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Yemen Opposition: Saleh Agrees to Sign Peace Plan. Really.
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Good morning
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#1  Happy Birthday/Daily Gam Shot

Scarlett Johansson aka Grace MacLean in "The Horse Whisperer" aka Rebecca in "Ghost World" aka Charlotte in "Lost in Translation" aka Griet in "Girl with a Pearl Earring" aka Pursy Will in "A Love Song for Bobby Long" aka Nola Rice in "Match Point" aka Natalie Rushman/Natasha Romanoff in "Iron Man 2" aka Olivia Wenscombe in "The Prestige" aka Cristina in "Vicky Cristina Barcelona" aka Jordan Two Delta / Sarah Jordan in "The Island" aka Kelly Foster in "We Bought a Zoo (New Release)" aka Natasha Romanoff / Black Widow in "The Avengers (2012)" (age 27)

Bonus Gam Shot
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#2  My wife's B-Day as well....SJ is hot but she's such a lefty loon that it takes her down a few notches. Call me strange but I find women less attractive based on their ideology... Now...Angie Harmon...all righty then!
Posted by: Warthog || 11/22/2011 11:06 Comments || Top||

#3  Just setting cookies! hmm... talk about nice cookies...
Posted by: CrazyFool || 11/22/2011 12:16 Comments || Top||

#4  Happy Mrs. Warthog's birthday, Warthog dear!
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Africa Horn
Troops set to carry out major assault on rebels
... successor to the Islamic Courts...
cut-throats have a tough fight on their hands as regional armies led by the Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) prepare to surround their remaining strongholds and flush them out. (Read: Al-Qaeda camp hit by Kenya jets and ships)

Ethiopian troops crossed into Somalia at the weekend to back the ongoing military operation spearheaded by KDF and the Transitional Federal Government (TFG) army to wipe out the terror outfit blamed for attacks in the region.

TFG welcomed Ethiopian forces, but raised illusory sovereignty concerns.

"We welcome Ethiopian troops -- if they have entered Somalia -- and any other country that contributes forces to fight against the Al-Shabaab bad boys, as long as they do not violate our illusory sovereignty," Mr Hussein Arab Isse said.

Media reports quoted local elders saying they had seen several convoys of Ethiopian troops moving into Somalia's central Galgudud and Hiran regions, while witnesses said lines of trucks also crossed to the war-torn nation via Kenya into the far south.

"We need help from the international community in the fight against the Al-Qaeda-linked bad boys," Isse told news hounds after returning from meetings in Ethiopia on Sunday.

But despite residents confirming independently that the Ethiopian forces had joined the war against Al-Shabaab, Addis Ababa maintained it had not sent troops to the war-torn nation.

"Ethiopia has not entered Somalia... In the past, people might have seen light reconnaissance teams and confused them with troop deployments," Ethiopian government front man Bereket Simon was quoted as saying.

He also dismissed threats by the cut-throats on Sunday that Al-Shabaab would "break the necks" of Ethiopian troops.

The decision on whether Ethiopia should send troops will be made on Friday at an Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (Igad) Heads of State meeting in Addis Ababa.

"We are waiting for what Igad decides and without that decision, Ethiopia is not going to act unilaterally," Mr Bereket said.

Kenya military front man Major Emmanuel Chirchir also dismissed reports by the cut-throats that they had attacked two vessels belonging to the Kenya Navy on Sunday.

The cut-throats told the press in Mogadishu that the attack was carried out using four speedboats and inflicted heavy damage on the two vessels.

"That is typical Al-Shabaab propaganda, the purported attack never took place," Major Chirchir said.

Residents of Kudha' area in Lower Juba region separately informed the media in Mogadishu that they heard the sound of heavy fire and could see tracer lights in the night's darkness during a battle between the Kenyan sailors and Al-Shabaab attackers that lasted about 20 minutes at the waters of Madawa Island.

Area residents claimed one of the Navy vessels caught fire, but it was quickly put out by the Kenyan troops.

Endanger ordinary people

A Somalia MP Muse Nur Amin warned that any attempt by Al-Shabaab to attack the Kenya Navy would only endanger ordinary Somalis.

"Kenya is likely to retaliate against attacks," Mr Amin said. "The consequence could be very serious for the coastal dwellers," he added.

Al-Shabaab leaders may have established links with pirates, he said.

"The pirates may be helping the Islamist movement by providing the necessary speedboats and other stuff for assaults," he said.

There were also reports that trucks belonging to the TFG had been attacked by Al-Shabaab cut-throats on Sunday as they went to escort vehicles carrying supplies to Kenyan troops in Dobley.

The vehicles had left Belles Qooqani en-route to Dobley when the convoy was ambushed and several soldiers injured.

...back at the abandoned silver mine, the water was up to Jack's neck and still rising...
the Human Rights Watch
... dedicated to bitching about human rights violations around the world...
has protested to the Kenya government about alleged detention and ill-treatment of civilians in Somalia and Kenya by the Kenyan troops.

HRW director of Africa Division Daniel Bekele wrote to Defence minister Yusuf Haji listing instances when he claimed Kenyan troops attacked civilians.

He listed alleged incidents in Jilib, Southern Somalia and Garissa and Kiunga areas in Kenya.

"A witness told Human Rights Watch that on November 11, military personnel jugged individuals solely on the basis of their Somali appearance. The witness saw military personnel picking up suspects at pubs around Garissa, including DRC Pub and Locus; he later drove to Town Club and saw military personnel detaining additional suspects there, as well as pulling drivers out of taxis," the letter read.

Fishing boat

"On the night of November 3 the Kenyan Navy intercepted a fishing boat near Kiunga, on the Kenyan coast near the Somalia border," the report added.

"The Navy instructed the fishing boat to remain anchored for the night and promised to escort it to Ngomeni the next morning. At approximately 1am on November 4, the Navy ship approached and fired on the fishing boat, which remained anchored off the shore of Kiunga. According to MHRF, four non-combatants were killed, all of them elderly Kenyans," it went on.

...back at the laboratory the fumes had dispersed, to reveal an ominous sight...
TFG Prime Minister Abdiweli Mohamed has welcomed Britannia's plan to host an international conference next year to tackle instability in Somalia and protecting ships from pirates in the Gulf of Aden.

"This is the right time to help Somalia in order to consolidate security gains in the capital city and other parts of the country," the PM noted in a statement.
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Africa North
Brotherhood's El-Beltagi ejected from Tahrir
[Al Ahram] The Moslem Brüderbund's Mohamed El-Beltagi was thrown out of Tahrir Square ‎by protesters on Monday.‎

El-Beltagi, a former MP and leader of the Brotherhood's Freedom and Justice ‎Party, has expressed support for the protesters since they first locked horns with Central Security ‎Forces (CSF) on Saturday in and around the iconic square. ‎

In a statement on Monday, the Brotherhood condemned police brutality and held Egypt's ruling Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) responsible for the ongoing violence.‎

The group, however, had declined to join the Tahrir Square protesters, which has enraged many of those who have remained in the square in the face of violent police and military crackdowns which left over 30 people dead and hundreds injured. ‎

Bloody confrontations between protesters and security forces erupted on Saturday after police tried to forcibly ‎disperse a small Tarhir Square sit-in.‎

On Monday afternoon, Beltagi announced that the Brotherhood would, after all, join the Tahrir protesters. Expecting to be joined by several thousand Brotherhood youth, the Tahrir protesters were surprised to find Beltagi himself, accompanied by a few supporters, coming to the square. These seem to have enraged the protesters who denied the leader of the Freedom and Justice Party entry to the square, and sent him away.
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Tahrir Square tense as numbers swell and revolutionaries articulate demands
[Al Ahram] Although prominent holy man Sheikh Mazhar Shaheen tried to mediate a truce between protesters and security ‎forces on Sunday, both sides nevertheless locked horns again in Cairo's Tahrir Square ‎for the third consecutive day on Monday.

Calls for Egypt's ruling military council to step down have ‎only grown louder, meanwhile, with a million-man march now slated for Tuesday. ‎

Shaheen said he had sat down with police commanders on Sunday and persuaded them to ‎release six demonstrators placed in long-term storage during the last two days of ‎bloody confrontations. ‎ He also tried to persuade protesters and police to halt attacks on each other -- but, ‎evidently, to no avail. ‎
‎ ‎
Thousands of protesters were in the square this morning, refusing ‎to leave the revolution's epicentre. Some attempted to march to the ‎nearby interior ministry building, with security forces responding with teargas and gunfire.‎The numbers of protesters have been swelling since daybreak, reaching some 20,000 by early evening.

At one point, a group of young met struck metal traffic signs with ‎wooden rods and stones at the entrance of Mohamed Mahmoud Street, which leads to ‎the interior ministry building and which has witnessed the fiercest festivities since Saturday.‎

The recurrent festivities now resemble trench warfare, with multitudes ‎of protesters swarming towards the interior ministry before being pushed back by teargas-firing security forces. Gunfire continues to echo throughout ‎the area. ‎

Numerous demonstrators have suffered the effects of ‎teargas, including suffocation, with several being taken to ‎ambulances near the Mogamma, Cairo's largest administrative building, and to ‎makeshift field hospitals.‎

Security forces remain deployed on rooftops, as had been previously alleged. ‎From these vantage points, teargas canisters rained down on ‎protesters who continued their back-and-forth attacks and retreats for several hours. Some of them set fire to tyres strewn in the street.‎

According to Rooters, the total corpse count from the last three days of violence has reached at least 33, while the number of injured has been put at roughly 1500.‎
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#2  Dyslectic community organizers of the world untie.
Posted by: JohnQC || 11/22/2011 10:58 Comments || Top||

Egypt Military Rejects Cabinet Resignation
[An Nahar] Egypt's ruling Supreme Council of the Armed Forces on Monday rejected the resignation of Prime Minister Essam Sharaf's cabinet, state television
... and if you can't believe state television who can you believe?
reported, quoting a military source.
What're they gonna do? Shoot 'em?
Cabinet front man Mohammed Hegazy said earlier that the cabinet had resigned, as deadly festivities raged for a third day in Cairo's Tahrir Square.

The festivities have left 24 people dead and plunged Egypt into its worst crisis since the fall of Hosni Mubarak
...The former President-for-Life of Egypt, dumped by popular demand in early 2011...
in February.

"The government of Prime Minister Essam Sharaf has handed its resignation to the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces," Hegazy said in a statement carried by the official MENA news agency.

"Owing to the difficult circumstances the country is going through, the government will continue working" until the resignation is accepted, he said.

The government expressed "deep regret over the painful events, and based on this it handed its resignation (on Sunday) to the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces."

The current political turbulence threatens to derail parliamentary elections scheduled for November 28 -- the first polls since the ouster of Mubarak in February.

Sharaf was appointed in March to massive nationwide support, but the same protesters who carried him on their shoulders in Tahrir Square to celebrate his nomination gradually turned into his fiercest critics, slamming his weakness in the face of the SCAF.

He ignored numerous calls for his resignation in recent months, saying while his resignation would turn him into "a national hero", he would stick to the job in order to fulfill the goals of the revolution.

But 10 months after Mubarak's ouster, protesters have vehemently denounced Sharaf's government and the ruling military council which they accuse of trying to maintain a grip on power.

In Tahrir Square, protesters welcomed the news of the resignation.

"Good. Now SCAF must resign, and we need to hold them accountable," said teacher Tarek Sabri, 35.

Political forces have repeatedly criticized the SCAF for not giving the cabinet its full prerogatives.

"We need a government with full powers," said Mohammed al-Hita, a leading activist with the National Association for Change set up by former U.N. nuclear watchdog chief Mohamed ElBaradei.
Egyptian law scholar and Iranian catspaw. He was head of the IAEA from December 1997 to November 2009. At some point during his tenure he was purchased by the Iranians. ElBaradei and the IAEA were jointly awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for something in 2005. After stepping down from his IAEA position ElBaradei attempted to horn in on the 2011 Egyptian protests which culminated in the collapse of the Mubarak regime. ElBaradei served on the Board of Trustees of the International Crisis Group, a lefty NGO that is bankrolled by the Carnegie Foundation, the Ford Foundation, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, as well as George Soros' Open Society Institute. Soros himself serves as a member of the organization's Executive Committee.
"Any government under the same restrictions by SCAF will be worthless," said the 24-year-old.

Activists and parties behind the uprising that toppled Mubarak have called for a mass rally on Tuesday to demand that the army cede power to civilian rule.

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Egypt military calls for crisis talks with political forces
[Al Ahram] Egypt's ruling military on Monday called for crisis talks with the country's political forces, as deadly clashes raged for a third day between police and protesters demanding democratic change
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Yemen Opposition: Saleh Agrees to Sign Peace Plan. Really.
[An Nahar] Yemen's embattled President President-for-Life Ali Abdullah Saleh
... Saleh initially took power as a strongman of North Yemen in 1977, when disco was in flower, but he didn't invite Donna Summer to the inauguration and Blondie couldn't make it...
has agreed to sign a plan to transfer power to his deputy and end the crisis that has gripped the country since January, a senior opposition figure said on Monday.

"The negotiations that have been under way for the past three days have led to an agreement by which the Gulf initiative and mechanisms for implementing it will be signed on Tuesday," Mohammed Bassandawa, who heads the National Council of revolutionary forces, told Agence La Belle France Presse.

The plan submitted by the six-nation Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) calls on Saleh to hand power to his deputy, Abdrabuh Mansour Hadi, thus ending his 33-year rule in return for immunity from prosecution.

Saleh has so far refused to sign the agreement, despite violence which has seen hundreds of people killed and thousands maimed since an uprising against his regime erupted in January.

Bassandawa refused to give more details on the negotiations which he said finally persuaded Saleh to sign the GCC deal which the wealthy neighbors of impoverished Yemen first proposed in April.

There was no immediate confirmation from the Yemeni authorities, however.

A GCC official told AFP in Riyadh that the six-nation group's chief, Abdul Latif al-Zayani, could travel to Sanaa if Yemen's political rivals were ready to seal the deal.

"The secretary general will go to Sanaa in the next two days if the Yemeni parties are ready to sign the Gulf initiative," the official said.

Several opposition sources insisted the plan would be signed on Tuesday in Sanaa, and said Zayani would probably attend.

An opposition official, speaking on condition of anonymity
... for fear of being murdered...
, said an agreement was reached "concerning the mechanisms for the implementation" of the GCC plan "and an agreement was reached."

In line with this accord, "President-for-Life Saleh
... exemplifying the Arab's propensity to combine brutality with incompetence...
will sign on Tuesday in Sanaa the Gulf initiative," said the opposition official.

"Vice President Abdrabuh Mansour Hadi, leaders of the (ruling) General People's Congress and of the opposition will also sign the mechanism for implementing the agreement on Tuesday," the opposition leader said.

But he also sounded a note of caution, saying: "This in an agreement in principle."

Saleh, who has been in power since 1978, has repeatedly thwarted efforts by the GCC and the United Nations
...an organization which on balance has done more bad than good, with the good not done well and the bad done thoroughly...
, to ensure the pact is signed.

On May 1 the GCC called off a signing ceremony because Saleh refused at the last minute to sign the document. A second ceremony on May 22 was also scrapped for the same reason.

The GCC plan proposes the formation in Sanaa of a government of national unity, Saleh transferring power to Hadi and an end to the deadly protests rocking the impoverished Arabian Peninsula nation since late January.

Saleh would submit his resignation to parliament within 30 days, to be followed two months later by a presidential election.

The latest developments come as a U.N. Security Council meeting on Yemen which was due to take place on Monday was postponed at the request of the political rivals in Sanaa.

"The Security Council meeting was postponed to November 28 at the request of the protagonists" of the Yemen crisis, Jamal Benomar, the U.N.'s envoy to Yemen, said on Sunday.

Benomar has been in Sanaa since last week for talks aimed at ending 10 months of political deadlock and bloodshed.

The 15-member Security Council unanimously passed Resolution 2014 on October 21 condemning the Sanaa regime's crackdown on the mass anti-regime protest movement that has swept the country.

It also called on Saleh to sign the initiative submitted by the GCC which groups Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Soddy Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.

The political turmoil in Yemen has seen powerful tribes and army dissidents join opposition parliamentarians and youth protesters in their struggle to oust Saleh.

The unrest has left Yemen's already impoverished economy on the brink of collapse.

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Several Hurt as Saudi Forces Fire on Protest
[An Nahar] Saudi security forces opened fire on protesters in the Eastern Province Shiite region of al-Qatif on Monday, wounding several people, witnesses said.

The demonstrators had taken to the streets in the town of Shwika to protest against the death overnight Sunday of a 19-year-old Shiite man, Nasser al-Mheishi, accusing police of killing him, the witnesses said.

Mheishi had been maimed near a police checkpoint in unclear circumstances.

"The police told us that gunnies had opened fire on the police checkpoint ... and that my son was caught in the crossfire between the police and the gunnies, and was struck by four bullets," the man's father, Ali al-Mheishi told Agence La Belle France Presse.

But a witness later said that one of the coppers at the checkpoint shot Mheishi dead, his father said.

A police front man in the Eastern Province declined to comment.

According to Orcs and similar vermin the death is the second in the past few days after another young man was shot by security forces in the Shiite town of Awamiya.

In October 14 people, including 11 coppers, were maimed during festivities in Awamiya between security forces and demonstrators.

At the time the interior ministry in the Sunni-ruled kingdom blamed "outlaws" for the violence.

The group carried out acts causing "insecurity with incitement from a foreign country that aims to undermine the nation's security and stability," a ministry front man said in an indirect reference to Shiite Iran.

The overwhelming majority of the estimated two million Saudi Shiites live in Eastern Province, which neighbors Bahrain where authorities, supported by Saudi-led Gulf troops, earlier this year crushed a Shiite-led protest.

Shiites in oil-rich Soddy Arabia often complain of being marginalized.

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#1  International outrage in 5..4..3, eons?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 11/22/2011 1:55 Comments || Top||

#2  .com used to say that the Shiite section is where the oil is...
Posted by: trailing wife || 11/22/2011 15:50 Comments || Top||

Pakistani family stand trial for 'honour killing'
[Dawn] MONS, Belgium: A Pak family of four went on trial on Monday for the "honour killing" of their 20-year-old child and sister, who defied them by living with a Belgian and refusing an arranged marriage.

Sadia Sheikh, a Belgian law student of Pak origin, was rubbed out by three bullets allegedly fired by her older brother Mudusar on October 22, 2007, when visiting her family in the hopes of patching up their quarrel.

Her parents and sister are accused of aiding and abetting the killing.

The four face sentences of life imprisonment if found guilty by a jury of five women and seven men at a high-profile trial also involving rights groups pleading for gender equality as part of a civil suit at the hearings.

The trial is expected to last three to four weeks.

Sadia Sheikh left the family home to study after her shopkeeper parents tried to arrange a marriage with a cousin living in Pakistain she had never met.

Before moving in with a Belgian man her age named Jean, she was helped by fellow-students and teachers and also spent some time in a centre for victims of domestic violence, where she drew up a will as she felt threatened.

She had nonetheless agreed to visit the family in hopes of making peace the day she was shot.

Her father Tarik Mahmood Sheikh, 61, mother Zahida Parveen Sariya, 59, and sister Sariya, 22, also facing charges of "attempting to arrange a marriage," have denied involvement in the murder, saying Mudusar, now aged 27, killed his sister in a fit of anger.
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Home Front: WoT
"The Perfect Terrorist" airs 11/22 on PBS
This promises to be interesting.
It wasn't until after the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks that much of the world recognized the threat of Lashkar-i-Taiba. But in France, a renowned judge had been warning about the Pakistan-based militant group's international ambitions for years..."Today Pakistan is the heart of the terrorist threat," Bruguière, now a French envoy working with the European Union on counter-terror issues, told Rotella. "And it may be too late to do anything about it."
The presentation will also give attention to David Headley's rise from heroin dealer and U.S. government informant to highly trained terrorist/spy and master plotter of the 2008 attack on Mumbai.
Posted by: Anguper Hupomosing9418 || 11/22/2011 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6459 views] Top|| File under:

#1  A "how-to" training film?
Posted by: Lumpy Bluetooth9869 || 11/22/2011 8:50 Comments || Top||

#2  On 9-11 Pakistan was down to its last foreign currency reserves, under US sanctions. Sindhis, Balochis, Waziris, and Pashtos were all revolting against the Punjabi majority. After 9-11, all of America's most sophisticated technology was shipped to Pakistan. Wonder how that happened?
Posted by: Bill Schwarzeneggar4060 || 11/22/2011 13:15 Comments || Top||

#3  all of America's most sophisticated technology was shipped to Pakistan

Congratulations - You've won the Rantburg Hyperventilating Hyperbole Award for the month of November.
Posted by: Pappy || 11/22/2011 20:53 Comments || Top||

Fourteen Pakistani troops killed in rebel ambush: military
[Dawn] Fourteen Pak soldiers were killed on Monday in an ambush blamed on separatist rebels in the country's southwestern Balochistan
...the Pak province bordering Kandahar and Uruzgun provinces in Afghanistan and Sistan Baluchistan in Iran. Its native Baloch propulation is being displaced by Pashtuns and Punjabis and they aren't happy about it...
province, the Frontier Corps paramilitary force said.

It was one of the deadliest attacks on Pak troops and marked the highest number of military dead in a single incident since March when friendly fire killed 13 soldiers on the northwestern border with Afghanistan.

Up to four dozen rebels struck before dawn in the Musa Khel district, 400 kilometres (250 miles) southeast of the scenic provincial capital Quetta in one of the most troubled and deprived parts of Pakistain, bordering Afghanistan and Iran.

The military said the troops were guarding a private coal mine and blamed the attack on Baloch rebels, who rose up in 2004 to demand political autonomy and a greater share of profits from the province's wealth of natural resources.

"Fourteen paramilitary personnel, including a major, were killed and several others were maimed. Baloch cut-throats were involved," the front man told AFP.

Security officials said the rebels were armed with automatic weapons and that most of the soldiers died from gunshot wounds in the remote area.

The wilds of Balochistan, virtually a no-go area for journalists, is deeply troubled not only by local insurgency, but militancy and a rising number of sectarian attacks on minority Shia Moslems.

The province straddles a key NATO
...the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. Originally it was a mutual defense pact directed against an expansionist Soviet Union. In later years it evolved into a mechanism for picking the American pocket while criticizing the cut of the American pants...
supply route into neighbouring Afghanistan and on Sunday gunnies torched three trucks carrying supplies to US-led troops.

The federal government, elected in February 2008, has struggled to implement reforms and inject more money in order to appease Baloch nationalists.

Security officials said Musa Khel, which is dominated by ethnic Pashtuns and borders the Baloch-dominated district of Kohlu, had seen several private coal mines closed due to local tribal disputes.

Troops intervened to resolve those disputes. The coal mines were inaugurated by army chief General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani
... four star general, current Chief of Army Staff of the Mighty Pak Army. Kayani is the former Director General of ISI...
in August and work began with the military providing protection, the officials said.

But Baloch separatist rebels oppose the military presence and there have been a string of attacks on troops in the area.

The scene of Monday's attack was not far from Sui town, where two other soldiers were killed in a bombing on Saturday.

Last month, Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani
... Pakistain's erstwhile current prime minister, whose occasional feats of mental gymnastics can be awe-inspiring ...
said the government planned to create 20,000 jobs in Balochistan, admitting that past neglect of the region had fuelled its troubles.

He announced a six percent employment quota in some federal government departments and the introduction of 3,000 jobs in tribal police for Balochistan residents.

But previous attempts at regional reform have failed to raise the sparsely populated area from poverty and conflict.

In November 2009, the government announced a package of reforms, including an increase in the provincial budget as well as constitutional, administrative, political and economic reforms in a bid to grant Balochistan more independence.

But there is dispute over how much of the deal ever came to fruition.

Hundreds of people have died since Baloch bully boyz rose up in 2004 demanding autonomy and a greater share of the profits from natural resources in the mineral-rich province.

Disappearances and the discovery of bullet-riddled and tortured bodies in the province that the families of victims blame on security and intelligence forces have led human rights
...which often include carefully measured allowances of freedom at the convenience of the state...
activists to call for investigations into the killings.
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'Mastermind' of Saudi consulate attack killed, three held
[Dawn] The suspected criminal mastermind of a grenade attack on the Saudi consulate general in Bloody Karachi died at a local hospital from bullet wounds he sustained during an armed encounter in Gulistan-i-Jauhar on Sunday, police said.
So he'll be telling no tales...
Crime Branch SSP Farooq Awan told Dawn that the police tossed in the slammer three suspects on Sunday morning within the remit of the Eidgah cop shoppe.

The suspects -- Zaki alias Mustafa, Mohsin and Mohammad Ali Kazmi -- allegedly belonging to the 'Mehdi force' disclosed their involvement in the Saudi consulate grenade attack and other sectarian killings. Three pistols and an AK-47 assault rifle were seized from them.

The SSP said that suspect Zaki told the police about a fourth suspect, Asif Manu, said to be the criminal mastermind of the grenade attack on Saudi consulate general in Bloody Karachi.

Acting on the information, a police team raided a hideout in a residential complex, Rabia City, in Gulistan-i-Jauhar to arrest him. However,
a hangover is the wrath of grapes...
the suspected criminal mastermind opened fire on the police and tried to escape. An encounter ensued and during the exchange of fire, the suspect suffered bullet wounds and was shifted to the Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre for treatment, the SSP said, adding that the maimed suspect died in the hospital.

The police said a computerised national identity card was seized from the suspect and the name written on the document was Syed Tabish Husain.

"It is not clear if the CNIC is real or fake, as we know him as Asif Manu," SSP Awan said.

The grenade attack was carried out at the Saudi consulate in the Defence Housing Authority in May.
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Britain Cuts Ties with Iran Banks over Nuclear Concerns
[An Nahar] Finance minister George Osborne said Monday Britannia was cutting links with Iranian banks because of "evidence" that they are involved in the development of a nuclear weapons program.

"The UK government has just announced new financial sanctions against Iran. We are ceasing all contact between the UK financial system and the Iranian banking system," Osborne said.

The Treasury said it was the first time Britannia had cut an entire country's banking sector off from the British financial sector.

The move follows the latest reports from the U.N. nuclear watchdog which last week expressed "deep" concern over Iran's nuclear ambitions.

Osborne said in a statement: "We believe that the Iranian regime's actions pose a significant threat to the UK's national security and the international community.

Posted by: Fred || 11/22/2011 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6461 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iran

#1  It took them this long to figure it out?
Posted by: Ebbang Uluque6305 || 11/22/2011 11:33 Comments || Top||

#2  Banks? "We don't need no stinking" Po-Dunk banks...Read 'em 'n weep


Posted by: Angoper Smith4384 || 11/22/2011 21:51 Comments || Top||

#3  Don't post into comments offtopic articles, don't post the entirety for the text unattributed and without link.
Posted by: badanov || 11/22/2011 22:49 Comments || Top||

Turkish pilgrims attacked in Syria
[Al Ahram] A bus carrying Turkish pilgrims came under attack in neighbouring Syria as they were travelling back from the Islamic Hajj pilgrimage in Soddy Arabia, leaving two injured, according to media reports on Monday.

The private CNN-Turk television station, citing unconfirmed claims, said the attack had been carried out by Syrian soldiers when the bus took a wrong turn near the flashpoint city of Homs.

"We confirm that an attack took place in Syria," a foreign ministry official told AFP, without giving any further information.
Posted by: Fred || 11/22/2011 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6457 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Syria

Syrian Forces Kill 12 Civilians as Regime Says 4 'Terrorists' Dead
[An Nahar] At least 12 Syrians were rubbed out Monday in raids by security forces in the central provinces of Homs and Hama, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

The state news agency SANA said four "terrorists" were killed, including a suspect high on a wanted list, while also reporting that two judges were kidnapped in Hama.

"Two people were killed and seven others were maimed in Homs while two others died and eight were maimed in (nearby) Qusayr by gunfire during raids on Monday morning by the army and security forces," said the Observatory earlier on Monday.

And the Local Coordination Committees said as many as seven people, including a Saudi national, were killed, including six in Homs, and that a 65-year-old man died from "random shooting by security forces" in Karnaz.

At least 24 more people were reported to have been killed at the weekend, adding to the U.N. figure of the more than 3,500 deaths in the crackdown since mid-March.

Posted by: Fred || 11/22/2011 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6458 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Syria

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#1  Why not make the submission PHP reject any articles that don't include source? A technical problem with a technical solution.
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#2  I think that might use an algorithm that destroyed a tree, which we can't use here at Rantburg. Not sure though. There may be an electronic only version.
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