Sam the Sham & The Pharaohs
Little Red Riding Hood
The Chief Palestinian negotiator, Saeb Erekat, has slammed Israel's deliberate attempt to portray Iran as a threat to the region.BiBi's statement at the press conference with the President of Egypt, Hosni Mubarak, at Sharm el-Sheikh
"There is a line in Israel saying that Iran is a danger to the region. This is absurd and unacceptable", Erekat said at the World Economic Forum on the Middle East in Jordan.
"The real threat to the region is in fact the Israeli occupation," he added.
We wish to expand this peace, first and foremost with our Palestinian neighbors. We want to see Israelis and Palestinians living together with the prospect of peace, security and prosperity. We believe that these three things go hand in hand, one does not come at the expense of another, one does not come in place of another, but rather peace, security and prosperity go together.Shame on you BiBi. Yoni sees you.
Therefore, we wish to resume the peace talks between ourselves and the Palestinians as soon as possible and I fervently hope that they will be renewed in the coming weeks which in turn will set in motion the processes which will strengthen the economic cooperation between us and of course the activities of the Palestinian security apparatus that serve the security for both peoples.
We Fooled You,We Intend to Destroy You. So Now What Will You Give Us?
We shouldn't forget that except for the fact that Arafat himself is dead, the leadership of Fatah and the PA today is exactly the same as it was in the 1990s. Hamas is worse. When someone who is trying to fool you now brags about how they did so in the past, attention must be paidTurkey urges Israel to accept Syria's overtures
In other news:
Grandma urges Little Red Riding Hood to accept Big Bad Wolf's overtures.
Snuff film at 11.
Jordan king touts "57-state solution"
AKA 57 ways to kill the Juden
Jordan's King Abdullah used a speech at an economic forum on Friday to push the idea of expanding an Arab initiative for peace with Israel to include the entire Muslim world.Obama's Middle East peace quest
The U.S.-allied king told the Times of London this week that U.S. President Barack Obama wanted to promote a peace plan involving all Muslim countries and not just Arab nations.
Obama is due to address the region in a speech in Cairo next month and foreign ministers of the 57-nation Organisation of the Islamic Conference are due to meet in Syria on May 23.
We got us a Purple Proser Deluxe-a-Wanky right here:
As the Obama administration looks poised to launch itself into the Middle East process, the BBC's diplomatic correspondent Paul Adams reflects on observing nearly two decades of US peace-making efforts.CENTER FOR THE STUDY OF ISLAM & DEMOCRACY
It is 1991. As a rainy Jerusalem spring gives way to a typically scorching summer, George Bush senior's envoy - the tall, patrician, steely Texan, James Baker III - shuttles in and out of the city, eight times, nudging and cajoling the Israelis and Palestinians towards an accommodation.
Standing outside the American consulate, I sometimes imagine I can hear the sound of stubborn Middle Eastern heads being cracked together by this dogged mediator.
The air is ripe with possibility. Despite the daunting obstacles, I am hopeful. And a little bit involved.
(located in Arlington VA) :
Open Letter to President Obama about Promoting Democracy and Defending Human Rights in the Middle East
We are heartened by your promise to listen to and understand the hopes and aspirations of Arabs and Muslims. By shutting down Guantanamo Bay and forbidding torture, your administration will inspire greater confidence between the United States and the Muslim world. Last month, in your first major interview, millions of Arabs heard your call for mutual respect on one of the Middle East’s most watched television channels. They were encouraged to find that you hold a resolution to the Israel-Palestinian conflict as an urgent priority, as evidenced by the appointment of Senator George Mitchell as your envoy. Reaching out to the people of the region so early on in your presidency is a step of no small significance. But it is a step that must be followed by concrete policy changes.The Mideast Nuclear Arms Scramble
by Amir Taheri
Fears that the Obama administration intends to let Iran become a nuclear power has sent other Middle Eastern countries shopping around for partners to help them join the nuclear club.Enter the Frogmen:
Saudi Arabia is the latest, announcing last Sunday that it's reached an "agreement in principle" with France to develop a "nuclear industry for peaceful purposes." It becomes the third Arab country -- after Egypt and Qatar -- to seek French help in joining the nuclear club. The United Arab Emirates, which has signed a pact with the United States not to enrich uranium, is negotiating a similar deal with France.
Pakistan in 'French nuclear deal'
Iran to host summit with Afghanistan, Pakistan
German Double Cross on Durban II
Remember that Germany had the courage and conviction to refuse to participate in the Durban II racist "anti-racism" conference? Remember that Germany decided it would not sit on the anniversary of Hitler's birthday - opening day of Durban II - and listen to Iranian President Ahmadinejad promote another Holocaust? Remember that Germany refused to lend credibility to Durban II by deciding not to attend any of it?Seven Existential Threats
That was weeks ago when the fiasco of Durban II was in the public eye. Today, the same Germany has double-crossed Jews, Israel and all those who care about anti-Semitism and the demonization of the Jewish state. Germany has now agreed to the outcome document from Durban II - the document which "reaffirms" Durban I's smear that Israelis are racists. Confirmation of Germany's position on the Durban II outcome document can now be found on the website of the German mission to the United Nations: the "document, from the German point of view, is an acceptable basis for the continuing struggle against racial discrimination and xenophobia."
The State of Israel copes not only with one but with at least seven existential threats on a daily basis. These threats are extraordinary not only for their number but also for their diversity. In addition to external military dangers from hostile regimes and organizations, the Jewish State is endangered by domestic opposition, demographic trends, and the erosion of core values. Indeed, it is difficult if not impossible to find an example of another state in the modern epic that has faced such a multiplicity and variety of concurrent existential threats.Iran's Khatami meets Saudi king
Former Iranian president Mohammad Khatami met the Saudi King Abdullah in Riyadh on Thursday, where he had attended the 28th meeting of the InterAction Council.ElBaradei urges Iran to engage with US
Established in 1983, the InterAction Council is an organization comprised of former heads of state, who meet to discuss and make recommendations on political, economic and social problems.
Pakistan Hopes for $1 Billion Loan from Asian Development Bank
Pay the Jizya or pay with your blood.
Jewish cemetery desecrated in Oslo
The Jewish section of an Oslo cemetery was desecrated with swastikas and graffiti painted on headstones, Norwegian media reported on Friday. Television images showed black swastikas and the phrase "The War is Not Over" painted on a number of tombstones at the Sofienberg cemetery, which was used between 1869 and 1917 and is considered a heritage site.Iran: Plutonium or Uranium? Does it matter?
The main organisation representing Norway's Jewish community said it planned to file a police complaint. Some 1,300 Jews live in the Scandinavian country out of a total population of around 4.8 million.
In March, Norwegian Jewish leaders reported a dramatic increase in anti-Israel and anti-Semitic sentiment in the country following the Israeli operation in Gaza, accusing the Norwegian media and intellectual elite During the war, Olso, the Norwegian capital, was fraught with violent anti-Israel demonstrations. Numerous government officials decried Israel’s actions in Gaza and during a march against the operation shouts of "Death to the Jews" were heard.
UN nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty debate ends with no agreement
Keeping things vauge is of the utmost importance
Leon Panetta's mission: To stop Israel bombing Iranian nuclear plant
Why don't we just all jump into the oven right now and save all these beasts the trouble, hmm?
Somali President Approves Islamic Law, Attacks Continue:
President Ahmed said Somalia is a Muslim country and the people support Islamic law. He instructed his cabinet ministers to implement the legislation and defended the bill from the criticism of the insurgents threatening the government. Mr. Sharif said this is the first time Islamic law has been introduced in Somalia, so what reason do they have for opposing it, other than to destroy the country?Nigerian MEND "declares war" after army offensive
Nigeria's main militant group declared "all-out war" in the heart of Africa's biggest oil and gas industry on Friday after the security forces used gunboats to try to flush its fighters out of the creeks.OIC made sure Kenya lost race for UN seat
Navy gunboats exchanged fire with militants along Chanomi Creek in Delta state, a region which is home to U.S. energy giant Chevron's (CVX.N) Escravos export terminal and Nigeria's 125,000 barrels per day Warri refinery.
Venezuela temporarily seizes pasta plant
ALL YOUR ZITI ARE BELONG TO US!
And.... Death to Potatoes!
And Jewish Oranges too!
THE GLOBAL LAND GRAB
ANCHORAGE, Alaska, USA, May 5 (Tierramérica) - More than 20 million hectares of farmland in Africa and Latin America are now in the hands of foreign governments and companies, a sign of a global "land grab" that got a boost from last year's food crisis.Ukraine IDs Thousands Of Stalin's Victims Buried Near Kyiv
Rich countries that are short on land or water at home are looking to secure food-producing lands elsewhere as a way to ensure food security for their populations, said Joachim von Braun, director of the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI).
"There is a major lack of transparency in these land deals," von Braun said in a telephone press conference from Washington.
The IFPRI study, "'Land Grabbing' by Foreign Investors in Developing Countries," by von Braun and Ruth Meinzen-Dick, which was presented last week, estimates that 15 to 20 million hectares have been acquired or are in the process of being sold.
Von Braun pointed out that this is equivalent to about 25 percent of all the farmland in Europe.
Their remains scream WAKE UP at a comatose world.
Conservatives Reject Possibility of “Grand Bargain” With Russia
Oh those kooky conservatives! Rejecting a pact with Satan, how crazy are they?
Bolton asks the question: What's black & white and wrong all over?
"The [Obama] administration's Russia policy is wrong. The administration's Iran policy is wrong. The administration's Russia-Iran policy is wrong," former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations John Bolton said during a panel discussion Wednesday at the American Enterprise InstituteIn American Pravda:
US Laments Russian Veto of Georgia Peacekeeping Plan
Lament in one hand and foment in the other and see who goes to the gulag first, proples.
Adding frustration to Oymerika's lamentations:
US frustrated with Russia over Georgia monitors
Detention Center Chief Killed In Russia's North Caucasus
And the Purge Rolls On....
Attackers shot dead Vitaly Bogatyrev as he returned home from work on May 14.Ex-officials of rebel Georgia area: leader corrupt
Leaders? Corrupt? Unheard of! Absurd!
European Court Orders Russia To Compensate Chechens
No one orders Badass Vlad. Not no one, not no how.
You will see.
Suicide Bomber Kills Two Police In Chechnya
Earlier this week we blogged about Russia's new National Security Strategy, a document signed by the president which was delayed one month in its publication. What was happening during that month, and what changes were being made? The Power Vertical has some theories:Russia warns against Eurovision gay protest
NO FAGS FOR YOU! And death to potatoes!
~ Bad Vlad, Ubercilliously Macho Grand High Sovietski of Peace
Moscow police break up gay pride rally
Perhaps my friends you did not hear my peaceful request the first time.
I SAID NO FAGS FOR YOU!
~ Bad Vlad, A Heterosexual Impaler
Riot police broke up several gay rights demonstrations in Moscow on Saturday, hauling away scores of protesters hours before the capital hosted a major international pop music competition.No injuries were reported, but the detentions could damage Russia's reputation on gay rights and its image as a modern nation, as the country tries to play gracious host during an event being televised around the world.Have her stripped, washed and brought to my Dacha!
City officials had warned they would not tolerate marches or rallies supporting the rights of gays and lesbians.
Activists had targeted Moscow, which was holding the finals of the Eurovision song contest, to press their claims that Russia officially sanctions homophobia.Police seized gay rights advocates as well as some members of religious and nationalist groups that staged counter-demonstrations.
They also took away gay rights activists for talking to reporters, and ripped the bra and shirt off one female protester.
~ Bad Vlad, the Impaler
Russian Journalist Found Guilty Of Libel For Prison Reports
Azerbaijani's State Oil Co Demolishes Offshore Mosque
State oil company SOCAR says the reason for the demolition is due to preparations for Oily Rocks' 60th anniversary, in which structures without a certain architectural style are being demolished.Gazprom Is Ready to Buy All Gas From Nabucco Base in Azerbaijan
U.S. Karabakh Envoy Defends His Role
... the Azerbaijani president's foreign-policy adviser said he sees double standards and clear evidence of "Christian solidarity" among the co-chairs of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe's Minsk GroupRussia, European states to sign gas pipeline deal
I told you... winter comes again soon to the Euro dhimmi serfs.
HA HA HA! My name is called Vlad!
Gazprom pipeline project harms Arctic tundra
It is my tundra and I will harm it all that I please, capitalist pig.
Who is to stop me, hmmm?
~ Badass Vlad
Russia warns of war over Arctic oil & gas riches
Armenian Activist Deemed 'Mentally Ill,' Then Freed
Scores of opposition activists are still jailed for their actions after last year's election.Oman's Renaissance hopes to cash in on lucrative Kazakhstan oil
Kazakhstan Won't Repay BTA Debt, Central Bank Says
Banking sector in Kazakhstan failed free market test
Igor! Look over there! Balls are flying!
IMF urges Kazakhstan to solve banks' problems
Offical urging, second only to the strongly worded letter as a tool of utter bullshit.
Kazakh President's Son-in-Law Tells All
Turkmenistan grants mass prisoner pardon
If you have been following my coverage of The Stans lo these many malevolent months you already know why they did this. Don't worry they will hunt them all down and shoot them later. Count on it.
Turkmenistan-China gas pipeline to deliver Uzbek gas
Uzbekistan: Andijon Refugees Say Relatives Tortured, Killed
FBI Probing SEC Attorneys for Insider Trading
Some Insurers Wary of Treasury Bailout; Ameriprise Declines Funds
Don't make Czar Paulson slip you his left as a convincer!
That mysterious BofA/CCB stake sale
...a small group of investors led by buyout firm Hopu Investment ManagementPlease recall that HOPU is the Gold Man's Chinese Fang
The Hedge Fund Transparency Act: Will it Work?
China Foreign Currency Bonds Have "Huge Potential"
US Contractors Fired at Kabul Car
The contractors were trainers hired by Paravant LLC, a subsidiary of Xe. Paravant has terminated contracts with the four men "for failure to comply with the terms of their contract," according to Xe spokeswoman Anne Tyrrell. "Contractual and or legal violations will not be tolerated," she said.Senate panel plans hearing on wiretapping
Paravant was set up to subcontract to Raytheon Co. on a large U.S. Army training contract, according to a person familiar with the situation. Raytheon referred questions to U.S. Central Command, which runs the military effort in Afghanistan.
The Justice Department confirmed Wednesday that it had reined in the NSA’s wiretapping activities in the United States after learning that the agency had improperly accessed American phone calls and e-mails while eavesdropping on foreign communications. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because the NSA program is classified. The Senate hearing will be closed to the public. It will delve into questions raised by The New York Times story that have not been covered in closed-door informal briefings, a committee official said. The official would not say what those issues are.ACLU all wrong on fusion centers
Yet more idiotic Pro Fusion Center commentary
Health care deal likely to include public, private plans
Public private? Is that the oxymoron of the week or something?
UT prof didn't report even more Glaxo cash
U.S. Attorney's Office: Stay off Drudge!
The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Massachusetts directed employees earlier this month not to log onto the Drudge Report website with government-issued computers due to potential viruses on the site.Obama asks Israel to drop out of Senate race
In an e-mail message sent May 4, Paul Harvey, an information-technology official for the Boston office, wrote that security specialists with the U.S. Attorney’s Office at the Department of Justice asked them “to reformat/reimage two computers because the user visited the drudgereport.com site.”
“Please avoid the Drudgereport website from the [United States Attorney’s Office] computers,” Harvey wrote.
And he does.
This dude was running against the chosen NARAL infanticide candidate Gillibrand
(see yesterday's links)
By persuading Rep. Steve Israel on Friday to drop a run for the Senate just days before he was to announce it, President Barack Obama sought to clear the field in next year's Democratic primary for appointed Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand.Rep. Israel decides against Senate run
Obama sent a signal to other potential challengers when he invoked "party unity" in his appeal to Israel, seen as the most formidable opponent as a proven fundraiser who had already hired a campaign manager.
But other rivals to Gillibrand, an upstate moderate Democrat appointed to the Senate in January, gave no hint they are ready to stand down.
After a 15 minute phone conversation with The Obamanable...
Obama: Crucial role for Huntsman in China
Stunner: Obama picks Huntsman
Me and Oscar Madison's bookie? Not so freakin' stunned, thank you.
YOU DO NOT HAVE TWO PARTIES.
If you did John Bolton would be president right now. Maybe Keyes would be VP.
When will you believe me?
In a stunning -- and seemingly savvy -- move, President Obama announced this morning that he was nominating Utah Republican Gov. Jon Huntsman to be his ambassador to China. Huntsman speaks Mandarin fluently, has a daughter adopted from China, and served as George W. Bush's deputy U.S. trade representative. Besides Florida Gov. Charlie Crist, who this week announced he's running for the Senate in 2010, Huntsman was shaping up to be the moderate Republican voice in a potential 2012 presidential field that includes Mitt Romney, Sarah Palin, Mark Sanford, and even Newt Gingrich.UCCCCHHHH, please with 2012 already.
Catholics astir over Obama's speech at Notre Dame
Astir, huh? Must be akin to restive.
Meantime the Pope has yet to peep on this.
New York City health chief to head CDC
Frieden led efforts to ban smoking in New York bars and restaurants and to ban trans fats in food. He also pushed to require restaurants to post calorie information on their menus in an effort to reduce obesity.Obama Picks Pro-Abortion head of CDC
New York City has paid millions of dollars over the years for abortions for poor residents and required medical students there to lean how to do abortions. Frieden, who will take over the CDC in June, feuded with pro-life advocates by distributing millions of free condoms in 2007.Judge forces parents to give their 13 year old son chemotherapy against all of their wishes
New York City’s bishops issued a scathing denunciation at the time. “The decision of the city of New York to distribute  million free condoms to the public — and minors as well, according to news reports — is tragic and misguided,”
Cardinal Edward Egan of New York and Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio said at the time. “Our political leaders fail to protect the moral tone of our community when they encourage inappropriate sexual activity by blanketing our neighborhoods with condoms," they added.
Plouffe Daddy warns of 'swiftboat' attacks on Obama's health reform
Area Synagogue Builds Jerusalem Replica in Lego Blocks
Whatever floats your boat there, dude.
Darwin comes to Jerusalem
Really? I thought he was dead, Jim.
Did he have one of those kooky Jewish ressurection things?
Deadly volcano threatens DRC
The occasion is being celebrated all over the world, and as part of the festivities a British council has set up an exhibit displaying Darwin and his many theories.The show is being held in countries around the globe, accompanied by translations and additions submitted by each of the nations it visits. At Jerusalem's Science Museum the exhibit will be presented in English, Hebrew, and Arabic.
Labeled 'Darwin Now', the show presents photos and documents from the life of the famed scientist, as well as sketches showing Darwin's ideas on the origin of various species.
Like I said the other day, the Congo is so overflowing with evil at the moment I would not be a bit suprised if it just spontaneously combusts and disappears off the face of the earth.
6.7 rattles New Zealand islands
Little Red Riding Hood
Al Jazzbo Collins