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He said the Arab world expects the area to be included in a moratorium on settlements.Hamas leaders back to Gaza following visits to Egypt, Syria
The Hamas charter states that it is “one of the wings of the Muslim Brothers in Palestine” and an Israeli TV station has reported that Muslim Brotherhood “representatives” have traveled to Gaza from Egypt through the open border to meet with Hamas. An early media report indicated that shortly after Hamas took over the Gaza strip, Muslim Brotherhood representatives were present to review Hamas military formations.PM faces uprising over settlement halt
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu will return from his European trip to find that two Likud rallies have been organized to express opposition to the settlement freeze he reportedly negotiated with US envoy George Mitchell in London.Qassam strikes southern Israel amid growing border strain
"We warn the US government and (President Barack) Obama not to fall into the trap laid by former US politicians on the issue of Palestine," foreign minister Manouchehr Mottaki was quoted as saying by the Fars news agency.Did the White House Green Light Lockerbie Bomber's Release?
"The US government should know the new Middle East peace plan cannot ignore Palestinians' rights and that this plan does not secure the least of Palestinians' demands," he said. Mottaki also insisted that Iran's national interests were tied up with "obtaining Palestinians' rights."
The recent events in Scotland show the futility of treating a war as a criminal justice issue. Did Gordon Brown get a green light from the Obama administration to let a convicted murderer, Al Megrahi, go "scot free"?Little progress in Syrian nuclear probe
VIENNA, Austria — The UN atomic watchdog has been unable to make much progress in its investigation into alleged illicit nuclear activities in Syria, a senior UN official said Friday."There's not much progress, if anything," the official said in response to a new report by the International Atomic Energy Agency on its probe into allegations that Damascus had been building a covert nuclear reactor at a remote desert site until it was bombed by Israeli planes in September 2007.IAEA extends probe of alleged secret Syria atom site
The Obama administration's outreach to Syria had been clear and forthright. It included six high-level visits by U.S. officials to Syria, Washington's announcement that it would return an ambassador to Damascus, a reported letter from President Obama to President Assad, and the facilitation of export licenses for aircraft parts waived under U.S. sanctions against Syria. A Centcom-led delegation visited Damascus two weeks ago and concluded a tentative agreement with Syria on a technical assessment of Iraqi-Syrian border posts. Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, miffed at being left out of these promising talks, visited Damascus last week to seal the tripartite deal. The string of blasts that greeted him upon his return on Aug. 19 -- the bloodiest in more than 18 months and now claimed by an al Qaeda affiliate -- has led Baghdad to demand that Syria expel Iraqi Baathists and jihadi militants from its soil and recall its ambassador. Damascus responded in kind, effectively blowing up Washington's initiative on the launchpad.UN's Ban Calls On Palestinians to Unite for Talks
The culture of exclusion and narrow mindedness, of the claim to a monopoly on the absolute truth, branding those who beg to differ as traitors and heretics, breeds fanatics, militias, sectarian violence and groups that clamour to proclaim entities like an "Islamic Republic of Gaza" over which they have an exclusive right to rule. Such a mode of behaviour proliferates like a particularly virulent weed in times of political decay and military defeat, especially in areas gripped by poverty, unemployment, weakness and frustration, as is the case in Gaza.Ramadan Temple Mount prayers: 5 arrested near Old City, some with knives
An ultra-Orthodox Jew threw himself under the wheels of idling car and was moderately injured Saturday during a protest against the operation of a Jerusalem parking garage on the Jewish Sabbath, police said.
Syria is bound by specific U.N. Security Council resolutions to hand over any suspected terrorist believed to be plotting against Iraq, officials say. Iraq blames Baathist supporters exiled in Damascus for plotting the deadly Aug. 19 attacks in Baghdad that killed more than 100 people.New Zawahiri Video: The Main Battle is Now in Pakistan
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — A court in Pakistan on Friday directed the government to lift any remaining restrictions on the movements of Abdul Qadeer Khan, the rogue scientist who confessed to having run an illicit global nuclear proliferation network.NATO leader, in Turkey, declares respect for Islam
"Please see my presence here tonight as a clear manifestation of my respect for Islam as one of the world's greatest religions," Fogh Rasmussen said at an iftar with Turkey's leaders."Turkey calls for closer NATO ties with Islamic world
"Dialogue as such is likely to blossom into international relations based on the principles of international law, in a way conducive to the alliance of civilizations and cultures in the true cultural, civilization and humanist sense of the word.”
The Jizyah Tax – Equality And Dignity Under Islamic Law!
In the West, at least in constitution terms, however inadequately outworked in practice in some places, the equality of human beings is a fundamental assumption "all men are equal before the law". For this reason, Justice is often depicted in statues as blindfolded; the class, religion or race of anyone is irrelevant the law, at least in terms of its goal, applies equally to everyone, and safeguards everyone equally.Defamation Of Islam Imperils Relations Among Nations, Says Ihsanoglu
In Islamic law, however, this is simply not the case. The life of a Muslim is considered superior to that of a non-Muslim, so much so that whilst a non-Muslim killing a Muslim would be executed, the reverse would not occur.
Defamation of Islam represents one of the most conspicuous demonstrations of contemporary racism and intolerance, said Organisation of the Islamic Conference (OIC) secretary-general Professor Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu. He said it also constituted a threat to harmonious and cooperative relationship between and among nations. "The campaign of Islamophobia has adversely impacted the image, the honour, the cultural identity and the self-esteem of Muslims the world over, eroding their fundamental human rights," he said.Saudi Arabia & Yemen are at War
Saudi Arabia launched airstrikes against Shiite al-Houthi rebels in the north Yemen province of Saada are baseless, Yemeni defense officials said. Al-Houthi rebels claimed the government of Saudi Arabia helped Yemen launch attacks on rebel strongholds in 2004.Yemeni men plead guilty in NY to money laundering
The United Arab Emirates has seized a cargo ship earlier this month bound for Iran with a cache of banned arms from North Korea, the first such seizure since sanctions against North Korea were ramped up, diplomats and officials told The Associated Press on Friday.UN nuclear watchdog named Mohamed denies hiding Iranian information
"Time and again unidentified sources feed the media and Member States with misinformation or misinterpretation," IAEA spokesman Marc Vidricaire said in a statement. "There are articles claiming that the (IAEA) secretariat is hiding information, and that there are sharp disagreements among staff members involved about the contents of the report. Needless to say, such allegations have no basis in fact." Separately, the IAEA said on Friday Iran had slowed its expansion of uranium enrichment slightly, and met some demands for better monitoring, but that it needed to address credible allegations of covert atom bomb researchReport shows Iran expands nuclear program
The latest report on Iran's nuclear activities by the International Atomic Energy Agency shows Tehran continues to defy the international community and expand its nuclear program, an Obama administration official said on Friday.Iran dismisses nuclear assessment
"It demonstrates that Iran continues to expand its nuclear program and continues to deny the IAEA full cooperation," said the official. He termed steps Iran has taken "overdue" and "limited" and said they fell short of requirements included in international resolutions.
Lawmakers rejected a female candidate tapped for the Iranian Cabinet because of her alleged ties to the campaign of opposition leader Mir Hossein Mousavi. Unnamed deputy lawmakers in the Iranian Parliament said Sousan Keshavarz, who was nominated by Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad as the next education minister, was rejected for her ties to Mousavi. "We have heard that she was active in the campaign headquarters of (defeated presidential candidate) Mir Hossein Mousavi," the source told the Iranian Labor News Agency.Iranian president wants opposition leaders punished
"The leaders and the main elements behind the unrest should be dealt with most firmly," Ahmadinejad told Friday prayers at Tehran University. The president said those caught up in the unrest should be freed, but the leaders should face justice. "These deceived figures should enjoy Islamic clemency. But don't give immunity and protection to the main elements," he said in a speech broadcast live on state radio. "Those who organized protests and carried out Iran's enemies' demands should be confronted decisively." Those on trial include a former vice president and several former ministers as well as a number of wealthy businessmen.Taliban growth in northern Afghanistan threatens to expand war
BAGHLAN-I-JADID, Afghanistan — Taliban insurgents have taken over parts of two northern provinces from which they were driven in 2001, threatening to disrupt NATO's new supply route from Central Asia and expand a war that's largely been confined to Afghanistan's southern half, U.S. and Afghan officials said.August deadliest month yet for US in Afghanistan
Students are our future, but when something happens to them, who will help and protect them? Chongqing Huaxi Women's Hospital has started Students Care Month, where those students who come to get an abortion can get 50% off if they show their student ids. Abortion surgeries are the most advanced in the world, won't stretch (your womb), won't hurt, it's quick, and you can do what you want afterward, it won't affect your studies or your work.CNPC Says 'Nothing to Disclose at Moment' on Repsol
PROFESSOR Omafume Friday Onoge, Africa's most distinguished Marxist social anthropologist, passed on into eternity on Sunday, July 12, 2009, due to prolonged illness. He would have been 71 by October. Prof. Onoge was an academic and cultural colossus and activist who applied revolutionary methods to advance the cause of democratic change in the Niger Delta region, Nigeria, and the African continent.VENEZUELA: Students and staff injured on campus
Four people have been injured on the campus of Universidad de Los Andes (ULA) in western Venezuela during an attack by a group of 30 suspected government supporters.Russia deploys missiles along border with North Korea
The Kremlin ordered troops to deploy Russia’s most advanced missile defence system, the S-400, to intercept any threats from North Korea’s nuclear programme. General Nikolai Makarov, the head of the Russian army, said that a mobile battery of 32 surface-to-air missiles had been put into operation in anticipation of any Korean tests. “We are taking these preventative measures as a security guarantee against faulty launches of the missiles and to guarantee that fragments of these missiles never fall on Russian territory,” he said. “We are concerned by the fact that the site in North Korea where it carries out its nuclear tests is located quite close to the Russian border.”Russia to protect ships bound for Abkhazia
NATO hopes closer ties with Russia will lead, among other things, to an agreement with Moscow to allow for the transit of weaponry to Afghanistan. NATO now relies on a route via Pakistan that has been under persistent attack.'Russians Have Exactly the Capitalism They Deserve'
Prime Minister Boiko Borissov has invited his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin to Sofia in November as part of the talks Bulgaria has with Russia on large-scale energy projects such as the Belene nuclear power plant, the South Stream natural gas pipeline and the Bourgas-Alexandropoulis oil pipeline, Borissov told Nova Televisia on August 28 2009. In November, the Bulgarian-Russian economic bilateral committee is scheduled to meet in Moscow, but Borissov asked Putin to move the session to Sofia so that Borissov can personally take part.Son of CIA double-agent pleads guilty in Russia spy case
Russia disapproves the resolution of the UN about the state of refugees in the Caucasus...Suicide bombing in Chechnya kills 2, wounds 6
A Qatari company has unveiled plans to build a luxury housing and hotel complex outside of the Tajik capital Dushanbe. The complex, "Diyori Dushanbe" will be constructed along the shore of Lake Javonon near Dushanbe and feature a 128-room five star hotel, 300 apartments, sports and entertainment centers, kindergartens and premises for the Qatari embassy, Tajik news agency Asia Plus reported on August 28.Tajikistan purchases blank biometric passports in Germany
All the locals intending to go to Mecca will register and be added to the applicants' list. They must then wait their turn to receive permission to take part in the pilgrimage. Yusufov noted that Turkey and Iran use similar systems, adding that the Hajj applicants might be asked to deposit up to 60 percent of the Hajj expenses beforehand.UZBEKISTAN: TASHKENT IMPOSES TEMPORARY BAN ON HIJAB
The Republic of Uzbekistan has closed its border with the Republic of Tajikistan in connection with celebrations on September 1, 2009 of anniversary of independence of Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan Today agency reports citing Central Asian news service CA-NEWS. According to the central administrative board of the Frontier Troops of the State Committee of National Security, the border will be closed until the end of the first decade of September. Only the citizens of Russia and Uzbekistan will be able to travel to Uzbekistan from Tajikistan during this period. The citizens of Russia and Tajikistan will be able to travel to Tajikistan through Uzbekistan to go back home and the citizens of Uzbekistan to go to a funeral.Border disputes hurt Caspian energy
Iran may slow Western oil and gas developments in the energy-rich Caspian Sea as political fights endure over border issues, experts say. The five littoral states of the Caspian Sea are at odds over a 1921 agreement that divided the region between Iran and the Soviet Union. Turkmenistan has complained Azerbaijan is working on fields in disputed territorial waters, while Russian President Dmitry Medvedev says territorial spats should not inhibit development. Delegates at an international oil symposium in Kazakhstan in November are set to review the legal status of the Caspian Sea.National Iranian oil company banned to ship in country's Caspian ports
Leaders of the Amirabad port in northern Iran banned two vessels carrying petroleum products, to dock at the port. They claim that the oil company owed the Customs Administration $110 million, the Mehr news agency reported. According to the Fars agency, the ban was imposed on four ships, three of them with oil and one with oil-related products. The conflict has not yet been solved, the agency reported. The source said the Iranian Oil Company owes not only to customs administration in the Caspian Sea. "The Iranian oil company owed the Northern Customs Administration 100 billion Toman ($110 million).Some countries do not care about Caspian Sea ecological state
"Some leading countries use the Caspian Sea for political purposes, and do not care about its ecological stare," the Minister of Environment and Natural Resources, Husein Bagirov, told the ruling New Azerbaijan Party's official Web site. The Caspian Sea has an area of about 380,000 square kilometers. The coastline of the Caspian Sea in Azerbaijan is 955.08 km, Russia's coastline is 695 km, Kazakhstan's is 2,320 km, Turkmenistan's is 1,200 km and Iran's is 900 km. Bagirov said the pollution of the Caspian Sea at the point where it meets the Volga River is 80 percent, and the point is meets the Urals River it is 7-8 percent.TURKMENISTAN: NO OVER-FLIGHT RIGHTS FOR GERMAN PLANES
Turkmenistan and Azerbaijan are refusing to grant German surveillance planes destined for Afghanistan over-flight rights.Courting Turkmenistan
How Central Asia's "hermit kingdom" became the biggest prize in Europe's energy wars.President of Turkmenistan arrives in Bulgaria on two-day visit
“The agenda of summit is not fixed and will be defined by presidents. Probably, the issues connected with legal status of the Caspian Sea, power activity and so on will be under discussions at the summit,” S. Primbetov said.At this time I would like to remind you all where Plouffe Daddy was directly after Obamanable Bushman took office. Thank you!
The USA is ready to provide political support for Kazakhstan Caspian Transport System, or KCTS , US Special Envoy for Eurasian Energy Richard Morningstar said.VIDEO: Powers Tussle Over Caspian Oil Rush
"First Lightning," a 22-kiloton nuclear bomb, exploded at 7 a.m. local time on August 29, 1949, at the Semipalatinsk testing site in northern Kazakhstan.Strange Loops in BofA Case
The Cold War nuclear arms race between the Soviet Union and the United States had begun. The United States, which had already demonstrated its nuclear capability with the deadly twin bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945, dubbed the Soviet test bomb "Joe 1," after Josef Stalin. At the time, the explosion was a source of pride for the people of the Soviet Union. But that blast, and the hundreds that followed it at the 18,000-square-kilometer site at Semipalatinsk, left a legacy of misery for the people living there.
Douglas Hofstadter, author of Bach, Gödel and Escher and I am a Strange Loop, surely would enjoy the spectacle of a federal judge's rejection of the SEC's recent settlement with Bank of America. The BofA case is rife with the recursive loopiness that has been the grist of Hofstadter's writings.Bernanke's Real Legacy: Helping Goldman Sachs Fleece Us All
Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner has finally moved into a permanent home after eight months in Washington, leaving behind some lingering questions about the rent-free arrangement he enjoyed with a college friend who was a former Wall Street executive and now a top official at a major international lender.FDIC May Charge Banks More Fees to Boost Fund
There is a most interesting debate going on at present about the longer-term fate of the U.S. dollar as the supreme reserve currency for foreign-exchange transactions and, more importantly, for the currency holdings of national governments, global companies and the producers of oil, gas and other raw materials.A look at economic developments around the globe
Lord Turner’s suggestion that a “Tobin tax” – named after the economist James Tobin – should be considered for financial transactions is also likely to reverberate around the world. The proposed tax, which has previously been championed by development economists and the French government as a means of funding the developing world, has been fiercely opposed by the finance industry.Speculators Drive Up Oil Prices
Obama’s policies have made America once again vulnerable to those who pursue a jihad against America.Grassley Investigates Emory Researcher
Emory psychiatrist Zachary Stowe came under fire for financial misconduct this summer after Sen. Charles Grassley (R-Iowa) alleged that Stowe had accepted large payments from GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) while serving as chief investigator on a grant that partly concerned a GSK pill.Poll: Six in 10 US Catholics ambivalent about Latin Mass
In a June 2 letter to University president James W. Wagner which was posted on the Wall Street Journal’s website, Grassley, the ranking Republican on the Senate Finance Committee, wrote that because Stowe, who has been the primary investigator of several National Institutes of Health (NIH) grants regarding the effects of depression and treatment for pregnant women, received money from GSK during the time of research involving GSK anti-depression pill Paxil, his findings may have been influenced.
After conducting an independent investigation, the University issued Stowe a letter of reprimand and corrective action plan. This forced Stowe to eliminate all current conflicts of interests on any grants and forbade him from committing any future conflicts of interests for two years, even if these conflicts could be easily circumvented or mitigated, according to a June 10 University press release. Grassley did not respond to requests to comment.
The University has taken no further actions in reprimanding Stowe, said Jeffrey Molter, vice president of health sciences communications.
Premier Silvio Berlusconi, who has been embroiled in a sex scandal for months, is planning to attend a religious service Friday for the remission of sins alongside the Vatican No. 2.Berlusconi and Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, the Vatican secretary of state, head to the earthquake-stricken city of L'Aquila for the annual "Perdonanza" or Pardon observance, instituted by the 13th-century Pope Celestine V.Accompanying Berlusconi is his equal opportunities minister, Mara Carfagna, a former model and TV starlet to whom the premier once professed: "If I weren't married, I'd marry you."Obama's Road to Healthcare Serfdom
Brown is getting $10,000 for his appearance at the three-day San Diego convention, which begins Sunday, and Calhoun expects some "yelling and screaming."California's economy shrinks while Schwarzenegger smokes
Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano denies politics played any role in distributing stimulus money.DHS Clarifies Laptop Border Searches
The Department of Homeland Security on Thursday released new directives covering border searches of electronic devices and media, but the government's rules leave open the question of whether individuals can be compelled to provide passwords and encryption keys.A seder in Berkeley: How a newly minted Marxist-humanist came to live with his Republican parents
And that my new politics was about giving folks a place in the world, one where they could be just as secure as I was. And, I dunno, something about plantin’ orange trees with the grandchildren of anti-semites – a hastily-inserted image, but it ended sweetly.Outrage at 'Noah's Ark' creationist zoo which denies Darwin's theory of evolution
A secular group is demanding that tourism groups stop promoting a 'creationist' zoo which questions the traditional view of evolution. The Noah's Ark Zoo is accused by the British Humanist Association of misleading tens of thousands of visitors annually and 'threatening public understanding'.OK... now change the quote hypothetically to this:
A Christian group is demanding that tourism groups stop promoting a 'Darwinist' zoo which questions the traditional view of Biblical Creation. The Darwin Zoo is accused by the British Christian Association of misleading tens of thousands of visitors annually and 'threatening public understanding'.So.... how do you feel about it now, Portnoy? Yeah, I thought so.
Today, a swath of the Ecuadorean Amazon remains contaminated beyond imagining. Neither side disputes the devastation, only who should pay for it. Chevron says it is the state oil company's responsibilityExxon Says $42 Billion Gorgon Decision May Come Within a Month
A top U.S. nuclear official said that issues of "pacing" should not prevent the United States from eventually replacing an aging highly enriched uranium processing center at the Y-12 National Security Complex in Oak Ridge, Tenn., the Knoxville News Sentinel reported yesterday.I climb erupting volcanos for fun
Vostok Media reports that water in Gorely’s crater lake is getting hotter, which indicates magma is rising from deep beneath the volcano.OK earthquakes puzzle geologist Randy Keller
An earthquake swarm that struck Jones on Thursday and Friday puzzled a state geologist.
Once again, the Palestinian Authority denies that the Holy Temple ever existed – despite a Waqf pamphlet from 1925 boasting proudly that the Temple Mount once housed Solomon's Temple.The latest denial came on Wednesday when the PA’s Chief Islamic Judge, Sheikh Taysir Rajab al-Tamimi, condemned Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, as well as "all Jewish rabbis and extremist organizations,” for lying and asserting that Jerusalem was a Jewish city.Merkel urges "substantial change" on Israeli settlements
The "Elders," as they are called, are a group of prominent former heads of state, renowned activists, and global business leaders who are trying to use their clout and cachet to affect change. Included in the delegation here are former President Jimmy Carter, South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu, former Irish President Mary Robinson, and Britain's Richard Branson, founder of the multinational Virgin Group.ISRAEL: Never Again?
Israeli officials said that while they welcome the Elders, the group was making a mistake by having planned to visit the Gaza Strip and meet with Hamas officials there. A spokesman for the Elders' visit, however, said the Gaza portion of the visit had been postponed "due to security concerns" and would not elaborate. The Elders hope to reschedule a Gaza visit in the coming weeks, the group's spokesman said.
August 28, 2009: Peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians remain stalled. The basic reason is that Israel will not accept a deal that destroys Israel, and the Palestinians will not accept a deal that doesn't destroy Israel.Syria, Hizbullah Arming Salafi Forces In Lebanon
A high-level Lebanese security force is claiming that Syria and Hizbullah are transferring funds and arms to several Salafi parties in the city of Tripoli, in northern Lebanon, and that the Lebanese security apparatuses have raided several weapons storage depots. The Lebanese daily Al-Akhbar, which is close to the opposition, stated that circles close to the March 14 Forces are arming themselves, and that the arms storehouse recently uncovered in Tripoli belongs to them.Police prepare for Friday prayers at Temple Mount
The Jerusalem Police have completed their preparations for the first Friday prayers of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan at the Temple Mount4 Percent of Israelis Think Obama is Pro-Israel
Kirkuk, Iraq -- Louis Sako, Chaldean Archbishop of Kirkuk, has said that Iraqi Christians are facing "bad days" as "ineffective" security cannot prevent criminality and violence targeting Christian minorities. Many of the Christians who remain are in such fear that they too want to leave Iraq, he said. The future of Christianity in Iraq, even in the short term, now "hangs in the balance," Archbishop Sako said in a phone interview with the international Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need (ACN).Businessman Killed, Doctor Kidnapped -- Fear Returns to Haunt Christians in Iraq
Christians lack the protection of militia and have become "easy targets" for criminals, he reported. Violence and the lack of jobs and services have encouraged many Christians to leave. There are now only 300 Christian families in southern Iraq and less than 400,000 Christians in Iraq as a whole. Within the past decade, their numbers have declined by 750,000. In the northern city of Mosul, a former Christian heartland, many Christian families are "too afraid to come back." At one point in the interview, Archbishop Sako warned of rising extremism. "Iraq is going to a narrow form of Islam," he commented.
Ankara will also suggest that Rasmussen organize a joint conference by NATO and THE OIC in order to discuss misunderstandings between the Western and Muslim worlds. The Turkish capital is also working on a proposal to establish an institutional communication mechanism between the two organizations. One option for such a mechanism is to appoint special representatives for dialogue between the two organizations, the sources said.Use Of Gold Dinar Advocated For Trade Between OIC Members
The use of the gold dinar for trade among the Organisation of Islamic Conference (OIC) countries should be seriously considered as earlier advocated by former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad. Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Datuk Jamil Khir Baharom said the current financial system, based on currency notes, has many drawbacks and has resulted in poverty, environmental damage, output and distribution monopoly, unemployment, crime and vice.THE SHARIA BOARD OF AMERICA
He said many economists were of the opinion that the use of the gold dinar should be re-introduced as a measure of value and medium of exchange in international trade. Jamil added that the gold dinar was also well known for its stability and was not subject to specualtion and manupulation.
Rahmat-e-Alam Foundation moved in 2007 to a 2800 sq.ft building at 7045 N Western Ave. Chicago, IL. This move has enabled us to consolidate the service programes in one location. The new location is conveniently accessible by walk, public transportation within 2 miles radius of a densely populated Muslim community on the North side of Chicago. The following programs serve the Muslim Ummah through out the US and world wide.Crisis Management: Americans Are Being Led Back to a Pre-9/11 Landscape
WASHINGTON — It was a heated debate during the Bush administration: What to do about evidence that Afghanistan’s powerful defense minister was involved in drug trafficking? Officials from the time say they needed him to help run the troubled country. So the answer, in the end: look the other way. Today that debate will be even more fraught for a new administration, for the former defense minister, Marshal Muhammad Qasim Fahim, stands a strong chance of becoming the next vice president of Afghanistan.US envoy 'in angry Karzai talks'
The US special envoy to Afghanistan has held an "explosive" meeting with Afghan President Hamid Karzai over the country's election, the BBC has learnt.Snake oil and propaganda-ad-absurdum from Afghanistan
Margolis is a long-time Taliban enthusiast and an apologist for Hamas. It is curious that Margolis is held in such high esteem by self-proclaimed "anti-war" noisemakers of the leftish type, given that he's a founding editor of the noxious Yankee Pat Buchanan's extreme-right American Conservative magazine, but there we are.US warns Karzai on fraud, corruption, militia ties
Radio Free Afghanistan's reporter in Kandahar was beaten by police as he was speaking with witnesses of a massive truck bombing in the center of the city.Solidarity with Latin America is Iran's top priority: FM
Myanmar’s army seized control of a rebel-held town on its border with China, raising concern a 20- year cease-fire could collapse, threatening planned oil and gas projects in the region.Myanmar fighting forces 10,000 to flee to China
Ethnic Kokang rebels attacked Myanmar police patrolling a border gate in northeastern Shan state, killing at least one, the Washington-based U.S. Campaign for Burma said in a statement late yesterday. About 10,000 people had crossed into neighboring Yunnan Province in China by early today to escape what was described as a domestic war by state-controlled Xinhua News Agency, which cited the provincial government.
“The junta should withdraw its additional troops sent to Kokang,” Peng Jiasheng, who heads the local rebel army, said in a statement released through U.S. Campaign for Burma. He called a new committee set up by the regime to administer the area “illegal and illegitimate.”
The Kokang are one of the ethnic groups on Myanmar’s borders that agreed to join the state in 1947 in return for autonomy.
Web users are outraged after a news report said that China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC) bought 1,000 apartments for its employees at very low prices.India nuclear test 'did not work'
"It's the government's responsibility to provide health care and education to all its citizens."Is that right?
"Madonna has been touring with a phenomenal troupe of Roma musicians who made her aware of the discrimination toward them in several countries so she felt compelled to make a brief statement," she added.Ingushetia Bombing Claimed By Rebels' Spiritual Leader
Ionut Dinu, 23, a concert-goer said: "I jeered her because it seemed false what she was telling us. What business does she have telling us these things?"
Official figures put the country’s Romany population at 500,000 but other estimates say there are as many as 2 million in Romania. Discrimination against the Roma remains rampant throughout Eastern Europe. Described as “forgotten citizens” by a 2008 European Commission report, it was found that 77 per cent of Europeans agreed that being Roma was a disadvantage on a par with being disabled.
The website of the North Caucasus insurgency says the suicide bombing of the police department in Nazran, Ingushetia, on August 17 was carried out by Said Abu Saad al-Buryati, RFE/RL's North Caucasian Service reports.Russian gas begins direct flow to South Ossetia
Jewish communities arrived with the Romans. Some went to Eastern Georgian regions ruled by the Persians where Jews were tolerated unlike the oppressive rule of the Byzantine Empire. From about 750 CE to 1122, Georgia was an Arab caliphate. Ashkenazi Russian Jews were settled in Georgia by the Russian government about 1810. Zionism was the first cooperation between the Georgian and Russian Jews.Russia charges eight with Arctic Sea hijacking
Controversy has erupted over a campaign in the Georgian city of Gori to remove Josef Stalin's monument from the center of the town of his birthPatriarch Kirill decorates the head of Gazprom
Moscow, August 26, Interfax - Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia awarded the Order of St. Seraphim of Sarov (1st degree) to Alexey Miller, Chairman of the Board of Gazprom. Patriarch Kirill gave this award for merit to Miller at a meeting at the Patriarch's residence in Chisty Pereulok, Moscow, "to pay tribute to his continuous efforts for the benefit of the Russian Orthodox Church," the Patriarchate's official website reports Wednesday.Russia and Ukraine in Intensifying Standoff
Awarding the Order, Patriarch wished Miller the aid of God in his labour and success to his corporation for the benefit of Russia and its people. A year ago, Patriarch Alexy II, the predecessor of Patriarch Kirill, decorated Miller with the Order of St. St. Sergius of Radonezh. "Over a decade, Gazprom has been giving its best efforts to provide help and assistance to the Church, including the renovation of churches, several dozens of which have been renovated at Gazprom's expense," a spokesperson of the Synodal Department for Relations between the Church and Society told Interfax-Religion on Wednesday. The spokesperson also noted that Gazprom was one of the largest benefactors of Christ the Savior Cathedral.
Forensics experts in Ukraine have confirmed that the fragments of a human skull found last month in Kyiv Oblast are remains of journalist Heorhiy Gongadze, RFE/RL's Ukrainian Service reports.Belarus president comes to Russia to restore ties
Parishioners of The New Life evangelical Christian church in Minsk have refused to vacate the church's building, despite demands to do so by Minsk city authorities, RFE/RL's Belarus Service reportsRussia deploys anti-missile defence unit near North Korea
The days when Vladimir Gusinsky's NTV was known for its independent investigative reporting are gone forever. Such is the reality of life in the Russian media. The journalists who broadcast yesterday's honest political reporting still work for the same TV channels, but those channels are now exclusively propagandistic.Re-Stalinization of a Moscow Subway Station
The League of Women Voters of Tyler/Smith County will welcome a delegation of elected officials from Kazakhstan on September 12 for an eight-day visit. Learning first-hand about local and regional government, with an emphasis on accountability and transparency, is the major purpose of the visit. To accomplish that goal, the delegation will meet regional leaders in many fields, make contacts that can be continued into the future, experience life in Texas homes, and enjoy the cultural and social benefits of this area.KAZAKHSTAN: "Such preaching is prohibited by our law"
The trip is sponsored by the Open World Leadership Center, a program of the United States Congress designed to enable emerging leaders in Russia and former Soviet Socialist Republics to gain first-hand exposure to the American system of democracy through visits to local communities.
Within hours of arriving in the town of Uspen to visit a local Christian and set up a local congregation, police broke into the house where members of the Pavlodar Grace Church were staying, church members told Forum 18 News Service. One visitor was questioned and a local woman the visitors had prayed with was beaten by police until she signed a statement saying she had been forced to submit to a religious ritual.Russia to negotiate WTO entry with Kazakhstan, Belarus
Two of the visitors face administrative trial on 31 August. Asked why the Police targeted the group, Inspector Nurserik Aytzhanov told Forum 18: "They were imposing their religion on the residents of the town by saying that 'Jesus Christ is the only God and you must believe in him'." Asked what was wrong with sharing one's beliefs with others, he said: "Such preaching is prohibited by our law." He denied that police beat anyone. Police in Jambeyt likewise denied to Forum 18 that they beat one of ten visiting Baptists they detained.
Rovshan Nasirli, a 25-year-old Azerbaijani, was called to the National Security Ministry on August 12 to explain why he voted for an Armenian song in the televised Eurovision Song Contest in MayJehovah's Witness Arrested In Baku
Mushfiq Mammadov, a conscientious objector to military service in Azerbaijan, has been detained for refusing to perform compulsory military service.Russia can deploy a battalion in South Kyrgyzstan
Russia can deploy up to a battalion in South Kyrgyzstan, radio Business FM quoted as Nikolai Makarov, chief of the Russia’s General Staff said. “Kyrgyzstan has turned to us for assistance in the Collective Rapid Deployment Forces training center’s establishment and asked to locate up to a battalion of troops in the city of Osh. The issue is still under consideration as well as its price, reasonability, necessity and financial side,” Makarov said.UZBEKISTAN: TASHKENT PLANS TO BUILD MILITARY BASE NEAR KYRGYZ BORDER
Uzbek authorities should promptly investigate new allegations of abuse against a political prisoner, Yusuf Jumaev, and ensure that his family is permitted regular visits, Human Rights Watch said today. Jumaev's daughter, Feruza Jumaeva, who saw him on August 17, 2009, told Human Rights Watch that Jumaev was beaten by a prison guard not long before her visit. She said that she saw bruises on his body, which he told her came from being beaten, and that he told her he continues to be subject to insults and humiliation.Four 15-day prison sentences for regular, registered worship services
"The abuse of this peaceful poet and dissident needs to stop," said Holly Cartner, Europe and Central Asia director at Human Rights Watch. "Jumaev should never have been imprisoned in the first place, and Uzbek authorities should free him without delay." Jumaeva told Human Rights Watch that her father said the beating was carried out by Jamshid Atoev, a member of the prison staff who oversees one of the prisoner brigades. The guard reportedly approached Jumaev as he was sitting in the exercise yard, and delivered a strong punch to his spine.
Jumaev told his daughter that when he asked why he was being beaten, Atoev punched him repeatedly in the chest area and the head. Jumaev is among the many dissidents and human rights activists jailed by the Uzbek authorities on political grounds. He is a poet and political dissident who called for President Islam Karimov's resignation in the period before the country's presidential election in December 2007. He has suffered repeated abuse in prison.
Some twenty Anti-Terror Police officers raided the regular Sunday afternoon worship service of the registered Donam Protestant church in the capital Tashkent on 23 August, claiming it was "unauthorised". Seven church members were arrested and Christian literature was confiscated, Protestants told Forum 18 News Service. Three men were soon freed but four – including the church's pastor, Vladimir Tyo – were sentenced to 15-day prison terms for "violation of the procedure for organising and conducting meetings", even though the regular service was included in the required quarterly report to the city Justice Department. The court verdict also records that the judge ordered the confiscated literature destroyed without giving any reason. Raids on both registered and unregistered religious communities, fines, imprisonment and confiscation of religious literature are frequent in Uzbekistan.TAJIKISTAN: Recalling the Good Old Soviet Union
The collapse of the Soviet Union has brought misery to Tajikistan's remote eastern half. People are being driven once again to live as nomads. Tajikistan is a former Soviet republic that became independent in 1991. It borders the two former Soviet republics Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan, China on the east and Afghanistan in the south.Debt-hit Tajiks turn to suicide
Some 200 people have protested in Makhachkala, Daghestan, against continuing abductions of young Muslim men by security forcesIceland shows the dangers ahead for us all
In the build-up to the global crisis of 2008, tiny Iceland was a canary in the mine, a leading indicator of wider vulnerabilities. Now, amid growing optimism about global recovery, Iceland may again be a leading indicator of trouble ahead.Icelandic State to Sue “Outvasion Vikings”
The government of Iceland agreed yesterday to start preparing a lawsuit against and demand compensation from individuals, associations and companies which caused financial damage to the Icelandic state and the Icelandic public in the events leading up to the banking collapse.The FDIC To Draw on Its Line of Credit at Treasury Soon
Milorad Dodik, the prime minister of the Bosnian entity of Republika Srpska, controls a development bank that was designed to grow the economy and put people to work. But in its three years of existence, the bank has doled out millions of dollars to friends and shadowy companies, loans that have done little to help the lives of ordinary residents.Defense firms hope for protector like Kennedy
Kennedy's close ties to companies also extended to his big staff. Former Kennedy aide William Lynn later became a top lobbyist for Raytheon, headquartered in Waltham, Massachusetts, and in February, was confirmed as the Pentagon's second-ranking official despite complaints he remained too close to Raytheon. Raytheon did not respond to questions about its outlook without Kennedy in Washington. But it issued a statement expressing sympathy for Kennedy's family and stating that his support "...helped Raytheon, and its hundreds of suppliers in Massachusetts and neighboring states, continue to grow."DISA Chooses Raytheon's Insider Threat Management Solution
Raytheon receives Insider Threat Focused Observation Tool (InTFOT) enterprise contract for Department of DefenseFCC: The Mobile Crackdown Cometh
At an Aug. 27 hearing in Washington, the Federal Communications Commission signaled that it's preparing to scrutinize the data services and software available on the most sophisticated mobile phones and whether wireless carriers are inhibiting competition. The FCC will "look more broadly at all of the elements that affect the mobile marketplace," Chairman Julius Genachowski said during the meeting.ACLU Sues DHS over Laptop Searches
Ex-CIA spy's son pleads guilty to conspiracy
"The ACLU believes that suspicionless searches of laptops violate the First and Fourth Amendments," the group wrote in the suit, filed in a New York District Court.
In July 2008, the Customs and Border Protection agency within DHS published formal guidelines for laptop border searches that gave CBP officials permission to search laptops and electronic devices at the border. Court cases on the topic have generally found that citizens should have diminished expectations of privacy when re-entering the country because the U.S. has a right to protect itself and control what crosses its borders.
Critics of the policy claim that laptop searches are an invasion of privacy – a personal computer holds a lot more information than a suitcase full of clothes or briefcase full of paperwork. What's to stop CBP from copying the contents of your computer and keeping it on file indefinitely, they have argued
As a result, the ACLU wants to know exactly what types of data the government has collected. The organization first filed a Freedom of Information request in June 2009, but after some back and forth between the ACLU and DHS, the ACLU said that it had "exhausted the applicable administrative remedies" and that "DHS and its components have wrongfully withheld the requested records from the ACLU."
The ACLU wants DHS to hand over the documents, waive any fees associated with document recovery, and pay the organization's costs and attorneys' fees.
The son of an ex-CIA spy agreed to testify against his imprisoned father Thursday in a plea deal that could help him avoid jail time for taking money from Russian agents.Nathaniel Nicholson pleaded guilty on Thursday to conspiracy to act as an agent of a foreign government and conspiracy to commit money laundering.Jim Nicholson was the highest-ranking CIA official ever convicted of espionage when he pleaded guilty in 1997 to a conspiracy charge that sent him to prison for more than 23 years. He had been accused of selling information to the Russians about the CIA agents he trained and passing along other secrets.Both Nicholsons were indicted in January on new charges of conspiracy, money laundering and acting as an agent of a foreign government. Jim Nicholson was accused of sending his son back to his Russian handlers from 2006 to 2008 to squeeze more money out of them.Pepco to Introduce Smart Grid Program
At the center of the District’s $90 million overhaul would be an Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI). The AMI would measure and record customer use. This information could then be communicated through a network to a central data collection point where it would be analyzed.Leftist False Flag Operation in Colorado?
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Colorado Citizens’ Coalition, a 527 pressure group, may have been behind an attack on a Democratic Party office in Denver calculated to depict opponents of ObamaCare as violent.
Maurice Schwenkler, reportedly an anarchist who goes by the name Ariel Attack and whose sex is a subject of debate, was arrested for vandalizing the Denver office. One available photograph shows a shattered window that bears two signs on the inside reading “Want Health Care Reform? Come Inside” and “Today 100 Coloradans will lose their health insurance.” The damage to the windows may cost $10,000 to repair.
Colorado Democratic Party chairwoman Pat Waak appeared to blame opponents of President Obama’s healthcare nationalization scheme for the vandalism. “Clearly there’s been an effort on the other side to stir up hate,” she said. “I think this is the consequence of it.”
Waak has not yet apologized.
Obama, we know about the company you keep. In your case the distance is further than you think. The Confessor knows the depth of the well from which you came and the people know your talk is cheap. This is part two of a look at your czars, the people you said we should judge you by, so let the judgment begin:In unprecedented move Arkansas DHS forces parents to chose between their children and their religion
After nearly a year, the Arkansas Department of Human Services still has not returned more than thirty children , who were taken in a raid on Tony Alamo Ministries. The Department has made several requirements for the reunification of parents and children. One of the requirements the Arkansas DHS has made is that the parents must sever their connection with Tony Alamo Ministries if they want to be reunited with their children.Benny Hill and the Theory of Evolution
The requirement that parents chose between their church and their children in order to be reunited with their children, appears to be unprecedented in American History. The lawsuit filed by attorney Kuhn asking for the federal government to give injunctive relief from the State of Arkansas is one of the most important petitions filed on behalf of religious and civil liberties in recent years.
Medical imaging tests nearly double the amount of radiation Americans would otherwise be exposed to, new research shows.UN Report Advocates Teaching Masturbation to 5-Year-Olds
The United Nations is recommending that children as young as five receive mandatory sexual education that would teach even pre-kindergarteners about masturbation and topics like gender violence. The U.N.'s Economic, Social and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) released a 98-page report in June offering a universal lesson plan for kids ranging in age from 5-18, anTIME: After Kennedy's Death: Silence from the Pope
"informed approach to effective sex, relationships" and HIV education that they say is essential for "all young people."
The U.N. insists the program is "age appropriate," but critics say it's exposing kids to sex far too early, and offers up abstract ideas — like "transphobia" — they might not even understand. "At that age they should be learning about ... the proper name of certain parts of their bodies," said Michelle Turner, president of Citizens for a Responsible Curriculum, "certainly not about masturbation." Turner was disturbed by UNESCO's plans to explain to children as young as nine about the safety of legal abortions, and to advocate and "promote the right to and access to safe abortion" for everyone over the age of 15.
The letter, most likely already resealed and tucked away in the Vatican archives, was probably just a dying Catholic's request for a papal blessing. In the eyes of the traditionalist wing of the Church, however, Kennedy should have been asking the Pope for forgiveness.Democrats now seek to exploit Ted Kennedy's death
New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson's office said federal prosecutors won't bring charges in a corruption probe that forced him to withdraw his nomination to a cabinet position in the Obama administration.Ecuadoran describes 20-year battle against Texaco, Chevron
Last year, Fajardo won the U.S.-based Goldman Prize for serving as the public voice for 30,000 Ecuadoreans who filed a class-action lawsuit against Texaco in 1994. According to their claim, still alive in the Ecuadorean courts after its 2003 removal from a New York U.S. District Court, Texaco dumped nearly 17 million gallons of crude oil and 20 billion gallons of drilling wastewater directly into the Ecuadorean Amazon. The claim says area residents, among the poorest people in Ecuador, have suffered disproportionate rates of miscarriages, leukemia and other cancers resulting from oil-related soil and water contamination.Uranium demand could get boost from financing rule changes
...revisions to rules of nuclear power plant financing could provide a boost to longer-term demand.Telluride residents rally against proposed uranium mill in CO
The debate over a uranium mill proposed by a Canadian company in the western end of Montrose County has come down to a question of what people would rather have in their back yard: uranium processing, farms and ranches, or multi-million-dollar McMansions fueled by the outdoor recreation and tourism industry?Havasupai Tribe Gather to Halt Uranium Mining in the Grand Canyon
For four days, Havasupai elders gathered on sacred Red Butte and listened to the legacy of uranium mining on Indian lands. They heard directly from the victims of the trail of death and cancer left behind by uranium mining corporations that were never held responsible on Pueblo and Navajo lands in the Southwest United States. They also listened to the promise of solidarity from the hundreds who gathered here to stand with them: Navajos from Big Mountain, Hualapai, Hopi, Kaibab Paiute, Paiute, Aztecs, and other American Indians from throughout the Americas.HRI gets hearing on uranium mining - Appeals Court grants full review
WINDOW ROCK — In an order filed Monday, the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals granted Hydro Resources Inc. a full court review of an April 17 opinion that the company’s Section 8 mine is in Indian Country.Interior Begins Analysis of New Grand Canyon Uranium Protections
Meghalaya (Hindi: मेघालय, pronounced [meːˈɡʱaːləjə]) is a small state in north-eastern India. The word "Meghalaya" literally means "The Abode of Clouds" in Sanskrit and other Indic languages.Gold-plated horse head from Roman era found in Germany