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  • September 2001 - September 2012

    09/01/2012 1:56:13 AM PDT · by Cindy · 46 replies ^ | September 1, 2012 | n/a
    Brief thoughts/quotes from the last 11 years. "Looking away, not caring, or hoping for the best are not viable options in fighting terrorism (in general) and the global jihad (specifically). Terrorism must be fought head on 24/7 and preventing terrorism is far better than just reacting to one terror-related event after another." -Cindy (July 1, 2011) ~ "WHAT DID I LEARN from the terrorist attack on September 11, 2001? OPINION: I have learned that more Americans love America than the lame-stream media will ever let on. I have learned that America's military is the finest in the world. I have...
  • A Look at the Church in Lebanon (Papal Visit Begins on 9/14)

    09/09/2012 2:10:31 PM PDT · by NYer · 7 replies
    Various ^ | September 9, 2012
    Saint Gregory the Illuminator Armenian Catholic Cathedral, Beirut, Lebanon Papal Trip Begins in Just Over a Week VATICAN CITY, SEPT. 6, 2012 ( For Benedict XVI's Sept. 14-16 apostolic trip to Lebanon, during which he will sign and issue the postsynodal apostolic exhortation of the Special Assembly for the Middle East of the Synod of Bishops, statistics concerning the Catholic Church in Lebanon have been published by the Vatican. The information, updated to Dec. 31, 2011, comes from the Central Statistical Office of the Church. Lebanon has a population of 4,039,000 of whom 2,148,000 (53.18%) are Catholic. There are 24...
  • Beirut Patriarch: EU Doesn't Care About the Fate of Christians in the Middle East

    09/04/2012 10:59:24 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 8 replies
    The west's attitude to the Syrian conflict was described as "hypocrisy" and sharply criticised by the Patriarch of the Syriac Catholic Church in Beirut, Ignatius Ephrem Joseph III. "For many governments it's merely a matter of economic interests. They don't really care about the fate of the Christians in the Middle East. Otherwise they would advocate equality before the law and the observance of human rights for all, including in those countries where the so-called Arab Spring has not taken place", the Beirut Patriarch claims in an interview with the international Catholic charity "Aid to the Church in Need". It's...
  • UN envoy Brahimi says Syria mission 'nearly impossible'

    09/03/2012 1:13:12 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 15 replies
    BBC ^ | September 2012 | interview by Lyse Doucet
    Lakhdar Brahimi has embarked on one of the world's toughest jobs. But as one of the UN's most experienced troubleshooters, he may offer the skills needed in a conflict where both sides seem to believe they have no choice but to fight to the end. Mr Brahimi often deployed a "no victor, no vanquished" power-sharing approach in previous mediations, including the 1989 agreement that ended Lebanon's 15-year civil war. UN sources who have worked closely with Mr Brahimi over many years say he will be more involved in the minutiae of the process, engaging personally with all the key players,...
  • Syrian Rebels Claim to Take Over Chemical Weapons

    08/28/2012 6:30:25 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 20 replies ^ | August. 29, 2012 | Elad Benari
    The Supreme Military Council of the Syrian rebels released on a statement on Tuesday which said that the rebel forces took control of an army missile base in Damascus, in which ten ready-to-launch missiles were found. Some of the missiles, according to the statement, were converted to carry non-conventional warheads. “During the successful operation, the operatives of the Free Syrian Army found a large number of rockets ready for launching, with enormous destructive capability, and they were very surprised to find missiles that were converted to carry non-conventional warheads and which can be equipped with chemical or biological warheads,” said...
  • The Oslo Accords Are Dead — And the Palestinians Killed Them

    08/14/2012 5:04:20 AM PDT · by SJackson · 7 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | August 14, 2012 | Yonatan Silverman
    - FrontPage Magazine - - The Oslo Accords Are Dead — And the Palestinians Killed ThemPosted By Yonatan Silverman On August 14, 2012 @ 12:05 am In Daily Mailer,FrontPage | No Comments On August 13th the Jerusalem Post reported the release of a report on Palestinian incitement, authored by Strategic Affairs Ministry director-general Yossi Kuperwasser. Among other things Kuperwasser wrote: The bottom line is that Palestinian incitement is “going on all the time,” adding that the phenomenon is “worrying and disturbing.” He said that at an institutional level the Palestinian Authority was continuously driving three messages home: that the...
  • Catholic News Roundup 08-24-12 (and 8-27-12)

    08/27/2012 2:35:43 PM PDT · by STARWISE · 3 replies
    Catholic News Roundup - 8-24-12Today's stories - *** Patriarch Attack Foiled Shanghai Seminaries Shuttered Troubling Tribune Choice Cardinal Courts Political Limelight Atheist Foundation Persecutes Coach Fox Flubs the Facts ______________________________________________ Catholic News Roundup 08-27*** DNC Demoralizing Family The Democratic Party is pushing away mothers and children using the credentialing process of their convention to ban kids from being allowed to enter their national convention in North Carolina this week. LifeSiteNews- - - - Planning a Political Hit Planned Parenthood has Mitt Romney in its crosshairs after he said he would “get rid” of the national abortion organization in an interview....
  • Opposition snipers versus Assad’s tanks in Syria’s Aleppo

    08/25/2012 4:12:31 PM PDT · by fight_truth_decay · 9 replies ^ | Sunday, 26 August 2012 | AFP ALEPPO / SYRIA
    In Aleppo’s Mashhad neighborhood, rebels man a series of sniping positions, eyeing the government forces and their tank just 50 meters (yards) up a sniper alley from behind a short wall of sandbags. There are other tanks nearby, and when they fire the boom reverberates through otherwise quiet streets almost empty of civilians. The fighters spot a young boy carrying belongings wrapped in a blanket as he approaches the sniper alley, and call out to him. “Hey you, boy, stop right there!” one fighter shouts. The boy freezes, standing by a shouldering pile of rubbish, then dashes across the alley...
  • 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...
  • Obama to Assad: Using Chemical Weapons is a Red Line

    08/21/2012 2:28:21 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 57 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 21/8/12 | Elad Benari
    U.S. President Barack Obama issued a direct warning to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad on Monday, saying he should heed U.S. warnings to neither use nor move chemical or biological weapons, CNN reported. “We cannot have a situation where chemical or biological weapons are falling into the hands of the wrong people,” Obama told reporters at the White House. "We have been very clear to the Assad regime -- but also to other players on the ground -- that a red line for us is we start seeing a whole bunch of chemical weapons moving around or being utilized.” He added,...
  • US seizes $150m 'linked to Hezbollah money-laundering'

    08/20/2012 7:37:56 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 6 replies
    BBC News ^ | 8/20/12 | BBC
    The US authorities say they have seized $150m (Ł95m) from a bank allegedly linked to a money-laundering scheme of the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah. Last year, US officials accused the Lebanese Canadian Bank (LCB) of helping the group launder profits from drug trafficking and other crimes. The funds were allegedly used to ship cars from the US to West Africa, with the proceeds smuggled back to Lebanon. The US classifies Hezbollah as a terrorist organisation. "As we alleged last year, the Lebanese Canadian Bank played a key role in facilitating money laundering for Hezbollah-controlled organisations across the globe," the head...
  • Nasrallah Threatens Hundreds of Thousands of Fatalities, Turning Israelis' Lives into Living Hell

    08/20/2012 8:58:18 AM PDT · by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis · 9 replies
    MEMRI TV ^ | 8-17-12 | Al-Manar TV (Lebanon)
    Following are excerpts from an address delivered by Hizbullah Secretary-General Hassan Nasrallah, which aired on Al-Manar TV on August 17, 2012. Hassan Nasrallah: If Iran were weak, or it were strong yet cowardly, Israel would not have hesitated, and there would have been no debate, controversy, or disagreement in Israel. Israel would have bombed the Iranian nuclear facilities long ago. Why has Israel not done so yet? Why is there controversy in Israel whether to bomb or not to bomb? Because Iran is powerful and courageous, and because the Israelis know full well – and I, along with all of...
  • And the Reason Is...

    08/18/2012 8:32:01 AM PDT · by Former Fetus · 4 replies
    Begona's Hope ^ | 8/18/2012 | BegonaB
    Most people agree that in the battle of Gog and Magog a confederacy of Islamic nations will attack Israel. There are some arguments about it, but again the majority of scholars seem to believe that this confederacy will be led by Russia. My question was, why would Russia want to attack Israel? Why would it ally itself with Islam? It just didn’t make much sense to me. In 2009 the Tamar natural gas field was discovered some 50 miles off Haifa’s coast, well within Israeli waters. With an estimated 250 billion cubic meters, it is large enough to meet all...
  • Iranian fighters posing as pilgrims among group captured by Syrian rebels, US officials confirm

    08/15/2012 5:03:17 AM PDT · by tsowellfan · 7 replies
    Many of the 48 Iranian men captured in Syria on August 4 who claimed to be religious pilgrims are in fact active-duty Iranian Revolutionary Guard members, multiple U.S. officials tell Fox News. Members of the Free Syrian Army captured the group while they traveled on a bus in Damascus. According to these officials, top members of the Iranian government have reached out to President Bashar Assad to help secure their release. The Iranians say these men were on a Shiite pilgrimage visiting the Sayyida Zeinab shrine, a holy Shiite site in the suburbs of Damascus. Syria's state television claimed the...
  • Iran admits giving WMDs to terrorists (threatens to obliterate Israel via chemicals by Hezbollah)

    08/14/2012 9:53:59 PM PDT · by Milagros · 28 replies
    WashingtonTimes ^ | Aug 14, 2012 | R. Kahlili
    Israel will be obliterated by chemical, microbial and nuclear bombs, Iran is warning, but those weapons of mass destruction will be used first on Tel Aviv by Hezbollah and Islamic Jihad at the start of a decades-old Muslim dream of destroying the Jewish state. An alarming commentary last week in Mashregh, the media outlet of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards, confirmed that the Islamic regime not only has WMDs but has armed its terrorist proxies with them. Mashregh speaks for the regime. It warned Israel that if the fighting in Syria does not stop, an all-out attack on the Jewish state will...
  • KAHLILI: Iran admits giving WMDs to terrorists; Rogue state threatens Israel over Syria

    08/16/2012 9:29:13 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | August 14, 2012 | Reza Kahlili
    Israel will be obliterated by chemical, microbial and nuclear bombs, Iran is warning, but those weapons of mass destruction will be used first on Tel Aviv by Hezbollah and Islamic Jihad at the start of a decades-old Muslim dream of destroying the Jewish state. An alarming commentary last week in Mashregh, the media outlet of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards, confirmed that the Islamic regime not only has WMDs but has armed its terrorist proxies with them. Mashregh speaks for the regime. It warned Israel that if the fighting in Syria does not stop, an all-out attack on the Jewish state will...
  • Iran’s nuclear program designed to ‘finish off’ Israel, Hezbollah MP says

    08/14/2012 10:41:17 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 13 replies
    The Times Of Israel ^ | August 9, 2012, 4:24 pm | Ilan Ben Zion
    Hezbollah MP Walid Sakariya told Lebanese television this week that the nuclear weapon Iran is allegedly developing is intended to annihilate Israel. … “This nuclear weapon is intended to create a balance of terror with Israel, to finish off the Zionist enterprise, and to end all Israeli aggression against the Arab nation,” Sakariya said. …
  • Lebanon breaks w/ past in Syrian bomb probe (Syria / Hezbollah attempted to ignite civil war)

    08/17/2012 10:41:35 AM PDT · by Milagros · 4 replies
    Reuters ^ | Aug 17, 2012 | Tom Perry
    BEIRUT (Reuters) - A plot hatched by Damascus and allegedly aimed at igniting a Lebanese civil war through a series of bomb attacks has come as little surprise in a nation where blame for political violence has often been laid at Syria's door... Hezbollah has said little on the case. Marwan Hamadeh, an anti-Syrian politician targeted by assassins in 2004, said that was telling. "It is noticeable and indicates that Hezbollah has some wise people, some people who are reading the geostrategic map of the region," he said in a televised interview.
  • Families of 1983 Marines bombing sue bank in NY

    08/16/2012 8:38:34 AM PDT · by Theoria · 22 replies
    AP ^ | 15 Aug 2012 | LARRY NEUMEISTER
    Families of victims of a deadly 1983 bombing of U.S. Marines in Lebanon filed a lawsuit on Wednesday seeking to hold Standard Chartered Bank and its New York branch accountable. They claim in the lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Manhattan that the bank conspired with Iran and its agents to hide Iran's assets from them. They're seeking to trace assets as they try to enforce a $2.6 billion judgment against the Islamic Republic of Iran. A federal court in Washington, D.C., issued the award in 2007 after Iran failed to contest claims it was involved in the bombing, which...
  • Gulf Arab countries urge their nationals to leave Lebanon

    08/15/2012 8:01:42 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    Lebanon Daily Star ^ | August 15, 2012 07:09 PM
    Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Kuwait and the UAE urged their citizens Wednesday to leave Lebanon immediately amid threats by members of a Lebanese clan who kidnapped earlier in the day over 30 Syrians, as well as one Saudi and one Turkish national. Saudi Ambassador Ali Awad al-Asiri, who is in Mecca, told the National News Agency he requested all Saudi nationals in Lebanon to leave the country after “the threats have become open.” … The Meqdad clan said Wednesday it abducted over 30 individuals it described as belonging to the Free Syrian Army, which it claims was behind the kidnapping Monday...
  • Akkar opens arms to Syrian people: Rai

    08/14/2012 8:00:08 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe ^ | August 14, 2012 | Antoine Amrieh
    AKKAR, Lebanon: Commencing a four-day visit to the north Lebanon region of Akkar Monday, Maronite Patriarch Beshara Rai praised the impoverished area for the hospitality it has shown Syrian refugees. “Akkar is an area dear to my heart, and it is a symbol of coexistence and loyalty to the country and its institutions. Despite being the area that is most poor and deprived, it is the most welcoming, especially to Syrian refugees,” the patriarch told an audience in the village of Abdeh. Recognizing that the region is being harmed by Syrian shelling, Rai said the area “must be protected” and...
  • Topple Assad to prevent Syria breaking up -- Jumblatt

    08/14/2012 9:37:27 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 11 replies
    Reuters ^ | Tuesday, August 14, 2012 | Tom Perry
    Foreign states must do more to help Syrian rebels defeat President Bashar al-Assad and spare the country an "endless civil war" and possible partition, a leading politician in neighboring Lebanon said on Tuesday. Walid Jumblatt said the battle for Syria hinged on foreign backing to the rebels, who he believes can "easily" expel Assad from Damascus if the necessary weapons are supplied to their forces in the south, not far from the capital. He said the failure to provide such weapons was hypocritical and "fishy". "The more you accelerate the downfall, the more you save Syria from a possible partition,"...
  • 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...
  • Former Lebanese minister arrested for planning attacks for Syria's Assad

    08/12/2012 1:06:30 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 1 replies
    Christian Science Monitor ^ | Friday, August 10, 2012 | Nicholas Blanford
    Michel Samaha, a former Lebanese minister who is a close ally of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, has reportedly confessed to helping plan a series of bomb attacks against Sunni targets in north Lebanon at the behest of the Syrian leadership. The discovery of the reported bomb plot will have significant political repercussions if confirmed and will harden fears in Lebanon that the embattled Assad regime is seeking to export its troubles to its tiny neighbor, which is split between supporters and opponents of the Syrian president. Also, the detention in Lebanon of an influential pro-Syrian politician is highly unusual, suggesting...
  • The Jews who saved the Christians from IslamoFascists' genocide in the Middle East - 1860

    08/11/2012 9:33:46 PM PDT · by Milagros · 6 replies
    Yitschak Ben Gad: "Politics, lies, and videotape: 3,000 Questions and Answers on the Mideast Crisis," SP Books, 1991, 479 pp.p. 245 Q: What is known about the massacre of 1860? A: In 1860, the Lebanese Druze attacked the Christian Maronites. Thousands of men, women and children were murdered. The Christians sent forth a desperate plea for help to the European powers in order to save them from complete annihilation... Q: Who came to the aid of the Christians? A: Sir Moses Montefiore, the well-known British Jewish leader, astonished by the disaster that befell the Lebanese Christians, did his utmost to...
  • Islamic Socialism - bloody legacy (Qaddafi's 'Green Book,' WRC, etc.)

    04/26/2012 6:14:34 AM PDT · by Milagros · 1 replies
    Islamic SocialismFrom the CIA factbook: Following a 1969 military coup, Col. Muammar Abu Minyar al-QADHAFI began to espouse his own political system, the Third Universal Theory. The system was a combination of socialism and Islam derived in part from tribal practices and was supposed to be implemented by the Libyan people themselves in a unique form of "direct democracy.[1] The "Green Book" - Arabism, Islam & socialism, with Islam the main line Author John L. Esposito: Under Qaddafi three interrelated ideas were woven into Libya's ideological identity: Pan-Arabism, socialism, and Islam. Qaddafi's appeals to Islam were influenced by his...
  • 'Jalili visited Beirut to support proxy, Hezbollah'

    08/09/2012 2:09:35 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 3 replies ^ | 08/08/2012 | JOANNA PARASZCZUK
    Lebanese MP says visit by Iran's Supreme National Security Council chief was public backing for Hezbollah and Assad. A Lebanese MP has dubbed this week’s visit by Saeed Jalili, the head of the Iranian Supreme National Security Council, to Beirut a deliberate message of support for Iran’s proxy Hezbollah. In an interview with Kuwait’s Al-Seyassah newspaper published on Wednesday, MP Fadi Karam of the Lebanese Forces party said Jalili’s visit was primarily aimed at expressing support for Hezbollah, and also for Syrian President Bashar Assad’s regime. The Lebanese Forces is the second-largest Christian party in the country’s parliament and is...
  • Israel says charges eight Arabs over Hezbollah arms smuggling

    08/08/2012 7:11:35 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 3 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | August 8, 2012 | Reuters
    Israel charged eight Arabs on Wednesday with smuggling in explosives from Lebanon on behalf of Hezbollah militants for the purpose of attacks in the Jewish state, the Justice Ministry said. Israel fought an inconclusive 2006 border war with Iranian-backed Hezbollah and tensions have risen again lately amid fears of a wider conflict should the Israelis make good on threats to bomb Iran's disputed nuclear program. Hezbollah, a Shi'ite Muslim movement that dominates south Lebanon near the frontier with northern Israel, has also sworn to avenge the 2008 assassination in Syria of its military commander, Imad Moughniyeh, which it blamed on...
  • Towards a divided Syria?

    08/06/2012 8:02:02 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 4 replies
    NOW Lebanon ^ | Friday, August 03. 2012 | Nadine Elali (AFP/HO/SANA)
    Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's troops are currently pounding Aleppo after Free Syrian Army (FSA) forces launched an offensive attack. Days earlier, regime forces were cracking down on a FSA guerilla attack in the heart of the capital, Damascus. In Homs, clashes between both forces are ongoing. Yet there is still no sign that Assad is even considering stepping down. It has become clear that there's no going back for the Syrian people, as they are now convinced that Assad had no intention of reform. Consequently, the rebellion is spreading, defections within the regime's army are increasing and opposition forces have...
  • 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...
  • Washington, get ready for more Iranian influence after Bashar al-Assad falls in Syria

    08/02/2012 3:41:17 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 11 replies
    Christian Science Monitor ^ | Thursday, August 2, 2012 | Firas Maksad
    Many Lebanese have understandably adopted the Syrian uprising against Bashar al-Assad as their own. During Syria's 15-year occupation of their country, they experienced firsthand the suffering of living in the shadows of a brutal police state. Mr. Assad's security chiefs (some recently killed) ran Lebanon with an iron fist, and are believed to be largely responsible for a string of assassinations targeting that country's political leaders. But once the euphoria of toppling the dictator of Damascus subsides, Lebanon is in for a rude awakening. For all his brutality, Assad is not Lebanon's foremost curse, nor will his departure be that...
  • Syria Crisis Hurts Lebanese Farmers

    08/02/2012 3:18:38 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 7 replies
    Voice of America ^ | Wednesday, August 1, 2012 | Margaret Besheer
    The 17-month long conflict in Syria has harmed neighboring Lebanon's agriculture sector, which employs about 15 percent of the population.  And with nearly 80 percent of Lebanon's exports passing through Syria, recent closings of the main border crossing to commercial traffic have Lebanon's farmers fearful that, if the conflict continues, their livelihoods will be devastated. In the Bekaa Valley, a wide variety of fruits and vegetables are grown for domestic consumption and export to Jordan, Egypt and the Gulf countries. But as the conflict in Syria intensifies, Antoine Howayek, the president of Lebanon's Farmers' Association, said farmers here are having...
  • Lebanon's Salafi scare (Anti-American, Anti-Iranian, Anti-Hezbollah)

    08/02/2012 7:07:14 AM PDT · by Colonel Kangaroo
    Foreign Policy ^ | July 17, 2012 | Geneive Abdo
    Sheikh Ahmad al-Assir, a self-proclaimed religious authority with a bushy long beard, is no stranger on the Lebanese scene. His latest incarnation, from his mosque in the coastal town of Sidon, is as a firebrand political Salafist whose objectives transcend the confines of Lebanon. He is part of a growing movement in Lebanon and other Arab countries in which the Salafists -- acting as guardians for Sunni interests -- are using the civil war in Syria to gain political power and revive the sectarian conflict with their historical foes, the Shiites. In Lebanon, sectarianism has been a primary feature of...
  • A Russian-Saudi-Turkish-Chinese alliance to contain the Muslim Brotherhood and Obama?

    08/01/2012 9:47:00 AM PDT · by Zionist Conspirator · 19 replies
    Gatestone Institute ^ | 7/31/'12 | David P. Goldman
    I suggested during our conference call yesterday that the only friend the Muslim Brotherhood has in high places is Barack Obama. I didn't mean that facetiously. Turkey's application to join the SIno-Russian Shanghai Cooperation Organization following Prime Minister Erdogan's July 19 pilgrimage to Russia is a diplomatic humiliation for the United States, and of the first order. Just when Washington is demanding that Russia withdraw support for the Assad regime in Syria, and when Turkey is the linch-pin for American logistics in support of the Syrian opposition, Erdogan has proposed in effect to joint the Russian-Chinese club (without being compelled...
  • Hezbollah Leader Offers Assad Refuge, Soldiers

    07/26/2012 12:36:13 AM PDT · by robowombat · 7 replies
    Algemeiner ^ | JULY 25, 2012 9:54 AM
    Report: Hezbollah Leader Offers Assad Refuge, Soldiers JULY 25, 2012 9:54 AM Hassan Nasrallah, Hezbollah’s Secretary General, has offered refuge in Lebanon and elite military units to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, as the latter continues his fight to remain in power. In a recent conversation between the two leaders, Nasrallah told Assad that “Hezbollah’s elite units will stand at the front and fight the rebels,” according to a report in the Egyptian newspaper Al-Gomhoriih. While Syrian diplomats continue to defect – including reports on Wednesday that officials in Cyprus and the United Arab Emirates have left their posts – and...
  • Racist Arab Islamic Apartheid 'wall' at the London Olympics 2012

    07/28/2012 8:56:41 PM PDT · by Milagros · 9 replies
    Lebanese Olympic Team Demands Barrier Separation From Israel Squad The Algemeiner, July 27, 2012 The Lebanese judo team forced International Olympic Committee officials to erect a barrier between themselves and the Israeli judo squad, Friday afternoon in London, just hours before the Games' opening ceremony, reports Israeli daily Yediot Ahronot. Both teams were scheduled to train inside London's ExCeL center but Lebanon's team did not want to be seen by the Israeli one, and IOC officials heeded to the Lebanese's demand after the team's coach demanded separation. This is not the first time Middle Eastern judo teams have caused a...
  • Assad to France: *Force* Israel to commit to peace

    02/19/2010 4:31:08 PM PST · by TaraP · 8 replies · 314+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | Feb 18th, 2010
    In a meeting with French Prime Minister Francois Fillon on Friday Syrian President Bashar Assad said peace requires will – something that Israel is lacking. The president stressed that European countries should take up an active role in the region and force Israel to commit to a peaceful path. He also reiterated the need for Turkish mediation in peace talks and stressed the importance of France's support in the matter. Syrian news agency SANA reported that the two discussed regional affairs in their Damascus meeting, which included the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Assad stressed that the peace process must be based on...
  • Israeli judo team: Lebanese refuse to train near us

    07/27/2012 8:45:45 PM PDT · by Colonel Kangaroo · 14 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | From Reuters
    During Olympic training in London, Israeli judokas says Lebanese asked organizers to put up a screen between the two teams. LONDON - Olympic officials were forced to erect a screen between Lebanon's and Israel's judo fighters on Friday after the Lebanese refused to train on the same mat, the Israeli Olympic team said on Friday. The incident arose after Lebanon's two judokas found themselves next to the five Israelis during practice at the official training venue in Redbridge, in east London, said Nitzan Ferraro, spokesman for the Israeli Olympic Committee. "We started to practice. They came and they saw us...
  • Syria Threatens Israel with Chemical Weapons, Obama Pressures Israel

    07/24/2012 5:06:14 PM PDT · by Former Fetus · 10 replies
    Bible Prophecy Blog ^ | 7/24/2012 | Caroline B. Glick
    I am travelling now and so have been very much out of the loop for the past several days. But I have noticed a couple of things that I think need to be pointed out. First, there is Syria. Today it was reported that the Syrian regime is threatening Israel with chemical weapons. According to Reuters' report: Syria Says Could Use Chemical Arms Against Foreigners Foreign Ministry spokesman Jihad Makdissi said the army would not use chemical weapons to crush rebels but could use them against forces from outside the country. "Any chemical or bacterial weapons will never be used...
  • Report: Syria Moves Chemical Weapons to Borders

    07/24/2012 5:15:08 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 33 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 24/7/12 | Gabe Kahn
    Syria's rebels late Monday charged the regime has moved its chemical weapon stockpiles to airports and airbases on its borders with neighboring countries. “We in the joint command of the Free Syrian Army inside the country know very well the locations and positions of these weapons," Syria's largest rebel group said in a statement. “We also reveal that Assad has transferred some of these weapons and equipment for mixing chemical components to airports on the border,” it added. The move comes just one day after the embattled regime of Syrian president Bashar al-Assad warned it could use unconventional weapons if...
  • EU: Hizbullah Not a Terror Organization

    07/24/2012 12:49:01 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 17 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 24/7/12 | Gabe Kahn
    The European Union on Tuesday rejected Israel's request that it categorize Hizbullah as a terrorist organization. Cypriot Foreign Minister Gujarat Cossack-Marcolis, who presently holds the EU's rotating presidency, said "there is no consensus on the issue, because Hizbullah also has an active political arm." She added that the matter is open for reconsideration if "tangible evidence" that Hizbullah is involved in terrorist activity can be brought. .....
  • Lebanese hermit St. Charbel remembered July 24

    07/24/2012 12:38:17 PM PDT · by NYer · 9 replies
    cna ^ | July 23, 2012
    Saint Charbel Makhlouf. Denver, Colo., Jul 22, 2012 / 06:52 am (CNA/EWTN News).- On July 24, the Catholic Church celebrates the life of St. Charbel Makhlouf, a Maronite Catholic priest, monk, and hermit who is known for working miracles both during his life and after his death. On the occasion of his beatification in 1965, the Eastern Catholic hermit was described by Pope Paul VI as “ a new, eminent member of monastic sanctity,” who “through his example and his intercession is enriching the entire Christian people.” Born into humble circumstances in Lebanon during 1828, Yussef Antoun Makhlouf was...
  • Hey progressives, doh!, Syria DOES HAVE WMD

    07/23/2012 5:46:07 PM PDT · by forty_years · 15 replies ^ | July 23, 2012 | netWMD Staff
    For how long have people with common sense had to listen to the pure garbage being produced in mass quantities by the "left-wing," "progressives," "anti-war," "occupy," "peace activist," yada, yada, yada crowd? These thugs, censors, and condescending bigots have been claiming for years that Syria has no weapons of mass destruction (see here and here), even though some of us have been warning to the contrary for years (see here and here). Well... guess... what... the Associated Press announced today that: The Syrian regime threatened Monday to use its chemical and biological weapons in case of a foreign attack, in...
  • Two Italian workers missing in Syria: report

    07/21/2012 5:54:29 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 14 replies
    Reuters ^ | Saturday, July 21, 2012 | James Mackenzie; Editing by Andrew Osborn
    Two Italians working in Syria were detained by a group of armed men as they drove to the airport to fly out of the country, the daily Secolo XIX said on Saturday, citing a colleague of the men who managed to leave Damascus. The newspaper said the two men, employees of a subcontractor for energy technology group Ansaldo Energia, had been detained on Tuesday but that the news only emerged when their colleague contacted the newspaper, which, like Ansaldo, is based in the northwestern city of Genoa. A report on the newspaper's website said the men were travelling in a...
  • Syrian rebels prepare for bloody Ramadan face-off

    07/21/2012 3:18:21 AM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 13 replies
    France 24 ^ | 7/20/2012 | Sophie PILGRIM
    While the rest of the Muslim world prepares for a Ramadan of fasting and festivities, in Syria, opposition fighters are gearing up for a month of fighting against the Bashar regime - a battle each side believes will bring an end to the other. “This will be a very special Ramadan in Syria,” 28-year-old Waleed al-Homsi* nods pensively. “By the end of this month, everything will be fine. No more revolution, no more Assad. A new Syria will be born.” Speak to any anti-regime activist like Waleed, and he or she will tell you the same thing. Riding a wave...
  • Pope in Lebanon: Excitement builds across Middle East

    07/21/2012 9:05:01 AM PDT · by NYer · 10 replies
    Vatican Radio ^ | July 19, 2012
    (Vatican Radio) Starting August, Christians throughout the Middle East will begin a simultaneous prayer marathon in the lead up to Pope Benedict XVI’s arrival in Lebanon on September 14th. From Bkerke to Baghdad, through Gaza’s tiny parish of the Holy Family, the same set of prayers will be recited weekly by Maronites, Melkites, Chaldeans, Syrian Catholics and Armenian Catholics. As well as the faithful of other denominations. The Christians of the Middle East are waiting for Pope Benedict. “The excitement is building”, says Fr. Marwan Tabet, general co-ordinator of the Papal trip to Lebanon in an interview with Emer McCarthy...
  • Syria uprising puts Hezbollah on defensive

    07/20/2012 7:41:49 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 11 replies
    Daily Star ^ | July 19, 2012 | unattributed
    On a main road connecting the Lebanese capital with the south, Sheik Ahmad Assir kneels under a blazing sun to pray and then sits down with supporters at his anti-Hezbollah protest camp and launches into a new tirade against Lebanon's most powerful and well-armed force... Few in Lebanon have dared take on the Shiite militant group in such a public way, but Assir, a hardline Sunni cleric, senses weakness. He sees a chance to push back against Hezbollah's domination of the country's politics. The growing popularity among some Sunnis of the previously little known local cleric is a sign of...
  • Corpses abound as Syrian army retakes Al-Midan district clothed in death

    07/20/2012 6:58:11 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 8 replies
    Daily Star [Lebanon] ^ | Saturday, July 21, 2012 | Rim Haddad
    The Syrian military escorted journalists in two armored personnel carriers into Al-Midan in the south of the Syrian capital after saying it had "cleaned" the district of "terrorists" -- a term the regime uses to describe rebel fighters. In Assakhane Square, an AFP reporter saw three rebels sprawled lifeless alongside a pickup truck mounted with a heavy machine gun and a vehicle loaded with a rocket launcher. The military said the square had been the site of fierce fighting, and thick black smoke still billowed from several completely destroyed apartments... Rebel slogans were still scrawled across the walls of several...
  • Before taking on Syria, U.S. should heed lesson of the past [ CNN op-ed ]

    07/20/2012 12:07:35 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 11 replies
    CNN ^ | Thursday, July 19, 2012 | Kiron K. Skinner
    Between December 1983 and February 1984, U.S. battleships retaliated against combatants who had targeted the MNF. The USS New Jersey undertook a relentless counterattack against Syrian and Druze forces, shooting its 16-inch guns for the first time since the Vietnam War. By April, the entire MNF, which the United Kingdom had joined, had left Lebanon. The civil war continued until 1990. President Reagan supported Secretary of State George Shultz's arguments in favor of U.S. diplomacy and peacekeeping in Lebanon. But in Weinberger's view, Lebanon was the wrong fight for the United States. In a speech on November 28, 1984,...
  • Syrian Forces Pound Rebel Hideouts After Damascus Attack

    07/19/2012 9:09:48 PM PDT · by robowombat · 6 replies
    Newsmax ^ | Thursday, 19 Jul 2012 11:43 AM
    Syrian security forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad pounded rebel hideouts in Damascus today in retaliation for the blast that killed three top anti- insurgency leaders. The troops used helicopters and heavy artillery against the rebels, while snipers took up positions on rooftops on the outskirts of the city, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said in an e-mailed statement. “The regime has gone mad,” Rima Flaihan, spokeswoman for the Local Coordination Committees in Syria, said in a telephone interview today from Jordan. “The regime is in a horrid state of savagery, seeking revenge for the killings of the military...