October 29, 2008
The addition of Nadia Barhoum, a pro-Palestinian campus activist, to HRW's Middle East and North Africa Division, increases the political bias reflected in the activities and backgrounds of Sarah Leah Whitson, Joe Stork, and previous staff (Lucy Mair, formerly of Electronic Intifada). This is inconsistent with HRW’s claimed "even-handedness and accuracy. "
- Barhoum was an active member in Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) at the University of California, Berkeley. SJP promotes the Durban agenda of demonization of Israel, using terms such as "apartheid," as well as accusations of "mass atrocities. "
- In promoting divestment, Barhoum wrote: "Our university should not profit from bloodshed. Our university should not invest in apartheid. "
- At a Sabeel Conference, she participated in a "guerilla theater action" of a mock IDF checkpoint, claiming to raise awareness that "human rights are violated" by US tax dollars (through financial support of Israel).
- Barhoum's "Palestina" blog includes references to Israel as "a military state . . . ," Israeli "crimes against humanity," erases all traces of terror, and repeats Palestinian political messages: in Gaza, people "are starving because the israeli military refuses to open up the gazan border…. [sic]"
Suspect İbrahim Benli, who has been released though he still faces charges... attempted to enter the courtroom, saying,
"I want to hear who testifies in what way." Benli was detained in the Ergenekon investigation on March 21 of this year along with Cumhuriyet daily chief columnist İlhan Selçuk (later released due to poor health), former İstanbul University Rector Kemal Alemdaroğlu and Workers' Party (İP) Chairman Doğu Perinçek, who remain in custody.
Benli told reporters: "My house, my office and my daughter's house were searched by the police. So many things have happened, and now the court is telling me not to come. This is unacceptable. I am being accused of hosting a dinner on Dec. 9, 2007 in my house in Çatalca attended by Doğu Perinçek, Güler Kömürcü and Kemal Alemdaroğlu. In that meeting, Perinçek sang folk songs. Tolga Yarman played the piano. They called this a 'clandestine meeting.' They said I was providing 'armed training.' The only thing I did was cook kebabs. I was turned into a gang member. Now I want to listen to the hearing, even if they tell me not to come. I want to hear who says what in their testimonies."
Source: Zaman (Turkey), October 23, 2008
have been traveling, but am somewhat surprised at how little attention the recent multi-country drug bust firmly tying Hezbollah to Latin American drug trafficking structures
This is the clearest publicly-available case that shows how organized criminal groups and terrorist organizations are broadening and strengthening their links. The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), responsible for several significant busts recently, led this one too.
The operation has been underway for several years, and has yielded a trove of information on Hezbollah’s ties to the Lebanese diaspora in Latin America, and the money ring that stretches through Venezuela, Panama, Guatemala, Hong Kong, the United States, Europe and Lebanon. The size of the network, the ability to function across religious and ethnic lines, and ability of all groups to profit from the criminal enterprise should give one pause.
Vor zwei Wochen erstand ich auf einem Flohmarkt für 2 Euro die deutsche Erstausgabe von Alan Bullocks Hitler-Biographie von 1960. Mit 15 hatte ich sie zum ersten Mal in einer Bibliothek ausgeliehen und inzwischen jeden Buchstaben vergessen. Jetzt, beim Überfliegen ist mir aktuell diese Stelle aufgefallen:
U.S. Government, American Jews
In recent articles, several Arab columnists wrote that the global economic crisis is the result of a conspiracy by the U.S. government, by American Jews, and/or by the Zionists. They claimed that the conspirators were aiming to prevent the establishment of a Palestinian state, to seize Arab wealth, and to take over the global economy - all as a means of increasing their influence in the world.
Following are excerpts from the articles:
Egyptian Parliamentary Foreign Liaison Committee Head: Economic Crisis "Part of Global Political Conspiracy"
Die linke Gleichmacher-Ideologie hat uns die Finanzkrise eingebrockt und nicht etwa die Spekulanten der Wallstreet. Man kann den Linken zwar nicht vorwerfen, diese bewusst herbeigeführt zu haben, deren Auslöser aber waren sie allemal.
From DEBKA-Net-Weekly updated by DEBKAfile
October 25, 2008
As part of the incipient thaw in US relations with Damascus, US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has relayed a friendly message to Hamas political leader Khalid Meshaal through Syrian foreign minister Walid Muallem’s aides.
The message, described by Moussa Abu Marzouk, one of the heads of Hamas’ Damascus headquarters, as a “verbal communication.” was received as four Syrian divisions completed their deployment on Lebanon’s borders last week (see exclusive map). In the message, Rice praised the Palestinian terrorist group for halting its missile fire into Israel.
24 October 2008
Zagreb _ Croatia’s President called an emergency session of the National Security Council after Thursday’s car bombing in which a prominent journalist and his marketing chief were killed.
Croatian Gangster Style Killing Sparks Anger
Croatian Journalist Escapes Murder Attempt
By Tena Erceg in Zagreb
Earlier President Stjepan Mesic had called for institutions to do all they can to bring a halt to these incidents.
"Terrorism has arrived to the streets of Croatia's capital. It is a completely new challenge to everyone. The state institutions must react immediately and fiercely. Society must be united, there is no more time for waiting – it’s either us or them," he urged.
24 October 2008
Sofia _ The only way Bulgaria’s main ethnic Turk party can retain power is to stoke terrorism and inter-ethnic conflict, the Mayor of Sofia and opposition leader, Boyko Borisov claims.
In a statement set to ratchet up the tensions ahead of next year’s parliamentary elections, the mayor of the Bulgarian capital and the informal leader of the GERB party took a direct swipe at the ethnic Turkish party, The Movement for Rights and Freedoms, which is one of the three parties in the current ruling coalition.
The party has been a junior partner in Bulgaria's governing coalitions since 2001.
But Borisov argued that the Movement for Rights and Freedoms leader, Ahmed Dogan had finally understood his party would not retain power when GERB heads the next government of the country.
Tuesday 21 October 2008
Speaking at the European Parliament, French President Nicolas Sarkozy pushed for a coordinated response to the financial crisis and called for the creation of an "economic government" to work with the European Central Bank.
French President Nicolas Sarkozy called Tuesday for "clearly identified economic government" for the eurozone, working alongside the European Central Bank.
"It is not possible for the eurozone to continue without clearly identified economic government" Sarkozy told the European Parliament in Strasbourg.
The European Central Bank, currently the only joint institution overseeing the 15-nation eurozone, "must be independent," but the Frankfurt-based monetary body "should be able to discuss with an economic government," Sarkozy added.
Verehrte PI-Leser. Seit langer Zeit nun lese ich mit großen Interessen den PI-News Blog und beschäftige mich auch zusätzlich in meiner Freizeit mit der Thematik der voranschreitenden Islamisierung Europas und dem immer stärker werdenden linksextremen Gruppierungen und deren Übergriffe auf die Bevölkerung Deutschlands. Mein folgender Beitrag kann leider diese Situation nicht abschwächen, so gern ich auch positive Meldungen schreiben würde.
Die Produzenten von Obsession haben ihren neuen Film “The Third Jihad” vorgestellt. Er zeigt den Krieg, den uns die Medien verschweigen. Er offenbart den Feind, den sich viele Regierungen - auch die amerikanische - nicht beim Namen zu nennen trauen.
Eine der Personen, die sich nicht fürchtet, die Wahrheit zu sagen, ist Dr. Zuhdi Jasser, ein muslimischer Amerikaner und früherer Arzt im US-Kongress. Nachdem das FBI ein radikal-islamisches Manifest ans Tageslicht gebracht hat, das beschreibt, wie Amerika aus dem Inneren zu zerstören sei, beschließt Jasser, Nachforschungen anzustellen. Der “Dritte Dschihad” handelt davon, was er entdeckt hat. Es werden Interviews geführt mit radikalen Islamisten in den USA und mit bekannnten Persönlichkeiten, die versuchen, sie aufzuhalten, wie zum Beispiel Rudy Giuliani, Jim Woolsey, der unter Clinton CIA-Direktor war, New Yorks Polizei-Kommissar Ray Kelly, Senator Joe Lieberman, der frühere Sekretär der Homeland Security, Tom Ridge, und das frühere Mitglied einer terroristischen Gruppierung, Tawfik Hamid.
By Walid Phares
In the Western debate on how best to counter the rise and expansion of the Jihadi movement, particularly the Salafists, within liberal democracies, European experiences are important because of the sheer numbers of militants and the dissemination within many urban areas. France's counter terrorism experiences are one among these learning processes for all other European Govenrment but also for North American CT planning as well. In an article I published in the Middle East Times today I commented on France's Interior Minister remarks on the state of confrontation with the Jihadists. In a recent series of seminars in Paris, which I will report about on CTB, I also interacted with a number of French legislators and CT officials dealing with the French involvement in Afghanistan and the Sahel. In short, France is heading towards "increasing engagement with al Qaeda on two continents, Asia and Africa, as well as at home. Below is the article:
Klagenfurt. 30.000 rechtspopulistische Menschen haben gestern in einer rechtspopulistischen Trauerfeier dem Rechtspopulisten Jörg Haider die letzte rechtspopulistische Ehre erwiesen. Vielen Rechtspopulisten scheint es, als sei mit dem rechtspopulistischen Tod des österreichischen Rechtspopulisten „die rechtspopulistische Sonne vom rechtspopulistischen Himmel gefallen“.
By Carl Savich | Blog
October 15, 2008
The Bosnian Muslim Government and Army of Alija Izetbegovic reformed and revived the Bosnian Muslim Nazi SS Division from World War II. This startling fact was first revealed by British journalist and military analyst Robert Fox in the Daily Telegraph news report from December 29, 1993. The report was entitled “Albanians and Afghans Fight for the Heirs to Bosnia’s SS Past” and was reported from Fojnica in central Bosnia. This was one of the most remarkable stories to emerge during the Bosnian civil war. The Bosnian Muslim Government and Army had reformed a Nazi SS Division right under the eyes of the U.S. and Western media. And only Robert Fox caught it. That is a remarkable example of media censorship and collusion to cover-up the facts. And this was accomplished the U.S. and Western media.