And say it ten times fast while yer at it, too!
JERUSALEM — Israel has quietly stopped approving new building projects in the West Bank while publicly still refusing U.S. demands for an official settlement freeze, government officials said Tuesday. President Barack Obama's administration has pushed Israel to shelve all settlement construction to allow peace talks to go forward, a demand Israel has said it cannot accept. The issue has grown into a rare public disagreement between the two close allies. However, several government officials said Tuesday that Israel has decided to temporarily stop green-lighting new projects because of all the international pressure.The move falls short of the U.S. demand because it doesn't amount to a full freeze — projects approved in the past are still being built, and groups tracking settlements say the pace of construction in the settlements has not slowed.Still, it could be an indication Israel is seeking a compromise with Washington over the issue.Mashaal: Hamas can speak with Obama
Hamas is interested in opening a dialogue with the Obama administration because its policies are much better than those of former US president George W. Bush, Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal said on SundayFatah elects first Israeli Jew to governing body
Holy Token Uncle Chom, Batman! Will they ritually sacrifice him at Al Aqusa when they are done with the propaganda?
Israeli Fatah member wins seat on Revolutionary Council
Israeli envoy to visit US for settlement freeze negotiation
Yitzhak Molcho, the envoy, is expected to meet with White House officials and with the staff of U.S. Middle East envoy George Mitchell, preparing the ground for a meeting between Netanyahu and Mitchell that is due to take place on Aug. 26 in London, according to the report. Molcho's trip will focus on efforts to bridge the gaps in the Israeli and U.S. stances in regard to future settlement construction, it said. Israel is reportedly willing to agree to a six-month settlement freeze, but the Americans are interested in a halt to all settlement construction for at least one year.
Jund Ansar Allah Threatens Response to Hamas Ass Whoopin'
The Palestinian militant group known as "Jund Ansar Allah" has threatened an unspecified "response" in coming days in revenge for clashes with Hamas security forces in the southern Gaza Strip. According to a new statement from "Jund Ansar Allah" posted on August 16, "we did not intend to bomb any security headquarters or attack any Hamas units like the so-called Fathi Hammad has claimed, and we have no connection whatsoever with any explosion that occurred on the Palestinian battlefield, and we have not called anyone a Kafir, and we are not followers of Al-Qaida... And now we are awaiting our new commander."Iman blows himself up after Hamas crackdown
The communiqué blamed unnamed moderate leaders from Hamas for igniting a "schism" within the Palestinian Islamist movement, adding, "we wash our hands of responsibility for any events that might take place in the next several days as a result." The group also accused corrupt Hamas operatives of stealing over $120,000 in cash and equipment from Jund Ansar Allah during recent security raids. An English translation of the threat from Jund Ansar Allah is available on the NEFA Foundation website
Egyptian President to Tell US Israel Must Make Overture
Is that right? You want me to make overture, I'll make overture!
Syria: 5th century skeleton found in Byzantine cathedral
Arab thugs beat Jewish man to death
Palestinian gunmen attack Jewish motorists
NKorea puts troops on alert over military drill: state media
NKorea warns US of nuclear retaliation
"Should the US imperialists and the Lee Myung-Bak group threaten the DPRK (North Korea) with nukes, it will retaliate against them with nukes," said the spokesman, referring to South Korea's president."If they threaten the DPRK with missiles, it will react to them with missiles," he said.OIC delegation to China for talks on Uighurs
China purges nuclear power head
BEIJING — The Chinese government fired the head of its nuclear power program after launching an investigation into allegations of corruption, state media said.No reason was given for the dismissal of Kang Rixin, the general manager of China National Nuclear Corporation. He was under investigation for "grave violations of discipline," a standard party term referring to graft and abuse of power, the official Xinhua News Agency said late Friday.Iran expands mass trial of opposition supporters
The Organization Department of the Communist Party appointed Sun Qin, 56, deputy director of the National Energy Administration, in Kang's place, it said.The Communist Party's Central Committee announced earlier this month that Kang was being investigated. He had been head of the company since September 2003.China is building more nuclear reactors than any other country. Beijing sees nuclear power as a clean alternative to coal-powered plants that account for 80 percent of China's electricity supply.
Iran MP- nuclear official to be new foreign minister
Notorious warlord returns to Afghanistan to help Karzai
A notorious Afghan warlord accused of allowing the murder of hundreds, if not thousands, of prisoners and then destroying the evidence returned to Afghanistan Sunday night as part of what appears to be a political deal brokered with President Hamid Karzai.Bomb Kills 7 Near NATO's Afghan Headquarters
Gen. Abdul Rashid Dostum arrived from Turkey just four days before the Afghan presidential elections, in which his support could be key to Karzai's chances of securing more than 50 percent of the vote - the threshold for avoiding a second round of elections.Karzai has come under criticism for consolidating his position by striking deals with warlords like Dostum and those suspected of connections to the country's opium trade.
Attacks spike as Afghan polls loom
Afghan media heavily skewed towards Karzai
Karzai Takes on Presidential Rivals During Two-Hour Debate
After failing to show up for the first televised debate, President Hamid Karzai took on two rivals Sunday night...Karzai's approval of 'marital rape' law leads to international rift
South Sudan faces new war over oil
The gunmen who raided the cluster of mud huts beside the White Nile struck with merciless efficiency. By the time they vanished into the night, hundreds of homes had been razed, 11 people lay dead and the village’s inhabitants faced starvation, having lost all their precious cattle. “Everyone is on his own now,” said Jamuth Nyading, a 42-year-old Sudanese herdsman, who gathered his two wives and 12 children and fled to the nearby town of Malakal. “You cannot cultivate, you cannot herd cattle, you cannot go fishing in the Nile without risk of being killed. We can’t go back, not only because of fear, but also lack of food.”Nuclear riddle of missing ship as pirates demand a £1m ransom
Mr Nyading’s ordeal would be grimly familiar had it taken place in Darfur, the region of western Sudan blighted by civil war and awarded the dubious blessing of world attention for the last six years. Instead, he abandoned his home in southern Sudan, an area supposedly at peace since a landmark agreement four years ago ended decades of fighting.
Struck in January 2005, this “comprehensive peace agreement” was hailed as a moment of genuine hope. A rapturous signing ceremony brought down the curtain on the longest and bloodiest civil war in African history, pitting Sudan’s Arab, Muslim north against the black tribes of the south, who include Christians and followers of traditional African beliefs. The south had bitterly resented Khartoum’s rule, claiming the northerners’ attitudes had changed little since the days of slavery – when Africans were seen as heathens fit only for serfdom.
A missing cargo ship believed to have sailed through the English Channel after being boarded by pirates has been found with all its crew safe on board..The Arctic Sea was found about 300 miles off the Cape Verde islands, off the west coast of Africa, Russian defence minister Anatoly Serdyukov said.He said the ship's 15-man Russian crew was taken aboard a naval vessel.No further details were given about what had happened to the ship since it went missing more than two weeks ago.The previous sighting of the Finnish-owned ship was in the Bay of Biscay on 30 July. It emerged on Saturday that a multinational investigation had been launched into a ransom demand for the Maltese-flagged vessel.Finland denies missing ship carries nuclear material
Russia, NATO work closely on missing ship
Christian Group In Belarus Told To Leave Its Church
An evangelical Christian group in Minsk called The New Life has been asked to leave its church, RFE/RL's Belarus Service reports. City officials visited the church, telling the congregation's leadership that the church building should be vacated by August 19.Chavez to visit Russia, Belarus, Libya in September
The building is an old barn in the Minsk suburbs that was used by farmers as shelter for their livestock in the Soviet-era. In the last three years the congregation has been fighting to preserve their building, which local authorities say was "illegally privatized by the church in the 1990s."
Having a Blast in Siberia
Russian officials have warned it is unlikely any of the 64 workers trapped within Russia's largest hydro-electric power plant after a blast will survive. Twelve people are already confirmed dead after the explosion at the Sayano-Shushenskaya power plant in Siberia. Emergencies Minister Sergei Shoigu said groups of divers were searching for survivors in the flooded turbine hall. The blast's cause is unknown but reports said investigators believed a transformer exploded during repairs.Abkhazia, South Ossetia Hire U.S. PR Firm
MOSCOW – The governments of Georgia's breakaway republics of South Ossetia and Abkhazia have hired a U.S. public relations company to "improve their worldwide image," RFE/RL's Russian Service reports. David Sanakoev, the human rights commissioner for the South Ossetian president, signed the contract with the Los Angeles-based Saylor Company on South Ossetia's behalf.Fear stalks Caucasus amid hidden war
He told RFE/RL that the contract was signed in June and that Saylor will be working on "giving the world the real situation in South Ossetia" through its public relations actions. Sanakoev added that the cooperation with Saylor Company would help South Ossetia withstand what he called Georgia's "very aggressive and expensive information war."
A campaign of killings and torture has mounted in the Russian republic of Ingushetia, rights groups say. Security forces are said to be involved, and signs reportedly point to Chechnya's leader.Caucasus: The War That Was, The World War That Might Have Been
... or is yet to be?
This written from a pro-Vlad POV but there is much to be gleaned in it..
Politicizing Ethnicity: US Plan to Repeat Yugoslav Scenario in Caucasus ~Suicide Bomb Kills 20 At Ingushetian Police Station
NAZRAN, Ingushetia -- A suicide bomber in a truck packed with explosives has left at least 20 people dead and 80 wounded in Russia's volatile republic of Ingushetia, RFE/RL's Russian Service reports.Mass firings as Russia reforms bloated military
The purge is on!
KUBINKA, Russia — Nikolai Kulikov, a 51-year-old Army officer, says bitterly that he gave his best years to the Russian Army.Kulikov did a series of assignments across the Soviet Union and spent the past 10 years as head of security at the Air Force base in Kubinka, 40 miles west of Moscow. But today, he is one of 200,000 military officers who face early retirement, as Russia conducts a sweeping reform that will eliminate the jobs of six out of every 10 members of its top-heavy officer corps.Russia: Man Arrested in 15 Hate Killings Over 2 Years
The police in Moscow have arrested a man suspected of killing 15 people because they did not look Slavic, the Interior Ministry said Friday. The 21-year-old man, who was not identified, committed the murders in 2007 and 2008, the ministry said in a statement. He was arrested in 2008 but escaped, and was captured again on Thursday at a Moscow train station.Russian aerobatic planes collide, one dead
Gazprom retakes its positions in EU
PDVSA, Russian Group to Start $30 Billion Oil Venture
Russia, Venezuela Discuss Oil Deal, Arms
Richmond's Rolling Cones marooned in Tajikistan
Dig it.... like a rolling cone! Like the FBI & the CIA & the BBC, BB King & Doris Day...
The Rolling Cones' prized ride has died. The Cones, a Richmond-based group of mostly 20-somethings, left London on July 18 in the Mongol Rally, a roughly 10,000-mile journey to Ulan Bator, Mongolia. One of about 500 teams taking part in the charity rally, the Cones were entered in a pink-painted, tricked-out former newspaper delivery van made to look like an ice cream truck. But the Cones' truck encountered a fatal radiator problem, effectively marooning them this week in a mountainous region of Tajikistan, just north of war-torn Afghanistan.Tajik Official Denies Uzbek Water Station Was Broken Into
The four Cones sold the truck and are flying to Russia, where they plan to catch a train for the rest of the trip to Ulan Bator. "They have lost their trusty metal steed, but they're still pushing on," Bill Ritz, father of Andrew Ritz, one of the Cones, said Wednesday. Word of the truck's demise came in a short Twitter update posted to the Cones' Web site by team founder Joe Pyrek. The tweet began: "radiator is busted. . . . truck is hosed. . . . sold it." Bill Ritz said it appeared the truck and its suspension system simply weren't up to the extended task of handling roads that became progressively rougher. "I think the poor pink beast just shook itself to death," he said.
A high-ranking Tajik border guard official denies reports that Tajik security forces and farmers have forced their way into an Uzbek-owned water-distribution station along the Uzbek-Tajik borderIMF notes record high economic growth indices in Turkmenistan
Iran, Turkmenistan team up for documentary “Ashkhabad”
Ashkhabad? Well.. ishkha notta good!
High-Level U.S. Military Delegation Visits Turkmenistan
ASHGABAT -- A delegation led by General David Petraeus, the head of the U.S. Central Command, made a visit to Ashgabat, RFE/RL's Turkmen Service reports. William Stievens, the U.S Embassy in Ashgabat spokesman, told RFE/RL that the aim of the August 14 visit was to discuss ongoing and future military cooperation between U.S. Central Command and Turkmenistan.World oil prices volatile anew
Stievens said the delegation met with representatives from the Foreign Ministry, the Defense Ministry, and State Border Services. The visit was reportedly part of the U.S. officials' regularly scheduled visit to Central Asian countries, but Washington has been seeking closer military cooperation with Turkmenistan.
China: The new Big Oil
Chinese Plunge Cascades Through European and US Markets
CCI Says it Bribed Company Officials in China, CNOOC says "Not Us!"
Charles Schwab & Co., Inc. Responds to New York State Attorney General
Neo-Nazi Blogger's Case Could Test the Limits of Political Speech
CHICAGO -- Internet radio host Hal Turner disliked how three federal judges rejected the National Rifle Association's attempt to overturn a pair of handgun bans. "Let me be the first to say this plainly: These Judges deserve to be killed," Turner wrote on his blog on June 2, according to the FBI. "Their blood will replenish the tree of liberty. A small price to pay to assure freedom for millions."
The next day, Turner posted photographs of the appellate judges and a map showing the Chicago courthouse where they work, noting the placement of "anti-truck bomb barriers." When an FBI agent appeared at the door of his New Jersey home, Turner said he meant no harm. He is now behind bars awaiting trial, accused of threatening the judges and deemed by a U.S. magistrate as too dangerous to be free.
Turner's case is likely to test the limits of political speech at a time when incendiary talk is proliferating on broadcast outlets and the Internet, from the microphones of well-known commentators to the keyboards of anonymous netizens. President Obama has been depicted as a Nazi and slain Kansas abortion doctor George Tiller as "Tiller the killer." On guns and abortion, war and torture, taxes and now health care, the commentary feeds off pools of anger that ebb and flow with the zeitgeist.
LeRoy Carhart is determined to train as many late-term-abortion providers as possible—or the practice just might die with him.
“I know that the fetus is alive during the process most of the time because I can see fetal heartbeat on the ultrasound… I think brain death would occur because the suctioning to remove contents is only two or three seconds. So somewhere in that period of time—obviously not when you penetrate the skull, because people get shot in the head and they don’t die immediately from that, if they are going to die at all—so that probably is not sufficient to kill the fetus. But I think removing the brain contents eventually will… My intent in every abortion I have ever done is to kill the fetus and terminate the pregnancy.”Leroy Carhart's Abortion Clinic
~ LeRoy Carhart, testifying under oath in 1997 about what he does to facilitate abortion, quoted in the Asheville Tribune.
In a recently released report from the Center for Reproductive Rights (CRR), the advocacy group is appealing to the United Nations (UN) to formally recognize abortion-providers as "human rights defenders."Radical ObamaCzars and the First US Imperium
As of 15 August there are at least 41 named ObamaCzars with--at least--9 more to be appointed. ObamaCzars have virtually unlimited power and resources within their own areas of influence. ObamaCzars are not subject to questions from anyone--except Obama--or any governmental body. Unless allowed by the dictator, ObamaCzars may NOT be questioned by Congress, the media or We-the-People. ObamaCzars report only to their master--Obama.Cybersecurity Czar yields to Carper Bill with DHS Lead & CISO Council
Under Obama, the Democrat-controlled Congress is a rubber stamp for his policies. If Congress people disagree with their master Obama, there may be woe to them and their families. And some of the ObamaCzars are the most radical and heinous individuals ever to curse the USA. Think that statement is a bit strong? Obama has said that in order to know him we need to know the individuals with whom he surrounds himself.
So, at Dear Leader Obama's suggestion, and while we still can, let's take a look at but a few of them--shall we? Then, decide for yourselves.
The Administration has been very public in its search for a Cybersecurity Czar, but the position has never been popular . After false starts with several candidates, the latest edits to the U.S. ICE Act of 2009 (S.921) may have eliminated the position, instead going instead with a interagency "CISO Council" per the original bill, and placing program execution under DHS. The resignation of Ms. Hathaway is expected with Cybersecurity review completed and given the position's uncertainty.Obama's Mad Science Czar
It gets worse. The Holdren-Erlich book also promotes "Adding a sterilant to drinking water or staple foods." After noting that, well, yes, there were "very difficult political, legal and social questions, to say nothing of the technical problems," Mr. Holdren and his co-authors express hope that their idea may still be viable. "To be acceptable, such a substance would have to meet some rather stiff requirements," they wrote. "It must be uniformly effective, despite widely varying doses received by individuals, and despite varying degrees of fertility and sensitivity among individuals; it must be free of dangerous or unpleasant side effects; and it must have no effect on members of the opposite sex, children, old people, pets or livestock."
At a dinner to celebrate Bill Clinton's first presidential victory Rahm Emanuel began to reel off the names of those who had 'crossed' him. He grabbed a steak knife and began plunging it into the table shouting "Dead! Dead! Dead!" after each name.Humanist Atheist Scientific Secularist Naturalistic Ethical Rationalist Sceptics!
"When he was done the table looked like a lunar landscape," a witness relates. "It was like something out of The Godfather. But that's Rahm for you."
Oh yeah? SAY IT TEN TIMES! FAST!
Hey Hey We're the Hassners!
Liberals should cheer the pope
HASSNERS: Humanist Atheist Scientific Secularist Naturalistic Ethical Rationalist Sceptics Humanist - live a good life without religious or superstitious beliefs.
Atheist - de facto atheist antitheists who affirm, in all probability, that gods do not exist.
Scientific - science & the scientific method is the best way (eg evolution v creationism) to understand the world.
Secularist - challenge religious privilege & discrimination.
Naturalistic - the natural world (the Universe) is all that exists; nothing supernatural or mystical. All events may be explained by natural causes.
Ethical - ethical standards are worked out by every individual, not by gods.
Rationalist - truth can be discovered by reason.
Sceptics - disposed to incredulity & doubt hence suspend final judgment; are intellectually cautious & continually test their knowledge.
Your man has been accustomed, ever since he was a boy, to having a dozen incompatible philosophies dancing about together in his head. He doesn't think of doctrines as primarily "true" or "false," but as "academic" or "practical," "outworn" or "contemporary"...
~ Screwtape (the senior devil in C.S. Lewis' "The Screwtape Letters")
1. If banning books is wrong, then why is banning the Bible from Public Schools, attempting to ban the Gideons from placing Bibles in Hotel Rooms as they have for generations, and banning Biblical teachings and principles from the public square acceptable?HEGELIAN DIALECTIC, PANDEMIC & CREATIVE DESTRUCTION
2. If it is wrong to challenge belief systems like Darwinism, Atheism, and the Gay Lifestyle, then why is the slightest portrayal of the Christian Faith not allowed, and in some cases, a criminal action? Why is that not considered breeding hate against Christians?
3. If dissent is patriotic, as told to us by Nancy Pelosi and Hillary Clinton during the anti-war protests over the Iraq War, then why are Tea Party and Town Hall protesters being labeled as radicals and extremists, and why is it okay with you that the government is taking actions to silence those people?
4. If censoring language is un-American, especially if it were to be done by the governmental system, then why is it okay to ban words from the textbooks given to our children that identify gender?
Creative Destruction is not a new concept. It is, however, a new-age term for the Hegelian Dialectic. Call it what you want, the global results are the same. In order to achieve one-world governance, existing systems all over the globe had to be dismantled and eliminated. For instance, national sovereignty, national loyalty, national patriotism, personally selected lifestyles, individual beliefs and preferences, and naturally occurring communities versus socially engineered "communities" had to be dismantled, eliminated, and redefined by think tankers financed by philanthropic and government money.Two Shot Dead: Riddle of Bodies in Andaman Park
In order to achieve such a tremendous undertaking, money (specifically wages) had to be strategically controlled. Hence, the wildly successful America had to eliminate its jobs. Jobs = wages. Wages = personally selected lifestyles, individual beliefs and preferences, and naturally occurring communities. Next, the one-world think tankers told us that love of country and specifically patriotism led to "ethnic" battles, conflicts, and domestic terrorism.
They also told us that the political expression of and belief in individual freedom was the religious concept of chronically stupid and terrorist-leaning radicals. Keeping in mind that America always accepted immigrants from every country - immigrants and their religious beliefs - the wealthy think tankers decided to incorporate illegal immigration in order that America could be far more "multicultural" and at the same time elevate "racism" to new definitions and levels.
Seems westerners are being murdered on a regular basis in the Andamans...
POLICE are investigating the mysterious deaths of a Western man and a Thai woman, found shot dead in one of Thailand's most beautiful and remote national parks. Mystery surrounds their identity and the circumstances of their deaths, but police believe it could be an execution-style slaying. The bodies were found by local people at 7.30pm on Thursday in Khao Sok National Park in Phang Nga, the province that neighbors Phuket to the north.With Yucca Out, Where Does Nuclear Waste Go?
The Andaman coastline, scene of the Boxing Day tsunami that killed 5400 people from 40 countries along the Khao Lak coast and island off Phuket, is no stranger to mysteries. In May, two young women, one an American and the other a Norwegian, died on the island of Phi Phi after having occupied adjoining rooms in the Laleena Guesthouse. Thai police have been unable to determine the cause of their deaths. Earlier this year, the body of a heavily tattooed Western man washed ashore at Nai Harn, one of Phuket's popular tourist beaches. His identity and the circumstances of his death remain a mystery.
The decision by President Barack Obama to shelve the proposed nuclear waste repository at Yucca Mountain, Nevada, has revived a vexing, decades-old question: what to do with tens of thousands of tons of radioactive nuclear waste.Thousands flee fires in America's Santa Cruz mountains
2008 eruption transforms an Aleutian island
Sichuan Earthquake Activist Put on Trial
Magnitude 6.8 quake hits off Taiwan, Japan islands
Powerful 6.7 underwater earthquake shakes western Indonesia