I love to see cult members shafting other cult members.
Nine Pakistani businesspeople, including four women, were allegedly cheated by an agent into believing that they could visit the Kingdom on Haj visas. They were arrested on arrival, released and sent back to Karachi on Friday.Hailing from Karachi, the alleged victims were issued visit visas by the agent instead of Haj visas.
“The victims were cheated by the agent in Pakistan, and they were unaware that they were supposed to travel on Haj visas and not visit visas,” said Suhail Ali Khan, press consular at the Pakistan Consulate in Jeddah. “They were arrested and put in jail for five days for traveling from Madinah to Makkah without Haj permits,” said Khan.
He said the travelers were not given enough time to check their visas and documents before departure.
“These Pakistanis had each paid 550,000 Pakistani rupees for Haj visa. They are victims of a scam. The agent gave them their passports at Isha prayer and asked them to be at the airport at Fajr the same day, They hardly had any time to check their visas. Pakistan Consul General Aftab Khokhar met them and with the intervention of the consulate, they were released from Madinah Tarheel and sent back to Karachi.”
Khan had an advice for pilgrims: “Don’t come for Haj on visit or other visas.” Thursday was the last date for pilgrims to travel from Madinah to Makkah. The news was first broken by Saudi media group-chat and later confirmed by the Pakistan Consulate in Jeddah……….
Gov. Palin writing at her facebook page also includes a long letter from a 79 year old American which is a must read.
Kudos to Sean Hannity for his hard hitting interview with Anthony Weiner. See video of it below.
Really, liberals, to think you supported this fine gent in Congress all those years with minions in the media propping him up? Hmmmmmm. I hope Weiner continues to be a spokesman for the liberal cause because his position pretty much says it all.
Just as interesting juxtaposition to show what average Americans think of members of Congress like Anthony Weiner and the permanent political class in D.C., I’m pasting below a letter that was posted online in various forums. It was apparently sent by a gentlemen in Washington state to his senators. I don’t know this gentleman and can’t verify the authenticity of the letter, but its words ring true with the sound wisdom of We the People.
Here’s the letter:
April 3, 2013
Senator Patty Murray
Senator Maria Cantwell
Washington, DC, 20510
I have tried to live by the rules my entire life. My father was a Command Sergeant Major, U.S. Army, who died of combat related stresses shortly after his retirement. It was he who instilled in me those virtues he felt important – honesty, duty, patriotism and obeying the laws of God and of our various governments. I have served my country, paid my taxes, worked hard, volunteered and donated my fair share of money, time and artifacts.
Today, as I approach my 79th birthday, I am heart-broken when I look at my country and my government. I shall only point out a very few things abysmally wrong which you can multiply by a thousand fold. I have calculated that all the money I have paid in income taxes my entire life cannot even keep the Senate barbershop open for one year! Only Heaven and a few tight-lipped actuarial types know what the Senate dining room costs the taxpayers. So please, enjoy your haircuts and meals on us.
Last year, the president spent an estimated $1.4 billion on himself and his family. The vice president spends $ millions on hotels. They have had 8 vacations so far this year! And our House of Representatives and Senate have become America’s answer to the Saudi royal family. You have become the “perfumed princes and princesses” of our country.
In the middle of the night, you voted in the Affordable Health Care Act, a.k.a. “Obama Care,” a bill which no more than a handful of senators or representatives read more than several paragraphs, crammed it down our throats, and then promptly…………..
There are citizens of 83 countries in Syria testing out weapons on behalf of armament manufacturers of the USA, UK and France. They are doing the testing on each other and on the Syrian soldiers and those who have come to the aid of Syria to rid itself of terrorist bands. IMO, that’s not a civil war … that’s a world war III battleground.
The first vid is from a week ago, maybe even longer. Have no idea why the YouTube poster keeps titling every vid as “violence today” when in reality the vids are from days or even weeks ago.
….Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has told Turkey it will pay a heavy price for backing rebels fighting to oust him, accusing it of harboring “terrorists” along its border who, he said, would soon turn on their hosts.
In an interview with Turkey’s Halk TV due to be broadcast later on Friday, Assad called Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan “bigoted” and said Ankara was allowing terrorists to cross into Syria to attack the army and Syrian civilians.
“It is not possible to put terrorism in your pocket and use it as a card because it is like a scorpion which won’t hesitate to sting you at the first opportunity,” Assad said, according to a transcript from Halk TV, which is close to Turkey’s opposition.
“In the near future, these terrorists will have an impact on Turkey and Turkey will pay a heavy price for it.”…….
Ken Dilanian and Raja Abdulrahim writing at LATimes:
.. U.S. fears radical Islamists could take root in Syria. Officials say Syria is now the global focal point for militants who want to wage holy war, eclipsing Afghanistan, Pakistan and Yemen. U.S. intelligence officials are increasingly concerned that Al Qaeda and other radical Islamist groups could carve out a haven in Syria that will offer the kind of sanctuary they once enjoyed in northwestern Pakistan, current and former U.S. officials say.
Officials say a clandestine CIA program that provides rudimentary training and weapons to U.S.-backed politically moderate insurgents is unlikely to curb the growing strength of extremists among the opposition militias seeking to overthrow Syrian President Bashar Assad…..
….”I think Syria is heading toward becoming the next FATA,” said a U.S. official regularly briefed on intelligence, referring to the Federally Administered Tribal Areas of Pakistan, where Al Qaeda and its allies plotted attacks against the West until U.S. drone strikes and other counter-terrorism efforts decimated their forces…..
Two French reporters taken hostage in Syria. The French Foreign Ministry has disclosed that two more French journalists have been taken hostage in Syria, bringing the number of French journalists kidnapped in the country to four.
Nicolas Henin, who worked for Le Point magazine and Arte television, and Pierre Torres, who was photographing elections in the northeast city of Raqqa were kidnapped on June 22.
The news wasn’t made public until now out of respect for their families….
…Two other French reporters, Didier Francois and Edouard Elias, have been missing since they were kidnapped while working in Syria on June 6.
International inspection teams overseeing the destruction of Syria’s chemical weapons will have to negotiate cease-fires between government and rebel forces to gain access to some sites, officials closely involved with the mission said Wednesday.
The revelation is a clear indication of the risks and difficulties of the unprecedented disarmament plan, and it suggests that the effort to rid Damascus of its poison gas stockpile may have a hard time meeting its mid-2014 deadline.
Mary Chastain writing at Breitbart:
Syrian Christians choose to stay because it’s God’s call. Christians are facing heavy persecution in Syria, but while some are fleeing the country, there are quite a few staying behind. They believe God wants them to reach out to the Islamists that attack them daily.
“There are some Christians who are fleeing because they have no other choice, but there are many Christians who have really felt God’s call to stay in town, even though they have been attacked and targeted because of their faith. They realize that God’s using them, and (are reaching) out to their Muslim neighbors,” Emily Fuentes, PR and Communications Coordinator at Open Doors USA, shared with The Christian Post in a phone interview on Friday.
Christopher Hope writing at TelegraphUK:
….Charity cash ‘going to Syrian terror groups’ People giving money to help millions of refugees from the civil war in Syria are inadvertently supporting terrorism, the charity watchdog has warned. Some of their cash was “undoubtedly” going to extremist groups, said William Shawcross, the chairman of the Charity Commission.
Conditions on the ground in the midst of conflict made it difficult or impossible for charities to know where aid ended up, he said.
The Disasters Emergency Committee, which represents 14 of Britain’s biggest charities, has raised £20 million since the launch of its Syria Crisis Appeal in March. Its members include the British Red Cross, Oxfam and Save the Children.
But it said it was unable to guarantee that no cash was falling into the hands of terrorists……….
Two mortar bombs fired from Syria hit an Israeli military post on the occupied Golan Heights on Wednesday, wounding an Israeli soldier, in an incident that drew Israeli return fire, the military said.
Initial reports suggested the mortars were stray fire from Syria’s civil war, the military said in a statement. The soldier was wounded by shrapnel…..
Khaled Yacoub Oweis writing at Reuters:
Iraqi and Lebanese Shi’ite militia backed by Syrian army firepower overran a southern suburb of Damascus on Wednesday, opposition activists said, in a blow to Sunni Muslim rebels trying to hold onto strategic outskirts of the capital.
At least 20 rebels were killed when Hezbollah guerrillas and Iraqi militiamen captured the town of Sheikh Omar under cover of Syrian army artillery and tank fire and aerial bombardment, the activists said, with tens of Shi’ite fighters killed or wounded…..
Two mortar rounds hit Syria’s central bank in the capital Damascus on Wednesday causing damage, a witness told AFP, but there were no reports of injuries.
The projectiles struck the building at around 7:40 a.m., the witness, a resident of a central Damascus neighborhood, told AFP on condition of anonymity.
“One hit the roof of the building and the second hit the garage,” the resident added.
The extent of the damage to the bank was unclear, but there were no initial reports of injuries in the attack and traffic was moving normally in the area on Wednesday morning.
…Rebel shelling of one of Syria’s two main oil refineries on Wednesday set fire to the plant, already working at barely 10 percent of its capacity, a monitoring group said.
There were no immediate reports of casualties in the bombardment of the plant in the central city of Homs, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.
Syria’s oil industry has been massively hit since an uprising against the rule of president Bashar al-Assad erupted in March 2011.
Crude output now stands at barely 10 percent of its pre-uprising levels as a result of European Union sanctions that closed off Syria’s main export markets and the rebels’ capture of key oilfields that has hit even production for domestic use………
Let the hiring begin! Let all the riff-raff from the West flock to Syria as soldiers in Saudi Arabia’s new terrorist army. Petrodollars at work. When will the world start seeing Saudi Arabia for what it is? When? When? It…
Mike Spencer Bown left for his adventure when he was just 21 years old. Now, with his entire adult life spent travelling to every single country in the world, the Calgarian is headed home. But Bown didn’t just hit the […]
And guess what ? One of the surveillance photos show that she wasn’t masked in a face-covering burqa either.
Pulling off the perfect bank heist isn’t as easy as the movies make it seem, especially when the robber takes aim at five banks – in the space of three weeks.
This week, a 23-year-old Saudi-U.S. woman has been accused of doing just that.
Ranya al-Huthaili, who was arrested earlier this month on charges of robbing the five banks, is now set to remain in custody out of fear she will flee to Saudi Arabia, U.S. newspaper Star Tribune reported on Friday.
“She has been charged with bank robbery [and] telling the teller that she had a gun. She took $2,350,” said Nadia Bilbassy-Charters, an Al Arabiya correspondent in Washington.
According to the newspaper, the FBI believes Huthaili robbed the Klein Bank in Minnesota on Aug. 15, the First State Bank of Wyoming in Minnesota on Aug. 23, the TCF Bank in the Cub Foods on Broadway Avenue W. in Forest Lake on Sept. 1 and the First State Bank and Trust in Wisconsin on Sept. 5.
Huthaili stole $2,300 from the Wisconsin bank. However, the money’s identification markings led police to a shopping mall in Minneapolis where she bought a computer, the correspondent confirmed.
Not all the money was spent, however, and “nobody knows where the rest of the money is and the police didn’t say,” Bilbassy-Charters explained.
On Sept. 12, Huthaili was charged in federal court with robbing the Dairy State Bank on Sept. 9 in Menomonie, Wisconsin, the last of the heists she’s accused of carrying out.
Huthaili, a dual Saudi-U.S. citizen, is now deemed a flight risk as court documents state Saudi Arabia has no extradition pact with the United States………
Is the Assad regime to be blamed for the atrocity or was it done by Saudi Arabia as RT is now claiming as coming from the mouths of diplomats? I suspected from Day One that it was Saudi Arabia who planned and executed the attack probably by bribing someone inside Assad’s regime. We all know money can do wonders. We in the West tend to think that because of their cavemen traditions, Saudi Arabia has not advanced in other areas. Wrong assumption. Saudi Arabia has hundreds if not thousands of Pakistani scientists working in the kingdom and some years ago there were even reports of Saudi backed Al Qaeda in Somalia experimenting with plague germs for bioterrorism. Anything is possible when one has evil intentions.
….Saudi black op team behind Damascus chem weapons attack – diplomatic sources. The August chemical weapons attack in the Syrian capital’s suburbs was done by a Saudi Arabian black operations team, Russian diplomatic sources have told a Russian news agency.
“Based on data from a number of sources a picture can be pieced together. The criminal provocation in Eastern Ghouta was done by a black op team that the Saudi’s sent through Jordan and which acted with support of the Liwa Al-Islam group,” a source in the diplomatic circles told Interfax.
The attack and its consequences had a huge impact on the Syrian situation, another source said.
“Syrians of various political views, including some opposition fighters, are seeking to inform diplomats and members of international organizations working in Syria what they know about the crime and the forces which inspired it,” he told the agency.
Liwa Al-Islam is an Islamist armed group operating near Damascus headed by the son of a Saudi-based Salafi cleric. The group claimed responsibility for the bombing of a secret governmental meeting in Damascus in July 2012 that killed a number of top Syrian officials, including Defense Minister Dawoud Rajiha, his deputy Asef Shawkat, and Assistant Vice President Hassan Turkmani.
The allegations mirror a number of earlier reports, which pointed to Saudi Arabia as the mastermind behind the sarin gas attack, which almost led to US military action against Syrian government. Proponents of this scenario say intelligence services in Riyadh needed a false flag operation to provoke an American attack in Syria, which would tip the balance in favor of the armed opposition supported by Saudi Arabia.
While the majority of Western countries say they are certain that the Syrian government carries the blame for the attack, Damascus maintains that the rebel forces must be behind it. Russia shares this conviction too, calling the incident a provocation………….
……..RT’s Worlds Apart host Oksana Boyko has spoken to Angela Kane, UN high representative for disarmament affairs, who has just returned from Damascus.
“If you read the report, the report comes out and says sarin was used. It is also a matter that maybe in the environmental samples they took there was no sarin found, but that does not mean that sarin was not used,” Kane told Worlds Apart. “It was there in the human samples. If they had more time to go around they would have found different samples. It was a limited collection that they did, but the collection was conclusive. I think, it was very comprehensive, therefore, we shared all of those samples with the Syrian government.”
The vid showing the German convert to islam seem to show the damage the terrorist army has done to Assad’s government buildings.
Liz Sly writing at Washington Post
….. Foreign extremists dominate Syria fight. Foreign fighters from across the Arab world and beyond are playing an increasingly dominant role in the battle for control of Syria, which has emerged as an even more powerful magnet for jihadist volunteers than Iraq and Afghanistan were in the past decade.
The number of Syrians battling to overthrow the regime led by President Bashar al-Assad outstrips by a large margin the thousands of Arabs and other non-Syrian Muslims who have streamed into Syria over the past two years to join in the fight.
But the flow of jihadist volunteers has accelerated, and non-Syrians have begun taking the lead in a variety of roles as the al-Qaeda-affiliated Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) attempts to assert control over large areas of the rebel-held north………
Hassan Hassan writing at ForeignPolicy:
….The situation inside Syria has just gotten a lot more complex. Syria’s exiled opposition and the United States have invested heavily in propping up the Free Syrian Army (FSA) as a counterweight to radical groups that emerged as key players in areas liberated from Bashar al-Assad’s rule. But that effort is now circling the drain.
On Sept. 24, 11 of the rebels’ most powerful Islamist groups, including several FSA-affiliated brigades, pulled the rug from under the political opposition by signing a joint statement announcing that they do not recognize its National Coalition and affirming that they view Islamic law as the sole source of legislation. And on Sept. 29, at least 50 groups operating mainly around Damascus merged into Jaish al-Islam (“the Army of Islam”), thus undermining the FSA’s dominance in a part of the country where it had long been considered the strongest rebel force.
Syria’s “southern front” has long been perceived as FSA turf. The opposition has for months worked hard to consolidate the insurgent groups in Damascus and the southern governorate of Daraa under FSA divisions that follow a clear command-and-control structure. They have been aided by the United States and Persian Gulf countries, mainly Saudi Arabia, which have provided them with valuable training and arms in the hopes that they can be a bulwark against extremism near the capital……….
….Baghdad (IraqiNews.com) MP, Karim Alewi, of the Iraqi national Alliance stated that there is a big project by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and Qatar to undermine the political process in Iraq.
Speaking to Iraqi News (IraqiNews.com), he called “The government to protect the Shiite areas that are being continuously targeted due to being close to the Sunni areas where the protection can be either by forming security forces from these areas or by the security ministries to avoid the sectarian sedition.”
“Al Qaeda wants to involve Iraq in the sectarian war by being in touch with KSA and Qatar,” he added.
“There is a big project by the KSA and Qatar to topple the political process in Iraq where the political blocs have to accept the initiative to save the citizens,” he concluded.
….Two days after the attack we went to the school.
It had been one of the few to remain open in this part of northern Syria. But when we visited the classrooms were empty.
More than 100 countries have banned their use against civilians but Syria has not signed the treaty.
The air at the scene was still thick with the smell of whatever was dropped that day; it is hard to imagine or to describe the horrors of what the pilot did.
The headmaster said he felt helpless. He was too afraid to give his name.
“The worst thing in life is for someone to die before our eyes.
“People burning in front of you. People dying. People running. But where will they run to?
“They’re not safe anywhere. This is the fate of the Syrian people.”
Ten children died in the attack and many more have been left struggling to survive terrible burns…..
Jonathan Steele writing at TheGuardian:
…Syria: massacre reports emerge from Assad’s Alawite heartland. Alawites are fleeing their homes, recounting gruesome tales of executions and other atrocities. In spite of their proximity to the Turkish border, across which rebel fighters are armed and financed, farmers continued their lives as normal, even though as Alawites allied to the Shia sect to which President Bashar al-Assad belongs they could have been obvious targets.
At dawn on 4 August their peace was shattered. Armed rebels, led by local jihadis as well as members of Jabhat al-Nusra and the al-Qaida linked group, Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, left their headquarters in the largely Sunni town of Salma. They sneaked into the al-Akrad mountains, taking control of five Alawite villages. The rebels called it Operation Liberation of the Coast and the aim was to send the government a message that even the Alawite heartland was no longer safe.
Rumours of massacres spread as some 25,000 Alawite villagers fled to Latakia. The next day the rebels captured more Alawite villages and reached Aramo, about 12 miles north of Qardaha, the Assads’ home town where Hafez al-Assad, the former president, is buried in a mausoleum. Over the next few days government forces regrouped and gradually recovered the lost ground with help from air strikes as well as local paramilitaries.
On 19 August Syrian state TV reported that all the Alawite villages had been freed. But they did not highlight any massacres and refrained from showing graphic images of mutilation.
“For the first time the government acted discreetly because they feared a sectarian war could break out all along the coast. At the beginning they even denied massacres took place”, Rajaa Nasser, an opposition politician in Damascus told the Guardian. He speculated that the attacks on the Alawites could have been revenge for the slaughter of Sunnis in Banias and Baida in May, two places about 30 miles south of the city of Latakia. Human Rights Watch said 248 Sunni civilians were executed there……….
The conservative Islamic kingdomis one of the main backers of rebels fighting Syrian President.
Saudi Arabia’s frustration at international inaction over Syria and the Palestinians led it to cancel its speech at the UN General Assembly for the first time ever this week, a diplomatic source said.
Saudi Foreign Minister, Saud al-Faisal, had been scheduled to deliver an address to the general assembly on Tuesday afternoon.
By the standards of the world’s top oil exporter and birthplace of Islam, which usually expresses diplomatic concerns only in private, the decision represented an unprecedented statement of discontent…….
From NATO Intl
…Deputy Secretary General Ambassador Alexander Vershbow together with ambassadors, commanders and other representatives from the North Atlantic Council and NATO’s Military Committee observed Allied naval forces in action in the Mediterranean Sea on Monday (30 September 2013). A large fleet of warships from NATO’s Response Force (NRF) are currently conducting manoeuvres as part of the ”Brilliant Mariner” exercise off Italy’s Sicilian and Sardinian coasts. ”This exercise tests, and sharpens, the ability of units from different NATO countries to work together seamlessly,”the Deputy Secretary General said……..
How come the politicians in Canada are so ignorant of the true intentions of the Muslim Brotherhood? Hard to believe that these idiots who are elected as our lawmakers are the same idiots who will bring ruin to Canada and its citizens.
I have embedded several vids between some extracts taken from an article at OttawaCitizen,(please go to article itself for umpteen links) which is one of the most comprehensive articles I have read which gives ample evidence of how Saudi Arabia and the Muslim Brotherhood have penetrated the very depths and bowels of our Canadian government. The snake-oil salesmen from the Muslim world have brainwashed our politicians and those in the many arteries of the government, arteries that the lawmakers depend on for contribution to the decisions and laws which affect all of us.
Two of the vids show the annual banquet of 2011 and 2012 organized by the Muslim Canadian Forum which are attended by politicians and representatives of NGOs. These are held for the sole purpose of brainwashing infidels into complacency and as a meeting point for introducing Muslim Brotherhood lobbyists to the politicians. These are the “soft sell methods” employed by the Muslim Brotherhood and the Saudi manipulators all over the Western world and if one is not smart enough to recognize these maneuvers for what they are … then one is brainwashed to the gills.
Quebec government has been infiltrated on a large scale and the results apparently are now felt by some patriots within the government who are trying to bring about the “religious dress and ornaments” ban … while being criticized for the move by nincompoops all over.
Robert Sibley writing at OttawaCitizen:
Point de bascule — the tipping point in anglais — is one of the most responsible, restrained and well researched websites devoted to monitoring the Islamist long-term campaign against the West. Run by Marc Lebuis out of Montreal, the French language webmagazine devotes itself to probing and exposing Islamist efforts in Canada (particularly in Quebec).
Salim Mansur, a political scientist at the University of Western Ontario, and a columnist for the Toronto Sun, notes that the mainstream media and the politicians generally avoid the Islamist issue and refers to Point de bascule as one of the few media outlets willing to address the threat — “truly the David in this mighty difficult contest with the Goliath – the Muslim Brotherhood and their petrodollar support,” as he puts it.
With that kind of recommendation, and the given its solid reputation, when Point de bascule posts an article on its webmagazine site, it is well worth reading. The magazine’s latest missive is a case in point, raising questions as to whether Harper government — and Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird, in particular — has been inadvertently funding Muslim Brotherhood efforts to radicalize young Muslims in Canada and ship them overseas to fight n he Syrian civil war.
What Point de bascule seems to specialize in finding connections between seemingly disconnected bits of publicly-available information and stitching them together into a coherent whole. (In the newspaper business we call this — or used to – investigative journalism.) In this case, Lebuis and his team of researchers appear to have found some questionable links between Baird and the Muslim Brotherhood that suggest taxpayer money intended to help Syrian refugees has been diverted to help the Islamist cause in the country’s civil war. There’s no suggestion this was intentional on the part of the minister; rather, the government has at worst been naive and allowed itself to be hoodwinked by Islamist supporters in this country…………
………Minister Baird and the Syrian Muslim Brotherhood
NOVEMBER 17, 2011 – An official in Canada Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird’s office confirmed to the National Post that the minister met on several occasions with Syrian opposition leader Hassan Hachimi from Mississauga (Ontario). Hachimi has since been identified as the head of the Syrian Muslim Brotherhood Political Bureau. In the same November 2011 report, Muslim Brotherhood leader Osama Kadi said that Minister Baird “showed a very positive attitude” toward Syrian rebels.
DECEMBER 23, 2011 – Foreign Affairs Minister Baird met with a Syrian opposition delegation including Muslim Brotherhood heavyweights Hassan Hachimi and Obeida Nahas. The Ottawa Citizen quoted Minister Baird as saying: “Assad is cut off. His disgusting brand of violence must stop and come to an end, he must go.” Minister Baird announced a freeze on Bashar al-Assad regime’s assets and denied al-Qaeda’s involvement in Syria.
The Ottawa Citizen added that “Baird’s rhetoric appeared to please members of the Syrian National Council (SNC) opposition movement who were in Ottawa on Friday to meet with the minister.”
On July 31, 2012, the German daily Die Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung published an article based on observations made by journalist Daniel Etter during a visit to rebel-controlled towns near the city of Aleppo (Syria). Investigative Project summed it up: “There is no mere ‘presence’ of jihadists among the rebels: religiously-inspired mujahideen is what the rebels are. The real question is whether there is a presence of anything else.”
The German newspaper provided evidence that rebel authorities are subjecting civilians to arbitrary detention and torture and summarily executing captured members of the regular Syrian armed forces.
Contrary to what Minister Baird implies, the fight in Syria is not between dictatorship and democracy but between two types of dictatorship: an Islamic one and another one, rather secular, that has treated its non-Muslim minorities with considerably more respect than the Muslim Brotherhood, al-Qaeda and their allies. Ottawa Citizen, December 24, 2011, p. A2
A Syrian National Council (SNC) delegation included at least two prominent Muslim Brotherhood leaders after its December 23, 2011 meeting with Minister John Baird and Foreign Affairs officials………….
…….AUGUST 16, 2012 – Point de Bascule published an article to show more light specifically on the organization Canadian Relief for Syria (Aide humanitaire canadienne pour la Syrie in French) that was supposed to get financing from Minister Baird. This organization is registered with the Quebec Registry of Entreprises (REQ 1168220813).
Its administrator Bachar Elsolh is a well-known figure in Quebec Islamist circles. He led the Muslim Canadian Forum (MCF – REQ 1140896482) from its foundation in 1993 until 2008. MCF is an umbrella organization representing numerous Muslim Brotherhood organizations, including the Muslim Association of Canada on occasions. It is mostly active in Quebec.
In 1999 and in 2007, Bashar Elsolh went to meet parliamentarians at the Quebec National Assembly and in the Canadian Senate. On both occasions, he was accompanied by Said Youssef Fawaz, an official representative of the Saudi Muslim World League (MWL) in Canada.
NOTE: For those who look at French documents linked to by this article, the Muslim World League is known in French as the Ligue islamique mondiale.
The Muslim World League was established in 1962 to spread the Saudi version of Islam throughout the world. From the beginning, Muslim Brotherhood heavyweights were involved in its offensive. Said Ramadan (Tariq’s father) and Syed Maududi (an ally from the Pakistani Jamaat-e-Islami) were amongst its founders.
Saudi Arabia is involved in the publishing and the disseminating of literature throughout the world that is hostile to non-Muslims. Christians are described as “swine” and Jews as “apes” in its school books, as reported by the Hudson Institute in 2011.
The Muslim World League is also involved in the financing of terrorism. In 2005, Saudi Muslim World League Koran Memorization Commission’s general secretary, Sheikh Abdallah Basfar, urged Muslims everywhere to fund armed jihad and terrorism: “The Prophet said: ‘He who equips a fighter–it is as if he himself fought.’ You lie in your bed, safe in your own home, and donate money and Allah credits you with the rewards of a fighter. What is this? A privilege” (Hansard – MEMRI).
Point de Bascule August 16, 2013): Canada gives then cancels a $2 million donation to MB-linked Canadian Relief for Syria………
I had no idea before now that the Germans are exposing a lot of the stuff that our stinking MSM in North America throws a blanket on and never talks about as openly as do the Germans. They have learnt a good lesson after the Hitler calamity and …
In an apparent attempt to demonstrate that there is no limit to the idiocy of Saudi Arabian misogyny, a Saudi cleric has explained why women should not be allowed to drive. According to Sheikh Saleh bin Saad al-Lohaidan, “If a woman drives a car … that could have negative physiological impacts as functional and physiological medical studies show that it automatically affects the ovaries and
Hey ladies, don’t you just hate that awful achy feeling in your ovaries after a day behind the wheel? No, you don’t. Because that’s not an actual phenomenon. That is, unless you ask Saudi Arabian cleric Sheikh Saleh bin Saad al-Lohaidan, […]
The US never stops licking the ground clean for oil-rich Saudi billionaires to walk on. It matters little whether the presidents of the mighty USA happen to be Republican or Democrat….the SA has shackled them as their favorite slaves … just …
Are we proud or ashamed of having this country known as our “ally”? Are our Canadian businessmen patriotic or traitors for desiring to start up business ventures with Saudis or in Saudi Arabia? Do you trust or mistrust the Canadian govt. for sitting at the same table with Saudi Arabians? Would you as a Canadian ever give your business to a Canadian law firm that files a suit against Canadians on behalf of a Saudi Arabian entity?
Sorcha Pollak writing at Time:
Is this what progress looks like in Saudi Arabia? The kingdom is considering ending execution by beheading in favor of firing squads, reports the Egyptian English-language news website Ahram Online. A committee consisting of representatives from the Ministries of Interior, Justice and Health says there are shortages in government swordsmen and argue that a change to execution by firing squad would not violate Islamic law, the Saudi daily newspaper al-Youm writes. According to an official statement from the committee, “This solution seems practical, especially in light of shortages in official swordsmen or their belated arrival to execution yards in some incidents.”
Execution by beheading in Saudi Arabia has continually been condemned by human-rights groups. According to Human Rights Watch (HRW), at least 69 people were executed by beheading in 2012, while Amnesty International says 79 were killed under the death penalty in the same period. In 2012 HRW wrote, “Saudi Arabia has no penal code, so prosecutors and judges largely define criminal offenses at their discretion.” Rape, murder, armed robbery, drug trafficking and even suspected “sorcery” are punishable by death under Saudi Arabia’s Islamic law.
The Saudi death penalty recently made headlines following the execution of Rizana Nafeek, a young Sri Lankan woman who was beheaded for the murder of her employers’ 4-month-old son. Nafeek arrived in Saudi Arabia in 2005 at age 17 but spent the next seven years in Saudi jails after the baby died under her care, writes CNN. The family of the boy believed he had been strangled by Nafeek, while she claimed he had choked on his milk. The young Sri Lankan immigrant had no access to a lawyer during her pretrial interrogation during which she said she was forced to sign a confession, notes CNN. The execution of this young woman revealed how “woefully out of step they [the Saudi justice system] are with their international obligations regarding the use of the death penalty,” said Philip Luther from Amnesty International. It highlighted how Saudi law tends to treat children as adults in criminal cases even though international law prohibits the death penalty for crimes committed before the age of 18, writes HRW…..
One is judged by the company one keeps. Canada is a friend of Saudi Arabia. Canada has business ventures in Saudi Arabia. Canadian businessmen flock to Saudi Arabia and lick the ground free of dirt for the oil-rich human rights abusers of …
One needs to have a head for numbers to be able to count accurately the number of political parties and the number of terrorists groups major, the number of terrorists group minor, the number of ethnic groups, the number of the ethnic groups’ political parties, the number of ethnic groups political parties pro-Assad, the number of ethnic groups’ political parties anti-Assad, the number of goats pro-Assad, the number of goats anti-Assad, the number of dogs pro-Assad, the number of dogs anti-Assad …. yeah you’re getting it.
And, into this most terrible mess of messes the arrogant USA actually thinks they can wade into and … presto …everything will come up smelling roses?
Cale Salih writing at WorldCrunch:
Syrian Kurds And The Divisions That Plague Damascus’ Enemies The mainstream Syrian political opposition failed for nearly two years to draw in the Kurdish National Council (KNC), a muddled coalition of 16 Syrian Kurdish political parties. In what was hailed as a breakthrough, the KNC finally decided to join the Syrian National Coalition (NC) last month.
Yet the decision will have little practical impact on Arab-Kurdish relations in Syria. Its impact will primarily play out abroad, giving both the KNC and the NC a boost in international credibility, rather than inside Syria. The NC was eager for the Kurdish bloc to join its ranks in order to address a common criticism that it has not sufficiently reached out to minorities. The KNC, desperately looking for a way to stay relevant as a rival Kurdish party establishes dominance inside Syria, hopes to use the NC as a platform to boost its international credentials….
Guillaume Perrier at WorldCrunch:
….Instantly, spoons stop stirring in teacups and conversations freeze mid-sentence. A mortar has just been heard a few hundred meters from the main street of Ceylanpinar, a small Turkish town on the border with Syria. Through the window, everybody can see a cloud of black smoke rising up from Ras al-Ayn, the Syrian town that lies just across the nearby railway tracks.
“It’s become too dangerous. Sometimes, bullets and mortars are hitting our houses. The al-Nusra fighters fire blindly,” scowled Kurdish farmer Mehmet Demir.
He was speaking about the al Nusra Front, a Syrian Islamist rebel group with ties to al Qaeda that is fighting the Damascus regime. And here, we find out, al-Nusra is also coming up against another armed group: the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), the rebel group that has fought its own decades-long battle with Ankara, until a negotiated ceasefire was signed earlier this year.
Some 70% of Ceylanpinar’s inhabitants are Kurdish, the other 30% Arabs. For more than a year, the town has been living in the face of flare-ups of violence between Kurdish militants loyal to jailed PKK leader Abdullah Öcalan and jihadists from al-Nusra.
Four Turkish civilians have been killed since July, hit by stray bullets or shells that had missed their targets. “They put old train wagons in front of the official buildings to protect them but that’s about all they can do,” says Demir, a sympathiser of the Peace and Democracy Party (BDP), the legal Kurdish party affiliated with the long outlawed PKK…….
Here’s a short list of journalists, bloggers and activists rotting in our ally’s dungeons while our Canadian politicians party with the oil-rich sheikhs in Geneva and at other world meetings.
Don’t miss seeing the vid of an imam weeping like the fuck he is, asking for Hamza Kashgari, a blogger, to be brought to “justice” (read that as “beheaded”). This is the mad kingdom of Saudi Arabia. This is the ally Canadian politicians and businessmen waltz with endlessly, all in the hope of getting extra oil barrels and inroads into Saudi Arabia for making more blood money. Are we proud yet?!
….A Jeddah criminal court judge has sentenced Saudi Arabian journalist Raif Badawi to seven years in prison and 600 lashes for the crime of “insulting Islam.”
It could have gone worse for Badawi: Had the judge not thrown out the charge of apostasy, he would have received a death sentence.
He’ll probably survive the whipping only because it comes in four sessions with planned hospitalizations in between. He has until Sept. 6 to file an appeal.
Badawi, 30, is the co-founder and editor of the website saudiliberalnetwork.com, which encouraged people to post their thoughts about the role of religion and politics, among other things, in their lives. (No longer, however: The site has been shut down.)
He was arrested on June 17, 2012, and sent to Jeddah’s Buraiman prison. The conviction and sentence were announced two weeks ago.
Since being jailed, Badawi hasn’t seen his wife and three children, who are living in exile in Lebanon…..
Women human rights defenders sentenced to imprisonment and receive travel bans. On 15 June 2013, human rights defenders Ms Wajeha Al-Huwaider and Ms Fawzia Al-Oyouni were sentenced to ten months imprisonment to be followed by a two year travel ban by the District Court in Al-Khobar.
The human rights defenders were arrested on 7 June 2011 and briefly held on charges of trying to sabotage the marital relationship between a Canadian woman and her Saudi husband. Wajeha Al-Huwaider and Fawzia Al-Oyouni have long campaigned for women’s rights in Saudi Arabia and supported women victims of domestic abuse. They were active participants in the women’s rights campaign and have also demanded that women be granted the right to drive a car.
On 7 June 2011, the human rights defenders received a text message saying that a woman and her three children were being imprisoned against their will, deprived of food and subjected to violence by the woman’s husband. The human rights defenders brought some food to the house but discovered that the husband had sent the message in order to trap them.
The police arrived and arrested the human rights defenders on charges of attempting to smuggle the woman and her children to the Canadian Embassy in Riyadh. The human rights defenders were acquitted of these charges, but were sentenced under the Sharia law offence of takhbib, or incitement of a wife to defy the authority of her husband. The sentencing comes in a difficult context for women and women human rights defenders in Saudi Arabia. Women are heavily dependent on male guardians, and are required to have a male relative with them in order to enter government buildings and courts. …..
Saudi blogger Hamza Kashgari jailed, may face execution after tweets about Muhammad. Hamza Kashgari, the young Saudi blogger whose foolhardy tweets about Prophet Muhammad left conservative clerics baying for his blood, is a poet and a dreamer, says a former colleague.
“Hamza always liked being alone, he wasn’t a social person,” said a senior editor at Al Bilad, the newspaper Mr. Kashgari used to work for.
“He had a broken look in his eyes and I think that was a sign of sadness or depression. He’s a poet and had a lot of philosophical ideas.”
Now, the 23-year-old is Saudi Arabia’s most reviled man and could even face execution for blasphemy.
It’s all because of three tweets of an imagined conversation with the Prophet Muhammad.
Writing on the Prophet’s birthday, he said he “loved the rebel in you” and he “loved some aspects of you, hated others.”
The reaction on the Internet was swift and vitriolic.
First, there was a flurry of angry comments on Twitter — estimated at more than 30,000 in 24 hours. A Facebook page, “Saudi people want punishment for Hamza Kashgari,” has quickly grown to more than 20,000 members.
“The only choice is for Kashgari to be killed and crucified in order to be a lesson to other secularists,” commented Abu Abdulrahman, an online reader of al-Madina newspaper.
A YouTube video of a tearful Nasser al-Omar, a Saudi cleric, calling for Mr. Kashgari to be arrested and tried went viral.
….Al Ghazzali ended his speech by addressing the Saudi King Abdullah saying “Last year in Vienna, King Abdullah opened the International Centre for Interreligious and Intercultural Dialogue ” a center supposedly aimed at promoting comity and respect between religions–May I ask His Majesty, via this Council, how can he conceivably equate a possible 600 lashes and 7 year jail term for a free thinker with promoting tolerance and respect between religions?”
I couldn’t find anything specific from Google nor from other search engines like Yahoo and Bing.
Besides this one tiny item from an obscure online news outlet, there is nothing, nada online.
Ambassadors of Arab countries in Kenya have condemned the terrorists’ attack at the Westgate Mall.
Envoys from Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Yemen, Libya, among other Arab nations, said the attack was an affront to all religions in the world….
Stands to reason doesn’t it? The countries of Saudi Arabia, Qatar, UAE, Kuwait and Bahrain are the main funders and protectors of terrorist groups … so why would they condemn the terrorist acts done on their behalf by their employees?
and other news all on Syria.
There goes another country to the more rabid dogs of the cult and it’s all happening because those we have elected to power, used that power to make it happen. All indications point to Syria becoming another stronghold, along with Libya, for Muslim extremism.
The most important news today is what’s coming from the hundreds of terrorists groups in Syria. The strongest groups, and all of them are “top grade” terrorists have given the West a big fat finger. This tells me like nothing else does that Saudi Arabia has taken matters in its own hands and now the jihadi army in Syria is being controlled by SA with advisers from Turkey and other interested regions around Syria.
….Thousands of Syrian rebels have broken with the Western-backed coalition and called for a new Islamist front, undermining international efforts to build up a pro-Western military force to replace President Bashar al-Assad.
Ever more divided on a battlefield where Assad’s better armed troops have been gaining ground, allies of the Free Syrian Army (FSA) were among 13 disparate rebel factions to disown the exile leadership and build an Islamic alliance that includes the al Qaeda-linked Nusra Front, commanders said on Tuesday……..
Eleven Islamist rebel groups in Syria have announced they do not recognise the authority of the main opposition alliance, the National Coalition.
A joint statement says: “All groups formed abroad without having returned to the country do not represent us.”
They also call for the opposition to unite under an “Islamic framework”. …………
….The Syrian children stood at the side of the road just after first light, just as they were told.
At this ragged cluster of tents in the Bekaa Valley, they weren’t waiting for a school bus in the early morning cold.
An open back truck arrives just after 06:00 to take them to the fields to help bring in the harvest.
Across this fertile land of eastern Lebanon, Syria’s refugee children are increasingly doing the jobs of adult manual labourers.
“It’s a worrying phenomenon we see increasing by the day.” Unicef’s regional director Maria Calivis told me. “The numbers of refugees are growing larger, and the people arriving are more destitute than ever.”….
From Syria, On Spec: Wary of Staff in Harm’s Way, Editors Leave War Coverage to $70 Stringers…….
………“There are like 50 young freelancers who went from Egypt to Libya to Bahrain and then to Syria, and we all did this loop covering the revolutions, and it was probably the best career move for all of us,” Ms. Day said. “Because how many people get to get out of college now and become foreign correspondents?”….
This is my third visit to Aleppo in the last year, but the first time that I saw fear in the eyes of my Syrian activist friends accompanying me. They are not afraid of Bashar al-Assad’s regime or of bombs or of the Free Syrian Army (FSA). Rather, what scares them are the checkpoints manned by fighters from the Islamic State in Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS — also known as the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria), the main al-Qaeda force in Syria. Kidnappings and executions have been steadily increasing…..
….According to Wassim, however, the real problem is not al-Qaeda, but the ever-widening rift with the FSA. An activist living in Aleppo, Wassim explained, “When the revolution started, we used to sing ‘One, one, one. The Syrian people are one.’ Nowadays, the most popular song goes like this: ‘Alawites wait for us! We are coming to slaughter you! We will cut your throats.’ The activists abroad will tell you that it is not true, that we are a moderate people and sectarianism will not prevail. But this is true only of us civilians, not for those who fight.
“Well half of the fighters in the FSA believe they are fighting a war against the Alawites, and more generally against the Shiites, as a result of Bashar’s alliances with Iran and Hezbollah. They are simple young men, from the poorer classes. They have no education, and the weapons have gone to their heads. They have become cruel. Killing has become ordinary. They only want their enemy’s blood. We took to the streets for freedom and dignity, not to substitute the regime with another regime just as bloodthirsty.”……….
…Gas missiles ‘were not sold to Syria’ Export papers seem to back Assad’s denial over sarin attack – but Russians won’t go into detail. While the Assad regime in Damascus has denied responsibility for the sarin gas missiles that killed around 1,400 Syrians in the suburb of Ghouta on 21 August, information is now circulating in the city that Russia’s new “evidence” about the attack includes the dates of export of the specific rockets used and – more importantly – the countries to which they were originally sold. They were apparently manufactured in the Soviet Union in 1967 and sold by Moscow to three Arab countries, Yemen, Egypt and Colonel Muammar Gaddafi’s Libya. These details cannot be verified in documents, and Vladimir Putin has not revealed the reasons why he told Barack Obama that he knows Assad’s army did not fire the sarin missiles; but if the information is correct – and it is believed to have come from Moscow – Russia did not sell this particular batch of chemical munitions to Syria.
Since Gaddafi’s fall in 2011, vast quantities of his abandoned Soviet-made arms have fallen into the hands of rebel groups and al-Qa’ida-affiliated insurgents. Many were later found in Mali, some in Algeria and a vast amount in Sinai. The Syrians have long claimed that a substantial amount of Soviet-made weaponry has made its way from Libya into the hands of rebels in the country’s civil war with the help of Qatar – which supported the Libyan rebels against Gaddafi and now pays for arms shipments to Syrian insurgents……….
…NATO expects Turkey to exercise greater restraint on Syria.
…..A Turkish F-16 jet fighter shot down the Syrian Mi-17 helicopter on Sept. 16 after it ventured up to 2 kilometers (1 mile) into Turkey near the border town of Yayladağı. The Turkish military said in a statement that the Syrian helicopter was repeatedly warned by Turkish air defense elements about air space violation before it was shut down…..
….UN leader Ban Ki-moon on Wednesday pressed the major powers to overcome differences on the Syria war amid troubled talks on a UN Security Council resolution on Syria’s chemical arms.
Ban hosted a lunch with the foreign ministers of the United States, Russia, China, Britain and France — the permanent Security Council members — to put across his message, UN officials said.
Ban has said the Security Council — divided into opponents and backers of Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad — has been gripped by an “embarrassing paralysis” over the 30-month-old conflict……..
…A French Muslim convert has been killed fighting the Syrian army in the northern province of Aleppo, a monitoring group said on Tuesday.
“Abu Mohammad al-Faransi, a Frenchman who converted to Islam, was killed while fighting against regime forces on Sunday in the south of Aleppo province,” said the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.
Thousands of foreigners, mostly Arabs, have joined rebels seeking to bring down President Bashar al-Assad’s regime.
France’s interior minister revealed on Thursday that hundreds of homegrown Islamist militants were signing up to fight in Syria and warned that they could pose a security threat when they return home.
More than 300 French nationals or residents are currently fighting in Syria’s civil war, planning to go or have recently returned, French Interior Minister Manuel Valls said last week…..
End of Christians and Christianity in Syria … all thanks to the Judeo-Christian Judas nations of the USA, UK, EU and others.
…..Nearly 40 nuns and orphans are trapped inside a convent in the Syrian Christian tow…
Saudi Arabia wants to cleanse Pakistan of non-Sunnis. The Saudis have been flooding Pakistan with money to build mosques and open madrasas and for almost two decades now they have been giving all sort of incentives to the Muslim students, including scholarships to Wahhabi schools in Saudi Arabia from whence they come back to Pakistan as imams and preach more Wahhabism. All this has been going on under the noses of the West. The West has been fully aware of the heavy influence of Saudi Arabia in Pakistan and has not lifted even a pinkie to stop it.
You know why the USA will never attack Pakistan even if the Pakistani Taliban or Al Qaeda groups from there rampage in the USA a la 9/11 mode? Because, attacking Pakistan will be like attacking Saudi Arabia and they will never go against the Saudis. NEVER! Not one single prez of the USA has ever had the guts to do that and none ever will.
If Canada needs more immigrants, the Pakistani Christians are the ones who should be ushered into Canada as refugees are these poor people deserve to experience some peace and security which they will never have in Pakistan.
….Blood, body parts and pages from the Bible could be seen at the church after the attack, Pakistan’s Dawn newspaper said, calling it “the deadliest ever (attack) targeting Christians in Pakistan.”
About 400 worshippers were exchanging greetings after the service at the 130-year-old All Saints Church in the city of Peshawar when the two bombers, each carrying about 6kg (13 pounds) of explosives, launched the attack. The walls were pockmarked with ball bearings that had been packed into the bombs to cause maximum carnage in the busy church, the newspaper said.
“I saw myself in the air and then on the ground inside a huge fire of ball,” Sabir John, a church member who lost one of his arms in the blast, told The Guardian.
“I’ve never seen such piles of human bodies,” Arshad Javed, chief executive of Peshawar’s Lady Reading Hospital, told Wall Street Journal…….
….On Monday the bodies had all been removed from the area where hundreds of worshippers milled around in the moments before the blasts, but dark, blood-soaked patches remained. The walls of the church and surrounding buildings were pockmarked by shrapnel, the windows blown in.
“It’s not safe for Christians in this country,” said Mano Rumalshah, the bishop emeritus of Peshawar, who was standing in the courtyard, comforting sobbing parishioners who clasped his white robes.
“Everyone is ignoring the growing danger to Christians in Muslim-majority countries. The European countries don’t give a damn about us.”
Others echoed the bishop’s warning, saying that Christians would only be safe if they left Pakistan. But others vowed to remain and show they were not afraid…….
….While Pakistan’s Christian community has suffered many attacks in recent years, such attacks have usually been in private homes following allegations of blasphemy. In 2009, a church and 40 houses were set ablaze by a mob of 1,000 Muslims in the town of Gojra.
Sunday’s bomb attack stunned many with the scale of its devastation and was widely condemned by political and community leaders. Christian communities in several parts of the country launched protests. On a visit to Sardinia, Pope Francis led several thousand people in a special prayer for the victims of the attack.
….Christians are a minority in Pakistan, where roughly 96 per cent of the country’s 180 million people are Muslim. The rest belong to other religions, including Christianity. Christians have often been attacked by Sunni Muslim militants, who view them as enemies of Islam because of their faith.
From Voice of the Persecuted:
….Eyewitness Nazir John said: “There were blasts and there was hell for all of us. “When I got my
senses back, I found nothing but smoke, dust, blood and screaming people. I saw severed body parts and blood all around.”
John Tariq, who was wounded in the attack, lost his father in the terrorist attack this morning.
He said: “What have we done wrong to these people? Why are we being killed?”……
….Pakistan is one of the most dangerous countries for minorities and Christians tend to keep a low profile in the area.
Islamist militants frequently bomb targets they see as heretical which includes Christians and Shi’ites….
….“I heard two explosions. People started to run. Human remains were strewn all over the church,” said one parishioner, who gave only her first name, Margrette.
Her voice breaking with emotion, she said she had not seen her sister since the explosions ripped through the area around the gate of the church enclosure…..
….Attacks on Christian areas occur sporadically around the country but Sunday’s assault, in a densely populated Christian residential area in the old walled city in Peshawar, was the most violent in recent history.
In 2009, 40 houses and a church were set ablaze by a mob of 1,000 Muslims in the town of Gojra in Punjab province. At least seven Christians were burnt to death. Seventeen Christians were killed in an attack on a church in Bahawalpur in 2001………
….Pakistan’s long-suffering Christian community is among the country’s most vulnerable minorities. In Punjab, Pakistan’s most populous province, many Christians are converts and formerly low-caste Hindus branded as “unclean” by bigots. Many are able to find jobs only as sanitation workers or performing other menial tasks.
Sunday’s attack is the second major bombing of a Christian church in northwest Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province. A church was bombed in Mardan last year. In the past four years, there have also been repeated attacks on Christians in which unsubstantiated charges of blasphemy are hurled at a member of the community before a mob torches Christian homes, forcing residents to flee. In 2011, Shahbaz Bhatti, the only Christian member of the Cabinet at the time, was brutally gunned down outside his mother’s home in Islamabad for his opposition to Pakistan’s controversial blasphemy laws….
…. I do not consider it overstepping the mark to say that a war is being waged against Christians and Christianity in Pakistan, and what concerns me immensely is reports from eyewitnesses and survivors of the Peshawar attack who say that the security forces were slow to respond and that they felt abandoned in their moment of crisis.
Grieving relatives also complained that there were not enough medical facilities or enough staff to look after the injured. One person complained to the media that his uncle died because there was no oxygen available to him. I think one reason for the high death toll is the delay in medical treatment reaching the injured but I don’t understand the reason for this as Lady Reading hospital has long experience of the volatile situation of the area and deals with similar emergencies regularly…..
“We have many areas in Pakistan where the government has lost its control and various both criminal as well as militant organizations are virtually in control,” he said.
Analysts agree Islamabad has little it can concede to the Pakistan Taliban. The militants have demanded the military move out of the tribal northwest, an end to drone strikes in the region, the release of more than 4,000 Taliban prisoners, and Sharia law, options neither the government nor the military will likely agree to.
…Shaloom Nazir, 14, was getting ready for Bible study at the 100-year-old church when the bombers struck just before noon.
In an instant he lost his mother, father, sister, brother and uncle.
“I was going to sit down in the church for a Bible class when I heard the explosion, so I ran out,” Shaloom Nazir told AFP, his voice choked with grief, his eyes fixed lifelessly on some distant point.
“There were about 300 people lying on the ground. I recognised my mother, I took her in my arms.”
It was to no avail — she later died of her injuries…..
…….”We have been treated like sinners. We have no lands, we have no factories, we have no business,” said Saleem Haroon, who came to see two wounded cousins at Peshawar’s main Lady Reading hospital.
“It is a new war. Before, the Shias were the target, but now we are the target. They want to create a new battle, a new battleground.”
In a corner of a room at the hospital, the blood of some of the victims mingled on the tiled floor with rubbish and dirty water.
“We are just sweepers and still we have been treated like this. Look over there in the washroom,” he said, gesturing angrily at the mess.
“If all the Christians die, who will clean it? All the sweepers died yesterday.”……..
Canada’s ally in trade and NATO…. and God knows what else. Pakistan … nothing but a failed state of islamic hell with politicians more corrupt than in any other country!!
From The ExpressTribune:
….Christian residents of Iqbal Town were allegedly beaten up by unidentified men on Monday evening for participating in protests against Sunday’s carnage in a Peshawar church.
An Iqbal Town resident, who requested anonymity, said he was an eyewitness to the episode. The resident, said several men thrashed seven or eight Christian youths with batons outside the Unitarian Church in the neighbourhood. The men had their faces covered, the resident said. Some of the victims, including Pastor Safir, were missing, the resident claimed.
Another Christian resident of the neighbourhood alleged police complicity in the incident. The second resident claimed police were trying to ‘teach’ the Christian community a lesson for two consecutive days of protests on the Islamabad Highway. The resident alleged police had stationed a mobile van near the area’s taxi stand and were nabbing any Christians that went nearby.
Iqbal Town has a significant Christian population and the community has led some of the strongest protest rallies in the capital over the past couple of days.
Officers at the Shehzad Town police station said they had not received any reports about the thrashing incident. They denied detaining Christians but said police personnel have been deployed at Iqbal Town because of the recent protests.
Be careful what you wish for! The devil you know is better than the devil you don’t.
Fair piece of reporting below from Vice. Pics at link. The vid is not from Vice.
….”Watch out—there are snipers on this street,” warned the ISIS fighter as my driver stopped next to him and eight other heavily armed men who were preparing to head into battle. ISIS, or the Islamic State in Iraq and al-Sham, is an offshoot of al Qaeda currently operating on the battlegrounds of Syria.
He wouldn’t have guessed it, but we were all trying to reach the same place—the front line outside the headquarters of yet another of the militant groups fighting in Syria, Ahfad al-Rasul. This organization is affiliated with the Free Syrian Army and had declared war on ISIS just a few hours earlier, for control of the provincial capital of Raqqa.
This was my third visit to the city in the four months since it had been “liberated,” as Syrians tend to refer to areas where rebels have managed to expel government troops. The battle against Bashar al-Assad’s forces in Raqqa had only lasted for about a week—a sharp contrast to the fighting in Aleppo, where gunfights and shelling have continued for over a year since the conflict began.
Once rebels take control of an area, it is now standard procedure for the regime to respond by bombarding it with indiscriminate air strikes in the hope of killing swathes of anti-Assad fighters. But back in April, just weeks after the liberation, cheerful residents seemed to greet the inevitable trail of destruction as a good thing—a sign of the progress the rebels were making.
Recently, however, the tension has risen considerably in Raqqa and the atmosphere has completely changed, as the rebel resistance continues to splinter, pitting many groups who once fought side by side against Assad against each other. The original celebration of freedom has given way to fear and uncertainty.
A number of civil movements—both religious and secular—have also been trying to establish themselves in a bid to influence the future of the city and eventually the country. A group named Haqna, Arabic for “Our Right”, is one of the organizations leading the charge. Its logo, a hand making a V sign, the index finger marked with election ink, is spray-painted all over the city. Mostly made up of young local activists, Haqna is aiming to educate the population about their civil rights and the importance of elections.
Haqna has already met opposition from ISIS, however, and some of their members have been arrested recently for organizing protests against the militant Islamist group. After a demonstration outside their headquarters, one activist claimed to have seen someone filming them from inside the building. “They’re worse than the mukhabarat [the secret police]—they have eyes everywhere,” he said…………..
……….A local resident, Abu Mazin said the main reason that he declared war against ISIS is to fight for the release of a reported 1,500 prisoners currently being held by the group, about 500 of them FSA members. He also said that he had the support of Raqqa’s residents: “The people don’t want to be under the rule of ISIS,” he explained………
Women in Saudi Arabia ( read that as “slaves in Saudi Arabia”) are planning on defying the ban on slaves driving cars in that hellhole. The day they have chosen to defy the ban is October 26, 2013.
The Saudi slave owners should invite their allies in the West, good friends like Obama, Cameron, Hollande, Harper and the rest of the brainless buffoons to watch the spectacle of a mere 20 slaves trying to put foot to pedal.
….Saudi women plan to defy driving ban again. More than 5,800 people have signed a petition for women to drive on October 26. Saudi women activists have called for a new day of defiance next month of the longstanding ban on women driving in the kingdom.
An online petition entitled “October 26, driving for women” had on Sunday gathered more than 5,800 signatories, as activists try again to push authorities to end the unique ban.
“I will drive on October 26,” activist Nasima Al Sada said on Sunday, saying that some 20 women are going to take part in the campaign in the kingdom’s Eastern Province.
“Many women are enthusiastic about learning to drive, or to teach other” women how to drive, she said, as many Saudi women have obtained abroad the driving licences they are denied in their homeland….
an ape to their Senior Associate Members roster.
Disgusting traitors. Britishers will sell even their mothers for money. Furthermore, they are ever willing to dig up their dead great-grandmothers for a few pennies. Disgusting!! The mo…
What are best friends for anyway!
The Anti-Defamation League has protested an “offensive and outrageous” Saudi TV ad which depicts Adolf Hitler singing praises to promote MBC channel’s September film line-up.
“This offensive and outrageous campaign trivializes the Holocaust by turning Hitler into a cartoonish poster child,” Abraham H. Foxman, the national director of the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), said during a press conference.
ADL is calling for the immediate removal of the ad, which is being aired by the Middle East Broadcasting Center (MBC), a Dubai-based and Saudi-owned television network.
The ad shows extracts from the fictional Quentin Tarantino movie “Inglourious Basterds,” which tells of several plots to assassinate Nazi Germany’s political leadership. Arabic subtitles show Hitler’s character from the film promoting MBC’s “September to Remember” slogan, saying “they will control the entire region.” The slogan is referring to the channel’s selection of films airing in September.
“Why would a Saudi media outlet want to associate itself with one of history’s most demonic mass murderers?” Foxman asked.
“Perhaps someone thought all of this was funny, but one wonders how it will play across the Arab World, where there is scant education about the murder of six million Jews and millions of others by Hitler and the Nazis and where Holocaust denial and anti-Semitism are rampant,” the ADL Director noted.
This is not the first time the Nazi leader has been depicted in an advertising campaign. In 2012, a Turkish shampoo company featured an ad showing Hitler calling on men to purchase the product. The commercial was met with public discontent and removed from air.
Saudi Arabia our ally and the ally of the USA, France, Israel, UK and all the slave countries dependent on it either for its oil or petro dollars.
Dan Zak writing at WashingtonPost:
… She misses being in the van, she says, then clarifies herself. It’s not that she misses being in the van. She misses her mind-set when she was in the van.
The van was a Hyundai. From inside it, through a two-way radio, she directed what is being called the first feature film shot entirely in Saudi Arabia. If she had stepped out of the van into the streets of Riyadh, if she had given direction like a director does, blocking her actors’ movements out in the open, men following her orders — “people would’ve stopped the shooting, because they don’t like it,” Haifaa Al Mansour says. “In Saudi, it’s not against the law, because there’s no law, but it’s against the social conduct. People don’t do that.”
“That” being directing a film in public in the conservative Muslim kingdom, if you’re a woman. And yet here is Al Mansour in a hotel suite in the District’s West End, a silver tray of noontime tea in front of her, across from an easel holding a poster pocked with praise for her film “Wadjda” (pronounced “WA-je-da”). The van was both a necessary capitulation to Saudi codes and a way around them, and the film’s title character employs a similar strategy in Al Mansour’s story: By competing for a cash prize in a Koran memorization contest, feisty 10-year-old Wadjda hopes to buy a bicycle for herself, even though bicycles are off limits to girls.
The first Saudi feature film is directed by a woman and features a female character who subverts the religious patriarchy for her own betterment — is it one small step for a woman, one giant leap for womankind?
Maybe to outside observers. Al Mansour, 39, will lay claim only to small steps, and her film career has proceeded that way until now, as the film rolls out in the United States over the next two months (it opens Friday in the District). In the year since the film premiered at the Venice Film Festival, she has been labeled both pioneer and pariah, though she insists that all she has done is film a slice of everyday Saudi life…….
All deaths at the hands of jihadis, thanks to the billions of dollars flowing from Saudi Arabia to the terrorists, whether they be Al Qaeda, Taliban, Boko Haram, Al Shabaab, what-have-you. Without tonnes of money from the oil rich sheikhdoms, &n…
Our Muslim allies are very generously arming, funding and giving full support to terrorists who prove themselves able to rid infidels from places that our oil rich allies want them to be ridden from.
Islamist Boko Haram militants killed 159 peo…
The new Syria looks wonderful. All thanks to the Judeo-Christian Judas countries we now have another Saudi Arabia.
Suicide bombers and jihadis are the fruit of the rotten tree that’s been planted in Pakistan with Saudi Arabia billions of dollars spent in building madrasas and mosques. Isn’t it wonderful, we have so many allies who love nothing b…
Shiites can’t even bury their dead in peace….leave alone mourn for them. The mourners are cut down by Sunni suicide car bombers even before they can place the dead in their graves. America, the world’s policeman has made a total mess of Iraq &…
Israel’s Netanyahu, hopefully, will learn a lesson from this. It’s a bitter lesson but it has to be learnt. He should have known that the two main denominations of Islam, Sunni and Shiite, would reconcile …. sooner or later. From the overtures that the Iranian guy is making of late, it’s now becoming clear that that’s gonna happen sooner than later. Netanyahu is gonna be left out in the cold …. and he and his lobbyists and supporters in Washington and his advisers at home, should have known that would happen, and Israel should have never made an alliance with the hell-on-earth Saudi Arabia. That’s a stigma that won’t wash off ever.
The overtures of friendship from Iran are also towards the USA. Iran has just released 11 prominent political prisoners, maybe as a gesture showing how “good” they can be if given a chance and before the Iranian honcho’s visit to the USA next week.
Having said that, I wouldn’t put it past either the two heads of both Saudi Arabia and Israel to cook up more manipulation trickery to hoodwink the USA and the West.
From Al Arabiya (Saudi Arabia’s mouthpiece)
….Iranian president: Saudi Arabia is a ‘friend and brother’ Iranian President Hassan Rowhani called on Thursday for closer ties with Saudi Arabia, hailing the kingdom as a “friend and brother” of Iran, state-sponsored Tasnim News Agency reported.
Rowhani was addressing a meeting of Hajj officials in Tehran saying that his government is “willing to remove trivial tensions from the path (of bilateral ties with Saudi Arabia) in order to fulfill bilateral and the Islamic world’s interests.”
“This issue (expansion of ties) has been emphasized both in the Saudi king’s congratulatory letter to me and in my letter to thank him,” Rouhani added.
Rowhani had said on Tuesday that improving relations with neighboring countries is a top priority in his foreign policy agenda.
He also pledged to adopt an approach of openness with Western powers over Iran’s disputed nuclear program.
The relations between Saudi Arabia and Iran have been tense during the administration of former President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Both countries have conflicting approaches to regional issues in Lebanon, Syria and Egypt….
Saudi and Israel in their unholy alliance are joined at the hips these days. They both want to do away with Assad so Syria can fall into the hands of terrorist elements. After that they want to bomb the hell out of Iran. Why do most people refrain from mentioning Israel as being one with Saudi Arabia now? Just like the word “Racist” …. anything said or written about Israel that even has the hint of something said against it, becomes immediately “anti-Semitic” …. why???
If these two countries want to do away with Assad and Iran .. why can’t they do it themselves instead of manipulating the West to do it on their behalf? Israel has all the scientists and inventors they can hold and Saudi has all the money. Marriage made in heaven…. so go bomb away to your hearts’ content without involving us.
Every time I think of how Israel, a country I used to be a fan of … has joined up with Saudi Arabia, the most despicable country in the world, I throw up, copiously.
David Andrew Weinberg writing at CNN
How Saudi Arabia is pushing for war. When Secretary of State John Kerry met with his Saudi counterpart Prince Saud al-Faisal in Paris this week, he likely got an earful of complaints over Syria. There was no public news conference after their meeting, which makes sense given that the Saudis often prefer that their sensitive consultations with the United States remain hidden behind closed doors. However, Kerry’s announcement earlier in the day of a conference to boost the Syrian opposition was probably intended in part as a sop to the Saudis.
Barely one week earlier, Kerry came out of another meeting with Saud al-Faisal trumpeting that the United States had Saudi Arabia’s support for military action against Syria. This was an understatement. Riyadh was downright aggressive in its push for an American-led intervention after the alleged August 21 chemical weapons attack that U.S. officials say killed more than 1,400 people in Ghouta, Syria.
The Saudis badly wanted to see a strike on Syria, and they have grown frustrated with America’s fitful diplomacy since then. Recently, they have seemed less willing than usual to submerge their disagreements with Washington from public view. And there is undoubtedly a real sense of urgency to their efforts.
Late last month, the Saudis were the guiding hand behind an Arab League statement hammering the al-Assad regime. However, because that statement deferred to the U.N. Security Council, the Saudis then produced a second Arab League statement on September 1 calling on “the international community” to “take the necessary measures.” Both times, Riyadh sought stronger language, but was stymied by Algeria, Lebanon, and even Egypt………
That was the goal from day one of the conflict, wasn’t it? Saudi Arabia has already won, in part, what they set out to do. Very soon, they will be able to grab the rest of Syria. All laws have been changed. All captured areas (the terrorists call them “liberated areas” … hahahhhahaha) have new government structures based either on wahhabism or salafism.
Allahu Akbar !! Glory be to the USA, UK, France and Canada for giving the world another Saudi Arabia and another Pakistan and another Nigeria. If you don’t believe the truth of my statement, just watch the video. It’s in French with English translation.
Aaron Lund at Joshua Landis’ blog tries to answer a very important question put to the blog … tries, yes he tries. Nothing is logical or can be anticipated when dealing with islam and the mad followers of it. The best of Middle East scholars can try to explain the events unfolding without making even an ounce of sense … because everything these days is nothing but madness.
Aaron Lund writing at Joshua Landis’ SyriaComment:
…..Are the Islamic Courts of Aleppo run by al-Nusra? The Question: Is the new Sharia Council of Aleppo that administers the sharia courts run by Jabhat al-Nusra, the al-Qaida affiliated militia?
Why do we ask?
This French documentary (with English subtitles) by Solomon Cane on the practices of Islamic courts in Aleppo examines the Sharia Council of Aleppo or Hayaa al Shariaa. The head of Hayaa al Shariaa is identified as a member of Jabhat al-Nusra, appointed by Abu Sulayman, who is also identified as a Nusra member…….
………..The Question again
So did the documentary get their affiliations wrong or is Nusra part of the SILF? We ask because the Syrian Islamic Liberation Front is the coalition of militias that largely makes up the Free Syrian Army and populates the Supreme Military Council, the FSA body that receives Washington’s military and non-military aid. Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) met with General Idriss, the head of the Supreme Military Council during a brief foray into Syria recently and said: “General Idriss and his fighters share many of our interests and values.” President Obama announced that, “The U.S.’s ultimate vision for Syria is a ‘stable, non-sectarian representative Syrian government that is addressing the needs of its people through peaceful processes.’ All have stressed that they are establishing a fire wall between the moderates and extremists………
Answer by Aron Lund
Aleppo’s Hayaa Sharia (Legal Commission) is, as far as I know, the biggest experiment in local governance and rebel rule in northern Syria, although still just one of many mostly local attempts. It is essentially a court system which serves as a rudimentary governance apparatus and mediation tool, set up in collaboration between many groups.
It was started by, I think, three or four armed factions: Jabhat al-Nusra (AQ), Ahrar al-Sham (SIF), Liwa al-Tawhid (which became part of SILF later, also SMC) and maybe Suqour al-Sham (SMC & SILF charter member). All are Islamist to some degree, but Suqour and especially Tawhid seem to be more pragmatic/opportunistic and populist big-tent movements, more focused on the war than on ideology. They include some strict Islamist figures and factions, and deploy a bit of that rhetoric when it suits the audience, but are also basically fine with Western support and say they want elections, etc (unlike Qaida & Ahrar al-Sham).
Later, many other factions have given their backing to the Haya as well, and the composition probably changed. For example, Suqour is now very marginal in Aleppo, as far as I can tell. Ahrar al-Sham has absorbed a big local faction called Harakat al-Fajr al-Islamiya; and Nusra split with ISIS, and so on. People still say the Hayaa is dominated by al-Qaeda types, and maybe that’s the case. But it might also just be shorthand for saying it is strictly Islamist – which, by itself, is not so surprising for a sharia tribunal. In addition, Tawhid also seems to have been backing the embryonic Civil Court system which is a semi-rival of Hayaa Sharia, but I’m not clear on how or if that works. All of this seems to be evolving constantly………….
The abovenamed are the same rotten people we voted to power …. so, in a way, we too should share in their sins. If we had not been mesmerized by their hypnotic powers on us the Christian voters, we might have not lived to see these terrible days when those we voted to high office turned around and started a genocide, on not only the Christians in the Middle East, but on all peoples of the Middle East … be they Sunni, Shiite, Alawi or Martians. And, they are doing it because their oil-rich masters command them to.
Have you noticed how the Christian religious heads have stepped up, all together with one voice and one message, and are trying to tell the supposedly “Christian” heads of the Judeo-Christian nations not to add fuel to the fire in the Middle East? Along with the Christians, the Shiites, Ahmadis, Druze and other minorities are also in hot water being boiled like frogs by the Sunni Muslim terrorists.
While we see and read about the different denominations of the Christian faith having put aside their petty differences and joined together as one voice to beseech on behalf of people of all faiths….one has to wonder why there are no similar actions from the rabbis or imans from the other two main faiths.
Two vids below are from about a year ago. The one of Pope Francis is from last week.
From ProTerraSancta Holy Land:
….The dramatic deterioration of events in Syria is showing no sign of letting up. Each day increasingly grave news is being received from the Franciscan friars of the Custody of the Holy Land who have remained there to take care of the population. “Last night more mortar bombs fell on the monastery causing considerable damage”, report the religious of Knayeh (a village along the border with Lebanon), “there is no longer any glass in the windows, the roofs have all been damaged, water is leaking everywhere, people are living in terror of the bombs which continue to fall.”
The attacks, increasingly frequent and seemingly at random, are also crippling the more remote areas of the country. The gravity of the situation is reflected in the words of the Custos of the Holy Land, Father Pizzaballa, interviewed by the Franciscan Media Center: “In the Christian villages along the Orontes [River]”, Father Pizzaballa noted, “there is not much left, of the four thousand inhabitants of the village of Ghassanieh the parish priest has informed me that there is no longer anyone, only about ten people, and the empty houses have been occupied by the families of the rebels who are following along with them.” From Jerusalem the Custos is continuously, and with apprehension, following the evolution of the events as recounted to him by the Syrian brothers: “The picture that emerges is a very distressing one: everyone is shooting at everyone, no one is safe any longer, it’s difficult to say if they are aiming at churches or not…what we know is that they are firing, and that these bombs fall all around……
A Syrian Chaldean Catholic bishop on Monday warned that an armed intervention in Syria could unleash a “world war”, while the Vatican’s official newspaper called for more “prudence” from Western powers.
“If there is an armed intervention, that would mean, I believe, a world war. That risk has returned,” Monsignor Antoine Audo of Aleppo told Vatican radio.
“We hope that the pope’s call for real dialogue between the warring parties to find a solution can be a first step to stop the fighting,” he said….
….The Vatican daily, L’Osservatore Romano, meanwhile criticized Western powers in an editorial.
“The drumbeat of an armed intervention by Western powers is becoming ever more insistent and ever less restrained by prudence,” it said…..
Patriarch Sako Archbishop of Baghdad:
….“Tensions are running high and the people are scared. The southern part of the country used to be calm but things changed yesterday when a Shiite area was hit. Sometimes the tension is between Shiites, other times it’s between Sunnis, Mgr. Sako added. More than four thousand people have died in Iraq since the start of April and 800 in August alone.
According to the Chaldean Catholic Patriarch, curbing this amount of violence “is a very complicated task because there are countries that don’t want the so-called “Arab Spring”, democracy or freedom. They perceive it as a danger. So it’s in their interests to perpetuate such conflicts. There may be a strategy to carve Middle Eastern countries up according to “confession”. Fear is rife among the Christian community and faithful don’t know where to go. Neither Christians nor faithful of other religions seem to be safe.”….
Moscow Patriarch Hilarion:
As a Western military intervention against the regime of Bashar al-Assad appears increasingly likely, the Russian Orthodox Church expresses “strong concern” about possible developments of the crisis, this following US charges that the regime used chemical weapons against civilians.
“Once again, as was the case in Iraq, the United States is acting as an international executioner”, said Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, head of the Department for External Relations of the Moscow Patriarchate.
Speaking to AsiaNews, the representative of the Russian Orthodox Church strongly criticised the US position, which is “completely one-sided.”
“Without the endorsement of the United Nations, they want to decide the fate of a whole country of millions of inhabitants.”
“Once again,” Hilarion warned, “thousands of lives will be sacrificed on the altar of an imaginary democracy;” among them, according to the Metropolitan, there are, first of all, “Christians, about whose fate no one cares.”
They are at “risk of becoming hostages to the situation and the main victims of radical extremist forces, who, with the help of the United States, will come to power.”
“The international community,” he concluded, “must do everything to avoid that events develop in this direction.” (M.A.)
Read the article below if you want to glimpse into how extremely complicated the situation is …. not only on the Syrian front but also in the regions of Turkey and Kurdistan. The increased involvement of Kurds, now deeply involved fighting the Turkey funded and armed Al Qaeda fighters, who have been sent by Erdogan, Saudi Arabia and France to fight Kurds on the Turkish bordering regions, is beginning to only become known of late although its been going on for months.
Turkey and some of the Kurd leaders were supposed to have negotiated a kind of peace treaty last week but there’s no indication that there was a successful outcome of that meet….. so the fighting continues and might intensify.
And …. this is the mess the West wants to wade into?
Amberin Zaman for Al-Monitor Turkey Pulse
….CEYLANPINAR, Turkey — Last week, I traveled to Turkey’s border with Syria. I was planning to cross into the Kurdish-controlled northeast to find out how the country’s most influential Kurdish group, the Democratic Unity Party (PYD), was running the string of towns and villages that fell under its control last summer.
I would have to cross into Syria illegally because Turkey’s formal border crossings with the Kurdish region remain sealed. My destination was the PYD-controlled town of Ras al-Ain, or Serekaniye in Kurdish, that stands opposite Ceylanpinar on the Turkish side. Colleagues who had used smuggler routes to get in assured me that I would sail through. But when I arrived in Ceylanpinar, I learned that the trip across included wiggling my way through barbed-wire fencing and risking being spotted by trigger-happy Turkish border guards. I dropped the idea, deciding instead to investigate widespread claims that Turkey is propping up Syrian rebels in a little-reported proxy war against the PYD.
The PYD is the Syrian franchise of the Kurdistan Workers Party, the rebel group known as the PKK that has been fighting on and off since 1984 for Kurdish autonomy inside Turkey. It is, therefore, not surprising that Turkey is nervous about the PYD’s gains.
I started off in Ceylanpinar, a shabby, nondescript town with a mixed population of Arabs and Kurds. Before Syria’s civil war erupted, Ceylanpinar was best known for a gigantic farming complex called TIGEM and its free-roaming herds of gazelles. These days, Ceylanpinar is making headlines with horror stories of locals being wounded by stray bullets and shells fired from Syria. At least four residents have died since fighting broke out in November between Syrian rebel forces and the PYD’s armed wing, known as the People’s Defense Units, or YPG.
In July, YPG forces expelled the rebels from Serekaniye. But clashes continue over the neighboring hilltop village of Tel Halef, which is controlled by the rebels. Tel Halef is a strategic prize because it cuts off the mainly Kurdish towns of Afrin and Kobani from the long stretch of Kurdish-controlled territory lying east of Serekaniye.
My first stop was a government-run hostel that offers one of the clearest views of Syria. YPG fighters could be easily spotted along the rusting railroad tracks that demarcate the border. A small flag emblazoned with the insignia of the Kurdish Supreme Council, which notionally unites Syria’s rival Kurdish parties, fluttered above a wheat silo where a huge YPG banner used to stand. In July, the YPG flag vanished. PYD leader Saleh Muslim, who was invited to Turkey last month, said it was removed to appease his Turkish hosts.
In Ceylanpinar, the word around town was that a fresh batch of wounded rebels had been secretly ferried from the TIGEM compound to the nearest state-run hospitals. A security guard who works at a sprawling refugee camp housed within the TIGEM grounds claimed that the camp doubled up as a “base for the rebels.” He said he had “witnessed with my own eyes” a group of 40 rebel fighters cross over from the camp to Tel Halef.
“It was around a month ago, I was told by the gendarmerie to shut up about it.” He had also seen wounded fighters being brought in. He reckoned they were taken to the provincial capital Urfa. The Turkish government dismisses all such claims.
Before leaving Ceylanpinar, I stopped by the local mayor’s office. A balding former lawyer with a weary smile, Ismail Arslan was elected on the ticket of Turkey’s biggest pro-Kurdish party, Peace and Democracy.
“Our nerves are shattered,” he said. “The entire town lives in fear of death.” Arslan’s other worry is simmering tensions between the Kurds and Arabs……….
………..Was the Turkish government helping them? “Not enough,” he snapped. “These poor boys get bounced around like footballs from one hospital to the other.” “Still,” he added quietly, “Turkey is doing what it can.”
Did this include providing weapons? “Turkey gives us weapons like serum, on a drip,” said Mohammed. “France and Saudi Arabia, they give us the best stuff,” he added………..
Kurdish PKK rebels ‘halt Turkey pull-out’. The rebel Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) says it has halted its withdrawal from Turkey, a website linked to the armed militant group reports.
The PKK accused the Turkish government of failing to move towards “democratisation and the resolution of the Kurdish problem”, the Firat news agency reported.
The PKK had started the withdrawal earlier this year, under a peace plan.
The 30-year Kurdish conflict has left more than 40,000 people dead.
The PKK said the ceasefire it announced in March would remain in force. But it urged Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s government to “take action in line with the project of Kurdish leader Abdullah Ocalan”, the jailed PKK commander who negotiated the peace deal.
Ankara insists on a full PKK withdrawal for peace talks to progress.
Under the deal, Turkey is expected to improve Kurdish rights, such as by scrapping a controversial anti-terrorism law and allowing Kurdish children to be educated in their own language. ….
U.S. Senator John McCain will submit an opinion piece to the Russian newspaper Pravda in response to an op-ed on Syria in The New York Times by Russian President Vladimir Putin that infuriated many members of Congress, a spokesman said on Friday.
”I almost wanted to vomit,” Senator Robert Menendez, a Democrat and chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said on CNN.
McCain and Menendez were among 10 members of the foreign relations panel who voted last week to approve a resolution authorizing President Barack Obama to use military force against Syria……
Final tally: 10 to 7, with one senator voting present.
Who voted yes?: Committee Chairman Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) and Sens. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) (by proxy — was absent due to the Jewish holiday), Benjamin Cardin (D-Md.), Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.), Christopher Coons (D-Del.), Richard Durbin (D-Ill.), Tim Kaine (D-Va.). Ranking member Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) and Sens. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) and John McCain (R-Ariz.).
Who voted no?: Sens. Tom Udall (D-N.M.), Christopher Murphy (D-Conn.), James Risch (R-Idaho), Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) and Rand Paul (R-Ky.)
Among senators facing reelection in 2014: Six senators on the committee — Shaheen, Coons, Durbin, Udall, Markey and Risch — face the voters next year. Shaheen, Coons and Durbin voted yes. Udall and Risch voted no, while Markey voted present………….
Daniel Greenfield writing at FrontPageMag:
….The Myth of the Moderate Syrian Rebels.The moderate Syrian rebels, like the Easter Bunny and the Tooth Fairy, are a myth; an imaginary character used to tell soothing stories to children. Unfortunately the storytellers think that we’re the children.
The Syrian Civil War is a religious war. It’s not a war over democracy or freedom. It’s a conflict between two totalitarian systems, one loosely based on a mixture of Islam and Socialism, and the other more rigidly based on Islam. Both are brutal and merciless to anyone who doesn’t belong. Both have their death squads and extensive corruption on the inside.
Both are evil.
Witness to a Syrian Execution: “I Saw a Scene of Utter Cruelty” All wars are vicious, but the civil war in Syria seems every day to set new standards for brutality. As the fighting rages in its third year, increasing numbers of atrocities are committed by soldiers and fighters from forces loyal to the regime of President Bashar Assad, as well as armed rebels and Islamic militants from the numerous, loosely aligned groups opposing Assad. The violence is frequently sectarian in nature, with fighters claiming they act in defense of their faith, be it Sunni, Alawite, Shiite or any of the other sects that contribute to Syria’s religious landscape.
The perpetrators of atrocities themselves often use digital cameras or smartphones to photograph or film their acts of torture and murder, uploading the images to the Internet. These images and videos are used for propaganda, and their authenticity is often impossible to verify. It is very rare that a group of fighters from either side gives a professional photojournalist from a country outside Syria full and unfettered access to chronicle an atrocity as it unfolds. The images above are products of that access……….
….”Instead of being tucked safely in their beds at home, we saw rows of children lying side by side sprawled on a hospital floor, all of them dead from Assad’s gas and surrounded by parents and grandparents who had suffered the same fate. The United States Government now knows that at least 1,429 Syrians were killed in this attack, including at least 426 children,” he said.
Some U.S. congressional sources are now casting doubt on those figures.
Three congressional sources told Reuters that administration officials had indicated in private that some deaths might have been caused by the conventional bombing that followed the release of sarin gas in suburban Damascus neighborhoods. This disclosure undermined support for President Barack Obama’s plan to strike Syria, they said.
Elizabeth O’Bagy, Syria Researcher Cited By Kerry And McCain In Hearings, Fired For Ph.D Claim…..
…..But the Journal came under scrutiny for publishing the op-ed without disclosing O’Bagy’s role as political director of the Syrian Emergency Task Force, a Washington-based advocacy group that has lobbied the White House and Congress to support the Syrian rebels……
Assad tells Obama to stop arming rebels, or no deal. President Obama must promise not to arm rebel forces or Syrian dictator Bashar Assad will not hand over his chemical weapons, the embattled leader told a Russian state media outlet today while demanding that Israel also surrender its nuclear arsenal.
“When we see that the U.S. genuinely stands for stability in our region, stops threatening us with military intervention and stops supplying terrorists with weapons, then we will consider it possible to finalize all necessary procedures and they will become legitimate and acceptable for Syria,” Assad told RIA News……….
The American Israel Public Affairs Committee, the powerful pro-Israel lobby in Washington, plans to dispatch 300 of its members to Capitol Hill on Tuesday as part of a broad campaign to press Congress to back President Obama’s proposed strike on Syria, the group said Monday.
The push by the group, known as Aipac, which included asking its supporters to call members of Congress, came as Israeli newspapers reported Monday that President Obama urged Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to get personally involved in lobbying Congress. The reports said that Mr. Netanyahu had called several members himself……
Saudi Arabia, quietly cooperating with American and British intelligence and other Arab governments, has modestly increased deliveries of weapons to rebels fighting in southern Syria, the rebels say…………
Washington’s last-minute decision to call off military strikes against Syria deals a blow to Saudi Arabia and Qatar, but the states that arm rebels battling President Bashar Assad will not soon give up on a war that has already cost them billions.
With Assad now looking unlikely to crumble soon and the West showing no desire to bomb him from power, the Gulf princes face few options beyond continuing to fund one side in a perpetual military stalemate that has already killed 100,000 people.
“If the U.S. doesn’t launch an attack there’s really no plan B drawn up yet by the GCC states,” said an Arab diplomat, referring to the Gulf Cooperation Council of six rich Arab countries. “What I’m telling you is simple: They have no plan.”
The Sunni Arab monarchs see defeating Assad as fundamental in their confrontation with the Syrian leader’s main regional patron, Shiite Iran.
Since 2011, Western leaders appeared to be on the same page, repeatedly demanding Assad be removed from power and insisting that no solution was possible unless he goes.
But the West’s latest diplomatic efforts have been focused on dismantling Assad’s chemical weapons stockpiles, not on removing him from power, leaving the Arab states alone……
The frantic yet fragile diplomacy over Syrian chemical weapons veered toward an ominous impasse Thursday as President Bashar Assad added a new demand that the United States stop arming rebel forces in exchange for his regime’s compliance.
Assad’s new condition loomed as a deal-breaker in a day full of fresh twists in the diplomatic dance to avert American airstrikes.
Mere hours after Damascus filed formal paperwork with the United Nations, setting in motion the process for the surrender of toxic weaponry it has previously denied possessing, Assad told Russia’s state broadcaster more was needed to complete the transaction.
“When we see that the U.S. genuinely stands for stability in our region, stops threatening us with military intervention and stops supplying terrorists with weapons, then we will consider it possible to finalize all necessary procedures and they will become legitimate and acceptable for Syria,” Assad told RIA News.
U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said Friday that a report on last month’s deadly attack in Syria would be “overwhelming” in showing that chemical weapons were used.In unusual candor, the secretary-general said that Syrian President Bashar Assad “has committed many crimes against humanity.”
The U.N. chief’s deputy spokesman, Farhan Haq, said that Ban was not referring to the chemical weapons attack but to reports from the Human Rights Council and U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay………