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  • Putin raises doubts on effectiveness of Syria sanctions

    06/01/2012 6:11:41 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 4 replies
    Straits Times ^ | Saturday, June 2, 2012 | AFP
    Russian President Vladimir Putin raised doubts on Friday about the effectiveness of sanctions against the Syrian regime of President Bashar al-Assad. 'Sanctions hardly ever work in an efficient manner,' Mr Putin said after meeting with French counterpart Francois Hollande. As Mr Hollande insisted that Mr Assad's departure was a necessary step to resolving the Syria crisis, Mr Putin indicated it was not essential. 'Why are we thinking that if we push the current leadership from power, then tomorrow general well-being will begin there,' Mr Putin said.
  • No Syria solution possible without Assad departure: Hollande

    06/01/2012 6:08:11 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 5 replies
    Straits Times ^ | Saturday, June 2, 2012 | AFP
    French President Francois Hollande said on Friday that no solution is possible in Syria without 'the departure of Bashar al-Assad', speaking at a press conference with Russia's Mr Vladimir Putin. 'There must be sanctions' against the Syrian regime, Mr Hollande added, noting that he recognised 'the risks of destabilisation, the risks of civil war' in Syria. 'Bashar al-Assad's regime has conducted itself in an unacceptable and intolerable manner. It has committed acts that disqualify itself' from governing, Mr Hollande said. He said Mr Assad's departure was 'a prerequisite for a political transition' in Syria.
  • Arab League requests UN action against Syria

    06/01/2012 6:23:11 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 32 replies
    Reuters ^ | Friday, June 1, 2012 | Marwa Awad
    The head of the Arab League has asked the U.N. Security Council to boost the size of a U.N. mission in Syria and give it expanded powers to protect people following a surge in violence there, according to a letter leaked to media outlets on Friday. Images of the bloodied bodies of children and others massacred in the city of Houla in attacks blamed on President Bashar al-Assad's forces have shocked the world and highlighted the failure of a 6-week-old U.N.-backed ceasefire plan to stop the violence in the 14-month uprising against Assad's rule. Nabil Elaraby, secretary-general of the Arab...
  • Babylonian Talmud Translated into Arabic

    05/28/2012 9:46:19 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 23 replies
    Bible History Daily (BAR website) ^ | Thursday, May 17, 2012 | Staff
    After a controversial six-year-long translation project, a Jordanian think tank based in Amman published an Arabic translation of the Babylonian Talmud. After gaining enthusiastic responses to the project from the Arab League, 96 scholars began work on the translation. The editors are happy with the project, stating that the lack of an Arabic Talmud "has always been an obstacle to understanding Judaism." Despite some polarized and politicized responses, most have adopted a positive impression of the massive scholarly work. Dr. Raquel Ukeles of the Israeli National Library states that the project stemmed from scientific curiosity, and the introduction discusses the...
  • "Castle of the Slave" -- Mystery Solved [ Jordan ]

    05/28/2012 8:45:07 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 15 replies
    Biblical Archaeology Review ^ | May/Jun 2012 | Stephen Rosenberg
    One of the most dramatic archaeological monuments in Jordan -- an admittedly Jewish one -- has been repeatedly misidentified. French historian Ernest Will called it the "Finest Hellenistic monument in the Near East" and considered it a chateau. The structure is known locally as Qasr al-Abd, or "Castle of the Slave (or Servant)." It is part of a 75-acre estate called Airaq al-Amir (also spelled 'Iraq el-Emir), lying 12 miles southwest of the Jordanian capital, Amman. The site was entered via a monumental gateway, much of which remains in a ruined state and hidden by undergrowth. The glory of the...
  • How Saddam hid his dirty money - Billions in oil sales stashed overseas

    05/04/2003 2:04:49 AM PDT · by kattracks · 41 replies · 1,150+ views
    New York Daily News ^ | 5/04/03 | WILLIAM SHERMAN
    In the hunt for Saddam Hussein's billions, investigators have identified five networks of more than 100 companies used to launder money skimmed from Iraqi oil sales. Saddam's gangster regime set up shell companies in Switzerland, Jordan, Lichtenstein, Luxembourg and Panama, according to investigators. Those company networks and their banking affiliations were used to enrich the former Iraqi strongman, his sons Uday and Qusay, and other family members. "Ultimately, the money was stolen from the Iraqi people," said Taylor Griffin, spokesman for the Treasury Department, which is heading the government's laundering probe along with U.S. Customs, the Secret Service and various...
  • Exploring Pella's Bronze Age Temple Complex

    05/24/2012 9:33:23 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 9 replies
    Past Horizons ^ | May 2012 | Stephen J. Bourke
    Pella is located in the eastern foothills of the north Jordan valley, around five kilometres east of the Jordan River in the modern-day Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan. It overlooks the north/south road that runs up the Jordan Valley, as well as the east/west trade route west down the Jezreel Valley to the coast at Haifa. Verdant agricultural flatlands stretch away to the north of the site, and broken uplands well suited to horticulture rise sharply to the east. The high cone-shaped largely natural hill of Tell Husn dominates the southern approaches to the site. ... The landscape surrounding the main...
  • No Appeasement: 11 Reasons Why Israeli Concessions Will Not Bring Peace

    03/06/2011 11:02:56 AM PST · by SJackson · 8 replies
    Frontpagemagazine ^ | March 6 2011 | Eldad Tzioni
    - NewsReal Blog - http://www.newsrealblog.com - No Appeasement: 11 Reasons Why Israeli Concessions Will Not Bring PeacePosted By Eldad Tzioni On March 6, 2011 @ 9:00 am In Email,Feature,Main,Right to Exist | No Comments The peace process.For years, weÂ’ve been hearing how important the peace process is. We are constantly being told that the Palestinian/Israeli conflict is the root of all the problems in the Middle East (and, sometimes, the world). Even if a solution were to be found, we are constantly led to believe, the entire Arab world will become friendly and cooperative with the West.The Europeans are frustrated,...
  • Liberating Our Jerusalem

    05/21/2012 4:17:16 AM PDT · by expat1000 · 3 replies
    Sultan Knish ^ | Sunday, May 20, 2012 | Daniel Greenfield
    When Jordan's Arab Legion seized half of Jerusalem, ethnically cleansed its Jewish population and annexed the city-- the only entity to recognize the annexation was the United Kingdom which had provided the officers and the training that made the conquest possible. Officers like Colonel Bill Newman, Major Geoffrey Lockett and Major Bob Slade, under Glubb Pasha, better known as General John Bagot Glubb, whose son later converted to Islam, invaded Jerusalem and used the Muslim forces under their command to make the partition and ethnic cleansing of Jerusalem possible. Since then the annexation and ethnic cleansing has become an international...
  • MK Eldad: PM Should Have Said 'Jordan is Palestine'

    05/16/2012 1:52:35 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 14 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 16/5/12 | Gabe Kahn
    MK Aryeh Eldad on Wednesday criticized Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu's letter to Palestinian Authority chairman Mahmoud Abbas in the Knesset plenum. “The letter should have included the fact that the resolution of the conflict lies with the possibility the Jordan will become the PA homeland when the Palestinian Arabs overthrow King Abdullah," he said. Eldad has dueled in recent years with Jordanian King Abdullah II's decision to abandon the Hashemite Monarchy's position that Jordan is the true 'Palestinian State.' In 2011, Abdullah rejected the long-held formula of the Hashemite monarchy that "Jordan is Palestine," saying "The so-called 'substitute homeland' exists...
  • US Leads Major War Drill in Jordan – Israel Not Invited

    05/15/2012 7:08:00 PM PDT · by 444Flyer · 23 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 5-15-12 | Gabe Kahn
    The United States is leading what it described as the "largest military exercises in the Middle East in 10 years" in Jordan on Tuesday. Eager Lion 2012 “is the largest exercise held in the region in the past ten years,” Major General Ken Tovo, head of the US Special Operations Forces, told reporters in Amman. “Yesterday we began to apply the skills that we have developed over the last weeks in an irregular warfare scenario … They will last for approximately the coming two weeks,” he added. “The message that I want to send through this exercise is that we...
  • U.S. Concerned Netanyahu, Mofaz May Attack Iran

    05/10/2012 4:07:04 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 16 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 11/5/12 | Elad Benari
    The United States is worried that Shaul Mofaz and his Kadima party’s joining a unity government with Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu could result in an attack on Iran's nuclear facilities at any given moment, according to a report on Channel 10 News on Thursday. U.S. government officials told Channel 10 News that they believe a Likud-Kadima joing government could make a decision about an Israeli attack on Iran at any moment and perhaps even before the U.S. presidential elections in November. .....
  • Syria Moving Scuds to Israel, Turkey Borders – Report

    05/06/2012 9:56:55 AM PDT · by Never A Dull Moment · 9 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 5-6-12 | Gil Ronen
    Jordanian news site says western spy satellites show hundreds of Scud launchers moving south and north.Jordanian news site Ahbar Baladna reports that western spy satellites have recently spotted movements of Syrian heavy missile launchers northward and southward, toward Syria's borders with Turkey and Israel.
  • "Sin" has led to Middle East unrest - Saudi cleric think?}

    05/06/2012 5:44:36 AM PDT · by shove_it · 6 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 5 May 2012
    EDDAH, Saudi Arabia (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia's top religious official has blamed Muslim sinfulness for instability in the Middle East, where pro-democracy unrest has toppled four heads of state. "The schism, instability, the malfunctioning of security and the breakdown of unity that Islamic countries are facing these days is a result of the sins of the public and their transgressions," Grand Mufti Sheikh Abdulaziz Al al-Sheikh was quoted as saying by al-Watan newspaper. In a Friday sermon, he accused "chaotic" people of wearing mask of "democracy and equality" for actions leading to injustice and instability within the umma, or Muslim...
  • Jordanians Protest, Call to End Peace with Israel

    05/05/2012 2:11:48 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 27 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 5/5/512 | Elad Benari
    Thousands of Jordanians took to the streets on Friday demanding an end to the country‘s 18-year-old peace treaty with Israel. According to a report by the dpa news agency, in a series of nationwide protests, demonstrators urged Amman to cut ties with the Jewish State. The protesters burned Israeli flags and chanted “death, death to Israel”, the report said. The protests took place in seven cities across the country, and the protesters urged authorities to expel the Israeli ambassador from Amman, chanting “no to a Zionist embassy on our land.” Protest organizers, including the Jordanian Muslim Brotherhood and youth movements,...
  • Muslim US ICE Intelligence Officer Under Cloud of Suspicion over Financial Scam

    05/02/2012 8:20:16 AM PDT · by LSUfan · 6 replies
    Shariah Finance Watch ^ | 2 May 2012 | Unknown
    This news story proves the adage that truth is indeed stranger than fiction. It seems that a US Department of Homeland Security Immigration and Customs Enforcement intelligence officer has been embroiled in serious financial impropriety. But wait, that isn’t even HALF the story. It gets much worse. This intelligence officer is a former colonel in the Jordanian Air Force named Ahmed Abdallat.
  • 'Turks clashing with NATO allies over Israel'

    04/24/2012 4:37:52 PM PDT · by SJackson · 13 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 4-24-12 | HERB KEINON
    Israeli official: By blocking Israel's involvement in NATO events, Turkey also keeping 6 other regional countries from taking part. Turkey’s opposition to Israeli participation in NATO events blocks the inclusion of six other regional countries, something irritating other NATO states and increasingly becoming a contentious issue inside the alliance, Israeli diplomatic officials said Monday. According to the officials, the issue was raised last week at a meeting of NATO foreign ministers in Brussels. The officials denied Turkish media reports that Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu blocked Israel’s participation in the NATO summit in Chicago at the end of May, saying...
  • Jordan, France Slam Normalization Decision

    04/24/2012 12:07:33 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 7 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 24/4/12 | Gabe Kahn
    France and Jordan on Tuesday condemned Israel's decision to normalize the status of three communities in Judea and Samaria. The communities of Rechilim, Bruchin, and Sansana were built in the 1990's with government approval. The Foreign Ministry in Paris issued a statement that the move "sends a negative message, which is an obstacle to peace." According to France, all Israeli construction in Judea, Samaria, and eastern Jerusalem is illegal. Jordanian Foreign Minister Nasser Judeh also condemned Israel for "legalization of three settlements and unilateral activity." Nonetheless, a special Ministerial team appointed by the government to determine the status of Israel's...
  • Hamas Political Leader Visits Jordan; Accompanied By Former U.S. Muslim Brotherhood Leader

    01/30/2012 7:24:53 AM PST · by bayouranger · 1 replies
    globalmbreport.org ^ | 1-30-12 | GlobalMB
    U.S. media is reporting on the visit to Jordan by Hamas political leader Khaled Meshaal, accompanied by former U.S. Muslim Brotherhood leader Abu Marzook. According to an AP report: Associated Press AMMAN, Jordan (AP) – A high-profile visit to Jordan by the leader of Hamas has revived contacts with the Palestinian militant group, but Jordan will not lift a ban on its activities there, a senior Jordanian official said Sunday. Khaled Mashaal’s visit was part of Jordan’s efforts to engage with previously shunned Islamists, who have been gaining ground across the region in Arab Spring uprisings. ”It will only break...
  • Jordan Is Palestinian

    04/03/2012 3:51:23 PM PDT · by robowombat · 4 replies
    Middle East Quarterly ^ | Winter 2012, | Mudar Zahran
    Jordan Is Palestinian by Mudar Zahran Middle East Quarterly Winter 2012, pp. 3-12 Thus far the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan has weathered the storm that has swept across the Middle East since the beginning of the year. But the relative calm in Amman is an illusion. The unspoken truth is that the Palestinians, the country's largest ethnic group, have developed a profound hatred of the regime and view the Hashemites as occupiers of eastern Palestine—intruders rather than legitimate rulers. This, in turn, makes a regime change in Jordan more likely than ever. Such a change, however, would not only be...