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  • How Ted Cruz Trolls Obama’s Foreign Policy

    07/29/2014 1:27:18 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | July 29, 2014 | Eli Lake
    The Tea Party favorite loves to needle Team Obama. But in an interview, Cruz also reveals a new kind of conservative foreign policy: American exceptionalism without the nation building.One way to understand Ted Cruz’s foreign policy, particularly if you are a Democrat, is through the prism of the social media phenomenon known as trolling. The best trolls are provocateurs. Their language is meant to expose a fallacy or weakness in the opponent’s position as opposed to offering a constructive alternative. In a wide-ranging interview with the junior senator from Texas, there was a lot of trolling. Of Obama’s recent attempt...
  • Hamas Propaganda War Being Waged on World’s Main Street

    07/27/2014 7:24:04 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 3 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 07/27/14 | Judi McLeod
    Even thousands of miles away from Gaza, citizens live in fear. And that’s just the way Western leaders want it. With their people living in fear, Western leaders escape citizen wrath for their lack of leadership in failing world economies.
  • ISIS Crucifies Young Men For Leaving The Peaceful Religion of Islam

    07/09/2014 3:19:24 PM PDT · by george76 · 14 replies
    Shoebat Foundation ^ | July 9, 2014 | Walid Shoebat
    ISIS has crucified more young men for being accused of “Ridda”. Ridda in Islam means defection from the religion. ... Crucifixions has become a normal occurrence in Syria and Iraq in which young men are seen crucified on trees .... And on scaffolds ... Mass slaughter has become a way of life in Caliphate controlled areas: ... This is all part of Hiraba which is Islamic law regarding punishments. We are beginning to see an escalation of crucifixions and it will soon get applied in full force in all the areas that the Caliphate rules. A nightmare is on the...
  • Bahrain expels top US diplomat after meeting with main opposition group

    07/07/2014 10:16:38 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 12 replies
    RT ^ | 7-7-2014 | RT
    <p>Bahrain’s Sunni government has expelled a top US diplomat citing interference in the country’s internal affairs following his meeting with the main opposition Shia group.</p> <p>Bahrain asked US Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights and Labor, Tom Malinowski, to immediately leave the country as he is “unwelcome” because of interference in the country’s internal affairs, the kingdom’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement as cited by Bahrain News Agency.</p>
  • Obama’s Secret Directive Supporting Global Islamism

    07/05/2014 7:35:23 PM PDT · by blueyon · 8 replies
    Front Page Mag ^ | 7/04/14 | Raymond Ibrahim
    obama-is-a-terrorist-A recent Gulf News report sheds some light on how and why the United States helped bring the Muslim Brotherhood and its Islamist allies to power, followed by all the subsequent chaos and atrocities in the Mideast region. Large portions of the report follow with my commentary interspersed for added context: Dubai: For the past decade, two successive US administrations have maintained close ties to the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt, Tunisia, Syria and Libya, to name just the most prominent cases. The Obama administration conducted an assessment of the Muslim Brotherhood in 2010 and 2011, beginning even before the events...
  • Israel ready to help Jordan fend off Iraq insurgents if asked

    07/04/2014 7:26:47 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 3 replies
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | July 4, 2014
    Israel is ready to meet any Jordanian request to help fight off Islamist insurgents who have overrun part of neighboring Iraq, an Israeli official said on Friday, although he believed Jordan was capable of defending itself. Asked to elaborate on the statement, Strategic Affairs Minister Yuval Steinitz said potential Israeli assistance could include sending troops or arms, though he saw that as unlikely. "We have an interest in ensuring that Jordan does not fall to, or be penetrated by, groups like al Qaeda or Hamas or ISIS," he told Reuters. "If, God forbid, there is a need, if such a...
  • Iran Secretly Sending Drones and Supplies into Iraq, U.S. Officials Say

    06/25/2014 8:18:42 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 15 replies
    New York Times ^ | June 25, 2014 | By MICHAEL R. GORDON and ERIC SCHMITT
    BRUSSELS — Iran is directing surveillance drones over Iraq from an airfield in Baghdad and is secretly supplying Iraq with tons of military equipment, supplies and other assistance, American officials said. Tehran has also deployed an intelligence unit there to intercept communications, the officials said. The secret Iranian programs are part of a broader effort by Tehran to gather intelligence and help Prime Minister Nuri Kamal al-Maliki’s government in its struggle against Sunni militants with the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria. Gen. Qassim Suleimani, the head of Iran’s paramilitary Quds Force, has visited Iraq at least twice to help...
  • The Man Who Broke the Middle East

    06/23/2014 12:02:27 AM PDT · by expat1000 · 15 replies
    Politico ^ | June 22, 2014 | Elliott Abrams
    There’s always Tunisia. Amid the smoking ruins of the Middle East, there is that one encouraging success story. But unfortunately for the Obama narratives, the president had about as much as to do with Tunisia’s turn toward democracy as he did with the World Cup rankings. Where administration policy has had an impact, the story is one of failure and danger. The Middle East that Obama inherited in 2009 was largely at peace, for the surge in Iraq had beaten down the al Qaeda-linked groups. U.S. relations with traditional allies in the Gulf, Jordan, Israel and Egypt were very good....
  • Obama ´Disappointingly Complacent´ on Islamic Extremism says Former Australian PM

    06/18/2014 9:51:39 PM PDT · by Nachum · 44 replies
    Breitbart London ^ | 6/18/14 | Raheem Kassam
    Former Australian Prime Minister John Howard has today referred to U.S. President Barack Obama´s approach to Islamic extremism as ´disappointingly complacent´ in a speech to the Margaret Thatcher Liberty Conference in London. The high-profile event was attended by hundreds of political journalists, activists, writers, legislators and other global stakeholders. Howard’s comments were met by nods of approval across the room as he took aim at Barack Obama´s West Point commencement speech of last month. Howard said: "Islamic fundamentalism is a far greater threat than many people in their culturally equivocal way believe. "Obama´s West Point commencement speech… with the greatest
  • Humiliation at rout hits Iraqi military hard

    06/17/2014 2:32:59 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 19 replies
    Washington Post ^ | June 17, 2014
    The Iraqi soldiers tell of how they can hardly live with the shame of their rout under the onslaught of the Islamic militants. Their commanders disappeared. Pleas for more ammunition went unanswered. Troops ran from post to post only to find them already taken by gunmen, forcing them to flee. “I see it in the eyes of my family, relatives and neighbors,” one lieutenant-colonel who escaped the militants’ sweep over the northern city of Mosul told The Associated Press. “I am as broken and ashamed as a bride who is not a virgin on her wedding night.”
  • Obama Has Painted Himself Into A Foreign Policy Corner

    06/14/2014 11:40:36 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 23 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 14, 2014 | Jonah Goldberg
    The Arab Spring is over. Welcome to the Jihadi Spring. Across a huge swath of what, up until recently, had been known as Iraq and Syria, a transnational movement of Sunni Islamic extremists has taken control. The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) has conquered -- without much effort -- Mosul, Iraq's second largest city, along with most of the province of Nineveh. It's also taken Tikrit, Saddam Hussein's hometown. Along the way it has ransacked banks (to the tune of hundreds of millions of dollars), pillaged weapon stockpiles (including the stuff we left behind for the Iraqi...
  • White House Hosts Israel-Hating Radical Muslim

    06/26/2013 1:57:30 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 13 replies
    INN ^ | 6/26/2013, 11:52 PM | Elad Benari
    White House officials met this month with Sheikh Abdullah bin Bayyah, a deputy of radical Egyptian cleric Yusuf al-Qaradawi, the spiritual leader of the Muslim Brotherhood who has been banned from entering the United States, reported the Investigative Project on Terrorism (IPT). The June 13 meeting took place on the same day the Obama administration announced plans to arm Syria’s rebel forces, the report noted. IPT noted that al-Qaradawi, the founder of the International Union of Muslim Scholars (IUMS), endorses Palestinian Authority Arab suicide bombers and supports Hamas in its fight against Israel. The report also said that bin Bayyah,...
  • Red Cross freezes Libya work after Swiss death

    06/08/2014 3:47:39 PM PDT · by DeaconBenjamin · 1 replies
    The Local (Switzerland) ^ | 05 Jun 2014 18:11 GMT+02:00
    The International Committee of the Red Cross says it is temporarily freezing its operations in Libya to reevaluate the security situation after a Swiss staffer was killed by gunmen. "We are freezing movement (of personnel) for the time being to analyze the situation so we can adapt our operations," ICRC spokesman David-Pierre Marquet told AFP on Thursday. He said there were no plans to permanently halt the organization's operations in Libya. The announcement came a day after Michael Greub, a 42-year-old Swiss citizen heading the ICRC's office in Libya's third city Misrata, was killed by gunmen in Sirte, 200 kilometres...
  • US recommends its citizens depart Libya 'immediately'

    05/27/2014 4:38:25 PM PDT · by PghBaldy · 95 replies
    Washington (AFP) - The US State Department recommended Americans in Libya "depart immediately," in its latest travel warning on Tuesday.
  • Greenfield: Will a Rogue General Undo Obama's Regime Change in Libya?

    05/25/2014 12:44:47 PM PDT · by Louis Foxwell · 9 replies
    Sultan Knish blog ^ | Saturday, May 24, 2014 | Daniel Greenfield
    Saturday, May 24, 2014 Will a Rogue General Undo Obama's Regime Change in Libya? Posted by Daniel Greenfield @ the Sultan Knish blog It didn't take Egypt very long to revert back to a military oligarchy with elections. That oligarchy wasn't brought back by an armed coup in the dead of night, but by popular protests. The Arab Spring was trumpeted by liberals as a new era in the history of the Middle East. But the Middle East is better at undoing history than the media is at writing it. In Egypt, General Abdel Fattah el-Sisi brushed away the effects...
  • Libya evacuation decision 'minute by minute,' U.S. official says

    05/20/2014 2:36:19 PM PDT · by mojito · 23 replies
    CNN ^ | 5/20/2014 | Jomana Karadsheh and Barbara Starr
    Tripoli, Libya (CNN) -- The U.S. military has doubled the number of aircraft standing by in Italy if needed to evacuate Americans from the U.S. Embassy in Tripoli, Libya, CNN has learned. A decision to evacuate as violence in the Libyan capital grows is "minute by minute, hour by hour," a defense official told CNN on Monday. Fierce fighting swept across the city Sunday after armed men stormed the country's interim Parliament. Sporadic bursts of gunfire and blasts could still be heard on the outskirts of the capital Monday evening. The violence appeared to be some of the worst since...
  • Egyptian TV Claims: Jewish Lobbies Behind The Simpsons

    05/19/2014 8:34:42 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 29 replies
    INN ^ | 5/20/2014, 6:12 AM | Elad Benari
    “The Simpsons” cannot catch a break from Arab television. The same Egyptian television channel that recently claimed that an episode of the popular show proved that the United States had conspired to cause the Arab Spring revolutions, is now claiming that the show was devised by Jewish lobbies and think tanks and financed by Rupert Murdoch. The latest claims by Al-Tahrir TV aired on May 11 and were translated by the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI). During the broadcast, host Rania Badawi claimed, “[The Simpsons] is a very influential TV series in the U.S. This animated series is an...
  • Libyan parliament comes under gunfire in Tripoli

    05/18/2014 6:20:34 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 13 replies
    BBC News ^ | May 18, 2014
    There has been heavy fighting outside the Libyan interim parliament in the capital Tripoli. MPs fled the building after heavily armed attackers tried to storm it. Some eyewitnesses say the gunmen were from the powerful Zintan Brigade of former rebel fighters. However, a paramilitary force backing retired general Khalifa Haftar claimed it was behind the assault. Authorities are struggling to contain militias that control parts of Libya. A planned new constitution remains unwritten and the country has had three prime ministers since March. On Sunday, the gunmen launched their assault on parliament in armoured vehicles. Black smoke rose above the...
  • U.S. Becomes Chief Enabler of Christian Persecution

    05/14/2014 6:32:55 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 10 replies
    The Gatestone Institute ^ | 5/14/14 | Raymond Ibrahim
    "We are looking for the bishop of this church to slaughter him -- we are tired of the existence of this church near our mosque and the noise they are making." — Church elder quoting Muslims who attacked a priest, Zanzibar."Muslims wanted to punish [him]...because he had recently organised a demonstration against violence in Islam." — Local priest of a murdered Christian, Bangladesh."O people of the Scripture [Christians]. Do not exceed the limits of your religion....Cease! It will be better for you...." — Koran, 4:171, Billboard in Nazareth, Israel.Human rights organization Open Doors published its 2014 World Watch List in...
  • Migration attempts to Europe rise sharply

    05/16/2014 5:11:56 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 7 replies
    UPI ^ | May 16, 2014 | By Ed Adamczyk
    BRUSSELS - The number of people identified attempting to illegally enter European Union nations in 2013 rose sharply over 2012, the border agency Frontex reported Friday. In its annual risk analysis, Frontex revealed 107,000 detections of undocumented migrants in 2013, compared to 72,500 in 2012. One in four migrants hailed from Syria, it said. The 2013 figure is still lower than in 2011, when 141,000 undocumented migrants arrived in Europe as a result of the Arab Spring movement.
  • Libya clashes between rival militias in Benghazi

    05/16/2014 11:10:07 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 3 replies
    BBC News ^ | May 16, 2014
    Fierce clashes between rival Libyan rebel groups in the coastal city of Benghazi have killed several people. The BBC's Rana Jawad says the fighting is understood to be between Islamist militias and a paramilitary force led by a retired senior officer. Libya's second largest city is the scene of frequent clashes between the army and Islamist militias. Authorities in the capital Tripoli have struggled to deal with rebels since Muammar Gaddafi was ousted in 2011. Eyewitnesses told the BBC that an Islamist militia base in Benghazi was bombed by warplanes. The death toll is unclear but medical sources in the...
  • Iran isn’t complying with the interim deal

    05/14/2014 2:51:28 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 18 replies
    Washington Post ^ | May 14, 2014 | BY JENNIFER RUBIN
    A fundamental requirement of the interim deal — Iran’s cooperation with International Atomic Energy Agency personnel — is not being fulfilled. The White House’s own fact sheet on the interim deal listed Iran’s obligations. ... It is even more troubling that the administration hasn’t reported back to Congress and the American people on Iran’s refusal to comply. Mark Dubowitz of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies was instrumental in designing anti-Iran sanctions. He warns, “I hope the Obama administration doesn’t adopt an approach of punting on demands for full disclosure on past nuclear weaponization activities or they will find themselves...
  • Obamas Share Boko Haram’s Agenda to Eradicate Christian Education

    05/12/2014 9:41:09 AM PDT · by george76 · 14 replies
    Shoebat Foundation ^ | May 10, 2014 | Walid Shoebat, Theodore Shoebat, and Ben Barrack
    Few pay attention to the common agendas shared by Boko Haram (the terrorist group that has kidnapped over 200 Nigerian schoolgirls) and the non-profit organizations ran by the Obama family. The primary goals of both is to eradicate western education in Africa; the evidence is overwhelming. ... the foundation bearing the name of Barack’s grandmother – the Mama Sarah Obama Foundation (MSOF). In the interview, Musa confessed that the MSOF accepts western donations under faulty premises (helping orphaned children with AIDS) and then uses those funds for scholarships to send Kenyan students to extremist Wahhabist schools in Saudi Arabia. In...
  • Hillary’s War on Nigerian Women is about Benghazi

    05/12/2014 9:53:46 AM PDT · by george76 · 9 replies
    Shoebat Foundation ^ | May 9, 2014 | Ben Barrack
    What Hillary Clinton is attempting to do is – in a word – despicable. A few days after the ‘Smoking gun’ Benghazi email was revealed by Judicial Watch; two days after House Speaker John Boehner announced that he would form a Select Committee to investigate Benghazi; one day before Rep. Trey Gowdy was tapped to lead it; and one day after we revealed a Muslim Brotherhood connection to the email at Shoebat.com, Hillary Clinton attempted to pivot public attention toward the kidnapping of hundreds of Nigerian schoolgirls. The motive behind her doing this should be transparently obvious. She is attempting...
  • Arab world: Has the penny finally dropped?

    05/02/2014 8:09:30 AM PDT · by Rusty0604 · 12 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 04/26/2014 | ZVI MAZEL
    Since the start of the ill-named “Arab Spring,” the Muslim Brotherhood has been very much in the news. Coming to power through democratic elections in Egypt and Tunisia, they were toppled within a short time by the people, who discovered their true intentions. There were some in the West – but not all – who saw the light as well. British Prime Minister David Cameron has ordered a comprehensive review of the movement,... its activities in Britain and its impact on the country’s interests. The decision was made because the Brotherhood is allegedly behind terrorist operations in Egypt, and because...
  • The Jihadi Threat: Report on Islamist States and Individuals (unfinished)

    05/04/2014 7:33:50 PM PDT · by Randall_S
    Indepdendent assessment and original research ^ | March 10, 2014 | ConstitutionalRight.net
    Detailed report... excerpt Sometimes the tail wags the dog. In the case of the tiny Gulf state of Qatar, their small population and tremendous wealth give them an outsized influence in diplomacy and international influence. If Ankara is the heart of the emerging Islamic Caliphate, Qatar is the brain. Through sophisticated international investment and diplomacy, Qatar has acted behind the scenes in each of the “Arab Spring” revolutions that installed Islamist government where once secular dictators ruled. A country rich in natural gas and approximately two million citizens, Qatar has the highest per capital GDP in the world. GDP in...
  • U.S. worries its aid to Egypt may be misdirected

    04/30/2014 9:04:17 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 10 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | April 30, 2014 | by Ken Dilanian, Paul Richter, Laura King
    The Egyptian military recently used American-made Apache helicopter gunships to fire rockets into houses in the Sinai Peninsula, the latest in a series of lethal raids targeting a little-known Al Qaeda-inspired group that has bombed civilians. The April 23 raid came on the same day that the State Department lifted a hold on military aid to Egypt. The Obama administration has struggled for months to limit the political crackdown launched by former Field Marshal Abdel Fattah Sisi, who now heads the Egyptian government.
  • Egypt court sentences 683 to death including Brotherhood chief

    04/28/2014 11:16:34 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 21 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 4-28-2014 | Sarah Benhaida
    An Egyptian court sentenced 682 alleged Islamists and Muslim Brotherhood leader Mohamed Badie to death on Monday, a lawyer and prosecutor said, after two brief sessions the defence partly boycotted. The same court in the southern province of Minya also reversed 492 of 529 death sentences it passed in March, commuting most of those to life in prison. The court, presided over by judge Said Youssef Sabry, had sparked an international outcry with its initial sentencing last month amid an extensive crackdown on supporters of ousted Islamist president Mohamed Morsi. The crackdown has extended to secular-leaning dissidents who supported Morsi's...
  • Tunisia divided over Jews’ use of Israel passports

    04/23/2014 12:52:26 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 23, 2014 3:09 PM EDT | Bouazza ben Bouazza
    Tunisia’s elected assembly accepted a petition Wednesday to question the tourism minister over a decision allowing Israelis to use their passports to enter the country for an annual religious pilgrimage. While Israelis and Jews long have traveled to Tunisia for an annual pilgrimage to the Ghriba synagogue on the island of Djerba, this is the first year that Israelis have been allowed to use their passports rather than a special document issued by Tunisian embassies. Tunisia does not have diplomatic relations with Israel. …
  • Sources: White House deliberately leaked photo of ill Saudi King with breathing tube

    04/20/2014 1:53:36 PM PDT · by Nachum · 51 replies
    World Tribune ^ | 4/20/14 | Staff
    WASHINGTON — The United States is said to have disclosed that Saudi King Abdullah was dying. (Snip) The sources said the photograph was taken by White House personnel during Obama’s meeting with the Saudi king outside Riyad on March 28.“The Saudis specifically did not want any photograph that showed Abdullah with the tube,” a source said. “But there was a White House photographer that took the picture for what he said was history.” The photograph was said to have been relayed to members of the White House press corps. Within a day, an image of the Saudi king with the...
  • Israel and Russia are getting along. Have the neocons noticed?

    04/16/2014 8:45:25 AM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 45 replies
    The Week ^ | 4/16/2014 | Michael Brendan Dougherty
    Russia and Israel seem to have a growing affinity for each other. A few weeks ago, Israel abstained from a vote in the UN censuring Russia for its invasion of Ukraine. The Israeli newspaper Haaretz reported [link at URL] that this is a sore spot for the White House and a diplomatic novum on the world scene. A senior Israeli official said that Israel's absence from the United Nations vote was viewed around the world as an extremely irregular measure, a departure from a long-standing Israeli policy of voting with the United States in the UN. While the Americans viewed...
  • Morsi’s Daughter: The Man in Prison is Not My Father

    04/12/2014 11:19:00 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    INN ^ | 4/13/2014, 4:53 AM | Elad Benari
    The daughter of former Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi is claiming that she is “certain” that the televised footage showing the ousted leader in prison is not of her father, Al Arabiya reports. According to the report, the daughter Alshymaa shared two pictures of Morsi on her Facebook page, one while he was president and the other of him during his trial. She claimed in a comment that the one in prison does not resemble her father. …
  • Muslim Brotherhood Launches Own U.S. Political Party

    04/01/2014 4:39:31 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 49 replies
    Investors.com ^ | April 1, 2014 | IBD Editorial
    Islamofascism: With an eye toward the 2016 election, the radical Muslim Brotherhood has built the framework for a political party in America that seeks to turn Muslims into an Islamist voting bloc. 'Muslim voters have the potential to be swing voters in 2016," said Nihad Awad in launching the benign-sounding U.S. Council of Muslim Organizations, whose membership reads like a Who's Who of Brotherhood front groups. "We are aiming to bring more participation from the Muslim community." USCMO also aims to elect Islamists in Washington, with the ultimate objective of "institutionalizing policies" favorable to Islamists — that is, Shariah law....
  • A “Marriage Spring?” —Like the Arab Spring?

    03/28/2014 4:15:45 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 28, 2014 | Ken Blackwell
    Recently, I was a panelist on MSNBC. The topic was same sex marriage. A fellow panelist called for a Marriage Spring. We know what that means. Or we think we do. The unmarriage advocate wants us to hurry up and overthrow the existing order. Do it as the Arab Street has been doing it: Assemble a vast mass of people entering the square to insist on change. Demand an end to an oppressive old order. And it will all happen with stunning suddenness—just as the winds of change have blown through the Arab world. Or so they say. We all...
  • Saudi princesses 'seek Obama's help for freedom'

    03/27/2014 7:23:32 PM PDT · by george76 · 28 replies
    AFP ^ | March 27, 2014
    London (AFP) - A former wife of Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah appealed to US President Barack Obama on Thursday for help in the case of four daughters she says are being held in a royal palace. Alanoud AlFayez, 57, a Jordanian national who has lived in London since her divorce from the Saudi monarch in 2003, said her children needed to be "saved". "Since 13 years, my daughters Sahar, Maha, Hala and Jawaher are being held captive," AlFayez told AFP. "They need to be saved and released immediately." She added: "Mr Obama should take this opportunity to address these grave...
  • Egypt court sentences 528 Morsi supporters to death

    03/24/2014 11:04:01 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 58 replies
    BBC ^ | 3-24-2014 | BBC
    A court in Egypt has sentenced to death 528 supporters of ousted Islamist President Mohammed Morsi. They were convicted of charges including murdering a policeman and attacks on people and property. The group is among some 1,200 Muslim Brotherhood supporters on trial, including senior members. Authorities have cracked down harshly on Islamists since Mr Morsi was removed by the military in July. Hundreds have been killed and thousands arrested. They are expected to appeal. The verdict now goes to Egypt's supreme religious authority, the Grand Mufti (a senior Islamic scholar), for approval or rejection, says the BBC's Orla Guerin in...
  • U.S. Navy SEALs seize fugitive oil tanker

    03/17/2014 8:40:54 AM PDT · by Navy Patriot · 23 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | March 17, 2014 | Laura King
    CAIRO — U.S. Navy SEALs seized control of an oil tanker that had illegally taken on a cargo of crude oil peddled by rebels in Libya who had earlier captured key oil ports, the U.S. military announced early Monday. The seaborne raid, staged off of the Cypriot coast, came at the behest of the governments of Libya and Cyprus, the Pentagon said in a statement. “No one was hurt tonight when U.S. forces … boarded and took control of the commercial tanker Morning Glory,” the statement said. The SEAL team, backed by helicopters, launched its operation late Sunday local time...
  • Egypt revolutionary singer stopped from performing

    03/15/2014 12:55:33 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 1 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Mar 15, 2014 3:30 PM EDT | Mariam Rizk
    An Egyptian singer known for his anti-government songs said Saturday that authorities stopped him from performing at an arts festival attended by the country’s interim president and military chief for “security concerns.” The halted performance Thursday from young singer Mohammed Mohsen comes as the broadcast of a show featuring a popular satirist who skewers public figures apparently was deliberately jammed again Friday. Mohsen said representatives from the presidency escorted him out of the Cairo Opera House before his performance was to begin and left him there as the concert went on without him. …
  • Strikes sweep Egypt as economy struggles

    03/02/2014 4:49:29 PM PST · by dynachrome · 6 replies
    Financial Times ^ | 3-2-14 | Heba Saleh
    The Egyptian government, sworn in on Saturday, takes office as a fresh wave of labour unrest sweeps the country, adding to the turmoil from a chaotic and violent political transition. In a televised address on Sunday, Prime Minister Ibrahim Mehleb said he called on the “patriotism” of Egyptians and that this was the moment for work, not strikes. A crippling stoppage by bus drivers last week has just ended but postal workers in many parts of the country remain on strike. Doctors, pharmacists, steel and textile workers have all carried out industrial actions in recent days. The strike by about...
  • Egypt: Police officers acquitted of 2011 killings

    02/22/2014 9:56:24 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 2 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb 22, 2014 11:05 AM EST | Maggie Michael and Mariam Rizk
    An Egyptian court acquitted six police officers Saturday on charges of killing 83 protesters during the country’s 2011 revolution, the latest in a string of trials that rights group say failed to hold the country’s security forces accountable for demonstrators’ deaths. The acquittals come as ousted Islamist President Mohammed Morsi, toppled in July by the military, faces a host of criminal charges. Morsi appeared Saturday in court and shouted from inside a soundproof defendants’ cell, urging his supporters to continue protests and vowing to try the country’s military chief and Republican Guards commander for killing his supporters. The police officers’...
  • The Muslims of the Central African Republic Face a Deadly Purge

    02/20/2014 6:20:19 AM PST · by PapaBear3625 · 77 replies
    Time Magazine ^ | Feb. 20, 2014 | Andrew Katz
    The anti-balaka have outgrown their name. These militias in the Central African Republic, once united under a moniker meaning “anti-machete” in the local Sango language, are exacting their own vicious revenge upon the mainly Muslim rebels who overthrew the government last March and waged months of terror against the Christian population. They are now accused of atrocities far worse than what first prompted them to take up arms. An Amnesty International report on Feb. 12 said attacks on Muslims in January by anti-balaka militias, made up of Christians and animists, had amounted to “ethnic cleansing.” Fatou Bensouda, chief prosecutor at...
  • Unclassified Documents Reveal Sinister Plan between Republican Party and Muslim Brotherhood

    02/17/2014 8:17:13 AM PST · by US Navy Vet · 38 replies
    Walid Shoebat ^ | February 17, 2014 | By Walid Shoebat and Ben Barrack (Shoebat exclusive)
    Unclassified documents and emails, never published in Western media until now, regarding the secret Muslim Brotherhood spy working for the America Embassy in Cairo, are being presented in the trial of Mohammed Mursi. They reveal the activities of a liaison between the U.S. Embassy in Cairo and the Muslim Brotherhood’s most senior leaders. Though employed by the embassy, Ahmed Aleiba does not have diplomatic immunities and was arrested by Egyptian authorities last month, according to the New York Times Bureau Chief, David Kirkpatrick. The trial, which begins on February 16th, will determine if Muslim Brotherhood Deputy Khairat Al-Shater and ousted...
  • Egyptian Play Blames Mossad for Arab Spring

    02/16/2014 11:13:51 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 7 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 17/2/14 | Elad Benari
    Is the Israeli Mossad behind the Arab Spring? According to a play which recently aired on Egyptian television, the answer is yes. The anti-Semitic play, entitled "The Spy," recently aired on the Egyptian Al-Hayat TV channel. It was translated by the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI). The play displays anti-Semitic stereotypes and portrays Mossad officials preparing "for a huge operation of espionage and sowing disunity" which targets the entire Arab world. The play features a group of Mossad officials, five men and one women, and the men are all dressed up in hareidi attire. The males are all named...
  • Egyptian Play Blames Mossad for Arab Spring

    02/16/2014 10:15:43 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    INN ^ | 2/17/2014, 6:15 AM | Elad Benari
    Is the Israeli Mossad behind the Arab Spring? According to a play which recently aired on Egyptian television, the answer is yes. The anti-Semitic play, entitled “The Spy,” recently aired on the Egyptian Al-Hayat TV channel. It was translated by the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI). The play displays anti-Semitic stereotypes and portrays Mossad officials preparing “for a huge operation of espionage and sowing disunity” which targets the entire Arab world. …
  • Is Mob Rule in Ukraine in America’s Interest?

    02/04/2014 12:54:09 AM PST · by cunning_fish · 24 replies
    The American Conservative ^ | February 4, 2014, 12:00 AM | Patrick J. Buchanan
    Despite our endless blather about democracy, we Americans seem to be able to put our devotion to democratic principles on the shelf, when they get in the way of our New World Order. In 2012, in the presidential election in Egypt, Mohammed Morsi of the Muslim Brotherhood won in a landslide. President Obama hailed the outcome. One year later, the Egyptian army ousted and arrested Morsi and gunned down a thousand members of his brotherhood. The coup was countenanced by John Kerry who explained that the Egyptian army was “restoring democracy.” Comes now the turn of Ukraine. In 2010, Viktor...
  • Egypt military: Airstrikes kill 13 Sinai militants

    01/31/2014 8:49:18 AM PST · by TexasCajun · 2 replies
    The Houston Chronicle ^ | January 31, 2014 | ASHRAF SWEILAM and MAAMOUN YOUSSEF
    EL-ARISH, Egypt (AP) — Egyptian military aircraft struck suspected positions of al-Qaida-inspired fighters in villages of the Sinai Peninsula, killing 13 people, military officials said Friday, in a stepped-up offensive after militants downed an army helicopter, raising concerns over an increasingly well-armed insurgency. The military is battling Islamic militants in the northern part of Sinai who have escalated a campaign of bombings and shootings in retaliation for last summer's army coup that ousted Islamist President Mohammed Morsi and for the ensuing crackdown against Islamists. The wave of violence, largely targeting Egypt's police and security forces, has increasingly spread to other...
  • Peter Greste: Egypt detention is ‘attack on press freedom’

    01/26/2014 5:48:54 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    BBC News ^ | 25 January 2014 | Last updated at 11:13 ET
    An Australian journalist, who is being held in an Egyptian jail with two colleagues, says their detention is an “attack on freedom of speech”. “We have not been formally charged, much less convicted of any crime,” Peter Greste wrote in a letter. The Al-Jazeera journalists were arrested on 30 December in Cairo for allegedly holding illegal meetings with the banned Muslim Brotherhood. …
  • MLA doing Iran’s Bidding

    01/16/2014 8:30:21 AM PST · by Academiadotorg
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | January 15, 2014 | Spencer Irvine
    Although the title of a panel at the Modern Language Association indicated it would be a forum for dissident Iranian artists, the panelists made few claims that the dictatorship there might dispute. Several panelists debated interpretations of contemporary Iranian art and film in a session entitled, “Media, Justice, and Revolution in Contemporary Middle East.” Only 15 people in attendance, including a moderator and three panelists. The panel featured Babak Elahi, an associate professor at the Rochester Institute of Technology, Pouneh Saeedi, a Trent University professor and Amy Motalgh of the American University of Cairo. Elahi analyzed an Iranian art website...
  • The Middle East’s Disappearing Borders

    01/13/2014 9:24:49 PM PST · by robowombat · 8 replies
    Commentary ^ | 01.09.2014 - 6:10 PM | Seth Mandel
    The Middle East’s Disappearing Borders Seth Mandel | 01.09.2014 - 6:10 PM “The last year was a good one for al Qaeda, and for jihadism more broadly,” wrote the Foundation for Defense of Democracies’ Daveed Gartenstein-Ross earlier this week. He continued: “Al Qaeda affiliates drove Iraq to its highest violence levels since 2007, capped off a year of increasingly sophisticated attacks in the Horn of Africa with a notorious assault on Nairobi’s Westgate Mall, and took control of entire cities in northern Syria while attracting large numbers of foreigners to that battlefield.” The article is among a recent crop of...
  • US to Start Training Libyan Soldiers at Midyear

    01/11/2014 5:41:44 PM PST · by Pan_Yan · 34 replies
    AP via ABC ^ | January 10, 2014 (AP) | LOLITA C. BALDOR Associated Press
    The top U.S. military commander for Africa says the Pentagon is planning to begin training 5,000 to 8,000 Libyan soldiers by midyear to help bolster the nation's security. The U.S. is also looking into providing additional airlift assistance to South Sudan, where violence has killed more than 1,000 people and driven 180,000 from their homes in the last month. Speaking to reporters at the Pentagon, Gen. David Rodriguez, head of U.S. Africa Command, said the U.S. is planning a 24-week training program to help the Libyans, as part of a broader international effort to shore up security in the country...