Reuters – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has proposed an Egyptian-hosted summit with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas as a possible way to resume stalled peace talks, Israeli officials said on Thursday.
A US judge dismisses all charges against five guards from US security firm Blackwater over the killing of 17 Iraqis in 2007.
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Freed Briton Peter Moore says he was roughly treated after being kidnapped in Iraq but conditions improved in the last few months.
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“« Ginette, 25 ans, ancienne employée au Liban qui vient de décéder lundi dernier à l’hôpital HJRA suite à la maladie qui l’a rongée depuis le Liban. (…) Cette femme n’a subi que malheurs pendant son séjour au Liban. Elle est rentrée sans salaire au Pays. Nous sommes prêts à saisir la justice (…) La plupart des employées sont victimes de violences physiques, de négligence ou d’abandon par leur patron. Quelques cas de victimes de violences sexuelles sont aussi recensés.”" (thanks “Ibn Rushd”)
Will we know one day that Al-Qa`idah terrorist structure was infiltrated by Mossad and Arab intelligence services? Well, we know already about the roles of Saudi intelligence and Pakistan’s ISI in the founding and operation of Al-Qa`idah, at least up to Sep. 11. I was thinking about that the other day. Before Al-Qa`idah, the most famous and most sinister terrorist organization in the news was Abu Nidal’s organization. And we know fully well not only that the lousy organization was infiltrated by Iraq and Libya’s intelligence services, but that the Mossad and Jordan’s intelligence services infiltrated all levels of the organization. Hell, former Jordan’s mukhabarat chief, Sa`d Khayr (who recently died from a heart attack at 56 in his hotel room in Vienna) almost ran the Abu Nidal organization in its later years. So some conspiracy theories can shed light into events and political developments.
“We do know a couple of things. Dad, back in Nigeria, ran the national arms industry (DICON) in partnership with Israel, in particular, the Mossad. He was in daily contact with them. They run everything in Nigeria, from arms production to counter-terrorism. Though Islamic, Muttalab was a close associate of Israel. He has been misrepresented. His “banking” is a cover.” But how do you know that he was in daily contact with them? How do you know that Muttalab was a “close associate of Israel”. I am for resorting to conspiracy theories but only when we have evidence. (thanks Dale)
As we end 2009 I’ ve been playing with Google Analytics to see what my readers found the most interesting posts. For the first two months of this blog (until late March 2009) I had no metrics on it, so this is only dealing with the period since March. Since many readers read the whole post on the home page, it’s also a little deceptive (unlike some blogs, you don’t have to click through to read the whole text), but the five individual posts with the highest traffic are these:
- The Marwa al-Sherbini case.
- Those Qatari Coup Rumors. Posted, oddly enough, while I was on vacation, and purely derivative, but it still gets hits.
- “She was a Splendid Beast”: The Arabic Transliteration Problem. One of my own favorites; glad others agree.
- More Mousavi Fever: Rafsanjani Attacks Ahmadinejad. Nothing brilliant here; just commenting on Iran, but at the height of the furor.
- Fun with Google Earth: Middle Eastern Airbase Recon. I had fun doing this, and I’m glad many of you liked it.
I may post other greatest hits later, but here’s a start. Only two of the top five (nunbers three and five above) are really my own work, but that’s the way it goes.
INTERVIEW: Corruption in state-linked firms high, over 60 state-linked workers under probe -police chief.
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Militant outfit claims responsibility of deadliest suicide attacks against Westerners in Afghanistan.
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Excellent demolition of Dick Cheney’s shameful attack on the president in the wake of the Detroit attempted attack.
Cheney wanted to use the nonsensically phrased ‘war on terror’ as a wedge to destroy the Bill of Rights and permanently undermine the US constitition, and is annoyed that all the groundwork he laid for the return of rightwing monarchy has been sensibly tossed aside by the constitutional lawyer who succeeded him.
All this is not to mention that there can be more or fewer Muslims radicalized and that no one made America more vulnerable to attack than Cheney:
These are the standard grievances in the al-Qaeda recruitment videos. All of them contravene basic American values.
So, Mr. Cheney, you don’t make America safer with terminology, blustering about ‘war on terror.’ Living up to American values of no military aggression and basic civil rights and condemnation of cruel and unusual punishment– just being real Americans would deprive al-Qaeda of most of its current recruitment tools.
In fact, as the Cheney legacy has begun to fade, al-Qaeda is facing problems with recruitment. One problem for them is that family and friends increasingly turn the jihadi in. That is what happened to Abdulmutallab and it would have foiled his mission if Cheney had devoted more energy to interagency cooperation during the last 8 years.
The reason that Muslims turn in a relative or friend who goes off the deep end about America is that they know America is not evil.
Cheney’s methods and values are aimed at convincing them otherwise.
Cheney turned on the American values of the Founding Fathers in the 1970s, when he was defending Tricky Dick Nixon and a quagmire in southeast Asia, and he has only gone further and further toward the Dark Side ever since.
If we can’t try him, can’t we at least try to get him North Korean citizenship, since he seems to like authoritarian values better than American ones? Plus, he and Kim Jong-Il both like pretending they are James Bond– they’d get along famously.
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