Saturday, March 8, 2014
Showtime schedules will be posted on Twitter in a few days. Keep all munchies and favorite liquids at hand. Relax and enjoy the show. Good viewing ahead. Russia's "they are not our soldiers" vs America's "they are not US military, just mercenaries and private contractors" will be duking it out in the streets of Ukraine.
...Has Blackwater been deployed to Ukraine? Notorious U.S. mercenaries 'seen on the streets of flashpoint city' as Russia claims 300 hired guns have arrived in country
Unidentified armed men seen on the streets of Donetsk in east Ukraine
Russian diplomat claims 300 mercenaries had arrived in Kiev this week
Mercenaries in the region could give Putin pretext for military action
Donetsk has been the scene of big pro-Russian demonstrations this week........
The tables have turned on the terrorist army of the dark forces of the West and their allies in the Middle East. Not just the tables, the chairs, beds and all other furniture is turning and tumbling all around the dark ones.
Yet another fiasco which will have long-lasting implications for the "in name only" Judeo-Christian zombie nations of the world.
Alexander Dziadosz writing at Reuters:
....Syrian government forces seized a village in the central Homs province on Saturday, state media and a monitoring group said, as part of a push for control of areas along the Lebanese border.
The village of al-Zara, west of the city of Homs, fell after "heavy clashes" between government and rebel forces, the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said, although the number of casualties was not immediately clear.
Al-Zara is inhabited mostly by Sunni Muslims from the ethnic Turkmen minority, it added.
In a statement on state news agency SANA, Syria's armed forces said they had established complete control over the village and killed and captured a "large number of terrorists", using state media's customary term for rebels fighting to overthrow President Bashar al-Assad.
The victory gave government forces control over a route connecting central Syria to the Mediterranean coast and which had been used as "a primary route for terrorist groups coming from Lebanese territory to neighboring areas to carry out criminal operations", it said.....
I am loving this! I love saying "told ya so" in a hundred different ways on a myriad of issues. Libya is now broken into pieces just like the NATO masters wanted it to be. In the next few years there will be at least 4 different countries of what used to be Libya. "Divide and conquer" ... where did we hear that? And, where else do our esteemed masters want to apply that principle? Hmmm ... I can see two countries where they hope to ... nay actually 3, no...wait a minute maybe 4 ...nah, more ...many, many more.
....Libya has threatened to bomb a North Korean-flagged tanker if it tries to export oil from a rebel-controlled port east of Tripoli, in a major escalation of a standoff over the country's petroleum wealth.
The rebels in control of Libya's eastern ports are attempting to export oil with the tanker that docked at gunpoint on Saturday.
Mohammed al-Harari, the spokesman for Libya's national oil company, said that the vessel could carry up to 350,000 barrels of oil.
An oil company official, speaking on condition of anonymity because he was not authorised to brief reporters, said armed men forced workers loyal to the government to dock the ship.
Libyan Prime Minister Ali Zeidan said the authorities had told the vessel's captain to leave Libyan territorial waters, but he said gunmen on board were preventing him from leaving.
"All parties must respect Libyan sovereignty. If the ship does not comply, it will be bombed," Zeidan said.......
Erdogan ... lovable leader of Turkey and huggie bear of the USA and Canada wants to ban Facebook and YouTube
But, he's not a dictator. No, of course not! He's a leader who has been "properly" democratically appointed by his people not like the guy in Ukraine who was "improperly" democratically appointed and hence the West plotted an uprising to oust him. Now, you see the difference ... kiddos? One dictator who is hugged and kissed by the West is the lovable kind, the other that is hugged and kissed by Russia is the bad kind. That was an easy lesson ... wasn't it kids? Always remember one simple fact that will let you pass your tests with flying colors. Russia bad. West good. Class dismissed. Now go play in the sand....but take care not to push your heads too far into it lest you choke and die.
Turkey’s Erdogan threatens Facebook & YouTube over ‘immorality and espionage’
Turkey’s under-fire prime minister has warned his government could ban Facebook and YouTube.
Tayyip Erdogan, speaking to Turkish broadcaster ATV, said the websites ‘encourage every kind of immorality and espionage for their own ends’.
In a recording posted to YouTube on Thursday, Erdogan is purportedly heard berating a newspaper owner over the telephone about an article and suggesting the journalists involved should be sacked.
It comes amid a major probe into corruption of the PM’s allies. Erdogan responded by sacking hundreds of police officers.
Erdogan, speaking ahead of key elections later this month for his Islamist-rooted AK Party, said: “We are determined on this subject. We will not leave this nation at the mercy of YouTube and Facebook.
“We will take the necessary steps in the strongest way,” he said, adding that these would come after municipal elections set for March 30.
Asked if a ban on these sites could be included among the planned measures, he said: “Included, because these people or institutions encourage every kind of immorality and espionage for their own ends.”
There was no immediate reaction from Facebook or YouTube.....
conviction of Malaysian opposition leader on sodomy charges. Not even remotely related other than that both stories have "Malaysia" in the title.
Also, according to some reports, out of the 230 passengers, the plane was carrying 160 Chinese nationals.
Richard Shears and Lizzie Parry writing at DailyMailUK:
....Search called off for missing Boeing 777 as it is emerges that two people on board were using STOLEN PASSPORTS.
Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 took off from Kuala Lumpur at 12.21am
Vietnamese Navy detected emergency signal 153 miles out to sea
Flight MH370 declared missing nearly 90 minutes after it was due to land
Malaysian Transport Minister said 'no crash site has been found'
227 passengers and 12 crew were from 14 different countries including Malaysia, China, U.S., France, Canada, and Australia
Three Americans, including a baby, feared dead
Two passengers believed to have been travelling on a stolen passports
Aviation expert Chris Yates said the aircraft will not have been carrying enough fuel to still be flying and 'will have crashed'
He said the investigation will look at two areas, the maintenance of the aircraft and possible terrorism
Vietnamese air force spot two oil slicks suspected to be from the wreckage.....
And, in other news to do with Malaysia:
....Conviction of Malaysian Opposition Leader Anwar Ibrahim
The United States has followed the trial of Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim closely. The Court of Appeal overturned his acquittal by the High Court on March 7. Mr. Anwar was sentenced to five years in prison, and the court released him on bail until appeals are exhausted.
The decision to prosecute Mr. Anwar and his trial have raised a number of concerns regarding the rule of law and the independence of the courts. In this high-profile case, it is critical for Malaysia to apply the rule of law fairly, transparently, and apolitically in order to promote confidence in Malaysia’s democracy and judiciary.
The United States and Malaysia have a strong partnership and in the spirit of that relationship, U.S. officials on many occasions have raised with the Government of Malaysia our concerns about the trial of Mr. Anwar. We will continue to follow the case closely........
Friday, March 7, 2014
just like how most civil wars do before boiling over. When the "boil over" happens, I wonder if the USA's military base in Bahrain will run to help the dictators of Bahrain or the protesters. No need to wonder how this will play out. The usual hypocrites will side with the usual dictators.
Talking about military bases... the USA has been given notice by the Kyrgyzstar govt. to shut their military base in that country at the end of the current lease agreement, July 11, 2014. The new govt. there now is pro-Moscow.
Bahrain: U.S. military officials here issued a new warning Tuesday to U.S. personnel and families living in this island kingdom, which has experienced a spike in violent activity in recent weeks.
Officials are urging personnel to be careful around ATMs off base, particularly at night and early in the morning. They cited a “recent incident” in which an improvised explosive device was found near an ATM.
The warning follows a bomb attack Monday in the village of Daih in which three police officers were killed while dispersing a group of rioters, according to Bahrain’s Interior Ministry.
The message sent to servicemembers and dependents Tuesday asks personnel to scan areas around ATMs for items that are out of place or suspicious and to alert base security officials of any abnormal activity.
....Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon condemned the bomb attack on Monday in the village of Daih, Bahrain, which led to the death of three policemen.
Mr. Ban, in a statement issued by his spokesperson, conveyed his sympathies and condolences to the families of the victims and the Government of Bahrain.
"Such acts of violence cannot be justified by any cause," said the statement.....
That is one smart man! He knows all about the depravity of the West and how our governments are hell-bent on changing the young generation into putty, because you see, putty is manageable. Strong-willed individuals are usually people with good decent morals and can't be swayed as easily to the government's Orwellian 1984 scenario.
More pics at link.
Mainstream media in Mass. starts campaign to normalize transgenderism and sex-changes for schoolchildren!
This boy was marching in the state-supported "Youth Pride Parade" in Boston in 2013. This is what happens when homosexual and transgender adult activists are allowed to push their agendas in the schools.
This past year Massachusetts began to enforce its mandate that public schools fully accommodate the concept of "transgenderism" and cross-dressing by children. Now, a powerful campaign has been ramping up in the local mainstream media to normalize "transgenderism" and even sex-change operations for children in the eyes of the public.
As we reported last year and in our recent post on the "War on Children," schools in Massachusetts are now directed to allow so-called "transgender" students -- children who decide to "identify" as the opposite sex -- to wear opposite-sex clothes to school, use opposite-sex restrooms and locker rooms, and be called by an opposite-sex name. (California now has also mandated "transgenderism" in the public schools, and several other states are not far behind.)
A boy (right) who says he now "identifies" as a girl plays on the girls' softball team, as mandated by California state law.
[Photo: Watchara Phomicinda]
But this has been happening relatively quietly. The general public still knows very little about it. But even in Massachusetts, seeing children involved in this makes people disturbed and outraged.
Thus the radical movement felt the need for a slick, effective PR campaign to change the public's attitudes. In other words, the current stream of articles and radio spots is no accident or coincidence. Like similar homosexual-themed PR campaigns, this has the fingerprints of the well-funded and well-connected homosexual-transgender groups all over it. These groups have long worked hand in glove with their allies in the mainstream. Their activists and hand-picked "experts" appear in almost all of the articles.
This woman, dressed as a man and taking testosterone to grow facial hair and lower her voice, coached the boys' cross-country team at a private boarding school in Rhode Island. She is "married" to a lesbian, according to the Boston Globe article.[Photo: Boston Globe.]
Softening up the publicNot long ago this concept was considered so fringe and demonic that not even the homosexual newspapers would barely touch it. But the public is now being softened up to believe that this is an everyday occurrence -- and even a "normal" part of life. There's even the constant use of the opposite-sex pronoun (i.e., "he" when referring to a girl) to play not-so-subtle tricks with your mind.
Just a few examples over the last month:
A four-part series by National Public Radio in Boston about "Nate," a girl who has decided she wants to be a boy:...............
For the Believe It Or Not folder: 2-yr old gets 3-day suspension for bringing cheese sandwich to daycare
This is how crazy Canada has become. And, with a Conservative govt in power, a Conservative govt that's either unable to rein in the madness and at times, to all intends and purposes, looking like actually encouraging such insane behaviour ... Canada has no hope of ever returning to a sane and sober society.
This is another example of how robotic and brainwashed we the people have become. Commonsense is a rare commodity today. Instead of trashing the cheese sandwich and sending a polite note to the parents of the kid reminding them that "outside" food is not allowed ... the robotic administration of the daycare decided to behave as lunatic as they possibly could.
....An Ottawa father is looking to move his children out of their daycare over its strict "no outside food" policy, after his daughter was suspended for three days for bringing a cheese sandwich to class.
Randy Murray's two-year-old daughter Faith walked into the Centre de l'enfant aux 4 Vents in Ottawa's Barrhaven neighbourhood on Monday with a Ziploc bag with a cheese sandwich inside.
Murray said he knew his daughter had the sandwich in the car, but didn't realize she had put it in her pocket and taken it into class.
"By the time she was two steps in one of the teachers saw it, handed it back to me and then the next thing you know, I'm told we're suspended," said Murray.
"I thought they were joking, actually," Murray said, adding the daycare workers told him his four-year-old son, who also attends the daycare, could stay.....
Shereen Dindar writing at YahooNews:
...By now you've probably heard about overzealous zero-tolerance policies at North American schools and daycares that have led to kids being suspended for everything frompointing their finger like a gun to dyeing their hair to playing with an imaginary grenade.
But now it appears the most recent threat to children comes in the form of a contraband cheese sandwich.
An Ottawa father is speaking out against a strict "no outside food" policy at his daughter's daycare that led to her being suspended for three days, reports CBC.
Randy Murray claims it was an accident when his 2-year-old daughter, Faith, carried a processed cheese sandwich inside a plastic bag into the Centre de l'enfant aux 4 Vents on Monday..........
Thursday, March 6, 2014
Die hard anti-war individuals like Abby Martin are similar to the die-hard anti-capital punishment folks. Even if you don't agree with them, you have to acknowledge that they are good, decent folks who don't want to see anybody going to their death before their time.
Greece signs an excellent deal for supply of gas from Russia. The deal is signed somewhere between Feb 9 and Feb 26. Now read the news items below and wonder if a Tom Clancy wannabe is gonna write a book on the how, the why and the when.... only this time round, it won't be fiction.
From Reuters via Downstream dated Feb 26, 2014
...Greece's natural gas distributor DEPA has clinched a new gas supply deal with Russian energy giant Gazprom, which includes a 15 percent price cut backdated to last July, Greece's energy ministry said on Tuesday.
The new agreement extends a current deal between the two companies by 10 years to 2026, the energy ministry said in a statement, confirming what sources told Reuters last week.....
From Reuters via Downstream dated Feb 26, 2014:
...Fire Breaks Out at Lukoil's Stavrolen Petrochemical Plant in S. Russia.
- A fire broke out at Lukoil's petrochemical plant in the southern Russian city of Budyonnovsk, wounding some, a local Emergency Ministry said on Wednesday.
The Emergency Ministry said the fire broke out after a loss of pressure in the ethylene section of the Stavrolen plant in Russia's southern region of Stavropol. It did not say how many people were injured.
A spokeswoman for Lukoil declined to comment....
From Reuters via Downstream dated Feb 28, 2014:
...The European Union could extend financial aid to Ukraine to overhaul its gas pipeline network, the bloc's Energy Commissioner Guenther Oettinger said.
Ukraine is an important transit pipeline route for Russian natural gas supplies to Europe and current political tensions there follow the government's decision to spurn a pact with the EU in favour of closer ties with Russia.
"We are prepared to help with the overhaul of the gas pipeline network of Ukraine," Oettinger said. "This involves a high triple digit million euros sum."
Oettinger's comments, confirmed by the European Commission on Friday, were made in an interview with German magazine Focus.
Commission spokeswoman Sabine Berger said the executive was "acting as a facilitator for the international financial institutions to provide the necessary loans" to help modernise Ukraine's ageing infrastructure.
Ukraine stunned the EU by spurning a trade deal in November and President Viktor Yanukovich's decision to side instead with Russia triggered mass protests, which led to his ouster.......
....Fire hits at Tatarstan refinery An investigation is under way into a fire that broke out on Mar. 3 at TAIF Group’s 7 million tonne/year Nizhnekamsk refinery in Tatarstan, Russia.....
....Russia's Nizhnekamsk Refinery to Halt Gasoline Output After Fire.
Repairing damage caused by a fire at the gasoline production unit of the Nizhnekamsk refinery will likely take at least two months and probably stop production, Russia's Emergency Ministry and an industry source said on Tuesday.
The Emergency Ministry for the Russian region of Tatarstan said on its website that a fire broke out on Monday at one of the units at the refinery, part of Russian mid-sized oil producer Tatneft.
The fire caused no injuries and was put out the same evening, it said.
An industry source said diesel production was unaffected.
The refinery refined 8.26 million tonnes of oil and produced 579,100 tonnes of gasoline and 2.05 million tonnes of diesel last year, according to the Energy Ministry.
Gasoline from the refinery is consumed domestically.
Production of naphtha, exports of which reached around 1.77 million tonnes last year, was unaffected, the industry source said........
Suicide? Yeah ... right! We believe you. This is the fifth known "suicide" connected to the financial world. Until today, I had not connected the earlier ones to Bitcoin, but now that's another possibility to look at.
Irving DeJohn writing at NYDailyNews:
....Autumn Radtke, CEO of First Meta, was found dead in her Singapore home last week. Radtke, did business with major tech companies such as Verizon and Dell.
A U.S.-born Bitcoin currency executive was found dead in an apparent suicide in her Singapore home, the company said in a statement.
Autumn Radtke, 28, CEO of First Meta, was found dead last week by local police in her home in what is believed to be a suicide, but police have yet to determine the cause of Radtke’s sudden death, CNBC reported........
The US and Russia came together in Paris at a conference in Lebanon, where the spillover from the Syria war means at least a million refugees have crossed the border. Adding to that, tensions among Gulf states over Islamist rebels in Syria. François Picard and his panel look at whether the standoff over Ukraine will change Moscow's stance on Syria and what impact Gulf tensions are having on those in Syria and Lebanon.....
Part 2 here
come to think of it, he would be able to hold on to his present job with ease while officiating even more successfully in the additional mandate. Just thinking about how the Toronto lefties would completely lose it and go gaga-booga-goo-goo if that happens, makes me happy.
Nice vid at link. I am suffering from a bad case of laziness today and haven't bothered to embed it in the post.
Mike Strobel writing at TorontoSun:
Toronto riding high on Rob Ford's exploits Mayor a walking tourism slogan.
Everybody is wringing their hands because Rob Ford is “bad for Toronto.”
To hear the talking heads on air and at City Hall, you’d think we still have SARS, like our mayor is scaring tourists away.
Bollocks! Tourism is booming. We’re breaking records, according to new Tourism Toronto numbers.
In 2013, last week’s release gushes, we had more overseas visitors and sold more hotel rooms than ever. Most notably, we welcomed 2.18 million Americans, a 9.7% jump over 2010, the year you-know-who was elected.
Surely the draw is not just all those fancy new tropical fish on Bremner Blvd. And it can’t be the CN Tower, now sixth on the “world’s tallest” list and falling fast. The Eaton Centre is nice but it’s, well, it’s a mall.
No, I think the (not so) secret to our success is our mayor. If only we can see it, exploit its full potential.
Jimmy Kimmel’s video tribute to Toronto late Tuesday, following his chat with Ford the night before, was pure gold — and just the tip of a motherlode..........
It will be nice to see the fall of one of the main members of the mighty Cabal responsible for the war in Syria which is sending tens of thousands of Syrian refugees to Canada and the rest of the West. In the near future when talking about Syrians committing crimes in Canada, let's try and not be hypocritical why exactly we had to accept Syrian refugees. Let's try to remember that the destruction of the Syrians' way of life in their own country was the dirty work of the Cabal which is made up of the USA, Israel, Canada, UK, France,Turkey and all the sheikhdoms. The heads of these countries are the main members of the Cabal who think they have become gods on Earth.
...Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday berated an Islamic cleric he accuses of plotting to wreck his government, as more voice recordings apparently intended to embarrass the Turkish leader were aired on the Internet.
Erdogan is locked in a power struggle with U.S.-based Turkish cleric Fethullah Gulen, a former ally he says is behind a stream of "fabricated" voice recordings purportedly revealing corruption in the prime minister's inner circle.
Four more recordings have appeared on YouTube in the last two days, part of what Erdogan sees as a campaign to undermine his ruling center-right AK Party before local elections on March 30 and a presidential poll due later this year.
Amid the allegations that have rattled financial markets and raised questions over Turkey's political stability, President Abdullah Gul on Tuesday ordered a state audit of the country's capacity to tackle corruption.
Rounding on the Gulen movement in an election campaign rally in the central Turkish city of Kirikkale, Erdogan, the country's most popular politician, was in characteristically defiant mood.
"We will make them (Gulen's movement) regret these coup undertakings... We will reveal their blackmail and threats one by one ... Those who have betrayed this country will pay the price," Erdogan told a crowd of about 5,000 supporters.
In one of the recordings leaked on Tuesday, Erdogan purportedly tells a well-known shipping magnate to appeal the result of a multi-billion-dollar tender to build six frigates after Koc Holding, Turkey's biggest company, won a contract to build four of the warships in January 2013....
.....Erdogan has publicly signaled a dislike for Koc Holding, suggesting that the company, whose output accounts for about 10 percent of the economy, has meddled in politics. Koc and its subsidiaries have faced a series of fines, lawsuits and tax audits in recent years.....
Wednesday, March 5, 2014
Looking at King made me feel guilty ...a wee little bit, because I didn't, although the church is literally at my doorstep.
....Was the United States caught off guard?
There are serious questions about whether U.S. intelligence failed to predict what's happening on the ground in Ukraine.
In a tense hearing on Capitol Hill Wednesday, Senator John McCain hammered Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, asking him whether U.S. intelligence was aware of Russia's plans to invade Crimea.
Hagel said that the U.S. was aware of the threat early last week, but that didn't satisfy the senator.........
I didn't watch nor read about the recent Oscar ceremonies, but I sort of recall a tweet or a headline about someone butchering someone's name. This probably relates to that or is aimed at someone else on a visit there.
Satirist Andy Borowitz at NewYorker:
A surprise appearance by the actor John Travolta today in Kiev’s Independence Square has further confused the situation in Ukraine, witnesses on the ground report.
According to several accounts, Mr. Travolta flew to Ukraine in his self-piloted private jet in the hopes of raising morale in the embattled country, but only served to perplex Ukrainians with a brief but indecipherable speech.
In his remarks, Mr. Travolta referred to Ukraine as “Cranium” and Crimea as “IKEA” before hopping back into his cockpit and flying away.
The speech rattled the nerves of the Ukrainians who heard it, according to reports. In the words of one witness: “We are no longer sure what country we are living in.”
and sad to say, they get it. They don't have to worry about anything when their psychotic impulses drive them to kill their girlfriends .... because there are lawyers aplenty in Canada who work on the taxpayers' dime, who will fight for them tooth and nail and cunt. This psycho has already cost Canada tens of thousands in medical costs and by the time the fuck dies, we will be in the hole for millions of dollars.
Alyshah Hasham writing at TorontoStar:
....Farshad Badakhshan violently killed his girlfriend but is not criminally responsible for her murder due to a delusional disorder, defence lawyer Victoria Rivers argued in her opening statement to the jury Tuesday
On a morning in July 2010, Badakhshan, 31, stabbed 23-year-old Ryerson student Carina Petrache and set fire to the rooming house where both lived.
The Crown is arguing that Badakhshan committed first-degree murder, confining Petrache to his basement room by setting a fire outside before killing her.
The fire left Badakhshan near death from severe burns to much of his body, and he was placed in a medically induced coma for six months, Rivers said. Badakhshan, who remains seriously scarred after extensive reconstructive surgery, also had his left leg amputated below the knee..........
Canadian judges and the citizens of Canada are slowly but surely coming awake to the "cultural enrichment" our Immigration Dept. has bestowed on the nation. This scumbag won't be able to apply for parole for 17 years. That's good enough for me.
Alyshah Hasham writing at TorontoStar:
....Man gets life sentence for murdering wife while wearing burka
Abdul Malik Rustam covered his face with the Muslim women’s garment to gain access to Shaher Bano Shahdady’s apartment after she sought a divorce.
A man who disguised himself in a Muslim woman’s garment to strangle his estranged wife was sentenced Wednesday to life in prison with no eligibility for parole for 17 years.
Abdul Malik Rustam, 30, donned a face-covering burka and white wedge heels to get into 21-year-old Shaher Bano Shahdady’s Scarborough apartment in July 2011, two weeks after she’d asked for a divorce.
He pleaded guilty to second-degree murder last month.
Their 2-year-old son was left alone in the apartment for 15 hours before Shahdady’s body was found on the bathroom floor by her parents, Superior Court Justice John McMahon said.
That Rustam did nothing to alert anyone to check on his son is impossible to fathom and shows “exceptionally callous disregard for that child’s wellbeing,” McMahon said.
“It’s hard to imagine what that child went through,” the judge said. “The only glimmer of hope is that he was so young that hopefully it will fade into the child’s memory.”..........
One anchor has quit on air. Wonder when Larry King will quit. Working with people who are constantly whitewashing the fact that Crimea is now occupied territory by Russia is disgusting. The world can see it for what it is, so why lie. Tell the reason why Russia did it, talk about the geo-political reasons and Russia's fear of having NATO countries in its backyard and perhaps many people will understand why .... but don't whitewash and take us for fools.
....TV journalist Liz Wahl resigned live on-air from Russia Today today, saying that she could not “be a part of a network funded by the Russian government that whitewashes the actions of Putin,” that she was “proud to be an American and believe[s] in disseminating the truth.” Wahl began her comments by referencing her colleague Abby Martin, who took time at the end of her show earlier this week to condemn Russian military intervention in Ukraine. Wahl explained that her personal background informed her decision: her grandparents fled from the Soviets during the Hungarian revolution, her father was a U.S. veteran, and her partner is a physician on a U.S. military base, where he sees “the ultimate prices that people pay for this country.”....
Saudi Arabia, the worst plague on planet Earth has decided to withdraw their Ambassador from Qatar. And, of course, the lapdogs of Saudi Arabia .... the countries of UAE and Bahrain, did same. The rift is reportedly over the Muslim Brotherhood. Qatar continues to support the Muslim Bros which is a big "No No" with the manipulating cavemen in Saudi Arabia.
David Kirkpatrick at NYTimes:
Growing tensions between Qatar and the neighboring Persian Gulf monarchies erupted in a diplomatic rift on Wednesday when Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain withdrew their ambassadors from Doha over its continued support of the Muslim Brotherhood and other Islamists around the region.
The concerted attempt to isolate and punish Qatar was an extraordinary rebuke to its strategy of aligning itself with moderate Islamists across the region in the hope of extending its influence amid the Arab Spring revolts. Many analysts in the region called it a comeuppance for tiny Qatar’s attempt to punch above its weight in the arena of international politics that always irked its neighbors, especially the Saudis.
That bet had appeared shrewd at the beginning of last year, with Brotherhood and allied Islamists ascendant in Egypt, Tunisia and Turkey, well positioned in Libya, and marching toward Damascus. But the other gulf monarchies bridled, viewing both democracy and political Islam as dual threats to their power. And in recent months the gamble has turned sour, with the military takeover in Cairo, a crackup in Istanbul, chaos in Libya and a Syrian stalemate......
....For the West, the spat is the latest unhelpful twist in the increasingly convoluted politics of the region. All four countries are Western allies, all are actively backing the Syrian rebels against President Bashar al-Assad, and all are Sunni Muslim states that see Shiite Iran as a regional rival. But the divisions within the Sunni gulf states make it harder for the West to work with them as a group on common concerns like Syria and Iran.
In addition to differences over Sunni Islamist groups like the Muslim Brotherhood, the gulf states are also divided over the gravity of the Iranian threat, which Qatar views as potentially manageable and Saudi Arabia views as existential, analysts said....