[Libya Observer] The Libyan Education Ministry Othman Abdeljalil has cancelled over 152.000 employee salaries on the pretext that they don't have enough paperwork to prove they are eligible for their jobs.
Oil profits aren’t what they used to be, donchaknow. And so we can’t afford to pay people who aren’t doing anything, let alone something useful and necessary.
The Libyan Education Minister, according to a statement published on Facebook by the ministry, formed central and technical committees to receive appeals and pull out the cancellation of the salaries of employees who provide the necessary paperwork by the end of November 2019.
Meanwhile, ...back at the saloon, Butch got the bill for the damage caused by the fist fight, the mirror broken in the shootout, and drinks for everyone...... the Education Ministry notified teachers whose names appeared on the list by mistake that they won't be affected by the salary cutoff, urging others to appeal the decision if they have the needed paperwork and saying that it will issue formal apologies for anyone whose name is mistakingly on the list.
Days ago, the Education Ministry laid off 20 principals in 20 municipalities, replacing them with 20 others.
Angry at the decision, teachers and education employees erupted into the streets in different areas to protest this unjust conduct by the ministry and some municipalities have yet to kick off the new school year.
Some districts in western and southern Libya have partially kicked off the school year, for example, Tripoli ...a confusing city, one end of which is located in Lebanon and the other end of which is the capital of Libya. Its chief distinction is being mentioned in the Marine Hymn... started, while Tajoura and Janzour didn't.
Misrata and Sirte started schools, while Sabratha, Zuwara, Sorman, and Bani Walid didn't and neither did Sabha and Wadi Buwanis in southern Libya, but the rest of the south started school.
Posted by: Fred ||
10/29/2019 00:00 ||
Top|| File under: Arab Spring
An initiative other, (so-far) better off countries, might wish to imitate - before it's too late.
[The Mail] Before the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, and the House Committee on Oversight and Reform
Mr. Chairman and Ranking Member, thank you for the opportunity to address the Committees concerning the activities relating to Ukraine and my role in the events under investigation.
I have dedicated my entire professional life to the United States of America. For more than two decades, it has been my honor to serve as an officer in the United States Army. As an infantry officer, I served multiple overseas tours, including South Korea and Germany, and a deployment to Iraq for combat operations. In Iraq, I was wounded in an IED attack and awarded a Purple.
Since 2008, I have been a Foreign Area Officer specializing in Eurasia. In this role, I have served in the United States' embassies in Kiev, Ukraine and Moscow, Russia. In Washington, D.C., I was a politico-military affairs officer for Russia for the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs where I authored the principle strategy for managing competition with Russia. In July 2018, I was asked to serve at the National Security Council.
The privilege of serving my country is not only rooted in my military service, but also in my personal history. I sit here, as a Lieutenant Colonel in the United States Army, an immigrant. My family fled the Soviet Union when I was three and a half years old. Upon arriving in New York City in 1979, my father worked multiple jobs to support us, all the while learning English at night. He stressed to us the importance of fully integrating into our adopted country. For many years, life was quite difficult. In spite of our challenging beginnings, my family worked to build its own American dream. I have a deep appreciation for American values and ideals and the power of freedom. I am a patriot, and it is my sacred duty and honor to advance and defend OUR country, irrespective of party or politics.
For over twenty years as an active duty United States military officer and diplomat, I have served this country in a nonpartisan manner, and have done so with the utmost respect and professionalism for both Republican and Democratic administrations. Read the entire text with 'Gosudarstvenny Gimn Rossiyskoy Federatsii' playing softly in the background. Very stimulating I assure you.
I am a patriot, and it is my sacred duty and honor to advance and defend OUR country, irrespective of party or politics.
Except when it comes to sensitive information, discussions, and matters contrary to his own political beliefs and the political goals of entities he has worked closely with for a number of years (aka comrades and handlers).
Then like his old boss Dr. Fiona Hill, he departs the office and tosses in a thermite grenade on his way out the door.
Eurasia embassy hoping-FAO...? Yes, I believe we know where your loyalties lie colonel. Thanks for the CV and extensive virtue signaling. I look forward to your upcoming book.
Abu, you missed some interesting things. For example I realized that if Ukraine pursued an investigation into the Bidens and Burisma, it would likely be interpreted as a partisan play which would undoubtedly result in Ukraine losing the bipartisan support it has thus far maintained. This would all undermine U.S. national security.
grom, I read that part somewhere else. I just don't see how U.S. national security is the slightest bit dependent on Ukraine other than the corrupting influence it has on Democrat politicians. It wouldn't bother me if the Russians marched in there and sat on it for another couple of centuries any more than it has in the past. That's another reason why I think the guy's an idiot and I won't waste any more time on him.
Posted by: Abu Uluque ||
10/29/2019 13:04 Comments ||
The interesting part, IMO, Abu if Ukraine pursued an investigation into the Bidens and Burisma ... would undoubtedly result in Ukraine losing the bipartisan support i.e., "oppose the sitting POTUS or face the consequences when the government changes".
Another article..(sorry can't find link) indicated that the LtCol also said his concern was that the calls ignored "interagency" positions. In other words, the Klingons got their knickers in a bunch.
OK, grom, you talked me into it. I read the whole thing. This is the guy who fed his load of crap to the whistleblower either directly or indirectly. This guy is the leak.
Beyond that it seems clear he is more concerned about Ukrainian security than he is about American security. So, if he is not the whistleblower, he is not protected and Trump can fire him. Then Barr can prosecute him for leaking classified information.
Posted by: Abu Uluque ||
10/29/2019 14:45 Comments ||
And once more I ask: How, exactly, does any of this prove that Trump broke any law?
I heard Pelosi assert that Trump exceeded his authority and endangered national security but I don't see how.
Are we so concerned about Ukraine that we're willing to go to war with Russia? I don't believe so. We have no treaty with them and it would be foolish if we did.
Imagine if we finally decided that we'd had enough of the communists in Cuba and decided to do a little regime change down there like we've done in Iraq and Libya, like we've attempted to do in Egypt and Syria. Then imagine that Russia gets involved just like some in this country would like to get involved in Ukraine. Do you think Pelosi would wet her panties?
Posted by: Abu Uluque ||
10/29/2019 14:59 Comments ||
“I did not think it was proper to demand that a foreign government investigate a U.S. citizen, and I was worried about the implications for the U.S. government’s support of Ukraine,” Colonel Vindman said in his statement. “I realized that if Ukraine pursued an investigation into the Bidens and Burisma it would likely be interpreted as a partisan play which would undoubtedly result in Ukraine losing the bipartisan support it has thus far maintained.”
First, he is not there to judge the conversation between two sitting presidents. He was not voted into office and while he is an FAO, he should remember he is NOT a decision maker, policy maker or any other thing other than a phone monitor there to scribe the conversation. With this statement he placed his loyalty to the Ukraine and them getting the money over the president of the United States and the President's strategic objectives. If he felt that strongly he should have filed an IG complaint instead of talking about it to some over politicized woman in the CIA and getting her to file one.
Posted by: 49 Pan ||
10/29/2019 15:21 Comments ||
Ya, I'm pissed. He embarrassed the US Army Officer Corp. The money going to the Ukraine was more important to him that a Coup d'état in the United States.
Posted by: 49 Pan ||
10/29/2019 15:25 Comments ||
Beyond that it seems clear he is more concerned about Ukrainian security than he is about American security.
Actually, I meant exactly the opposite - IMO, he's part of the clique determined to have conflict with Russia - contrary to the wishes of his CinC*. And perfectly willing to use Ukraine as an expendable pawn. Or, at least an excuse to justify his unprofessional behavior "It's not that I oppose the Orange Man on any subject, I'm concerned for Ukraine".
*I wonder to what degree they're encouraged by the Chinese.
p.s. As to Ukraine, I fully share Lex's sentiments - cubed (my mother's family comes from Ukraine, the survivors).
Ref #14: Another article..(sorry can't find link) indicated that the LtCol also said his concern was that the calls ignored "interagency" positions. In other words, the Klingons got their knickers in a bunch. Posted by Mercutio
EXACTLY! And as their (Klingon's) dedicated point man, it was his responsibility to throw the flag and he knew precisely where to throw it. Pan, Lex, Merc and everyone else nailed it.
The exact words of the Uniform Code of Military Justice Article 88 - Contempt Toward Public Officials states: "Any commissioned officer who uses contemptuous words against the President, the Vice President, Congress, the Secretary of Defense, the Secretary of a military department, the Secretary of Transportation, or the Governor or legislature of any State, Territory, Commonwealth, or possession in which he is on duty or present shall be punished as a court-martial may direct."
[Politico] Former Attorney General Jeff Sessions is strongly considering jumping into the race for his old Senate seat in Alabama, according to multiple Republican sources familiar with the matter.
Sessions would scramble the already crowded field of Republicans seeking to take on Democratic Sen. Doug Jones, who won a 2017 special election to fill the remainder of Sessions' term and is widely viewed as the most vulnerable senator on the ballot next year.
Sessions served in the Senate for two decades before being tapped by President Donald Trump to lead the Justice Department. The two had a bitter, public falling out over Sessions' decision to recuse himself from the DOJ's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election.
Sessions, 72, must decide within days whether to run: Candidates have until Nov. 8 to qualify for the ballot.
Sessions was AWOL from his office as DOJ AG. He should not have recused himself, was weak (caved to the Dems) and did little to clean up the mess in the DOJ and FBI. There are no guarantees he wouldn't be another Romney.
[Times of San Diego] The guided-missile destroyer heavily damaged in a collision with a merchant ship in 2017 has returned to the fleet after extensive repairs in Japan.
The Navy announced Sunday that the USS John S. McCain had completed necessary repairs and weapons upgrades and is in the midst of comprehensive testing at sea.
The destroyer collided with the merchant vessel Alnic MC in the early morning hours of Aug. 21, 2017, off the coast of Singapore and Malaysia, east of the heavily traveled Strait of Malacca. Ten sailors were killed.
The warship's commander and executive officer were later relieved of duty. Career over
The John S. McCain, named for both the grandfather and father of the late Sen. John S. McCain III, is assigned to Destroyer Squadron 15 and forward deployed to Yokosuka, Japan. The USS Meggy Moo was stuck in drydock, too wide to exit
"This whole crew is eager to get back to sea, and that's evident in the efforts they've made over the last two years to bring the ship back to fighting shape, and the energy they've put into preparing themselves for the rigors of at-sea operations," said Cmdr. Ryan T. Easterday, the warship's commanding officer.
During the repair upgrades were made to the ship's computer network, antenna systems, radar array and combat weapons systems.
Re #3: Herb, read the article. The USS John McCain was named after Senator McCain's father and grandfather. Both of them were admirals.
Posted by: Rambler in Virginia ||
10/29/2019 8:46 Comments ||
And you know of them only because the US government was messing with the internal affairs of Japan's mainland rights, and the targeting of Yamamoto's transport plane only extended the first chapter of US forever war doctrine.
[DAWN] An accountability court in Lahore on Monday declared SLearned Elders of Islamn Shahbaz, son of PML-N President Shahbaz Sharif ...Pak dynastic politician, brother of PM Nawaz Sharif, chief minister of Punjab... , a proclaimed offender in a money laundering case against the Sharif family and issued fresh non-bailable arrest warrants against him.
Accountability court judge Ameer Mohammad Khan issued the orders on a request of the National Accountability Bureau (NAB). The accountability watchdog informed the court that all of SLearned Elders of Islamn's properties have already been seized as per the court's earlier order.
During the hearing, Advocate Hafiz Asadullah Awan on behalf of NAB contended that SLearned Elders of Islamn did not appear before the accountability watchdog despite six call-up notices.
The counsel informed the court that the NAB chairman had already issued arrest warrants for the suspect in the case. He added that SLearned Elders of Islamn had fled from the country [to avoid NAB proceedings against him].
[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] Leaders from three of the world’s major religions have joined forces against assisted suicide and euthanasia, in a declaration issued at the Vatican.
The declaration, backed by leaders of Christianity, Islam and Judaism, states that no health care provider should be "coerced or pressured" into providing assisted suicide or any form of euthanasia.
That should be the case even if local legal systems permit such acts, according to the declaration a copy of which the Vatican released on Monday.
The document adds that when death is imminent despite the medical treatments and technologies used, "it is justified to make the decision to withhold certain forms of medical treatment that would only prolong a precarious life of suffering."
[Telegraph] Syrian government forces and the Turkish military clashed on Tuesday for the first time since Ankara launched an offensive in northeastern Syria three weeks ago, a war monitor said.
"Heavy fighting erupted for the first time between the Syrian and Turkish armies," the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported. "Let's you and him fight"
The Britain-based monitoring group said artillery and machinegun fire was exchanged near the village of Assadiya, south of the border town of Ras al-Ain.
At least six Syrian soldiers were wounded in the fighting, the Observatory said.
The Turkish military and its Syrian proxies attacked Kurdish forces in northeastern Syria on October 9 with the aim of creating a roughly 30-kilometre (20-mile) deep buffer zone.
An Iranian beauty queen who has been stranded in a Philippines airport for three weeks after Iran issued an arrest warrant for her says that the case against her is fake in an exclusive interview with Al Arabiya English.https://t.co/jSHUhzlpjTpic.twitter.com/yVY5GvVDOM
A big deal. Seems at first glance as if the judge merely opened the door a crack - he's limiting the discovery to three out of 33 alleged false and defamatory statements and actions by defendant WaPo - but on inspection, the door is now wide open to all kinds of discovery.
While on the surface a relatively narrow ruling, reopening only a limited number of factual claims, it is in fact a big win for Sandmann His attorneys now get to take discovery on the WaPo process that went into the story. That inquiry will not be limited to the three factual statements, because the process by which those statements made it into the WaPo reporting is the same process by which all the dismissed statements were reported. The entire process will be subject to depositions and document discovery. Sandmann’s attorneys likely will find facts to bolster a number of their claims, so expect a Second Amended Complaint with the results of the discovery process..
They'll just interpret it as an attack on journalism. Nobody will be convinced. The fact that the Covington kids did nothing wrong is supported by evidence. But all they'll see is "racists attacking our journalists for fake reasons".
Like Agent Mulder said, "I want to believe". And you'll never, ever convince them that we're right about anything. We are The Other to them. They care as much about us as we care about an Afghani goatherder.
Posted by: Herb McCoy ||
10/29/2019 6:35 Comments ||
Seems some people's only piece of advice is just give up. Why not program this macro to make commenting easier:
"Take the advice leftists give women regarding rape: Do not resist, lie back and enjoy it."
Posted by: M. Murcek ||
10/29/2019 8:47 Comments ||
They'll just interpret it as an attack on journalism.
Which it is, but naturally it's misinterpreted. They attacked Nick Sandmann first; this is a counterpunch (one of many) and I hope Jeff Bezos loses the fight. I think he's inclined to make it a war of attrition and huge legal bills; that's the only way WaPo's gonna win.
Defamation cases are always an uphill battle but Sandmann's attorney has an outstanding track record in such cases. Don't bet against him.
Interesting that the judge in reopening the case appears to focus on the strongest pillars in the complaint. There is no question that WaPo scum falsely and maliciously reported that the kid physically assaulted the nutjob drum-banger/provocateur rather than v-v by blicking his oath and getting in his face.
The exact opposite of what happened, as was obvious immediately to anyone who took the trouble to watch any of the numerous long videos that were published almost immediately by many different eyewitnesses.
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.