriyet newspaper said. It was not clear why they were being held.

Amnesty called for the group's release, saying it was "profoundly disturbed and outraged" at the detentions during a digital security and information management workshop.

Among those detained with Eser were seven human rights defenders, two foreign trainers ‐ a German and a Swedish national ‐ as well as the hotel owner, Amnesty's statement said.

Since the failed putsch, Turkey has incarcerated
Maw! They're comin' to get me, Maw!
more than 50,000 people pending trial and suspended or dismissed some 150,000, including soldiers, police, teachers and public servants, over alleged links with terrorist groups.

The purge has also led to the closure of some 130 media outlets and jailing of 150 journalists and has worried Turkey's Western allies and rights groups, who say President Tayyip Erdogan is using the coup as a pretext to muzzle dissent.

More than 240 people were killed in last year's coup attempt, and the government has said the security measures are necessary because of the gravity of the threats facing Turkey.

Amnesty Turkey's chairman was detained in early June with 22 other lawyers over alleged links to the network of Moslem holy man Fethullah Gulen
... a Turkish preacher living in Pennsylvania whom the current govt of Turkey considers responsible for all the ills afflicting Turkey and possibly the entire world...
, whom Ankara blames for the failed coup.
Posted by: trailing wife || 07/07/2017 02:53 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [207 views] Top|| File under: Sublime Porte


Home Front: Politix
Federal judge denies Hawaii's motion to expand exceptions on travel ban
Some legal sanity prevails
[HawaiiNewsNow] A federal judge has denied an emergency motion filed by the State of Hawaii that would broaden the familial exceptions to President Trump's travel ban.

In a motion filed by the state after the U.S. Supreme Court reinstated portions of the ban on June 26, Attorney General Doug Chin argued that the Trump administration wrongly excluded grandparents and other relatives from the list of family members who can obtain visas to travel to the United States.
Buuuut we neeeed more terrorists!
Under the ban, people from the six Muslim-majority nations that are impacted by the ban who sought new visas need to have either a 'close relationship' with a family member – parent, spouse, son, daughter, son-in-law, daughter-in-law or sibling – or an entity such as a business within the United States.

Last week, attorneys for the federal government said that the 'close' family relationships allowed under the President Trump's travel ban were based on definitions outlined by immigration law.

The state's emergency motion – denied on Thursday by Judge Derrick Watson in Honolulu – sought to make sure that the ban couldn't be enforced against other family members, such as grandparents, aunts and uncles.
Legal speak for, "Supreme Court has spoken, so eat a dick"
In his ruling, Watson reasoned that since the portion of the ban Hawaii was seeking to clarify was authored by the Supreme Court, the state's lawyers should seek clarification directly from them.

"This Court will not upset the Supreme Court's careful balancing and "equitable judgment" ... nor would this district court presume to substitute its own understanding of the stay for that of the originating Court's "exercise of discretion and judgment," said Watson.

Attorney General Chin says the court's ruling was procedural and shouldn't be considered a decision in either party's favor.
You lose idiots, but I'll be political about it
"He declined to address the specific merits of our request to clarify the scope of the injunction of the travel and refugee bans," Chin said in a statement. "While we understand Judge Watson's direction to address our request to the United States Supreme Court, we must evaluate that against the normal course of order as it relates to appeals and the clarification of injunctions.

"Whatever course it takes, we will get this resolved," he added.
Yeah... don't hold your breath. The Supreme Court was pretty fucking specific.

And I would prefer to have this resolved with all of these morons being ejected out the back of a C-130 at 10,000 feet over the Atlantic (or Pacific, I'm flexible), keeping your hellspawn out of our country will do.

For now
Posted by: DarthVader || 07/07/2017 00:08 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [292 views] Top|| File under: Moslem Colonists


Home Front: WoT
DHS & FBI: Hackers Are Targeting Nuclear Facilities
Since May, hackers have been penetrating the computer networks of companies that operate nuclear power stations and other energy facilities, as well as manufacturing plants in the United States and other countries.
I'm not going to blame the scorpion, although I'd prosecute them where I could. Instead, I'll blame the frog for being stupid. No other approach will work.
Among the companies targeted was the Wolf Creek Nuclear Operating Corporation, which runs a nuclear power plant near Burlington, Kan., according to security consultants and an urgent joint report issued by the Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Bureau of Investigation last week.

The joint report was obtained by The New York Times and confirmed by security specialists who have been responding to the attacks. It carried an urgent amber warning, the second-highest rating for the sensitivity of the threat.

The report did not indicate whether the cyberattacks were an attempt at espionage -- such as stealing industrial secrets -- or part of a plan to cause destruction. There is no indication that hackers were able to jump from their victims’ computers into the control systems of the facilities, nor is it clear how many facilities were breached.

Wolf Creek officials said that while they could not comment on cyberattacks or security issues, no "operations systems" had been affected and that their corporate network and the internet were separate from the network that runs the plant.

In a joint statement with the F.B.I., a spokesman for the Department of Homeland Security said, "There is no indication of a threat to public safety, as any potential impact appears to be limited to administrative and business networks."

The hackers appeared determined to map out computer networks for future attacks, the report concluded. But investigators have not been able to analyze the malicious "payload" of the hackers’ code, which would offer more detail into what they were after.

John Keeley, a spokesman for the Nuclear Energy Institute, which works with all 99 electric utilities that operate nuclear plants in the United States, said nuclear facilities are required to report cyberattacks that relate to their "safety, security and operations." None have reported that the security of their operations was affected by the latest attacks, Mr. Keeley said.

In most cases, the attacks targeted people -- industrial control engineers who have direct access to systems that, if damaged, could lead to an explosion, fire or a spill of dangerous material, according to two people familiar with the attacks who could not be named because of confidentiality agreements.

The origins of the hackers are not known. But the report indicated that an "advanced persistent threat" actor was responsible, which is the language security specialists often use to describe hackers backed by governments.

The two people familiar with the investigation say that, while it is still in its early stages, the hackers’ techniques mimicked those of the organization known to cybersecurity specialists as "Energetic Bear," the Russian hacking group that researchers have tied to attacks on the energy sector since at least 2012.

Hackers wrote highly targeted email messages containing fake résumés for control engineering jobs and sent them to the senior industrial control engineers who maintain broad access to critical industrial control systems, the government report said.

The fake résumés were Microsoft Word documents that were laced with malicious code. Once the recipients clicked on those documents, attackers could steal their credentials and proceed to other machines on a network.

In some cases, the hackers also compromised legitimate websites that they knew their victims frequented -- something security specialists call a watering hole attack. And in others, they deployed what are known as man-in-the-middle attacks in which they redirected their victims’ internet traffic through their own machines.

Energy, nuclear and critical manufacturing organizations have frequently been targets for sophisticated cyberattacks. The Department of Homeland Security has called cyberattacks on critical infrastructure "one of the most serious national security challenges we must confront."

On May 11, during the attacks, President Trump signed an executive order to strengthen the cybersecurity defenses of federal networks and critical infrastructure. The order required government agencies to work with public companies to mitigate risks and help defend critical infrastructure organizations "at greatest risk of attacks that could reasonably result in catastrophic regional or national effects on public health or safety, economic security, or national security."

The order specifically addressed the threats from "electricity disruptions and prolonged power outages resulting from cybersecurity incidents."

Jon Wellinghoff, the former chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, said in an interview last week that while the security of United States’ critical infrastructure systems had improved in recent years, they were still vulnerable to advanced hacking attacks, particularly those that use tools stolen from the National Security Agency.

"We never anticipated that our critical infrastructure control systems would be facing advanced levels of malware," Mr. Wellinghoff said.

In 2008, an attack called Stuxnet that was designed by the United States and Israel to hit Iran’s main nuclear enrichment facility, demonstrated how computer attacks could disrupt and destroy physical infrastructure.

The government hackers infiltrated the systems that controlled Iran’s nuclear centrifuges and spun them wildly out of control, or stopped them from spinning entirely, destroying a fifth of Iran’s centrifuges.

In retrospect, Mr. Wellinghoff said that attack should have foreshadowed the threats the United States would face on its own infrastructure.

Critical infrastructure is increasingly controlled by Scada, or supervisory control and data acquisition systems. They are used by manufacturers, nuclear plant operators and pipeline operators to monitor variables like pressure and flow rates through pipelines. The software also allows operators to monitor and diagnose unexpected problems.

But like any software, Scada systems are susceptible to hacking and computer viruses. And for years, security specialists have warned that hackers could use remote access to these systems to cause physical destruction.
Posted by: gorb || 07/07/2017 07:56 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [231 views] Top|| File under:

#1  How about computers that do Micro Soft updates without being hooked to the internet that have wireless?
Posted by: Crinegum Ulaigum2776 || 07/07/2017 8:08 Comments || Top||

#2  I get a little suspicious when "FBI, DHS and Crowdstrike" appear in the same article about hacking. Now, if CIA appeared in the same article, I'd really get suspicious.
Posted by: JohnQC || 07/07/2017 8:37 Comments || Top||


US judge rejects Hawaii's bid to exempt grandparents from Trump travel ban
A US judge on Thursday rejected the state of Hawaii's bid to exempt grandparents from President Donald Trump's temporary travel ban, but he said the state could directly ask the US Supreme Court to clarify its ruling.

US District Judge Derrick Watson in Honolulu had been asked to interpret a ruling from the US Supreme Court that revived parts of Trump's March 6 executive order banning people from six Muslim-majority countries for 90 days.

The highest court let the ban go forward with a limited scope, saying it could not apply to anyone with a credible "bona fide relationship" with a US person or entity.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 07/07/2017 03:45 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [271 views] Top|| File under:

#1  I don't know what the arabic, polynesian, japanese or chinese word for "abuela" is. More importantly, I don't care...
Posted by: M. Murcek || 07/07/2017 6:38 Comments || Top||

#2  Is this so-called US District Judge a part of the left's Resist Movement?

1. SCOTUS decided this in the 1950 Knauff case.
2. It is completely within Trump's plenary rights as POTUS to control the flow of aliens/immigrants into our country for whatever reason. It is “inherent in the executive power to control the foreign affairs of the nation.”
3. It is not intended that the courts co-opt this plenary power of the executive branch.
Posted by: JohnQC || 07/07/2017 8:11 Comments || Top||


India-Pakistan
Haqqani network operates from Afghanistan, FO insists
[DAWN] Foreign Office (FO) spokesperson Nafees Zakaria on Thursday reiterated that the Haqqani Network operates from Afghanistan, not Pakistan.

His statement came a day after US Senator John McCain said that the US should change its ‘behaviour’ towards Pakistan if the latter "does not stop supporting the terrorist network".

During his weekly briefing, the FO spokesperson claimed that the Taliban and other terrorist outfits have been eliminated from Pakistan and that those surviving are functioning from Afghanistan. He also pointed out that most Haqqani leaders had been killed in Afghanistan.

Posted by: Fred || 07/07/2017 00:33 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [170 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Pakistan


McCain’s warning reflects changing mood in Washington towards Pakistan
[DAWN] US Senator John Maverick McCain
... the Senator-for-Life from Arizona, former presidential candidate and even more former foot soldier in the Reagan Revolution. As an ordinary citizen he greased the infamous hookers peeing on the Obamabed in Moscow dossier in an attempt to smear President Trump...
’s warning that if Pakistain does not stop supporting the Haqqani network, the United States should change its ’behaviour’ towards the Pak nation reflects the changing mood in Washington towards a country once considered a close ally.

Senator McCain, who was in Islamabad recently before flying over to Kabul, said he had conveyed this message to Pakistain’s civilian and military leaders as well.

"We have made it very clear that we expect they [Pakistain] will cooperate with us, particularly against the Haqqani network and against terrorist organizations," he said at a news briefing on Tuesday in Kabul.

"If they don’t change their behaviour, maybe we should change our behaviour towards Pakistain as a nation."

According to some Pak sources, the terse statement came even though during a briefing by top military officials Mr McCain and his team were repeatedly informed that Pakistain had severed its links with members of the Haqqani network. They added that if any bully boyz were found inside Pakistain they would be jugged
Maw! They're comin' to get me, Maw!
and prosecuted.

Posted by: Fred || 07/07/2017 00:29 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [210 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Pakistan


RAW paid Raymond Davis to write anti-Pakistan book, says Rehman Malik
[DAWN] Terming CIA contractor Raymond Davis’s book, The Contractor, a pack of lies, former interior minister Rehman Malik has claimed that India’s Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) had paid Davis to write the book in order to malign Pakistan’s army and democratic institutions.

Mr Malik, who was interior minister in 2011 when Davis was acquitted of shooting two people in Lahore, issued a detailed statement on Thursday regarding so far undisclosed developments that had unfolded in the aftermath of Davis’s arrest.

Mr Malik claimed that the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) government and the military establishment had decided not to release Davis till he was acquitted by a court of law. “A high-level meeting had decided that neither would Davis be deported nor would he be granted diplomatic immunity, and that we would wait for the decision of the court in the matter and no action would be taken through any executive order,” he said, adding that the name of Davis had been placed on the Exit Control List immediately.

He said that later in a meeting at the President House, the then Inter-Services Intelligence director general, Gen Shuja Pasha, had told the political leadership that the Americans wanted to exercise the right of Diyat (blood money) under Islamic law. “The matter was dealt with the cooperation of the Punjab government, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Interior,” he said.

Posted by: Fred || 07/07/2017 00:05 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [184 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Pakistan


Iraq
Kurdish leader: No turning back on independence bid
[Al Jazeera] Barzani expects 'Yes' vote for upcoming independence referendum, and seeks dialogue with Baghdad, not confrontation
Posted by: Fred || 07/07/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [174 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iraq


Israel-Palestine-Jordan
Following UNESCO's decision: Israel cuts UN funding in favor of a museum in Hebron
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has ordered an additional $ 1 million to be cut off from the funds donated by Israel to the United Nations following UNESCO's decision to declare the Cave of the Patriarchs and Hebron a Palestinian World Heritage Site.

The money that will be cut will be transferred for the establishment of the Museum for the Heritage of the Jewish People in Kiryat Arba and Hebron and other projects related to Jewish heritage in Hebron.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 07/07/2017 12:32 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [383 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Good call. Trump should do the same.
Posted by: Iblis || 07/07/2017 14:59 Comments || Top||

#2  HAHAHAHA!!! Awesome. Master Troll Level shit right there.
Posted by: DarthVader || 07/07/2017 15:41 Comments || Top||

#3  ONLY a mil????
Posted by: USN, Ret. || 07/07/2017 15:42 Comments || Top||

#4  ONLY a mil????

They have a number of German nuclear subs to pay for, USN, Ret., and preventing the Palestinians from murdering them all on the streets does not come cheap.

PM Netanyahu is enjoying President Trump's existence.
Posted by: trailing wife || 07/07/2017 19:06 Comments || Top||


Israel reportedly has US-made drones capable of launching grenades
Further down in the article, there is a link to another that suggests they also have a system with machine guns purchased from the US.
Aerodynamics and physics dictate that you can't quite strap an assault rifle onto a DJI Phantom and expect it to fly and hit a target. Florida company Duke Robotics has apparently devised a way to keep a drone steady while compensating for a gun's recoil. "Though a system of flexibly connected pates, the TIKAD distributes the backward momentum in a way that keeps the vehicle stationary in the air," Defense One writes. "A ten-pound robot gimbal allows six degrees of movement freedom and the ability to rapidly re-target the weapon and camera."

Supposedly the system can keep a UAV steady whether it has a grenade launcher for a payload, or a pistol -- so long as the weapon is under 22 pounds. The Israeli military reportedly has already bought a number of the TIKADs. Duke describes it as such: "The TIKAD allows us to utilize completely new capabilities against terrorist groups and reduce the number of deployed ground troops, and therefore, the number of casualties." The remote drones would keep soldiers off the front lines and thus, safer, and you can bet that police departments will be interested in these UAVs as well. Almost a year ago to the day, law enforcement officials in Dallas used an armed bomb-drone to kill a gunman following hours of attempted negotiations.

North Dakota recently passed a bill that allows for weaponized drones so long as they aren't "lethal," for instance. Then there's The Skunk by Desert Wolf that can fire 4,000 paintballs from a quartet of barrels mounted underneath, at a rate of 80 rounds-per-second. Now we have the ability to fire live ammunition from our unmanned aircraft. Yup, this is the future we live in.
How about one that just drops aerosolized skunk spray?
Posted by: gorb || 07/07/2017 08:56 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [255 views] Top|| File under:

#1  They're not telling us about their trained sharks, either.

That and their recent miniature military laser purchases.

And the head straps.
Posted by: Mullah Richard || 07/07/2017 9:31 Comments || Top||


Abbas: I'll Never Stop Paying Terrorists' Salaries, Even If It Costs Me My Job
[Breitbart Israel] TEL AVIV ‐ Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas has vowed to never cease paying terrorists their monthly salaries ‐ even if it costs him his job, according to an announcement on his party’s Facebook page Sunday.

"’Even if I will have to leave my position, I will not compromise on the salary (rawatib) of a Martyr (Shahid) or a prisoner, as I am the president of the entire Palestinian people, including the prisoners, the Martyrs, the injured, the expelled and the uprooted," a Palestinian Media Watch translation of Abbas’ quote on Fatah’s Facebook page said.

According to its 2016 budget, the PA currently pays 26,800 families of "Martyrs" a total of NIS 660 million ($183 million) per year and 6,500 terrorist prisoners receive PA salaries amounting to NIS 486 million ($135 million) per year.

The independent Arab news agency Wattan reported that senior Fatah official Jamal Muhaisen reiterated Abbas’ pledge to never suspend the terrorists’ stipends, and added that it wasn’t an issue of money but preserving the "historical narrative" of the Palestinian people in which terrorist martyrs who lose their lives while attacking Israelis are heroes.
Posted by: Besoeker || 07/07/2017 08:13 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [390 views] Top|| File under: Palestinian Authority

#1  as I am the president of the entire Palestinian people

Who keep voting you back into place, right?
Posted by: gorb || 07/07/2017 8:30 Comments || Top||

#2  What if it costs you your life?
Posted by: Skidmark || 07/07/2017 10:03 Comments || Top||

#3  President for life that is.

And from whence doth the money for salaries come? The mighty Palestinian economy?
Posted by: Thater Unusorong2836 || 07/07/2017 18:54 Comments || Top||

#4  "even if it costs me my job"
How about 'after it costs me my job'?
Posted by: ed in texas || 07/07/2017 19:39 Comments || Top||


Palestinian support for violence drops, survey finds
[Ynet] Paleostinians from the West Bank, Gazoo Strip and east Jerusalem are polled on hot button issues such as violence with Israel, PA and Hamas, the well-beloved offspring of the Moslem Brotherhood, leadership and the split between Paleostinian governance.

The majority of the Paleostinian public is opposed to actions being made by the Paleostinian Authority (PA) in the West Bank and by Hamas in the Gazoo Strip, fearing they could lead to further separation between the two territories, according to a new survey conducted among the Paleostinian population.

The survey was conducted by the Konrad Adenauer Foundation and the Paleostinian Center for Policy and Survey Research of Dr. Khalil Shikaki and interviewed Paleostinians from the Gazoo Strip, West Bank and east Jerusalem.

Among one of the most important issues facing Paleostinian society today is the matter of electrical power. According to the survey, 84% of respondents oppose the PA's decision to stop paying Israel for the electricity it supplies to the Gazoo Strip. Additionally, 88% of Paleostinians expressed opposition to PA salary cuts to Hamas government officials in the Gazoo Strip.

40% of Paleostinians believe these two moves by the PA are meant to put Gazoo under economic strain in the hope that it well lead to an uprising against Hamas. Furthermore, respondents indicated that the punitive measures will not lead to reconciliation between the two governing entities.

In regards to Hamas, 50% of respondents indicated that if Hamas comes to a power sharing agreement with Mohammed Dahlan in the Gazoo Strip, a total separation between the West Bank and the strip will occur.

Additionally, regarding Hamas elections, 43% believe that the election of 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...
and Yahya Sinwar will lead to an escalation of violence between Israel and Hamas, while 31% of respondents think that their election will reduce the chances of intra-Paleostinian reconciliation. 25% believe the election will strengthen the chances of ending the split.

It is worth noting that the vast majority of Paleostinian society does not believe the split will end in the near future.

The survey shows a significant decrease in support for an armed intifada. Three months ago, support stood at 51%, while today, only 39% support violence. Interestingly, more than half of the respondents said they support nonviolent resistance.

However,
the difference between stupidity and genius is that genius has its limits...
even after US President Donald Trump
...New York real estate developer, described by Dems as illiterate, racist, misogynistic, and what ever other unpleasant descriptions they can think of, elected by the rest of us as 45th President of the United States...
's visit to the region, half of respondents believe that relations between Israel and the PA will continue to deteriorate, while a third believe that relations will remain the same.

In terms of general issues in Paleostinian society, 91% of respondents believe payments to the families of hard boyz should not be stopped, which could lead to tension with the PA, which is under intense US and Israeli pressure to halt the practice.
Posted by: trailing wife || 07/07/2017 00:06 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [199 views] Top|| File under:


Syria-Lebanon-Iran
Trump to Putin: Syrian President Assad Can't Have Land Liberated From ISIS
Although the title sounds firm, the article is clueless and squishy, with an occasional fact sprinkled in to hopefully lend credibility to the rest by association. Perhaps this would be better put under "Opinion"? :-)
[Yahoo] Little is known about exactly what President Donald Trump will discuss with Russian leader Vladimir Putin when the two meet for the first time on Friday. But one thing is certain to come up: the ongoing war in Syria.

Trump is set to ask Putin to loosen his support for Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad and ask Russia to ensure "no faction in Syria illegitimately retakes or occupies areas liberated from ISIS," Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Wednesday.

That means that the Syrian autocrat would not be able to reoccupy the Islamic State (ISIS) terrorist group’s stronghold in the city of Raqqa without some sort of agreement between all parties.

Tillerson has said Syria’s future is one without Assad in power. A condition of an agreement could be that Assad steps down. But the ask comes at what Tillerson said is "an all-time low point" in U.S.-Russia relations since the end of the Cold War.

The issue is one of the few things Trump officially has on his agenda during his meeting with Putin in formal talks at the G-20 Summit in Hamburg, Germany. It’s their first meeting, and there’s pressure on both sides to get the upper hand. It’s not clear what Trump will offer Putin in return for his help.

"The question will come in the Russian mind: How hard does the American side push that question? How much skin in the game do the Americans have?" said Steven Pifer, a former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine and foreign service diplomat in Moscow.

Pifer, who is now a senior foreign policy fellow at the Brookings Institution think tank in Washington, D.C., said, "The Russians are pretty much all-in in terms of backing Assad. Whereas, on the American side, there’s been a bit of hesitation in terms of how much we want to commit."

Trump recently rejected his military advisers’ plan to defeat ISIS because it was too similar to President Barack Obama’s. Obama wanted to limit America’s involvement in Syria’s civil war. Russia is providing large amounts of assistance to Assad’s Army and holds the reins over whether Assad steps down. After nearly six months at the White House, Trump hasn’t come up with a plan yet.

"I’ve said for a long time that Trump will not have a Syria policy, he will have a Russia policy," said Pifer’s colleague, Steven Heydemann, a senior nonresident fellow at Brookings’ Center for Middle East Policy, Thursday.

Heydemann’s comments followed Tillerson’s statement Wednesday that he wants the U.S. and Russia to run joint operations in Syria to increase cooperation between the two nations.

"The United States and Russia have already achieved progress in establishing de-confliction zones in Syria that have prevented mutual collateral damage," Tillerson said, adding that he wants to work with Russia to create no-fly zones, put ceasefire observers on the ground, and coordinate the delivery of humanitarian aid.

"If our two countries work together to establish stability on the ground, it will lay a foundation for progress on the settlement of Syria's political future," he said, nudging Russia toward more collaboration despite Putin’s deep support for Assad.

Tillerson also urged Russia to "focus" on the objective of defeating ISIS alongside the U.S. "In order to complete the mission," he said, "the international community, and especially Russia, must remove obstacles to the defeat of ISIS and help provide stability that prevents ISIS from rising anew from the ashes of their failed and fraudulent caliphate."

Pifer said he hopes Trump and Putin "take a look at the range of issues, but follow the approach that Tillerson laid out." "You need to make some progress in building some trust, address some smaller issues," before the relationship can improve, he added.
Posted by: gorb || 07/07/2017 10:45 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [271 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


Russia: Syrian Rebels Are Planning Chemical Attacks In Syria To Prompt More U.S. Strikes Against Regime
"More". Sure. I see what you did there. Which rebel commander is going to sacrifice some civilians around him for a show that may or may not get picked up by the West. Who may or may not react. And which civilians are going to volunteer themselves and their children?
[Yahoo] Russia has claimed that Syrian militants are planning chemical attacks to prompt U.S. military action against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s regime.

"According to currently available information, Syrian terrorist groups are planning a demonstration provocation with the use of toxic, chemical substances in order to serve as basis for U.S. strikes against Syrian government forces’ positions," Maria Zakharova, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman, said on Thursday.
These chemicals have to be launched from somewhere. How about you let us station some observers where we want?
"The acts will most likely be carried out in a populated area, inaccessible for government forces, such as the opposition enclave in Eastern Ghouta, where chemical weapons were delivered earlier," Zakharova said in her daily press briefing, according to state news agency Itar-Tass.
And station some observers there, too.
She accused rebel militant groups Jaish al-Islam and Filak ar-Rahman of possessing the equipment needed to carry out the attack. Zakharova did not say if the U.S. was privy to such a plot.
And allowing us to stage some quick-reaction forces with equipment in some strategic places so we can take a look at the victims and run some blood tests and chemical analyses.
Zakharova’s claims come a week after the Pentagon announced it has observed what appear to be preparations for a new chemical attack at a Syrian government airfield. U.S. Envoy to the United Nations Nikki Haley said afterwards that not only will Assad be punished for any such attack but his main allies Russia and Iran would also be considered responsible.

Zakharova’s words mirrored Russia’s response to a chemical attack against civilians in April that was blamed on Assad. Russia remained a staunch supporter of the regime, claiming anti-government fighters carried out the attack.

The U.S. responded by striking the regime airfield thought to have facilitated the attack. Following the strike, Russia has consistently aimed to stoke skepticism that Assad would ever order chemical attacks. In April Russian President Vladimir Putin himself reiterated this and attempted to neuter allegations of future complicity by the regime in such attacks, accusing rebels of preparing more "provocations."
Posted by: gorb || 07/07/2017 08:38 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [236 views] Top|| File under:

#1  gorb: And which civilians are going to volunteer themselves and their children?
While my default hypothesis will be : Yes, Assad did it. The ME is riddled with groups that will happily slaughter some other group's civilians if it seems to be advantageous. Not a matter of survival, just convenient...
Posted by: magpie || 07/07/2017 11:55 Comments || Top||


Syria says it extends ceasefire in southern Syria till Saturday
[Ynet] The Syrian army said on Thursday it had extended a unilateral suspension of combat operations in southern Syria through the end of Saturday, but rebels said the ceasefire had already been violated by strikes on areas under their control.

The army had announced last Monday a ceasefire it said took effect from midday (0900 GMT) the previous day until Thursday and was being done to support "reconciliation efforts".
Posted by: trailing wife || 07/07/2017 03:06 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [164 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Syria



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