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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...