[NationalReview] "I explained his situation — a U.S. legal permanent resident since 2017, and his wife and kids’ visa interview interrupted by closing of Kabul embassy," my reader said. "Her first response was to read to me, verbatim, the text of the auto-reply emails that we have been receiving. ’The U.S. embassy in Kabul is closed, blah, blah, blah...’ I let her do that on the off chance that there might be new information. There wasn’t."
When the woman on the hotline had finished repeating the old, and not terribly helpful information, my reader asked: "How do we get him and his family out of Afghanistan?"
My reader says the State Department hotline operator’s advice was to leave Afghanistan, contact any of the neighboring country U.S. embassies, travel to that embassy, finish the interview process, get the visas, and then buy tickets and fly to the United States.
[LIBYAREVIEW] On Wednesday, security patrols from 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... ’s ’Office of the General Administration of Central Support Authority in the Old City (Al-Madina al-Qadeema)’ arrested 202 migrants colonists of varying nationalities in the Libyan capital.
In a statement, the Ministry of the Interior stated that the detainees were referred to one of the official shelters of the Anti-Illegal Migration Agency, which would take the appropriate legal measures against them.
Libya has become the preferred point of departure for immigrants colonists wanting to cross the Mediterranean towards European shores, ever since the 2011 uprising toppled leader Muammar Qadaffy ...a proud Arab institution for 42 years, now among the dear departed, though not the dearest... immigrants colonists who are rescued at sea or seized by the Libyan authorities end up in overcrowded reception centers across the country.
So far this year, more than 20,000 immigrants colonists, including women and kiddies have been rescued. Hundreds of others have drowned or gone missing off the Libyan coast, according to the International Organization for Migration (IOM).
Libya’s Government of National Unity (GNU), which took office in March has stated that the migration crisis is beyond its control.
Earlier this month, A supposed location was identified in Libya where African migrants colonists were allegedly kept in cages like animals, said Basheer Garba Muhammed, the Director-General of Nigeria’s National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP).
Muhammed claimed that their vital organs such as eyes, kidneys and lungs would thereafter be harvested and sold in the black market to service the medical needs of Europe, according to the International Centre for Investigative Reporting (ICIR) in Nigeria. These claims have not been verified.
During a meeting with the Governor of Kano State, Abdulahi Umar Ganduje, to discuss strategies to curb human trafficking, Muhammed added that many Nigerians are trapped in conditions of sexual and labour exploitation in various African and European countries.
Posted by: Fred ||
09/17/2021 00:00 ||
Top|| File under: Human Trafficking
Girl dead, five family members injured in mysterious blast in north Kashmir's Handwara
A 17-year-old girl died while five other members of her family were maimed in a mysterious blast in Tarathpora Ramhall area of Handwara in north Kashmir ...a disputed territory lying between India and Pakistain. After partition, the Paks grabbed half of it and call it Azad (Free) Kashmir. The remainder they refer to as "Indian Occupied Kashmir". They have fought four wars with India over it, the score currently 4-0 in New Delhi's favor. After 72 years of this nonsense, India cut the Gordian knot in 2019, removing the area's special status, breaking off Ladakh as a separate state, and allowing people from other areas to settle (or in the case of the Pandits, to resettle) there.... ’s Kupwara district on Thursday.
Quoting official sources, news agency GNS reported that the blast occurred in the house of Ghulam Mohammad Wani, killing his teenager daughter Shabnum Bano on the spot while five other members of the family were maimed who were shifted to hospital.
The injured have been identified as Ghulam Mohammad Wani, 45, son of Abdul Razzaq Wani, Raja Begum, 38, wife of Ghulam Mohammed Wani, Razzaq's wife Janti Begum 70, Rifat, 17, daughter of Ghulam Mohammed Wani and Mukhti Begum, 34.
It is said that some members of the family are dealing with scrap and might have brought home the explosive with the trash.
A police officer told GNS that nature of the blast is being investigated adding "it seems there is no militancy-related angle to it."
Posted by: Fred ||
09/17/2021 00:00 ||
Top|| File under: Govt of Pakistain Proxies
An inefficient way to get diesel given that Lebanon has seaports.
I'm not sure what condition the ports are in though.
Posted by: Lord Garth ||
09/17/2021 9:23 Comments ||
Beirut port closed - SAFETY4SEA
https://safety4sea.com › beirut-port-closed
Aug 6, 2020 Given the recent incident in the port of Beirut, the port is currently closed with all traffic being diverted to the port of Tripoli, Lebanon.
As noted, the convoy is still an inefficient way to ship fuel.
[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] The judge leading Leb ...an Iranian colony situated on the eastern Mediterranean, conveniently adjacent to Israel. Formerly inhabited by hardy Phoenecian traders, its official language is now Arabic, with the usual unpleasant side effects. The Leb civil war, between 1975 and 1990, lasted a little over 145 years and produced 120,000 fatalities. The average length of a ceasefire was measured in seconds. The Lebs maintain a precarious sectarian balance among Shiites, Sunnis, and about a dozeen flavors of Christians. It is the home of Hezbollah, which periodically starts a war with the Zionist Entity, gets Beirut pounded to rubble, and then declares victory and has a parade. The Lebs have the curious habit of periodically murdering their heads of state or prime ministers, a practice dating back to the heady human sacrifice days of Baal Moloch. In 2020 Hezbollahblew up a considerable portion of Beirut and many of its inhabitants when its ammonium nitrate faci8lity exploded. They blamed it on... somebody else. It wasn't them though. Trust them on that... ’s investigation into last year’s devastating Beirut port blast issued an arrest warrant for an ex-minister who failed to appear for questioning Thursday, a judicial source said.
"Judge Tareq Bitar issued an arrest warrant in absentia for former public works and transportation minister Youssef Fenianos," the source told AFP.
Fenianos, 57, headed the ministry from 2016 to early 2020. His whereabouts are unknown, but he is thought to be in Lebanon.
The warrant came a day after more than 140 human rights ...not to be confused with individual rights, mind you... groups, survivors and relatives of victims called for an international probe into the country’s worst peace time disaster, as "Lebanese leaders continue to obstruct, delay, and undermine the domestic investigation".
Hundreds of tons of ammonium nitrate fertilizer went kaboom! at Beirut’s port on August 4 last year, killing at least 214 people, injuring thousands, and ravaging entire neighborhoods of the capital.
It emerged later that officials had known the highly volatile substance had been left to linger unsafely at the port for years after it was unloaded in 2014.
But progress in the Lebanese investigation has been slow.
A court threw out a first judge put in charge of the investigation after he charged former prime minister Hassan Diab and former ministers with "negligence and causing death to hundreds" after all had refused to appear before him.
And officials have been working to hamper the probe led by his successor Bitar.
Parliament has refused to lift the immunity of three other former ministers who are also politicians so the judge could question them.
And the former interior minister refused to allow the head of the General Security agency to be interrogated.
Political parties across the spectrum, including powerful Shiite movement Hezbollah, have accused Bitar of "politicizing" the probe.
Bitar in August subpoenaed Lebanon’s then caretaker premier Diab for interrogation on September 20 after he too failed to show up for questioning, but he has flown to the US on holiday.
Diab’s government handed over to a new cabinet earlier this week after more than a year of horse-trading over who would next take the reins of the multi-confessional country.
Posted by: Fred ||
09/17/2021 00:00 ||
Top|| File under: Hezbollah
Beirut has not been the "Paris of the Mideast" for quite some time.
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.