Compliant media: The Hamas secret weapon

Using children as human shields: Hamas and Obama

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Can there be any such thing as a Palestinian civilian?

The answer is no.

Israel-Palestinian conflict – In a nutshell

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Published on Jul 22, 2014 by benp87
Food for thought.
6 Minutes that might change your mind.

Narration: Mitch Clyman.
Editor: Eyal Ron

Warning: This video contains scenes that some viewers may find disturbing.

Note: There is a mistake in the pictures from Lebanon, the picture with the “Starbucks” – which didn’t exist until 1999.
The point of the video is to represent an idea, the idea that there was normal life before the extremists took over a country or a region (in the case of Gaza).

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The US government is spending American tax dollars to enforce shari’a law in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

First Amendment

Secularists howl and file lawsuits whenever Christians pray or make any attempts to communicate while on government property in the US. Our courts have misconstrued the First Amendment restriction against Congress making a law with respect to an “establishment of religion” as a complete ban on religious expression in public spaces. These same secularists are curiously silent when the US government actively supports Islam, either on US soil or abroad.

Congress has appropriated our tax dollars and has set up an agency, namely the NSA, that is enforcing a state religion, namely Sunni Islam, albeit in another part of the world. Where does the US Constitution grant the power to do this?

The Intercept: The NSA’s New Partner in Spying: Saudi Arabia’s Brutal State Police

The National Security Agency last year significantly expanded its cooperative relationship with the Saudi Ministry of Interior, one of the world’s most repressive and abusive government agencies. An April 2013 top secret memo provided by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden details the agency’s plans “to provide direct analytic and technical support” to the Saudis on “internal security” matters.

The Saudi Ministry of Interior—referred to in the document as MOI— has been condemned for years as one of the most brutal human rights violators in the world. In 2013, the U.S. State Department reported that “Ministry of Interior officials sometimes subjected prisoners and detainees to torture and other physical abuse,” specifically mentioning a 2011 episode in which MOI agents allegedly “poured an antiseptic cleaning liquid down [the] throat” of one human rights activist. The report also notes the MOI’s use of invasive surveillance targeted at political and religious dissidents.

But as the State Department publicly catalogued those very abuses, the NSA worked to provide increased surveillance assistance to the ministry that perpetrated them. The move is part of the Obama Administration’s increasingly close ties with the Saudi regime; beyond the new cooperation with the MOI, the memo describes “a period of rejuvenation” for the NSA’s relationship with the Saudi Ministry of Defense.

In general, U.S. support for the Saudi regime is long-standing. One secret 2007 NSA memo lists Saudi Arabia as one of four countries where the U.S. “has [an] interest in regime continuity.”

But from the end of the 1991 Gulf War until recently, the memo says, the NSA had a “very limited” relationship with the Saudi kingdom. In December 2012, the U.S. director of national intelligence, James Clapper, authorized the agency to expand its “third party” relationship with Saudi Arabia to include the sharing of signals intelligence, or “SIGINT,” capability with the MOD’s Technical Affairs Directorate (TAD).

“With the approval of the Third Party SIGINT relationship,” the memo reports, the NSA “intends to provide direct analytic and technical support to TAD.” The goal is “to facilitate the Saudi government’s ability to utilize SIGINT to locate and track individuals of mutual interest within Saudi Arabia.”

Even before this new initiative in 2012, the CIA and other American intelligence agencies had been working with the Saudi regime to bolster “internal security” and track alleged terrorists. According to the memo, the NSA began collaborating with the MOD in 2011 on a “sensitive access initiative… focused on internal security and terrorist activity on the Arabian Peninsula”; that partnership was conducted “under the auspices of CIA’s relationship with the MOI’s Mabahith (General Directorate for Investigations, equivalent to FBI).”

The NSA’s formal “Third Party” relationship with the Saudis involves arming the MOI with highly advanced surveillance technology. The NSA “provides technical advice on SIGINT topics such as data exploitation and target development to TAD,” the memo says, “as well as a sensitive source collection capability.”

The Saudi Ministry of Defense also relies on the NSA for help with “signals analysis equipment upgrades, decryption capabilities and advanced training on a wide range of topics.” The document states that while the NSA “is able to respond to many of those requests, some must be denied due to the fact that they place sensitive SIGINT equities at risk.”

Over the past year, the Saudi government has escalated its crackdown on activists, dissidents, and critics of the government. Earlier this month, Saudi human rights lawyer and activist Waleed Abu al-Khair was sentenced to 15 years in prison by a so-called “terrorist court” on charges of undermining the state and insulting the judiciary. In May, a liberal blogger, Raif Badawi, was sentenced to 10 years in prison and 1,000 lashes; in June, human rights activist Mukhlif Shammari was sentenced to five years in prison for writing about the mistreatment of Saudi women.

At the time of the al-Khair sentencing, State Department spokesperson Jen Psaki issued a statement saying, “We urge the Saudi government to respect international human rights norms, a point we make to them regularly.”

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Published on Jul 26, 2014 by Steven Laboe
Dr. Ben Carson (Fox News Contributor) joins FNC’s Mike Huckabee for his personal position on the Federal Appeals Court striking down a key regulation for Obamacare in 36 states.

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As one Israeli spokesman said, “There are two Gazas, one above ground and one below ground: an underground terrorist city.”

Gatestone has the story.
 

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(h/t: Andrew Bolt)

Joan Rivers — GOES OFF on Epic Israel/Palestine Rant

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Published on Jul 25, 2014 by TMZ
Joan Rivers dropped jettisoned comedy for politics … unleashing an impassioned defense of Israel that included an awesome New York/New Jersey analogy.

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Published on Jul 25, 2014 by Coffee with Sr. Vassa
Subtitles will be available soon. Coffee-mugs are available at www.healthyweb.net. A weekly, brief reflection on the church calendar, hosted by Dr. Sr. Vassa Larin of the University of Vienna, Austria. Ep.33 features an interview with D. Galadze!!

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Telegraph (UK) has the story:

Smiley holding nose

The 2009 “underpants bomb” plot failed because the terrorist had been wearing his explosive-laden undergarments for more than two weeks and soiled the explosives, a senior US official said.

Umar Abdulmutallab sent shockwaves through US intelligence when he successfully smuggled a bomb onto a Detroit-bound airliner on Christmas day three years ago.

The British-educated Nigerian was able to light the bomb but it failed to explode, causing minor burns to the would-be bomber but sparing his fellow passengers.

John Pistole, the head of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), said on Thursday that the bomb did not detonate because Abdulmutallab had been wearing the same underwear for more than two weeks.

“He had it with him for over two weeks,” Mr Pistole said at the Aspen Security Forum.

Asked by his interviewer whether the bomb’s fuse had become “damp” from two weeks of wear, Mr Pistole said: “Let’s say it was degraded. We’re getting kind of personal now.”

Mr Pistole, who oversees the agency tasked with protecting America’s civilian air traffic from terrorism, agreed with the interviewer when she remarked: “Thank goodness for bad hygiene, right?”

Abdulmutallab, now 27, was sentenced to life in prison for attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction and attempted murder.

His bomb was made by al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), the terror group’s deadly Yemeni offshoot.

Western intelligence remains concerned that AQAP will try to find a European or American jihadist trained in Syria and supply them with a sophisticated bomb that can slip undetected onto a plane.

Watch the full discussion on YouTube.

Credit: The Aspen Institute

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Published on Jul 19, 2014 by Coffee with Sr. Vassa
Subtitles: ENGLISH, BULGARIAN, RUSSIAN, SERBIAN, MACEDONIAN and ROMANIAN. Coffee-mugs are available at www.healthyweb.net. A weekly, brief reflection on the church calendar, hosted by Dr. Sr. Vassa Larin of the University of Vienna, Austria. Ep.32 on St. Macrina.

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Telegraph (UK) has the story:

Bengali tiger
The tiger is currently being cared for at a zoo Photo: CEN

By Mark Molloy 1:59PM BST 24 Jul 2014

Mexican authorities searching an abandoned house were left stunned when they discovered a Bengal tiger locked in a cage.

Police officers, who found the endangered animal after a tip-off from a member of the public, say it is a “complete mystery” how the tiger got there.

They were searching a property in the municipality of Chilapa de Alvarez, in the state of Guerrero, when they heard a strange noise.

The female tiger was found inside a locked room and police suspect it was illegally owned.

Police spokesman Leonidas Bueno Escamilla said the big cat was in a “good condition”.

“She didn’t have any food or water to hand, but we don’t think she could have been there for long,” he told AFP Indonesia.

“The cage was much too small for an animal of this size, it’s a complete mystery what the tiger was doing there.”

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inSerbia has the story ignored by the western media:

Iraq: ISIL orders female genital mutilation in Mosul

Militant group Islamic State has ordered all girls and women in and around Iraq’s northern city of Mosul to undergo female genital mutilation, the United Nations said on Thursday, Al-Akhbar reports.

The “fatwa” issued by the Sunni Muslim fighters would potentially affect 4 million women and girls, U.N. resident and humanitarian coordinator in Iraq Jacqueline Badcock told reporters in Geneva by videolink from Arbil.

“This is something very new for Iraq, particularly in this area, and is of grave concern and does need to be addressed,” she said.

“This is not the will of Iraqi people, or the women of Iraq in these vulnerable areas covered by the terrorists,” she added.

No one was immediately available for comment from Islamic State which has led an offensive through northern and western Iraq.

Islam wages the real war against women.

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Remember Khaybar

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Published on Jul 24, 2014 by Acts17Apologetics
http://www.answeringmuslims.com/2014/07/remember-khaybar.html
Muslim rallies against Israel often include the chant, “Khaybar, Khaybar, Ya Yahud! Jaish Muhammad Sa Ya’ud!” (“Khaybar, Khaybar, O Jews! The Army of Muhammad Will Return!”). Interestingly, Muhammad was poisoned at Khaybar, and he eventually died from the effects of the poison. Should Muslims be telling Jews to remember the battle that got their prophet killed?

This video is a call for peace between Muslims and Jews.

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Location of Maldives

New Indian Express has the story:

Societies provide oxygen for Islamists to grow in their midst. The liberal atmosphere of Britain, notably in institutions like the London School of Economics, over past decades offered sanctuaries for Islamists, considering their arguments as legitimate politics against imperialism. Saudi Arabia is bankrolling Wahhabism across the world. Pakistani society has been transformed into a 24×7 seminary for nurturing arguments favourable to jihadists and fatal to Muslim reformists. Under Saudi-Pakistani influence, now the Maldivian society is being transformed on a jihadist path.

Jihadists are armed Islamists; their methods differ but goals are the same: establishing sharia rule. In May, Maldivian national Abu Turab was among militants who carried out a suicide bombing in Syria. In tributes, jihadists noted that Turab was a loving husband and a grandfather. Another Maldivian was killed in Syria a few days later. They were not the first Maldivian suicide bombers. The first was Ali Jaleel who attacked a Pakistani intelligence office in Lahore in 2009. Last October, two Syria-bound Maldivian nationals were arrested from Malé as they were to board a plane. Currently, 20 Maldivians are fighting in Syria. The Maldives is at a turning point which favours jihadists.

Also, the latest developments connect India’s southern shore to jihadist threats emerging via Sri Lanka and the Maldives. In January 2010, Air India planes were alerted that hijacking could be attempted from airports at Colombo, Dhaka or Yangon. The recent arrest of Sri Lankan national Shakir aka Zakir Hussain in Chennai revealed that he made 20 reconnaissance trips to India to facilitate terrorists from the Maldives to attack Israeli and US consulates in Bangalore and Chennai. His arrest revealed terror cells in Malaysia, Sri Lanka, the Maldives and India operated by Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI). That the threats are real became clear when bombs exploded on a train in Chennai in May. Sri Lanka has stopped its visa-on-arrival facility for Pakistanis, fearing it is becoming a transit point for terrorists.

A vital point: terror attacks in India—those in Kashmir or by the Indian Mujahideen elsewhere—have so far been connected to Pakistan, but in the near future threats will emerge from terrorists who are ideologically committed by jihad, and are not necessarily controlled by the ISI. For example, Muslim youth from Tamil Nadu working in Singapore were recruited into jihad and went to Syria. There are also reports that one Indian went to Iraq to fight as part of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, now called the Islamic State. There are also Indian Muslims training as part of Al-Qaeda in Pakistan-Afghanistan. From Syria to the Maldives there’s a Pakistan connection but the Singaporean link points to the rise of ideological jihadists in India.

In February, tourists were furious when hotels in the Maldives abruptly cancelled their bookings. The cancellations were triggered by Saudi Prince Salman bin Abdulaziz al-Saud who booked three entire islands. The Saudis are exerting religious influence on Maldivian society. Journalist Charles Haviland reported: Prince Salman promised to build 10 world-class mosques in the Maldives; Saudi scholars gave $100,000 for Islamic education and announced scholarships for Maldivians to study in Saudi Arabia; a five-year soft loan of $300 million was given last year. Maldivians are visiting the Middle East and Pakistan in large numbers to study, and return.In April, Pakistan’s Roznama Ummat reported that Saudis are “thinking of building a base consisting of three islands” as well as mosques and madrassas with Pakistani manpower.

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Radio New Zealand has the story:

Newly released documents show keeping on the good side of Washington was one reason the Government decided to share financial information with the United States authorities.

The Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FACTA), allowing New Zealand financial institutions to comply with a US crackdown on American tax evaders, was passed in June as part of an agreement between the two countries.

Under the agreement, the Inland Revenue Department could start collecting tax and penalties on behalf of the American tax authorities.

Financial institutions have to give the US tax department details of taxpayers living here who are American citizens or permanent residents.

Documents released to Radio New Zealand News show the Government considered the legislation important for the country’s relationship with the US.

The Government had previously said the aim was to help financial institutions avoid hefty penalties and reduce compliance costs.

The released documents show the Government pushed through enabling legislation without the text of the agreement being able to be properly scrutinised by a parliamentary select committee.

Worst policy – Peters

New Zealand First leader Winston Peters said the agreement was the worst piece of policy he had ever seen and questioned how the select committee was supposed to properly examine the legislation without seeing the agreement.

“They don’t understand the paramountcy of Parliament or the sovereignty of this country, when we are asked to go through this sort of arrangement without knowing anything about the background deal or agreement. So in every way it’s totally mickey mouse – and that’s not an exaggeration.”

Labour Party MP David Clark said the Government appeared to have capitulated to America’s demands.

“It appears that the New Zealand Government were very slow to enter negotiations and from what we know to date, it seems that they were very willing to capitulate to everything that the US wanted, without really looking out for New Zealand’s interests.”

Green Party MP Julie Anne Genter said the legislation was pushed through Parliament in haste and was poor policy making.

“The power is being held by the executive, to make these decisions, and they’re trying to avoid a situation where they have to come back to Parliament and go through a normal scrutiny when they’re going to enter into agreements with other countries,” she said.

“I think that this problematic. We have a Parliament so they can scrutinise legislation.”

Costs to NZ banks

Bankers Association chief executive Kirk Hope said financial institutions faced millions of dollars of costs to comply with the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act.

Chief executive Kirk Hope said banks had to make quite considerable system changes to ensure they could supply the information.

“We don’t have a final cost assessment but it is in the millions, rather than the hundreds of thousands or anything like that. It’s reasonably significant.”

Mr Hope said as an example, the cost of compliance with FACTA in Australia was estimated by the banks to be about $400 million. “So if you think about the subset that operate in New Zealand, it’s fairly high.”

New Zealand taxpayers will also be picking up part of the tab, with nearly $12 million set aside over the next five years to ensure the IRD’s systems can work with the US systems.

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Please spread the word.

Israel has a new 24 hour internet news channel broadcasting in English (also French and Arabic) from Tel Aviv.

This is the link: http://www.i24news.tv/en/tv/live

It is a 24-hour news feed from the Israeli perspective, and is intended to rival CNN, Fox, Al-Jazeera, BBC, etc. It covers world news but also has a specific Israel news section.

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