British Elite Unit Training Libyan Special Forces
USA/Raytheon Arming the Turks
The Pentagon has notified Congress it plans to sell Turkey the most advanced version of its Patriot air-defense missile in an arms package worth as much as $7.8 billion, according to a press release.Obama lobbying rules having unintended effects
The Defense Security Cooperation Agency said the deal for nearly 290 Patriot missiles includes 72 PAC-3 models along with communications gear needed to establish an integrated air- defense system for more than a dozen command posts, according to the release dated Sept. 9 and posted to its Web site yesterday.
Congress has 30 days to veto the agreement before it’s considered approved. Lockheed Martin Corp., based in Bethesda, Maryland, and Waltham, Massachusetts-based Raytheon Co. would then enter into talks for a potential contract with Turkey.
“Turkey will use the PAC-3 missiles to improve its missile defense capability, strengthen its homeland defense, and deter regional threats,” the agency said in the statement.
Turkey has not previously acquired PAC-3 missiles, “but will be able to absorb and effectively utilize these missiles,” it said.
The White House has granted a few waivers, including one for Deputy Defense Secretary William Lynn, a former lobbyist with RaytheonAnd who exactly is Turkey's enemy from the Turkish POV?
Gaza War Created Rift Between Israel and Turkey
War of words between Israel and Turkey sparks formal complaint
Chill settles over Turkey-Israel relations
Turkish FM: Israel must show it wants peace
OSAMA THE DEAD TERRORIST SEZ:
US support for Israel led to 9/11: Bin Laden message
BiBi: Jerusalem is not a settlement
Netanyahu says still gaps with US on peace moves
US Mideast envoy to make final push ahead of UN meet
PNA positively considers Mubarak-Netanyahu meeting as Hamas rejects
Senior Fatah delegation delays Gaza visit
Hamas To Women: Don't Laugh And Talk In Public
Al-Qaida-linked group claims Katyusha attack
"Your brothers fired two Katyusha rockets from south Lebanon which landed in the Nahariya settlement in the north of occupied Palestine," read a statement on terrorist Web sites quoted by Reuters. The statement cited Israel's Gaza blockade and the restrictions on Muslims wishing to pray at the Temple Mount's Aksa Mosque. The statement was signed by the Ziad al-Jarrah division of the Abdullah Azzam Brigades, and the statement's headline linked the organization to al-Qaida, said Reuters.Israeli Compelled to Fire in Self Defense in Jerusalem
An Israeli male was taken into custody shortly before shabbos after he fired at Arab attackers in the Givati parking lot area near the Kosel. The intended victim explained he and a friend were under serious threat by a large group of Arabs, compelling him to fire in the air. After the warning shots did not distance the crowd, he fired at their legs, in accordance to protocol, injuring a 13-year-old and a 40-year-old. The Arabs told police they were attacked without provocation by the soldier. The male remains under house arrest but he was released from custody after police realized his version of the events that took place was indeed credible. His story appears to have been confirmed by security camera tapes viewed by police. Following the shooting incident, the Arab residents of Ir David began throwing rocks at Jewish homes and security forces.Israel mourns pilot, grieves for astronaut's family
Israel Monday mourned the death of the fighter pilot son of an astronaut killed in the 2003 Columbia space shuttle disaster, and the prime minister postponed talks on Middle East peace to attend his funeral.Olmert to go on trial Sept. 29 in Jerusalem
Diplomacy With West Fuels Hopes for Syrian Oil Revival
And the sixth angel poured out his bowl on the great river Euphrates, and its water was dried up to prepare the way for the kings from the East.River in 'cradle of civilization' shrinks
Power & Water Loss Due to Low Euphrates River
Water shortage threatens two million people in southern Iraq
Turkey, Iraq and Syria in water crisis summit
Iraq Tussles With Neighbors Over Water
Iraq Demands More Water from Turkey, Syria
Syria, Iraq, Turkey to tackle share of Euphrates water
It will take an international effort to solve Iraq's water crisis
The International Glow Ballers are already making the effort to avert the crisis, it is called TAKE THE GOLAN FROM THE JUDEN AND DRIVE THEM INTO THE SEA, otherwise known as the Baker Plan. The Golan supplies 1/3 of Israel's fresh water supply.
Strategic Value of the Golan Heights
Israel and Golan Heights: It's Water, Not 'Security'
BTW.. water is drying up all over inglorious Glow Ball:
SEARCH News ~ "Water Crisis"
"Sir," the woman said, "you have nothing to draw with, and the well is deep. Where can you get this living water?GMA adds Turkey visit to London, Saudi trips
~ John 4:11
If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me. And let him drink, whosoever believes in my name, for as the Word has said, streams of living water will flow from within him.
"My people have committed two sins: They have forsaken me, the spring of living water, and they have dug their own cisterns ~ broken cisterns that can never hold water."
~ Jeremiah 2:13
O MY LORD, the hope of Israel, all who forsake you will be put to shame. Those who turn away from you will be written in the dust because they have forsaken the LORD, the spring of living water.
~ Jeremiah 17:13
For the Lamb at the center of the throne will be their shepherd; he will lead them to springs of living water. And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.
On that day living water will flow out from Jerusalem, half to the eastern sea and half to the western sea, in summer and in winter.
“Turkey is like a gateway to Europe and of course, part of it is our campaign (to achieve) observer status in the Organization of Islamic Conference (OIC),”Turkey ready to host talks between Iran and G5
Davutoglu announced Turkey's readiness to host the talks between Iran and six major powers, China, the United States, Russia, Britain and France, plus Germany, and said that Iran's package of proposals is a proper ground for talks on important global issues, the report said. He expressed hoped that the talks to start as soon as possible,according to IRNA, but he did not tell the exact date.
Iran's nuclear programme is non-negotiable, President Ahmadinejad said
Iran insists on nuclear 'right'
US disappointed by Iran response to dialogue offer
That sound you hear is just me laughing maniacally. Next we will be vexed. On to the comfy chair!
Iran Gains US Military Technology Through Malaysia Middlemen
Iran frees Mousavi aide, human rights lawyer
See? We are reasonable human rights supporters. Wait till you see the show we make out of the American hikers!
Iran: Trial of Baha'i leaders charged with espionage postponed
Iran To Drill First Exploratory Well In Caspian Sea
Afghan detainees allowed to question detention
The Pentagon has begun putting into place a new program under which hundreds of prisoners being held by the military in Afghanistan will be given the right to challenge their detentions, a defense official said Sunday.Afghan Official Says NATO Strike Killed 99
Burma: A battleground for India and China
The coastline of Burma provides naval access in the proximity of one of the world's most strategic water passages, the Strait of Malacca, the narrow ship passage between Malaysia and Indonesia. The Strait of Malacca, linking the Indian and Pacific Oceans, is the shortest sea route between the Persian Gulf and China. It is the key chokepoint in Asia. More than 80% of all China's oil imports are shipped by tankers passing the Malacca Strait.Profits taken from Myanmar-based oil companies
The narrowest point is the Phillips Channel in the Singapore Strait, only 1.5 miles wide at its narrowest. Daily more than 12 million barrels in oil supertankers pass through this narrow passage, most en route to the world's fastest-growing energy market, China or to Japan. If the strait were closed, nearly half of the world's tanker fleet would be required to sail further. Closure would immediately raise freight rates worldwide. More than 50,000 vessels per year transit the Strait of Malacca. The region from Burma to Banda Ache in Indonesia is fast becoming one of the world's most strategic chokepoints.
Myanmar's military government has allegedly siphoned off billions of dollars from oil projects run by French oil firm Total and American ChevronCameco of Canada eyeing Indian uranium market
Russian Skinheads Firebomb Synagogue in Far East Region
A group of Russian skinheads have been detained for throwing Molotov cocktails at a synagogue in the country's far eastern city of Khabarovsk, officials said Monday. Nobody was injured in the attack overnight Saturday to Sunday, which was timed to take place ahead of Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year holiday due to begin this Friday, the far eastern branch of Russia's interior ministry said. "The nationalists acted in two groups: one threw bottles filled with a flammable mix at the windows of the synagogue; the other one, at a police officer's home," the ministry said in a statement. "At the synagogue the young people chose as their target a room epecially equipped for the education of small children." The four skinheads, aged 15 to 23, face arson charges that carry a maximum sentence of five years in prison, the statement said.Venezuela to Develop Nuclear Energy With Russian Help
Russia to Finance $2.2 Billion for Venezuelan Arms
Russia Rachets Up Rhetoric
KIEV, Ukraine -- Five years after Ukraine defied Russia and turned toward the United States and Europe in a peaceful, democratic revolution, Moscow is poised for a comeback in this former Soviet republic. The pro-Western president who came to power as the hero of the Orange Revolution is struggling with single-digit ratings just months before he stands for reelection.Saudis lose out to Russia in oil cuts
The man Russia backed in 2004 is leading the race to succeed him. And the next-strongest candidate also appears acceptable to the Kremlin. But rather than sit out the election, Russia has redoubled its efforts to portray Ukraine as a hostile neighbor, lodging a barrage of complaints against its policies and plunging relations between the two countries to their lowest point since the fall of the Soviet Union.
The vilification campaign has puzzled and alarmed analysts here as well as in Washington and Moscow. Many say Russia is trying to tilt the electoral field even further in its favor. But because that seems unnecessary, some are also asking whether Russian leaders might be laying the groundwork for a more serious confrontation with Ukraine, just a year after a brief war with another pro-Western neighbor, Georgia.
HAHAHAHA! SAY MY NAME!
~ Vladdest in Whole Glow Ball, tovarich!
Saudi Arabia sacrificed billions of dollars in revenues this year by cutting oil output to prop up the price of crude, only to see Russia snatch a bigger chunk of the market, analysts say.Now the Gulf kingdom, previously a vigilant enforcer of the cuts by the OPEC cartel that checked the sharp fall in oil prices last year, appears to be expanding its own oil flow again in exasperation."The cartel has lost a significant portion of market share in global crude production in the last year mostly to Russia," wrote Francisco Blanch, a commodities analyst at Bank of America Merrill Lynch, in a note.OPEC content with oil price, keeps oil output unchanged
Europe to remain No 1 customer - Gazprom
Comrade EUnicks! How do you say my name?
Putin's Power Grab
I do not grab, I liberate in name of glorious Soviet Pipple!
Putin will become president again in 2012 - maybe
HA HA HA! Stop it, tovarich, you are making Vlad's sides to hurt.
Putin: I'll be back
I do not have to be back, insolent ignorant headline. I have never gone away.
Russia seeks base in Tajikistan
Russian Defense Minister Anatoly Serdyukov has visited the Tajik capital for closed-door talks that reportedly included discussion of a Russian base near the Tajik-Afghan border, RFE/RL's Tajik Service reports. No official statements were issued after the September 11 meeting. Sources within the Tajik Foreign Ministry said that the sides discussed the lease of a Russian military base near Tajik-Afghan border and the legal status of Russian military personnel in Tajikistan.Tajik journalist Shuhrat Shodiev Pardoned in Uzbekistan
Glorious Uzbek State declares self to be magnanimous and democratic ! Also, we are pissed at the Tajiks.
Georgian mafia boss nabbed in Kyrgyzstan
Russian, Turkmen Presidents Fail to Strike Natural Gas Deal
Russian -Turkmen Gas Stalemate Continues
Gazprom sees Ukraine gas 'risk' next year
Yushchenko to discuss direct gas supplies in Turkmenistan
Turkmenistan says will resume gas supply to Gazprom
Presidents of Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Russia and Turkmenistan meet
Vietnam Government: PM To Visit Kazakhstan, Denmark, Hungary
Marijuana in Kazakhstan. Not to Be Destroyed but Used
GET THEE BEHIND ME, SATAN. Rat bastids is tryin' ta woo me!
Issyk-Kul hosts conference on mining companies' financial transparency
Eurasian Secret Services Daily Report
S& P Hits 11-Month High on Oil Forecasts
Gold prices top US$1,000; oil rebounds
Obama to Mark Lehman Collapse With Push for New Financial Rules
Wall Street Goes to Washington
NO! Unheard of, absurd!
City to 'unsafe' Sachs: Pay for protection
Goldman Sachs, the wealthiest bank on Wall Street, is locked in a bitter battle with city and state officials over the number of cops available to patrol its gleaming new world headquarters at Ground Zero. The bank is close to completing its $2.4 billion, 43-story skyscraper on Vesey Street in Battery Park City and says it will be ready to move in by the end of this year. But the big move could be delayed as the city and state scale back an expensive security agreement with the bank. The squabble is dealing yet another blow to the redevelopment of Ground Zero -- and possibly putting taxpayers on the hook for $320 million if the Goldman-government accord collapses.Central Banks Must Coordinate Clearinghouse Oversight, BIS Says
Two Million Conservatives March On DC
The rally is the culmination of the 9/12 Project, an effort put together by conservative-libertarian talk show host Glenn Beck.Ad campaign in Bay Area answers questions about Islam
Why Islam, indeed. Da'wa your ignorant kuffar asses!
It's certainly not unusual to spot billboards in Silicon Valley urging you to step into Fry's Electronics, shop at the Great Mall or buy a new Halloween costume. But for the first time, billboards asking "Why Islam?" have sprouted up in San Jose, Santa Clara and Concord, along with a blitz of posters on buses and bus stops — a campaign to educate people about the religion and fight negative stereotypes.Bush-Era Official's Appointment to Declassification Panel Draws Fire
The ads offer free Korans and a toll-free number people can call to seek answers about the oft-misunderstood religion. "The best-case scenario of this campaign would be to show the public that Muslims are hardworking, peace-loving family contributors," said Ahmed Khaleel, 30, of Santa Clara, the outreach coordinator for the Bay Area Chapter of the Islamic Circle of North America, which is sponsoring the "Why Islam" project. "Since Sept. 11, Islam has stood at the focus of negativism. Islam is not synonymous with terrorism."
The Obamanable Bushman cometh!
Law Enforcement and the use of national security letters since 9/11
The newest member of a panel that advises the president on declassification policy is a former top intelligence official who oversaw some of the Bush administration's most controversial counterterrorism programs.
Michael V. Hayden, a retired four-star Air Force general, was appointed to the Public Interest Declassification Board by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) during the August recess.
"The country is fortunate that Gen. Michael Hayden has agreed to serve as a member," McConnell said in an e-mail. "His long history of service as an intelligence professional makes him ideally suited for balancing the interests of secrecy and disclosure in protecting our national security."
Obama's Security State: Keeping Tabs, Keeping Secret
During his 2008 run for the presidency, Senator Barack Obama promised to reverse the Bush regime's pathological penchant for secrecy and the illegal programs that flourished in darkness like so many poisonous mushrooms.NYPD Reworks Terrorism Report After Stereotyping Accusations
Administration backpedaling on promises to end the more onerous features of the Bush years betray, not so much Obama's duplicity but rather, the naïve and misplaced hope by his supporters that acentrist Democrat beholden to the corporate pirates and militarists who rule the roost, would actually do things any differently.
In areas of critical importance to civil libertarians, the Democratic regime continues to beef up Bushist programs and heighten government secrecy while limiting public accountability, particularly where the intelligence and security apparatus is concerned.
How else explain Obama's plan, buried within the 2010 budget, to provide the Department of Homeland Security an additional $260 million to hire thousands more state and regional intelligence analysts to staff already bloated and controversial fusion centers?
A Story Told by an Ancient Stone
Israeli Archaeologists Uncover Earliest Menorah Depiction
Archeologists find main Jerusalem street from Second Temple period
Second Temple Pilgrimage Route Uncovered
Mantra and Uranex get govt nod to mine uranium in Tanzania
Theme Time Radio Hour with Bob Dylan
RIP Jim Carroll, NYC poet and punk rocker, dead at 60
All my friends, they died....
Dawkins forceful over monkey business
At ScienceBlogs: Saving gods by making them even emptier of meaning
Agghhhh! They asked that of the chief raging whore of the caliphate and Sir Dickie Dee? Ahahahaha! Too funny.
The Wall Street Journal commissioned Karen Armstrong and Richard Dawkins to answer the same question: Where does evolution leave God?Meantime, back in Japan: Sex in space could be the key to the survival of humans!