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  • Economics of Peace

    09/24/2012 6:02:38 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 1 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 24, 2012 | Katie Kieffer
    How would a free market entrepreneur approach Afghan foreign policy? After all, our politicians seem incompetent on foreign policy given the soaring suicide rate among active duty U.S. military personnel, increasing insider attacks against NATO troops by our Afghan “allies” and numerous civilian casualties. Capitalists have historically opposed war and embraced production as a means to freedom, prosperity and national security. So, it surprises me when self-described fiscal conservatives embrace a foreign policy of military interventionism. Indeed, George W. Bush opposed nation-building when he ran for president in 2001; he maintained that military interventionism neither fosters freedom abroad nor...
  • Al-Qaida assassins after Gadhafi: Intel suggests dictators's sudden cooperation due to holy war

    12/25/2003 6:43:16 AM PST · by JohnHuang2 · 17 replies · 197+ views
    WorldNetDaily.com ^ | Thursday, Christmas Day, 2003
    Al-Qaida assassins after GadhafiIntelligence suggests Libyan dictator's sudden cooperation due to holy war Posted: December 24, 20035:00 p.m. Eastern © 2003 WorldNetDaily.com Canadian intelligence suggests al-Qaida-backed militants in Libya want to assassinate Col. Moammar Gadhafi, possibly shedding light on the dictator's sudden efforts to cozy up to the West. Libyan President Col. Moammar Gadhafi (Courtesy: Sky News) Citing a Canadian Security Intelligence Service, or CSIS, report, The National Post reports the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group, or LIFG, is waging holy war against Gadhafi in an effort to establish an Islamic state in Libya. "In order to achieve their goals, the LIFG has...
  • Iraq aims to unite with new flag and anthem

    09/22/2012 1:57:58 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 5 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 22/9/12
    In a move aimed at providing unity in a country plagued with decades of conflict and civil unrest, Iraq is seeking to replace its flag and national anthem. "We are determined to finish the new flag and anthem this year, in this legislative session," MP Ali Shlah, the chairman of parliament's culture and media commission, told AFP. Shlah said a new anthem and flag "will be a unifying factor" for Iraqis...
  • Highland Park man charged with Taliban weapons deal

    02/19/2011 1:13:45 PM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 19 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | February 20, 2011 | Sue Ter Maat and Erika Slife
    A 52-year-old Highland Park father is one of two U.S. citizens charged with agreeing to sell missiles and other weapons to the Taliban for their use against American troops in Afghanistan, according to a complaint unsealed by federal prosecutors in Manhattan last week. Oded Orbach, born in Israel, was among seven men arrested in an international sting operation by the Drug Enforcement Administration. Paid informants posing as Taliban representatives conspired with the men to ship narcotics through West Africa — with a portion intended for the United States — and to use the proceeds to buy weapons for protecting Taliban-owned...
  • US EMBASSY IN PAKISTAN UNDER SIEGE

    09/20/2012 8:49:55 AM PDT · by yoe · 30 replies
    Drudge ^ | September 20, 2012 | Various "reporters"
    IRAN: Hundreds chant 'Death to France,' 'Down with the U.S.'...IRAQ: PM condemns U.S. over YOUTUBE anti-Islam film...INDONESIA: U.S. consulate shut for second day amid protests...AFGHANISTAN: Hundreds chant anti-American slogans...(US EMBASSY IN PAKISTAN UNDER SIEGE)
  • Exclusive: Western report - Iran ships arms, personnel to Syria via Iraq

    09/19/2012 4:35:49 PM PDT · by Palmetto Patriot · 10 replies
    Reuters ^ | Sep 19, 2012 | Louis Charbonneau
    Iran has been using civilian aircraft to fly military personnel and large quantities of weapons across Iraqi airspace to Syria to aid President Bashar al-Assad in his attempt to crush an 18-month uprising against his government, according to a Western intelligence report seen by Reuters. Earlier this month, U.S. officials said they were questioning Iraq about Iranian flights in Iraqi airspace suspected of ferrying arms to Assad, a staunch Iranian ally. On Wednesday, U.S. Senator John Kerry threatened to review U.S. aid to Baghdad if it does not halt such overflights. Iraq says it does not allow the passage of...
  • OBAMA AND IRAN'S URANIUM

    09/17/2012 1:51:38 PM PDT · by smoothsailing · 3 replies
    Breitbart - Big Peace ^ | 9-17-2012 | William Bigelow
    OBAMA AND IRAN'S URANIUM William Bigelow It seems as if the Obama Administration’s animus toward Israel and its plans for Israel’s destruction are moving swiftly toward completion. ....snip... Step Three: Obama's has armed Iraq with 36 new US F-16I Block 52 interceptor combat aircraft. Because Obama retreated in Iraq, President al Maliki, a Shiite sympathetic to Iran, now rules Iraq. Obama has even expedited delivering 18 F16IQs to Iraq at the start of 2013. And here’s the kicker: a WikiLeak document claimed that "Iran has assassinated 180 Iraqi pilots." This paves the way for al-Maliki to form a fully Shiite...
  • Archbishop (gently) corrects pope on Arab Spring [BXVI: "the Arab Spring is a positive thing."]

    09/16/2012 8:02:01 PM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 13 replies
    National Catholic Reporter ^ | Sep. 15, 2012 | JOHN L. ALLEN JR.
    It’s not often during a papal trip that a Catholic bishop and one of the pope’s official hosts actually corrects the boss, or at least strikes a slightly different note, but it happened Saturday night to Benedict XVI in Lebanon vis-ŕ-vis the most important movement in this part of the world, the “Arab Spring.” Last night, Benedict visited the headquarters of the Maronite church, by far the largest of the seven Catholic churches in the country, to celebrate a youth rally that drew an estimated 20,000 young Lebanese, mostly Catholics but with some Muslims in the crowd as well. Prior...
  • Saddam Lookalike Attacked & Almost Kidnapped & Forced To Impersonate Dictator In Porn Film

    09/14/2012 9:02:36 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 20 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 14 September 2012 | Rebecca Seales
    Saddam lookalike attacked by gang who tried to kidnap him and force him to impersonate the dictator in porn film An Egyptian Saddam Hussein lookalike claims an Iraqi gang tried to kidnap him and force him to make a pornographic film impersonating the late dictator. Mohamed Bishr, who comes from Alexandria, said the group hoped to sell their video as exclusive erotic footage of the former leader. He claims the gang beat him severely when he refused to go along with the plan, despite being offered $333,000 (Ł205,000). The devout Muslim says the gang made threatening phone calls saying they...
  • Violent Muslim protests rage, spread to Gaza, Libya, Egypt, Yemen, Sudan, ... (10 countries+)

    09/13/2012 2:42:20 PM PDT · by combat_boots · 35 replies
    Atlas Shrugs ^ | 9/13/2012 | Pam Geller
    Outside the US Embassy in Yemen Apparently, the NY Times is smoking the same doobie as the President:"Protests Stir Fears for Arab Spring." What bloody Arab Spring? It's the global jihad, quislings; it's been the global jihad all along. Turmoil Spreads to US Embassy in Yemen New York Times Rage at the embassies: Protests swell [Muslims] inIsrael, Yemen, Iran, Egypt CNN Protesters storm US Embassy in Yemen USA TODAY Yemen Protests: Demonstrators Angered By Anti-Islam Film Storm ... Huffington Post Tunisia Casablanca, Morocco The enemedia is twisting itself into ridiculous and embarassing knots to hang it all onto the "youtube"...
  • Iran Eyes Afghanistan: Iranians planning to fill U.S. vacuum after pullout

    09/13/2012 2:58:35 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    The Washington Free Beacon ^ | September 12, 2012 | Adam Kredo
    Iran is hoping to increase its presence in Afghanistan after American and foreign troops “pull out” of the battle-weary country, according to Iranian foreign minister Ali Akbar Salehi. Iran is hoping to extend “aid and assistance” to Afghanistan, including providing help with “the construction of infrastructure projects,” Salehi said this week, according to Iran’s Fars News Agency. The remarks make it clear that Iran is continuing to flex its political muscle in the region as Western forces depart Iraq and Afghanistan. U.S. experts have expressed concerns about reports that Iran has clandestinely increased its military presence in Iraq by establishing...
  • Stephens: Eric Holder's Gritted Teeth (Calls Off Investigation into CIA "Torture")

    09/11/2012 2:46:56 PM PDT · by mojito · 11 replies
    WSJ ^ | 9/10/2012 | Brett Stephens
    It must be tough on the left, not being able to trash John Durham. Mr. Durham, recall, is the special prosecutor appointed in 2008 by then-Attorney General Michael Mukasey to investigate allegations that the CIA had illegally destroyed videotapes of CIA detainee interrogations. The prosecutor's mandate was expanded in 2009 by current Attorney General Eric Holder to look into allegations that CIA officers and contractors had abused and, in some cases, tortured and killed, as many as 101 detainees thought to have been in U.S. custody. [....] What followed was an investigation that led to one exoneration after another. No...
  • Sectarian fury, Syrian turmoil pressure Iraq's Maliki

    09/10/2012 4:00:57 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 3 replies
    Reuters ^ | Monday, September 10, 2012 | Patrick Markey
    A fugitive vice president condemned to death and rallying opposition to Iraq's "sectarian" prime minister, fresh bloodshed in the streets and the entire Middle East divided by religion over the war across the border in Syria - Nuri al-Maliki has no easy task in holding his government, and his nation, together. The Iraqi premier was denounced on Monday by Sunni Muslim Vice President Tareq al-Hashemi as a conspirator and oppressor, in league with fellow Shi'ites in Iran and driven by religious hatred to engineer the death sentence handed down on Hashemi on Sunday for murders committed by sectarian death squads....
  • Qaeda claims 131 attacks in Iraq

    09/09/2012 1:07:26 PM PDT · by george76 · 1 replies
    AFP ^ | September 8, 2012
    Al-Qaeda's front group, the Islamic State of Iraq, said it carried out 131 attacks in the holy Muslim fasting month of Ramadan. ... Violence often rises during Ramadan in Iraq because "radicalized terrorists are often more intent on conducting these [suicide attacks]... because it is a period associated with martyrdom
  • Action Alert: Chapel Hill NC Recruiting Station Vandalism Threat 11/15

    11/13/2007 8:40:17 AM PST · by gtoast99 · 33 replies · 511+ views
    Gathering of Eagles ^ | Orange Co. NC GoE Coordinator
    UNC Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) is sponsering a protest march from "the pit" on campus to the local Chapel Hill Recruiting Center, downtown. They promise it will end in "creative action" at the recruiting center. SDS pagePrevious "creative action" has resulted in three paint vandalism attacks on military facilities in Chapel Hill in the last year, once at the ROTC office and twice on this very recruiting station. ROTC attack pics recruiting station attackFurthermore, the rally is organized by Kosta Harlan, notable for his article "The Iraqi Resistance is Just, and Should be Supported" in which he brags...
  • Chavez: American man detained in Venezuela

    08/09/2012 8:07:14 PM PDT · by grundle · 10 replies
    Associated Press ^ | August 9, 2012 | CHRISTOPHER TOOTHAKER
    CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) -- President Hugo Chavez announced Thursday that Venezuelan security forces have arrested a U.S. citizen and suspect he is a mercenary who could be involved in an alleged plot to destabilize the country if the opposition's candidate loses the upcoming presidential election. Chavez said the Hispanic man was detained Aug. 4 while crossing into Venezuela from Colombia. The president said the man was carrying a U.S. passport with entrance and exit stamps from countries including Iraq, Afghanistan and Libya as well as a notebook containing geographical coordinates. The man's identity was not released. Chavez did not say...
  • Girl spent 8 hours beneath bodies in French Alps (update to yesterday's story)

    09/06/2012 3:43:59 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 37 replies
    Immobilized with fear, a 4-year-old British girl huddled for eight hours beneath the legs of her slain mother in the back of a car filled with corpses on a remote Alpine road — all while French investigators stood nearby, unaware the girl was there.
  • Iraqi leader to Obama: ‘Why did you leave Iraq to Iran?’

    09/06/2012 4:13:28 PM PDT · by STARWISE · 16 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 9-6-12 | Jill Gregorie
    President Barack Obama is expected to tout the end of American military involvement in Iraq during his Thursday night speech at the Democratic National Convention, but a prominent tribal leader who helped end the Iraq War is now asking Obama, “Why did you leave Iraq to Iran?” Eli Lake of The Daily Beast reports that Ahmad Abu-Risha, a member of the coalition of Sunni Arab tribal leaders opposed to al-Qaida that helped turn the tide in Iraq, is displeased that the U.S. has broken off communications after pulling out troops in December 2011. During the troop surge of 2007, the...
  • Young Iraqis face religious fashion crackdown

    09/03/2012 7:45:17 AM PDT · by Cronos · 15 replies
    CBS news ^ | 30 August 2012 | Sameer N Yacoub
    For much of Iraq's youth, sporting blingy makeup, slicked-up hair and skintight jeans is just part of living the teenage dream. But for their elders, it's a nightmare. A new culture rift is emerging in Iraq, as young women replace shapeless cover-ups with ankle-baring skirts and tight blouses, while men strut around in revealing slacks and spiky haircuts. The relatively skimpy styles have prompted Islamic clerics in at least two Iraqi cities to mobilize the "fashion police" in the name of protecting religious values... This is a conflict playing out across the Arab world, where conservative Islamic societies grapple with...
  • Nobel Winner Desmond Tutu Calls For G. W. Bush & Tony Blair To Be Tried At The Hague For Iraq War

    09/02/2012 3:18:57 PM PDT · by NYer · 53 replies
    Weasel Zippers ^ | September 2, 2012
    Groan.Via BBC: Tony Blair and George W Bush should be taken to the International Criminal Court in The Hague over the Iraq war, Archbishop Desmond Tutu has said.Writing in the UK’s Observer newspaper, he accused the former leaders of lying about weapons of mass destruction.The Iraq military campaign had made the world more unstable “than any other conflict in history”, he said.Mr Blair responded by saying “this is the same argument we have had many times with nothing new to say”.Earlier this week, Archbishop Tutu, a veteran peace campaigner who won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1984 in recognition of...
  • Tutu: Bush, Blair should face trial at the Hague

    09/02/2012 5:42:25 AM PDT · by gusopol3 · 43 replies
    Philly. com ^ | September 2, 2012 | David Stringer
    LONDON - Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Desmond Tutu called Sunday for Tony Blair and George Bush to face prosecution at the International Criminal Court for their role in the 2003 U.S.-led invasion of Iraq Tutu, the retired Anglican Church's archbishop of South Africa, wrote in an op-ed piece for The Observer newspaper that the ex-leaders of Britain and the United States should be made to "answer for their actions." The Iraq war "has destabilized and polarized the world to a greater extent than any other conflict in history," wrote Tutu, who was awarded the Nobel prize in 1984. "Those responsible...
  • Obama campaign to highlight drawdowns in Iraq, Afghanistan (Libya attack not mentioned)

    09/01/2012 5:44:31 PM PDT · by Libloather · 11 replies
    The Hill ^ | 9/01/12 | Jeremy Herb
    Obama campaign to highlight drawdowns in Iraq, AfghanistanBy Jeremy Herb - 09/01/12 03:00 PM ET Surrounded by 5,000 troops at Ft. Bliss on Friday, President Obama proudly declared that he had marked the end of combat operations in the war in Iraq two years ago in the same location. Obama’s speech at the El Paso, Tex., Army base was a preview of the Democrats’ plan to highlight the drawdowns in Afghanistan and Iraq next week at the Democratic convention to draw contrasts with the Republican ticket, as the wars received little attention during the Republican convention. The Obama campaign and...
  • Chinese delegation visits 'next Dubai' Kurdistan

    08/31/2012 6:53:47 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 8 replies
    Global Trader ^ | August 2012 | unattributed
    Dubbed by some observers as the 'next Dubai' because of its vast oil reserves, liberal business environment and political and social stability, Kurdistan played host to the Chinese ambassador to Iraq, Ni Jian, for the first time recently. The Chinese interest follows the Kurdistan Region's deals with numerous western companies, especially in the oil and gas sector, who see the region as having impressive high-growth investment potential. Mr Jian met Nechirvan Barzani, prime minister of the Kurdistan Regional Government, and they discussed the potential of setting up a consulate in Erbil, the region's capital, and improving trade links. Ambassador Jian...
  • The Humpty-Dumpty Middle East

    08/30/2012 6:04:23 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 30, 2012 | Victor Davis Hanson
    The United States is backing off from the Middle East -- and the Middle East from the United States. America is in the midst of the greatest domestic gas and oil revolution since the early 20th century. If even guarded predictions about new North American reserves are accurate, over the next decade the entire continent may become energy-independent, without much need of petroleum imports from the Middle East. America's diminishing reliance on the Persian Gulf coincides with mounting Chinese dependency on Middle Eastern oil and gas. So as the Persian Gulf becomes less important to us, it grows even more...
  • Protesters try to arrest Condoleezza Rice at RNC event (Code Pink)

    08/28/2012 1:49:16 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 44 replies
    TAMPA, Fla. — Police in Tampa stopped a dozen anti-war protesters from entering an event attended by former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice after the group said it intended to arrest her for war crimes. The protesters from Code Pink carried handcuffs Tuesday and tried to enter a performing arts center. Rice was attending an event in conjunction with the Republican National Convention. They said they wanted to make a citizen's arrest of Rice. She was George W. Bush's National Security Adviser when the Iraq War started in 2003. Officers told protesters to leave because they were on private property...
  • Fried chicken, Pizza and Milkshakes: Fast Food Boom in Baghdad

    08/27/2012 2:45:42 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 11 replies
    Emirates 24/7 ^ | Monday, August 27, 2012
    Chance to relax in clean surroundings over a meal out is worth the gambleBaghdad's embattled residents can finally get their milkshakes, chili-cheese dogs and buckets of crispy fried chicken. Original recipe or extra spicy, of course. A wave of new American-style restaurants is spreading across the Iraqi capital, enticing customers hungry for alternatives to traditional offerings like lamb kebabs and fire-roasted carp. Iraqi entrepreneurs and investors from nearby countries, not big multinational chains, are driving the food craze. They see Iraq as an untapped market of increasingly adventurous eaters where competition is low and the potential returns are high.
  • Fierce Fighting in Syria Swells Refugee Exodus

    08/24/2012 6:04:38 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 2 replies
    Reuters ^ | Friday, August 24, 2012 | Khaled Yacoub Oweis
    Hundreds of soldiers and dozens of tanks and armored vehicles pushed into the centre of Daraya after a small group of defenders withdrew... Assad's forces had subjected the Sunni Muslim township to a three-day bombardment from artillery, tanks, mortars, rockets and helicopter gunships in which at least 70 people were killed, 21 of them on Friday they said... "The rebels have mostly slipped away. The fear now is that the army will round up young men and summarily execute them, like it did in Mouadamiya," he said, referring to a nearby suburb where residents said troops killed at least 40...
  • Countdowns in Tehran and Jerusalem

    08/23/2012 5:03:42 AM PDT · by expat1000 · 10 replies
    Sultan Knish ^ | August 22, 2012 | Daniel Greenfield
    If Israel jets show up in Iranian airspace, it will most likely happen while Obama is too busy accusing Mitt Romney of secretly storing all his money in a giant cave in the Rocky Mountains to do more than dispatch a flunky to chew out Netanyahu over the phone. The election is the perfect window for a strike on Iran's nuclear program, because Team Obama will be too tied down on the Romney Front to do much damage to Israel. Despite the signs being brandished at your local Anarchists for Peace rally, accusing the United States of being a puppet...
  • This is how hot it is in Iraq. (Video)

    08/23/2012 1:26:55 PM PDT · by servo1969 · 7 replies
    Wimp.com ^ | Sep 8, 2009 | M16musicc
    The new tar paved was melting on our foot soles- air temperature measured 118 degrees- then put into play the ground radiation, the flacks and equipment we wear, etc... and you have yourself an oven. http://www.wimp.com/hotiraq/ or http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cewZG53Rqtg
  • August 1933 - Simele Massacre

    08/16/2012 3:50:35 PM PDT · by Milagros · 1 replies
    August, 1933, Iraq. THE SIMELE MASSACRE (Simel, Simmel)With Iraq's independence, Arabism and Arab-Nationalism grew, so did fanatical Islam, especially as Assyrians revolted. Assyrians as a "race" became a target; As Christians, there were now the despised 'infidels' and anti-Assyrian jihad declaration became routine by the Government to inflame the locals. There were attempted forcible conversions to Islam. Some 3,000 were brutally butchered, asides from a massaive ethnic cleansing. Perpetrators: Iraqi Government; local Arab and Druze Muslims.August 7th ~ "Assyrian Ethnic Cleansing," The New Assyrian Martyrs Day August 7th of every year marks the Assyrian Martyrs Day, what began as the...
  • Not Everyone in the Middle East Hates Israel (my title)

    12/19/2001 7:29:22 AM PST · by mmmmmmmm....... donuts · 4 replies · 550+ views
    Jerusalem Report ^ | December 31, 2001 | Michael Rubin
    In the safe haven of Iraqi Kurdistan, the Jews and Israel are remembered fondly,if increasingly vaguely. "THEY CALL That lack of restraint?" the former Iraqi army officer exclaimed, while watching the BBC’s coverage of the Al-Aqsa Intifada on satellite TV last winter. "If this demonstration were held in Baghdad, there’d be 10,000 bodies in the street," said the Arab from Baghdad who now teaches in Iraqi Kurdistan. Almost 4 million people live in the safe haven of northern Iraq. A de facto autonomous region, it has been administered by the Kurds since 1991 when Saddam Hussein withdrew his administration in ...
  • Terrorists’ Goal: World Jihad in Sinai International terrorist groups are working with

    08/14/2012 12:00:14 PM PDT · by Nachum · 4 replies
    INN ^ | 8/14/12 | Maayana Miskin
    International terrorist groups with roots in Libya, Sudan and Iraq are working to take over the Sinai Peninsula, according to a report from the Meir Amit Intelligence and Terrorism Information Center. Efforts to turn the region into a major launching point for attacks are being encouraged by Al-Qaeda head Ayman al-Zawahiri, it stated. The report noted a recent attack near the border as evidence of terrorists’ attempts to take advantage of the anarchy and growing anger in Sinai. Gaza terrorist groups are heavily involved, it noted. “Palestinian terrorist groups active in the Gaza strip are accessible to local Bedouin organizations...
  • UPDATE 2-Syria to be suspended from int'l Islamic body -diplomat

    08/13/2012 6:00:08 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 11 replies
    Reuters ^ | Monday, August 13, 2012 | unattributed
    Syria will be suspended from the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation on Wednesday for its violent suppression of a 17-month uprising against President Bashar al-Assad, a diplomat said on Monday ahead of an emergency OIC summit in Mecca. "The resolution regarding the suspension of the Syrian membership in the OIC is not facing obstacles ... It will be approved," said the diplomat, speaking on the sidelines of a preliminary foreign ministers meeting in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. He said the decision was likely to be formally announced at the end of the second day of the summit, which was called by Saudi...
  • Ambitious Diplomacy, Fading Firepower

    08/13/2012 10:57:38 AM PDT · by neverdem · 4 replies
    National Review Online ^ | August 13, 2012 | Henry R. Nau
    President Obama combines a very ambitious diplomacy with declining U.S. military and economic firepower. The result: Other countries gain influence outside negotiations while Obama works patiently to reach agreements in negotiations.In his first days in office, Obama launched multiple diplomatic initiatives: to reset our relationship with Russia, engage China, jump-start Middle East negotiations, extend an open hand to Iran, and create AfPak (a unified policy for dealing with Afghanistan and Pakistan). He dispatched a bevy of special envoys to trouble spots around the world. At the same time, he announced a cut in defense outlays by $500 billion over...
  • Siljander pleads guilty in Islamic American Relief Agency lobbying case

    07/09/2010 9:23:47 PM PDT · by Chet 99 · 5 replies
    Thursday, July 8, 2010 A former congressman pleaded guilty Wednesday to serving as an unregistered agent in Washington for a Missouri-based Islamic charity that the federal government said had ties to international terrorism. It was an odd outcome for Mark D. Siljander, who said he wanted to help bridge the gulf between Muslims and Christians. A Republican who attained one of Michigan's congressional seats from 1981 to 1987 with assistance from the Moral Majority, Siljander was outspoken about conservative social issues. Siljander confirmed in a Kansas City, Mo., court that he contacted members of Congress in an effort to lift...
  • The coming glut in oil – and its impact

    08/13/2012 12:36:37 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    Reuters ^ | August 9, 2012 | Chrystia Freeland
    Forget America’s fiscal cliff, Europe’s currency troubles or the emerging-markets slowdown. The most important story in the global economy today may well be some good news that isn’t yet making as many headlines – the coming surge in oil production around the world. Until very recently, our collective assumption was that oil was running out. That was partly a matter of what seemed like geological common sense. It took millions of years for the earth to crush plankton into fossil fuels; it is logical to think that it would take millions of years to create more. The rise of the...
  • Turkey treating Iraqi Kurdistan 'as independent'

    08/12/2012 11:40:30 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 7 replies
    AFP via Google News ^ | Saturday, August 12, 2012 | AFP
    Turkey has been dealing with Iraq's autonomous Kurdistan region as though it were an independent state, Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki said in a statement released on Saturday. Turkey is "dealing with the (Kurdistan) region as an independent state, and this is rejected by us," Maliki said in a soon-to-be broadcast interview with a Turkish television channel, according to the statement on his website. If Turkey "wants to establish good relations, its relations with the region must be built through the gate of Iraq," Maliki said. His remarks come after Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu visited Kurdistan and made a...
  • Assessing the Threat to Turkey from Syrian-Based Kurdish Militants

    08/10/2012 1:24:59 AM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 2 replies
    Jamestown Foundation Eurasia Daily Monitor ^ | 8/9/2012 | Wladimir van Wilgenburg
    Kurdish militias recently took control of several towns in northern Syria, raising fears in Turkey that in addition to their camps in the mountainous border areas in Iraq, the Partiya Karkerên Kurdistan (PKK) could also now operate against Turkey from Syria. It is however, unlikely, that the PKK could operate from Syria against Turkey. Even when former Syrian president Hafez Assad supported them before 1998, the PKK carried out few operations in areas near the Syrian border. Turkish Kurd militants threaten Turkey if it enters Syria The Syrian Kurdish National Council (KNC) and the PKK-affiliated Partiya Yekîtiya Demokrat (PYD -Democratic...
  • Five killed in Turkey chopper crash [ three Russians etc]

    08/09/2012 7:16:22 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 6 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | Thursday, August 9th 2012 | IANS / Daily News
    At least five people, including three Russians, were killed in a helicopter crash in Turkey Thursday, according to Russian Federal Air Transport Agency Rosaviatsia. The Kamov Ka-32 helicopter hit a mountainous slope before it crashed into a valley during a firefighting mission, killing all five people on board, Xinhua quoted a spokesperson for Rosaviatsia as saying. The other two killed were Turkish citizens, the spokesperson said. The accident would be investigated by Turkish authorities with assistance from Rosaviatsia and Interstate Aviation Committee, an organisation authorized to oversee the use and management of civil aviation in the Commonwealth of Independent States,...
  • Obama helps to free imprisoned Muslim killer of 5 Marines

    08/08/2012 8:57:30 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 7 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 8/8/2012 | Doug Book
    Feigning indignity, outrage and remorse, the Obama Administration quietly watched from the sidelines as a Hezbollah commander, guilty of planning the murder of five U.S. Marines, was set free on July 30th by the Iraqi central criminal court. In January of 2007, a dozen or more terrorists dressed in U.S. uniforms opened fire on a military camp in Karbala, just south of Baghdad. One soldier died at the scene and four others were kidnapped, tortured and murdered by the terrorists. The mastermind of this complex attack was Ali Mussa Daqduq, a Lebanese national taken by U.S. forces in Basra just...
  • Blow by Blow of Badass Allen B. West’s Iraqi Interrogation

    08/07/2012 12:30:10 PM PDT · by rightjb · 7 replies
    Human Events ^ | 8-7-2012 | PolitiJim (@politiJim)
    Guns and Patriots is a MUST subscription for 2nd Amendment and military afficianados. In this week’s newsletter a former Iraqi Freedom veteran recounts Allen West’s last shot in uniform. Since this isn’t a “web” article, but only the email preface to the OTHER posts for the week on G&P, I’d thought I’d share the blow by blow of badass Allen B. West’s last Iraqi interrogation and gun discharge here.Allen West has only made two severe errors (in my opinion) while representing a Florida Congressional District. He capitulated to John Boehner on the budget ceiling debate and he voted FOR NDAA,...
  • Mass grave in London reveals how volcano caused global catastrophe

    08/05/2012 5:20:32 AM PDT · by Renfield · 38 replies
    The Guardian (UK) ^ | 8-4-2012 | Dalya Alberge
    When archaeologists discovered thousands of medieval skeletons in a mass burial pit in east London in the 1990s, they assumed they were 14th-century victims of the Black Death or the Great Famine of 1315-17. Now they have been astonished by a more explosive explanation – a cataclysmic volcano that had erupted a century earlier, thousands of miles away in the tropics, and wrought havoc on medieval Britons. Scientific evidence – including radiocarbon dating of the bones and geological data from across the globe – shows for the first time that mass fatalities in the 13th century were caused by one...
  • Oil exports soar for OPEC countries

    08/05/2012 2:20:48 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 8 replies
    Albawaba ^ | August 5th, 2012 | SyndiGate.info
    The total revenue of the 11 members of the Organisation of Arab Petroleum Exporting Countries (OAPEC) soared to $624.8 billion in 2011, according to the latest data. OAPEC data for the oil income generated in the year 2010 was announced as $450bn. In real terms, the combined Arab income stood at $479bn in 2011 taking into account the real dollar value and global inflation. While the nominal price of OPEC's basket of crudes stood at around $107 per barrel in 2011 its real value averaged about $88 in 1995 prices. The oil price in 2010 also averaged nearly $60 far...
  • Killer of American troops set to be freed, thanks to Obama

    08/05/2012 6:47:36 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 7 replies
    PowerLine ^ | August 4, 2012 | Paul Mirengoff
    An Iraqi court has rejected a request to send a Hezbollah commander to the United States for trial. Ali Mussa Daqduq, a Lebanese militant, has been held in Iraq for the 2007 killings of five American soldiers, four of whom were captured, tortured and shot execution-style. But now the Iraqi central criminal court has ordered that Daqduq be freed immediately. The Court stated: It is not possible to hand [Daqduq] over because the charges were dropped in the same case. Therefore, the court decided to reject the request to hand [him] over to the U.S. judiciary authorities, and to release...
  • Iraqi Security Force Update August 2012

    08/04/2012 3:57:49 PM PDT · by DJ Elliott
    Montrose Toast Blog ^ | 4 August 2012 | DJ Elliott
    This Iraqi Security Force (ISF) update provides a summary of changes to the ISF during July 2012. The Iraqi Security Force Order of Battle is updated as of 31 July 2012. The July 2012 update was separately updated to reflect the GoI denial of Bulgarian/Polish arms deals. The “ISF Total Force Mobilization Update July 2012” was published reflecting the apparent changes in the command structure and planned force composition. These articles will not be addressed here. Highlights in this update include: - Claims of KRG arms deals by unknown officials; Rumors of UH-1s or AH-64s for the KRG not supported...
  • White House Dismisses Reports of Aid to Syrian Rebels

    08/02/2012 3:34:04 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 6 replies
    Voice of America ^ | Thursday, August 2, 2012 | Kent Klein
    Syrian human rights activist Ammar Abdulhamid, with the Washington-based Foundation for the Defense of Democracies, says his contacts in Syria tell him there is no evidence of a surge in aid to the rebels. "I do not really see any intensification of these efforts. I see a lot of leaks, it seems to me, that were sort of primed to show that something is being done. But the reality is, so far on the ground, we have not detected any real involvement by the U.S. in the ongoing military operations in the country," Abdulhamid said. The State Department said Wednesday...
  • Kurds to stop oil exports in month unless Baghdad pays

    08/02/2012 3:51:59 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 5 replies
    Reuters ^ | Thursday, August 2, 2012 | Alex Lawler and Peg Mackey
    Under Iraq's budget, the KRG is to supply 175,000 bpd of crude for export, but the KRG halted the trade in early April, saying Baghdad owed it a backlog of payments. The central government is required to route 50 percent of the KRG's export earnings to Kurdistan to cover producing companies' previous costs. Baghdad issued two payments in 2011, totaling $514 million; the KRG said it is owed $1.5 billion. Crude produced in Kurdistan is fed into Iraq's Kirkuk export stream and sold onto world markets via the Turkish Mediterranean port of Ceyhan. The KRG export halt had cut Kirkuk...
  • Aug 2, 1990: Iraq invades Kuwait

    08/02/2012 6:27:21 AM PDT · by BO Stinkss · 3 replies
    http://www.history.com ^ | 08/02/2012 | Staff
    Aug 2, 1990: At about 2 a.m. local time, Iraqi forces invade Kuwait, Iraq's tiny, oil-rich neighbor. Kuwait's defense forces were rapidly overwhelmed, and those that were not destroyed retreated to Saudi Arabia. The emir of Kuwait, his family, and other government leaders fled to Saudi Arabia, and within hours Kuwait City had been captured and the Iraqis had established a provincial government. By annexing Kuwait, Iraq gained control of 20 percent of the world's oil reserves and, for the first time, a substantial coastline on the Persian Gulf. The same day, the United Nations Security Council unanimously denounced the...
  • U.S. Troops in Iraq Are Gone, But Embassy Costs Go On and On

    07/31/2012 8:37:27 AM PDT · by Steve Peacock · 1 replies
    U.S. Trade & AId Monitor ^ | July 31, 2012 | Steve Peacock
    A $348 million contract to maintain the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad was awarded this week by the U.S. Department of State to PAE Government Services, which will be tasked with delivering operations and maintenance services for the 104-acre compound. An unspecified portion of that amount will be devoted to providing a residence manager, two cooks, two waiters, and four housekeepers to serve the U.S. ambassador and deputy chief of mission. It also remains unclear how much will be spent on lawn maintenance, though The Peacock Report -- U.S. Trade & Aid Monitor's predecessor site -- reported back in 2005 that...
  • Iran Terror Camp Shock

    07/30/2012 9:58:23 PM PDT · by gandalftb · 13 replies
    Gulf Daily news ^ | July 28, 2012 | staff
    NAJAF, Iraq: A religious academy in Iraq has started training more than 1,500 recruits from Bahrain and other Arab countries in the use of combat weapons, physical resistance and street fighting.The training, which began yesterday at a camp about 5km away from a main road between Najaf and Karbala, is funded by Iran.Apart from members of Hawza Ilmiyya Najab, the religious academy, those being trained include citizens from Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Syria and other Arab countries. Their country's national flags were flown over the main gate of the camp during the opening ceremony of the camp.Mohmmed Redha Ali Al Sistani,...