there’s no doubt, in my mind anyway, that any of the other nincompoops know anything of anything that’s going on in the Muslim countries of the Middle East, leave alone Syria. It’s a sad day when one has to admit that the leader of one’s own coun…
Wanna know who are the scum who will be becoming the world’s new batch of muti-billionaires? Look at the weapon manufacturing companies and look at those who have sizeable stakes in those firms. Then look at all the gun runners…
Robert Fisk’s article is worth the time to read in full. There was a lot there I had never heard of before like how the French had to leave 50 tanks in Afghanistan because there was no way to transport them back to France without Iran’s assistance. Imagine that ! This journalist is rabidly pro-Palestinian, but most of what he says in this piece is pretty much accurate. No getting away from that fact … whether we like it or not.
….Iran to send 4,000 troops to aid President Assad forces in Syria For the first time, all of America’s ‘friends’ in the region are Sunni Muslims and all of its enemies are Shiites. Breaking all President Barack Obama’s rules of disengagement, the US is now fully engaged on the side of armed groups which include the most extreme Sunni Islamist movements in the Middle East…..
….In years to come, historians will ask how America – after its defeat in Iraq and its humiliating withdrawal from Afghanistan scheduled for 2014 – could have so blithely aligned itself with one side in a titanic Islamic struggle stretching back to the seventh century death of the Prophet Mohamed. The profound effects of this great schism, between Sunnis who believe that the father of Mohamed’s wife was the new caliph of the Muslim world and Shias who regard his son in law Ali as his rightful successor – a seventh century battle swamped in blood around the present-day Iraqi cities of Najaf and Kerbala – continue across the region to this day. A 17th century Archbishop of Canterbury, George Abbott, compared this Muslim conflict to that between “Papists and Protestants”.
America’s alliance now includes the wealthiest states of the Arab Gulf, the vast Sunni territories between Egypt and Morocco, as well as Turkey and the fragile British-created monarchy in Jordan. King Abdullah of Jordan – flooded, like so many neighbouring nations, by hundreds of thousands of Syrian refugees – may also now find himself at the fulcrum of the Syrian battle. Up to 3,000 American ‘advisers’ are now believed to be in Jordan, and the creation of a southern Syria ‘no-fly zone’ – opposed by Syrian-controlled anti-aircraft batteries – will turn a crisis into a ‘hot’ war. So much for America’s ‘friends’…..
…..From now on, therefore, every suicide bombing in Damascus – every war crime committed by the rebels – will be regarded in the region as Washington’s responsibility. The very Sunni-Wahabi Islamists who killed thousands of Americans on 11th September, 2011 – who are America’s greatest enemies as well as Russia’s – are going to be proxy allies of the Obama administration. This terrible irony can only be exacerbated by Russian President Vladimir Putin’s adament refusal to tolerate any form of Sunni extremism. His experience in Chechenya, his anti-Muslim rhetoric – he has made obscene remarks about Muslim extremists in a press conference in Russian – and his belief that Russia’s old ally in Syria is facing the same threat as Moscow fought in Chechenya, plays a far greater part in his policy towards Bashar al-Assad than the continued existence of Russia’s naval port at the Syrian Mediterranean city of Tartous. ….
This is how the Saudis are buying up whatever the greedy Westerners are willing to sell to the highest bidder come what may. So, what this boils down to is that the owners of Disneyland Paris didn’t give a damn about the thousands of other visitors who make this once in a lifetime trip for their kids, and perhaps come from all over the world paying 1000s of dollars in airfare alone. Disneyland owners barred these visitors from the areas where the Saudi fuck and his group were partying for three whole days…it didn’t matter to them that perhaps those visitors had come specifically to see one or more of the sections closed off to them as their money and their presence was not needed to make Disney’s stock go to dizzying heights because they pimp themselves to billionaire Saudis. How disgusting ! The 15 Million Euros is dirty money and the integrity that Disneyland has lost with this move will never be regained. It might have been the Disney franchise in France, but this disgusting transaction has made the entire company stink to high heaven. I hope people who had plans to take their kids to these shitholes, will plan anew and take them to other places of fun. There are several … all one needs to do is look for them.
Henry Samuel writing at TheTelegraphUK:
Saudi Prince spends millions on closing off part of Disneyland for private party
A Saudi prince splashed out 15 million euros on a private three-day extravaganza at Disneyland near Paris to celebrate his degree, the group that runs the theme park said.
Prince Fahd al-Saud booked entire areas of the park over May 22 to 24 for his 60-odd guests, who included friends, as well as diehard Disney fans and bloggers.
Special security was put in place for the prince, one of the park’s top customers, it added.
The Paris event was the grand finale of a world tour entirely at the expense of the Saudi royal called Disney Dreamers Everywhere, which started in Hong Kong Disneyland and moved onto theme parks in Tokyo, California, Florida and then France.
The festivities were said to include tailor-made events involving “rare Disney characters.”
According to regional newspaper Ouest France, the prince even had a hand in designing the costumes and the scenarios – all specially shipped in for the event, along with 80 dancers……...
Money, money, money …. makes the world go round. In this case, however, the judge had his feet planted firmly to the ground of good sense, and the money meant diddly-squat to the good judge. The saudi shit is still sitting behind bars. If he is let out on bail, he will do a Houdini and the judge knows it. This man is allegedly responsible for the murder of a bar owner at the hands of a hired killer and should not be let out on bail. $2 Million is chicken feed for the Saudi govt. They will spend twice that and more to get him out of the country as soon as he is released on bail.
Bill Draper writing at BigStory:
Ziyad Abid was a Missouri college student aspiring to become a pilot like his father back home in Saudi Arabia when he was accused of paying his roommate to kill a local bar owner. The judge set bond at $2 million, completely out of reach for his family — but not for the Saudi government.
The money came in. Yet two months later, Abid remains jailed because a judge is refusing to let him out. The judge acknowledged he may be violating the Missouri Constitution, which allows suspects to be held without bond only in capital murder cases.
But the judge won’t budge. Or explain why.
Abid’s lawyers, including a former U.S. attorney for Missouri, have asked a state appeals court to release Abid and remove Circuit Judge Michael Wagner from the case, arguing that he’s biased in part by Abid’s nationality. The court has given Wagner until Monday to respond.
Abid was studying aviation at the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg when his roommate, Reginald Singletary Jr., was accused of killing popular bar owner Blaine Whitworth in September. Singletary admitted fatally shooting Whitworth in the bar owner’s driveway but claimed Abid paid him to do it, according to court documents……
And what are Christians doing about it? Christians like John McCain of the USA and others of his ilk in almost all Judeo-Christian nations are empowering the followers of the cult of islam to kill even more. Christians like Cameron (is he even a Christian?) agree with the likes of John McCain to send more funds and endless shipments of weaponry to terrorist groups in Syria where Christians are at the point of extinction. I am okay if Obama has a mind to kill Christians as I don’t consider the man to be of the Christian faith and so if he is just giving in to his calling to rampage as a murderous muslim, so be it, it’s in his DNA … but bastards and bitches who were born in the Christian faith are siding with the cult of islam in slaughtering peaceful Christians around the world. Now if that if not vomit-inducing, tell me what is. If you are hoping and wishing that these bastards and bitches or their near and dear ones get their heads chopped off by those they are empowering…. you are forgiven for those thoughts….because those thoughts and wishes are the natural processes and extensions of our rage and helplessness with the evil overlords ruling over us.
… More than 100,000 Christians are killed each year because of their faith, and millions more face bigotry, intolerance and marginalisation because of their beliefs, a Vatican official has said.
Archbishop Silvano Tomasi, the Vatican’s permanent observer to US agencies in Geneva, told the Human Rights Council that “credible research” by Massimo Introvigne, a former representative of the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe, on combating intolerance and discrimination against Christians, “has reached the shocking conclusion that an estimate of more than 100,000 Christians are violently killed because of some relation to their faith every year”.
In addition, he said, “in some Western countries, where historically the Christian presence has been an integral part of society, a trend emerges that tends to marginalise Christianity in public life, ignore historic and social contributions and even restrict the ability of faith communities to carry out social charitable services”.
But in fact, Archbishop Tomasi said, “The Christian religion, as other faith communities,” serves the true good of humanity by educating members in their human dignity, their rights and responsibilities toward others and in serving their communities and the poor with schools, hospitals, homes for the aged, work in refugee camps and other acts of charity.
During a meeting in Tirana, Albania, last month, the secretary of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace said: “Examples of intolerance and discrimination against Christians have not diminished, but rather increased” in member-states of the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe, which includes 57 countries in Europe, Central Asia and North America……….
Hilary White, Rome Correspondent, writing at LifeSiteNews:
…. In all, 15 European countries currently have laws on the books that effectively restrict the freedom of religious practice and speech of Christians, according to testimony at the annual meeting of the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), May 22 in Tirana, Albania.
Dr. Massimo Introvigne, an Italian sociologist and author said that Christians are the most persecuted group in the world, with one Christian being killed out of religious discrimination every five minutes, particularly in Islamic or Communist countries like North Korea.
OSCE is the world’s largest security-oriented intergovernmental organization.
“The most dangerous areas,” Introvigne said, “are those which limit the conscientious objection of Christians who do not want to cooperate in abortion, the sale of abortifacient pills, or the celebration of same-sex marriage.”
“In Europe, we have identified 14 laws that are likely to negatively affect the religious liberty of Christians in 15 countries,” he said. “Fortunately, Italy is not among them.”
In 2012, his group reported 169 rulings made in courts around Europe “that we judged to be dangerous to the freedom of Christians.”
Introvigne is the head of the Observatory on Religious Liberty established last year by the Italian Foreign Ministry and Mayor of Rome Gianni Alemanno…..
….“Statistically,” he said, “persecutions of Christians are the biggest ones but the media dedicate the least time to them.”….
The analysis below is read at London Review of Books by Patrick Cockburn, ME correspondent. You can either listen to the podcast at the link or read it in full there.
… For the first two years of the Syrian civil war foreign leaders regularly predicted that Bashar al-Assad’s government would fall any day. In November 2011, King Abdullah of Jordan said that the chances of Assad’s surviving were so slim he ought to step down. In December last year, Anders Rasmussen, the Nato secretary general, said: ‘I think the regime in Damascus is approaching collapse.’ Even the Russian Foreign Ministry – which generally defends Assad – has at times made similar claims. Some of these statements were designed to demoralise Assad’s supporters by making his overthrow seem inevitable. But in many cases outsiders genuinely believed that the end was just round the corner. The rebels kept claiming successes, and the claims were undiscriminatingly accepted……
…Meanwhile, foreign countries are gaining influence with the help of local proxies, and in so doing the rebels’ supporters are repeating the mistake Washington made ten years ago in Iraq. In the heady days after the fall of Saddam, the Americans announced that Iran and Syria were the next targets for regime change. This was largely ill-informed hubris, but the threat was real enough for the Syrians and Iranians to decide that in order to stop the Americans acting against them they had to stop the US stabilising its occupation of Iraq and lent their support to all of America’s opponents regardless of whether they were Shia or Sunni…..
….When the US invaded Iraq in 2003, it changed the overall balance of power and destabilised every country in the region. The same thing is happening again, except that the impact of the Syrian war is likely to be less easily contained. Already the frontier dividing the western deserts of Iraq from the eastern deserts of Syria is ceasing to have any physical reality. In April, al-Qaida in Iraq embarrassed the rebels’ Western supporters by revealing that it had founded, reinforced with experienced fighters and devoted half its budget to supporting al-Nusra, militarily the most effective rebel group. When Syrian soldiers fled into Iraq in March they were ambushed by al-Qaida and 48 of them were killed before they could return to Syrian territory.
…..There is virtually no state in the region that hasn’t got some stake in the conflict. Jordan, though nervous of a jihadi victory in Syria, is allowing arms shipments from Saudi Arabia to reach rebels in southern Syria by road. Qatar has reportedly spent $3 billion on supporting the rebels over the last two years and has offered $50,000 to every Syrian army defector and his family. In co-ordination with the CIA it has sent seventy military flights to Turkey with arms and equipment for the insurgents. The Tunisian government says that eight hundred Tunisians are fighting on the rebel side but security sources are quoted as saying the real figure is closer to two thousand. Moaz al-Khatib, the outgoing president of the Syrian National Coalition, which supposedly represents the opposition, recently resigned, declaring as he did so that the group was controlled by outside powers – i.e. Saudi Arabia and Qatar. ‘The people inside Syria,’ he said, ‘have lost the ability to decide their own fate. I have become only a means to sign some papers while hands from different parties want to decide on behalf of the Syrians.’…..
Worth reading in full.
Orhan Kemal Cengiz writing at Al-MonitorTurkeyPulse
….In the preface of the first edition, then-RAD Chairman Ahmed Hamdi Akseki summarizes the myths circulating about Alevis in Turkey.
“Their remnants continue to exist today. In Iraq, they are called Qaramita and Mazdakiyya because, just like Mazdak in Sassanid times, they say that property and women are to be shared and cannot be in anyone’s ownership and possession. In Khorasan, they are known as Talimiyya and Melahide as well as Maymuniyya after Qarmat’s brother Maymun. In Egypt, they are called Ubeidiyyun after the famous Ubeid, while in Damascus they take the names of Nusayri, Druze and Tayamine. They are known as Baha’is in Palestine, as Bohra and Ismailis in India, as Yamiyya in Yemen, as Alevis in Kurdistan, as Bektashi and Qizilbash among Turks, and as Babiyye in Persia,” Akseki writes.
The book describes Alevis as “ill-intentioned and diabolical,” and says that “marriages with them are not permissible; they are worse heretics even than Jews and Christians since eating the meat they cook is forbidden.”
Alevis are then portrayed as people indulging in sexual debauchery: “When dark falls in the evening, glasses start to make the rounds and heads heat up. As flesh begins to crave, all members of that accursed sect bring in their wives. Entering from all doors, the women join the men, blow out the candles and grab whoever they come across first.”
It is a matter of great interest how the Turkish judiciary will handle this case of hate speech, just weeks after musician Fazil Say and writer Sevan Nisanyan received jail sentences for insulting the religious values of Sunnis in Turkey……..
……..Similarly, in a case filed by Alevi citizen Hasan Zengin, the ECHR condemned Turkey on grounds that religion classes in schools teach only Sunni Islam and that Alevi students are barred from seeking exemption from those classes. The government has made no move to scrap the compulsory religion classes in line with the ruling.
In the reforms the government has so far introduced, the “Alevi problem” has benefited the least. The government has been less tolerant toward demands for the recognition of Alevi identity and freedom of worship even when compared to its attitude towards non-Muslim minorities………...
Timeline of Boko Haram violence against Christians, other non-muslim minorities and police stations. It all started in 2002, but the world has been hearing of their atrocities only of late because the inefficient Nigerian govt. finds itself unable to tackle the trouble at this late stage in the game. Such “heads in the sand” attitude is also that of governments of other countries who opine that this is just “hooliganism” and a passing phrase the muslim youth are going through. The single main factor contributing to the spread of muslim terrorism against non-muslims around the entire world is the downright stupidity of the politicians.
Case of governments not nipping islamism at inception
….2002: Mohammed Yusuf founded Boko Haram in 2002,establishing a mosque called Markaz as the headquarters of his movement, following his expulsion from two mosques in Maiduguri by Muslim clerics for propagating his radical views.
23-31 December 2003: A group of about 200 members of a BH splinter group launched attacks on police stations in the towns of Kanamma and Geidam in Yobe State from their enclave outside Kanamma on the Nigerian border with Niger. The militants killed several policemen and requisitioned police weapons and vehicles. Following the deployment of military troops to contain the insurrection, 18 militants were killed, and a number arrested………..
Islam and drugs compliment each other
….Shocking revelation emerged on Saturday from camps of the Boko Haram sect, following the discovery of packs of unused condoms by the Nigerian Military. Discovered also were used condoms.
Items such as syringes and narcotic drugs believed to have been used by the insurgents were also found in their camps.
A statement by the Director, Defence Information, Brig-General Chris Olukolade entitled, ‘Life in Terrorists Camp: Condoms Everywhere’ reads:
“More of the dirty sides of the insurgents’ life style are being revealed as troops continue to stumble on strange and bizarre objects such as several used and unused condoms as well as charms of various shapes seen in the captured terrorists’ camps.
“Other common items are syringes, test tubes and hand gloves usually found in the rubbles of most of the destroyed camps.
“Apart from chemicals and materials for producing Improvised Explosive Devices (IED) narcotics of all types are also found to be common features as troops combed through camps in Sambisa forest, New Marte, and others……
Wonder who’s funding all the weaponry to the supposedly “poverty ridden” north Nigerians. It’s either Saudi Arabia or Qatar … that’s a given… even if we don’t have concrete proof about it.
…Members of the violent jihadist movement have infiltrated this town along the dozens of sandy footpaths leading to their hideouts across the Sahara desert. Their attack on the Nigerian corporal, using a sophisticated rocket-propelled grenade (RPG), was so violent that Kia’s head had to be sewn back on before his body could be returned to his family for burial, officials said.
After the decapitation, the insurgents fled deep into the desert, another Baga village elder said, leaving the civilian population to face the wrath of the army. The military denies that, saying the militants were hiding in Baga and were extremely well armed.
“There was a firefight, which lasted four hours after reinforcements were brought in. The terrorists used IEDs [improvised explosive devices] and rocket-propelled grenades, which caused the thatch-roof houses to catch fire,” Brigadier General Austin Edokpaye, head of the Joint Task Force stationed in Baga, told a delegation of senators investigating the incident this week.
Tellingly, the mission stationed in Baga includes soldiers from Niger and Chad, as west African forces increasingly share concerns about growing links between jihadist groups.
Outside the bleak Baga military outpost, Edokpaye showed an array of weapons, including sophisticated machine guns and RPGs, which he said had been captured from the fighters. “When you hear the sound of some of these weapons – these were not any weapons from Nigeria,” he said…..
Boko Haram hires child soldiers
…One of the teenagers also revealed that they were paid N5, 000 and provided with fuel in kegs to set schools ablaze in Maiduguri.
He said: “We were given a keg of petrol by our bosses to set some schools ablaze, which we did within Maiduguri, and we were paid N5, 000.”
One of the children also revealed that he was usually sent to steal clothes from houses for use by insurgents……..
…..As for the children, we are going to hand them over to the Ministry of Women Affairs and social welfare. We will advertise for their parents to come and claim them after they might have signed a written undertaking to inculcate good behaviour and to enroll them in schools.”
Gusau added: “The governor also said for each released child that is enrolled in school, their parents would get N10, 000 for 30 days of uninterrupted stay in school……...
Jews in Nigeria harassed by both Muslims and Christians (the Christian missionaries are not doing a good job in educating the new converts to Christianity, I presume.)
“Re-Emerging,” which will screen at Raw Space in Harlem on June 4 as part of the 10th annual Sheba Film Festival, focuses on a man named Shmuel Tikvah, who learned of the Igbo/Jewish connection through the aforementioned ways. But the sense of identity in this part of Africa, and many other parts, is lost due to colonialism of the political and religious kind. Between the Pentecostal preachers who made their way to Africa in the 1980s to promote Christianity and the British colonists who bent the Igbo people to their will centuries before (shipping many people out as part of the trans-atlantic slave trade), the documentary depicts a nation attempting to gain back a heart and soul that was once lost.
Nigeria, a nation of 130 million people equally divided by Christianity and Islam, isn’t the most welcoming place for Tikvah and his ilk. The documentary makes clear that Jews in Nigeria are under constant threat from both sides and face even greater danger with terrorist groups on the rise. With religion a daily source of debate and friction, Tikvah and company demonstrate a staunch devotion in the face of hate…….…
Boko Haram is growing in membership and now plaguing border states too.
Unidentified gunmen on Saturday attacked the central prison in Niger’s capital, opening fire on the guards and killing at least two people, according to a government spokesman and a witness who was 200 meters (yards) from the prison when the incident occurred. It was not immediately clear if the assailants had come from inside or outside the jail.
Two security guards were killed and a third was gravely wounded, said Niger government spokesman Marou Amadou. He said the attackers had been captured and the incident is being investigated.
“There are two versions of what happened, and right now we think it’s more likely that they came from inside the jail,” Amadou said by telephone. “These are people who are wanted for terrorism. We do not know how they were able to arm themselves inside the prison, and how they were able to get out to attack the guards. We have two dead guards already and one seriously wounded,” he said……...
All hail the powers-that-be who rule over us gullible Earthlings. They are wise and all powerful.
Hail O wise outer worldly ones, we puny humans bow to your superior intelligence for making all things perfect.
Terror and death is a way of life in the new creation:
…..Unknown assailants threw an explosive device at a military checkpoint in the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi early on Wednesday, killing three soldiers and injuring three others, security officials said.
The attack was the latest in a wave of violence against security forces in the city, the cradle of the 2011 uprising against Muammar Gaddafi.
Nearly two years after he was ousted, the Tripoli government is still struggling to impose its authority on a country awash with weapons and where lawless militias do as they please.
“In the night, unknown assailants in a black Chevrolet car threw an explosive device as they passed a military patrol at one of the city’s roundabouts,” a police source said.
“There was no shooting. They then just fled.”
Abdullah al-Shaafi, spokesman of Benghazi’s security operations room, confirmed three soldiers had been killed and three others wounded in the attack…...
Mountains of weaponry from Libya going to Syrian terrorists:
The reason for this night’s meeting, and indeed for the Libyans’ 10-day trip to southern Turkey and across the border into northern Syria, was to help the Libyans figure out how to get some of Libya’s vast and loose stockpiles of machine guns, artillery, ammunition and antiaircraft systems — leftovers amassed largely by snatching government stockpiles during their own successful military uprising against their late dictator, Muammar Gaddafi, and from supplies donated to the Libyan rebels by the oil-rich Gulf nation of Qatar — to Assad’s opponents.
Sunni suicide bombers imported from Libya:
Algerian terrorist Mokhtar Belmokhtar claims to have planned the two deadly suicide attacks last week in Niger. One of the recent targets was a uranium mine owned by the French company Areva, which makes it the second foreign energy facility in African to be hit this year by Belmokhtar-organized forces. It’s also the former AQIM man’s first appearance since his alleged death in March.
One notable claim made by Niger’s president in the aftermath was that the suicide bombers came from Libya. It’s not the first time that Belmokhtar has been linked to the country – he reportedly visited to conduct weapons deals as far back as 2011 – but the connection leads us to investigate whether Southern Libya, which borders Algeria, Chad, Niger, and Sudan, is becoming the preferred no man’s land for militant Islamist groups.
Kidnappings and closing of airports … all in a day’s work:
Sebha Airport reopened again today after a joint statement was issued by the local council, elders and civil society organisations condemning the kidnapping on Sunday in Tripoli of Alashae Mehdi, head of the Qatrun Martyrs Brigade, which is based in the southern town.
It was closed yesterday by a group of Tebus in protest at the disappearance of Mahdi from his Tripoli hotel on Sunday.
Case of light-skinned African Muslims hating dark-skinned African Muslims:
Libya Deports 1500 Africans.Many Nigerians and some other African nationals are now stranded in Agadas, Niger Republic after been deported by Libyan authorities. Two people were reported dead on their way to Niger out of about 1500 Africans who claimed to have been tortured while in detention before transported in 10 vehicles which took them to Agadas.
Some of them who spoke to BBC Hausa Service said they were arrested in their houses and shops where they run their daily business.
BBC reported that among the deported persons included Niger, Nigeria, Ghana, Senegal, Mali, Gambia, Cameroon, and Cort d’ Voire nationals among others.
A Nigerian explained that “when they arrested me, I asked them to let me wear my clothes but one of them said no, you are going to wear your cloth when you get back to your country, but not here.”
“They took us to a place where there were no toilets. Now we are here, some of us do not even have decent cloths,” he said.
Look who’s talking …. the nation that arms terrorists wants them dead when they turn against that nation’s interests:
France urged African nations on Tuesday to make a concerted effort to tackle a growing Islamist threat in the deserts of southern Libya.
French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius, speaking on a visit to Niger where suicide bombers attacked a French-run uranium mine last week, said there were signs that Libya’s lawless south was becoming a safe haven for Islamist groups in the Sahara.
The Brits are proud of their Libyan Students program, this country can’t commit suicide fast enough:
….Amid bombs and security alerts, the British Council signed an agreement with Libyan officials which we hope will smooth the path of up to 5,000 Libyan scholars due to study in the UK each year. Cherry Gough, British Council Director Libya, reports…..
…..So as you can see, life at the British Council in Tripoli is swings and roundabouts – enormous opportunities in a context of sometimes very frightening instability. But in the end, the reason why we live with the bombs and the unpredictability is because we believe in what we’re doing, and we respect the people we’re doing it with.
We know that education will make a huge contribution to Libya’s future, and that’s where the UK has something exceptional to offer: the chance to get a world-class education in a country that’s proud (mostly) of its diversity and its openness. And if anybody deserves to get that chance, it’s the astonishing, hopeful, courageous young Libyan men and women we meet every day here in Tripoli. I hope more people in the UK get the chance to meet them, too…
Al Qaeda major base operating in Libya with the government’s approval:
A Library of Congress report that received almost no media attention detailed – one month before the deadly Sept. 11 attack in Benghazi – how al-Qaida established a major base of operations in Libya in the aftermath of the U.S.-NATO campaign that deposed Muammar Gadhafi and his secular regime.
The report documented al-Qaida and affiliated organizations were establishing terrorist training camps and pushing Taliban-style Islamic law in Libya while the new, Western-backed Libyan government incorporated jihadists into its militias.
The document named Benghazi as a new central headquarters for al-Qaida activities.
“Al-Qaeda adherents in Libya used the 2011 Revolution to establish well-armed, well-trained, and combat-experienced militias,” stated the report.
The report also said a terrorist released from the U.S. Guantanamo Bay detention camp in Cuba became the leader of the al-Qaida-affiliate Ansar Al-Sharia in Libya, which espoused anti-Western ideology…..
Muslim network also blames NATO. They beg the USA and NATO to come to their rescue and then when rescued they criticize them for not doing enough. That’s the muslim way. What they expect is that the West come rescue them and then take care of them forever.
Libya is proof that Nato knows how to destroy a country, but doesn’t know how to rebuild it.
Most of the news coming from Libya is distressing, the London-based daily Al Quds Al Arabi said in its editorial yesterday, following the deadly car bomb explosion in Benghazi.
“The country is experiencing successive crises over more than one aspect of affairs: daily living, politics and security, and they are mostly because of the inability of the feeble political elite to build and empower state institutions,” the paper said.
All I want to know is what our government conceded to in order for that vile nation of Saudi Arabia to release Mohamed Kohail who was sentenced to death by beheading. Look, I am glad they did release him, because to all appearances it was a case…
Aren’t they lovely and loverly?! Lots more groovy stuff on the future plans for Syria at the link….. and thanks to the USA, France, UK, Saudi Arabia and Qatar to name just the first few, the plans will come to fruition.
……The interviewee is a young fighter from Jabhat al-Nusra, an extremist Sunni group in Syria affiliated with al-Qaeda in Iraq. A former teacher and then tiler, he is dressed in well-ironed black trousers, a white shirt and a black turban. A gun rests on his lap. He is accompanied by an older man, who appears to be judging him on his answers. Both are Syrian and ask not to be named because they do not have permission to speak to the press.
How has Jabhat al-Nusra become so powerful?
The reason is the weakening of the other groups. Jabhat al-Nusra gets the advantage because of our ideology. We are not just rebels; we are doing something we believe in. We are not just fighting against tyranny; Bashar Assad is only part of our fight. The other groups are only a reaction to the regime, whereas we are fighting for a vision.
What is that vision?
We are fighting to apply what Allah said to the Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him. We are fighting so people don’t look to other people but only to Allah. We don’t believe in complete freedom: it is restricted by Allah’s laws. Allah created us and he knows what is best for us.
What future do you see for Syria—or do you even see a Syria in the future?
We want the future that Islam commands. Not a country with borders but an umma [worldwide Islamic community of believers] of all the Muslim people. All Muslims should be united.
Syria has long been known for its sectarian diversity. How do you view the other sects?
The other sects are protected by the Islamic state. Muhammad, peace be upon him, had a Jewish neighbour, for example, and he was always good to him. But the power and authority must be with the believers [Sunnis], not the unbelievers.
What about other Sunnis who are more moderate than you?
We will apply sharia law to them.
What about Alawites?
Allah knows what will happen to them. There is a difference between the basic kuffar [infidels] and those who converted from Islam. If the latter, we must punish them. Alawites are included. Even Sunnis who want democracy are kuffar as are all Shia. It’s not about who is loyal and who isn’t to the regime; it’s about their religion. Sharia says there can be no punishment of the innocent and there must be punishment of the bad; that’s what we follow.
Did you lose or gain fighters following the announcement that you are linked to al-Qaeda in Iraq?
We’re with anything that represents real Islam, whether al-Qaeda or otherwise. If there is a better group, we’ll go with them instead. The effect of the announcement is that now we know our friends and our enemies. The good people will come to our side and the bad people will leave.
Many, maybe most, Syrians do not share your views. Do you care?
It would be great if the Syrians were with us but the kuffar are not important. Abraham and Sarah were facing all the infidels, for example, but they were doing the right thing. The number with us doesn’t matter.
Which other rebel groups do you see as acceptable? Ahrar al-Sham, another Salafist group, criticised your links to al-Qaeda.
I think only 5% of the battalions are against the Islamic vision. Ahrar al-Sham are a mixture of Islamists and people who like Allah so we are not sure about their vision. We are very clear as the Prophet, peace be upon him, made it very clear to us. Other groups have good beliefs but we are the only committed ones.
Will the differences lead to clashes, as have happened in some places? And how would you react if Western powers decide to arm other rebel groups?
If the arms reach people who will fight Assad and Hizbullah that’s okay. If they use them against us, then that’s a problem. We’ll avoid fighting [other groups] if we can. The West wants to ruin Syria.
How hard is it to become a member of Jabhat al-Nusra?
We examine those who want to join. First you must be loyal to the idea of Jabhat al-Nusra. Second, you must get a recommendation [from someone in the organisation]. Third, you go to a camp to be educated and practice, and take the oath of loyalty to the emir [the group’s leader].
Do you plan to carry out operations against the West in the future?
There is no permanent friendship and no permanent enemy. We’ll do whatever is in the interest of Muslims. The first duty on us is to fight the kuffar among us here in the occupied Muslim lands. The next duty will be decided later………..
As far as I can see, secular Egyptians are at the losing end in Egypt …it’s over for them. It’s a total shame because Egypt, under Mubarak, was a country where different kinds of people were still able to get along and if they didn’t the dicta…
Thousands of domestic workers plead to be sent back to their countries as they no longer can tolerate the torture and slavery in that hellhole.
Ellen Knickmeyer writing in the WallStreetJournal:
….The tent city at the Philippine consulate is one of the most dramatic outgrowths of Saudi Arabia’s recent crackdown on what by some estimates are 2 million to 3 million foreign workers living in the kingdom without proper documentation.
Saudi Arabia is seeking to break the kingdom’s reliance on cheaper foreign labor and get more Saudis into the private sector, in what the Saudi government and most analysts say is a badly needed overhaul of the Saudi labor market.
As part of that restructuring, the kingdom has given foreign workers who are working without the proper paperwork until July to sort out their working documents and visas, or face deportation.
Many workers went into hiding for days when the government first announced the crackdown, and some still fear they may be imprisoned in Saudi Arabia rather than immediately deported. The workers outside the Philippines consulate, however, mostly saw the Saudi deportation orders as an opportunity, rather than a threat.
Many workers in the tent city are seeking deportation after fleeing their employers due to abuse, said Marion Guinto, a resident in tent city helping to coordinate meals, medical care and hygiene for the camp. They say that their employers withheld wages, beat them, or subjected them to sexual abuse, Ms. Guinto added……….
…..The consulate has set up a phone bank to call the workers’ employers, pleading with them to sign the necessary paperwork for the workers to go back to the Philippines, Mr. Garibay said. The Saudi employers typically refuse, saying they want repayment first for the costs of bringing the workers to Saudi Arabia, the diplomat said.
The Philippines has asked the Saudi government for a paperwork waiver, as well as amnesty on the average $2,000 fine each runaway worker owes the Saudi government, Mr. Garibay said.
The Saudi foreign ministry has told the Philippine authorities that the government is studying the request, Mr. Garibay said, speaking over the wails and shrieks of the children now living in the consulate.
About 67,000 of the 655,000 Filipino workers here face similar paperwork problems, he said. So do unknown numbers more among the millions of Indian, Pakistani and other Asian and African workers here………
If you thought the USA had done away with slavery, think again. The new “slavery” is an imported commodity and brought in by the Saudis the people that hold a special place in the hearts of the top Democrats and Republicans alike. How disgraceful !! But then Washington DC is known to have sex slaves within blocks of Obama’s residence (see second vid below) because most of the diplomatic crowd from Muslim countries is nearby the White House and the USA gotta make the muzzie slave masters feel at home, eh?
Martin Jay writing at DailyMailUK:
Two women rescued from Saudi diplomat’s home after it was raided for human trafficking.
Immigration officials raided diplomatic mansion in U.S. on Tuesday night
Women suspected to have been ‘victims of domestic servitude’
Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials aided by local police
Villa believed to house Saudi Arabia’s defence attaché
Two women have been rescued from a U.S. diplomatic mansion owned by Saudi Arabia amid concerns they were being kept as domestic slaves.
Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers raided the villa in McLean, Virginia – which is owned by the Saudi Armed Forces Office and believed to house its defence attaché – on Tuesday night and removed two workers from the Philippines who are suspected to have been the ‘victims of domestic servitude’.
One woman reportedly tried to flee by squeezing through a gap in the front gate as it was closing………..
So lovely to see Judeo-Christian nations helping to keep intact the regimes that are funding killers to finish off infidels. So lovely !!
The United States and some Western allies deploy weaponry and other military equipment…
HAHAHAHAHAH !! The deceiving nature of war. Watch and learn the antics and pranks of the Judeo-Christian nations as they merrily give their “OKAY” for the genocide of Christians, Alawites and all those who are not rabid islamists. &…
What can go wrong now? Vampires thirsting for Christian, Shiite, Alawite and infidel blood on a rampage with weapons, funds and logistic support from USA, UK as well as many others from the EU, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Turkey and others.
All this turmoil only because this is suppose to twist Iran’s arm and get them to comply with the
blackmail, demands requests of NATO??? So many deaths and so much destruction of other countries because NATO does not want direct confrontation with Iran but by death and destruction of other countries nearby what cannot be accomplish by direct conflict will be a piece of cake? Does it make sense to you?
Please explain it to me how such a strategy will work … because being a dodo I have been deprived of the extraordinary brain cells you other enlightened people seem to possess.
Al-Qaeda in Iraq confirms Syria’s Nusra Front is part of its network. Al-Qaeda in Iraq said for the first time on Tuesday that al-Nusra Front, a jihadist group battling President Bashar al-Assad’s regime, was part of its network and fighting for an Islamic state in Syria.
The remarks by the leader of al-Qaeda’s front group in Iraq, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, confirmed widespread suspicions of links between the two groups.
“It’s now time to declare in front of the people of the Levant and [the] world that the al-Nusra Front is but an extension of the Islamic State in Iraq and part of it,” the SITE monitoring service quoted Baghdadi as saying in an audio speech issued on jihadist forums on Monday.
The groups will now be combined and called the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant.
Experts have long said that al-Nusra Front was receiving support from al-Qaeda-linked insurgents in neighboring Iraq. The group has claimed responsibility for deadly bombings in Damascus and Aleppo, and its fighters have joined other rebel brigades in attacks on Assad’s forces.
Baghdadi said the group was willing to ally with other groups “on the condition that the country and its citizens be governed according to the rules dictated by Allah.”
Al-Nusra Front first gained notoriety for its suicide bombings in Syria but has evolved into a formidable fighting force leading attacks on battlefronts throughout the country……
Syria is yet another country that’s about to fall in the Muslim Bros lap and by extension another notch in the Caliphate’s belt. According to the propaganda machine hired by the Saudis there are “moderate” Muslims who are being backed by the Saudis. Yup… “moderate” headchoppers! Does that mean they cut off heads with one sharp blow or what ?
Also, a huge consignment of the most powerful sniper weapon known to man, American developed and manufactured, the AS50, did an abracadabra and found its way over the high seas and dark skies right into the hands of the headchoppers on the payroll of the US, the EU and the Sunni nations with tonnes of oil and money. It’s a miracle !! Weapons go where politicians lie they don’t.
Syrian rebel fighters blast Muslim Brotherhood for ‘delaying victory’.
Syrian rebel fighters have accused the Muslim Brotherhood of undermining the revolt against Bashar Al Assad and trying to dictate opposition politics.
Rebel officers said the Brotherhood was putting narrow factional politicking over the broad interests of the revolt.
“We hold you responsible for delaying victory of the revolution and the fragmentation of the opposition,” the Joint Command of the Free Syrian Army said in an open letter to the Muslim Brotherhood.
There was a “deep confrontation” within the opposition between the Muslim Brotherhood and other secular, national and military factions, the FSA said.
Anti-Brotherhood sentiments, particularly in Damascus, were running high, the FSA warned, with growing anger at efforts by the group to control military and humanitarian relief efforts administered by the Syrian National Coalition, the opposition bloc given Syria’s seat in the Arab League at a summit last week.
A significant majority of its members are directly or indirectly allied to the Muslim Brotherhood, much to the dismay of other rebel factions who say the group’s representation in the SNC political chambers vastly outweighs its street presence inside Syria….
….Middle East will be unstable for decades if rebels take Syria, says Assad. Syrian leader warns of domino effect and accuses Arab neighbours of sheltering rebels who seek to overthrow him.
The Syrian president, Bashar al-Assad, has warned that the Middle East faces being destabilised for decades if rebel forces battling to overthrow him succeed.
Assad, locked in a two-year conflict he says has been fuelled by his regional enemies, also criticised Turkey’s “foolish and immature” leaders and accused Arab neighbours of arming and sheltering rebel fighters.
“If the unrest in Syria leads to the partitioning of the country, or if the terrorist forces take control … the situation will inevitably spill over into neighbouring countries and create a domino effect throughout the Middle East and beyond,” he said in an interview with Turkish television.
Turmoil would spread “east, west, north and south. This will lead to a state of instability for years and maybe decades to come,” Assad said in the interview, posted by the Syrian presidency on the internet.
…Saudi Arabia backs push to carve out liberated southern Syria.
Saudi Arabia is backing a push by Syrian opposition rebels to carve out a “liberated” area in southern Syria, opening a key route of attack on Damascus.
The Kingdom is working with American intelligence officials in Jordan to help build a strong rebel force in southern Syria that can fight to seize control of Damascus, and offer a ‘west friendly’ counterweight to the proliferating hardline Islamist rebel groups, high level Syrian opposition sources and eyewitnesses have told the Daily Telegraph.
“Saudi Arabia is supporting groups here that are not religious extremists.
Americans are supervising the flow of arms and the Saudis pay for them,” said a rebel who called himself Ahmed Masri speaking to the Daily Telegraph from the southern city of Deraa.
Saudi Arabia is also said to be supporting a US-led programme to train Syrian rebel fighters in Jordan. A well-placed opposition lobbyist based in Jordan told the Daily Telegraph that “the Americans are doing the training, but Saudi is paying the money for it”……….
Olly Lamber writing at Salon relates his stories from wartorn Syria:
…..For five weeks last fall, I embarked on a new project, living on both sides of a sectarian front line in rural Syria to make a documentary for the PBS series “Frontline,” and for Channel 4 in the U.K. I filmed with Sunni rebels on one side and regime loyalists on the other as they descended into an increasingly hateful feud.
Nothing could have prepared me for the imperial-scale level of violence that I witnessed there. It was totally unprecedented in my experience. And it’s only now, reading journals and looking back at footage, that some of it is even becoming real…..
….There on a metal gurney was an elderly man, probably mid-60s, lying on his back, his face covered in dust, and his right leg blown off at the knee, a shredded flap of skin dangling from his bloodied stump. The medical team looked resigned, and gave me vague shrugs that I took to indicate their impotence, or their familiarity with a scene like this. I looked at the old man lying on the table in front of them. He was semi-conscious and shivering. He died a few minutes later.
The man who had brought me in pulled at my sleeve and took me into the room next door. It was completely dark. He flicked a switch on his cigarette lighter to produce a tiny torch light, and shone its weak beam into the room to reveal two badly injured men lying in the darkness. The nearest man was making a strange, hoarse, stuttering sound that I realized was his faltering breath. The second man was reaching out to the man lying next to him, his cousin it turned out, and was saying, in Arabic, “I bear witness that there is no god but Allah.” He wanted these to be his last words.
The quiet, dark horror of the scene froze me for a moment. I asked myself, quite deliberately, if I realized what I was looking at. I found myself slipping into that weirdly safe mental space, a kind of filming autopilot. I took the lighter from my guide’s hand, and shone the torch beam onto the men in the dark. I concentrated on keeping the camera steady. I asked the people behind me to be quiet so I could get good, clean sound of the dying man’s last words. I told myself I could think about it later…….
Anne Barnard writing at NYTimes:
Jayda al-Kanna, 65, was
cooking in her kitchen across from the Syrian Central Bank on Monday afternoon, a dish towel slung around her neck. Downstairs, children packed the Salim Bukhari primary school, and older students studied drawing at a technical school in the same building.
Without warning, an explosion shook the street, blasting a six-foot hole in Ms. Kanna’s living room wall, shattering the schools’ windows onto their students and blowing in the doors. Cars, body parts and broken glass flew through the air. Black smoke billowed.
The attack, witnesses and the government authorities said, was the latest of dozens of car bombs to rip through Syrian business districts and neighborhoods during the country’s two-year war. It again turned a wary but busy downtown commercial area into a scene of terror and chaos. The Syrian government blamed its opponents for Monday’s attack and said it had killed at least 15 people and wounded at least 53.
The proliferation of car bombs across Syria has frightened and enraged many on both sides in this battle, government supporters and opponents alike. The use of these powerful and indiscriminate weapons — rejected by some rebel factions — has undermined support for the uprising against President Bashar al-Assad and left many Syrians angry at the government for failing to stop the bombings.
In Damascus, the Syrian capital, on Monday, some residents blamed the United States and its allies, which back the opposition, for the devastation.
A half-hour after the bombing, a drawing teacher, her hand bandaged, wept as she picked her way past bloodstains and shattered furniture inside what was left of the technical school. …….
carrying on with their peaceful resistance movement, defying the wahhabis and the salafis exported there by Saudi Arabia. If only more Muslims around the world would take up dancing as a hobby instead of headchopping as a pastime…. what …