Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Ramadan death toll round-up, Tue 31st July, 2012

(Sudan)  Reports are coming in that the peaceful Islamic government of Sudan, wanting to share the spirit of Ramadan with non-Muslims, sent in its airforce to conduct a fireworks display. Unfortunately, due to a lack of fireworks, real bombs had to be used, and so 3 people were killed and 21 injured.

(Pakistan) It appears that a similar honest mistake transpired in Pakistan when peaceful Islamic terrorist, wanting to share Ramadan with their opposite number in the Pakistani army, found to their horror that the machine-gun show they put on used real bullets and not blanks as they presumed. 2 soldiers were shot dead in this dreadful accident.

(Nigeria) A policeman was shot dead in north-eastern (Islamic) Nigeria after he shot two of his fellow policemen during an argument.

(Yemen) A gunfight outside the interior ministry in Sana on Tuesday between security forces and gunmen dressed as police saw 15 people killed and 43 wounded.

(Sudan) Protests against the government in Darfur against high transport prices saw 6 people shot dead. The police who reacted to the protests by initially firing tear gas are at a loss how these protesting people died.
Bothina Mohmed Ahmed, a spokeswoman for the state of South Darfur, said it was not known how the six deaths had happened, and that an investigation had been launched.
Opposition activists and media accused the police of using live ammunition.

Ramadan death count moves up to 1,302.

Ramadan death toll in Nigeria, Tue 31st July, 2012

(Lagos) Unable to abide by the rules of peace which, apparently, Muslims have to stick to during Ramadan, those Nigerian Islamic terrorists today detonated a number of bombs across Northern (Islamic) Nigeria.

At the moment, the death toll from these attacks adds up to 14 dead and 10 wounded. But as is the case with attacks of this kind, the death toll can only rise.

Ramadan death count moves up to 1,275.

Our girls win the gold: US women's gymnastics team triumphs in London

Jordyn Wieber of the U.S. waves as her team arrives for the women's gymnastics team final in the North Greenwich Arena at the London 2012 Olympic Games July 31, 2012. (Reuters Pictures)
LONDON (LAT) -- The United States women's gymnastics team built a big early lead on the vault and held it emphatically through three rousing performances on the floor exercise to win its first gymnastics women's team gold medal since 1996.

Alexandra Raisman was well into happy tears even before she finished the final exercise of the night, a bouncy routine set to "Hava Nagila" that was awarded a 15.300.

The Americans beat the silver medalists from Russia by over five points. Romania was third and the defending gold medalists from China were fourth.

The U.S. had a total of 183.596; Russia had 178.530 and Romania 176.414.

LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 31: Alexandra Raisman of the United States stands with her teammates during introductions before the Artistic Gymnastics Women's Team final on Day 4 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at North Greenwich Arena on July 31, 2012 in London, England. (Getty Images)
(AP) The Americans lived up to their considerable hype and then some Tuesday night, routing Russia and everybody else on their way to their first Olympic title since 1996. Their score of 183.596 was a whopping five points ahead of Russia, and they were so far ahead their last event, floor exercise, was more like a coronation.

With the Russians on the sidelines crying, the Americans stood at the center of the floor, clapping, cheering and basking in a golden glow. When the score for captain Aly Raisman flashed, the Americans screamed and a chant of "U-S-A! U-S-A!" rang out around the arena. The women held up their index fingers for the cameras -- just in case anyone had a doubt. [...]
Gabrielle Douglas (clockwise L-R) of the U.S. hugs team mates Kyla Ross, Alexandra Raisman, Jordyn Wieber and McKayla Maroney after performing on the vault during the women's gymnastics team final in the North Greenwich Arena at the London 2012 Olympic Games July 31, 2012. (Reuters Pictures)

U.S. gymnast Jordyn Wieber, second left, lifts up the hand of teammate Alexandra Raisman, as they celebrate along with McKayla Maroney and Kyla Ross after being declared winners of the gold medal during the Artistic Gymnastic women's team final at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Tuesday, July 31, 2012, in London. (AP Photo)

IOC caves in to Muslims, allows Saudi female judo fighter to compete in hijab

LONDON (AP) – A female judo fighter from Saudi Arabia will be allowed to compete in the Olympics wearing a form of headscarf after a compromise was reached that respects the "cultural sensitivity" of the Muslim kingdom.

Judo officials had previously said they would not let Wojdan Ali Seraj Abdulrahim Shahrkhani compete in a headscarf because it was against the principles of the sport and raised safety concerns.

But an agreement was reached after several days of IOC-brokered talks between the International Judo Federation and the Saudi Olympic Committee that clears the way for her to compete Friday in the heavyweight division.

"They have a solution that works for both parties, all parties involved,"' International Olympic Committee spokesman Mark Adams said. "The athlete will compete."

The agreement was later formally announced in a joint statement by the judo federation and the Saudi committee.

"Working with the IOC, a proposal was approved by all parties," the statement said. "The solution agreed guarantees a good balance between safety and cultural considerations."

Ali Seraj Abdulrahim Shahrkhani, the judoka's father, declined to describe what changes -- if any -- will be made to his daughter's head cover for the competition.


Terror preaching cleric Abu Qatada denied UK bail request

LONDON (Reuters) - A radical Muslim cleric lost his latest legal bid on Tuesday to be freed from the British jail where he is being held pending attempts to deport him to Jordan to face terrorism charges.

The decision at London's High Court to refuse Abu Qatada bail will be a relief to the British government which feared his release during the Olympics would overburden security services and police stretched by their duties protecting the Games.

Abu Qatada's lawyers had challenged a judge's previous ruling that freeing the preacher at such a time would have been "exceptionally problematic" given the risk of him absconding.

Two judges at the High Court rejected their requests to review whether Abu Qatada's detention was legal and release him on bail.

Britain has been trying for more than a decade to deport the Jordanian cleric of Palestinian origin, once described by a Spanish judge as "Osama bin Laden's right-hand man in Europe".


Turkey: 22 PKK militants and 2 soldiers killed in clashes

ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Twenty-two Kurdish militants were killed during clashes in eastern Turkey over the last three days, CNN Turk television said on its website on Tuesday, adding to Ankara's concerns over gains by Kurdish groups in neighboring Syria.

Fighting, including bombardment with helicopters and war planes, continued on the outskirts of the town of Semdinli, CNN Turk reported.

Ramadan death count moves up to 1,261.

Iraq: Gunmen kill local TV journalist while he was having Ramadan feast with his family

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqi officials say a local journalist has been shot dead by gunmen who broke into his house in the country's north.

A police officer said Tuesday that the 29-year-old TV presenter, Ghazwan Anas, was having his Iftar — the evening meal that breaks the dawn-to-dusk fast during the holy month of Ramadan — when the gunmen broke into the family's home Monday night in the city of Mosul. His mother and wife were wounded in the attack.

Ramadan death count moves up to 1,237.

Syrian rebels overrun Aleppo police stations, kill 40

BEIRUT (AFP) - Rebels overran two police stations in Aleppo on Tuesday killing at least 40 policemen, a watchdog said, as fighting for control of Syria’s commercial capital raged into a fourth day.

“Hundreds of rebels attacked the police stations in Salhin and Bab al-Nayrab (neighbourhoods) and at least 40 policemen were killed during the fighting, which lasted for hours” said Rami Abdel Rahman, director of the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

The police chief was among those killed at the Salhin station in the south of the city, while three vehicles were destroyed, he added.

Ramadan death count moves up to 1,236.

Iraq: 2 car bombs kill 20, wound 57 in Baghdad

Security forces gather at the scene of a car bomb explosion in a shopping area in Karradah, Baghdad, Iraq, Tuesday, July 31, 2012. Iraqi officials say twin car bombings within five minutes of each other have killed and wounded scores of people. (AP Photo)
BAGHDAD (AP) – Two cars exploded within five minutes of each other Tuesday, killing 20 people and wounding 57 in an upscale Shiite neighborhood in Iraq's capital, officials said.

The afternoon's double blast sent plumes of black smoke over Karradah, a busy shopping district across the Tigris River from the Green Zone. The sounds of gunshots could be heard from blocks away.

The violence brought the July death toll to 244 people killed in shootings and bombings in al-Qaida attacks as the terror group seeks to take advantage of political instability in Iraq and move into areas it was forced out of before the U.S. military left the country last December.

Tuesday's explosions came in the middle of Baghdad's rush-hour as streets were clogged with people heading home from work.

Ramadan death count moves up to 1,196.

Monday, July 30, 2012

Syria: Aleppo quote of the day

From Reuters:
"Some days we get around 30, 40 people, not including the bodies," said a young medic in one clinic. "A few days ago we got 30 injured and maybe 20 corpses, but half of those bodies were ripped to pieces. We can't figure out who they are."

Obama canceled Bin Laden 'kill' raid three times at Jarrett's urging

Mr. Gutsy.
(TheDC) At the urging of Valerie Jarrett, President Barack Obama canceled the operation to kill Osama bin Laden on three separate occasions before finally approving the May 2, 2011 Navy SEAL mission, according to an explosive new book scheduled for release August 21. The Daily Caller has seen a portion of the chapter in which the stunning revelation appears.

In ”Leading From Behind: The Reluctant President and the Advisors Who Decide for Him,“ Richard Miniter writes that Obama canceled the “kill” mission in January 2011, again in February, and a third time in March. Obama’s close adviser Valerie Jarrett persuaded him to hold off each time, according to the book.

Miniter, a two-time New York Times best-selling author, cites an unnamed source with Joint Special Operations Command who had direct knowledge of the operation and its planning.

Obama administration officials also said after the raid that the president had delayed giving the order to kill the arch-terrorist the day before the operation was carried out, in what turned out to be his fourth moment of indecision. At the time, the White House blamed the delay on unfavorable weather conditions near bin Laden’s compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan.

But when Miniter obtained that day’s weather reports from the U.S. Air Force Combat Meteorological Center, he said, they showed ideal conditions for the SEALs to carry out their orders.


Romney's comments at fundraiser outrage Palestinians

Isn't funny how truth always gets the Palestinians all worked up into a frenzy?
JERUSALEM (AP) — Mitt Romney told Jewish donors Monday that their culture is part of what has allowed them to be more economically successful than the Palestinians, outraging Palestinian leaders who suggested his comments were racist and out of touch with the realities of the Middle East. His campaign later said his remarks were mischaracterized.

"As you come here and you see the GDP per capita, for instance, in Israel which is about $21,000 dollars, and compare that with the GDP per capita just across the areas managed by the Palestinian Authority, which is more like $10,000 per capita, you notice such a dramatically stark difference in economic vitality," the Republican presidential candidate told about 40 wealthy donors who ate breakfast at the luxurious King David Hotel.

Romney said the economic history of the world has shown that "culture makes all the difference."

"And as I come here and I look out over this city and consider the accomplishments of the people of this nation, I recognize the power of at least culture and a few other things," Romney said, citing an innovative business climate, the Jewish history of thriving in difficult circumstances and the "hand of providence." He said similar disparity exists between neighboring countries, like Mexico and the United States.


Giuliani: Obama as Israel-Ally 'Biggest Joke' He's Ever Heard

(INN) Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani recently called President Obama “the least supportive president” of Israel in history and claimed the idea that Obama is a friend of the Jewish state to be “the biggest joke” he’s ever heard.

In a video published on YouTube this week, Giuliani is asked a number of questions regarding the president’s record on Israel, including Obama’s remarks that negotiations between Israel and the Palestinian Authority should be based on pre-1967 boundary lines.

“That would be ridiculous if they had to go back to those territorial lines,” Giuliani said. “They’d be in such jeopardy with what’s going on in the volatile Middle East right now. As a prime minister of Israel, you couldn’t possibly agree to what President Obama is talking about.”

Asked what he believes to be the significance of Obama having not traveled to Israel during his entire term in office, Giuliani simply responded by saying that he believes that “President Obama has not been very favorable to the state of Israel.”

“It isn’t just that he doesn’t go to Israel - which I think is very significant - but it’s that he has policies that are against the interest of the people of the state of Israel,” he said.

Giuliani, who ran for president himself in 2008, also said Obama “feels much more empathy and sympathy” for Israel’s enemies than for the Jewish state.

“I think he’s the least supportive president of the state of Israel that we’ve ever had since the state of Israel existed, Republican or Democrat,” Giuliani said.

As President Obama and Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney continue to vie for Jewish votes, the incumbent president attempted to upstage his rival’s visit to Israel by announcing legislation expanding military and civilian cooperation with the Jewish state. At the same time, his spokesmen were unable to name the capital of the Jewish state and continues to downplay the Iranian threat to Israel.

Romney spoke aggressively on Sunday about protecting Israel from the Islamic regime’s nuclear threats and suggested that he was open to breaking with US policy dating to 1967 by moving the United States embassy to Jerusalem.

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Hey liberals, how about protesting about freedom of expression and thought under Islam?

(Islamabad) The world over, we hear about the wonders of Islam. How it respects other faiths. Really? How it respects women. Really? We even hear how Islam is a champion for human rights. Yeah, right. The thing is, Islam is an intolerant cult which masquerades as a magnanimous religion. But the facts on the ground say otherwise. I mean, while Muslims living in the non-Islamic world protest about their so called rights: for the right to live under Sharia law, for the right to force women to cover up, for the right to play the victim card in which to silence critics whenever odious Islamic practices turn up on the news, they don't mention how they treat others. I mean, when was the last time you heard any Muslim protesting on the streets over Assad, Hamas, Hezballah, Saddam or even the Taliban?

Now, lets look at how Muslims treat others when they are the majority. In a large number of Islamic countries women who don't cover up are arrested, in some they are assaulted, in a few they are murdered.

Minority faiths really are minority faiths in Islamic countries, forbidden to do almost anything. If you upset a Muslim, all he has to do is play the blasphemy card and you are flung in jail.

How about equality for all and freedom of expression? In the West, while Christianity is the majority faith, nobody but nobody is given a hard time for not following Easter, Lent or even Christmas. Now contrast that with Islam which is currently observing its most holy month, Ramadan. This blog has reported time and time again where idiots in the West have tried to force non-Muslims not to offend Muslims by eating in front of them. Excuse me, in the UK I am free to do as I bloody well please, and if a Muslim is offended by me eating a bacon sarnie then he has the right to bugger off elsewhere. But spare a thought for those people who live in Islamic lands.

In Pakistan, police arrested and assaulted two men for eating during Ramadan. But get this - the men concerned were not observing Ramadan, and out of respect for people who were, they retired to the confines of their car to enjoy a soft drink. But that wasn't good enough, and the Pakistan thought police nicked them.

Isn't Islam a wonderful faith?

Ramadan death toll Mali, Sat 28th July, 2012

(Bamako) One of the problems with Islam is how it segregates the men from the women. Not only does it not allow males to develop healthy relationships with the opposite sex, but it allows religious despots to stuff their stuff by playing the pious Muslim card.

And so it was in the town of Bamoko in the northern half of Mali where so called foot soldiers for Allah came across a young couple. Angry that a young couple could be friends outside of wedlock, the pious Muslims grabbed the two, buried them up to their necks in the ground and then stoned them to death.

Now, we live in a world where people protest about the so called inhumane treatment of people who have no problem uttering 'Allah Ackba' and carrying out such deeds. But when their favourite terrorist suspects go on to treat their victims a thousand times worse than they were treated by Western security agencies, then the very same liberal apologists for terrorism remain very silent. Which explains why the so called religion of peace is followed by so many people. They are scared shitless of leaving.

Ramadan death count moves up to 1,176.

Disgraced Ex Penn State President Promoted To Government National Security Job

(Newsmax) Graham Spanier, ousted as president of Pennsylvania State University over the Jerry Sandusky child sex-abuse scandal, has taken a national-security job working with the U.S. government, a university spokesman said.

David La Torre described the job in an e-mail on Friday as a part-time consulting position and declined to provide further details. Spanier and his lawyer, Peter Vaira, didn’t immediately respond to requests for comment.

Spanier, 64, served as Penn State president from 1995 until his firing in November. A July 12 report by former FBI director Louis Freeh said Spanier, ex-football coach Joe Paterno, and other university officials failed to protect children from sexual abuse by Sandusky, a former assistant football coach. Sandusky, 68, was convicted last month of 45 criminal counts tied to abuse of boys over a 15-year period.

H/t: Fox Nation

Asking for employment while Muslim: 100 Yemeni tribesmen storm Interior Ministry building, demand to be enlisted in the police force

Nice, huh?
SANAA (Reuters) - About 100 armed tribesmen loyal to former President Ali Abdullah Saleh stormed the Interior Ministry building in the Yemeni capital Sanaa on Sunday demanding to be enlisted in the police force, an official said.

The tribesmen briefly held some employees hostage before freeing them a few hours later, the Interior Ministry official said. [...]

"At midday, the armed tribesmen... stormed the ministry's building, took control of it and climbed onto the roof with their guns," the official said.

"They refuse to leave until their demands are met."


Italian embassy guard kidnapped in Yemen

Just Muslims having fun during Ramadan, being their usual selves.
SANAA, Yemen (AP) – An interior ministry official in Yemen says gunmen have kidnapped an Italian embassy guard as he walked on the street near the mission's building in the capital Sanaa.

He said the kidnapping took place Sunday, but he had no other details.

In Rome, the Italian Foreign Ministry confirmed the kidnapping and said officials were working to secure the guard's release.

The Yemeni official spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the media.

Kidnaping foreigners is not uncommon in Yemen, an impoverished Arab nation. Almost all of the kidnappings are carried out by tribesmen who use the captives as bargaining chips to force authorities to provide their areas with services and jobs. They mostly end with the release of the hostages unharmed.


Ramadan death toll Syria Sat 28th July, 2012

(Damascus) The bloody internecine civil war continues in Syria. While Watcher has reported events from Aleppo, an additional 144 people were killed across the country.

While the blood of people drains into the sands in Syria, the liberals remain somewhat silent. Strange, seeing as how they were so bloody vocal when Israel retaliated against terrorist groups Hamas and Hezballah.

Ramadan death count moves up to 1,174.

Ramadan death toll Middle Eastern round-up, Sat 28th July, 2012

(Syria) A 6-year-old boy, who was with his family as they crossed the border into Jordan, was shot dead by Syrian guards as they took out their anger on people who were running away from war.

(Jordan) A Jordanian man, angry that his divorced sister had a child out of wedlock, decided to avenge his honour 'Allah style'. So he stabbed her a number of times before throwing her out into the street. While she lay there mortally wounded, he got into his car and drove over her until he was sure she was dead. He then handed himself to the police, playing the Islamic get-out-of-jail card which is, 'I cleansed my family honour'.

Elsewhere in the world, you would get into a lit of trouble for killing somebody. But under the mores of Islam, killing for 'honour' is an acceptable past-time. Which is why this is the third such killing to have hit Jordan in a week.

(Yemen) Terrorists in Yemen handed a booby trapped parcel to 14-year-old Ali Dahab to hand over to his father. However, the poor child was blown to bits when the bomb prematurely exploded.

(Iraq) A bomb explosion in Fallujah saw 2 policemen killed and 11 others wounded. Another, targeting a police chief to the east of the city, saw 2 of his bodyguards murdered.

(Gaza) Mousa Harara, 35, was killed in a fight between families in the Shajayeh neighborhood of Gaza City, locals told Ma'an. Harara was a former PA official and Fatah member.

Ramadan death count moves up to 1,030.

Ramadan death toll in Thailand, Sat 28th July, 2012

While the world watches events play out in Syria Israel, you know, that place where Muslims are oppressed, are denied their basic human rights, and where religion is used to silence anybody and everybody, it seems that peaceful Muslims in Thailand continue in their quest in which to have the part of the country they live in, break away and join the rest of the peaceful Islamic world.

Which is why yesterday, 4 policemen were murdered for the sin of not belonging to a peaceful faith. This comes days after the very same peaceful faith murdered another 5 policemen.

However, let's not forget that the aim of these peaceful people is to terrorise the Thai government into letting the south of the country cede from the Empire, and the best way to do that is to kill civilians. Which is why 2 young lads were shot dead as they rode their motorcycles, and another was shot dead as he walked inside his village.

Not content with killing the unbeliever, a man was shot dead inside a mosque in Yala.

Anybody else surprised how the people who claim to belong to a really peaceful religion appear to have the most blood on their hands?

Ramadan death count moves up to 1,020.

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Ramadan death toll in Iraq, Sat 28th July, 2012

(Samarra) It appears that the depravity shown by Islamic terrorists knows no bounds.

When last night in Iraq gunmen who came a knocking for Hamid Majid, who is the director of a school in Samarra, found he wasn't in, they took out their anger by shooting dead his wife, his three daughters and his daughter in law. Real brave of these so called holy warriors.

Yup, Islam really is a religion of peace.

Ramadan death count moves up to 1,007.

Ramadan death toll in Nigeria, Sat 28th July, 2012

The ongoing bloodbath instigated by Islamic terror group Boko Haram sees no let up over the Islamic holy month of Ramadan.

An ambush on an army patrol by Allah's finest saw 2 Nigerian soldiers murdered.

Meanwhile, the search for the Islamic idiots who murdered 2 Indian businessmen has seen 2 Boko Haram terrorists shot dead and 26 arrested. Expect the usual human rights experts to protest in favour of these terrorists.

However, not everything has gone the security forces way in the Northern Islamic half of Nigerian, as another policeman was murdered by the followers of Allah 48 hours after 3 other policemen were murdered.

Ramadan death count moves up to 1002.

Ramadan death toll in Afghanistan, Sat 28th July, 2012

(Sharan) The Afghan Taliban, buoyed by the support they receive from the left in the West, decided that nothing would put a smile on their supporters (in the West) than a successful attack in which to ensure that their disciples (in the West) understand only too well that there is only one god and his name is Allah. (Don't believe me, have a butchers at how the bBC loves to bend over backwards for the faithful 5 times a day and contrast that view with how they contrast how they feel about Allah with Christians.)

Anyway, a bunch of peaceful Muslims decided that a police checkpoint in Afghanistan had offended their honour, and so in the dark of night, they crept up to it and let rip as only terrorists can (as well as uttering 'Allah Ackba').

Unfortunately for Allah's finest name droppers, the Afghan police were having none of this and uttered 'Allah Ackba' themselves, which is why out of the attackers, 40 went to the great mosque down under and 14 were injured.

Elsewhere in Afghanistan, 2 NATO soldiers were murdered by peace loving Muslims during their so called holy month.

Ramadan death count moves up to 994.

NGO: More than 20,000 people killed in Syria revolt, at least 90 killed across country on Saturday

BEIRUT (AFP) — More than 20,000 people have been killed in Syria since the start of an anti-regime revolt in March 2011, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on Saturday.

"At least 20,028 people, among them 13,978 civilians and rebels, 968 army defectors and 5,082 members of the regime forces have been killed since the start of the revolt on March 15 of last year," Rami Abdel Rahman, director of the Britain-based Observatory, told AFP by phone.

The Observatory counts people who have taken up arms as civilians and keeps a separate tally for army defectors.

At least 90 people were killed across Syria on Saturday, including 29 in northern Aleppo, the country's commercial capital, where regime forces battled rebels in a long-anticipated assault.

In the past week, at least 100 people have been killed every day, including on Friday, when at least 148 people were killed, according to the watchdog's figures.

It is impossible to verify death tolls in Syria. The United Nations stopped counting the casualties of the bloody conflict at the end of 2011.
Ramadan death count moves up to 952.

Syrian rebels survive regime onslaught in Aleppo, at least 24 died

BEIRUT (AP) — The Syrian government launched an offensive Saturday to retake rebel-held neighborhoods in the nation's commercial hub of Aleppo, unleashing artillery, tanks and helicopter gunships against poorly armed opposition fighters.

Yet after a day of fighting, the rag-tag rebel forces remained in control of their neighborhoods in Syria's largest city, said activists, suggesting they had successfully fought off the government's initial assault. [...]

For Saturday, activists estimate that at least two dozen have died so far in the day's fighting.

Ramadan death count moves up to 886.

500 Occupy London parasites march against 'capitalist' Olympic Games

LONDON (AP) — About 500 people critical of the economic impact and corporate flavor of the London Olympics marched Saturday near the Olympic Park, determined to send a message that Britain is not united in backing the games.

The protest march came hours after police arrested more than 130 bicyclists who had defied an order to avoid cycling in groups around the stadium during Friday night's opening ceremony.

Police said they had ordered the protesters to remain south of the River Thames, to keep them from blocking thousands of ticket-holding guests from attending the opening ceremony. The cyclists said they were held in a cordon by police, and later arrested, for trying to cycle in lanes restricted for official Olympic traffic.

Occupy London, part of a global movement that has waged demonstrations against financial institutions and capitalist policies, said some cyclists were members of the movement. They said police cordoned off more than 100 cyclists at one road junction near the stadium as Friday's ceremony was beginning and held them there several hours.

Saturday's protest, the largest so far against the games, drew a mix of left-wing and green activists who decry the Olympics as a corporate juggernaut rolling over residents and their civil rights.


Egyptian Jihadi group says responsible for deadly Israel attack in June

Ismailia (Reuters) - An Islamic Jihadi group based in Egypt's Sinai has posted a video showing it carried out a cross-border attack in June, killing one Israeli at a border barrier construction site and raising doubts over Egypt's security control over the desert peninsula.

Since the overthrow of U.S.-aligned Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak in February 2011, the security grip has loosened over Sinai and groups of militant Islamists have spread across its northern part, attacking police stations and a pipeline exporting gas to Israel and Jordan.

An online video posted on Friday featured members of a new group named "Magles Shoura al-Mujahddin" wearing military outfits and choosing as their target an Israeli security patrol and a border town.

The men who according to the video carried out the attack, identified as Egyptian Abu Salah and a Saudi, Abu Hozaifa, said they sought revenge for "Muslims' blood" and dedicated the attack to Ayman al-Zawahri, Al Qaeda's leader.

"We will head shortly to execute a double suicide operation targeting the Jewish enemy forces on the Egyptian borders," Abu Salah said, reading out from a piece of paper before the attack with a black flag in the background covered with religious slogans.

Israeli officials said soldiers killed both attackers.

Another Jihadi group named "Ansar Bayt al-Maqdes" claimed in an online video last week its responsibility for gas pipeline blasts.


Breitbart News offers $50K for clip of Obama honoring Muslim radical

The Obamas seated with Palestinian Liberation Organization Leader Edward Said at Khalidi Muslim fundraiser
(JPost) The US Internet news portal, Breitbart news is offering a $50,000 reward to anyone who can provide the videotape of a 2003 dinner honoring a radical Palestinian American academic attended by then Illinois state senator Barack Obama.

During the 2008 presidential campaign, The Los Angeles Times reported that Obama attended a farewell dinner for his longtime friend Rashid Khalidi. Khalidi reportedly served as the director of the PLO’s WAFA news agency in Beirut during the 1970s. At that time, the PLO was one of the most active terrorist organizations in the world.

The 2003 dinner was a tribute to Khalidi on the eve of his departure from the faculty of the University of Chicago. Khalidi left the university for Columbia University in New York City where he was appointed to serve as the Edward Said Professor of Arab Studies and the director of Columbia’s Middle East Institute.

Obama has acknowledged a close, long-term friendship between his family and the Khalidi family. Khalidi and his wife Mona, who served as the editor of the PLO’s English news service in Beirut from 1976-1982, hosted a fundraiser for Obama’s failed Congressional campaign in 2000.

According to the Times report, at the 2003 dinner, Khalidi told his Palestinian American guests to support Obama’s 2004 bid for the US Senate. According to the report Khalidi said, “You will not have a better senator under any circumstances.”

During Obama’s tenure as a director on the board of the Woods Fund of Chicago, the charitable group donated $75,000 to Khalidi’s Arab American Action Network.

The Times article notes the virulently anti-Israel discussion that took place at the 2003 Khalidi dinner. Among other things, a Palestinian read a poem accusing Israel’s government of terrorism and sharply criticizing US support for Israel. The speaker reportedly threatened Israel saying that if Palestinian interests are not secured, “then you [Israel] will never see a day of peace.”

Another speaker called Israeli residents of Judea and Samaria “Zionist settlers on the West Bank,” and likened them to Osama bin Laden.

The report claimed that Obama struck “a different tone...and called for finding common ground,” but provided no direct citations of his speech to that effect.

The event was videotaped and the Times reported that it had a copy of the video.

Due to the incendiary nature of the anti-Israel rhetoric expressed at the dinner and the longstanding friendship and mutual professional support between the Obamas and the Khalidis, the Times report generated widespread public interest, particularly among opponents of Obama’s 2008 presidential run. The Times was asked repeatedly to release the videotape of the event.

Despite the obvious public interest in the film, the newspaper repeatedly refused to honor those requests. Four years after its initial publication, interest in the dinner still runs strong.

In light of the continued relevance of the story, Breitbart News has announced its decision to offer $50,000 to anyone who will provide the videotape of the dinner. The $50,000 reward is contingent on Breitbart News being able to obtain independent authentication of the video recording, as well as verification that the video recording contains Obama's complete remarks at the event.

Explaining the initiative, Breitbart News editor in chief Joel Pollak told the Jerusalem Post, “The Khalidi tape may be crucial to understanding Barack Obama's policy of confrontation and isolation towards Israel. The Los Angeles Times refused to provide a full account of what was on the video, and other media failed to question that decision or to search for the facts themselves."

"It is essential that the American people see the video for themselves -- not just to understand the past but to make an informed decision about the next four years. It is well past time that we vetted Barack Obama -- and the mainstream media."

Olympic officials changed the dress code for women's beach volleyball to appease Muslims; US players will keep wearing their sexy bikinis

LONDON (NYP) — They’re going to be the cheekiest gals in London this summer.

Olympian Misty May-Treanor and her fellow competitors on the US women’s beach volleyball team vowed yesterday to keep wearing their sexy bikinis at the upcoming Games — despite a new rule that lets female players compete in dowdy shorts and T-shirts.

“We’re not uncomfortable in our bikinis,” said team member Jen Kessy.

“Growing up in southern California, that’s what you wear from when you’re a little kid to now in the summertime.”

Treanor said she loves to compete in her skimpy, bottom-baring bikini because “what you see is what you get — there’s no airbrushing.”

“I grew up on the beach, grew up in a bikini,” said May-Treanor, who has won two gold medals with her partner, Kerri Walsh.

Olympic officials changed the dress code for the racy sport — in which teams of two compete against each other — to soothe the concerns of nations where religion dictates that women wear more than skimpy swimsuits.

Now competitors can wear what they want — although it could wind up making the Olympics’ sexiest sport look more like a weekend rec league.

US team members, though, said there is nothing that would make them spike their tight bikinis.

“This is the most comfortable thing for us to wear,” Kessy said. “We can style our bikinis however we want. They can be bigger or smaller.

“If it is cold, we will put clothes on. But we won’t be playing in shorts. For us, that’s not comfortable. You get sand everywhere in the pockets. But for others, it’s now their choice.’’

Sometimes, even the Americans wear more clothes when the weather gets chilly.

But that is not likely at the London Games, as the thermometer hit 86 yesterday and was expected to be hot throughout the Olympics, which start Friday night.

The US team expects it to be hot even during night matches.

“If the weather stays like this, we’ll be in our bikinis all night,” said Kessy’s partner, April Ross.

Although the Americans will keep playing with their sexy bikinis, Kessy said she and her teammates won’t be holding any competitors’ fashion choices against them.

“We want women of all different religions to be able to play our sport,” Kessy said, “And to not be able to play because of the gear is not OK.”

Gaza Christians kidnapped and forcibly converted to Islam

(JPost) Two conversions that a Christian family says were forced have strained relations between a tiny Palestinian Christian community in the Hamas-run Gaza Strip and the Muslim majority.

Hundreds of Christians have staged protests in Gaza's main church in the past week, demanding the return of members of their community of 2,500, whom they said were kidnapped by Islamist proselytizers and forced to convert to Islam.

Christians are blaming the Hamas-affiliated Palestine Scholars Association and its chairman Salem Salama, a senior member of the Islamist Hamas movement.


London: Muslims abandon protest against "evil" Olympics outside Olympic Park after being warned by the police

LONDON (Reuters) - A group of British Islamists called off a protest planned for outside the London Olympic Park on Friday and organizers said police had told them not to go ahead.

The group, led by some of Britain's most prominent Islamist figures, had intended to gather outside the gates to the park ahead of the opening ceremony to denounce what they called the evil of the Games.

Police said that as it was a standing protest, not a march, the group was not required to obtain permission, but organizer Mizanur Rahman said police had made it clear to him that the protest should not go ahead.

"We would have been immediately arrested otherwise," said Rahman, who served a four-year jail term for encouraging followers to kill British and American troops in Afghanistan and Iraq during a demonstration in London in 2006.

"There's no way for Muslims to voice any of their concerns," said Rahman, whose Website, evilolympics.com, has the tagline "While the world plays, Muslims are being killed around the globe".

He vowed there would be more efforts to protest during the course of the Games.

East London, where the Olympic Park is located, is home to a large Muslim community housed in some of the capital's poorest neighborhoods. It is also home to a number of British Muslims convicted of involvement in plots since the September 11, 2001, attacks on the United States.

Rahman said the decision of judo chiefs not to allow a Saudi athlete to compete wearing an Islamic headscarf showed why Muslims should boycott the Olympics, which this year coincides with the Islamic holy month of Ramadan.

"I would hope that this would be a sign they should not be in the Games," said Rahman.

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Islamic preachers: Churches should not be built in Islamic countries

KUWAIT CITY, July 26 (Arab Times): A group of Islamic preachers claimed that churches should not be built in Islamic countries particularly in the Arabian Peninsula following the issuance of an approval for constructing a church in Jleeb Al-Shuyoukh, reports Al-Watan Arabic daily.

Undersecretary of Ministry of Awqaf and Islamic Affairs Mutlaq Al-Qarawi stressed that the ministry is not responsible for issuing licenses for building churches, and only receives the applications for licenses, which they refer immediately to the Municipality for review.

Meanwhile, Sheikh Nazem Al-Misbah pointed out that the Fatwa and Legislation Department should be questioned for such issues, stressing that based on his knowledge about Islam, it is forbidden to build churches in the Arabian Peninsula.

Adding to the Sheikh Nazem’s comment, Sheikh Mohammad Humoud Al-Najdi said building churches in Kuwait should be prohibited, as Kuwait is a part of the Arabian Peninsula.

Furthermore, Sheikh Sayed A-Rifae Al-Husseini expressed displeasure towards Ministry of Awqaf and Islamic Affairs, and the Municipality for approving the construction of a new church in Jleeb Al-Shuyoukh, stressing that it is not permissible as per the Sharia.

He added that giving excuses such as it is a matter of human rights and international norms to build it, is not acceptable, as Islam comes first, and people should respect religion first before serving humanity or anything else.
H/t: 7th Rangers

Syria: Attack helicopters pound Aleppo as onslaught looms

TAL RIFAAT, Syria (Reuters) - Military helicopters pounded a rebel-held district of Aleppo on Saturday and armored units positioned themselves for an onslaught that could determine the fate of Syria's biggest city, opposition sources said.

Turkey, once a friend but now a fierce critic of the Syrian government, joined growing diplomatic pressure on President Bashar al-Assad, calling for international steps to deal with the military build-up.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, an opposition group which collects information on the 16-month-old uprising against Assad, reported helicopter attacks on the central Salaheddine district of Aleppo and fighting elsewhere in the city.

"Helicopters are participating in clashes at the entrance of Salaheddine district and bombarding it," the group said in an emailed statement. "There are also violent clashes at the entrances to Sakhour district."

One opposition activist said he had seen tanks and armored carriers heading for Salaheddine.


Dubai police chief accuses Muslim Brotherhood of plots to topple Gulf monarchies

DUBAI (AFP) — Dubai police have stepped up accusations against the Muslim Brotherhood of plotting to topple Gulf monarchies, saying a group of UAE activists arrested for threatening state security was linked to the organisation, a report said Friday.

The Brotherhood, which is the emerging force in the Arab world after the Arab Spring uprisings, "met people from the Gulf and discussed toppling Gulf regimes," Dubai police chief Lieutenant General Dahi Khalfan was quoted as saying by the Emarat al-Youm daily.

Khalfan warned that the Muslim Brotherhood "would lose a lot if they challenge Gulf states," and that the oil-rich region is a "red line."

"The Gulf is not a red line for Iran only. It is also for the Muslim Brothers," he was quoted as telling a forum in Dubai, referring to traditional tension between Sunni monarchies and Shiite foe Iran.

Khalfan has repeatedly accused the Muslim Brotherhood, which is the most influential Islamist group in the Arab world, of plotting to take over the Gulf states.


Friday, July 27, 2012

Syrian gunships hit rebels amid massacre fears, 59 killed nationwide

(AFP) Syrian gunships pounded rebels and troops clashed with insurgents in Aleppo on Friday as world powers voiced fears over an all-out assault and called for "maximum pressure" to prevent a massacre.

Columns of armed forces and armour have poured into Aleppo over the past two days, with troops firing on a string of rebel neighbourhoods in the battle for control of the pivotal northern city.

Amid widespread expectations that an increasingly desperate President Bashar al-Assad will pull out all the stops to secure Aleppo, residents of some areas of the commercial capital fled in fear of a massacre. [...]

The Observatory reported at least four deaths in Aleppo on Friday, among 59 people killed nationwide -- 27 civilians, 17 soldiers and five rebels.

Ramadan death count moves up to 862.

Saudis angry over Olympic judo hijab ban

Female Saudi Judo athlete Wodjan Ali Seraj Abdulrahim Shahrkhani (L) arrives with her father at Heathrow airport in preparation for the 2012 London Olympic Games on July 25, 2012. Saudi Arabia's decision to allow two female athletes to compete at the Olympic Games overturns a decades-old taboo imposed by the conservative Muslim monarchy which still bars women from sports at home. The women who will make history for Saudi Arabia are Wodjan Ali Seraj Abdulrahim Shahrkhani (judo) and Sarah Attar (800m). (Getty Images)
LONDON (AFP) — Saudi Arabia have complained to the International Olympic Committee (IOC) after judo fighter Wojdan Shaherkani was banned from wearing the hijab head scarf during competition.

The 18-year-old heavyweight, a member of a two-woman team who are the first female competitors sent from the conservative kingdom to an Olympics, was ordered by the International Judo Federation to fight with her head uncovered.

But the Saudis have lodged a complaint over the ban.

"At the moment we are discussing with the International Judo Federation and the Saudi Arabia Olympic Committee to find a solution for her to compete," an IOC spokesman told AFP on Friday.

"I don't think she has to compete until August 3. The rules of the federation are she cannot wear a scarf for safety reasons."

IJF president Marius Vizer had told the Saudi fighter the hijab cannot be worn in competition.

"The Saudi Arabian athlete will take part in judo and she will fight according to the principle and spirit of judo, so without a hijab," said Vizer following Thursday's draw.

Judo applies strict safety rules and any covering on the head is deemed to present a risk to the fighter's health.

Saudi Arabia only agreed to send a women's team to London on condition their two athletes respect a strict dress code.

The country's most senior sports official Prince Nawaf bin Faisal said that the duo would be allowed to compete so long as they were "wearing suitable clothing that complies with sharia (religious law)".

Additionally he added other stipulations, including "the athlete's guardian agrees and attends with her," and that "there must also be no mixing with men during the Games".

Men and women share the judo training venue, warm-up area in the competition hall and fight side-by-side on the various mat areas inside the arena.

American-raised 800m runner Sarah Attar is the second woman in the Saudi squad in London.

She has spent little time in the Islamic kingdom and grew up mostly in California, where she took up cross-country running.

Report: Syrian rebels capture 150 troops in Aleppo, Idlib

BEIRUT (AFP) — Syrian rebels on Friday captured 150 regime troops and militia members in the northern city of Aleppo and the northwestern province of Idlib, the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

It reported rebels as saying they had captured 100 regime soldiers and militia members in Aleppo and another 50 in Idlib, citing videos distributed by Syrian activists.

The video of dozens of men in civilian clothing seated in a courtyard in Aleppo was filmed by a man describing himself as a member of the rebel Free Syrian Army.

The captured men tell the camera that they are in the Syrian army and the "shabiha" pro-regime militia.


UK: 3 Olympic security staff arrested in Newcastle on suspicion of immigration offenses

LONDON (AP) — Three people hired to work as Olympic venue security staff in Newcastle have been arrested on suspicion of immigration offenses, British officials said Friday.

The arrests come after Newcastle City Council earlier this week replaced G4S — the company providing security at its Olympic stadium — with local firms amid concerns over the company's staffing shortfalls. The city in northern England is hosting Olympic soccer matches for both men and women at St. James' Park.

Council press officer Nigel Whitefield confirmed Friday that the three people were arrested by local police working with U.K. border agents. Whitefield declined to say what jobs their jobs were, referring calls to London Olympics Organizers who he said hired them.

London Olympic organizers declined to comment.

Northumbria Police said the arrests took place Wednesday on suspected immigration offenses, which could mean anything from overstaying a visa to working illegally.


Former UN mission chief: Assad's fall only a matter of time

OSLO (Reuters) - It is just a matter of time before the government of Syrian President Bashar Assad falls because its use of massive force is mobilizing insurgents, General Robert Mood, the former head of the UN monitoring mission in Syria, said on Friday.

"In my opinion it is only a matter of time before a regime that is using such heavy military power and disproportional violence against the civilian population is going to fall," the Norwegian general, who left Damascus on July 19, told Reuters.

"Every time there are 15 people killed in a village, 500 additional sympathizers are mobilized, roughly 100 of whom are fighters," Mood said.

However, the authoritarian Syrian leader is probably secure in the short term because he has the military capability to hold off the rebels and his eventual fall could be months or even years away, Mood said.

"In the short term it may very well be possible for him to (hold on), because the military capabilities of the Syrian army are much much stronger than those of the opposition," Mood said.

"The minute you see larger military formations leaving the ranks of the government to join the opposition, then that is when it starts accelerating ... This could last for months or even years," he said.


Israel 'attack plot' suspect to stand trial in Cyprus

Swedish-Lebanese Allah's follower suspected of plotting to attack Israeli tourists in Cyprus faces 9 security-related charges.
NICOSIA (Reuters) - A Swedish national of Lebanese descent arrested in Cyprus on suspicion of plotting to attack Israeli tourists in the country will stand trial on September 12, authorities said on Friday.

The man, who has not been identified, faces nine charges of security-related offenses related to tracking the movements and areas frequented by Israeli visitors to the holiday island. He was arrested on July 7 as a suspected security threat.

Israel has said the man was planning an attack similar to a suicide bus bombing in the Bulgarian city of Burgas on July 18 that killed seven people, five of them Israelis. The Jewish state has blamed the attack on Lebanese Shi'ite Muslim militant group Hezbollah, and Iran, which has denied any involvement.

Cypriot authorities have acknowledged the suspect showed behavioral patterns similar to the incident in Burgas, in which the attacker waited for Israeli holidaymakers to board a bus at an airport before detonating a backpack of explosives.

Onslaught looms as Assad forces pound Aleppo outskirts ahead of "onslaught"; "massacre" may be imminent

AMMAN/BEIRUT (Reuters) - President Bashar al-Assad's artillery pounded rebel-held areas around Aleppo on Friday, preparing the ground for an onslaught on Syria's biggest city where the United States has said it fears a "massacre" may be imminent.

Opposition sources said the shelling, which follows intensive ground and air bombardment of the city itself, was an attempt to stop fighters from resupplying rebel units inside Aleppo.

"They are shelling at random to instill a state of terror," said Anwar Abu Ahed, a rebel commander outside the city.


Thursday, July 26, 2012

Palestinians in Syria get pulled into civil war

It's a 3-way bad guys free for all war - jihadists, Assad, Palestinians.
BEIRUT (AP) — [...] "There are cars that have blown up and homes that have blown up," a Palestinian activist in Yarmouk who gave his name as Abu Omar said via Skype, booms audible in the background. "We are really in a war zone now."

Violence has struck other Palestinian camps too. More than two-thirds of the 17,500 refugees in the southern city of Daraa fled an attack this month, the U.N. said. While many have returned, food and medicine are lacking.

The U.N. says it cannot provide death tolls for Palestinians because of the difficulty of confirming information. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights estimates that about 150 have been killed since the uprising began in March 2011. Palestinian activists provided the names of 198 people killed, 67 in July alone.


Ramadan Emirati style: Woman raped by four men in desolate desert area

I guess it's all permissible during the day as long as they did not stop to eat and went to prayers later.
(Emirates 24/7) Four men, including two Emiratis, one Oman and a Saudi, abducted an Uzbek woman to a desolate desert area in Abu Dhabi and took turns in raping her before stealing her money and jewelry, a newspaper reported on Thursday.

The woman told court that she met an Emirati at a night party through his girl friend and that she later accepted his offer to give her a lift because he sounded nice, the Arabic language daily Albayan said.

In the car, she got a shock when another man hiding under the back seat emerged out and grabbed her hair, she told court.

The two then took her to a remote desert area, where they raped her many times. They then phoned two friends, who came and raped her.


Romney ‘looking forward’ to returning Churchill bust to Oval Office

LONDON (Yahoo! News) — Mitt Romney has repeatedly insisted he won't criticize President Barack Obama or his policies while traveling overseas. But the presumptive Republican nominee came close to breaking that vow on Thursday night, telling supporters at a fundraiser here he would return a bust of Winston Churchill to the Oval Office.

"I'm looking forward to the bust of Winston Churchill being in the Oval Office again," Romney told donors at a fundraising event in London's Mayfair section that netted roughly $2 million for his campaign.

Romney's comments were a nod to the controversy that erupted in 2009 after people learned that President Barack Obama had removed a bust of the former British prime minister that had been prominently displayed in the Oval Office by his predecessor, George W. Bush. The bust was returned to the British Embassy in Washington, D.C., a move that raised eyebrows among British diplomats.


Iran seeks to legalize marriage for girls under 10

The legal affairs committee of the Majles, the Iranian parliament, has told the press that they regard the law that prohibits girls below the age of 10 from being married off to be 'un-Islamic and illegal'.
(Mohabatnews) - According to recently released statistics, in the past few weeks over 75 female children under 10 were forced to marry much older men. In 3929 cases, bride and groom were both under 14.

In a discussion of the issue organised by the Khabar Online news website, conservative law-maker and spokesperson for the Majles committee Mohammad Ali Isfenani said: "Before the revolution girls under 16 were not allowed to marry.

Parents determined to get around the law would often tamper with their daughter's birth certificate. Under the previous constitution, people were legally regarded as adults when they were 18. After the revolution the age at which children were regarded as going through puberty was lowered to 9 for girls and 15 for boys.

" He added: "As some people may not comply with our current Islamic legal system, we must regard 9 as being the appropriate age for a girl to have reached puberty and qualified to get married. To do otherwise would be to contradict and challenge Islamic Sharia law."

He also confirmed that under his chairmanship the legal committee of the Majles would seek to change the current legislation.

Christians Flee from Islamist Rebels in Syria

(Spiegel) Thousands of Syrians are fleeing into neighboring Lebanon -- not entirely due to fear of the Assad regime. The country's minority Christian population is suffering under attacks waged by rebel troops. In the Beqaa Valley in eastern Lebanon, Christian families are finding temporary refuge, but they are still terrified.


How Obama Engineered Mideast Radicalization

Syrian forces pound Aleppo and Damascus, 24 killed on Wednesday

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Damascus and Syria's second biggest city, Aleppo, came under shell fire on Thursday as troops loyal to President Bashar al-Assad stepped up efforts to crush rebels threatening the government's two main power centers. [...]

Fierce clashes raged in the early hours of Thursday in Aleppo, and an activist said rebels now controlled half of the city, a claim that could not be independently verified.

"There was shelling this morning on the Salaheddine and Mashhad districts," said Aleppo activist Abu Hisham. "Now it has stopped, but helicopters are buzzing overhead."

Activists said 24 people were killed in fighting in and around Aleppo on Wednesday, swelling a national death toll of about 18,000 since the revolt against Assad began 16 months ago.

Ramadan death count moves up to 803.

Obama's latest race-oriented executive order - creation of African-American education office

This intentionally gives one race an advantage over others. Can you imagine if Bush had created a "white education office"?
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is creating a new office to bolster education of African-American students.

The White House says the office will coordinate the work of communities and federal agencies to ensure that African-American youngsters are better prepared for high school, college and career.

Obama is announcing his election-year initiative Wednesday night in a speech to the civil rights group the National Urban League as he seeks to rally black voters. Aides say his executive order, to be signed Thursday, will set a goal of producing "a more effective continuum" of programs for African-American students.

Ramadan death toll in Nigeria, Thurs 26th July, 2012

(MAIDUGURI) Allah's favourite Nigerian terrorists continued in spreading their message of peace when they murdered two Indian businessmen when their demands for money weren't dealt with as quick as they wanted. After the killings they drove away shouting out 'Allah Ackba'.

Meanwhile in the town of Gubio in the Nigerian state of Borno, gunmen stormed a police station last night and murdered 3 people. (Borno state is primarily Islamic and has been the site of numerous attacks by the Islamic terrorist group Boko Haram who have been waging a war of ethnic cleansing against non-Muslims in which to force Nigeria to adopt Sharia law.

Ramadan death count moves up to 779.

Ramadan death toll in Iraq, Thurs 26th July, 2012

(Hadid) Islamic idiots, still protesting about American troops in Iraq (the last Americans soldiers left last Dec), decided to shoot up an Iraqi helicopter, killing one soldier, wounding another and forcing the kite to make a landing. The ongoing bloodfest saw 11 policemen and 7 armed thugs killed on Wednesday.

Ramadan death count moves up to 774.

Ramadan death toll in India, Thurs 26th July, 2012

(Uttar Pradesh) In yet another example of how so called peaceful Islam just cannot live up to that image, Muslims in northern India, who were offering their prayers, were somehow offended by Hindus who were singing their regular Monday morning devotions to Lord Shiva. Inflamed by how their honour had been besmirched, the peaceful Muslims launched an attack on the Hindus, resulting in one of the attackers getting shot dead and 20 people injured. I suppose when you pick on a people who are offering devotions to the god also known as the destroyer (Gosh, I love reading the destroyer books) you are going to come off second best.

Ramadan death count moves up to 755.

Doctor who failed to use Sharia law to get out of paying maintenance plays 'Islamophobic' card

(England) How many times have you heard some apologist advocate the installation of Sharia law in the UK, seeing it isn't as bad as the anti-Islam crowd profess, and that actually it is what everybody wants?


Here's a story which will hopefully set back the attempts to make everybody else in the UK (98% of the population) bend over backwards for Allah.

Dr. Zaid Al-Saffar is the consultant rheumatologist at Scarborough Hospital in North Yorkshire. He married 8 years ago and after 2 children decided that he wanted out. However, as he is a right old tight git, he thought of using Sharia law in which to get out of paying maintenance to his wife, and this was after she signed over any rights to the family home. Which is why in court he opined that under Sharia law, he had no obligation to make maintenance payments, and that, following Islamic practice, his former wife’s family would support her.

Yeah, right.

However, the judge was having none of this religious clap-trap and informed Mr. Saffar that:
‘The rule in this country is that you share and the starting point is equal division.
You came out of the marriage without having made your wife any substantial capital payment.’
Which means that Mr. Saffar has to pay out. After the court verdict, the tight doctor opined:
By playing the system and pretending to be a victim she got everything, which I think is totally unfair.
‘Family law in this country is biased against Muslim people.’
Family law is against Muslim people? Is it? Pray tell us all what faith your wife and children belong to?

Just another odious man who doesn't like to put his hand in his pocket, and puts down his loss of face as... Islamophobia.

Ramadan death toll in Pakistan, Thursday 26th July, 2012

(Bajaur) As is the way of the radical Islamic idiots, one of them decided to regain his honour by setting off a bomb inside a busy market in north-western Pakistan. 8 very unnecessary deaths and 20 injured. Some prick will no doubt be screaming 'Allah Ackba' over how he killed so many people during his religion's most holy month.

Ramadan death count moves up to 754.

Obama's DHS head Napolitano: Expect more members of terrorist organizations to visit US

(Washington Examiner) Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano told Congress today to expect more members of designated foreign terrorist organizations to visit the United States.

“I think you are right in pointing out that as we move forward we are going to continue to have visitors to this country that the State Department and others feel are useful to bring to the country to have discussions moving forward who say they are members of the political party that in the past have been so designated,” Napolitano told House Homeland Security Committee chairman Pete King, R-N.Y. during a committee hearing this morning.

Napolitano was defending the decision to host Hani Nour Eldin — a member of Egyptian parliament elected on the political party platform of the Islamic Group, which the State Department has designated as foreign terrorist organization — at the White House.

“I think we have to add more nuance to that,” she said when King mentioned that Eldin is part of a designated foreign terrorist organization. “We have to know what the group was. Is it now a political party that is running the government of a country that has strong ties to the United States?” She added that he went through three stages of vetting and “everyone who looked at this person felt confident that he was not a security risk to the White House or to the United States.”

King charged the Obama Administration with violating a law in hosting Eldin at the White House. “It appears as if the law was not complied with in that he did not apply for a waiver [and] Congress was not notified, which is also required,” he told Napolitano. “It does not appear that either the letter or the spirit of the law was complied with.”

When King reiterated that complaint about the process by which Eldin was allowed into the country, Napolitano conceded that “on the process, that’s a fair point to make.”

Arab League gives Palestinian Authority green light to seek statehood via UN

(JPost) The Palestinian Authority has received a green light from the Arab League to seek UN recognition of a Palestinian state, PA officials said Wednesday.

The officials told The Jerusalem Post that no date has been set for presenting the application to the UN. But one official said that the application would be presented to the UN “probably before the end of the year.” He said that the application would include a request for recognition of Palestine as a non-member state of the UN.

The official voiced confidence that the PA request would be approved by a vast majority of UN members.

“We know we have a big majority in the UN that would vote in favor of Palestinian membership,” the official told the Post.

He denied reports that the PA was planning to file the request in early September, as indicated by the Palestinian Foreign Affairs Ministry in Ramallah.

The PA was forced to abandon another request for UN membership last year after failing to secure the backing of nine members of the Security Council. The PA says that the new application will be filed with the General Assembly, where it hopes to gain the support of at least 130 countries,.

Another PA official said that the Arab League foreign ministers, who met in Doha, Qatar, last weekend, declared their backing for PA President Mahmoud Abbas’s intention to seek UN membership.

The Arab League, the official added, advised Abbas to “assess all his options” before going to the UN. The Arab ministers told Abbas that they were concerned that such a move would anger the US administration and prompt Congress to impose sanctions on the Palestinians, including closing down the PLO diplomatic mission in Washington.

At the Doha gathering, Abbas complained that Israel’s policies have damaged the peace process and made it impossible for him to return to the negotiating table. Abbas also told the Arab ministers that the US was strongly opposed to his plan to seek unilateral UN recognition of a Palestinian state.

Abbas also complained about the severe financial crisis facing the PA government in the West Bank and urged the Arab countries to provide the Palestinians with emergency financial aid.

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

After Ahmadinejad's gloating about Burgas terror attack which killed Israeli tourists, Iran accuses Israel of plotting and executing it

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Iran's U.N. envoy accused Israel on Wednesday of plotting and carrying out a suicide bomb attack on a bus in Bulgaria a week ago in which five Israeli tourists were killed.

A suicide bomber blew up the bus in a car park at Burgas airport, a popular gateway for tourists visiting Bulgaria's Black Sea coast, killing himself, the Israeli tourists and the Bulgarian bus driver and wounding more than 30 people.

Israel has accused Iran and the Lebanese Islamist group Hezbollah of the bombing. Iran has denied the accusations.

"It's amazing that just a few minutes after the terrorist attack, Israeli officials announced that Iran was behind it," Iran's U.N. Ambassador Mohammad Khazaee told a U.N. Security Council debate on the Middle East. "We have never and will not engage in such a despicable attempt on ... innocent people."

"Such terrorist operation could only be planned and carried out by the same regime whose short history is full of state terrorism operations and assassinations aimed implicating others for narrow political gains," Khazaee said. "I could provide ... many examples showing that this regime killed its own citizens and innocent Jewish people during the last couple of decades.

Israel's U.N. Ambassador Haim Waxman said Iran's fingerprints were all over the bomb attack in Bulgaria, as well as dozens of other plots in recent months around the world.

"These comments are appalling, but not surprising from the same government that says the 9/11 attack was a conspiracy theory and denies the Holocaust," Waxman said in a statement.

Some analysts believe Iran is trying to avenge the assassinations of several scientists involved in its controversial nuclear program that it blames on Israel and the United States. Israeli diplomats have been targeted in several countries in recent months by bombers who the Jewish state maintained had struck on behalf of Tehran.

"The time has come for the world to put an end to this campaign of terror, once and for all," Waxman said.

One of five Occupy Wall Street "protesters" who wanted to blow up Ohio bridge pleads guilty

Anthony Hayne (second from left)
AKRON, Ohio (AP) — One of five men charged with plotting to bomb an Ohio highway bridge pleaded guilty Wednesday and agreed to testify against his co-defendants.

Anthony Hayne, 35, of Cleveland, who has a criminal record for theft and breaking and entering, pleaded to all three counts against him in U.S. District Court. His attorney, Michael O'Shea, said Hayne hopes to get leniency in return for his testimony.

Under the terms of the surprise plea deal, Hayne will have the chance to avoid a life prison term. With the plea and offer of testimony for the prosecution, he could face 15 years to nearly 20 years in prison.

"I don't think any of these guys intended harm to human beings," O'Shea said. "I think they just thought this was a way of making some sort of political statement. But I'm relatively confident none of these people had any desires to actually hurt anybody."

Yeah, just guys who wanted to blow things up to make a political statement. Isn't that the definition of terrorism?

Britain calls up additional troops to guard London Olympics against Muslim terrorism

Israel: IDF Hosts Summer Camp for Palestinian Children With Cancer

Ah, that evil IDF.
(Algemeiner) Fatah named a summer camp after a terrorist who led an attack that killed 37 Israelis, Palestinian Media Watch reported.

Among the victims of Dalal Mughrabi, namesake of the new “Sisters of Dalal Mughrabi” camp, were 12 children. Speaking to summer camp participants, the Governor of the Jericho district called Mughrabi “a beacon for us in our activities.”

Meanwhile, the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) Civil Administration hosted a three-day summer camp this month for children with cancer living in Palestinian Authority-controlled areas of the West Bank and Gaza. Activities included horseback riding and music, Israel National News reported.

Palestinian summer camps are often a “transparent effort” by the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) to raise more money, Middle East Forum Founder Daniel Pipes told JNS.org. UNRWA is “putting the burden on the outside world, that you and I should be ponying up the funds to keep Gazan children occupied in the summer,” he said.

“I don’t know about you, but no one is paying for my children’s summer camp,” Pipes said.

Syria: Alawites may be trying to carve out a breakaway state

BEIRUT (AP) — In the recent sectarian violence in Syria, some observers see a grim pattern: Alawite fighters from President Bashar Assad's minority sect, they say, are trying to carve out a breakaway enclave for themselves by driving out local Sunnis, killing entire families and threatening anybody who stays behind.

The Alawite sect that makes up the backbone of Assad's regime has historically been centered in towns and villages of Syria's mountainous Mediterranean coast. If the regime falls, that heartland could become a refuge for the community — and even for Assad himself — from which to fight for survival against a Sunni majority that has long resented their domination.

That would mean a bloody Balkanization of Syria's 17-month-old conflict, an ominous scenario for a country that sits along the Middle East's most turbulent fault lines. Any attempt to create a breakaway state could trigger a wave of sectarian killings and have dangerous repercussions in a region where many religious, ethnic and tribal communities have separatist aspirations.

Already, there has been a degree of demographic shift: Sunnis and Alawites both have for months been fleeing the worst hit areas of the country for safety, mainly with their communities. The past week, as Assad's firm grip on the key cities of Damascus and Aleppo — two longtime bastions of support — appeared to be wobbling, there were reports of Alawites streaming from hotspots into the coastal heartland.

But activists and opposition groups believe Assad and members of his power base are going further and are preparing an Alawite stronghold. Recent killings in overwhelmingly Sunni villages close to Alawite communities, they say, are meant to lay the groundwork.

"The idea for Assad to hold all of Syria as we know it, has become very difficult now," said Elias Hanna, a Beirut-based strategic analyst. "Falling back on an Alawite state is his plan B."