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-Land of the Free
122 Mexicans among 680 Detained in US Migration Raids
[AnNahar] Mexico said Thursday that 122 of its citizens were among the 680 undocumented immigrants colonists detained in a major series of raids at food processing plants in the United States.

Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard said the government would provide consular assistance and "guarantee the adequate legal defense of all Mexican nationals" detained in Wednesday's raids in the southeastern state of Mississippi.

Those who are deported will have the government's support to access employment, education and health care in Mexico, he told a press briefing.

The raids came after President Donald Trump
...Perhaps no man has ever had as much fun being president of the US...
promised to round up "millions of illegal aliens."

They left tearful family members, including children, rushing to say goodbye as immigrants colonists lined up to board busses to be driven to detention centers.

Ebrard initially said 107 Mexicans were tossed into the calaboose. The foreign ministry later updated the figure to 122, "of whom 34 have been released and issued a court summons," it said.

Ebrard, who has the tricky task of handling US relations in the face of Trump's frequent anti-Mexican attacks, did not criticize Wednesday's raids, hewing to President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador's line of avoiding confrontation with Mexico's crucial neighbor and trading partner.

But he said Mexico would ask the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights to inspect the detention centers where the migrants colonists are being held.

He also announced Mexico City would host a meeting of Latin American officials on August 15 to "discuss the defense and promotion of Spanish-speaking civilizations and culture... especially in the United States."
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Ex-Official Charged With Links To Terrorists Released On Bail
[ToloNews] The AGO front man says there was no evidence to show Mr. Dilawar has links with terrorists.

A former advisor to Afghan Senate, Najibullah Dilawar, who was arrested three months ago on charges of links with terrorists, has been released on bail, the Attorney General’s Office confirmed.

The Attorney General’s Office front man Jamshid Rasuli said on Friday that Mr. Dilawar had no relation with terrorist organizations based on the National Directorate of Security
...the Afghan national intel agency...
’s investigations, therefore, he was released on bail.

"Nothing was found in the National Directorate of Security’s probe on the allegations which were made public by media such as having relations with Lions of Islam and enemies, having relations with [some] countries," Mr. Rasuli said. "The only allegation which has been approved against this person is using the number plate of one car for another."

On May 24, the Interior Ministry in a statement said that Najibullah Dilawar, an advisor to Senate Speaker Fazl Hadi Moslemyar, was arrested in an operation by security forces on charges of sheltering and supporting bandidos murderous Moslems and having weapons, armored vehicles with fake number plates as well as Pak ID cards.

Critics said that government is treating such cases politically.
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CIA Plans To Keep Proxy Units In Afghanistan: Report
[ToloNews] Stefanie Glinski says in an article that the CIA is not planning to leave Afghanistan any time soon.

Despite reports that American troops may soon be leaving the country following a deal with the Taliban
...Arabic for students...
, the United States Central Intelligence Agency plans to retain a strong presence on the ground in Afghanistan.

Reports indicate that Washington has resolved its differences with the Taliban about withdrawing American troops from Afghanistan as the Doha talks are underway.

But in an article for Foreign Policy, Stefanie Glinski points out that the CIA is not planning to leave the Central Asian country any time soon.

The American intelligence agency is known to support, arm and train several proxy forces throughout Afghanistan.

Langley plans to keep those proxy forces operating in the country for the foreseeable future, regardless of whether US troops pull out, says Glinski.

She gives the example of the Khost Protection Force (KPF), a 6,500-strong unit of Afghan soldiers who are "trained, equipped and funded by the CIA".

The KPF is the most active and visible of an extensive network of CIA-sponsored paramilitary groups in Afghanistan.

According to the report, the KPF operates almost exclusively along the Afghan-Pak border and has a strong presence in Taliban strongholds like Ghazni, Paktia, and Khost.

The roots of the KPF go back to the days immediately after the attacks of September 11, 2001, which prompted the US military invasion of Afghanistan. It, therefore, precedes the Afghan National Army, Afghanistan’s state-run military apparatus, and does not operate under its command. Instead, it is solely directed by the CIA, which uses it to secure the Afghan-Pak border and disrupt the activities of Taliban, al-Qaeda and Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that they were al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're really 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 western pols talk they're not really Moslems....
fighters in the Afghan borderlands.

Members of the KPF claim that they are "better trained than the Afghan National Army".

They are also paid much better, over $1000.00 per month, which is an enormous sum for Afghanistan.

Glinski reports that most KPF fighters joined the group for the money and the ability to eventually seek permanent resettlement in the United States.

But alongside the group’s elite image, KPF members have acquired notoriety and are often seen as trigger-happy and unaccountable.

Several reports in Western media have said that the KPF’s tactical accomplishments have come at a high price, with countless reports of civilian deaths and, some claim, even war crimes.

These risk "alienating the Afghan population", said a New York Times

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

report last year.

Glinski says it is possible the KPF’s aggressive tactics may be "radicalizing portions of the very population it intends to pacify or frighten into submission".

In April of this year, a United Nations
...an organization conceived in the belief that we're just one big happy world, with the sort of results you'd expect from such nonsense...
report alleged that more Afghan civilians died as a result of attacks by the Afghan government and American military attacks than at the hands of the Taliban and other guerilla groups.

The CIA did not respond to several requests for comment from Foreign Policy, says Glinski.
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Africa Horn
Somalia says blind female suicide bomber killed Mogadishu mayor
[Jpost] The jacket wallah who killed the mayor of Mogadishu and six other people last month was a blind, female employee of the municipal government who was assisted by a fellow worker, Somalia's internal security ministry said on Friday.

The al Qaeda-linked Islamist krazed killer group al-Shabaab
...... al-Qaeda's tentacle in East Africa...
, which aims to topple Somalia’s U.N.-backed government, grabbed credit for the July 24 attack in the Somali capital.

Mayor Abdirahman Omar Osman, who previously served for a spell as a Labour Party councilor in London, died of his wounds a week later in 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. Home of nutbag holy manYusuf al-Qaradawi...
where he was hospitalized.

"Preliminary findings show a female who worked in the local government blew herself up herself with the help of another female, who... also worked at the local government," the security ministry said in a statement carried on the state news agency.

It was al-Shabaab's first known use of a disabled person as a suicide bomber and the statement suggested the bomber used her blindness to get past security and reach the mayor's offices.

The whereabouts of the blind woman's co-worker, who the ministry said was also a woman and helped her carry out the attack, was not known.

A month before the bombing, the two women took leaves of absence from work, the ministry statement said, and visited an area of Somalia controlled by al-Shabaab.

"The female bomber was disabled (blind). She misused the opportunity and acted with enmity against the bosses and the people she worked with," the ministry statement said.

Osman fled as a refugee to Britannia after civil war erupted in Somalia in 1991, earned a master's degree, became a naturalized citizen and worked in the housing department in the London borough of Ealing.

He subsequently returned to Somalia to help rebuild his war-torn, homeland in the Horn of Africa.
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#1  Moral of the story

If you have successfully exited a shithole country, take your chances in a better place, adopting their culture and forget your shithole roots and associated hubris. Say 'F U' to that old village, the rivers, the desert mounds. Curb your longing and shithole sickness for a few years, and it shall pass.
Posted by: Dron66046 || 08/10/2019 6:39 Comments || Top||

#2  ... but INAS.
Posted by: Lex || 08/10/2019 10:55 Comments || Top||

#3  How many boxes on an EEOC table would she be?
Posted by: SR-71 || 08/10/2019 16:32 Comments || Top||

Africa North
Belgian Teen Volunteers Fly Home From Morocco After Beheading Threat Over 'Short Shorts'
Waffled on their commitment in the face of reality, did they?
Contrary to beliefs popular in certain circles, different regions have cultures different enough that they need to be deliberately respected. One doesn’t expect high school students to understand this, or even young university students, but what on earth were their adult advisors thinking, to allow them out in public like that there?
[AlAraby] A group Belgian teenagers who volunteered at a construction site in Morocco have flown home after images of them at work prompted a death threat and criticism from a politician.

Footage of the girls labouring under the hot sun while dressed in shorts in a village in the south of the country was published by local news website last week.

"People are very kind and very friendly, I love Morocco," one of the teenagers says in the video.

But the "skimpy" outfits angered one teacher so much he called for the volunteers to be beheaded, echoing the recent grisly murder of two Scandinavian hikers by extremists.

Police said on Tuesday that the 26-year-old teacher had been arrested on charges of "inciting terrorist acts" in a social media post.

A member of the Islamist Justice and Development Party criticised the women for their choice of clothing.

"Since when do Europeans work in swimming suits?" Ali El-Asri said in a Facebook post.

The Belgian organisation that sent the group said on Wednesday that three of the teenagers have returned early from the trip because of the controversy and that it will stop trips to Morocco.

"On the advice of foreign affairs, Bouworde has suspended all volunteer work in Morocco," a spokeswoman told Belgian media.

"Our young people, who were very well received in the village, knew nothing. But after the news spread online, we received phone calls from concerned parents.

"Three young people are now leaving home early. It is very unfortunate that the positivism of our young people is thwarted on Facebook by one man. Everyone is disappointed."

Morocco regularly features in lists of tourism destinations that are the most dangerous for women to travel alone.
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#1  Tolerable intolerance says the left...
Posted by: M. Murcek || 08/10/2019 1:08 Comments || Top||

#2  Doesn't pay to be cheeky toward the natives.
Posted by: Lex || 08/10/2019 3:21 Comments || Top||

#3  I have some work needs doing on my gutters if any of them are available.
Posted by: jpal || 08/10/2019 7:42 Comments || Top||

#4  The real danger should be acknowledged and respected to the extent that Western children should not be sent to this god forsaken ****hole.

Given the murderous nature of the locals' "culture", and given the acts of aggression by invaders migrants from Morocco against Europeans I see no moral cause in favor of showing and respect.
Posted by: Elmerert Hupens2660 || 08/10/2019 8:36 Comments || Top||

#5  I see no moral cause in favor of showing and respect.

One respects poisonous snakes, grizzly bears, and groups of highly tattooed persons wearing gang colours, too, Elmerert Hupens2660. ;-)
Posted by: trailing wife || 08/10/2019 12:02 Comments || Top||

#6  I have more more respect for a sick, mangy man-eating grizzly bear than for this scum teacher who's openly calling for the cruel murder of admittedly stupid but also innocent and goodhearted minors who have come to his ****hole country to render assistance.

A man eating bear must be put down.

People who propose brutally massacring 15 year olds in the name of religion and morality are genuinely evil.

So is their religion.

So is their morality.

Maybe Westerners need to relearn to be outraged.
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#7  It is a disgusting and evil culture. It is also eminently foolish to go to a backwards sh*thole country like this and do what they did. Those two things are NOT mutually exclusive. Did the Belgians do anything morally wrong? No. Were they in a very dangerous situation anyways? Yes.
Posted by: Vernal Hatrick || 08/10/2019 16:30 Comments || Top||

#8  This isn't so much a reason for me to be outraged as it supports my feelings that the West shouldn't have as many connections with these horrific third world countries and their barbarians (and my firm belief that their natives should't be allowed to move to the US or anywhere else in the West).
Posted by: Vernal Hatrick || 08/10/2019 16:31 Comments || Top||

#9  Everyone is disappointed.

IOW: Everyone is ignorant.
Posted by: gorb || 08/10/2019 22:08 Comments || Top||

#10  Much wisdom from Vernal.

We would be much better off if we had less to do with countries that we have zero in common with and that wish us ill.

Globalization is a false faith.
It is not one world.
We are not like others, and our people must not aspire to become "global citizens." The concept is nonsense.
Posted by: Lex || 08/10/2019 22:31 Comments || Top||

Caucasus/Russia/Central Asia
Chechnya sends ex-ISIS women into schools, not jails
[Rudaw] Mother of five Zalina Gabibulayeva says she was "tricked" into joining the jihadists in Syria five years ago. Now, repentant and repatriated to Russia’s Chechnya, she goes into schools to teach others of the dangers of extremism.

Countries around the world are grappling with the question of how to treat citizens who travelled to the Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that they were al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're really 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 western pols talk they're not really Moslems....
"caliphate" and have since decided to return.
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Down Under
Free speech re-named hate speech to silence political opponents, undermine First Amendment: Raheem Kassam, Judge Jeanine Pirro at CPAC in Australia
[Daily Mail, where America and Australia get their news]
  • 'I get death threats daily for having left Islam 13 years ago': Raheem Kassam, Conservative British activist

  • NSW Labor Deputy Senate Leader Kristina Keneally wanted Kassam's visa to speak at Australia's first Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) cancelled for calling Koran 'fundamentally evil'

  • Being banned would have meant a stain on his travel record, and missed jobs
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#1  Unfortunately, in judge Janine's case, it's "free screech."
Posted by: M. Murcek || 08/10/2019 2:17 Comments || Top||

#2  Keneally

Carpetbagger from Toledo, "staunch feminist," Catholic. Fine with the Koran, natch. Sigh.
Posted by: Phager Shang4361 || 08/10/2019 3:19 Comments || Top||

#3  M. Murcek: Sexist comments are out of place here.
Posted by: Jeremiah Unilet9997 || 08/10/2019 4:02 Comments || Top||

#4  They went after the second to make sure they could go after the first.
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 08/10/2019 7:45 Comments || Top||

#5  Actually I don't see any way the First survives in its current form. The current media landscape is an disinformation machine. This situation cannot last.
Posted by: Lex || 08/10/2019 10:57 Comments || Top||

EU Revives "Blood Guilt"
As though Europe wasn't a Muslim colony.
[FreeBeacon] The Advocate General of the European Kangaroo Court of Justice recently issued non-binding opinion arguing that EU law requires Israeli-made products to be labeled as coming from "settlements" and "Israeli colonies, a decision that could trigger American anti-boycott laws and open up what legal experts describe as a "Pandora's box" of litigation, according to multiple sources involved in the legal dispute who spoke to the Washington Free Beacon.
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#1  Can't quit being NAZIs
Posted by: 3dc || 08/10/2019 0:52 Comments || Top||

#2  Dangerously close to Babylon Bee territory here.
Would be funny if it weren't so f***ing infuriating.
Posted by: Lex || 08/10/2019 2:48 Comments || Top||

#3  They are socialists, but more international rather than national, making them more in line with old style Moscow socialists.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 08/10/2019 6:49 Comments || Top||

The Grand Turk
Explosions at Turkish Ammunition Depot; No One Hurt
Insh’allah. Apparently Allah did not want them to use that ammunition against whichever foe they have wrongly chosen.
[AnNahar] The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...Qatar's colony in Asia Minor...
's state-run news agency
...and if you can't trust the state-run news agency who can you believe?...
says a series of explosions have occurred at a military ammunition depot near Turkey's border with Syria. No one was hurt.

Anadolu Agency says the cause of the earth-shattering kabooms early Friday at the depot in the town of Reyhanli, in Hatay province, is not known. Fire broke out in some parts of the depot, the agency reported.
Insh’allah. When all of one’s best soldiers have been locked up for months, or even years, accused falsely of being Gulenists or coup plotters of one sort or another, the likelihood of dangerously stupid mistakes by those who do not realize the depths of their ignorance increases significantly.
Homes around the site were immediately evacuated and police sealed off the area.

The agency said the earth-shattering kabooms caused damage to some nearby houses.
Or perhaps Allah just had it in for someone living in the area. Ineffable are the decisions of Allah.
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#1  Maybe they were burning a Fethullah effigy in there for the CCTVs to keep their jobs.
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German soldier barred from leaving Turkey
[DW] The 21-year-old from the western state of Hesse has not been told why he cannot leave The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...just another cheapjack Moslem dictatorship, brought to you by the Moslem Brüderbund...
. The incident comes a month after Turkey detained a German soldier for allegedly spreading "terrorist propoganda" on Facebook.

A German soldier is being held in Turkey for unknown reasons, the German Foreign Office confirmed on Thursday.

Ottoman Turkish authorities are requiring the 21-year-old man to present himself to law enforcement once a week until further notice.

Germany's embassy in Turkey said it had been in contact with the soldier, adding that Turkey had not named any political reasons for his arrest.

The soldier is currently stationed in Stadtallendorf in the central German state Hesse. He had traveled to Istanbul privately and had no travel ban in Turkey, German newspaper Oberhessische Presse reported.

The incident comes a month after the arrest of 36-year-old Osman B., who is also from Hesse.

According to two German public broadcasters and the Suddeutscher Zeitung daily, Osman B. has been accused of spreading "terrorist propaganda" on his Facebook page.

If convicted, he could be imprisoned for several years.

The German Foreign Office said Wednesday that a 43-year-old German man has also been barred from leaving Turkey.

He had performed as a musician for an association that the Ottoman Turkish authorities accuse of supporting terrorism.

In response to the flurry of arrests, the German Foreign Office has updated its travel guidelines, warning tourists to be mindful of what they have posted or liked on social media prior to travelling to Turkey.
An earlier Deutsche Welle article points out:
In its travel and security information on Turkey, the Federal Foreign Office explicitly warns against sharing critical articles online, saying arrests and prosecutions of German citizens were often carried out in connection with social media posts that are critical of the government. Even liking a post is sufficient in some cases.
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#1  Wonder when Sultan will try this with the airmen at Incirlik?
Posted by: Butch Thating8912 || 08/10/2019 4:55 Comments || Top||

#2  ...a very bright light at 20 Angels about 3am in the morning above Ankara would deter second offensives.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 08/10/2019 6:53 Comments || Top||

#3  Osman -- call him B. -- a good German
Was delayed by the lack of a firman,
Pulled up with a jerk:
"You're a terrible Turk...
Though just why may take time to determine."
Posted by: Jash Omager6238 || 08/10/2019 22:59 Comments || Top||

Home Front: WoT
Iranian woman pleads guilty in Minnesota in tech smuggling case
An Iranian woman in Minnesota on Friday pleaded guilty to charges that she stole technology from U.S.-based companies -- tech that was then exported to Iran through a fake company in violation of U.S. law and international sanctions.

Negar Ghodskani, 40, and others established a front company in Malaysia to illegally obtain restricted technology from companies in Minnesota and Massachusetts, federal prosecutors said.

Ghodskani was indicted in 2015 in Minnesota and arrested two years later in Australia, becoming the subject of a long extradition fight. She entered her plea before U.S. District Judge Joan Ericksen in Minneapolis.

Her attorney, Robert Richman, said she accepted the plea agreement "because she wanted to accept responsibility and be sentenced." He said the toll of the long legal tussle was why Ghodskani decided to stop resisting extradition, having arrived in the U.S. last month.

Ghodskani worked for Fana Moj, a Tehran-based company that specializes in broadcast and microwave communications equipment, and supplies microwave radio systems and wireless broadband service in Iran.

Prosecutors said Ghodskani and others established Green Wave Telecommunication in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, as a front for buying restricted equipment and unlawfully reshipping it to Tehran. The Treasury Department put Fana Moj on a list of banned companies in 2017 of providing support to the powerful Iranian Revolutionary Guard.
Posted by: Woodrow || 08/10/2019 06:36 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6473 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iran

U.S. verdict: seizure of Iran-linked Manhattan skyscraper overturned
[Jpost] A jury verdict allowing the US government to seize a midtown Manhattan office tower that it said was effectively controlled by Iran
...a theocratic Shiite state divided among the Medes, the Persians, and the (Arab) Elamites. Formerly a fairly civilized nation ruled by a Shah, it became a victim of Islamic revolution in 1979. The nation is today noted for spontaneously taking over other countries' embassies, maintaining whorehouses run by clergymen, involvement in international drug trafficking, and financing sock puppet militias to extend the regime's influence. The word Iran is a cognate form of Aryan, the abbreviation IRGC is a cognate form of Stürmabteilung (or SA), the term Supreme Guide is a cognate form of either Shah or Führer or maybe both, and they hate Jews Zionists Jews. Their economy is based on the production of oil and vitriol...
was thrown out on Friday by a federal appeals court, which cited several errors by the trial judge.

The 3-0 decision by the 2nd US Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan is a defeat for the Department of Justice, which went to trial hoping to sell the 36-story building at 650 Fifth Avenue, perhaps for close to $1 billion, and distribute proceeds to victims of bombings and other attacks linked to Iran.

Jurors had found in June 2017 that the nonprofit Alavi Foundation, which had a 60% stake in the partnership that owned the building, violated US sanctions imposed against Iran in 1995 because it knew that the 40% owner, Assa Corp, was a front for an Iranian state-owned lender, Bank Melli.

But in Friday's decision, Circuit Judge Richard Wesley faulted trial judge Katherine Forrest, who is now in private practice, for "a troubling pattern of errors on relatively straightforward issues."

Wesley said these included admitting videotapes of former Alavi board members repeatedly invoking their constitutional right against self-incrimination, and refusing to let Alavi gather evidence to show the government sued too late.

"If this case returns to trial, a properly informed jury may or may not find for the government - a topic on which we have no opinion," Wesley wrote. "But getting to any outcome requires a fair and procedurally adequate process, something that has been lacking in this case. There are no shortcuts in the rule of law."

Separately, the same appeals court panel set aside Forrest's 155-page opinion, which followed a non-jury trial, in favor of victims of alleged terrorist attacks linked to Iran, who sought damages from Alavi and the partnership, 650 Fifth Avenue Co.

The court said victims could pursue some claims in a retrial, but not others because the partnership was not a "foreign state," as Forrest had wrongly concluded.

A front man for US Attorney Geoffrey Berman in Manhattan, whose office represented the government, declined to comment.

"We are obviously pleased," Alavi's lawyers Daniel Ruzumna and John Gleeson said in a joint statement. "All we have ever wanted and asked for is a fair shake."

A lawyer for attack victims did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, then the Shah of Iran, founded Alavi in 1973 as the Pahlavi Foundation. Its mission includes the promotion of Persian culture, including Islamic studies, in the United States.
The cases are In re: 650 Fifth Avenue and Related Properties, 2nd US Circuit Court of Appeals, No. 17-3258; and Havlish et al v 650 Fifth Avenue Co in the same court, No. 17-3278.
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Iranian woman pleads guilty in Minnesota in tech smuggling case
[IsraelTimes] Prosecutors say Negar Ghodskani established front company in Malaysia to illegally obtain restricted technology from US firms.

An Iranian woman has pleaded guilty in Minnesota to conspiring to facilitate the illegal export of technology from the US to Iran.

Forty-year-old Negar Ghodskani entered her plea Friday before US District Judge Joan Ericksen in Minneapolis. Ghodskani was indicted in 2015 in Minnesota and arrested in Australia in 2017, where she became the subject of a long extradition fight.
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Posted by: trailing wife || 08/10/2019 00:33 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6468 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iran

#1  Ghodskani represented herself to U.S. companies as a Greenwave employee based in Malaysia. ... In communications with Jalali, however, it became clear that Ghodskani was not based in Kuala Lumpur, but in Tehran; she used an e-mail address associated with Fana Moj and an e-mail signature with an Iranian telephone number and address.

What's farsi for airhead?
Posted by: Lex || 08/10/2019 3:24 Comments || Top||

#2  Oops. Missed this prior post.
Posted by: Woodrow || 08/10/2019 6:43 Comments || Top||

#3  ...you know there are blond Persians Iranians. Personally I blame a certain Macedonian tourist and his entourage.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 08/10/2019 6:43 Comments || Top||

Army warns of 'stronger response' in case of any 'misadventure' by India
[DAWN] The Army's media wing on Friday dismissed a statement made by the Indian Chinar corps commander ‐ in which he accused Pakistain of being "involved in disrupting the peace in Kashmire Valley" ‐ as "usual blatant lies".

Chinar Corps Commander Lt Gen Kanwal Jeet Singh Dhillon, during an interaction with news hounds, was asked if he thought Pakistain would "increase their attempts to try and spoil the law and order situation in the Valley".

"Pakistain Army and Pakistain have always been involved in disrupting the peace in Kashmire Valley. So I would like to believe that they are good enough to do it and recently there's been statements which have come up in which they are openly threatening about certain incidents in the Valley," Dhillon had responded. "Notwithstanding we will take care of all of them, let anyone come and try and disrupt the peace in Valley, we will have him eliminated."

Director General (DG) Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) Maj Gen Asif Ghafoor, in a tweet shared in the early hours of Friday, termed the statement "an attempt to carve out casus belli for a misadventure to divert world attention from precarious situation & atrocities in [Indian occupied Jammu and Kashmire] IOJ&K".

Posted by: Fred || 08/10/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6494 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Pakistan

#1  hahhahahahahahahaha ... I'm not laughing ...[giggle] at them. I'm laughing at my own guy, Dhillon this time. heheeheheheee just can't stop.... some things sound just so stupid.

we will take care of all of them, let anyone come and try and disrupt the peace in Valley, we will have him eliminated." By the lowly constabulary.

Ahahahahahaha ... Sorry guys. Only an Indian grunt would get the joke.
Posted by: Dron66046 || 08/10/2019 15:55 Comments || Top||

Posted by: Frank G || 08/10/2019 16:02 Comments || Top||

#3  I found peace in the valley once turned out I was in the wrong house and had to run away quickly.
Posted by: jpal || 08/10/2019 21:46 Comments || Top||

China to 'uphold justice for Pakistan' on Kashmir issue
[DAWN] China has announced it will "uphold justice for Pakistain on the international arena" and that it supports Pakistain's decision to approach the United Nations
...aka the Oyster Bay Chowder and Marching Society...
Security Council in the wake of India's decision to revoke Kashmire's special status.
But "Free Tibet!" is hegemonic and counter-revolutionary and will get you beaten
The foreign ministers of both countries held an urgent meeting in Beijing on Friday to discuss the current situation in Indian Kashmiree following the move made by India earlier this week.

A statement released by China's foreign ministry, said that it will "continue to support Pakistain in safeguarding its legitimate rights and interests".

According to the statement, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi noted that China is "seriously concerned about the latest escalation of tensions in Kashmire".

China also believes that unilateral actions "will complicate the situation" and should not be taken.

It called on Pakistain and India to "properly resolve historical grievances, get rid of the zero-sum mindset, avoid unilateral action and seek a new path to peaceful coexistence".

China recognises that the Kashmire dispute must be properly resolved "based on the UN Charter, relevant UN Security Council resolutions and bilateral agreement", said the statement.

Posted by: Fred || 08/10/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6463 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Pakistan

#1  "Evelyone buy the $5 'Justice for Kashmil' pin at the kiosk outside the General Assembly lobby."
Posted by: Dron66046 || 08/10/2019 6:00 Comments || Top||

Waqf calls for mass prayers at Temple Mount to stop Jews visiting on Tisha B’av
[IsraelTimes] Islamic body wants other Jerusalem mosques to shut Sunday in bid to boost attendance at al-Aqsa; Jewish day of mourning this year coincides with Moslem Eid al-Adha holiday.

The Moslem religious body that manages the al-Aqsa Mosque on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem’s Old City has called for all other mosques in the area to shut Sunday to boost attendance at the flash point holy site in order to block Jewish visitors from going there on Tisha B’Av.

Sunday marks the start of Eid al-Adha, an Islamic holiday commemorating the end of the annual hajj pilgrimage to Mecca, as well as the Koranic story of Abraham’s willingness to sacrifice his son Ishmael. This year, the start of Eid al-Adha coincides with the Jewish fast day of Tisha B’Av, when Jews mourn the destruction of the temples and other disasters in Jewish history.

In a letter Friday, the Moslem Waqf trust, which oversees the site, called for the closure of all mosques in Jerusalem on Sunday except for the al-Aqsa Mosque on the Temple Mount, where it said all prayers should be held.

In a statement, Grand Mufti of Jerusalem Mohammed Hussein, former grand mufti of Jerusalem Ekrima Sabri and senior Waqf official Abdel Azeem Sahlab announced that "all mosques in Jerusalem will be closed and that blessed Eid al-Adha prayers will take place in the blessed al-Aqsa Mosque."

They said the move comes in response to the Israel Police’s decision to "evaluate" whether to allow Jews on the Temple Mount on Sunday. "The people of Jerusalem and its surroundings will stand together in the face of the ambitions of the settlers," they added.

Police were set to discuss over the weekend whether to allow Jews to visit the Temple Mount on Sunday. A police front man confirmed that security forces would assess whether to all permit "visitors," including Jews, on the Temple Mount, without providing further details.

Bassem Abu Labda, a Waqf official, said in a phone call that Israel would be "wise" to bar Jews from the Temple Mount on Sunday.

Israeli authorities traditionally close the Temple Mount to non-Moslems during Islamic holidays, though in June police allowed Jewish visitors onto the site on Jerusalem Day, which fell this year during the final 10 days of Ramadan.

Hundreds of Paleostinians clashed with police at the holy site to protest the entry of Jews on Jerusalem Day, which marks Israel’s unification of the city after capturing East Jerusalem and the Old City from Jordan in the 1967 Six Day War.
Posted by: trailing wife || 08/10/2019 00:15 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6466 views] Top|| File under:

#1  In 2016, India froze the assets and terminated land parcels to the Sunni Waqf Board. For some reason, the Supreme Court overruled the order. In time, we shall remove this word from the annals of public administration. They just grab a lot of land.

The parallel to the Babri Masjid issue is an oft discussed topic of between Indian and Israeli PMs.
Posted by: Dron66046 || 08/10/2019 7:28 Comments || Top||

#2  Never heard of Waqf before. Are they like the Muslamic version of Rotarians?
Posted by: jpal || 08/10/2019 8:32 Comments || Top||

#3  As I understand it, jpal, the Waqf is a section of the Jordanian Ministry of Sacred Properties, tasked by treaty following the 1967 war to administer the Temple Mount... or at least the Muslim parts thereof.
Posted by: trailing wife || 08/10/2019 13:27 Comments || Top||

#4  Or rather, the Waqf in Israel. I don’t know anything about the Indian one.
Posted by: trailing wife || 08/10/2019 13:28 Comments || Top||

#5  If mass prayer was gonna do anything about the Juice, it would have happened long before now. Y'all need to get hobbies.
Posted by: SteveS || 08/10/2019 13:35 Comments || Top||

#6  The prayers ain't worth fucko, it's the 'mass' that they mean to exploit.

And the literal meaning of the word waqf is ‘detention’. In the legal context, waqf means detention of a property so that its produce or income may always be available for religious or charitable purposes.

When a waqf is created, the property is detained - ‘tied up’ forever and thereafter becomes non-transferable. It is a concept rooted in the medieval system of muslim land grabbing in kafir lands by claiming it for the use of Allan. The implicit idea is that the ownership of dedicated property is taken away from the person/association of persons/organization making the waqf and transferred and detained by Allan. The first wakf was obviously made by muhammad himself.

Very important fact to know. The waqf, like islamic finance is a part of legal islamism and the first overtures of islamism in a country, when the muslim population has grown a bit, is the establishment and registration of a waqf board or committee. Every city in your country will have endowed properties allotted out to registered muslim communities under a waqf board. It starts with a masjid, then expands into quarters for the caretakers and mullahs, then to the attached madarsa, cooperative housing, hospitals and so on, until they own thousands of acres of unevenly distributed property in your country. On every lease, the term waqf is mentioned, meaning it's a religious endowment and protected by the liberal nation's secular rights. Untouchable.

The only way to beat it is extralegal means - use state backed landgrabbers and muscle to tie up the land in litigation forever, or violate/dissolve the precious secular nature of your constitutions.
Posted by: Dron66046 || 08/10/2019 15:27 Comments || Top||

#7  Oops, I forgot to insert allah for allan in the title. Trying to be as clever as Fred.
Posted by: Dron66046 || 08/10/2019 15:29 Comments || Top||

Alleged CIA spy ring 'busted' by #Iran tried to gather intel on Iranian oil sales

Posted by: Fred || 08/10/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6464 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iran

Iran says any external military presence in Gulf 'source of insecurity'
[DAWN] Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on Twitter on Friday that any military presence in the Gulf from outside the region would be a "source of insecurity" for Iran, and Tehran would act to safeguard its security.

Washington is lobbying international partners to join a maritime security coalition at a time of heightened tensions with Iran. Tehran earlier on Friday warned against any presence of its arch-foe Israel in the planned coalition.

"(The) Persian Gulf is a vital lifeline and thus nat'l security priority for Iran, which has long ensured maritime security," Zarif said in his tweet.

"Mindful of this reality, any extra-regional presence is by definition (a) source of insecurity ... Iran
...a theocratic Shiite state divided among the Medes, the Persians, and the (Arab) Elamites. Formerly a fairly civilized nation ruled by a Shah, it became a victim of Islamic revolution in 1979. The nation is today noted for spontaneously taking over other countries' embassies, maintaining whorehouses run by clergymen, involvement in international drug trafficking, and financing sock puppet militias to extend the regime's influence. The word Iran is a cognate form of Aryan, the abbreviation IRGC is a cognate form of Stürmabteilung (or SA), the term Supreme Guide is a cognate form of either Shah or Führer or maybe both, and they hate Jews Zionists Jews. Their economy is based on the production of oil and vitriol...
won't hesitate to safeguard its security," Zarif said.

Britannia said on Monday it was joining the United States in the maritime security mission in the Gulf to protect vessels after Iran seized a British-flagged tanker.

Traffic in the Strait, through which about a fifth of the world's oil passes, has become the focus of a standoff between Iran and the United States after President Donald Trump
...The tack in the backside of the Democratic Party...
quit a 2015 nuclear pact and reimposed sanctions on Tehran.

Posted by: Fred || 08/10/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6472 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iran

#1  Just another anti-piracy patrol. Only people with problems would be the pirates.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 08/10/2019 6:47 Comments || Top||

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