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Africa Horn
UN lifts sanctions on Eritrea after 9 years
[DAWN] The UN Security Council on Wednesday lifted sanctions on Eritrea
...is run by the People's Front for Democracy and Justice (PFDJ), with about the amounts of democracy and justice you'd expect from a party with that name. National elections have been periodically scheduled and cancelled; none have ever been held in the country. The president, Isaias Afewerki, has been in office since independence in 1993 and will probably die there of old age...
following a landmark peace deal with Æthiopia and a thaw with Djibouti that have buoyed hopes for positive change in the Horn of Africa. The council unanimously adopted a British-drafted resolution lifting the arms embargo, all travel bans, asset freezes and targeted sanctions against Eritrea.

Eritrea and Æthiopia hailed the decision as a boost for regional stability, four months after the two countries signed a peace deal that ended two decades of hostility and led to friendlier relations with Djibouti.

The council slapped sanctions on Eritrea in 2009 for its alleged support of al-Shabaab
... the personification of Somali state failure...
bandidos myrmidons in Somalia, a claim Asmara has long denied.

The resolution acknowledged that UN monitors have "not found conclusive evidence that Eritrea supports al-Shabaab" and declared that the sanctions and arms embargo ended with the adoption of the measure.

UN officials have reported serious abuses by the Eritrean government that have triggered a major exodus of Eritreans from their country.
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Africa North
Haftar to remain Libyan army General Commander till elections
[Libya Observer] The front man of the Libyan self-styled army Ahmed al-Mismari said Khalifa Haftar
...Self-proclaimed Field Marshal, served in the Libyan army under Muammar Qadaffy, and took part in the coup that brought Qadaffy to power in 1969. He became a prisoner of war in Chad in 1987. While held prisoner, he and his fellow officers formed a group hoping to overthrow Qadaffy. He was released around 1990 in a deal with the United States government and spent nearly two decades in the United States, gaining US citizenship. In 1993, while living in the United States, he was convicted in absentia of crimes against the Jamahiriya and sentenced to death. Haftar held a senior position in the anti-Qadaffy forces in the 2011 Libyan Civil War. In 2014 he was commander of the Libyan Army when the General National Congress (GNC) refused to give up power in accordance with its term of office. Haftar launched a campaign against the GNC and its Islamic fundamentalist allies. His campaign allowed elections to take place to replace the GNC, but then developed into a civil war. Guess you can't win them all...
is going to remain in his post as "General Commander of the Libyan army" till elections.

Al-Mismari indicated on Wednesday that the only recognizable Supreme Commander of the Libyan army is going to be the elected president.

He added that the general command of the self-styled army is trying to consolidate democracy and statehood.

He also called on Egypt to continue to tackle the issues of the unification of Libya's military institutions.

According to analysts, such a statement is another example for Haftar's intention to carry out a coup against Aqila Saleh who is the Speaker of House of Representatives and east-based Supreme Commander, knowing that the west-based Supreme Commander is the Head of the Presidential Council Fayez al-Sirraj.

This is also contradiction by the self-styled army as Haftar was made a General Commander by Saleh, whom al-Mismari said is not recognizable as only elected presidents are to be appointed Supreme Commander.

On the other hand, al-Mismari said Green Mountain (Jabal al-Akhdar) Court in eastern Libya delivered 68 verdicts for terrorist suspects, adding that one was sentenced to death, two were tossed in the calaboose
... anything you say can and will be used against you, whether you say it or not...
and 65 others were exonerated.

He did not give more details.
I can say no more!
about the trials and the names of the suspects.

Hundreds of Libyans, including captives from the fighting between 2014 and 2018, are imprisoned by Haftar's forces in east-based jails such as Gernada.

Posted by: Fred || 11/16/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6465 views] Top|| File under: Arab Spring

US imposes sanctions on 17 Saudis over Khashoggi killing
[PRESSTV] The United States has imposed economic sanctions on 17 Saudis involved in the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, including top aides of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman
...Crown Prince of 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...
as of 2016....


The US Treasury Department declared the sanctions on Thursday after Saudi Arabia’s public prosecutor announced that five officials face a possible death sentence in the case but exonerated bin Salman, also known as MBS.

"These individuals who targeted and brutally killed a journalist who resided and worked in the United States must face consequences for their actions," US Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin said in a statement.

Posted by: Fred || 11/16/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6499 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Saudi Arabia

Latest details of Khashoggi murder effectively wraps up the case
[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] The case of the death of Jamal Khashoggi reached its denouement with all the secrets around it revealed after the Saudi public prosecution exposed the case details, named those involved.

He demanded the death penalty
for the five people responsible for the crime.

This came after the investigations which lasted for more than a month along with the criminal probe team which revealed the broad lines of the crime after interrogating those involved.

The investigation results, which were announced, reflected the Saudi government’s pledge that justice would prevail and that all those involved, whoever they were, would be punished appropriately.

In spite of the attempts of some media in the intervening period to question the conduct of Saudi investigations and to incite international opinion against the Kingdom, the prosecution confirmed on Thursday that it pressed charges against 11 people - out of the 21 involved - in addition to calling for the death penalty for the five who ordered and initiated the crime.

The statement of the Public Prosecution and its response to all the questions from journalists explained all the details. The public prosecution, following the system of criminal procedure, did not of course, reveal the names of the accused since the procedural system prevented it.

With this announcement, 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...
is close to bringing the curtains down on the case file and leaving the matter to the judicial and justice institutions to decide.

The statement by the Saudi Attorney General is clear in terms of the full facts, revealing that the order to kill Khashoggi came from the leader of the negotiating team that went to retrieve him. Jamal’s body was dismembered and handed over to a local contractor.

The Saudi statement also concluded that the commander of the mission had agreed with the negotiating team and their leader - who decided and started the killing - to submit a false report to the former deputy head of the General Intelligence, stating that the victim was released from the consulate after the negotiation as well as the bid to force Khashoggi to return failed.

Dr. Mohammed al-Mahmoud, the Saudi Legal Advisor, said on Thursday that after the statement of the Public Prosecution, Saudi Arabia has proved to the whole world that it is a state based on the law in all its procedures, pointing out that the statement of the prosecution is "a slap to all media campaigns against the Kingdom."

The Saudi legal adviser pointed out that the defendants in the case who are at a high level in the ranks of the state, as he put it, with "some of them in sensitive positions, and yet it became clear that the independence of the Public Prosecutor’s Office made them come out with these results despite the difficult situation."

A few days ago, the son of Jamal Khashoggi came out on CNN, ending rumors about the death of their father.

The two sons, Salah and Abdullah Jamal Khashoggi, rejected attempts by some parties to exploit the incident of their father’s death politically on the widespread American news network.

Posted by: Fred || 11/16/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6467 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Saudi Arabia

Who ordered, supervised, and carried out Khashoggi's murder?
[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] Through the investigation carried out up to date with the 21 suspects in the case of the murder of Saudi citizen Jamal Khashoggi, the investigation has resulted in the following findings:

1. ‏The incident began on 29/9/2018 upon the issuance of an order to bring back the victim by means of persuasion, and if persuasion fails, to do so by force. The former Deputy President of the General Intelligence Presidency (GIP) issued this order to the leader of the mission.

2. ‏The leader of the mission formed a 15-member team that consisted of three groups (negotiations/ intelligence/ logistics) to persuade and return the victim. The leader of the mission suggested to the former Deputy President of the GIP to assign a former colleague to head the negotiation group in the team because of his previous relationship with the victim. This former colleague was assigned at the time to work with a former Advisor.
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Posted by: Fred || 11/16/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6469 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia will BEHEAD Khashoggi killers
  • [Daily Mail, Where America Gets Its News] Saudi Arabia has charged 11 men with murdering journalist Jamal Khashoggi

  • Kingdom will seek death penalty against five of those directly involved in killing

  • But prosecutor said Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman was not involved

  • Saudi believes Khashoggi was killed with lethal injection, then dismembered

  • Foreign minister said 'mistakes happen' but killers will now be brought to justice
Posted by: Fred || 11/16/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6594 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Saudi Arabia

#1  Let me guess. All of the guys charged are shiites, right?
Posted by: ed in texas || 11/16/2018 6:46 Comments || Top||

#2  I wonder if they'll get some kind of public final statement.
Posted by: gorb || 11/16/2018 12:57 Comments || Top||

#3  Gulenists everywhere!
Posted by: swksvolFF || 11/16/2018 13:23 Comments || Top||

#4  After a fair trial, right? Right?
Posted by: Abu Uluque || 11/16/2018 16:16 Comments || Top||

#5  Does make the issue of follow-up interviews moot, eh? Unexpectedly™
Posted by: magpie || 11/16/2018 19:42 Comments || Top||

The Grand Turk
Saudi squad involved in Khashoggi murder must be tried in Turkey: FM
[PRESSTV] Ottoman Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu says the 15-man Saudi team involved in the murder of dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi should be tried in The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...just another cheapjack Moslem dictatorship, brought to you by the Moslem Brüderbund....
Cavusoglu made the comment on Thursday in reaction to an announcement by 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...
's public prosecutor who detailed Riyadh's actions on the case and demanded death penalty
for five defendants.

"We find the statement of Saudi Arabia about the murder of Khashoggi positive but not sufficient," Cavusoglu said.

"The Saudi side will share the details of its investigation with our prosecutor's office. But we already know that the murder was planned in advance and that the journalist was first killed and the body was later dismembered," he added.

Posted by: Fred || 11/16/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6484 views] Top|| File under: Sublime Porte

US may extradite Gulen to ease Turkey pressure on Saudi Arabia
[PRESSTV] The White House is finding ways to extradite the US-based Ottoman Turkish dissident Fethullah Gülen
... 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...
, an arch-rival of Sultan Recep Tayyip Erdogan the First
... Turkey's version of Mohammed Morsi but they voted him back in so they deserve him. It's a sin, a shame, and a felony to insult the president of Turkey...
, a media report says.

Four sources have told NBC News that the administration of 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...
is looking for ways to extradite Gulen, who is accused by Ankara of having criminal masterminded the July 2016 coup attempt against President Erdogan.

The move is said to be aimed at appeasing Erdogan and easing The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...just another cheapjack Moslem dictatorship, brought to you by the Moslem Brüderbund....
's pressure on 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...
over the murder of Jamal Khashoggi, according to two senior US officials and two other people briefed on the requests.

Trump administration officials last month asked federal law enforcement agencies to examine legal ways of removing Gulen in an attempt to persuade Erdogan to ease pressure on the Saudi government, the sources said.

They said the effort includes directives to the Justice Department and the FBI that officials reopen Turkey's case for his extradition, as well as a request to the Homeland Security Department for information about his legal status.

Posted by: Fred || 11/16/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6509 views] Top|| File under: Sublime Porte

#1  I don't like this move at all; Erdogan's probably gonna welsh on any deal we cut with him in this regard.
Posted by: Raj || 11/16/2018 0:50 Comments || Top||

#2  No, not a prudent move. He'll end up the same as Khashoggi, only after more extensive torture. I hope CIA Director Haspel strongly discourages this.
Posted by: Besoeker || 11/16/2018 0:58 Comments || Top||

#3  Are these unnamed sources as elusive as those supporting the Russia dossier? I’ll believe it when it happens, and not before.
Posted by: trailing wife || 11/16/2018 1:58 Comments || Top||

#4  Extradite to the Muslim Brother that destroyed the freest press in Islamoland, jailed hundreds (or is it thousands) of reporters and murdered how many? Dream on Iran.
Posted by: Angaique Whise9809 || 11/16/2018 3:48 Comments || Top||

#5  Realpolitik would say yes... The Gray Men™ in State would like to sweep Gulen under the rug so they enjoy their European wine parties without pesky interruptions because "...at this point what difference does it make?" in their view.
But then, Why should we make Erdogan happy? What would we gain from it?
Posted by: magpie || 11/16/2018 4:02 Comments || Top||

#6  Iran news quotes NBC reporting on anonymous swamp creatures. IDK who I trust the least.

Posted by: The peanut gallery || 11/16/2018 5:13 Comments || Top||

#7  Can I say ditto to #1 - #6?
Posted by: AlanC || 11/16/2018 7:38 Comments || Top||

#8  Well, lessee. Gulen was allowed to enter the US for "medical treatment" in 1999. That's have been the BJ Clinton prexidency. Did his state department deny any foreign nationals entree to the US for such humanitarian reasons in the same time frame?

Per Ickypedia (yeah, yeah, I know...)

Gülen's application for permanent residence status in the US was controversial. Gülen first based his claim to residency on his status as an "alien of extraordinary ability" in the field of education - the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services categorically rejected it. As lawyers representing the Secretary of Homeland Security observed, Gülen has no degree or training in education and had authored no scholarly works. To the contrary, they argued, the evidence submitted by Gülen indicates that, far from being an academic, he seeks to cloak himself with academic status by commissioning academics to write about him and paying for conferences at which his work is studied. But, over the objections of the FBI, of the State Department, and of the Department of Homeland Security, three former CIA operatives intervened and managed to secure a permanent US residency for Gülen. CIA National Intelligence Council former vice chairman Graham E. Fuller, former CIA official George Fidas and former US Ambassador to Turkey Morton Abramowitz wrote endorsement letters for Gülen's green card application in 2008. His application ultimately won approval.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 11/16/2018 9:05 Comments || Top||

#9  Ref #8: .....he seeks to cloak himself with academic status by commissioning academics to write about him and paying for conferences at which his work is studied.

I believe we know how this originated and why General Mike Flynn was attacked by the Deep State for suggesting Gulen be repatriated.
Posted by: Besoeker || 11/16/2018 9:16 Comments || Top||

#10  how would this differ from Obama scapegoating a filmmaker for "causing" Bengazi?
Posted by: Jeremiah Darling of the Slytherins8420 || 11/16/2018 11:50 Comments || Top||

#11  Rather than Deport Gulen, Dismantle His Toxic Empire - Center for Security Policy https://buff.ly/2PuVM66
Posted by: newc || 11/16/2018 15:01 Comments || Top||

#12  Has Trump lost his fucking mind?
Posted by: Boss Spoper5850 || 11/16/2018 18:46 Comments || Top||

#13  Note: PRESSTV = Iranian propaganda. Trial balloon that Yippy's floated many times before
Posted by: Frank G || 11/16/2018 20:11 Comments || Top||

PM orders setting up of National Curriculum Council
[DAWN] Prime Minister Imran Khan
... aka Taliban Khan, who ain't the sharpest bulb on the national tree...
on Wednesday ordered establishment of a National Curriculum Council for creating consensus among stakeholders for uniform standards of education across the country.

The prime minister took the decision during a briefing on education held at the PM Office, on a suggestion of Federal Education Minister Shafqat Mehmood.

Punjab Education Minister Murad Rass and Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Adviser on Education Ziaullah Bangash also briefed the prime minister about the future roadmap and highlighted various short- medium- and long-term measures to introduce qualitative change in the education sector.

Imran Khan appreciated the efforts being made at federal and provincial levels and said the National Education Policy Framework (NEPF) was being devised to bring uniformity in existing fragmented and apartheid-like system of education.

"The objective is to create a nation and to put in place a system which is ’fair’ and ’produces Paks’," he said, adding that, skill development of the youths should be especially focused so that their potential could be utilised effectively.

Posted by: Fred || 11/16/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6465 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Pakistan

Religious parties’ joint rally today in Lahore
[DAWN] All (religious) Parties Tahafuz-e-Namoos-e-Risalat will hold its "million march" in the city today (Thursday) to protest against, what it calls, mishandling of Aasia Bibi case and subsequent release, which the religious parties think has been done at the behest of the West and secular forces.

Briefing the media at the end of the preparatory conference, MMA President Maulana Fazlur Rehman
Deobandi holy man, known as Mullah Diesel during the war against the Soviets, his sympathies for the Taliban have never been tempered by honesty ...
said the rulers would "have to give up the patronage of secular elements and change their attitude against religion".

The multi-party conference hosted by Jamaat-e-Islami
...The Islamic Society, founded in 1941 in Lahore by Maulana Sayyid Abul Ala Maududi, aka The Great Apostosizer. The Jamaat opposed the independence of Bangladesh but has operated an independent branch there since 1975. It maintains close ties with international Mohammedan groups such as the Moslem Brotherhood. the Taliban, and al-Qaeda. The Jamaat's objectives are the establishment of a pure Islamic state, governed by Sharia law. It is distinguished by its xenophobia, and its opposition to Westernization, capitalism, socialism, secularism, and liberalist social mores...
at Mansoora drew 35 religious parties and organizations who declared that the entire nation was united to safeguard the Namoos of the Holy Prophet (PTUI!).

The march will start after Zuhr prayers from Nasser Bagh and terminate at Charing Cross, where the leaders will address the participants. The march is expected to keep life suspended for the city dwellers for the better part of the day as it will start early afternoon and go on till late evening.

All schools, colleges and universities on and around The Mall will remain closed and so will markets (on The Mall).

Posted by: Fred || 11/16/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6470 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Pakistan

Police send letter to JUI-S leader's 'missing' secretary
[DAWN] The police investigating the murder of Jamaat-e-Ulema Islam-Sami (JUI-S) leader Maulana Samiul Haq
...the Godfather of the Taliban, leader of his own faction of the JUI. Known as Mullah Sandwich for his habit of having two young boys at a time...
have written a letter to his missing secretary, Syed Ahmed Shah, and sent it to his house, asking him to record his statement about what happened the day Samiul Haq was killed.

Mr Ahmed is considered the most important witness in the murder case.

The police have also recovered a knife thought to be the murder weapon from the scene of the crime, almost two weeks later, and sent it to a laboratory.

The police have collected samples for people who were supposed to be with the late JUI-S leader and sent them to the laboratory for DNA matching.

According to sources, Sherlocks suspect that the murderer was alone.

The police found a bloodstained kurta from the scene of the crime which turned out not to be the former senator’s. The police are yet to establish who hung up the kurta in the bathroom.

According to a senior police investigator, Syed Ahmed Shah is not being treated as an eye witness but his written statement under section 161 of the CrPC has been vital in the murder case and needs to be recorded.

"The police investigating officer has legal authority to summon any witness and record their written statement or in some cases an account recorded on video may be used in the court of law as evidence," he said.

He said Mr Shah should not have been allowed to go with the body by the police and that he should only have been allowed to go once his statement was recorded as he is the most important witness in the case.

Syed Ahmed Shah was staying with Maulana Samiul Haq in his Safari Villa in Bahria Town.

He said he had gone to get drinking water from a nearby filtration plant and locked the main gate from outside.

He said when he returned some time later, he found the gate open and the late JUI-S leader’s body in his room.

Sources said the police have been trying to contact Mr Shah’s family to join the murder investigation but he has been missing from his house in Akora Khattak for some days now.

When the Akora Khattak police was contacted, they said they had not received any complaint about Syed Ahmed Shah going missing.

The police have been questioning all those who had been in contact with Ahmed Shah or Maulana Samiul Haq during a specific period.

Four people were initially picked up by the police from Ratta Amral, Ghauri Town and other parts of the city for questioning.

Maulana Hamidul Haq, the son of the late senator, had said Mr Shah’s family has been trying to contact him but his phone remains switched off.

Posted by: Fred || 11/16/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6474 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Pakistan

PM orders immediate inquiry into SP Dawar's 'shocking' murder
[DAWN] Prime Minister Imran Khan
... aka Taliban Khan, who isn't your heaviest-duty thinker, maybe not even among the top five...
on Thursday ordered an "immediate inquiry" into the murder of Superintendent of Police (SP) Tahir Khan Dawar.

Taking to Twitter, PM Khan said: "Have followed the shocking tragedy of the murder of SP Tahir Khan Dawar and ordered Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa government to coordinate with Islamabad police in holding an inquiry immediately."

The premier added that Minister of State for Interior Shahryar Afridi has been tasked to "oversee it with an urgency and present the report" to PM Khan.

Posted by: Fred || 11/16/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6468 views] Top|| File under: TTP

Fearing more incendiary attacks, Israel confiscates balloon shipment to Gaza
[IsraelTimes] Israeli border officials confiscate thousands of balloons found on a truck heading into Gazoo at the Kerem Shalom border crossing.

Thousands of balloons attached to incendiary devices have been launched across the border, causing fires that have ravaged agricultural fields, forests and national park areas in Israel.

The cartons of balloons were discovered by border guards, who alerted the Land Border Crossings Authority officials on site. The officials classified the balloons as "dual-use," meaning they could be taken by Hamas, always the voice of sweet reason, for use in incendiary attacks.
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#1  Next up - condom balloons...
Posted by: Raj || 11/16/2018 0:43 Comments || Top||

#2  Restrict to thimble-sized, which fits most Paleos
Posted by: Frank G || 11/16/2018 8:33 Comments || Top||

#3  I suppose pre-counterbattery fire on the Ship To address would be considered over the top. Still...
Posted by: SteveS || 11/16/2018 13:04 Comments || Top||

Arab League holds emergency meeting over Gaza in Cairo
[ALMASDARNEWS] An extraordinary meeting of 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...
was held in Cairo on Thursday, to discuss the latest developments in Gazoo.

The meeting, which was attended by the organization’s permanent representatives, had been requested by the Paleostinian leadership.

Members called for an immediate halt to Israel’s military action and an end to violence, with Paleostinian ambassador in Egypt Diab al Louh noting that Israeli actions left 14 people killed and 36 maimed.
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Days after cease-fire, Gaza border demonstrations to resume
[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] Paleostinian organizers of the weekly demonstrations in the Gazoo Strip along the Israeli border said they will hold another protest on Friday - in a key test of this week's cease-fire between Israel and Gazoo Lion of Islam groups.

Tuesday's cease-fire ended the heaviest fighting between Israel and Gazoo's Hamas, always the voice of sweet reason, rulers since a 2014 war.

The fighting was fueled in part by the demonstrations. Since late March, thousands of Gazooks have joined the Hamas-led demonstrations in a bid to end a crippling Israeli blockade.

Protesters frequently lob grenades, flaming tires and Molotov cocktails toward Israeli troops, who respond with tear gas and live fire. Some 170 Paleostinians, many of them unarmed, have been killed by Israeli fire. Israel says it is defending its border against Lion of Islam attackers.

Hamas had lowered the intensity of the protests in recent weeks as UN and Egyptian mediators made progress toward an unofficial agreement with Israel.

But then this week's fighting erupted after a botched Israeli undercover military operation in Gazoo.

Gazoo bandidos Lions of Islam fired 460 rockets into Israel, while the Israeli air force struck 160 targets in Gazoo. The fighting left a total of 14 Paleostinians, including 12 Lion of Islams, dead. An Israeli officer was killed during the Gazoo raid, while a Paleostinian laborer who worked in Israel was killed in a rocket attack.

In their announcement, protest organizers in Gazoo urged people to demonstrate on Friday "to thank the resistance" for battling Israel.

It remained unclear how big the protests would be, and whether the demonstrators would confront the Israeli troops, or keep their distance as in recent weeks.

Hamas and its supporters have celebrated the cease-fire as a victory against the powerful Israeli military.

Posted by: Fred || 11/16/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6465 views] Top|| File under: Hamas

Internal power struggles erupt in Iran over money laundering, terror support
[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] The internal power struggles in Iran have not stopped since 1979 Islamic Revolution that toppled the Shah’s regime and was monopolized by the religious establishment that controls all joints of the Iranian government.

The conflict between the wings of the reformist and bully boy regime has reached bloody levels against the backdrop of the Green Movement of 2009, which would have almost tossed the hardliner conservatives loyal to Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei, had the bloody crackdown by reformist not been suppressed.

Today and while Hassan Rouhani who is a moderate president with balanced relations with the moderate reformists on one hand and with the moderate conservatives on the other hand, who is at the helm of the executive power, at a time when the Islamic Theocratic Republic is facing qualitative challenges in the face of harsh US sanctions, the hardliner conservatives left no chance but to ignore Rouhani and all those who sided with him.

The differences between the wings of the Iranian regime, these days revolve around two lists presented months ago in the Iranian parliament, the first list on Iran’s accession to Combating the Financing of Terrorism (CFT) and in its work against counterfeiting and terrorism financing, and the second list on the country’s accession to the Financial Action Task Force (FATF), an intergovernmental organization based in Gay Paree, La Belle France, was established in 1989 and is active in the fight against money laundering. In 2001, the organization joined the fight against terrorism.

On Monday, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said: "Money laundering in Iran is a real issue."

He pointed out in an interview with Khabar Online, that the "economic interests" of some figures who are involved in money laundering, are in opposition to Iran’s joining both "CFT" and "FATF" treaties to combat terrorism and money laundering, accusing opponents of flouting the atmosphere against these treaties.

The Iranian Shura Council approved the two lists, but the Guardian Council of the Constitution, which has major powers in Iran, rejected them. In this case, the two lists are presented to the Expediency Discernment Council of the System to decide on the matter.

The Iranian foreign minister’s comments on the spread of money laundering in Iran, sparked a turmoil in the government’s institutions, which prompted the National Security and Foreign Policy Parliamentary Committee today, Wednesday, to summon FM Zarif to parliament to explain himself regarding those statements.

"At the request of members of the committee, the foreign minister was invited to present evidence of alleged money laundering in Iran," Hishmatullah Fallah Beshah, head of the National Security and Foreign Policy Parliamentary Committee, told Tasnim news agency which is close to the Iran’s Revolutionary Guards.

The politician Beshah described Zarif’s comments on money laundering in Iran as "unacceptable" and "setting a precedent" and "non-specialized" and "undocumented accusations," adding that even countries hostile to Iran did not direct such accusations against the Islamic Theocratic Republic.

Beshah added that: "Facts about money laundering must be revealed regarding what Mr. Zarif said."

Iran’s foreign minister had said in his controversial interview that: "Many people in Iran benefit from money laundering. Those who earn thousands of billions in money laundering are financially able to allocate tens or billions to publicize and incite the country against anti-laundering laws."

"The total budget of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs is 1,100 billion Tuman, which is less than the budget of some cultural institutions which is connected to the country’s powerful apparatus, so we cannot deal with them when we are raising the issue," Zarif said.
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