Wednesday, December 31, 2008

CONFLICT & TERROR 12/31

HAPPY NEW YEAR

China Says Man Confessed to Bus BombingsPosted on Monday, December 29, 2008 at 9:57amPolice officials say that a man who died Christmas Eve after trying to plant a bomb at a coffee shop in the southwestern city of Kunming was also responsible for a pair of bus bombings there in July that killed two people and wounded 14, state news media reported Sunday. Full Story

Barak: Israel in 'all-out war' with HamasPosted on Monday, December 29, 2008 at 9:58amIsrael is in "all-out war" with Hamas, the nation's defense minister said Monday as Israeli jets continued to hammer targets in Gaza and the Palestinian death toll reportedly topped 300. Full Story

SCENARIOS-Assessing risks of India, Pakistan confrontationPosted on Monday, December 29, 2008 at 10:00amSince militants killed 179 people in an assault on Mumbai, India has withstood internal pressure to unleash a military attack on Pakistan soil. Internal dynamics and diplomatic responses are still evolving since the Nov. 26-29 attack. With relations fraught between rivals who have fought three wars, here is a look at some scenarios that could unfold. Full Story

Thousands of protesters surround Thai ParliamentPosted on Monday, December 29, 2008 at 11:18amPolitics returned to the streets in Thailand on Monday as thousands of anti-government demonstrators surrounded the Parliament building, forcing a delay in the legislature's opening session under a new government. Full Story

Kashmir parties work on cobbling together coalitionPosted on Monday, December 29, 2008 at 11:19amPolitical parties in Kashmir tried to stitch together a coalition on Monday after elections seen as a vote for better governance in the disputed region rather than acceptance of Indian rule. Full Story

Marked changes in world's political, economic landscapePosted on Monday, December 29, 2008 at 11:20amThe world has undergone remarkable changes this year, but international security situation on the whole remained stable with "peace" and "development" prevailing as the themes of the times. Full Story

Iranian group registers volunteers to fight IsraelPosted on Monday, December 29, 2008 at 11:49amA group of influential conservative Iranian clerics launched an online registration drive on Monday seeking volunteers to fight against Israel in response to its air assault on the Gaza Strip. About 3,550 people registered Monday with the Combatant Clergy Society's Web site. The weeklong online campaign gives volunteers three options on ways they can fight Israel: military, financial and propaganda. Full Story

Lehman chiefs destroyed $75bn of bank's value in hoursPosted on Monday, December 29, 2008 at 1:22pmThe bosses of Lehman Brothers destroyed as much as $75 billion (#51.3 billion) of the company's value by rushing the stricken investment bank into a surprise bankruptcy filing, an analysis by Lehman's liquidators has found. Full Story

Oil rises on Middle East tensionsPosted on Monday, December 29, 2008 at 1:25pmCrude oil prices have climbed on concerns that Israel's attacks on Hamas could disrupt oil production and threaten supplies from the Middle East. Full Story

Jordan MPs want ties with Israel reviewedPosted on Monday, December 29, 2008 at 1:25pmJordan's parliament has urged the government to "reconsider" its ties with Israel if the Jewish state does not halt a massive air blitz of the Gaza Strip, a prominent MP said on Monday. Full Story

Iran hardliners register volunteers to fight IsraelPosted on Monday, December 29, 2008 at 1:26pmA group of Iranian hard-line clerics is signing up volunteers to fight in the Gaza Strip in response to Israel's air strikes that have killed at least 300 Palestinians, a news agency reported on Monday. Full Story

Attacking Gaza, Israel Worries About LebanonPosted on Monday, December 29, 2008 at 1:27pmAs Israel continues its air offensive against Hamas in the Gaza strip, one unsettling specter has emerged from the recent past: the failed campaign to crush the Lebanese militants of Hizballah in July 2006. Lebanon was clearly on the minds of Israel's military planners. Even as Hamas targets were pounded in Gaza, Israeli jets flew low level saber-rattling sorties over southern Lebanon, a warning to militants not to launch reprisal attacks along Israel's volatile northern border. Full Story

Gaza attack dominates Gulf meetingPosted on Monday, December 29, 2008 at 1:28pmThree days of Israeli assaults on Gaza appeared likely to dominate an annual Gulf Arab leaders' meeting, casting a pall Monday on a gathering aimed at finalizing monetary pacts, including a long-delayed push to unify the currencies of the oil rich nations. Full Story

Gazprom to meet EU gas needsPosted on Monday, December 29, 2008 at 1:28pmThe board of directors at Russian energy giant Gazprom Monday said they would meet European gas demands despite a row with transit country Ukraine. Full Story

Mexican officer accused of working with cartelsPosted on Monday, December 29, 2008 at 3:15pmMexicans got new word Saturday of the narcotics mafias' relentless efforts to infiltrate the government here when authorities accused a midranking army officer in the elite presidential guard of selling information about the whereabouts of President Felipe Caldersn to the drug lords. Full Story

Taliban claim suicide blast that killed 14 Afghan childrenPosted on Monday, December 29, 2008 at 3:16pmAfghanistan's extremist Taliban network on Monday claimed responsibility for a weekend suicide car bombing that the NATO military force said killed 14 children and two adults. Full Story

Security to be tightened for Chennai OpenPosted on Monday, December 29, 2008 at 3:17pmSecurity will be tightened ahead of next week's Chennai Open ATP tennis tournament following the militant attacks in Mumbai, a tournament official said on Monday. Independent security consultant Reg Dickason will inspect the venue in the southern city for the January 5-11 event and the players will receive a briefing. Full Story

Al Qaeda may hit UK next: reportPosted on Monday, December 29, 2008 at 3:20pmWhere is Al Qaeda going to hit next? tops a list of 14 key questions the Observer said would dominate the headlines in 2009 and concluded that the most likely next target would be the UK. However, before discussing the likely targets of Al Qaeda during the next year, Observer correspondent Jason Burke in his report claims that the terror organisation leadership itself was now on the run because of attacks from US drones in Pakistans tribal areas and also that Bin Laden was under attack from within the jihadi movement for failing to stage any major attack since 9/11. Full Story

Ukrainian ship standoff enters 96th dayPosted on Monday, December 29, 2008 at 3:26pmNegotiations between Somali pirates and the owners of the hijacked Ukrainian ship MV Faina reached their 96th day Monday with no resolution, observers said. Full Story

Somalia president resigns; new unity government seenPosted on Monday, December 29, 2008 at 3:28pmThe resignation of Somalia's embattled president today should clear the path for a new unity government, officials and diplomats said. Abdullahi Yusuf, a former warlord who had served as president of a transitional government since 2004, submitted his resignation to parliament and immediately returned to his native Puntland region in northern Somalia. Full Story

Kim cheered at public appearance: reportsPosted on Monday, December 29, 2008 at 3:33pmKim Jong Il attended a concert by North Korea's state orchestra, state media said Monday, the latest official report to portray the reclusive leader as healthy amid speculation he suffered a stroke in August. Full Story

Suicide bombers kill 4 in AfghanistanPosted on Monday, December 29, 2008 at 3:34pmTwo suicide bombers struck in Afghanistan's Parwan and Kandahar provinces Monday, killing at least four people and injuring many more, authorities said. Full Story

Courtesy Terrorism Research Center, Inc.

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

MAPPING SHARIA

Alan Note: AntiMullah presents this article as an indicator of what is happening inside our country, not as a plug for the Mapping Sharia Organization, which nevertheless appears to have the best interests of the USA in mind and heart.

We report you decide.

An Islamic cleric recently proclaimed that suicide bombings against U.S. troops in Iraq were justified.

It might not surprise you to learn that these were the words of some fanatic Al Qaeda leader hiding in a cave in Pakistan, or a mullah indoctrinating students at a madrassa in Syria.

But this was said by an imam in Texas.That's right, this incendiary statement—advocating the killing of our soldiers—was made right here on American soil.

And this Texas imam is hardly alone.

Across the United States, foreign-born clerics are using mosques as staging grounds to advocate violence against non-Muslims and the spread of Sharia, or Islamic law.

While presenting themselves as pious spiritual leaders, Islamofascist scholars trained in Saudi Arabia, Egypt, and Pakistan are flooding onto our shores and inciting a young generation of American Muslims to plot the downfall of the Constitution and the rise of law based on the violent teachings of the Koran.

It's not too late to stop this surge of radical Islam on American shores. But in order to stop it, authorities need to know which organizations are advocating treason in our midst.This is where the Mapping Sharia Project comes in.

While political correctness and red tape often prevent law enforcement from investigating groups allegedly supporting terrorist causes, our operatives are able to collect this important information from the most obvious source—the imams themselves. At the Mapping Sharia Project, we send our trained field researchers in to meet with imams and learn their views directly from them.

So far, we have visited over 200 Islamic centers across the country, and conducted legal interviews with these foreign scholars to learn firsthand what they're advocating.In order to continue our efforts to document which organizations are advocating violence against non-Muslims, we need your help.

The Mapping Sharia Project is an independent organization that receives no government support.

We depend on the support of concerned citizens like you to sustain the manpower and resources required to send our trained researchers out into the field to document how radical Islam is taking root in America.

Consider just a few examples that Mapping Sharia Project researchers have recently uncovered:In New York, Islamic leaders advocating putting weapons into the hands of gang members after they have been taught Islam.

In Virginia, an Islamic leader near Virginia Tech informed our researcher he advocates Sharia law in the U.S., similar to Sudan. He also argued in favor of slaying anyone who does not adhere to "pure Islam."In Florida, Islamic leaders support killing non-Muslims and even Muslims who do not agree with their ideology of Sharia.

In Texas, clerics informed our researchers how illegal funding is obtained in the U.S. and then transferred to foreign organizations in support of terrorist organizations. Foreign clerics are sowing the seeds of radical Islam here in America.

The War on Terror is not a foreign war being fought in Iraq and Afghanistan. Islamofascists have brought the battle to our own backyard. We need to know what they're planning.

The work being done by the concerned citizens at Mapping Sharia Project is critical for national security. We need your help to keep up our efforts to document the foreign nationals who have entered our country to preach hatred and convert young Americans to their evil cause.

The march of radical Islam can be stopped, but only if we know where it is going. Please help the Mapping Sharia Project continue its efforts to defend liberty.Click Here to help the Mapping Sharia Project by making a contribution today.

P.S. "The Mapping Sharia Project is performing a critical mission," says Joseph Farah, editor and founder of WorldNetDaily.com. "With foreign-born jihadists on American soil preaching violence and seeking to undermine the Constitution, Mapping Sharia plays an invaluable role in identifying potentially dangerous organizations accused of terrorist ties.

No one else is doing this work—not the FBI, not the police, not the Department of Homeland Security. So it's up to those of us who recognize the dangers to support the Mapping Shariah Project."

Monday, December 29, 2008

CONFLICT & TERROR 12/29

India, Saudi Arabia Call for Global Terrorism ActionPosted on Friday, December 26, 2008 at 8:54amIndia and Saudi Arabia called for global joint action against terrorism following the Nov. 26-29 attack on Mumbai that led to 164 deaths. "Global terrorism has to be dealt with by joint action among all countries,'' India's Foreign Minister Pranab Mukherjee said in televised comments in New Delhi today in a joint briefing with his Saudi Arabian counterpart Prince Saud al- Faisal. "We agreed that whatever action has to be taken, should be taken without delay.'' Full Story

Mercenaries Playing Increasingly Prominent Role in Latin AmericaPosted on Friday, December 26, 2008 at 9:01amMercenaries hired by private military and security companies are playing an increasingly broad range of roles in Latin America, such as guarding mines, borders, prisons, and now humanitarian aid, said the members of the United Nations Working Group on the use of mercenaries at a meeting in this Swiss city. Full Story

Bomb kills two girls in southwest PakistanPosted on Friday, December 26, 2008 at 10:46amTwo Pakistani girls were killed Friday when a bomb exploded in their home in a remote village in restive southwestern Baluchistan province, police said. Unknown attackers, apparently targeting the girls male relatives, planted the bomb in the mud-brick home in the village of Teenda in Naseerabad district, local police official Muhammad Ali Khoso told AFP. Full Story

2 soldiers injured in bombing attack in Thai southPosted on Friday, December 26, 2008 at 10:48amTwo soldiers were injured when insurgents detonated a bomb on a road to ambush them in Thailand's southern province of Yala Friday morning, according to local media. The explosion occurred on a road island of a road in front of a petrol station in Moo 7 village in Krongpenang district at 08:25 a.m. local time. Full Story

Bangladesh arrests militants, seizes explosivesPosted on Friday, December 26, 2008 at 10:49amPolice in northern Bangladesh arrested seven suspected militants tied to a banned Islamic group and seized a large cache of bomb-making materials, an official said. The raids came days before national elections to restore democracy, though police said it was unclear whether the explosives were part of any plot to disrupt the polls. Full Story

CIA Wins Over Tribal Leaders With ViagraPosted on Friday, December 26, 2008 at 10:50amThe Afghan chieftain looked older than his 60-odd years, and his bearded face bore the creases of a man burdened with duties as tribal patriarch and husband to four younger women. His visitor, a CIA officer, saw an opportunity, and reached into his bag for a small gift. Full Story

Nigeria soldiers kill 3 in attack on oil facilityPosted on Friday, December 26, 2008 at 10:55amThree gunmen in Nigeria died and at least four were injured in a gunfight with soldiers guarding an oil flow station in the restive Niger Delta, a military spokesman said on Friday. Full Story

Ten killed across Mexico in Christmas Eve drug violencePosted on Friday, December 26, 2008 at 11:57amTen people, including a police officer, were killed across Mexico in the hours before Christmas, in the latest spasm of violence in the country's brutal drug war, officials said Friday. Officials said the body of Javier Coapango, coordinator of public security for a town just outside Mexico City, was found dumped along the side of a road on Christmas eve. He had been kidnapped on December 17.Full_Story

Alleged cartel boss in Houston cell, but Mexico violence shows no letupPosted on Friday, December 26, 2008 at 12:00pmEven as accused mob boss Osiel Cardenas awaits a federal trial in Houston next year, the criminal army he allegedly commanded with deadly resolve rampages across Mexico.Cardenas, 41, has been imprisoned for six years  four in Mexico and two in the United States since his extradition to Houston. He faces federal charges of leading a drug syndicate, trafficking cocaine and marijuana, laundering money and threatening the lives of U.S. agents.Full Story

Fiscal chaos aside, start-ups bloom in ArgentinaPosted on Friday, December 26, 2008 at 1:29pmEven in the best of times, Felix Racca faced a formidable task  trying to build a new class of entrepreneurs in a country known for cozy cronyism and political melodrama. And now, the Argentine angel investor is trying to do it in the middle of a global storm that has sucked billions of investor dollars out of emerging markets.Full_Story

Buenos Aires Becomes IT-WisePosted on Friday, December 26, 2008 at 1:33pmOne of the great melting pots of America, Buenos Aires combines a European cultural legacy with its own local traditions to create a cosmopolitan city that attracts visitors from all over the world. Tango, soccer, premium beef, good wine, same-sex venues, international cuisine, prestigious universities and academic centers are among some of the attractions that Buenos Aires offers. Full_Story

Ecuador seeks debt default negotiationsPosted on Friday, December 26, 2008 at 1:36pmEcuadors default on foreign debt it deemed illegitimate did not deter the countrys leftwing president from signalling he would seek to re negotiate with bondholders. Rafael Correa said he hoped to make a proposal to the holders of $3.8bn (2.8bn, #2.5bn) in bonds in which some value of the debt will be recognised, but at a much lower price.Full_Story

12 militants killed in Russian police sweepPosted on Friday, December 26, 2008 at 1:38pmPolice officers and security forces have killed 12 suspected militants during a sweep in a volatile province in southern Russia, officials said Thursday. The two-day security sweep, which ended Thursday, targeted a group of militants hiding in the forested mountains of Ingushetia Province, according to the regional branch of the Russian Interior Ministry. Full Story

Suspected Al Qaeda Insurgents Escape as Riot, Jailbreak Leaves 13 Dead in IraqPosted on Friday, December 26, 2008 at 3:05pmFour suspected Al Qaeda in Iraq insurgents broke out of jail during a riot Friday that killed six police officers and seven prisoners in the western city of Ramadi, police said. Full Story

Courtesy Terrorism Research Center, Inc.
India, Saudi Arabia Call for Global Terrorism ActionPosted on Friday, December 26, 2008 at 8:54amIndia and Saudi Arabia called for global joint action against terrorism following the Nov. 26-29 attack on Mumbai that led to 164 deaths. "Global terrorism has to be dealt with by joint action among all countries,'' India's Foreign Minister Pranab Mukherjee said in televised comments in New Delhi today in a joint briefing with his Saudi Arabian counterpart Prince Saud al- Faisal. "We agreed that whatever action has to be taken, should be taken without delay.'' Full Story


Mercenaries Playing Increasingly Prominent Role in Latin AmericaPosted on Friday, December 26, 2008 at 9:01amMercenaries hired by private military and security companies are playing an increasingly broad range of roles in Latin America, such as guarding mines, borders, prisons, and now humanitarian aid, said the members of the United Nations Working Group on the use of mercenaries at a meeting in this Swiss city. Full Story


Bomb kills two girls in southwest PakistanPosted on Friday, December 26, 2008 at 10:46amTwo Pakistani girls were killed Friday when a bomb exploded in their home in a remote village in restive southwestern Baluchistan province, police said. Unknown attackers, apparently targeting the girls male relatives, planted the bomb in the mud-brick home in the village of Teenda in Naseerabad district, local police official Muhammad Ali Khoso told AFP. Full Story


2 soldiers injured in bombing attack in Thai southPosted on Friday, December 26, 2008 at 10:48amTwo soldiers were injured when insurgents detonated a bomb on a road to ambush them in Thailand's southern province of Yala Friday morning, according to local media. The explosion occurred on a road island of a road in front of a petrol station in Moo 7 village in Krongpenang district at 08:25 a.m. local time. Full Story


Bangladesh arrests militants, seizes explosivesPosted on Friday, December 26, 2008 at 10:49amPolice in northern Bangladesh arrested seven suspected militants tied to a banned Islamic group and seized a large cache of bomb-making materials, an official said. The raids came days before national elections to restore democracy, though police said it was unclear whether the explosives were part of any plot to disrupt the polls. Full Story


CIA Wins Over Tribal Leaders With ViagraPosted on Friday, December 26, 2008 at 10:50amThe Afghan chieftain looked older than his 60-odd years, and his bearded face bore the creases of a man burdened with duties as tribal patriarch and husband to four younger women. His visitor, a CIA officer, saw an opportunity, and reached into his bag for a small gift. Full Story


Nigeria soldiers kill 3 in attack on oil facilityPosted on Friday, December 26, 2008 at 10:55amThree gunmen in Nigeria died and at least four were injured in a gunfight with soldiers guarding an oil flow station in the restive Niger Delta, a military spokesman said on Friday. Full Story


Ten killed across Mexico in Christmas Eve drug violencePosted on Friday, December 26, 2008 at 11:57amTen people, including a police officer, were killed across Mexico in the hours before Christmas, in the latest spasm of violence in the country's brutal drug war, officials said Friday. Officials said the body of Javier Coapango, coordinator of public security for a town just outside Mexico City, was found dumped along the side of a road on Christmas eve. He had been kidnapped on December 17.Full_Story


Alleged cartel boss in Houston cell, but Mexico violence shows no letupPosted on Friday, December 26, 2008 at 12:00pmEven as accused mob boss Osiel Cardenas awaits a federal trial in Houston next year, the criminal army he allegedly commanded with deadly resolve rampages across Mexico.Cardenas, 41, has been imprisoned for six years  four in Mexico and two in the United States since his extradition to Houston. He faces federal charges of leading a drug syndicate, trafficking cocaine and marijuana, laundering money and threatening the lives of U.S. agents.Full Story


Fiscal chaos aside, start-ups bloom in ArgentinaPosted on Friday, December 26, 2008 at 1:29pmEven in the best of times, Felix Racca faced a formidable task  trying to build a new class of entrepreneurs in a country known for cozy cronyism and political melodrama. And now, the Argentine angel investor is trying to do it in the middle of a global storm that has sucked billions of investor dollars out of emerging markets.Full_Story


Buenos Aires Becomes IT-WisePosted on Friday, December 26, 2008 at 1:33pmOne of the great melting pots of America, Buenos Aires combines a European cultural legacy with its own local traditions to create a cosmopolitan city that attracts visitors from all over the world. Tango, soccer, premium beef, good wine, same-sex venues, international cuisine, prestigious universities and academic centers are among some of the attractions that Buenos Aires offers. Full_Story
Ecuador seeks debt default negotiationsPosted on Friday, December 26, 2008 at 1:36pmEcuadors default on foreign debt it deemed illegitimate did not deter the countrys leftwing president from signalling he would seek to re negotiate with bondholders. Rafael Correa said he hoped to make a proposal to the holders of $3.8bn (2.8bn, #2.5bn) in bonds in which some value of the debt will be recognised, but at a much lower price.Full_Story
12 militants killed in Russian police sweepPosted on Friday, December 26, 2008 at 1:38pmPolice officers and security forces have killed 12 suspected militants during a sweep in a volatile province in southern Russia, officials said Thursday. The two-day security sweep, which ended Thursday, targeted a group of militants hiding in the forested mountains of Ingushetia Province, according to the regional branch of the Russian Interior Ministry. Full Story
Suspected Al Qaeda Insurgents Escape as Riot, Jailbreak Leaves 13 Dead in IraqPosted on Friday, December 26, 2008 at 3:05pmFour suspected Al Qaeda in Iraq insurgents broke out of jail during a riot Friday that killed six police officers and seven prisoners in the western city of Ramadi, police said. Full Story


Courtesy Terrorism Research Center, Inc.

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

SUICIDE BOMBERS FOR HIRE

Do you want to hire a suicide bomber?

Just come to Pakistan.

If Lahore police is to be believed, a suicide bomber can be bought in Pakistan to settle personal scores.

The shocking revelation came out after the police probed a suicide attack on the house of PML-N legislator Rasheed Akber Nawani in Bhakkar which left over two dozen people dead in August, media reports said on Wednesday.

According to Crimes Investigation wing of the police, five people accused of being involved in planning the attack on the house of Nawani have been arrested.

Accused Waqas Hussain and his four accomplices Nazar Hussain, Arif, Muhammad Amjad and Saeed Amjad, residents of district Bhakkar, had hired a suicide bomber and explosives expert from Wana to kill a former friend of his with whom he had a monetary dispute, the CID officials were quoted by the reports as saying.

They claimed that Waqas and Ijaz Hussain, who became a victim of the same suicide attack, were close friends but they got involved in a clash when Ijaz borrowed Rs 21,45,000 on interest to start a business and delayed the payment.

Waqas's father Nazar Hussain requested one Arif to help them, who suggested them to hire a suicide bomber from the Northern Areas to get Ijaz killed.

The trio, after finalising the plan, went to the Tank to meet one Haji Jaan Muhammad Wazeer, a resident of Wana. Haji promised them that he would send a suicide bomber and an expert of explosives for a suicide attack at Nawani's residence after getting Rs 12,00,000.

Only a day before the attack on Nawani's house, Haji handed over the suicide bomber and an explosives expert to Arif, who later handed over the two alleged terrorists to Waqas along with jacket carrying explosives.

IndiaExpress.com

Monday, December 22, 2008

CONFLICT & TERROR 12/22

Arrests show fears of Saddam followersPosted on Friday, December 19, 2008 at 9:46amThe arrests of more than 20 security officials for allegedly trying to revive Saddam Hussein's banned political party show how the Shiite-led government believes that supporters of the old regime still pose a threat  perhaps as much as al-Qaida or Iranian-backed militias. Full Story

Telecommunications Cable Fails, Cutting Data to Middle EastPosted on Friday, December 19, 2008 at 9:47amA telecommunications cable failed between Italy and Egypt, cutting the flow of data of various kinds between Europe and the Middle East, said Sanjeev Gaur, director of assurance at Reliance Globalcom Ltd., in an interview. Full Story

Hamas declares Israel truce overPosted on Friday, December 19, 2008 at 9:48amThe Islamist militant group Hamas says it has ended its six-month ceasefire with Israel in the Gaza Strip. Full Story

Arrests in Iraq Seen as Politically MotivatedPosted on Friday, December 19, 2008 at 9:48amIraqi politicians said Thursday that the arrests of government officials accused of supporting a group linked to Saddam Hussein's Baath Party was an attempt by Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki to demonstrate his power. Full Story

Youth protests escalating in southern SwedenPosted on Friday, December 19, 2008 at 10:46amPolice say youths in southern Sweden set fires and hurled rocks at police in unrest sparked by the closure of an Islamic cultural center. Full Story

Youths attack French Institute in AthensPosted on Friday, December 19, 2008 at 10:47amMasked youths attacked the French Institute in Athens with firebombs Friday, while Greek union members and university professors geared up for new anti-government rallies outside Parliament. Full Story

Oil drops below $36, touches fresh four-year lowPosted on Friday, December 19, 2008 at 10:56amThe price of oil fell below $36 on Friday to its lowest level in more than four years. US light crude for January delivery were down 51 cents at $35.71 a barrel. London Brent crude was trading 59 cents up at $43.95. Full Story

'One family, one villa' rule hits young professionalsPosted on Friday, December 19, 2008 at 10:56amMunicipality's "one family, one villa" rule was introduced ostensibly to avoid another tragedy like the one earlier this year when 11 men died in a villa fire in Naif. Full Story

Gaza ceasefire endsPosted on Friday, December 19, 2008 at 10:57amA truce between Palestinian factions and Israel ended on Friday, raising fears of more violence. Full Story

UAE keen to address issues affecting Iran tiesPosted on Friday, December 19, 2008 at 10:58amThe UAE is committed to maintaining good bilateral relations with Iran, Shaikh Abdullah Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, UAE Foreign Minister, told Gulf News on Thursday. Full Story

Employer vows to give better housing for staffPosted on Friday, December 19, 2008 at 10:59amThe Labour Department has resolved a dispute between several Egyptian workers and their sponsoring construction company, with the owner signing a written pledge to pay the workers unpaid salaries and improve their housing conditions within the next three days. Full Story

Currie & Brown cuts 18 staff as Dubai downturn takes holdPosted on Friday, December 19, 2008 at 11:01amCurrie & Brown has become the latest building management consultant to lay off staff in the Middle East as the region continues to be hit by the downturn. Some of the firms schemes have been put on hold, and there is also understood to have been a drop in workload over the past year, with the firm losing out on several key projects. The group has cut 18 jobs in its Dubai office, equivalent to 15% of staff. Full Story

Hezbollah supporters in Lebanon protest Gaza siegePosted on Friday, December 19, 2008 at 11:02amThousands of Hezbollah supporters in Lebanon are protesting the Israeli blockade on the Gaza Strip. The militant group held the rally Friday in Beirut's southern suburbs. Hezbollah leader Sheik Hassan Nasrallah has called on people across the Muslim and Arab world to hold demonstrations demanding the blockade be lifted. Full Story

Rockets and gunfire on Gaza border as truce endsPosted on Friday, December 19, 2008 at 11:03amSporadic violence is flaring along the Gaza-Israel border as a shaky truce expires. The Israeli military says Gaza militants fired two rockets into Israel on Friday morning, following heavy rocket fire in recent days. The military also says troops guarding Israeli farmers in fields along the border came under sniper fire from inside Gaza. Full Story

Israel opposition leader dismisses Syria talksPosted on Friday, December 19, 2008 at 11:04amIsraeli right-wing opposition leader Benjamin Netanyahu on Friday dismissed peace efforts with Syria led by interim Prime Minister Ehud Olmert. "The concessions made by the Olmert-Livni government to the Syrians do not and will not obligate a government that I shall head," Netanyahu, a former prime minister, told Israeli public radio. Full Story

Police stage biggest ever riot drillPosted on Friday, December 19, 2008 at 11:06amFrom a distance, it resembles any Arab village, complete with minarets, oriental architecture and narrow alleyways. But in reality it is the Tze'elim urban combat training zone in the western Negev. On Thursday, the largest police drill in Israeli history took place there. Full Story

Thousands prepare for their longest break in yearsPosted on Friday, December 19, 2008 at 11:07amThe longest Christmas break for 16 years begins in earnest today as the recession forces tens of thousands of workers to take a holiday lasting up to a month. Many will not return to work until January 19 after their employers shut down for an extended break. Thousands of workers at car companies such as Ford, Aston Martin and Vauxhall have already been sent home after their plants were temporarily closed to save money. Full Story

Fears increase over the economy as borrowing reaches new highPosted on Friday, December 19, 2008 at 11:10amThe Treasury suffered a record #16 billion plunge into the red last month as the recession hit tax revenues. The news came as the pound fell to a low against the euro, and the rapidly worsening state of the Government's finances added to anxieties about Britain's long-term prospects. Full Story

Police disperse Bahrain protestPosted on Friday, December 19, 2008 at 11:10amWitnesses say Bahraini security troops have fired tear gas and rubber bullets to disperse thousands of protesters demanding Arab governments take action to end the closure of the Gaza Strip. Full Story

China to send warships to SomaliaPosted on Friday, December 19, 2008 at 3:17pmChina's state-run newspaper Global Times announced on 18 December that the country would send two destroyers and a supply ship to Somalia to protect Chinese shipping. The announcement came one day after a Chinese-operated cargo vessel, Zhenhua 4 , was subject to a pirate attack in the Gulf of Aden.

With no assets in the region, Beijing was compelled to request assistance from the International Maritime Bureau, which organised a multinational rescue effort. The ship was recovered and no crew members were injured. Full Story

Terrorism Cases Hinge on Paid InformantsPosted on Friday, December 19, 2008 at 3:22pmThe trouble started for Mohamad Shnewer and his old high school buddies from Cherry Hill, NJ in a Circuit City store in Mount Laurel in January 2006. When a store clerk saw the videotape that a customer wanted transferred to DVD - showing men shooting assault weapons into the woods while shouting in Arabic - he called the police.

Police called in the FBI, which in turn recruited Mahmoud Omar, an Egyptian-born used-car salesman who had entered the United States illegally and was on probation for bank fraud. Full Story

Terrorist hit-list revealedPosted on Friday, December 19, 2008 at 3:24pmAN AL-QAIDA death squad based in Manchester had a hit-list of government ministers and aides to Tony Blair. It included the then Defence Secretary Geoff Hoon, former MI5 chief Dame Eliza Manningham-Buller, author Salman Rushdie and prominent Jewish businessman and Labour Party donor Sir Trevor Chinn. Full Story

Online Jihadists Plan for 'Invading Facebook'Posted on Friday, December 19, 2008 at 3:25pmOnline jihadists have already used YouTube, blogs and other social media to spread their propaganda.

Now, a group of internet Islamic extremists is putting together a plan for "invading Facebook." "We can use Facebook to fight the media," notes a recent posting on the extremist al-Faloja forum, translated by Jihadica.com. "We can post media on Facebook that shows the Crusader losses." Full Story

Report: Afghan police should focus on crime, not militantsPosted on Friday, December 19, 2008 at 3:27pmEfforts to reform the Afghan National Police force have been stymied by "corruption and lack of political will," and police are wrongly being used to help fight the insurgency instead of crime, an independent research group said in a report. Full Story

Employee fraud, theft cost firms $40 billion a yearPosted on Friday, December 19, 2008 at 3:28pmt's not something business folks like to discuss, but as many as one-third of all business failures annually can be attributed to employee theft, according to the U.S. Department of Commerce.

The cost of theft and fraud to American business nationally hovers around $40 billion a year, and "some experts believe as much as 40 percent of the losses are internal," said Tim Zehring, a retired Mesa police officer and director of the International Crime Free Association. Full Story

UN-backed court fails to prove Rwanda genocide planned: analystsPosted on Friday, December 19, 2008 at 3:29pmThe acquittal of Rwanda's ex-army colonel Theoneste Bagosora by the UN war crimes tribunal of conspiracy to commit genocide marks the court's failure to prove the massacre was planned, analysts said Friday.

Bagosora, jailed for life by the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) Thursday, had been accused by prosecutors of being the "brains" behind the 1994 genocide when some 800,000 people were killed in a 100-day spree. Full Story

DHS to expand US-VISIT biometric collectionPosted on Friday, December 19, 2008 at 3:31pmThe Homeland Security Department will soon begin collecting digital fingerprints and photographs from lawful permanent residents of the United States and people seeking to enter the country on an immigration visa or as refugees. Full Story

Australia warns of Malaysian piracyPosted on Friday, December 19, 2008 at 3:33pmAustralia has toughened its warning about piracy in its travel advisory for Malaysia. It strongly advises Australians to reconsider travelling to islands, dive sites and coastal areas off Eastern Sabah. Full Story

Iran deploys warship in Gulf of AdenPosted on Monday, December 22, 2008 at 9:39amIran has sent a warship on a patrol mission to the Gulf of Aden amid continued reports of ship hijacking by Somali pirates in the region. According to a report by Fars News Agency, the Iranian warship arrived in the Gulf of Aden after traveling some 4,000 maritime miles and carried out a naval exercise in preparation for a potential clash with the pirates. Full Story

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AL QAEDA BEING HIT IN THEIR SLEEP - NO MORE SAFETY IN WAZIRISTAN

A suspected pilotless American drone has fired two missiles in a border area of Pakistan, killing at least seven people, Pakistani officials have said.

Reports say two vehicles and a house were hit in South Waziristan. The identity of those killed is not known.

US-operated pilotless drones have launched more than 20 missile attacks in Pakistani tribal areas since August.

The Pakistani government is under huge public pressure to defend its territory against such attacks.

The latest missile strikes came as America's top military commander, Admiral Mike Mullen, made his second visit to Pakistan this month.

Adm Mullen, the chairman of the US joint chiefs of staff, arrived from Afghanistan where he met President Karzai and discussed the deployment of additional US forces.

At the weekend, Adm Mullen said the US could send up to 30,000 more troops to Afghanistan by the middle of next year, more than previously mentioned.

'Anti-aircraft fire'

Reports quoted unnamed officials as saying that the missiles struck two villages in South Waziristan on the border with Afghanistan.

Reports said a drone began circling at about 0300 local time, and then struck a few hours later.

Witnesses say that one of the targets was a vehicle mounted with an anti-aircraft gun, and that militants had been using the weapon to fire at the drone.

Four people are believed to have been killed as missiles tore into both the vehicle and an adjacent building.

Soon afterwards there was another strike in a second village nearby, with another vehicle targeted. Witnesses say that Taleban fighters gathered to bury the bodies.

A resident of one of the villages told Reuters by telephone that local tribespeople had "opened fire on the drones after the attacks".

A security official told AFP news agency that it was not clear whether the missile attacks had targeted any senior al-Qaeda or Taleban members.

Violation

US drone attacks are believed to have been largely on target, hitting Taleban and al-Qaeda hideouts in the north-western Waziristan tribal region.

There have been few civilian casualties, officials say.
But Pakistani media and opposition parties view these attacks as a violation of Pakistan's sovereignty and territorial integrity.

Last month, Pakistani Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani said his government was considering "a number of options" to counter attacks by US drones inside its territory.

His statement came after Pakistan's air force chief said his force was equipped to tackle the drones militarily.

The opposition has been pressing the government either to counter US strikes militarily, or to at least raise the issue at the United Nations.

The Pakistani government says these attacks are counter-productive as they help offset the negative popularity the militants have gained in areas under their control.

However, it has been reluctant to move either diplomatically or militarily to stop these strikes.

This has fuelled speculation that the attacks may be part of a secret pact between Pakistan and the US.

Courtesy BBC

Saturday, December 20, 2008

CONFLICT & TERROR 12/19

New clashes break out in GreecePosted on Thursday, December 18, 2008 at 10:15amFresh clashes have broken out between protesters and police in Greece, in continuing unrest over the killing of a teenaged boy by police. Demonstrators charged at riot police outside parliament, throwing fire bombs. Police responded with volleys of tear gas. Full Story

Briton guilty of directing terrorPosted on Thursday, December 18, 2008 at 10:16amA British man has become the first person convicted in the UK of directing terrorism, following a trial at Manchester Crown Court. Rangzieb Ahmed, 33, was also found guilty of being a member of terror group al-Qaeda, along with Habib Ahmed. Full Story

War of words over Colombia pollPosted on Thursday, December 18, 2008 at 5:10pmThe long debate over whether Colombia's President Alvaro Uribe can run for a third term has taken another twist. The lower house has backed a referendum on whether he should be allowed to run, but in the 2014 not the 2010 election. Full Story

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Thursday, December 18, 2008

CONFLICT & TERROR 12/18

Ways to mine out this financial crisisPosted on Wednesday, December 17, 2008 at 12:20pmListening to several economists and industry professionals at a recently held mutual fund conference in the region, one finally gets a sense that the industry has started to get its head around the chronology of events and the main reasons that have resulted in the current global economic crisis. Full Story

Tehran demonstrations touch a raw nerve in CairoPosted on Wednesday, December 17, 2008 at 12:21pmEgyptian officials and media have reacted with anger to recent demonstrations held by Islamist students outside the Egyptian embassy in Tehran. Full Story

Security Council hosts Arabs over IranPosted on Wednesday, December 17, 2008 at 12:22pmMinisters from the six nations involved in talks on Iran's nuclear programme prepared to meet on Tuesday to assure several Arab countries they will maintain pressure on Iran to abandon its nuclear ambitions. Full Story

Labour Ministry under firePosted on Wednesday, December 17, 2008 at 12:23pmThe Federal National Council (FNC) on Tuesday criticised the Labour Ministry for failing to do enough to control the labour market. Abdullah Bin Huwailil Al Mansouri, a FNC member from Abu Dhabi, said foreign workers accounted for 85 per cent of the total population. Full Story

Pools of sewage affecting health of residentsPosted on Wednesday, December 17, 2008 at 12:23pmLarge pools of stagnant sewage water, infected with mosquitoes and flies, are making life miserable for people living in an area of the Al Quoz Industrial Area-3. Full Story

Iran Scaling Back in IraqPosted on Wednesday, December 17, 2008 at 12:24pmThe US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said on Monday that Iran has chosen to scale back much of its most troubling interference in Iraq, and she credits the strength of US pressure for this. Full Story

As Iraq calms, Mosul still a battle frontPosted on Wednesday, December
17, 2008 at 12:25pmAttacks have dropped dramatically across Iraq, falling by 80 percent since March, when US and Iraqi forces were locked in deadly fights with Sunni insurgents and Shiite militiamen. Today conditions in many parts of the country appear ripe for US forces to begin pulling back and for Iraqis to take the lead. Full Story

British PM announces Iraq troop withdrawal planPosted on Wednesday, December 17, 2008 at 12:27pmPrime Minister Gordon Brown announced the end of Britain's involvement in the Iraq war on Wednesday, saying almost all its troops would be out by the end of July next year. Full Story
Hale warns against rearming HezbollahPosted on Wednesday, December 17, 2008 at 12:33pmUS Deputy Assistant to the Secretary of State for Asia and Near East Affairs David Hale has warned that the rearmament of Hezbollah through Syria and Iran may re-incite confrontation with Israel, which could destroy Lebanon once again.
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Palestinians got $1.7bln in aid last yearPosted on Wednesday, December 17, 2008 at 12:33pmThe international community has given 1.7 billion dollars (1.18 billion euros) in aid to the Palestinian Authority over the last year, the French foreign ministry said Wednesday. That was 0.6 billion dollars more than was promised at a major donor conference held last December in Paris, spokesman Frederic Desagneaux said. Full Story

Army says Gaza militants fire 9 rockets at IsraelPosted on Wednesday, December 17, 2008 at 12:35pmIsrael's army says Gaza militants have fired nine rockets at Israel. Wednesday's rocket fire came just two days before militants say a truce along the Gaza border is to expire. The rockets were fired by three small militant groups and caused no injuries, the army said. Full Story

Israel's Kadima holds party votePosted on Wednesday, December 17, 2008 at 12:36pmMembers of Israel's ruling Kadima party were voting on Wednesday to choose the list of candidates for the February 10 legislative election. About 80,000 people were eligible to cast their
ballots but Kadima feared a low turnout in the election, which was to conclude at midnight (2200 GMT.) Full Story

Netanyahu 'not afraid' of face-offPosted on Wednesday, December 17, 2008 at 12:37pmLikud chairman Binyamin Netanyahu's advisers responded Tuesday to Kadima Leader Tzipi Livni's debate challenge by saying that he had not made up his mind yet about whether to agree to a debate, but that he was "not afraid" to face off against her. Full Story

Israeli-Palestinian peace process is irreversiblePosted on Wednesday, December 17, 2008 at 12:37pmThe U.N. Security Council approved a resolution Tuesday stressing that the Israeli-Palestinian peace process initiated by the United States last year is irreversible and urging intensified efforts to achieve peace throughout the Middle East. Full Story

Argentina votes to seize airlinePosted on Thursday, December 18, 2008 at 8:16amArgentina's senate yesterday passed into law a bill to expropriate the troubled national airline, Aerolmneas Argentinas, after nearly two decades in Spanish hands. Approval of the law, by 42 votes to 21, comes as "no surprise . . . but it still hurts", Jorge Molina, an Aerolmneas director, told the Financial Times. Full Story

Gunmen open fire in Tijuana attorney general's officePosted on Thursday, December 18, 2008 at 8:16amGunmen opened fire in the state attorney general's office in Tijuana on Wednesday, wounding three agents, police said. One of the state officers was in serious condition after the 1:30 a.m. attack, a news release from the Tijuana police department said. Full Story

Venezuela to cut oil output by 189,000 barrelsPosted on Thursday, December 18, 2008 at 8:18amVenezuela says it will slash oil output by 189,000 barrels per day under new OPEC production cuts. Venezuela's Energy Ministry announced the figure in a statement Wednesday after the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries agreed to a historic 2.2 million-barrel-per-day reduction. Full Story

US anti-kidnap expert followed abductors willinglyPosted on Thursday, December 18, 2008 at 8:20amU.S. anti-kidnapping expert Felix Batista went willingly with his abductors and no ransom demand has been made in the week since he disappeared, a Mexican prosecutor said Wednesday. Coahuila state Attorney General Jesus Torres said Batista apparently bade farewell to some acquaintances he was dining with, and asked them to call his associates in case anything happened to him, before leaving a restaurant in the northern state of Coahuila on Dec. 10. Full Story

Palestinian elections 'very soon'Posted on Tuesday, December 16, 2008 at 8:34amPalestinian president Mahmud Abbas said on Tuesday he will "very soon" schedule Palestinian elections in the West Bank in the absence of reconciliation with the Hamas rulers of Gaza. Full Story

Calls Shed Light on Gunmen's MotivesPosted on Tuesday, December 16, 2008 at 8:35amDuring the three-day siege of Mumbai, an Indian television news anchor took a call from one of the suspected attackers, a young man who identified himself as Imran Babar. "You're surrounded. You're definitely going to die. Why don't you surrender?" the anchor at India TV implored him. Full Story

Big Oil Projects Put in Jeopardy by Fall in PricesPosted on Tuesday, December 16, 2008 at 8:36am>From the plains of North Dakota to the deep waters of Brazil, dozens of major oil and gas projects have been suspended or canceled in recent weeks as companies scramble to adjust to the collapse in energy markets. Full Story

Inflation tumbles to 4.1% on fuel price fallPosted on Tuesday, December 16, 2008 at 8:37amPlunging prices for petrol and oil recorded their steepest fall for more than a decade last month sending Britains inflation rate tumbling again. Headline inflation in November on the consumer prices index dropped sharply again, to 4.1 per cent. This was down from 4.5 per cent in October and from record levels of 5.2 per cent in September to its lowest since June. Full Story

Israel court orders barrier rerouted in flashpoint villagePosted on Tuesday, December 16, 2008 at 8:37amThe Israeli High Court ordered the government on Monday to change the route of its controversial West Bank separation barrier around the flashpoint village of Bilin, the scene of weekly protests. The court ruled that the government had failed to heed an earlier order handed down 18 months ago to revise its plans to reduce the impact of the barrier on private Palestinian property. Full Story

Court rejects new Bil'in barrier routePosted on Tuesday, December 16, 2008 at 8:38amThe Defense Ministry will have to go back to the drawing board and come up with a new route for the security barrier separating two new neighborhoods of Modi'in Illit from the Palestinian village of Bil'in, after the High Court of Justice found the state in contempt. It marks the third time in recent weeks that the court has found the state in contempt of court for failing to implement one its rulings. Full Story

Renewed rocket fire as Gaza truce nears endPosted on Tuesday, December 16, 2008 at 8:42amMilitants in Gaza fired rockets at Israel on Tuesday, just two days before the end of a troubled six-month truce which the Palestinian territory's Hamas rulers say they will probably not renew. Three rockets landed in open areas in southern Israel where they caused no casualties or damage, an army spokeswoman said. Full Story

In new ads, Palestinians try to sway Israeli public on peace planPosted on Tuesday, December 16, 2008 at 8:53amAlong Route 2, which follows the Mediterranean coastline, motorists are seeing an unusual sight: a Palestinian flag next to an Israeli one. Below the image appearing on billboards is a message in Hebrew: There's a viable peace initiative on offer from Arab states. Reach a land-for-peace deal with Palestinians, and we will recognize you. The signature? The flags of 57 Arab and Muslim states  all except Iran. Full Story

Syria's Assad seeks Israeli stance on GolanPosted on Tuesday, December 16, 2008 at 8:54amSyria has drafted a document defining the boundaries of the occupied Golan Heights and was waiting for an Israeli reply through Turkish mediators, sources familiar with the talks said this week. President Bashar al-Assad recently told Western officials that Damascus wants Israel to take a clear position on the territorial problem between the two countries before agreeing to push stalled peace talks forward. Full Story

Diesel prices to be slashed at Dubai pumpsPosted on Tuesday, December 16, 2008 at 8:55amDubai oil retailers plan to slash the price of diesel at the pumps by Dh1 a gallon effective Thursday to reflect the downturn in international oil prices at the local pumps, an executive representing two oil retailing firms told Gulf News yesterday. Full Story

Egypt confirms 23rd bird flu deathPosted on Tuesday, December 16, 2008 at 8:56amBird flu claimed its 23rd victim in Egypt on Monday, the Egyptian Mena news agency reported. The 16-year-old girl, Samiyah Salem, died of bird flu on Monday evening in the village of Asyut, said Health Ministry spokesman Abdel Rahman Shahin. Full Story

Palestinian fighter killed in West BankPosted on Tuesday, December 16, 2008 at 8:57amIsraeli troops shot a Palestinian fighter in the occupied West Bank on Tuesday, security forces said. The Palestinian was shot outside a shop near the town of Jenin. He died on the way to the hospital. Full Story

UAE Vice-President approves designs of Dubai Metro stationsPosted on Tuesday, December 16, 2008 at 8:58amHis Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, approved the heritage-inspired design of Al Ras and Al Ghubaiba stations on the Green Line of Dubai Metro. Full Story

Iran to Participate in 9 Oil Wells Drilling Plan in North BaghdadPosted on Tuesday, December 16, 2008 at 8:59amManaging Director of Irans Oil Industry Investment Company, Ahmad Nasiri, told ISNA that Iran will cooperate with Iraq on 9 oil wells drilling program in north Baghdad. Iran and an Iraqi company are partners in the venture with a total amount of 25 million Euros and are slated to get it done in 18 months. Full Story

Iraqi PM Brushes Aside Comment US to Stay LongerPosted on Tuesday, December 16, 2008 at 9:00amThousands of U.S. troops will remain in Iraqi cities after a deadline for combat soldiers to leaveurban areas, the top U.S. commander said Saturday, as the prime minister dismissed suggestions that some troops might stay after most leave Iraq by 2012, according to AP.Those statements are likely to rekindle debate here about the U.S.-Iraqi security agreement, which calls for U.S. combat troops to leave Iraqi cities by June 30 and withdraw entirely from Iraq by the end of 2011. Full Story

Bomb in downtown Baghdad wounds 6Posted on Tuesday, December 16, 2008 at 9:01amIraqi police say a bomb blast in central Baghdad has wounded three officers and three civilians. Police officer Salam Mohammed says the bomb went off Tuesday morning, targeting a police patrol near Andalus Square in central Baghdad. Details on the blast and the condition of the wounded were not immediately available. Full Story
Students challenge Chavez term planPosted on Tuesday, December 16, 2008 at 9:29amA constitutional amendment that would allow Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez to remain in office indefinitely has come under fire by Venezuelan student and youth organizations that called for a national offensive to combat the proposal. Chavez has countered with strong public criticism of the student movements. While pro-Chavez activists and followers gathered signatures supporting the amendment, hundreds of students took to the streets in protest, announcing a relentless campaign that will be carried out during the next three months in opposition to the proposed change to the Venezuelan Constitution.
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Paraguay protesters take tractors to the streetsPosted on Tuesday, December 16, 2008 at 9:34amIn what Paraguayans are calling "el tractorazo," protesters parked thousands of tractors and other heavy machinery alongside roads throughout the nation Monday to demand greater security. The protesters say they want an end to violence against laborers and the right to work. Full Story

Mexico drug gangs 'top US threat'Posted on Tuesday, December 16, 2008 at 9:34amMexican drug traffickers pose the biggest organized crime threat to the US, a justice department report says. Most of the cocaine available in the US is smuggled via the US-Mexican border, while Mexican drug traffickers control most of the US drug market. Full Story

Spanish police detain four suspected ETA members: reportsPosted on Tuesday, December 16, 2008 at 11:17amSpanish police detained four suspected members of the armed Basque separatist group ETA in the early hours of Tuesday in and around San Sebastian, Spanish media reported. Full Story

EU to open two more chapters in Turkey's accession negotiationsPosted on Tuesday, December 16, 2008 at 11:18amThe European Union will open the chapters of "free movement of capital" and "information society and media" in Turkey's accessions negotiations with the bloc, ANKA news agency reported on Tuesday. Full Story

Foreigners sell $1 bln in Turkish stock market in 2008Posted on Tuesday, December 16, 2008 at 11:19amThe Turkish stock market experienced an outflowing of $1 billion in foreign investment funds in 2008, the countrys Capital Markets Board Chairman Turan Erol said on Tuesday. Full Story

Berlin fears economy could contract by 3.0 percent in 2009: reportPosted on Tuesday, December 16, 2008 at 11:19amThe German economy ministry expects Europe's biggest economy to contract by 3.0 percent or more next year, a press report said on Tuesday. Full Story

Germany: Far-Right Extremists Are Growing Bolder, Police Official SaysPosted on Tuesday, December 16, 2008 at 11:20amIn the wake of a suspected far-right attack on the Passau police chief, DW spoke with the head of the German police union about changes in the neo-Nazi scene. Full Story

Tensions High as German Biker Gang Trial BeginsPosted on Tuesday, December 16, 2008 at 11:21amThe trial of 14 Hells Angels motorcycle gang members , the largest of its kind ever held in Germany, gots underway in Hanover amid heavy security. Full Story

Anti-Mafia raids under way in ItalyPosted on Tuesday, December 16, 2008 at 3:14pmItalian police say they are carrying out scores of arrests in Palermo and other cities in Sicily in a large anti-Mafia operation. Full Story

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LEADING AL QAEDA MEMBER CONVICTED

Rangzieb Ahmed

Habib Ahmed



A senior figure in Al-Qaeda has been convicted after an investigation by Greater Manchester Police's Counter-Terrorism Unit.

In the first UK conviction of its kind, Rochdale-born Rangzieb Ahmed, (born 23/08/1975) of Barnston Avenue, Fallowfield, was found guilty of directing a terrorist organisation, namely Al-Qaeda, membership of a terrorist organisation, namely Al-Qaeda and possession of an article for a purpose connected with terrorism, namely diaries containing leading terrorists' phone numbers.\

Habib Ahmed 29, (born 15/11/79) of Elmfield Street, Cheetham Hill, has been convicted of professing to being a member of Al-Qaeda, membership of Al-Qaeda and possession of a document or record containing information of a kind likely to be useful to a person committing or preparing an act of terrorism, namely an article about explosives used in the Balfour House bombing.


"We don't know where Rangzieb's next target would have been, or what exactly he was working towards, but we are sure he was attack-planning.

Detective Chief Superintendent Tony Porter said: "This is a fantastic result for the people of Greater Manchester and the UK."Rangzieb Ahmed is a very dangerous man. He consorts with senior terrorist figures and has devoted his life to creating and working with terrorist networks.

We believe that he was intent on masterminding terrorist attacks and would have considered mass murder part of his duty."We don't know where Rangzieb's next target would have been, or what exactly he was working towards, but we are sure he was attack-planning.

"What we do know is that he and Habib Ahmed had close contact with Al-Qaeda's senior figures, and were arranging for British citizens to visit terrorist camps and meet those willing to fund terrorism.

"There is no doubt Rangzieb Ahmed was at the centre of the Al-Qaeda web, and was using his position to manipulate people, drawing them in too."Today's conviction is a significant success for the UK counter-terrorist effort, and reflects our hard work and commitment to combating the evolving terrorist threat.

We are grateful to the support of all the other agencies that have given crucial help to bring these people to justice."A team of specialist officers has worked extensively over the past three years to put this case together, and have been instrumental in disrupting and destabilising the senior levels of Al-Qaeda in doing so.

This result is a recognition of all their hard work."Greater Manchester Police remains committed to tackling terrorism, and relies on communities for their help and support in doing so.

Under the banner of 'if you suspect it, report it' officers encourage people with information about suspicious or unusual activity to call the confidential Anti-Terrorist Hotline number 0800 789321.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

CONFLICT & TERROR 12/16 BRIEFS & LOTS MORE

LeT denies its involvement in Mumbai attack
Posted on Monday, December 15, 2008 at 9:25am
Monday denied British Prime Minister Gordon Brown's charge that it was responsible for the Mumbai terrorattack and said the lone terrorist captured alive was not a member of its outfit. Full Story

Arrest made in Oregon bank bombing
Posted on Monday, December 15, 2008 at 9:27am
An arrest was made Sunday evening in the bombing of an Oregon bank that killed two police officers and critically injured the police chief in the town of Woodburn, authorities said. "The arrest was the result of an intensive round-the-clock investigation by an interagency task force comprised of federal, state, county, and city public safety agencies," said Marion County Sheriff Russ Isham. Full Story

Athens hit by new protest rallies
Posted on Monday, December 15, 2008 at 9:28am
Hundreds of people are staging fresh protest rallies in Athens, after days of rioting sparked by the killing of a teenager by police in Greece. They gathered near the capital's police headquarters and the main court, where some of the protesters arrested last week were to appear before magistrates. Full Story

Peru seizes 3 tons of cocaine mixed with guano
Posted on Monday, December 15, 2008 at 1:18pm
Irish minister held at gunpointPosted on Monday, December 15, 2008 at 1:46pmAn Irish government minister has been held hostage at gunpoint during an armed robbery, police say. Minister for European Affairs Dick Roche, 61, was among a number of people seized at a hotel and golf resort near the eastern town of Bray. Full Story

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ICE cautions holiday shoppers of telemarketing fraud and other schemes
December 15, 2008 - 4:17PM
The holiday season is marked with many joyous celebrations, but it is also marked by scammers looking for their next would-be victim.


http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2008/12/16/world/AP-EU-France-Explosives-Defused.html?_r=1&partner=rss&emc=rss
Paris Police Find Explosives at Store


PARIS (AP) -- Police acting on a warning Tuesday found a bundle of dynamite inside a Paris department store at the height of the Christmas season, and a group demanding that France withdraw from Afghanistan claimed responsibility.


Bomb hoax not a hoax

Why would a seasoned trooper, a bomb tech, take a suspected explosive device into a bank? It’s not only stupid, it goes against procedure.

Hakim is indeed a Muslim name, one of the 99 names of Allah. Used in the Middle East and in Indonesia.

An undated photograph provided by the Oregon State Police shows Senior Trooper William Hakim of the Oregon State Police. Hakim, 51, was one of two people killed Friday afternoon, Dec. 12, 2008, in a bomb explosion at a bank in Oregon.

“Lt. Sheila Lorance of the Marion County Sheriff's Office, the lead agency in the case, did not have an explanation Sunday for why the officers took the bomb into the bank.”

“Hakim” means "wise or intelligent" in English. In fact, an Islamic doctor and physician were traditionally referred to as a Hakim. The name is also conferred upon a boy especially in Islamic culture. The word has an Arabic origin.

It is pronounced as hah-KEEM. Hakim is one of the 99 names of Allah. Another popular variant of the name Hakim is "Hakeem." The retired, eminent basketball player Hakeem Olajuwon is one of the famous personalities bearing this respected name. Of late the popularity of this traditional name has dwindled as a first name in favor of other modern names. However the surname "Hakim" continues to hold its forte as one of the dominant surnames in the Muslim tradition.”

Ore. bank blast kills police officer, bomb expert

WOODBURN, Ore. (AP) -- A bomb explosion at a bank killed both a police officer and a state bomb disposal technician, and state police do not have any suspects, officials said Saturday.

"That person is dangerous and needs to be found as soon as possible," said Oregon State Police Lt. Gregg Hastings.

The explosion occurred Friday afternoon at a West Coast Bank branch office in the agricultural town of Woodburn, which is nearly 30 miles south of Portland.

Police went to check on a telephoned bomb threat received by a Wells Fargo branch bank in the center of town and found a suspicious device, but that device was determined to be harmless. But police said the investigation there led them to the nearby West Coast office where the bomb was found.

Police wouldn't discuss a possible motive for the bombing. Hastings said he didn't know of any grudges against the West Coast Bank, a statement echoed by West Coast Bank President and CEO Robert Sznewajs.

"We're not aware of anything," Sznewajs said.

Woodburn police Capt. Tom Tennant and state Senior Trooper William Hakim, both 51, died at the scene. Tennant was a 28-year veteran of the Woodburn police department, and Hakim, a bomb technician, had been with the force for 11 years.

Woodburn police Chief Scott Russell, 46, was injured and in stable but critical condition at a Portland hospital. He has been with the police department for 20 years.

State police said the inside of the bank was extensively damaged, and a female employee was treated at a hospital and released. Another bank employee was uninjured.

Hastings declined to describe the bomb in detail but indicated it was powerful.

A bank employee found the bomb in bushes outside the bank, and it exploded after officers took it inside.

Hastings said he did not know why the officers took the bomb inside.
Police sealed the area around the bank, and it remained closed Saturday. "There's no indication of further devices," Hastings said.

Federal authorities said Saturday they were offering a $35,000 reward for information leading to an arrest and conviction in the case.
Woodburn has a population of about 21,000


Meet Britain's new army of young eco warriors

While governments talk of climate change, a growing band of young, committed environmentalists is emerging in the UK. The storming of Stansted was just the beginning
Tracy McVeigh
The Observer, Sunday 14 December 2008
http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2008/dec/14/environmental-activists-climate-change
They are young, smart, organised, committed and, if they are allowed to have their way, they would like to save the world. No longer is an environmentalist a geeky elderly man in socks and sandals or a dreadlocked traveller in a rainbow jumper. Britain's new vanguard of eco-warriors are predominantly in their twenties, they are articulate and knowledgeable and techno-aware.


Doomsday: U.S. report warns of 'strategic shock' leading to massive unrest
http://www.worldtribune.com/worldtribune/WTARC/2008/ss_military0790_12_15.asp
WASHINGTON — The United States could be sleep-walking into its next crisis, a military report said. The report by the U.S. Army War College's Strategic Institute, said that a defense community paralyzed by conventional thinking could be unprepared to help the United States cope with a series of unexpected crises that would rival the Al Qaida strikes in 2001, termed a "strategic shock."

The report cited the prospect of the collapse of a nuclear state leading to massive unrest in the United States.


http://www.strategypage.com/htmw/htintel/articles/20081216.aspx
Israel And Iran Scramble In The ShadowsDecember 16, 2008: Israeli intelligence organization Mossad has failedin its campaign to sabotage Iran's nuclear weapons program. So far.Six years ago, Mossad said it would stop the Iranian efforts to buildnukes.

Mossad admitted that it had devoted a substantial portion ofits resources to that effort since then. This included establishingcompanies that appeared to be willing to supply Iran with essentialequipment they needed. This had some success in slipping speciallymodified gear into Iranian nuclear weapons facilities.


Group raids Saudi airline's office in Tehran

http://archive.gulfnews.com/region/Iran/10266890.html

Tehran: Iran's state-run newspaper says a militant group has attacked the office of Saudi Arabia's state-owned airline in Tehran over a Saudi-backed peace initiative with Israel.Iran newspaper says the group - identified as Ikhwan Al Radwan, or Brothers of Heaven in Arabic - attacked the Saudi Airlines office with several Molotov cocktails on Wednesday, causing minor damage to the building. Saturday's newspaper report quotes a statement by the group saying the reason for the attack was Saudi Arabia's support for an Arab peace initiative.

The initiative offers Israel normal relations with all Arab countries if it withdraws from lands occupied in 1967 during Arab-Israeli war.


http://news.yahoo.com/s/mcclatchy/20081215/wl_mcclatchy/3124049
Bush shoe incident catches Secret Service flatfooted
By Greg Gordon and Adam Ashton

Although the Secret Service put everyone who attended President George W. Bush's Baghdad news conference through several layers of security Sunday, the agency appeared to be caught off guard when an Iraqi journalist hurled his shoes at the president.


http://www.analyst-network.com/article.php?art_id=2652
The present Analyst-Network website has as a main aim to inform a specialized and enlightened audience of the "undercover" nature of events within the global security & intelligence sector.

In this case, an alternative point of view is going to be presented which derives from a careful analysis and observation of the riots in Greece and reliable information streaming from the domestic security circles.

For obvious reasons, matters concerning operational or intelligence procedures will not be mentioned or commented.


http://www.indianexpress.com/story_print.php?storyid=398716
Islamabad : Pakistani authorities and residents of Ajmal Amir Iman's village have apparently launched efforts to cover up their links with the lone gunman arrested for the Mumbai terror attacks, days after his father admitted that the young man as shown by the media was his son.
Pakistani security and intelligence agencies have deployed a large number of personnel in plainclothes at Faridkot in Okara district of Punjab province, from where Ajmal hails, with journalists visiting the area having to face angry protests.

http://www.indianexpress.com/story_print.php?storyid=399005
New Delhi : Investigation into the Mumbai terror attack have moved a step forward with intelligence agencies confirming that the Pakistani “handlers” whom the terrorists telephoned several times during the siege in the Taj Mahal Hotel and Nariman House were indeed top operatives of the Lashkar-e-Toiba Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi and Yusuf Muzammil.


Lord's Resistance Army uses truce to rearm and spread fear in Uganda
Once seen as a ragtag brigade, the guerrilla force that claims divine leadership is organised and ready to renew fighting

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/africa/article5348890.ece#cid=OTC-RSS&attr=797093
For eight days Raymond Kpiolebeyo was marched at gunpoint through the Congolese jungle, not knowing whether he would live or die. At night he slept with eight other prisoners, pinned under a plastic sheet weighted down with bags and stones to prevent escape. Their sweat condensed on the sheeting, inches above their faces, before dripping back and turning their plastic prison into a stinking, choking sauna.
He was a prisoner of the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA), a band of pitiless commanders and their brutalised child soldiers. “They told us that if one of us tried to escape we would all be shot,” said Raymond, 28, a teacher from Doruma, close to the border with southern Sudan.

He had been captured by a raiding party looking for porters, sex slaves and soldiers to continue the LRA's 20-year struggle to overthrow the Ugandan Government.



Charges: Men Planned To Fly Model Bomb-ladened Airplane Into Base

Two men from the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Isawiyah were indicted yesterday for planning to fly an explosive-packed model airplane into an army base near their home.

The indictment, issued by the Jerusalem District Court against Iyad Abid, 20, and Abdullah Abid, 21, states that they tried out the model airplane over the base, where it crashed.

The indictment also states that the pair were planning to slam a tractor into an army jeep and abduct the soldiers in the jeep along with their weapons, to bargain for the release of members of Iyad Abid’s family who are serving life sentences in Israel.


http://www.iol.co.za/index.php?set_id=1&click_id=3&art_id=nw20081215153230729C186018

Warships bound for CubaDecember 15 2008By Nick ColemanMoscow - Russia said on Monday it was sending a group of warships to Soviet-era ally Cuba in its latest defiant naval move around US waters, part of a drive to revive old Cold War ties with Latin America.


http://www.rediff.com//news/2008/dec/15mumterror-attacks-showed-pakistan-broke-its-promise.htm
Former US Secretary of State General (Retd) Colin Powell has said that in the wake of the Mumbai terror attacks, Pakistan can no longer afford "to wink and nod" and pretend there are no terrorist groups operating within its borders that are a threat to the stability of the region.



Gates asks ... asks? ... terrorists to stop supporting terror?

That will work!

http://www.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?cid=1228728175766&pagename=JPost%2FJPArticle%2FShowFull

Gates asks Middle East nations to help fight spread of terror!


http://www.kuna.net.kw/NewsAgenciesPublicSite/ArticleDetails.aspx?id=1959814&Language=en

ISAF soldiers killed in Afghanistan Military and Security

Three soldiers of the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) were killed in a roadside bomb explosion in southern Afghanistan, the military said on Sunday.Paying tribute to the fallen soldiers, ISAF spokesperson Brig. Gen. Richard Blanchette said they died fighting for the better future of the people of Afghanistan.The spokesperson did not disclose nationalities of the soldiers and exact location of the blast.


Tribute to terrorists NEVER works.

"If Mr. Hupper was sentenced to three and a half years in federal prison for providing Hamas terrorists with only $20,000, how much time Mr. Barak will serve in jail for delivering 100 million shekels to Hamas terrorists?

"http://thebulletin.us/articles/2008/12/12/news/world/doc49416c1182f1a107511450.txt

Israel Responds To Attacks With Cash To Hamas
Citizen's Police Complaint Filed Against Israeli Official
Published: Friday, December 12, 2008David Bedein, Middle East CorrespondentJerusalem — Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, Defense Minister Ehud Barak and Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni convened a special meeting of the Israel security cabinet yesterday morning to discuss the continuing Qassam rocket and mortar fire from Gaza. Israel has witnessed 100 Qassam rockets fired at Sderot and the Western Negev over the past 10 days.


In Colombia, they call him Captain Nemo
http://www.latimes.com/news/la-fg-captainnemo14-2008dec14,0,2761616.story?track=ntothtml
Reporting from Tumaco, Colombia -- Squat, bull-necked and sullen-looking, Enrique Portocarrero hardly seems a dashing character out of a Jules Verne science fiction novel.But law enforcement officers here have dubbed him "Captain Nemo," after the dark genius of "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea."

They say the 45-year-old has designed and built as many as 20 fiberglass submarines, strange vessels with the look of sea creatures, for drug traffickers to haul cocaine from this area of southern Colombia to Central America and Mexico.



Of course it is criminal...AND there oughta be a law against it.

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/uk/crime/article5342766.ece
‘Nothing criminal about trying to establish an Islamic state’

He has come a long way from a village in Tunisia to becoming a respected adviser to Scotland Yard chiefs and the CEO of a British television channel who rubbed shoulders with ministers. But who is the real Mohamed Ali Harrath and what drives him?

Tunisian judicial sources say that he joined the Islamic Tendency Movement, now called Ennahdha, in the 1980s. In 1986, he created the Tunisian Islamic Front, which he describes as “a non-violent political party founded . . . to oppose the one-party state in Tunisia and to seek change through peaceful means”.


Khawaja: Muslim terror promoters penetrating security agencies?
Muslim terror promoters penetrating Canadian security agencies?
We tend to focus on creeping sharia in the U.S. but Canada is not exempt from the grand jihad as this article from earlier this year indicates. With porous borders and chatter of a North American Union we should hope Canada is taking the threat seriously.



http://www.kuna.net.kw/NewsAgenciesPublicSite/ArticleDetails.aspx?id=1959963&Language=en

Green Zone comes under missile attack during Bush''s visit

A rocket attack targeted the Green Zone, downtown Baghdad, Sunday evening while visiting U.S. President George W. Bush was holding talks with Iraqi leaders.Loud explosion of a Katyusha missile was heard at 7:30 pm. (local time) as Bush was set to sign the U.S.-Iraqi Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA), a security official said.No reports about the possible casualties or of damage resulting from the attack were available so far and the U.S. Army and embassy have yet to comment on it.



http://www.rediff.com///news/2008/dec/15mumterror-urdu-poem-keeps-terrorists-going.htm
A few excerpts from the poem:

Jihad jari rahega ta qayamat, Jihad hargiz naheen rukega ( Jihad will continue till the day of judgment and will not stop).

Jihad farman hai khuda ka, Jihad rasta hai Mustafa ka ( Jihad is the path and order of God)Zameen se fitno ka sar hamesha, Jihad hi se qualam huwa hai ( Jihad has cut of evil from this earth)

Jihad hi se zaban milti, Hai aan milti hai bekason ko (Jihad alone gives voice)
Jihad jhooti khudaion ko, ulat kar be abroo karega ( Jihad will make false God become naked)Jihad se ijtniab hi ne, ghulamion ko janam diya hai ( Avoiding jihad has made us slaves)

Jihad dushman zaleel hoker, Athaah pasti mein ja girega ( enemies of Jihad will sink and will be dishonoured)



http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/World/Pakistan/Taliban_kidnaps_seven_in_Afghanistan_one_dead/articleshow/3836898.cms

Taliban kidnaps seven in Afghanistan, one dead

Armed Taliban militants abducted six musicians and an election worker in eastern Afghanistan, one of whom was later found dead, a local official said. The body of one musician was found today, one day after the group was kidnapped in Paktika province, provincial spokesman Hameedullah Jowak said.



http://www.iht.com/articles/2008/12/12/africa/profile.php

A Saudi's luxurious plight in terror's shadow

Yassin Kadi welcomes a visitor into the sun-drenched living room of his compound in this bustling commercial capital of Saudi Arabia. Expecting to be photographed, he has chosen to appear in Western dress - brown shirt, slacks and blue suede shoes.

It is an outfit that Kadi, a multimillionaire businessman with investments and charities that span the globe, rarely wears these days.



Bravo!
http://mypetjawa.mu.nu/archives/195408.php

Seattle Jihad Barber Killed in Somalia fighting for al Qaeda

Alls well that ends well, eh? Ruben Shumpert (aka, "Amir Abdul Muhaimin") has been identified as the American killed in Somalia a few months back. Crocodile tears. Big fat crocodile tears.
Back in April of 2007 the FBI raided a Somalian grocery store in Seattle looking for Shumpert. Too late, Shumpert was gone. Already on his way to Somalia to fight for al Qaeda's local branch, the al Shabaab Youth Mujahideen Movement.



http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/01/21/AR2008012101961.html?wprss=rss_world%2Fnorthamerica

ID Rules To Change For Canada CrossingsDHS Defies Congress By Going Forward Now

Defying Congress, the Department of Homeland Security is pushing to tighten identification requirements at U.S. land borders starting Jan. 31, when it no longer will allow Americans or Canadians to enter the country by presenting a driver's license or declaring their citizenship.

The change is expected to worsen travel delays and backups along the U.S.-Canada border, which recorded 72 million crossings in 2007. The U.S.-Mexico border is even busier, with 226 million crossings, but non-citizens already need extra documentation to enter the United States there.



http://www.politicalislam.com/blog/how-can-we-make-the-dog-bark/
How Can We Make the Dog Bark? In a Sherlock Holmes story, Silver Blaze, the clue to the crime was that "the dog did nothing." The dog in question was a farm dog that would have barked had a stranger approached.In the same way we have guard dogs that are supposed to warn us of danger: our government, intellectuals and the media. But we are finding out that our dogs never bark if the intruder is Islamic violence.



http://www.express.co.uk/posts/view/75627/Taliban-s-12-child-bombers-chain-of-terror-that-brought-child-killers

TALIBAN'S 12 CHILD BOMBERS - 'CHAIN OF TERROR' THAT BROUGHT CHILD KILLERS



http://wwwwbipicomlink.blogspot.com/2008/12/florida-used-car-dealers-arrested.html


FLORIDA USED CAR DEALERS ARRESTED, SERGIY ZHELEZNYAK IN SARASOTA AND ALI HASSAN HAMMOUD IN MIAMI, STOLEN CARS TO RUSSIA AND MIDDLE EAST, VIN SWITCHING

VIN Switching: The Ultimate Alias for Auto Theft.

Sarasota used car dealer Sergiy Zheleznyak had obtained 36 phony car titles for nonexistant vehicles, late model vehicles such as six 2009 Mercedes Benz sedans, two 2008 BMW's, and an assortment of 2008 and 2009 Honda Accords, Accra's and Toyota's.

Sergiy Zheleznyak runs MS Auto a small used car/body shop in North Port Fl, there is no possible way he could have actually paid cash for almost $1 Million in late model luxury vehicles.

Sergiy Zheleznyak was obtaining the phony titles on the non-existant vehicles from the Sarasota County Tag office for his associate Alexksandr Mikhaylov in New York City. "Auto Body Repairs and Painting" MS Auto is also listed as body shop repairs and painting in local phone listings.



http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/uk/crime/article5342734.ece

Unanswered questions about a ‘man of peace’ on Interpol list
The TV chief denies all links to terrorism but will not discuss his first five years in Britain

The Islam Channel founded and run by Mohamed Ali Harrath, who is wanted by Interpol, is watched by 59 per cent of Britain’s 1.6 million Muslims, according to government research disclosed to The Times.

As a senior executive of a television channel in Britain – it has offices in the City of London and studios in the West End – Mr Harrath has potential influence over an important section of the community. He insists that he is a man of peace, but questions remain about his past because he and the political movement that he founded have attracted attention from the authorities in several countries.


UK takes first steps towards Islamic finance rules
Hedge Funds Review Magazine, UK

The UK government has launched a consultation on Islamic finance. The government hopes the joint Treasury-Financial Services Authority consultation on proposals for a legal framework for the regulation of alternative finance investment bonds, including sukuk, will support the growth of Islamic finance in the UK and to increase its position as a leading global centre in this market.

As well as the consultation, the government also published a paper, "The development of Islamic finance in the UK".



http://roadsassy.com/2008/12/05/muslims-in-prison-an-army-in-waiting/

Muslims in Prison: An Army in Waiting?
Australian Muzzie Ran Drug Ring from Jail Cell
A convicted murderer allegedly made about 460 calls a day on a smuggled mobile phone as he coordinated a $250,000-a-week drug trafficking syndicate from his maximum security jail cell.
Bassam Hamzy, 29, who is serving a 21-year sentence for murdering a man outside a Sydney nightclub, allegedly made more than 19,000 calls from inside Lithgow prison, west of Sydney, between May 1 and June 11 this year.

Most of the calls were made in Arabic, to a syndicate of 12 close friends and family members who allegedly shifted $1.5 million worth of cocaine and ice from NSW to Victoria in six weeks.



http://memri.org/bin/latestnews.cgi?ID=IA47908

Calls in Iran to Topple Egyptian, Saudi Regimes

Iran's attacks and accusations against Egypt and Saudi Arabia have recently intensified. In early December, Iran's leading conservative government dailies Kayhan and Jomhouri-ye Eslami accused the Egyptian and Saudi regimes of treason, and called on their peoples to topple their regimes.

Kayhan editor Hossein Shariatmadari, who is close to Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, praised Khaled Islambouli, the assassin of the late Egyptian president Anwar Al-Sadat, and called to follow his example. At the same time, student demonstrations were held in Tehran, during which protesters called for killing Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak and threw firebombs at the Egyptian interest office.



The inauguration will make a big, fat, dumb, open target...10 million people?

Indications and Warnings of Imminent Islamic Terrorism
By Sean Osborne, Associate Director

For much of the fall season of 2008 all of us the the Northeast Intelligence Network, and those of you who follow our reports, probably could not help but notice a rather significant increase in the postings coming from jihadist website forums which were seized upon as potential Indications and Warnings (IW) precursors to Islamic terrorist strikes. Just as quickly as those jihadi posts popped up like a crocus in early spring... they stopped cold with a finality and suddenness that was also a cause of significant concern.

Not only did the posts cease in this manner, but the primary jihadi websites themselves began disappearing or going offline. Some believe, as I do, that this was due to inter-Islamic fratricide, a cyber war between the Shi'a and Sunni jihadists. We at NEIN were assured by those "in the know" that the United States governments counter-terrorist efforts were not the cause of this.



http://justifythis.blogspot.com/2006/05/pervert-prophet_12.html
Glory is fleeting, but obscurity is forever




http://ibloga.blogspot.com/2008/12/google-admits-censorship_14.html

Google cranks up the Consensus Engine

Google this week admitted that its staff will pick and choose what appears in its search results. It's a historic statement - and nobody has yet grasped its significance.

THEY PICK AND CHOOSE?

Not so very long ago, Google disclaimed responsibility for its search results by explaining that these were chosen by a computer algorithm. The disclaimer lives on at Google News, where we are assured that:

Pamela comments: Now that Hussein is in the White House, Google (a chief fundraiser and potential member of O's administration) wants to control the news on their man.I never saw this kind of news suppression under Bush. You could say anything, BushChimpHitler, and get away with it. Entering the dark age ....


I'm shocked...shocked! To see Muslims behaving as Muslims....

Pak scientists offered Osama nukes before 9/11: BookDecember 14, 2008 21:56 ISTLast Updated: December 14, 2008 21:59 IST
http://www.rediff.com/news/2008/dec/14pak-scientists-offered-osama-bin-laden-nukes-before-september-eleven-attack.htm

Barely a month before the 9/11 terror attacks, two Pakistani nuclear scientists, said to be close to disgraced Abdul Qadeer Khan, met up with al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden and offered to supply him with atomic weapons, according to a newly released book.

Chaudiri Abdul Majeed and Sultan Bashiruddin Mahmood, who held a series of senior posts in Pakistani nuke programme, went to Taliban [Images] headquarters in Kandahar in mid-August 2001 and spent three days with bin Laden who was keen on acquiring weapons of mass destruction, the book says.