Tuesday, October 21, 2014
If something is not done to quell this mini uprising, it's gonna blow up in everybody's faces.
And, guess what? A Missouri senator, Jamilah Nasheed was arrested last night with a gun in her possession. This is a senator who is known to be against guns!
Missouri State Senator Jamilah Nasheed
had a gun in her possession at the time she was arrested Monday night outside the Ferguson Police Department, according to Ferguson Police Chief Tom Jackson.
Nasheed declined comment about the having the weapon, but did tell News 4 she has a concealed carry permit. A Ferguson police officer said Nasheed was carrying a fully-loaded 9 mm handgun and additional rounds.
Sources also told News 4 Ferguson police requested St. Ann to administer a breathalyzer test at the time of her arrest because she "smelled strongly of intoxicants," but Nasheed refused to do so. Nasheed said Tuesday she was not intoxicated at the time......
This is the new normal in Ferguson: Protests, day and night, for more than 70 days now.
Sometimes it's hundreds of demonstrators, sometimes just a handful. But they're always outside the Ferguson Police Department, clamoring for the indictment of Officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of unarmed teenager Michael Brown.
And with new details about the investigation leaked, tensions are escalating.
On Monday night, St. Louis County police detained two protesters, including Missouri State Sen. Jamilah Nasheed. She was detained as she blocked traffic in the middle of the street while protesting outside the Police Department.
Now, there are fears about what could happen next. One protester put it succinctly:
"If there is not an indictment, excuse my French, all hell is going to break loose."..............
Frankenstein is kept alive and kicking by the total inefficiency of aid agencies from the Western powers and the UN.
Jamie Dettmer writing at DailyBeast:
U.S. Humanitarian Aid Going to ISIS
Not only are foodstuffs, medical supplies—even clinics—going to ISIS, the distribution networks are paying ISIS ‘taxes’ and putting ISIS people on their payrolls.
While U.S. warplanes strike at the militants of the so-called Islamic State in both Syria and Iraq, truckloads of U.S. and Western aid has been flowing into territory controlled by the jihadists, assisting them to build their terror-inspiring “caliphate.”
The aid—mainly food and medical equipment—is meant for Syrians displaced from their hometowns, and for hungry civilians. It is funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development, European donors, and the United Nations. Whether it continues is now the subject of anguished debate among officials in Washington and European. The fear is that stopping aid would hurt innocent civilians and would be used for propaganda purposes by the militants, who would likely blame the West for added hardship.
The Bible says if your enemy is hungry, feed him, and if he is thirsty, give him something to drink—doing so will “heap burning coals” of shame on his head. But there is no evidence that the militants of the Islamic State, widely known as ISIS or ISIL, feel any sense of disgrace or indignity (and certainly not gratitude) receiving charity from their foes.
Quite the reverse, the aid convoys have to pay off ISIS emirs (leaders) for the convoys to enter the eastern Syrian extremist strongholds of Raqqa and Deir ez-Zor, providing yet another income stream for ISIS militants, who are funding themselves from oil smuggling, extortion, and the sale of whatever they can loot, including rare antiquities from museums and archaeological sites.
“The convoys have to be approved by ISIS and you have to pay them: The bribes are disguised and itemized as transportation costs,” says an aid coordinator who spoke to The Daily Beast on the condition he not be identified in this article. The kickbacks are either paid by foreign or local nongovernmental organizations tasked with distributing the aid, or by the Turkish or Syrian transportation companies contracted to deliver it...........
If you read the article below in full and also the article at the link in the tweet you will surely come away with a feeling that the entire situation in any one of the Muslim countries in the Middle East is a cauldron brewing with poisonous herbs from a million plants. What are the Western powers doing in that shit? Will we ever understand those myriad of tribes and the enmity between the tribes and enmity between various factions within those tribes? What total madness to go into hellholes when we can't understand even a small segment of the utterly mad Muslim world and have to depend on Middle East "experts" and "analysts" who have their own agendum to tell us conflicting stories of these inbred people?
Haven't we have had enough of the madness? Can't we just leave them alone to off each other off?
Liz Sly writing at WashingtonPost:
Syria's tribal revolt against Islamic State ignored fueling resentment........
.....Relations quickly frayed. The crunch came, the tribesmen in Reyhanli said, when Islamic State fighters whipped a local man who was caught smoking a cigarette in the street, a crime under the Islamic State’s harsh interpretation of Islam. The man’s brother, incensed, shot at a passing Islamic State patrol, killing one of its fighters.
The brother was arrested and publicly beheaded, triggering an outpouring of rage. Residents marched on the Islamic State’s headquarters, forcing its fighters to flee. The militants then brought in reinforcements and began shelling the town, using artillery they had captured the previous month in Iraq.
After a three-day barrage, the Islamic State militants moved in. They rounded up all the surviving men and boys older than 15 they could find and set about systematically killing them, the fighters in Reyhanli said.
A photo essay on an Islamic State blog boasted of the different ways tribesmen were killed, including beheadings, mass shootings and a crucifixion. A video shows how the militants lined up scores of captives on a road, their hands bound, then set about clumsily decapitating them, one by one. The executioners, speaking in Tunisian, Egyptian and Saudi accents, taunted those not yet dead by swinging severed heads in front of their faces and telling them, “It’s your turn next.”..........
http://t.co/MOnV1h1hEA Prisoners: Members of the Sunni Shaitat tribe are rounded up and marched to their deaths in Syria by fighters from..
— Loreena (@Louangie) August 16, 2014
Why do I have this sinking feeling that this kind of one-man jihadi action will be seen again and again?
Thank you dear Government for importing religion-crazed Muslims and letting them and their way of life radicalize Christian Canadians to convert to satanic rites;
Thank you dear Government for not stopping imams from visiting prisons even though you know fully well they go to those dens for the sole purpose of converting the feeble-minded to their depraved creed;
Thank you dear Government for not introducing a law making it illegal for Muslim prayers in the streets of Canada;
Thank you dear Government for not introducing a law making it illegal to wear full burqas in our streets;
Keep pampering Muslims, dear Government .... it's sure to work in getting many more non-Muslim Canadians killed. The more non-Muslims killed, the quicker Canada can be caliphated, right dear Government? That must be your goal, eh dear Government .... otherwise why would you not impose laws to keep non-Muslims safe?
Soldier struck by Martin Rouleau in St-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Que., hit and run dies
Martin Rouleau's Facebook page shows increasingly radicalized beliefs, behaviour
One of two soldiers wounded in a hit and run involving a "radicalized" 25-year-old man in St-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Que., has died, provincial police say.
Martin Rouleau, the 25-year-old suspect, was fatally shot on Monday after hitting two soldiers in a parking lot in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, a city about 40 kilometres southeast of Montreal.
The family of the soldier who died asked that his name not be released.
Police do not fear for the second soldier's life......
......The RCMP said they suspected he had become radicalized after converting to Islam about a year ago.
"This individual was known to federal authorities, including our integrated national security investigations team in Montreal, who along with other authorities were concerned that he had become radicalized," the RCMP said in a statement Monday evening......
Monday, October 20, 2014
USA, UK, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Lebanon, Libya, Mali, Jordan, UAE, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Bahrain, Iraq, Israel, Syria, Turkey, Kurdistan, Yemen, Nigeria, France with (Mali, Burkina Faso, Niger and Chad ) Germany, Italy, Czech Republic, Albania, Estonia, Hungary, Belgium, Denmark, Sweden, Switzerland, Austria, Japan, Republic of Korea, Ireland, Spain, Slovakia, Norway, The Netherlands, Luxembourg, Bulgaria, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Novorussia, Ukraine, Russia, Chechnya, Somalia, Iran, India, South Korea, North Korea, Central African Republic, Kenya, Tunisia, The Philippines, Egypt, Albania, Serbia, China ....
At least 25 members of the Boko Haram terrorists group were on Sunday night killed by troops of the 7 Division, Nigerian Army in Damboa Local Government Area of Borno state. Security officials have said.
The attack on Damboa had cast much doubts that many concerned had expressed over the much talked- about ceasefire deal the federal government said it signed on Friday with the Boko Haram gunmen.
It would be recalled that Boko Haram had on the 17th of July 2014 hoisted their flags in Damboa after a deadly gunbattle that left, five policemen, several soldiers and Lieutenant Colonel Commanding the military base in Damboa dead with property worth billions of naira destroyed.........
War crimes by USA and Canada supported govt of Ukraine, continue to continue. Vid below shows white phosphorus shot on Donetsk civilian areas.
Kobane: US drops arms and aid to Kurds battling IS
US military aircraft have dropped weapons, ammunition and medical supplies to Kurdish fighters battling Islamic State (IS) militants in the key Syrian town of Kobane.
US Central Command said C-130 transport aircraft had made "multiple" drops of supplies provided by Kurdish authorities in Iraq.
US air strikes have helped push back IS in the town near the Turkish border.
Correspondents say the airdrops are likely to anger key US ally Turkey.....
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said Monday the Obama administration decided to airdrop weapons and ammunitions to "valiant" Kurds fighting Islamic State extremists in the Syrian border town of Kobani because it would be "irresponsible" and "morally very difficult" not to support them.
Speaking in the Indonesian capital, Kerry told reporters that the administration understood ally Turkey's concerns about supplying the Kurds, who are linked to a Kurdish group that Ankara fiercely opposes.
But, he said the situation is such in the besieged town of Kobani that the resupplies were deemed absolutely necessary in a "crisis moment."...
22 killed in attack on farmers’ market in Xinjiang region
More than 200 have died in restive Chinese province in the past year
Twenty-two people were killed when four Uighur assailants armed with knives and explosives attacked a market in Xinjiang province last week, as ethnic tensions continued to worsen in the northwestern region.
The dead included police officers and the four attackers. The attack, on October 12th, took place at a farmers’ trading centre in Maralbeshi, or Bachu, county in the Kashgar prefecture, the US-based Radio Free Asia’s Uighur-language service reported. The wholesale food market is used predominantly by Han Chinese.
Xinjiang is home to more than 10 million Turkic-speaking Uighurs, a Turkic Muslim ethnic group that has close linguistic and cultural links to central Asia...........
The Kurdish fighters of the People's Protection Units, or YPG, have been retaking ground from IS near Sari Kani, located around 160 kilometres east of Syrian town of Kobani.
British broadcaster Sky News has travelled with a Kurdish armed militia group to the front-line in Syria where Kurdish fighters have been leading the ground offensive against ISIS group......
Read elsewhere that a military vehicle was used by suicide bomber.
Baghdad Shia mosque hit by suicide attack
A suicide attacker has killed at least 18 people at a Shia mosque in Iraq, the latest in a spate of similar bombings.
The attacker blew himself up in a crowd gathered for a funeral in western Baghdad's affluent Harthiyah area.
Dozens have been killed in similar attacks in recent weeks that have been widely blamed on Islamic State (IS).....
Several small businesses owned by Albanians in the Serbian cities of Novy Sad and Vrsac were attacked on Thursday night by unknown assailants. This reflects rising tensions in the Balkan region.
In Sombor and Stara Pazova, bakeries owned by Albanians were attacked with a hand grenade and petrol bomb.
The Albanian embassy in the Montenegrin capital Podgorica was also vandalised, earlier. Three people were arrested.
The day before, on Tuesday, an incident wrecked an Albania-Serbia football match being played in Belgrade.
A remotely piloted drone flew over, carrying a map of a “Greater Albania” including Kosovo and parts of Macedonia. It symbolised nationalist ambitions.....
45 percent of Iraq bombers were Saudi nationals
The attacks, which appear to be an attempt to ignite sectarian tensions in Iraq, come as it is revealed that the majority of Islamic State suicide bombers to launch attacks in Iraq in the past 45 days were Saudi nationals.....
A map of the car bombs to hit Baghdad since 2003 (@brilliantmaps / MEE)
Jordanian former Prime Minister Marouf al-Bakhit says hundreds of Jordanians have joined the ranks of ISIL Takfiri terrorists fighting against the Iraqi government.
Some 1,300 Jordanians have so far joined the militants out of whom more than 200 have been killed, Bakhit said in speech in the Jordanian capital Amman on Sunday.
The former premier estimated that there are between 2,000 and 4,000 Jordanians active in the Takfiri stream.
Ah .... here we go again. Just because the Houthis are aligned with Iran (the presumably world's biggest enemy as designated by warlord numero uno Nethanyahu of Israel and of course by the Israel-owned USA) the Western powers via Saudi Arabia are arming and funding AL QAEDA. Yup believe it folks ... that's how the wind blows in Yemen!
Here's another country all set for an intensified civil war or a proxy war between Iran and Western powers with Western powers allying themselves with Al Qaeda. Wonderful isn't it?
Syrian army gains ground near Damascus
The Syrian army has gained ground in its fight against ISIL Takfiri terrorists near the capital Damascus, Press TV reports.
Syrian armed forces were able to advance several blocks in the Jobar district near Damascus, were militants had built one of their strongest bases.
“We have just taken control of many new blocks. Our troops also advanced on Zamalka, round about on the Savran Highway, and control the Hirmileh and Jadiah strategic tunnels. The highway is now in our range of fire,” a Syrian army commander told the Press TV correspondent.........
POWs from Ukraine's army used as labor for rebuilding bombed out homes of Russian-speaking easterners.
...Donetsk — situation is extremely tense in the capital. Yesterday the city was targeted from the battlefield rocket system “Tochka-U”: Gornyak residential area, the administrative building of the chemical works and mine17-bis (the building of a kindergarten nearby was destroyed). Residential areas of Kiyevskiy, Kuybyshevskiy and Petrovskiy districts have once more been subjected to mortar-gun and artillery fire. The airport was shelled from the MRLS “Grad” and heavy mortar-guns by Ukrainian Wehrmacht. An attempt of a breakthrough of the castigators encircled there was undertaken, accompanied by howitzer shelling. Ukrainian media keeps on harping on about the full control of Ukrainian army over the airport.
Satellite towns and suburbs
Gorlovka — tension remains, local clashes and movement of punitive air force (several MI-8 helicopters) are being observed in this direction from the town of Artyomovsk. Makeyevka — at about 7 AM the town was shelled by the National Guards artillery. Avdeyevka — three fire nests of Ukrainian Wehrmacht were destroyed by People’s Militia. Yenakiyevo — the sabotage and reconnaissance group of the People’s Militia shelled the block-post of the castigators in the area of locality Olkhovatka. The Maryinka district — positions of Ukrainian Wehrmacht in the area of locality Krasnogorovka were shelled from mortar-guns and machine-guns......
South and North Korea exchanged fire
across the heavily fortified border on Sunday, but there was no report of South Korean casualties.
The incident took around 5:40 p.m. when South Korea fired warning shots against North Korean soldiers who were approaching the military demarcation line in Paju after broadcasting warning messages.
South and North Korea will be able to hold another round of high-level talks as scheduled, a senior presidential aide said Sunday, amid growing worries the recent exchange of fire across the tense border could scupper the meeting.
In early October, a high-powered North Korea delegation made a surprise visit to South Korea to attend the closing ceremony of the 2014 Incheon Asian Games, agreeing with South Korea's top security officials to hold another round of high-level talks in late October or early November.
Iran has summoned the Pakistani ambassador and demanded immediate steps to stop attacks by "terrorists and rebels" that sparked deadly clashes on the countries' border, state media reported Sunday.
Noor Muhammad Jadmani was called to the foreign ministry on Saturday evening following the deaths in the restive border province of Sistan-Baluchistan, the official IRNA news agency said,.
Two Iranian border guards and a Pakistani paramilitary officer were killed in a shooting on Thursday evening, sources on the two sides said. Iran said rebels had tried to infiltrate the country....
IS announces it intends to open a consulate in Istanbul, leaving Erdogan’s press officiados stammering
Turkey remains a hotbed of ISIS terror stories, following its controversial hostage exchange deal with the terror outfit plus international media reports that IS has a significant presence and recruiting network in the country.
Turkey's President Recep Erdogan has always firmly denied the IS presence in the country. But now his government is on the back foot after a spokesman would not deny that Turkey is developing formal relations with the extremist organization following ISIS announcing that it will soon open a 'consulate' in Istanbul.
The so-called Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) intends to unveil its first diplomatic mission in Istanbul in order to provide consular services for all who wish to join the extremist group in Iraq, reported Turkish daily Aydinlikas saying............
Does Iran Have Legitimate Nuclear Energy Needs?
The Real News Network interviews Dr. Sarram who is the President of Energy Security Consulting Group. Part 2 here
Unbelievable! No .... actually quite believable. No wonder America is becoming a laughing stock all over the world and it's mainly because of its hypocrisy and the chutzpah it has to lecture other countries without being able to see the huge speck of dirt stuck in its own eyes.
Niall McCarthy writing at Forbes:
Nearly A Third Of All Female Prisoners Worldwide Are Incarcerated In The United States
According to the International Centre for Prison Studies, nearly a third of all female prisoners worldwide are incarcerated in the United States of America. There are 201,200 women in US prisons, representing 8.8 percent of the total American prison population.
China comes a very distant second to the United States with 84,600 female prisoners in total or 5.1% of the overall Chinese prison population. Russia is in third position – 59,000 of its prisoners are women and this comes to 7.8 percent of the total.
Across the world, 625,000 women and children are being held in penal institutions with the female prison population growing on all five continents.........
Not that I don't agree with a lot this hippie pope has to say, but there are some real weird opinions that no matter how broadminded one wants to be, simply does not hold water. AND, he's so wrong about the jihadi faith.
Furthermore, I hate it when the clergy talks to the faithful like they are 2-yr olds.
Pope Francis beatifies Pope Paul VI, wraps up meeting of bishops
Beatification marks the end of synod that failed to agree on welcoming gays and civilly remarried couples.
........."God is not afraid of new things!" Francis exclaimed in his homily Sunday. "That is why he is continually surprising us, opening our hearts and guiding us in unexpected ways."..........
Saturday, October 18, 2014
Ever wondered if America will go the way of Enron? Remember how the "too big to fail" Enron went bankrupt in the shortest possible time? When Enron fell, thousands of Enron employees had no clue that they were working for a company which was just a house of cards. Most Americans are also clueless to the fact that their country has been hollowed out with the never-ending wars and that the top 1% (as usual) will be the only survivors and the rest will be left out in the cold not knowing what happened.
There are so many similarities between Enron and what's happening in today's America. Watch the documentary and see for yourselves.
BTW, please watch any long vids in my blog by clicking on the title at the top within the vid which will take you to YouTube so the YouTube poster can get the view count.
Below is a listing of top 10 energy companies that went bankrupt.
Andrew Topf writing at OilPrice:
Running a multi-billion dollar energy company isn’t easy. Just ask the executives in the corner suites of some of the energy companies that have gone bust over the years. Some, like Enron, were brought down because of insider malfeasance. A few, like ATP, blamed damaging government policies, while others went off the rails due to market forces that left the company and its shareholders flat-footed, deep in debt, and eventually broke. Here are the bankruptcies that will be etched into the tombstones of failed energy fortunes for time immemorial.
1. Enron. Bankrupt December 2, 2001. Assets $65.5 billion
Enron grew from a simple pipeline company into the world’s largest energy trader by using the Internet to buy and sell natural gas and electric power to help utilities and industrial power users hedge against price fluctuations. By 2000, Enron was worth an astonishing $68 billion, but when the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission started investigating, it was revealed that much of the money was based on shady accounting practices and un-recorded losses. In one year, Enron’s stock price plummeted from more than $90 to less than $1, resulting in $11 billion in shareholder losses. The subsequent bankruptcy remains the largest in U.S. history. CEO Kenneth Lay and fellow Enron executive Jeffrey Skilling were convicted in 2006 of fraud and conspiracy. Lay died from a heart attack while awaiting sentencing. Skilling is still in prison........
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From Channel4 on Oct16
Driving through a war zone to Aleppo
We took the long way round. Not that there was any choice if we were to avoid the fighting. It takes eight hours to drive from Damascus to Aleppo now, twice as long as before the war.
We passed trucks and tankers with the same destination – the road from Homs through Sulemiyah and north through Khanaser is the only supply route to Syria’s second city. A few miles to the east is territory controlled by jihadis from the Islamic State, while other rebels groups hold land to the west.
But the narrow corridor the government controls did not feel insecure – the soldiers on checkpoints were relaxed and every few miles they had built up a dug-in position from which to survey the flat scrubland on either side..........
Four men appear in London court over alleged ISIS-inspired terror plot
Four young men have appeared in a London court in connection with an alleged terror plot to shoot and kill police officers and soldiers in the capital. The defendants allegedly swore allegiance to Islamic State extremists.
The men, who appeared at Westminster Magistrates Court on Friday, were arrested in raids conducted by Scotland Yard's counter-terrorism command over the past two weeks.
The men allegedly used Google Street View to conduct reconnaissance on Shepherd’s Bush police station and White City Territorial Army Barracks, the court heard. The men also had images of two Metropolitan police officers, the Press Association reported.
The men also possessed a gun with a silencer, ammunition, and a moped – which they were presumably going to use as a getaway vehicle.
Those being charged with terrorism offenses are medical student Tarik Hassane, 21, Nyall Mamlet, 24, Momen Motasim, 21, and Suhaib Majeed, 20. A fifth man, 25-year-old Nathan Cuffy, was only charged with firearm offenses. Police say he gave a converted Baikal handgun and six rounds of ammunition to Mamlet.
The vid below is from YouTube poster Eretz Zen. Worth visiting the channel for some very telling and explosive eye openers.
Pakistani envoy urges UN chief to help deescalate tensions along LoC in Kashmir and Indo-Pak working boundary
Pakistan’s UN Ambassador Masood Khan Friday met Secretary General Ban Ki moon to brief him on the latest situation along the Line of Control (LoC) in the disputed Kashmir region and the working boundary between India and Pakistan.
The meeting was a follow-up to the letter sent on Oct 12 by the Advisor on National Security and Foreign affairs, Sartaj Aziz, in which the the secretary-general’s attention was drawn to the escalation of Indian firing across the LoC and the working boundary between the two South Asian neighbours, and sought U.N.’a intervention.....
UPDATED: 31 suicide bombers in #Iraq in 45 days 46% of them are Saudis. Over 50 tons of explosives used. pic.twitter.com/L49jhLazow
— Zaid Benjamin (@zaidbenjamin) October 18, 2014
Egypt: 3 policemen killed in blast:
Egypt’s state-run news agency says three police conscripts have been killed in a rocket-propelled grenade attack in the Sinai Peninsula.
News agency MENA reported that the slain men came under attack late Thursday while they were driving along a northern Sinai highway. MENA says two were killed instantly, and a third died of his wounds in an el-Arish hospital.
A series of attacks, assassinations and suicide bombings has hit Egypt over the past year following the military ouster of Islamist President Muhammad Mursi......
Donetsk Shelling Kills Two Civilians, Clashes Near Luhansk Rage On: Militia
Shelling and clashes continued in Ukraine's turbulent eastern provinces despite the previously agreed ceasefire, killing at least two civilians in the besieged city of Donetsk, the local self-defense forces said in a statement Saturday.
"Ukrainian army troops fired Grad [missiles] at the Kirov district and Savrasov Street [in Donetsk]. Two civilians died after a shell hit a residential house," the statement published on the official website of the Donetsk People's Republic (DPR) government said.
Earlier reports said that Donetsk had been targeted for shelling throughout Saturday, with a mortar round hitting a pumping station in the Kuibyshev district and wounding several employees, according to the city hall........
Libyan officials say nearly 100 people have been killed during fighting between rival armed groups across the country over the past week.
The figure was recently released by Libyan Prime Minister Omar al-Hassi, who was elected to the post in August by militias that took control of the capital city, Tripoli.
The Libyan premier currently has the backing of several militia groups.
According to Hassi, some 80 people were killed and thousands were forced from their homes in the western city of Kikla alone.
Hassi has currently taken residence in the capital. His forces are trying to maintain control of Benghazi against attempts for the eastern city by fighters loyal to renegade General Khalifa Haftar....
Tunisia urges Libya to find missing journalists
Prime Minister Mongi Hamdi on Saturday urged Libya to locate two Tunisian journalists who went missing in the neighbouring violence-hit country after their arrest by an armed group.
Investigative journalist Sofiene Chourabi and photographer Nadhir Ktari disappeared on September 8 in the eastern Libyan region of Ajdabiya.....
From vid below you get just a teeny weeny feel for the vast scale of war crimes and human rights abuses going on in Ukraine, most of which are committed by the coup govt and its Nazi battalions.
A U.S.-led coalition airstrike on a gas distribution facility in a stronghold of the Islamic State group set off a series of secondary explosions and killed at least eight people in eastern Syria, activists said Saturday.
The airstrike targeted a distribution station in the town of Khasham in the oil-rich province of Deir el-Zour late Friday, Deir el-Zour Free Radio, an activist collective, said on its Facebook page. The collective named four of those killed and said another four charred bodies were placed in a nearby mosque. It said the slain men were mostly fuel tanker drivers.....
Sweden Steps Up Search for Alleged Foreign Submarine in Stockholm Archipelago
The Swedish Armed Forces have stepped up search efforts in the waters near the country’s capital after receiving “reliable reports” of foreign underwater activity in the area, chief of operations Jonas Wikstrom said Saturday.
“We consider the information to be very reliable. Therefore, we are increasing the number of units in the area,” Wikstrom told reporters Saturday evening.
“This is intelligence work. We are working to determine whether there is or has been foreign underwater activity in the area,” he stated, noting that the search will continue for “as long as it is needed”.
Answering journalists’ questions of whether the alleged underwater activity could have been carried out by Russian forces, Wikstrom stated that he would “absolutely not speculate” on this matter.....
Video: "Dogs are eating from bodies on the streets" Kurdish refugee from #Kobane http://t.co/N1OmeaAMmw
— Conflict News (@rConflictNews) October 19, 2014
Hostages arrive at German embassy after Philippine ordeal
A German couple kidnapped by Islamic militants were handed over to their embassy Saturday after a six-month ordeal marked by constant threats of beheading, as the Philippines confronted a security threat it thought it had overcome.
"With the release from captivity of the two German nationals, our security forces will continue efforts to stem the tide of criminality perpetrated by bandit elements," President Benigno Aquino's spokesman Herminio Coloma said in a statement.
The couple had been handed over to the German embassy in Manila, the Philippine military said.
The Abu Sayyaf released the couple on Friday as its deadline for the German government to pay a $5.6 million ransom and withdraw its support for US offensives against jihadists in Syria and Iraq lapsed........
Two killed in southern Philippines church blast
Two people were killed while three others were wounded in a grenade attack on a church in the southern Philippines, police said Thursday.
Church goers at the United Church of Christ in the Philippines, in the farming town of Pikit, were in the middle of a prayer service early Wednesday evening when the explosion occurred, police said.
A nurse, 54, and a teacher, 39, died from shrapnel injuries, municipal police chief Senior Inspector Mautin Pangandigan said.....
If you like thinking for yourself, you gotta wonder how the almost 200 Cuban doctors and assistants have managed not to get infected themselves while in the land of the mighty Americans, medical staff don't have enough knowledge to keep themselves and others around them safe from the plague.
A leftist Latin American summit next week should generate more aid to fight Ebola, including additional Cuban doctors and support staff from other nations, the head of Cuba's effort to slow the disease said Friday.
Jorge Perez, the head of Cuba's top tropical medicine institute, said he expects the meeting of the socialist ALBA bloc hosted by Cuba and Venezuela in Havana on Monday to result in pledges of financial and human resources that can be sent to African nations trying to contain the Ebola outbreak.
Cuba has sent 165 doctors to Sierra Leone and plans to send 296 more to Liberia and Guinea, the largest commitment of medical personnel so far. Perez said Cuba is ready to send more doctors as long as there is enough funding and infrastructure to support them.
"What do I expect as a scientist from the summit? That the countries in attendance join the international effort against Ebola, for the protection not just of their countries but also to see how they can help those countries experiencing such difficult situations," he said.
"There are countries that have resources and can send money, but there are also those who can send human resources. It's not just doctors. We also need nurses, technicians."
He said he was certain that if there was money to fund the effort, Cuba could send more doctors, but he also called on other countries to send more of their own doctors and medical staff, and not just money and equipment.
Perez said the Cuban doctors were receiving their ordinary salaries from the communist government, while extra expenses such as the costs of lodging and transportation in Africa were being borne by the World Health Organization......
Cuba stands ready to cooperate with the United States in the battle against Ebola, former leader Fidel Castro said in an article published Saturday.
Cuba is sending about 460 doctors and nurses to West Africa to help fight Ebola, an effort that was praised on Friday by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry......
......"With pleasure we will cooperate with U.S. personnel in that task," the 88-year-old ex-leader wrote in the Communist Party daily Granma. He said it would not be to seek peace between two countries long at odds, but "for the peace of the world."......
From GovtOfCanada NewsRelease:
Government of Canada ships Ebola vaccine to World Health Organization
October 18, 2014 - Ottawa, ON -Public Health Agency of Canada
The Government of Canada will ship 800 vials of its experimental Ebola vaccine to the World Health Organization (WHO) in Geneva, beginning with its first shipment on Monday, October 20, 2014.
The vaccine vials are being sent in three separate shipments, as a precautionary measure, due to the challenges in moving a vaccine that must kept at a very low temperature at all times.
The Public Health Agency of Canada is supplying the vaccine to the WHO in its role as the international coordinating body for the Ebola outbreak, so that the vaccine can be made available as an international resource......
France introduces Ebola screening at airport
French authorities start checking the body temperatures of passengers arriving from Guinea as Air France staff demand the suspension of flights to the west African nation hit by the Ebola epidemic....
And, the most promising news of all is from ComputerWorld:
Researchers to meet with aid workers to build Ebola-fighting robots
Nov. 7 meeting would explore use of robots to transport food, act as interpreters and even bury the dead
Robotics researchers from around the country are working together to come up with technology that could help fight the deadly Ebola outbreak.
Scientists are considering telepresence robots that could act as rolling interpreters, autonomous vehicles that could deliver food and medicine, and robots that could decontaminate equipment and help bury the victims of Ebola......
Mutant Ebola warning: Leading U.S. scientist warns deadly virus is already changing to become more contagious
Fears that the deadly virus could mutate and become even more contagious
Dr Peter Jahrling says amount of virus in patients is higher than expected
The U.S. scientist says new strain of Ebola may burn 'hotter and quicker'
This would mean that the disease would spread more easily
Comes as David Cameron urged EU to commit £800m to tackling virus
UK is also stepping up Ebola checks with screening extended at airports
Manchester and Birmingham also set to screen passengers from West Africa
But U.S. health experts say banning travellers entering U.S. from affected region would be a bad idea .....
Congo lends a hand to fight Ebola, urges African solidarity
Democratic Republic of Congo plans to train more than 1,000 volunteers to help fight an Ebola epidemic raging across West Africa, even as it battles the last traces of an outbreak at home.
Having endured six previous outbreaks of the deadly virus in 40 years, Congolese officials say they are eager to share their expertise with countries suffering from the worst epidemic in history, which has already killed more than 4,500 people.....
Friday, October 17, 2014
The film on Edward Snowden premiered last week at the New York Film Festival.
Eric Kohn writing at Indiewire:
Laura Poitras' documentary on the NSA whistleblower tells you everything you already knew while hinting at a fascinating new chapter.
"I am not the story," says Edward Snowden to documentary filmmaker Laura Poitras and journalist Glenn Greenwald in "CITIZENFOUR," but like Snowden himself, there's nothing simple about that statement.
Poitras' bracing look at the former National Security Agency contractor, whose intel about government surveillance launched a firestorm of global inquiries following his exodus from the country in 2012, gives us everything we already knew about Snowden and his findings in a tightly-wound package — while hinting at a fascinating bigger picture filled with new information......
........With Snowden still in Russia and the media continually sifting through the massive amounts of data he made public, "CITIZENFOUR" can't possibly end on a clean, efficient note. But Poitras nevertheless finds her way to startling climax: Jotting notes on paper to avoid digital surveillance, Greenwald shares with Snowden information from a new whistleblower alleging that the NSA keeps a whopping 1.2 million people on its watch list, while also suggesting that Germany and the U.K. possess control over U.S. drones in the Middle East. "Holy shit" is all that Snowden can muster.
No longer the sole driving entity of his mission, he's now a piece of a larger, formidable initiative. As "CITIZENFOUR" closes on the images of torn paper, Poitras implies that somebody — or many somebodies — need to pick up the pieces. The movie effectively steers the story away from its elusive subject to hint at a broader narrative only just beginning. ........
and it all boils down to getting the Muslim vote at election time. The politicians of both these countries, along with many many more, have sold their souls for votes from the Muslim immigrant communities. Good of the country be damned. Patriotism be double damned. As long as these blasted politicians can win their seats, who gives a shit! What we forget time and time again is that these lowlives would not be holding political office if they were not lowlives. That's the bottom line. They will grovel on the ground kissing the feet of niqab clad Muslimas and Shariah enforcers if it means that they will get that X in the box alongside their name come election time.
I don't blame the Muslim immigrants anymore .... at least not as much as I used to. I understand that for the Muslims their satanic book tells them to conquer the infidels everywhere they go and convert the lands of the infidels to evil incarnate. The faithful among the Muslim immigrants are abiding by their religion.
I blame the politicians and the laws or the lack of laws in our countries. The rules and regulations should be very straightforward and Muslim immigrants should sign their consent to them if they wish to migrate to non-Muslim lands. The rules should empathically state that the long list (I don't have the stamina to go through it right now, but there must be 1000s) of cavemen stuff they believe in and practice will not be allowed in our non-Muslim lands. If caught abusing those rules and regulations, their citizenship will be revoked and they will be deported.
Furthermore, they AND their lawyers should be scrutinized by the intelligence agencies to check for any links to wahhabi terrorist groups because only those this deeply into wahhabism would want to follow such practices and fight on behalf of people who want to follow such depravity.
What brought on this rant? Read the following two items. Although, Canada's ex-Immigration Minister Jason Kenney did the right thing, wasn't it a bit too late? Wouldn't all this and more be avoided if intelligent people instead of numbskulls were ruling over us?
Ex-immigration minister Jason Kenney ‘dictated’ niqab ban at citizenship ceremony, court told
A Mississauga woman has taken the federal government to court over a policy that forbids wearing the face-covering veil while taking the oath of citizenship, arguing the ban breaches her Charter rights and fails to accommodate her religious beliefs and dress code.
Banning the niqab from citizenship ceremonies is the result of former immigration minister Jason Kenney imposing his own ideology of “Canadian values” on the process, Zunera Ishaq’s lawyer, Naseem Mithoowani, told federal court Justice Keith Boswell at a hearing in Toronto on Thursday.
“The true motivation of the policy is to compel Muslim women to abandon, albeit briefly, their religious adherence,” Mithoowani said.
“The failure to remove the veil is at the heart of this policy, more than being seen taking the oath . . . This is about Kenney deciding that niqab does not fit into the mode of Canadian citizens.”
It’s the first such challenge against the niqab ban at citizenship ceremonies; if successful, it could strike down the policy.
In December 2011, Kenney brought in the ban in an operational manual — rather than new legislation — in a series of measurements meant to strengthen the integrity of Canadian citizenship that also included raising the pass mark for the citizenship test and stricter residency and language requirements.............
Hundreds of new FGM cases - but still no convictions
Never before published figures reveal the scale of female genital mutilation in England, with the number of women currently being treated by the NHS approaching 2,000.
Figures from the Health and Social Care Information Centre show there were 467 newly identified cases of FGM in English hospitals in September.
This adds to 1,279 active cases - women with a history of FGM who are currently being treated by the NHS for FGM-related or non-related issues.
It is the first time such data has been published in the UK, and HSCIC chair Kingsley Manning said the data is an important step towards preventing the crime.
FGM has been a crime in the UK for 30 years, but to date there have been no convictions for subjecting women - and more often young girls - to the practice.
The first trial, of two men including a doctor from London, is due to begin in January next year.
The HSCIC figures show that women with a history of FGM are more likely to be found in London - though the problem is spread across the country.........
30-year war declared by the USA on jihadi army = Billionaires making even more billions of $s on spilled human blood and millions of body parts strewn all over the Middle East
New face at RT News is Ben Swann in a guest appearance asking the right questions. Check out his guests, IMO ... both are pretty fine going to perpetual wars.The core of America's political and infrastructure on a whole, is nothing but war-oriented any which way and forever. Just like Rome used to be before it got trampled into the dust from which it has never been able to rise again. Entire countries and armies used to tremble before the might of the Roman Empire just like the present day countries and armies do when faced with the might and power of the USA.
Every dog has his day in the sun before nightfall.
What was supposed to be the wind down of over a decade of war in Iraq and Afghanistan has suddenly morphed into a new war with ISIS. A war that according to former Defense Secretary Leon Panetta could last up to 30 years.
To most Americans, a new 30-year war would sound like bad news, but not to everyone. It is music to the ears of defense contractors who up until a few months ago were facing serious cuts. They are not looking at cuts anymore.
According to the L.A. Times, three days after U.S. warships fired 47 Tomahawk cruise missiles at Sunni militant targets in northern Syria, the Pentagon signed a $251 million dollar deal to buy more Tomahawks from Raytheon.
Tomahawk cruise missiles cost $1.5 million dollars a piece. According to the AP, as of October 6th, the Pentagon had spent as much as $1.1 billion on U.S. military operations against Islamic state militants in Iraq and Syria.
Shares of major military contractors including Raytheon, Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman and General Dynamics have been trading at near all-time highs.
Of course, it is not just the big military contractors who are reaping a windfall. Thousands of military subcontractors who had begun laying off workers because of defense cut-backs are scrambling to rehire staff.
While guest anchoring at RT America this week, Ben Swann spoke with Robert Levinson, a Senior Defense Analyst at Bloomberg Government and Stephen Miles, Advocacy Director for “Win Without War”. You can see their interview in the video above.....
Yes .... it does look very, very much like it! This is not good for Freedom of Speech, not good at all! If the Conservative govt is behaving in this unwholesome fashion, take it for granted that when the Liberal govt. comes back into power, that party too will do similar stuff to take their revenge on what the Harper govt. is doing while at the reins.
Politicians playing dirty and who suffers? We the People.
Today they come for birdwatchers, tomorrow they might come for bloggers.
Always speak up for the victims, ALWAYS .... otherwise there will be no one left to speak for you.
Dean Beeby writing at CBCNews:
Revenue Canada targets birdwatchers for political activity
Canada Revenue Agency issues warning letter to wildlife club to curb any political activities
A small group of nature lovers in southern Ontario enjoy spending weekends watching birds and other wildlife, but lately they're the ones under watch — by the Canada Revenue Agency.
The Kitchener-Waterloo Field Naturalists, a registered charity, is apparently at risk of breaking tax agency rules that limit so-called political or partisan activities.
Earlier this year, tax auditors sent a letter to the 300-member group, warning about political material on the group's website.
The stern missive says the group must take appropriate action as necessary "including refraining from undertaking any partisan activities," with the ominous warning that "this letter does not preclude any future audits."
A copy of the five-page March 11 letter, signed by Valerie Spiegelman of the charities directorate, was obtained by CBC News.
Officials in the naturalist group are declining comment about the cannon shot across the bow, apparently for fear of attracting more attention from the tax agency.
But longtime member Roger Suffling is speaking up, saying the issue is about democratic freedom and not about arcane tax rules.
"Effectively, they've put a gag on us," he said in an interview, noting that the letter arrived just after the club had written directly to two federal cabinet ministers to complain about government-approved chemicals that damage bee colonies.
"You can piece together the timing," said Suffling, an adjunct professor at the University of Waterloo. "The two things are very concurrent."......