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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 - - 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 ^ | 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...
  • Disagreements Among Syrian Rebels Over Foreign Arms Shipments

    03/31/2012 11:06:37 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 27 replies
    New York Times ^ | March 30, 2012 | Anne Barnard
    Those who favor international weapons shipments have been scrambling in recent days to convince the United States and other countries that the rebels can address their main concerns: keeping weapons from falling into the hands of Islamic extremists and from fueling sectarian violence. Saudi Arabia, which will have representatives at the Friends of Syria meeting in Istanbul, has been a proponent of arming the rebels, and on Friday The Wall Street Journal reported that the kingdom was pressing Jordan, and offering it aid, to open its borders to allow rebel-bound weapons deliveries. Jordan has denied the report, but it has...
  • Spanish Police Arrests an Al Qaeda Suspect

    03/31/2012 4:44:57 PM PDT · by Cindy · 10 replies
    (AP) via FOX ^ | March 27, 2012 | n/a
    SNIPPET: "MADRID – Spanish police on Tuesday arrested a suspected member of Al Qaeda who was key to the terror group's Internet propaganda and recruiting operations, officials said. The suspect arrested in the eastern city of Valencia "administered one of the world's most important jihadist forums", dedicated to recruiting and indoctrinating Islamic terrorists, Interior Minister Jorge Fernandez Diaz said. The name of that forum and the suspect's name were not given, only his initials, M.H.A. He is Jordanian-born with Saudi citizenship." SNIPPET: "The suspect worked at home "8 to 15 hours a day" for al-Qaida and for two offshoots, Al...
  • As Expected – Land Day Turns Violent

    03/30/2012 5:24:16 AM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 8 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 30/3/12 | Gabe Kahn
    Land Day turned violent Friday when Arabs began hurling Molotov cocktails and stones at soldiers near the Kalandia checkpoint north of Jerusalem. The riots began after Friday afternoon Muslim prayers – often a starting point for violence – when dozens of masked Arab youths began rioting at the checkpoint. Soldiers responded with teargas and deployed the "Skunk" – a vehicle loaded with canons spraying a noxious-smelling liquid. A machine that transmits high frequency sound waves was also employed. Israel Radio reported several protesters were lightly injured in the clashes and taken to the hosptial. Hamas parliament member Ahmed Atoun was...
  • 20,000 Jordanians Marching on Israel

    03/30/2012 5:30:18 AM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 29 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 30/3/12
    Jordan's press is reporting some 20,000 people are taking part in a Global March on Jerusalem aimed at breaching Israel's borders. Participants were reportedly shouting: "Where is the Arab League on Jerusalem?" Four rabbis of the extremist anti-Zionist Neturei Karta sect are also taking part...
  • Neighbors Said to Be at Violent Odds in Syrian Crackdown [ Sunni Muzzies shot, forced from homes ]

    03/29/2012 4:00:36 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 6 replies
    New York Times ^ | March 28, 2012 | Anne Barnard
    ...There are at least 6,000 Syrian refugees living in the Bekaa Valley in eastern Lebanon, according to the United Nations, including several dozen men, women and children interviewed here at the northern end of the valley. They said they felt threatened as Sunnis, and several said that they saw the military give out rifles to residents of neighboring Alawite villages -- members of the same heterodox Muslim sect as Mr. Assad -- and that their neighbors then opened fire on them. Their accounts reinforce reports from activists reached inside Syria by telephone and e-mail of displacement along sectarian lines, and...
  • Collapse of Syrian Pound Echoes Across Jordan

    03/29/2012 3:25:47 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 1 replies
    MediaLine ^ | Thursday, March 29, 2012 | Abdullah Omar
    The 40% drop in value of the pound over the last year should be good news for Jordanian traders, enabling them to pay less for the goods they bring across the border. But it hasn't worked that way: The sharp depreciation of the currency has caused Syrian suppliers to cut back on the quality of the products they ship to Jordan and in many cases to cut off the supply altogether... the plunging Syrian pound could spell even bigger trouble for Jordan in coming months by prolonging the civil war and driving more Syrian refugees over the border, which...
  • Belgium closes its embassy in Syria

    03/29/2012 3:13:56 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 5 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | Thursday, March 29, 2012 | Reuters
    Belgium has closed its embassy in Damascus because of deteriorating security in the Syrian capital and in protest at the government's use of violence against civilians, the foreign ministry said on Thursday. Belgium is immediately recalling its ambassador to Brussels together with two other staff members, the ministry said. It will retain one diplomat in the country, based in the European Union's offices. Countries including France, Italy, Japan, Britain and the United States have already closed their embassies in Syria. Turkey, Syria's one-time ally, shut its mission there on Monday.
  • Five myths about Syria [op-ed]

    03/17/2012 9:31:58 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 15 replies · 1+ views
    Washington Post ^ | Roger Owen
    President Bashar al-Assad's departure would end the violence.It's hard for outsiders to really know what's going on in Syria.Syria is headed for civil war.The Assad regime, the Obama administration and the West are constantly predicting a civil war. But the country is already in one. Cities such as Homs and Hama have split into regime-friendly and regime-hostile quarters, with their residents often forced to move from one to the other in search of protection. Meanwhile, on a larger scale, there is plenty of evidence of sharp divisions, some of them militarized, within the larger sectarian communities such as the...
  • How teens started Syria's uprising 1 year ago

    03/17/2012 9:17:41 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 4 replies
    CBS News ^ | Friday, March 16, 2012 | Clarissa Ward
    It has now been a year since Syrians rose up against the Assad dictatorship. On Friday -- the Muslim holy day -- the streets were filled once again with protesters, demanding that Bashar al-Assad go. The U.N. says 8,000 civilians have been killed in Assad's brutal crackdown on dissent. The freedom movement in Syria started last year as revolutions swept through Egypt, Tunisia and Libya. CBS News correspondent Clarissa Ward explains that the Syrian uprising began with a few teenagers and caught up with one of them in Jordan. When 15-year-old Mohammed and a group of young boys spray-painted "Down...
  • Over 9000 dead in Syria in 11 months: Syrian Opposition

    02/26/2012 10:22:37 AM PST · by Milagros · 27 replies ^ | 02/24/12
    Updated Feb 24, 2012 at 08:10am IST Opposition groups in Syria claim over 100 people were killed on Thursday, taking to toll to over 9000 in the last 11 months.
  • Western powers call Syrian referendum on new constitution a 'sham'

    02/26/2012 11:47:23 AM PST · by ColdOne · 2 replies · 1+ views ^ | 2/26/12 | AP
    DAMASCUS, Syria – Syria's authoritarian regime held a referendum on a new constitution Sunday, a gesture by embattled President Bashar Assad to placate those seeking his ouster. But the opposition deemed it an empty gesture and the West immediately dismissed the vote as a "sham." SNIP Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton called Sunday's vote "a cynical ploy." "It's a phony referendum, and it is going to be used by Assad to justify what he's doing to other Syrian citizens," she said in an interview with CBS News in Rabat, Morocco. Speaking to reporters in Rabat, Clinton called on Syrians...
  • Report: U.S. May Intervene in Syria

    02/25/2012 5:04:54 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 29 replies · 2+ views
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 25/2/12 | David Lev
    A report Saturday said that the United States was planning to intervene militarily in Syria, with or without United Nations authorization, if the killing in the country continued. A senior American official quoted in the London-based Al-Sharq al-Awsat newspaper said that the action would be based on the UN intervention in Kosovo several years ago: Establishment of a beachhead and carving out an area that was off-limits to forces controlled by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, where refugees could come to flee Assad's troops, and which could be used as aforward base to reduce Assad's hold on the country, and eventually...
  • 'March to Jerusalem' Wants To Bring 1 Million Arabs to Border

    02/23/2012 4:19:40 PM PST · by Nachum · 19 replies
    inn ^ | 2/23/12 | yRachel Hirshfeld
    Deja Vu: Another "March to Jerusalem" aims at rallying one million people to march on Israel’s borders from surrounding countries. An attempt is being made by the BDS movement to have a ‘Global March to Jerusalem’ on March 30, to coincide with the so-called “Palestinian Land Day,” in a repeat of the failed Naqba Day attempt last year. “The concept behind it is to have a million people marching on Israel’s borders from all the surrounding countries – Lebanon, Syria, Jordan and Egypt,” CiF Watch reported. The BDS movement declares, “Commemorating Land Day, the Palestinian BDS National Committee (BNC) invites...
  • Jordan Asks Israel to Free Arch-Terrorist Barghouti

    02/24/2012 5:53:32 AM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 5 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 24/2/12 | Elad Benari
    The Jordanian government has asked Israel to release Marwan Barghouti, a Fatah terrorist who is serving five life terms in an Israeli prison for his involvement in deadly terror attacks against Israelis. According to a report in the Jordanian Petra news agency, the kingdom’s Minister of State for Media Affairs and Communications, Rakan Majali, on Thursday urged Israel to release Barghouti and all other prisoners. Majali, who is also the government spokesman, asked the Israeli authorities to remove all obstacles hindering the movement of Palestinian people and goods. Petra noted that the minister made the remarks during a meeting with...
  • The Government of Jordan is accused of a vicious attack on a beautiful Palestinian activist

    02/23/2012 2:12:41 AM PST · by tedbel · 23 replies
    ISRAPUNDIT ^ | Feb 23'/12 | Ted Belman
    By Ted Belman Things are turning ugly in Jordan. Just two days ago, a beautiful young co-ed, Enass Musallam, was brutally stabbed in the abdomen five times by a masked man who was “professionally covered like he was on a SWAT team". She narrowly survived the vicious attack. What was her “crime”? She is a Palestinian student at the University of Jordan. She is active in opposing King Abdullah’s discriminatory policies towards the Palestinians. Recently, King Abdullah's uncle made threats to the Palestinians --out of the blue-- on Jordanian national TV. She responded immediately with a posting on her blog....
  • Jordan's Muslim Brotherhood denies meeting with U.S. officials

    02/19/2012 9:14:37 PM PST · by Frankusa · 7 replies · 2+ views
    FOCUS News ^ | 2/20/2012
    Jordan's Muslim Brotherhood on Sunday rejected as groundless some earlier reports saying it had held a meeting with some U.S. officials, Xinhua informed. The Islamic movement, which has been boycotting dialogue with the United States after the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq in 2003, is still sticking to its position, said Jamil Abu Baker, spokesperson of the movement, in a statement posted on its website. "The Muslim Brotherhood received several messages from the Americans through mediators asking for a dialogue but no such meetings (between the two sides) have happened," he said in the statement.
  • The Poor Palestinians

    02/12/2012 6:54:17 AM PST · by tedbel · 5 replies
    ISRAPUNDIT ^ | Feb 12/12 | TED BELMAN
    In case you thought the title was referring to the Palestinians living in Gaza, or even Judea and Samaria, you’d be wrong. From my vantage point, these Palestinians have it pretty good, whether in relation to Palestinians living elsewhere, even in Jordan, or to Arabs generally, living in Egypt or Turkey. “Palestinian” is a name given to Arabs after the ’67 War, who lived or did live in the area known as Palestine during the Palestine Mandate and afterwards right up to the present and includes their descendants even if such descendants never set foot in the area known as...
  • Three mystery ships are tracked over suspected 'weapons' cargo

    02/18/2003 4:47:00 PM PST · by knak · 221 replies · 1,419+ views
    Three giant cargo ships are being tracked by US and British intelligence on suspicion that they might be carrying Iraqi weapons of mass destruction. Each with a deadweight of 35,000 to 40,000 tonnes, the ships have been sailing around the world's oceans for the past three months while maintaining radio silence in clear violation of international maritime law, say authoritative shipping industry sources. The vessels left port in late November, just a few days after UN weapons inspectors led by Hans Blix began their search for the alleged Iraqi arsenal on their return to the country. Uncovering such a deadly...
  • Palestine, Back to the Future

    01/29/2012 2:13:07 AM PST · by tedbel · 3 replies
    ISRAPUNDIT ^ | January 29/12 | Ted Belman
    There was a time when the lands now known as Israel, (including Judea and Samaria and Gaza), and most of Jordan were called “Palestine”. In fact, the Balfour Declaration of 1917 declared “His Majesty's government view with favour the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people”. There followed considerable cooperation between the Jews, represented by Chaim Weizmann and the Arabs living in Mesopotamia, now Iraq, and Jordan, represented by Emir Feisal. As a result, the Feisal-Weizmann Agreement was signed in January 1919, in which it was agreed that the Jews would get the lands lying west...
  • DOJ charges ex-CIA officer with leaking classified information

    01/23/2012 11:40:38 AM PST · by ColdOne · 13 replies
    The Hill ^ | 1/23/12 | Jeremy Herb
    A former CIA officer was charged Monday with illegally leaking the identity of a covert officer and other classified information to journalists. John Kiriakou, a former CIA officer and author who defended waterboarding, was charged by the Department of Justice with one count of illegally disclosing a covert officer’s identity and two counts of violating the Espionage Act for illegally leaking classified national defense information. He was also charged with making false statements for allegedly trying to trick the CIA’s Publications Review Board to let him use information in his 2010 book, The Reluctant Spy. The investigation led by U.S....
  • Draft text: EU ministers 'worried' by Israeli actions in Jordan Valley

    01/16/2012 11:01:38 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 2 replies
    EU Observer ^ | 2012.01.16 @ 19:07 | Andrew Rettman
    A draft statement for EU foreign ministers next week says Israel's monopolization of land and water in the occupied West Bank is "worrying" and endangers the two-state solution. The text—provisionally agreed by mid-level EU diplomats on Monday (16 January)—says: "Against a backdrop of worrying developments in 2011, particularly with respect to settlements under Area C, the EU reaffirms its commitment to a two-state solution ... The viability of a two-state solution must not be jeopardized." The draft conclusions also say the EU "welcomes" Jordan's recent efforts to restart Israeli-Palestinian talks and urges both sides "to build confidence and create an...
  • No Results in Israel-PA Meeting

    01/09/2012 2:37:52 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 9 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 10/1/12
    A meeting in Jordan between Israeli and PA negotiators in Jordan ended Monday night with no new breakthroughs reported. Israeli negotiator Yitzchak Molcho met with PA negotiator Saeb Erekat in Amman. The meeting was hosted by the Quartet and Jordan. This was the second meeting between the two since talks were revived several weeks ago. Another meeting is set to take place over the weekend...
  • The land-for-peace hoax

    01/07/2012 6:14:37 AM PST · by Kaslin · 8 replies ^ | january 6, 2012 | Caroline Glick
    The rise of the forces of jihadist Islam in Egypt places the US and other Western powers in an uncomfortable position. The US is the guarantor of Egypt's peace treaty with Israel. That treaty is based on the proposition of land for peace. Israel gave Egypt the Sinai in 1982 and in exchange it received a peace treaty with Egypt. Now that the Islamists are poised to take power, the treaty is effectively null and void. The question naturally arises: Will the US act in accordance with its role as guarantor of the peace and demand that the new Egyptian...
  • Muslim Brotherhood: Israel peace deal isn't binding

    01/01/2012 1:03:53 PM PST · by americanophile · 27 replies
    ynet ^ | 01.01.12 | Roi Kais
    Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood will not recognize Israel under any circumstances and might put the peace treaty with the Jewish state up to a referendum, the movement's second in command told the Al-Hayat newspaper in an interview that was published Sunday. The announcement comes days before the final round in the first parliamentary elections in post-uprising Egypt. The Islamist movement has emerged as the biggest winner in polls, capturing nearly half of the seats so far. The Muslim Brotherhood "did not sign the peace accords," Rashad al-Bayoumi told the London-based newspaper. "We are allowed to ask the people or the elected...
  • "Palestine"? --Bye Bye Oslo, Hullo Jordan and Egypt

    12/31/2011 10:42:21 AM PST · by SmithL · 13 replies
    Arutz Sheva - IsraelNationalNews ^ | 12/31/11 | David Singer
    The reasons for Oslo's demise are complex and reveal unbridgeable gaps betwen Israel and the PA. Veteran Middle East correspondent Robert Fisk may have been a little premature when he said on 20 September:It's over: the "peace process", the "road map", the "Oslo agreement"; the whole fandango is history.Personally, I think "Palestine" is a fantasy state, impossible to create now that the Israelis have stolen so much of the Arabs' land for their colonial projects. Fisk - in attributing this simplistic reason for signing Oslo's death certificate - totally ignored the two offers made by Israel in 2001 and 2008...
  • Jersey City police release photos of suspect in Air Jordan stabbing at Newport Centre Mall

    12/31/2011 6:29:44 AM PST · by SMGFan · 31 replies
    Jersey Journal ^ | December 31, 2011 | Michaelangelo Conte
    Police have released images of a man thought to have stabbed a fellow Christmas shopper while both waited in line to buy coveted new Nike Air Jordan sneakers in Jersey City’s Newport Centre Mall on Dec. 22. When police arrived at the mall after the 10:19 p.m. incident, they found the 20-year-old victim outside the building, sitting in a puddle of blood and drifting in and out of consciousness, reports said.
  • Black Eye Friday: Shoppers throw punches over new Air Jordans

    12/23/2011 10:33:44 AM PST · by bkopto · 36 replies
    WBTV Pineville ^ | Dec 23, 2011 | Derrick Rose
    Dozens of police officers had to break up fights and restore order at a local mall while shoppers were waiting for an overnight sale of a popular tennis shoe. The disturbance started inside Carolina Place Mall just after 5am. Witnesses said as mall officials opened the mall doors, crowds of people pushed their way in. "They almost took the door off the hinges," one shopper who didn't want to be identified said, "there were women with babies in their hands and they on their backs." Shoppers were in line waiting for the re-release of the Air Jordan XI Concord tennis...
  • Saudi King Calls for Arab Super State

    12/19/2011 5:13:27 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 16 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 19/12/11 | Gavriel Queenann
    King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia formally called for the formation of a Gulf Union on a backdrop of regional unrest and growing tensions with rival Iran. "I ask today that we move from a phase of cooperation to a phase of union within a single entity," Abdullah said during his address at the opening session of the six-member Gulf Cooperation Council conference in Riyadh. "You must realise that our security and stability are threatened and we need to live up to our responsibilities," said King Abdullah. "Our summit opens in the shadow of challenges that require vigilance and a united...
  • “I’d rather go to war in a Typhoon than in a F-18 (Super) Hornet” an Aussie exchange pilot says

    12/12/2011 3:36:21 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 17 replies
    The Aviationist ^ | December 5, 2011 | David Cenciotti
    “I’d rather go to war in a Typhoon than in a F-18 (Super) Hornet” an Aussie exchange pilot says December 5, 2011 “I’d rather go to war in a Typhoon than in a F-18 Hornet”. This alleged Australian exchange pilot’s statement is one of the most interesting outcomes (and marketing slogans) of BERSAMA LIMA 11 an exercise marking the 40th Anniversary of the Five Powers Defence Agreement (FPDA) the only multilateral defence agreement in South East Asia with an operational element commitment undertaken by five nations (UK, Singapore, Malaysia, New Zealand, and Australia) to consult in the event of an...
  • Sheikh Ahmad Abu Quddum of Jordan's Tahrir Party Discusses Jihad Against Germany...'Jizya'

    12/13/2011 9:27:56 AM PST · by bayouranger · 7 replies ^ | 12-12-11 | memri
    Bookmark and Share Text Size A | A | A December 12, 2011 Special Dispatch No.4354 Sheikh Ahmad Abu Quddum of Jordan's Tahrir Party Discusses Jihad Against Germany, Pledges to Impose 'Jizya' Poll Tax on Non-Muslims, and Vows to Annihilate Israel Following are excerpts from an interview with Sheikh Ahmad Abu Quddum of the Tahrir Party in Jordan, which aired on JoSat TV on December 8, 2011. JoSat, a private Jordanian channel, is owned by businessman Riyadh Al-Huroub. His wife, Rula Al-Huroub, is the moderator on this show. Sheikh Ahmad Abu Al-Quddum is a leader of the Tahrir party in...