Terrorism wasn't involved in a pair of bomb blasts that rocked the pro-presidential party's office in Kazakhstan's commercial capital, police said Monday.
"No, no! Certainly not! We have no terrorism in Kazakhstan!"
Two explosions ripped through the Otan party's office Sunday in the nation's biggest city Almaty, wounding a pedestrian and blowing out windows, the Almaty Interior Department said in a statement. "Terrorism isn't considered as one of the motives for the explosions," the department said. Police said "hooliganism" was the most likely cause. Explosives were placed in a phone booth outside the party's office, and on the window sill of the building's first floor, police said. Nobody was in the building when the bombs went off.
A main suspect in the murder of American journalist Paul Klebnikov has been detained by Belarussian authorities after reportedly fleeing to Minsk to hide from Russian authorities. Kazbek Dukuzov, an ethnic Chechen,
... and wotta surprise that is...
was detained along with several other people and is being held at a detention facility of the Belarussian Security Services, or KGB, in Minsk, Belarus' Interior Ministry said Monday. A suspect named Kazbek was earlier linked to the July 9 murder and is believed to have made several phone calls to another suspect on the night of the murder. It was unclear, however, whether the suspect detained in Minsk was the same man. Belarussian Interior Ministry spokesman Gennady Glebcha confirmed by telephone from Minsk that several arrests have been made in a joint operation between the Interior Ministry and the KGB. Glebcha, however, declined to give any details about the arrests or comment on any connection to Klebnikov's murder. Klebnikov, the editor of Forbes Russia, was shot outside his office in an apparent contract hit. Late last week, the Prosecutor General's Office charged Musa Vakhayev, 40, a native of the Chechen town of Urus-Martan, for involvement in Klebnikov's slaying, Vremya Novostei reported Monday. Citing investigators, the newspaper reported that Vakhayev is suspected of driving the car from which Klebnikov was gunned down. Kommersant reported earlier that Vakhayev's fingerprints were found in the Lada. Kommersant also reported that a man named Kazbek made several calls to Vakhayev's mobile phone on the evening of the murder.
CHICAGO -- Mayor Richard Daley's 29-year-old son has enlisted in the Army and will soon report for duty in the airborne infantry. "It's been in the back of my mind for some time," Patrick Daley told the Chicago Sun-Times in Tuesday's editions. "I left West Point during my freshman year when I was 18 years old and always remembered their motto, 'Duty, Honor and Country.' But I was so young and not really old enough to understand what it really meant. But I know now."
Gee, I thought only the poor and downtrodden enlisted in the Army?
Daley finished college at the University of Illinois and got a master's degree in business from the University of Chicago in June. He could have pursued lucrative job offers, but said the Sept. 11 attacks played a role in his decision to enlist. The mayor said Tuesday that he never tried to talk his son out of the move. His only advice: Stand by your decision. "I'm very proud of the decision he made," he said. "He believes that (the military) is part of public service."
He's a "old-school" Democrat
Asked about his own feelings toward the war in Iraq, the Democratic mayor said: "You stand by the president; you stand by the men and women of the military." The younger Daley is starting out as an ordinary enlisted man. "It's a close bet that I may make a career out of the military, and it's better to start out at the bottom," he said. Daley will report for duty after Christmas and could be sent to Iraq or Afghanistan within a year. "Think of it. It's amazing. I get to serve my country," he said.
Well said, Pat.
The elder Daley, first elected mayor in 1989, and his wife also have two daughters. A second son, Kevin, died in 1981 at age 3 of complications related to spina bifida. The mayor's late father, Richard J. Daley, was mayor for 21 years before his death in 1976.
America's greatest crooked mayor. He'd be proud of his grandson.
Doubt he would have or could have pulled strings at U Chicago Business School. They're swimming in cash, have all the real estate they need and probably care much more about their relations with Wall Street and corporate America than with Daley. You rarely see politicians' kids getting preferred admission into top 5 business schools these days. Far too competitive for that.
Bravo for young Daley. The institution he's joining has a lot more integrity, and is probably much better managed and more meritocratic, than any of the corporations or wall street houses he could have joined.
So he has an MBA and wants to start out as a Private? That won't last long when he realizes the paycut and latrine cleanings to come along. Unless - he has so much of daddy's cash he just doesn't care. I bet he puts in for OCS within a year of boot camp graduation if he gets through it.
Lex, don't think of him as a politician's kid. Think of him as the second to next mayor of Chicago. Make more sense now?
Posted by: Mrs. Davis ||
11/30/2004 21:19 Comments ||
Jarhead, the Army has some intelligent people in personnel. Really. Once they see he has a college degree, he'll be 'interviewed' for OCS. I'm sure Tillman was approached as well. Just a personal choice these days. As an enlisted you have some choices where you want to end up, once you take the commission, the government employs you for its needs.
Forget ALL the political nonsense...this kid has the right stuff! We need more like him. I have a nephew at Fort Hood, Airborne Medic, just back from 12 months in Korea, deploying to Iraq in 2 months. We're strictly middle-class folk, who believe in serving our country!
A Muslim militant with a bounty on his head was killed in a gunfight with police while he was moving a cache of weapons and explosives in violence-plagued southern Thailand on Monday, police said.
"Arrrr! Y'll never take me alive, infidel coppers!... Ow!... Ow!... Oooooow!... Rosebud!"
Muktar Gureng, for whom the government had offered a 500,000-baht ($12,700) reward, sped away in a pickup truck from a police checkpoint in Pattani province.
"Tyres, don't fail me now!"
He was chased by police cars and gunned down in a firefight. A companion escaped into a rubber plantation. Eight automatic rifles, more than 800 bullets and explosives were found in the pickup truck, police said. The dead man was one of 74 suspected militants for whom the government, trying to stem violence in the largely Muslim region, had offered big bounties, police said. Nearly 500 people - government officials, police and civilians - have been killed since militants raided an army camp in January and made off with 300 assault rifles.
Gunmen shot and killed a senior official from the mainstream Palestinian Fatah party Tuesday in the Balata refugee camp, party officials said. Nasser Badawi, 37, was walking at the entrance to the camp in Nablus when three gunmen in a taxi opened fire on him, killing him, the officials said. Badawi was one of the Fatah leaders in the camp. There was no indication about who was responsible. The Israeli military said it had no troops in the area at the time of the shooting. The Balata camp is ruled by competing armed factions of Palestinians, and infighting is not uncommon.
The Palestinian Authority has decided to dismantle a security unit established to battle the Islamic opposition. PA officials said Prime Minister Ahmed Qurei has ordered the dismantling of the so-called "Death Squad." The squad, part of the Preventive Security Apparatus, was said to have operated in the Gaza Strip. During its seven years of operations, the PSA squad, officially termed the Gaza Security and Protection Unit, was never acknowledged by the PA. They said the squad used threats and violence against enemies of the former Yasser Arafat regime. The squad, commanded by Lt. Col. Nabil Tanous, was established to target Palestinian dissidents, particularly Hamas and Islamic Jihad. Officials said the squad was established in the late 1990s to direct the crackdown on Hamas and Islamic Jihad. Officials said the unit contained 70 officers. "The security and protection department has become a source of accusation and doubts," PSA chief Brig. Gen. Rashid Abu Shback said. "As a preventive security service we are keen to defend the rights of the citizen..."
Man!!! What a group of shots! The farthest shot I ever did was at a caribou at 500 yds with a Leupold Vari-x II 3x9 and a Ruger M77 with a 7mm Remington mag. 950 yds....now that is reaching out and touching someone. Hats off to Sgt. Sandoval!
Posted by: Alaska Paul ||
11/30/2004 18:32 Comments ||
Carlos Hathcock would be proud... NOT someone to cross scopes with, heh.
Y'know, this is a great story, poorly written. The site needs some professional assistance - and I'm not talking about spin, I'm talking about composition. It stuck in my craw a bit because I wanted to know the guy's story - and knew it was buried in that linear litany somewhere. Sorry, but I just had to say it, heh.
You're right .com. This would be a wonderful story for Ernie Pyle to write, or David Douglas Duncan to photograph, but those types of journalists have all become part of the enemy bandwagon in today's mainstream media. Now if Sarge had missed and killed a baby duck, then the NYT and all the rest would have been writing thousands of words per minute.
I dunno, Sgt. D.T. Shooting a baby duck at 950 yds would STILL be a major "feather in one's cap."
**I couldn't help it.....**
Posted by: Alaska Paul ||
11/30/2004 22:07 Comments ||
My comment on the writing is that we have the guy's name and home town.
We know that Dutch Muslims have been sending death threats to the families of Dutch soldiers serving in Iraq.
Back as far as the Balkan operations, actually naming guys was avoided, even when doing a human interest story, particularly when it was a Guardsman or Reservist whose family didn't live in military housing, on a base.
Posted by: Richard Aubrey ||
11/30/2004 22:36 Comments ||
An Israeli military court has sentenced a Palestinian to 48 consecutive life terms in prison for his role in three separate suicide bombings. According to the court ruling, Mohammed Abu Varda, 28, planned the attacks and recruited the bombers who hit two Jerusalem buses and a bus stop in the coastal city of Ashkelon, killing 45 people and wounding more than 100 others. Abu Varda, a member of the Islamic group Hamas, received one life sentence for each of the 45 people killed and one for each attack.
Too bad there wasn't really a sarcophagus like the kind used in Stargate SG-1 to revive stiffies. This Mohammed guy could get forty eight death sentences, and have each and every one of them carried out.
DIPLOMATS were last night attempting to persuade the Sudanese government to change its mind after it ordered the heads of two of the UK's largest aid agencies out of the country. Amid a rapidly worsening security situation in Darfur, Khartoum's actions were seen as an attempt to silence Oxfam and Save the Children staff who had drawn attention to some of the worst recent atrocities. Abdel Khaliq Al-Hussein, Sudan's acting Humanitarian Affairs Commissioner, wrote to Save the Children's country director, Kate Halff, and Oxfam's country programme manager, telling them to get out. "It has been decided to consider you persona non grata for the management of your organisation in Sudan. Therefore, you must leave the country within 48 hours," he said.
An humanitarian of the first order, truly.
The Sudanese government accused Oxfam of encouraging the rebels by condemning a UN Security Council resolution for its "weakness" on Darfur, and calling on the European Union to exert pressure on Sudan to stop the violence. The United Nations said it was pressing Khartoum to reverse the decisions. "We are very concerned about this situation, particularly given the important role played by the two NGOs in alleviating the suffering of the people in Sudan, particularly Darfur," said Elisabeth Byrs, a spokeswoman in Geneva for the UN Office for the Co-ordination of Humanitarian Affairs.
As if anyone in Khartoum gives a rat's arse about the people in Darfur.
I'm thinking of the green turban bad guy in Temple. You are correct, of course, that the swordslinger was shot in Raiders with a gun -
little known trivia (from a Spielberg interview) is that Ford had diarrhea (bad water/food) on the set the day that scene was shot, and suggested the script chg to the gun as a means to get the scene over quicker. A classic scene
Posted by: Frank G ||
11/30/2004 11:33 Comments ||
Good point, Wo (and I'm not making fun of your post):
It's a Conspiracy of Hats, I'm sure of it. Beards are OK - mine's a lot longer / fuller / more manly (14") than any in those pix. So beards are cool. But Hats? Oh baby, Hats always portend some really bad, um, stuff, heh.
Green is also the color of jealousy and resentment. Hence the 'green eye monster' expression of Western origin. Also ask and confirm with any East Asian Gurus or students of Metaphysics about the ugly green auric enamation.
- 3 out of every 5 Mosques had fighting positions 60 total
- 653 total IEDs were found and detonated in Fallujah. The average number of IEDs found and/or detonated across Iraq per month from July to October was 772.
- 11 IED Factories were found. 3 slaughter houses were found.
- 1 out of every 5 blocks had a weapons cache 203 total. This webpage has many excellent tables, maps and photographs.
Posted by: Mike Sylwester ||
11/30/2004 8:17:39 AM ||
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a good post, MS, - and appropriate for Pg 1, IMO, thx
Posted by: Frank G ||
11/30/2004 10:39 Comments ||
Well done-- thanks. Take a step out of the doghouse, MS.
A Palestinian man and his son accused of collaborating with Israel were sentenced to death on Monday by a civilian tribunal in Gaza City, Palestinian security officials said. Mohammed Abou Keymas, 50, and his 20-year-old son Rami were found guilty of passing information that led to a failed June 2003 attempt by the Israeli army on the life of Hamas leader Abdelaziz al-Rantissi. If the two appeal the sentences and lose, the president of the Palestinian Authority may pardon them. After the death of veteran Palestinian president Yasser Arafat, the Authority's acting president is Rawhi Fattuh pending elections in January. In a separate case the same court jailed two other Palestinians to 10 years each, also for collaborating with Israel.
Posted by: Steve White ||
11/30/2004 12:48:06 AM ||
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Holding breath until anti-death penalty Europeans protest for this.
This is the first time I've ever heard of Palestinians being jailed for collaboration or even being tried in anything more than a kangaroo court before being lynched. I would like to be positive and give them the benefit of the doubt but I suspect that their apparent embrace of civilization will only last until they get their state.
They'll display an apparent desire for democracy because they know that's what makes the world misty-eyed as it contemplates the difficult birth of the nascent Paleo state.
Then their true nature will reassert itself and yet another dictatorial, oppressive Arab state will have been born.
Goes to show that any Paleo-Arab who disagrees with the suicide bombers has to either leave or hide. There is no hope for peace in that part of the planet, until they are eradicated or transferred.
I venture that the West have not seen such tribal taste for death in a very long time and we have lost the stomach for the way to deal with such beasts. When encountering such a death tribe, kill them in large numbers. Saving the few innocents there would cost us too many lives of our own innocents.
US officials on Monday defended the arrest of a woman in eastern Afghanistan which sparked protests resulting in the death of a teenager, saying her husband was a suspected member of Al Qaeda. US soldiers detained the woman because "we thought she may have information on the whereabouts of her husband," military spokesman Major Mark McCann told AFP on Monday. McCann would not provide further details but said the woman who was held along with several male individuals was released less than 24 hours after detention in Bati Kot district outside Jalalabad. The woman's arrest late Friday prompted large protests the following day as hundreds of angry Afghans took to the streets in eastern Nangarhar province and a boy was killed during the demonstration. "We don't know exactly who fired but security forces were trying to push the demonstrators back and a 14-year-old boy was killed," Faizanul Haq, spokesman for provincial governor Din Mohammad, said.
Indian troops destroyed 34 rebel camps in the northeastern state of Manipur, which borders Myanmar, as part of a four-week operation to flush out separatists from the mountainous region, the army said on Monday. The army also seized a training ground and firing range during the weekend crackdown in landlocked Manipur, one of seven states in India's remote northeast that has been torn by separatist and tribal insurgencies for decades. "There was no resistance as the militants fled when troops advanced. There were 34 huts and we found automatic rifles, grenades, radio sets and 40 kg of plastic explosives," army spokesman Major Santanu Dev Goswami said. The army has already destroyed some 100 camps since about 6,000 troops launched an offensive this month with the help of neighbouring Myanmar, which has sealed its border.
India says many rebel groups have bases on the other side of porous borders with Bangladesh, Bhutan and the former Burma. Myanmar promised to cooperate in the battle against insurgents when the country's military ruler, Senior General Than Shwe, visited New Delhi last month. Manipur, which means land of jewels, has seen a series of popular demonstrations this year against a controversial law that gives the army widespread powers to arrest and kill suspected rebels.
The federal government has banned Rah-e-Wafa, a publication of the banned Khuddamul Islam group (formerly known as Jaish-e-Muhammad), and ordered the confiscation of all of its copies in the country, official sources told Daily Times on Monday. Sources said the government would ban other periodicals owned by some militant groups in a couple of weeks for promoting sectarianism in Pakistan. Rah-e-Wafa was being published from Karachi. The Jaish launched it under the name of Jaish-e-Muhammad but the government banned it. The Jaish re-introduced the same publication as Shamsheer, which was marketed as Rah-e-Wafa that too was banned. The federal government has directed the provincial home secretaries to confiscate all copies of the banned periodical in their provinces. "The periodical is promoting sectarianism in the country, therefore all of its copies available in the market be confiscated with immediate effect," says a federal government directive, issued to the provincial governments.
A bomb made with an anti-tank mine destroyed a US military Humvee near a police station in southeastern Afghanistan, slightly injuring two American soldiers, the military said Monday. The bomb hit the US vehicle on Sunday in Orgun, a town in Paktika province where the US military has a base near the Pakistani border, a military statement said. The soldiers were treated and released, it said. An Afghan led police to another homemade bomb near Orgun, also on Sunday. It wasn't clear who laid either device, but the area lies near Pakistan in a swath of Afghan territory where Pakistanis militants have maintained a stubborn insurgency since the fall of the Taliban three years ago.
A Chechen who came here from Wana was arrested on Monday after he hurled a hand grenade in a bazaar on Monday, slightly injuring one person, police said. The Chechen, identified as Abdul Ghafar, and three others were being chased by a moneychanger they had earlier argued with through Manan Chowk when the accused hurled a hand grenade at him and opened fire. A bystander was slightly injured. Police later arrested the Chechen, but his three companions, also believed to be Chechens, escaped, Balochistan IG Chaudhry Yaqub said.
Mom: "I'm soooo proud. What a gift! And just in time for Christmas"
Posted by: Frank G ||
11/30/2004 9:17 Comments ||
After every attack or attempted attack, move the fence out another few hundred meters around the site of the attack and kick any Palestinians their out with nothing but the clothes on their back. The Pal Authorities can spend their time and money on taking care of their new refugees instead of on explosives and thoughts of mass murder.
A multi-volume chronology and reference guide set detailing three years of the Mexican Drug War between 2010 and 2012.
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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
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