[AlAhram] The Salafist party backed El-Sisi when he was first running for president in May 2014, and in 2013 had backed President Mohammed Morsi's ouster.
Sunday's statement comes one day after Egypt's liberal Wafd Party voted not to nominate party chairman El-Sayed El-Badawi as a candidate in the March elections, affirming their support for El-Sisi.
The Egyptian Coalition, which includes around 30 parties, mostly pro-Sisi, also announced their support for the president’s election bid on Saturday.
The deadline for submitting candidacy requests to the elections commission is Monday.
If no one runs against El-Sisi, who submitted his candidacy papers last week, Article 26 of the law regulating the presidential elections says that the sole candidate can be elected if he secures a 'yes' vote from 5 percent of eligible voters.
[AA.TR] Houthi ...a Zaidi Shia insurgent group operating in Yemen. They have also been referred to as the Believing Youth. Hussein Badreddin al-Houthi is said to be the spiritual leader of the group and most of the military leaders are his relatives. The Yemeni government has accused the Houthis of having ties to the Iranian government, which wouldn't suprise most of us. The group has managed to gain control over all of Saada Governorate and parts of Amran, Al Jawf and Hajjah Governorates. Its slogan is God is Great, Death to America™, Death to Israel, a curse on the Jews ... rebels on Saturday released 600 people who were detained after Yemen’s former president and General People's Congress (GPC) leader former President-for-Life Ali Abdullah Saleh ... Saleh initially took power as a strongman of North Yemen in 1977, when disco was in flower, but he didn't invite Donna Summer to the inauguration and Blondie couldn't make it... was killed, according to the official SABA news agency.
Saleh was killed by Houthis Dec. 4.
The news agency said that 600 pro-Saleh people were released following detention during the festivities which broke out after the liquidation of Saleh last month.
In December the Houthis released 120 supporters of Saleh.
Yemen ...an area of the Arabian Peninsula sometimes mistaken for a country. It is populated by more antagonistic tribes and factions than you can keep track of. Except for a tiny handfull of Jews everthing there is very Islamic... has remained dogged by violence since 2014, when the Houthis and pro-Saleh forces together overran much of the country, including Sanaa.
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[IsraelTimes] La Belle France says it "will intervene" in cases of its nationals sentenced to death in Iraq and Syria for belonging to jihadist organizations.
"Of course, if there was a question of the death penalty , the French state will intervene," Justice Minister Nicole Belloubet tells a host of French media outlets.
Pressed on what this meant, Belloubet says La Belle France would "negotiate with the state in question... on a case by case basis."
An Iraqi court sparked controversy last week after condemning to death by hanging a German woman of Moroccan origin, after finding her guilty of belonging to the Islamic State ...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear the pols talk they're not really Moslems.... jihadist group.
Several dozen Frenchies are believed to currently be held in detention in Iraq and Syria, after an international military coalition rolled back the jihadists’ advances.
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apparently because french jihadists convicted by Iraqi courts ought to be given long prison sentences instead of death sentences
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01/29/2018 0:24 Comments ||
Having the wisdom of Solomon, I suggest the solution here is for the Iraqis to hang the perps, then ship the bodies C.O.D to the French who can then imprison them for as long as deemed necessary.
Oddly enough, they say the same thing about us. And everyone else says the same about all the other languages.
Belloubet says La Belle France would "negotiate with the state in question... on a case by case basis."
And would lose on every one, either de jure or de facto later, I imagine. But both the Islamists and the idealists back home must be appeased by meaningless statements lest there be more carbeques ahead of events.
Yea: show me the diff in pronunciation between elle and elles.
The feminine/neutral pronoun is pronounced the same in both singular and plural and derives gender from the noun it replaces. A deictic linguistic problem, set by context, found in many anglo languages.
[AlAhram] Czech President Milos Zeman won a second term in a presidential election on Saturday, gaining the backing of voters for his tough stance against immigration and his courtship of Russia and China.
In the run-off against strongly pro-European Union ...the successor to the Holy Roman Empire, only without the Hapsburgs and the nifty uniforms and the dancing... academic Jiri Drahos, Zeman scored 51.4 percent to 48.6 percent for his challenger.
Zeman, 73, is the last prominent figure among active politicians from the country's post-communist transitional period in the 1990s, and has shifted from being a centre-left prime minister 16 years ago to being a president with leanings toward the far-right.
The vote showed Czech voters' concerns over security despite a period of fast economic growth and rising wages. Immigration was a key issue, more than two years after the European Union first faced a major influx of refugees - almost none of whom ever appeared in the Czech Republic.
The result will also influence the formation of the next Czech government, with Zeman one of the few political backers of Prime Minister Andrej Babis, whose minority cabinet lost a confidence vote this month due to fraud allegations hanging over the billionaire businessman.
Zeman has been a polarising force, publicly belittling opponents and sniping at intellectual elites and the media. He was one of the few European politicians to back 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... in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.
He has upset many with his warm relations with Russian President Vladimir Putin ...Second and fourth President and sixth of the Russian Federation and the first to remain sober. Putin is credited with bringing political stability and re-establishing something like the rule of law, which occasionally results in somebody dropping dead from polonium poisoning. Under Putin, a new group of business magnates controlling significant swathes of Russia's economy has emerged, all of whom have close personal ties to Putin. The old bunch, without close personal ties to Putin, are in jail or in exile or dead... and calls to end EU sanctions against Moscow imposed over its annexation of Crimea.
His stance toward Brussels has been lukewarm. He calls himself a federalist and supports membership of the EU while also favouring holding an in-or-out referendum, like the one that led to Britannia's impending exit.
Speaking to supporters after claiming victory, Zeman said he would continue travelling the country to meet citizens and hear their worries.
"This is my last political victory, there will be no political defeats," he told the crowd, flanked by advisers and the leaders of the far-right, anti-EU and anti-NATO ...the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. A single organization with differing goals, equipment, language, doctrine, and structure.... SPD party and the Social Democrat party that he once led.
Clash Of Personalities
Zeman has benefited from rising hostility to immigration, especially to people coming from Moslem states, although the country of 10.6 million received just 116 asylum applications between January and November last year and has only a tiny Moslem community.
Both candidates rejected the EU's refugee quotas, but Drahos was labelled weaker on the issue in attack ads in the last week by Zeman supporters.
The two presidential candidates were as different personally as politically. Zeman has a self-advertised appetite for alcohol and tobacco and his health is a concern - he suffers from diabetes, and walks with a stick.
Drahos is a soft-spoken chemistry professor who promised a stronger voice in the EU, reversing the country's aloofness that has put it closer to Poland and Hungary - two states often at loggerheads with the bloc's executive.
[Breitbart] Matteo Salvini, leader of the Lega Nord, has promised he will deport half a million migrants if he becomes Prime Minister of ITaly.
The Italian populist promised that if he is elected Prime Minister in the national election in March 2018 he will deport 100,000 migrants within his first year and half a million over the course of his five-year term, the Telegraph reports.
"There are half a million irregular migrants in Italy. All of them need to be sent home," Salvini said earlier this week.
Salvini has been accused by many in the mainstream media of being xenophobic or even racist for his anti-mass migration stance.
He addressed these detractors, saying: "The only antidote to racism is to control, regulate and limit immigration. There are millions of Italians in economic difficulty. Italians are not racist, but out-of-control immigration brings with it far from positive reactions. We want to prevent that."
Salvini and the Lega Nord have formed an electoral alliance with billionaire former four-time Prime Minister and leader of Forza Italia Silvio Berlusconi, and the conservative-nationalist Brothers of Italy party led by Giorgia Meloni.
[AA.TR] Ottoman Turkish deputy prime minister on Sunday warned of propaganda launched by gunnies against The Sick Man of Europe Turkey ...the only place on the face of the earth that misses the Ottoman Empire.... ’s military operation in Syria.
"We must be vigilant and careful about the provocations, incitement, perception operations, lies and defamation during the Operation Olive Branch," Bekir Bozdag wrote on his Twitter account.
"We should not respect any statements or reports which are not confirmed by the official authorities and statements," Bozdag added.
He also warned against the posts and images on social media being circulated by the gunnies and said the citizens "should not, knowingly or unknowingly, help spreading them."
On Jan. 20, Turkey launched Operation Olive Branch to remove PYD/PKK and ISISgunnies from Afrin, northwestern Syria.
According to the Ottoman Turkish General Staff, the operation aims to establish security and stability along Turkey’s borders and the region as well as protect Syrians from terrorist oppression and cruelty.
The operation is being carried out under the framework of Turkey’s rights based on international law, UN Security Council resolutions, its self-defense rights under the UN charter, and respect for Syria's territorial integrity, it said.
Respect for Syria’s territorial integrity would require Turkey keeping its little proxies on its side of the border, precisely what it is not doing.
Afrin has been a major hideout for the PYD/PKK since July 2012 when the Assad regime in Syria left the city to the terror group without a fight.
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Turkey, which claimed it could take Europe in 3 days seems to be having a problem of taking Afrin 9 days after its invasion of Rojava.
It’s harder to do military things when one’s best soldiers, at all levels from privates to five star generals, have been jail for one or more years, leaving both planning and execution to religious fanatics and mediocrities.
[AA.TR] Former Secretary-General of Leb’s Shia Hezbollah movement, Subhi al-Tufayli, has praised The Sick Man of Europe Turkey ...just another cheapjack Moslem dictatorship, brought to you by the Moslem Brüderbund.... ’s policy in the Middle East region.
"Turkey is the only country that cares about Syria's security and unity and its foreign policy is in accordance with the expectations and will of the Syrian people," al-Tufayli, 70, said in an exclusive interview with Anadolu Agency on Sunday.
He hailed the Ottoman Turkish position regarding recent anti-government protests in Iran.
"Turkey announced that they would refuse any sort of foreign interference in Iran and emphasized that peace and social stability should be preserved in its neighbor," he said.
"Ankara has successfully overcome all troubles and handled regional problems appropriately," he said. "Iran, however, was not that sensitive to some incidents that took place in Turkey."
Hezbollah and Iran are main supporters of Syria’s Bashir al-Assad regime, whose forces have put down pro-democracy protests with unexpected ferocity in 2011, triggering a deadly civil war that killed tens of thousands and displaced millions.
After leading Hezbollah from 1989 to 1991, al-Tufayli is now a vocal critic of the group’s current leadership, especially its policy on Syria.
There it is. I wondered what he had become after stepping down.
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BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraq plans to build an oil refinery at the port of Fao on the Gulf with two Chinese companies, and is seeking investors to build three more, the oil ministry said on its website on Monday.
The refinery in Fao will have a 300,000 barrel-per-day capacity and include a petrochemical plant, it said.
Two other refineries, each with a 150,000-bpd capacity, are planned in Nasiriya, southern Iraq, and in the western Anbar province. A third, with a 100,000-bpd capacity, is planned in Qayara, near Mosul, the northern Iraqi city, which was taken back from Islamic State militants last year.
Iraq is OPEC’s second-largest oil producer, after Saudi Arabia. Its refining capacity was curtailed when Islamic State overran its largest oil processing plant in Baiji, north of Baghdad, in 2014.
Iraqi forces recaptured Baiji in 2015, but the place sustained heavy damage in the fighting. The country now relies on the Doura refinery, in Baghdad, and Shuaiba plant, in the south.
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So China will have a vested oil interest in having a stable Iraq. This might be good.
Baghdad (Iraqinews.com) ‐ 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... has set a "precondition" to allocate financial aid for Iraq, saying that Baghdad should first prove that its decision is sovereign.
Speaking to the Russian Sputnik news agency, Anwar Eshki, a member of the Saudi Council of Ministers’ advisory council, said the Kingdom expressed its readiness to take part in the international conference to be hosted by Kuwait on February 12-14 on the reconstruction of Iraq, but it asked Baghdad to fulfill a number of conditions first.
Speaking about such preconditions, Eshki said the Saudi government wants Baghdad to prove that its decision is sovereign and does not subject to any pressure by Iran or any other country.
However, ars longa, vita brevis... he confirmed that Saudi Arabia spares no effort to support Iraq, pointing out that his country is already providing aid supplies to several countries, which are guaranteed by the World Bank and other international bodies.
Earlier, the Iraqi government revealed that it intends to offer big investment opportunities at the reconstruction conference.
In a statement, Secretary General of the Iraqi Council of Ministers Mahdi al-Allaq said that the conference will give priorities to the promotion of major investments in all Iraqi provinces.
Such investment chances are expected to contribute to preparing atmospheres for the return of displaced people and to supporting projects of national reconciliation in some liberated areas, Allaq added.
Donor countries and organizations are expected to announce financial contributions at the gathering.
[Jpost] Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas on Sunday called for the African Union and its member states to play a role in a multilateral mechanism for the peace process between the Palestinians and Israel.
He made the comments at a meeting of the African Union in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, which multiple African heads of state attended.
"Pursuing peace efforts requires the establishment of a multilateral mechanism under the umbrella of the United Nations, and we call for the African Union and its member states to have representatives in this mechanism," Abbas said. Shithole pseudo-countries of the World unite!
What in the actual fuck?
Are you going to pay them with your new car?
You are not a serious person.
You are a silly person.
I spent an hour last night looking for that guy that stood and delivered a speech at the PA at the UN. He should be the leader of... whatever That is.
I will look for his name, but he shamed them all in front of everybody and he obviously cares for His people so if anyone remembers -please remember me. I have too many notes. But I will find him somewhere here.
The combined armies of Egypt, Jordan and Syria couldn't defeat Israel in 1967. In 1973, Egypt, Syria, along with expeditionary forces from Jordan, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Libya, Tunisia, Algeria, and Morocco lost to Israel.
Good luck, Hezbollah.
Posted by: Rambler in Virginia ||
01/29/2018 15:25 Comments ||
You don't understand the Arab mind, do you Rambler?
[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] The Iranian authorities on Sunday released a woman who was incarcerated You have the right to remain silent... in the center of Tehran after she took off her headscarf in protest of the law enforcing women to wear headscarves in Iran her lawyer said,
The lawyer Nisreen Stouda, of Iran’s Human Rights Defenders Center in Tehran, said in a statement that her release camew after the government succumbed to calls by human rights One man's rights are another man's existential threat. and civil rights activists for her release.
Stouda wrote on her Facebook page that when she checked with the prosecutor’s office to follow up on the woman’s case on Sunday, she was informed that the she had been released.
"I hope that she will not be harassed or abused by the judicial authorities because of a simple act that is considered her basic and natural right," she said.
The woman, 31-year-old, Wida Mowahed a mother of a 19 month old daughter, stood in the middle of Tehran’s "Inqlab" (revolution) street raising her scarf on a stick and waving it like a flag.
A video of the protest was widely shared a three days before the outbreak of the popular protests in Tehran on December 27.
After police arrested Mowahed activists initiated a hashtag through social media #Where_is_She.
Iranians consider Mowahed’s action as one of the most important symbols of protests by women in Iran.
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01/29/2018 00:00 ||
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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.