EU Africa-Middle East Energy Conference - 1 November 2007

The EU-Africa-Middle East Energy Conference will take place on the 1st November 2007 in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt with the participation of European Commission and key energy players from the region. Benita Ferrero-Waldner

Co-organized by External Relations Commissioner, Benita Ferrero-Waldner, and Ahmed Ali Aboul Gheit, Minister of Foreign Affairs from the Arab Republic of Egypt, (see photo right)  the conference will include keynote statements by Manuel Pinho, Minister of Economy and Innovation of Portugal; Andris Piebalgs, European Commissioner for Energy; Eng. Sameh Fahmi, Minister of Petroleum and Mineral Resources and Hassan Ahmed Younes, Minister of Electricity and Energy, of the Arab Republic of Egypt as well interventions from Ministers and delegations from the EU, Africa and Middle East, including regional organizations and international financial institutions.

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Euro-Mediterranean Partnership: advancing regional co-operation to support peace, progress and inter-cultural dialogue

Commissioner for External Relations and European Neighbourhood Policy, Benita Ferrero-Waldner will attend a ministerial meeting of Euro-Mediterranean Partners in Lisbon on 4/5 November. The meeting will review progress on the implementation of the 5-Year work programme agreed at the Barcelona Summit in 2005 and outline the priorities for 2008. The Foreign Ministers will discuss how to pursue this reform agenda, to bring concrete results, suggest further activities for the Code of Conduct on countering terrorism and discuss the Middle East Peace Process and situation in the region. During the meeting in Lisbon the Commissioner will participate in separate Troikas meetings with the Israeli delegation and the Arab group and take part in bilateral meetings with Euro-Mediterranean partners. Lees verder...

PRESSEERKLÄRUNG

des „Bundesverbandes der Bürgerbewegungen zur Bewahrung von Demokratie, Heimat und Menschenrechten e.V" (BDB) zu aktuellen Drohungen gegen Stefan Herre (PI) und andere Islamkritiker

„Gegner des Tötens haben keinen Platz im Islam. Unser Prophet tötete mit seinen eigenen gesegneten Händen" (Ayatollah Sadeq Khalkhali, zitiert von Amir Taheri, „Morden für Allah", S. 71)

Es scheint für die politische Linke nur noch ein zu bedauerndes Relikt der Geschichte zu sein, dass Verfechter von Freiheit und Demokratie aufgrund ihrer Überzeugung mit dem Tode bedroht, verfolgt und ermordet wurden. Rosa Luxemburg („Freiheit ist die Freiheit des Andersdenkenden")

mag nicht mehr deren Vorbild sein, eher denn schon Erich Mielke („Kurzer Prozess. Weil ich ein Humanist bin."). Nicht mehr Sophie Scholl ("Schuldig ist, der nicht protestiert, wo er kann") gibt ihnen den Handlungsspielraum vor, sondern Oskar Lafontaine ("Wir alle neigen dazu, uns unsere Welt schönzureden.")

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Kosovo Muslim separatists turn to Islamic world

October 29th, 2007

An effort is underway by the Muslim Albanian leaders to mobilize the Islamic world in order to exert a unified pressure on the Western powers to recognize Kosovo’s Muslim unilateral independence.

The first to plead for independence to the Islamic world was Veton Surroi who wrote on October 5, 2007 at the Saudi Gazette where he was identified by the Saudis as an “editor-in-chief of Koha Ditore, the main paper of Kosovo’s Albanian Muslims.”

Over the weekend, Albania’s President Sali Berisha went to Egypt to solicit help in recognizing Kosovo’s independence.

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Turkish Government Imposes News Blackout of Military Movements

By Andrew Cochran

The Turkish government has embargoed Turkish radio and television from reporting much of what is happening on the Iraqi border. The Turkish Radio and Television Supreme Council (RTÜK) announced the news blackout on Tuesday (read a confirmation article from Turkish Daily News about the embargo). The print media, while technically protected by the Turkish constitution, is also cautious in its reporting.

The New Anatolian webservers have been down for four days following publication of certain operational details. See http://ns1.thenewanatolian.com and http://ns2.thenewanatolian.com. Both are returning SERVFAIL messages, and you can see a confirmation message that the New Anatolian is unreachable. The Zaman news organization is walking on thin ice, with its publication of information about 11 Turkish combat battalions on the Iraqi border.

As an incursion proceeds, expect less reporting on operational details and more coverage of Turkish government statements and diplomatic efforts.

Current Trends in Jihadi Networks in Europe

Lorenzo Vidino has an article in the new issue of the Jamestown Foundation's Terrorism Monitor, entitled Current Trends in Jihadi Networks in Europe. The article analyzes 5 trends: homegrown or part of a network, primary and secondary fields of jihad, the Muslim ghetto subculture, the spread to the countryside and the spread to Eastern Europe:

The terrorist related events that took place during the summer in Europe—the doctors' plot in Great Britain, the dismantling of various cells in Italy, Austria and Spain, and, finally, the September arrests in Germany and Denmark—have confirmed that Europe is a key staging ground for jihadi activities. Although large differences exist from country to country and within various subgroups in the ever-evolving underworld of jihadi networks in Europe, it is possible to identify some current trends that, in one way or another, are common to the whole continent.

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Jihad, Islamism, and the Challenge of Anti-Freedom Ideologies

By Jeffrey Imm

As previously discussed, large segments of America and the West have a continuing dangerous denial on Jihad. But what of political Islamism itself?  How does it factor into a blueprint strategy in addressing our national security issues?

In the documentary "Islam versus Islamism", anti-terrorist Muslim Dr. Zuhdi Jasser states: "a majority, I believe, look at the lens of politics through an Islamist lens... if we hand them the mantle of religion that they seek to exploit for their own geopolitical issues all over the globe, then we are going to really lose this war."

Any blueprint strategy for national security must define Jihad, must address it within the national security threat, and must also define a national policy on the ideology of political Islamism... a topic where there is a deafening silence from among American political leadership.  Instead of referring to ambiguous terms such as "extremists", it is vital to refer to the specific political ideology of Islamism and examine its impact on Jihad, on national security, and on American foreign policy.

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Dänemark: Mordanschlag auf Menschenrechtler

overfald-demo-2.jpgDie Gerüchte machten schon eine Weile die Runde, jetzt liegen die ersten authentischen Berichte vor. Verschwiegen von den Massenmedien hat es am vergangenen Sonntag in Kopenhagen einen Mordanschlag auf dänische Menschenrechtler mit mehreren Verletzten gegeben. Die Opfer, darunter auch Anders Gravers von der islamkritischen Bürgerinitiative SIOD, waren auf dem Weg zu einer Demonstration gegen die Verletzung von Menschenrechten in Saudi Arabien. Eine Abordnung der Wüstendiktatur befand sich in Kopenhagen, um die Dänen über den Umgang mit Muslimen im Lande zu belehren. Lees verder...

Kan Nederlandse officier dienen in Turks leger?

donderdag 25 oktober 2007 10:19

De dubbele nationaliteit in een multiculturele samenleving kan een bron van problemen zijn. Uiteraard moeten niet onmiddellijk een koppeling maken tussen dubbele nationaliteit en loyaliteit. Je kunt een dubbele nationaliteit hebben en ook loyaal zijn aan één land. In dat geval heeft één van die nationaliteiten een symbolische en geen reële waarde.

Niet het papier, maar de praktijk is doorslaggevend voor het beantwoorden van de vraag of iemand loyaal is aan zijn land.

De NSB'ers vormen daarbij een mooi voorbeeld: ze hadden alleen de Nederlandse nationaliteit, maar in feite waren ze ook trouw aan nazi-Duitsland.

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Questions Rise In Turkish Media As To How PKK Succeeded To Kill 12, Wound 16 And Kidnap 8 Turkish Soldiers; Did U.S. Provide Intelligence To PKK?

Some Turkish columnists are asking questions about how over 200 PKK terrorists could have infiltrated into Turkey at midnight last Sunday without being noticed by the many thermal cameras along the border, and whether or not PKK was given intelligence information either by the U.S. or moles inside the military.

Serdar Akinan of Aksam who complains about the government’s silence about the circumstances under which the tragedy befell the soldiers, asks, “Do we know how many U.S. helicopters were flying in the area before and after the attack? Is it possible or true that the U.S. provided the Kurdish terrorists in Qandil with intelligence support, aerial photographs and other data?”

Source: Aksam, Turkey , October 23, 2007

Bush and Putin Rough out Breakthrough Strategic Deal for Dumping Iran

DEBKAfile Special Report

October 23, 2007, 7:43 PM (GMT+02:00)

From Tehran to Washington

From Tehran to Washington

The first hint that a strategic deal was brewing was dropped by Russian President Vladimir Putin. At a news conference in Tehran last week, he alluded to a shift in the controversy with Washington which might settle his dispute with President George W. Bush on the US missile shield in East Europe.

His comment went largely unnoticed - except by officials in Tehran, who noted his reference to a possible understanding with the Americans – though not with Iran.

Then, on Monday, Oct. 22, Bush and Putin talked at length on the phone and made further progress towards an understanding.

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Turkish warplanes and helicopter gun-ships attack Kurdish rebels along Iraqi border Wednesday, order troops to cross over in pursuit

October 24, 2007, 8:48 PM (GMT+02:00)

A Turkish lawmaker disclosed that the Turkish attack began Sunday, Oct. 21, after more than 12 Turkish troops were killed in an ambush by rebel Kurdish PKK guerrillas. He said F-16 jets and artillery pounded at least 63 rebel positions inside the Kurdish-controlled region and 300 Turkish commandoes were dropped by helicopter into Iraq to hunt down PKK fighters.

There were other reports of Cobra and Super Cobra attack helicopters chasing Kurdish rebels three miles into Iraqi territory after Sunday’s deadly PKK ambush. According to earlier reports, the Turkish counter-attack left 32 Kurdish rebels dead and eight soldiers fell into PKK hands and are still missing.

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Drohungen gegen PI-Gründer Stefan Herre

Liebe Leser,

gestern wurde Stefan Herre telefonisch bedroht. Vorfälle dieser Art hat Stefan Herre schon oft erlebt. Wer die Tabus des politisch korrekten Zeitgeistes mißachtet, zieht Aggression auf sich. Doch die sich an Intensität ständig steigernde Rufmordkampagne gegen unser Engagement für die Wahrung von Grundgesetz und Menschenrechten trägt Früchte. Wir sind gezwungen, die massiv zunehmenden Risiken für uns und unsere Familien mit dem Engagement in diesem Blog abzuwägen. Wir haben darum beschlossen, bis Mittwoch eine Pause einzulegen. Der Kommentarbereich bleibt offen.

Um ca. 7 Uhr klingelte mein Handy. Am Telefon ein Mann mit süddeutschem Akzent (vielleicht aber auch hessisch). Kein Ausländer.- “Ist da Stefan Herre?”
- “Ja, warum?”
- “Ich stehe vor deiner Tür. Ich hab ein rotes Auto. Komm raus.”
- “Wieso sollte ich?”
- “Es wird Zeit für dich…”
Ich lege auf.10 Sek. später wieder ein Anruf. Ich drücke sogleich die Lösch-Taste.Dann wieder ein Anruf. Meine Frau geht ran, schnauzt ihn an und legt dann auf.

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Cartoons Bundesverband der Bürgerbewegungen

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A Hazy Outlook for Private Oil Firms

October 22, 2007
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At first blush, the two major stories dominating energy-market headlines seem an odd pairing. Even as oil prices skyrocket—they jumped over 10 percent in less than a week in mid-October, setting new records by surpassing eighty-eight dollars a barrel—news reports indicate that Warren Buffett, considered one of the world’s shrewdest investors, may be selling (AP) the last of his stake in PetroChina, China’s leading oil firm. Activists have long protested Buffett’s PetroChina holdings, saying the investment supports a company that operates in Sudan’s Darfur region. Some human rights groups thus claimed victory (WSJ) at the news of Buffett’s divestment. Yet industry experts poke holes in the idea that Buffett is caving on the Darfur question—similar pressures existed when he first purchased PetroChina shares in 2003—and highlight other, more pecuniary explanations for the sale.

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‘Ik vind dat de islam niet als geloof moet worden behandeld’

Ex-moslim Wafa Sultan ’Er is geen beschaving in de islamitische geschiedenis’

Door: Bahram Sadeghi
Wafa Sultan is een 59-jarige Amerikaanse psychiater, geboren en getogen in Syrië. Ze woont nu achttien jaar in Amerika. Na de aanslagen van 11 september 2001 begaf ze zich geregeld in het politieke debat over de islam en geweld, maar werd pas beroemd na een geruchtmakend interview op de Arabische zender Al Jazeera. Ze trok hierin fel van leer tegen een imam. Haar ster is sindsdien rijzende. Time Magazine riep haar uit tot een van de invloedrijkste mensen van 2006.

Ik word zachtjes op mijn schouder getikt. Een forse, blanke man vraagt op gedempte toon of ik op iemand zit te wachten. Geschrokken van deze onverwachte benadering zeg ik dat ik om twaalf uur op deze plek (lobby van een chique hotel in een kleine gemeente in Californië) een afspraak met Wafa Sultan heb. Of ik een wapen bij me draag, vraagt hij, alsof mijn antwoord ook ja had kunnen zij

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DEBKAfile: Washington asks Jerusalem to clarify the Israeli dossier on North Korean-aided Syrian nuclear and missile activity presented by Turkish foreign minister to Assad

The New York Times reveals that Turkish officials presented Damascus on Oct. 6, with an “Israeli dossier” on a Syrian nuclear program [which Israeli relayed to Washington before its Sept. 6 air strike]. However Assad “vigorously denied the intelligence and said that what the Israelis had hit was a “storage depot for strategic missiles.”

DEBKAfile’s sources add: Turkish foreign minister Ali Babacan, who presented the Israeli dossier to president Bashar Assad, also delivered his reply to Israeli prime minister Ehud Olmert in a one-on-one conversation in Jerusalem Oct. 7. Washington is now demanding Israel’s response to Assad’s claim. The purpose of relaying the “Israeli dossier” to Ankara in the first place was to demonstrate that Syrian nuclear activity aided by North Korea potentially menaced neighboring Turkey as well as US regional interests and Israel.

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Frauen müssen Schleier tragen

Von Pierre Heumann

Die radikal-islamische Hamas verliert den Rückhalt der Palästinenser – und zieht die Zügel an. So berichtet die Menschenrechtsorganisation „Palestinian Centre for Human Rights“ fast täglich von neuen Folterfällen. Gewalttaten mit oft tödlichem Ausgang oder Entführungen durch die Polizeitruppen der Hamas sind an der Tagesordnung. Und ohne Kopftuch wagen sich die meisten Frauen nicht mehr auf die Straße.

GAZA-STADT. Die promovierte Pharmakologin und Fatah-Aktivistin Amani Abu Rahmeh hatte Freude an ihrem Beruf. Im palästinensischen Gesundheitsministerium war sie für die Versorgung mit Medikamenten in Gaza zuständig. Doch jetzt sitzt sie zu Hause. Notgedrungen. „Ich gehöre der falschen Partei an“, sagt sie zynisch. Weil sie die Fatah unterstützt und keine Begeisterung für die radikal-islamische Hamas zeigt, die seit dem Sommer Gaza kontrolliert, darf sie sich nicht mehr in ihrem Büro zeigen. „Als ob Gesundheit etwas mit Politik zu tun hätte“, sagt sie anklagend.

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Islamfeindlichkeit in westlicher Welt nimmt zu

In Spanien hat die internationale Konferenz zu Intoleranz gegenüber Muslimen im Westen begonnen. Der spanische Außenminister Miguel Angel Moratinos forderte zum Auftakt "entschiedene Fortschritte" im Kampf gegen die zunehmende Islamophobie.

CORDOBA - Nationale und internationale Erhebungen belegten den Anstieg feindlicher Einstellungen gegenüber dem Islam und anti-muslimischen Verhaltens seit 2001, so Moratinos weiter. Der Generalsekretär der Arabischen Liga, Amr Mussa, begrüßte die Konferenz als eine "sehr wichtige Initiative".

Sowohl in der Arbeitswelt als auch im Bildungswesen und auf dem Wohnungsmarkt würden Muslime zunehmend auf Ablehnung stoßen, sagte Moratinos. "Zweifellos hat die Zunahme des internationalen Terrorismus dieses Phänomen verstärkt", fügte der spanische Außenminister hinzu.

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How the truth is removed from history

Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan Calls President Bush On Genocide Bill

In a phone call to the U.S. President, PM Erdogan told him that the strategic partnership between the two countries will be harmed if the U.S. Congress passes the bill on Armenian “genocide”. Erdogan said that this bill will not serve the interests of Turkey or the U.S.; and will hurt the chances for developing any relations between Turkey and Armenia . It was reported that President Bush told PM Erdogan that he understood him, that he too was concerned about the resolution and that he and his team would work hard to prevent its passage.

It is unclear how much influence the Bush administration will have in the Congress now dominated by Democrats who are more submissive to the demands of the Armenian Diaspora.

Turkey is a key NATO ally of Washington that supports the U.S. needs in the region, in

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Source: All Turkish dailies and TV channels, October 6, 2007

Muslim Albanians lynch then hang a pig

Muslim Albanians lynch then hang a pig while looting, killing and burning down a Christian Serb farm in a Kosovo village of Obilic. Muslims consider pigs vile. (Photo: 2004 KiM)

Turks at Europe’s Gates

October 5, 2007
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There were no hidden messages in Turkish President Abdullah Gul’s first major trip abroad since taking office in late August 2007. Gul traveled not to Iraq, where tensions with Turkey are running high; not to Germany, a major center of the Turkish diaspora; not to the United States, Turkey’s primary security partner. Instead, he traveled to Council of Europe meetings in Strasbourg, France (Turkish Daily News). “We specifically chose Strasbourg,” Gul explained. “The Council of Europe is an institution that Turkey has been in since 1948. It is a school for Europe. Democracy, human rights, and supremacy of the law are pillars here.” Gul’s point was clear: he hopes to reaffirm Turkey’s fervent desire for European Union (EU) accession and reiterate the country’s efforts to reform on issues like democracy and human rights, where it meets rebuke from EU ministers (CNN).

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Islamist Demands On THY Flights: Turn The Plane Towards Mecca So We Can Pray

It is reported that some Islamist passengers on Turkish Airlines flights mostly from Germany, Austria, and Netherlands en route to Turkey are demanding that the plane turns towards Mecca , for their prayers.

Cagatay Uysal of the Dispatchers Association said that recently the flight crews are confronted with some passenger requests that cannot be fulfilled. Uysal said that especially close to namaz (Islamic prayer) time, some passengers ask that the plane turns towards Mecca , or some ask which direction is South. The crew members, unable to assist, answer that “ Mecca is in our heart”.

 

Source: Vatan, Turkey , October 1, 2007



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Austria: Attack on US Embassy in Vienna Foiled

By Jeffrey Imm

Three weeks after the arrest of suspected Jihadists in Austria, today the U.S. Embassy in Vienna foiled an apparent nail bomb attack by a 42 year old Bosnian man. The Bosnian man, who lives in Austria, was stopped with a backpack with hand grenades, nails, and Islamic literature as he tried to enter the U.S. Embassy in Vienna today. The Daily Telegraph reports that Doris Edelbacher, of Austria's counterterrorism office stated "There were a lot of nails in that bag. Had it exploded, it would have had an enormous shrapnel effect". The Bosnian man was detained after the metal detector stopped him and he attempted to flee, and the man is now being questioned.

Today's apparent attempted nail bomb attack on the U.S. Embassy in Vienna is one of a series of disturbing Jihadist activity growing in Austria.

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Congress approves $1.2 billion worth of US-funded Israeli arms purchases, including 50 huge GBU-28 guided bunker busters

October 2, 2007, 10:30 PM (GMT+02:00)

American GBU-28 guided bunker buster sold to Israel

American GBU-28 guided bunker buster sold to Israel

DEBKAfile’s military sources report the package, discussed by US Pentagon and Israel defense ministry officials, aims at replenishing the seriously depleted Israel Air Force stocks of missiles, bombs and fuel to their level prior to the 2006 Lebanon war, ready for any potential war contingency. Some of these items will be delivered shortly; others over a five-year period.

They include thousands of missiles, tens of thousands of new bombs worth $799 million and 132 million gallons of jet fuel worth $308 million.

The accent of this consignment will be on the heaviest American bombs designed for such subterranean targets as the bunker fortresses of Iran, Syria and Lebanon’s Hizballah and on operating and guidance systems for upgrading Israeli Air Force ammunition.

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Why Vienna?

October 1st, 2007

According to an AP report, authorities have arrested a Bosnian Muslim during his apparent attempt to blow himself up inside the US Embassy in Vienna.

Back in August, however, former member of Bosnia’s anti terrorist task force, Slobodan Radulj warned that there is an increasing possibility of an Islamist suicide attacks against the Serb Republic in Bosnia. His warning was backed up by intelligence Serbian spies have and are gathering on the Bosnian Muslims who are increasingly joining the ranks of the world’s Jihad.

Radulj was also remarkably precise to single out a Bosnian Muslim Imam, Ahmed Dzinovic, who preaches out of an Austrian town of Graz, a stone throw away from Vienna.

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Saudi Mufti Issues Fatwa Prohibiting Saudi Youth From Engaging In Jihad Abroad

Yesterday, on October 1, 2007, Saudi Mufti Sheikh Abd Al-'Aziz bin Abdallah Aal Al-Sheikh issued a fatwa prohibiting Saudi youth from engaging in jihad abroad. In his fatwa, he stated that setting forth to wage jihad without authorization by the ruler is a serious transgression, and that young Saudis who do so are being misled by suspicious elements from both the East and the West who are exploiting them in order to accomplish their own aims, and who are actually causing serious damage to Saudi Arabia, Islam, and the Muslims.

This comes against the backdrop of a recent public debate in Saudi Arabia regarding the involvement of Saudi nationals in terrorist activities throughout the world. The debate was triggered by numerous news items indicating that Saudi nationals were participating in terrorist operations in Iraq and in the Nahr Al-Bared refugee camp in Lebanon. [1]

The following are excerpts from the mufti's fatwa, as published in the Saudi press in both Saudi Arabia and London: [2]

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Austria: Attack on US Embassy in Vienna Foiled

By Jeffrey Imm

Three weeks after the arrest of suspected Jihadists in Austria, today the U.S. Embassy in Vienna foiled an apparent nail bomb attack by a 42 year old Bosnian man. The Bosnian man, who lives in Austria, was stopped with a backpack with hand grenades, nails, and Islamic literature as he tried to enter the U.S. Embassy in Vienna today. The Daily Telegraph reports that Doris Edelbacher, of Austria's counterterrorism office stated "There were a lot of nails in that bag. Had it exploded, it would have had an enormous shrapnel effect". The Bosnian man was detained after the metal detector stopped him and he attempted to flee, and the man is now being questioned.

Today's apparent attempted nail bomb attack on the U.S. Embassy in Vienna is one of a series of disturbing Jihadist activity growing in Austria.

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Russia: Why The Kremlin Likes The CIA

October 1, 2007 (RFE/RL) -- Even by the standards of late Putin-era Russian television, the recent "special report" by Rossiya television journalist Arkady Mamontov entitled "Barkhat.ru" (Velvet.ru in English) raised eyebrows. The half-hour diatribe charged bluntly that the CIA, through Western NGOs, was responsible for "velvet revolutions" in Serbia and Montenegro, Georgia, Ukraine, and Kyrgyzstan -- and that now it has set its sights on Russia. (which is old news but apparently doubted by the author)

Mamontov has had a colorful career reporting from conflict zones since the 1990s and was the only Russian reporter allowed on the scene of the efforts to save the doomed crew of the "Kursk" nuclear submarine in August 2000. He was also the journalist behind the notorious "spy-rock" report alleging that British agents had attempted to gather intelligence by placing a large stone rigged with recording equipment on a Russian street. His latest report charges that the United States, having launched a war in Iraq that was ostensibly about democratizing the Middle East but was actually about oil, is engaged in an intricate campaign to snatch Russia's natural resources under a covert effort masked by democratic slogans and rhetoric.

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