More On Green Helmet Guy In Gaza
Today, Lumberjack stopped by with a link to another photo which seems to show Green Helmet Guy in Gaza.
From Fars News Agency:
The photograph is from this sequence.
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As 'Zena' walks home from the shop where she works, she takes in the
scene around her. It's an ordinary day, but... she clocks everything about her
surroundings -- number plates on passing cars, a man at the bus stop, two women
chatting... in the pub window. She's walking briskly, too; if she's even a few
minutes late home, her husband Jack will start to worry.
Zena, 37, a British Muslim, is one of the many women in the UK who has
taken the extreme measure of changing her identity. She and Jack... have lived
as runaways since Zena refused to be forced into an arranged marriage when she
My brother answered and said I had brought shame on the family, that we were
both walking corpses and our bodies would end up in several bin liners. He said
they'd send a bounty hunter to track us down.
I have six different routes to get home from work so there's less chance of me
being followed. We know it takes seven seconds for someone to get from the front
door to our bedroom, so I've got enough time to get out of the window.
Our way of life is under attack. And we are not fighting back. Deep
down, we know that when a woman has disgraced her family, nothing will restore
honor except by killing her. This is understood in Jordan, Syria, Yemen,
Lebanon, Egypt, the Gaza strip and the West Bank. So why are we Arabs telling
the Western press that honor killing is cultural, that it is not really part of
Islam? Our way of life is based on maintaining our honor. And make no mistake
about it: a woman does tarnish her family's honor by engaging in pre-marital
sex, or by getting herself raped, when she seeks divorce and when she marries
against her family's wishes.
Jamie, 18, cannot tie his shoelaces or leave home on his own, nor can he understand simple verbal concepts such as whether a door is open or shut. But his parents said that he was charged with attacking a fellow student, an Asian girl who also had special needs.Not an unusual action from one with Down's Syndrome, but his rejection of her led to charges of lawbreaking, in part because the "Asian" girl
The incident in question took place last September at the special needs department of Motherwell College, in Lanarkshire, where Jamie is a student. Fiona Bauld, Jamie’s mother and full-time carer, claimed that the Asian student, who is only slightly older than Jamie, had been following her son and staring at him. Jamie had earlier complained to his parents that her behaviour scared him, and they had advised him just to walk away.
But one day, his mother said, the girl came close up to Jamie as he was eating lunch. He pushed her with one hand and told her to go away....
had scratched her own face to mark it and referred to herself as “blackface”.The police at first told the Baulds that no legal consequences would occur.
Mrs Bauld said: “The incident was blown out of all proportion. I can’t believe that two special needs people should be dealt with like this. The whole thing was handled so badly.”Here is a picture of Jamie and his mother:
[O]ne night shortly after Christmas, as the family watched TV, Fiona realised to her horror that Jamie was not as oblivious as she'd hoped.It is the insane climate of political correctness which led to a legal and emotional situation which should never have transpired at all.
A scene featuring a prison appeared on screen, at which point Jamie said quietly: "I don't want to go to jail, Mum. Please don't let them take me away." He then burst into tears.
"I rushed over, put my arms around him and told him everything was going to be fine," says Fiona.
"All through this nightmare I've done my best to put on a smile and act normally around Jamie, simply to protect him from everything that was happening. But that night, as he sobbed in my arms, I wasn't sure everything would be OK.
"My worst fear was that Jamie would be taken away somewhere that I wouldn't be able to protect him. I said: 'Jamie, you're not going to prison', but I found myself in tears, too."
When Fiona - who lives in Cumbernauld, Lanarkshire, with her husband James, 46, a telecommunications contractor, and their daughter Stephanie, 17 - uses the word "nightmare" she is making no understatement.
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TEHRAN (AFP) — A high-ranking Iranian cleric on Friday said the country should grow into a military super power to defend all Muslims, following an army parade at a time of mounting tension with the West.
"In a not so distant future, we should reach a point to have the most powerful military equipment in the world so that no one even think about invading our borders." Ayatollah Ahmad Jannati said in his Friday prayer sermon carried live on state radio.
"And not only that of the Islamic republic, but also the borders of Islam ... We must defend oppressed Muslims everywhere so that the enemies do not dare to attack Afghanistan, Palestine and Iraq."
On Thursday's annual Army Day celebration in Tehran, dozens of fighter jets and other aircraft flew over the parade ground in a bid to show the power of the air force.
Also on display was Iran's Shahab-3 missile, whose range includes Israel and even the fringes of Europe.
The hardline cleric also vowed to cheering worshippers, who chanted "Death to America" and "Death to Israel," that their slogans will materialise.
"I tell you that the death of the United States has come. You shouted Death to the Shah and he died," Jannati said, referring to the monarch overthrown by the 1979 Islamic revolution and who died in exile.
Iran has a longstanding policy of not recognising Israel, and its rhetoric against the country has sharpened during the presidency of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.
The president has provoked international outrage by repeatedly predicting that Israel is doomed to disappear and talking about the collaps of great powers.
He courted more controversy by playing down the scale of the Holocaust.
Iran is at odds with the West over its disputed nuclear programme, which the United States and its allies fear could be used to make nuclear weapons. Iran insists it only wants to produce nuclear energy.
China has sharply increased the number of strategic nuclear warheads for its new DF-31 and JL-2 missiles, according to the Kanwa Asian Defense Review.
The newsletter reported April 11 that "China's stockpile of nuclear warheads has increased sharply, giving it preliminary capability to engage in three-dimensional nuclear strikes upon opponent targets."
The newest generation of Chinese strategic missile, including the Dong Feng-31, will narrow the gap between current Chinese, US and Russian ballistic missile designs. This system is a solid-fueled, three-stage mobile missile with a range of 8000 km carrying a 700 kg, one-megaton warhead. The DF-31 limited-range ICBM will give China a major strike capability that will be difficult to counterattack at any stage of its operation, from pre-flight mobile operations through terminal flight phases. As with the JL-1/DF-21 combination, the DF-31 and JL-2 are land-based and sea-based variants of the same missile. The cancelled DF-25 conventionally armed IRBM was to have been based on the first two stages of the DF-31, and the DF-41 long-range ICBM will use these two stages with a large-diameter third stage. Development of these missiles was accelerated following the successful test of their common 2m-diameter solid rocket motor in late 1983. The missile is apparently comparable in size and performance to the American TRIDENT C-4 long-range multiple-warhead three-stage solid fuel missile missile that is launched from submerged submarines.
The new JL-2 submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM) is the sea-based variant of the DF-31 land-mobile long-range missile. Development of these missiles was accelerated following the successful test of their common 2m-diameter solid rocket motor in late 1983. The missile is apparently roughly comparable in size and performance to the American TRIDENT C-4 long-range multiple-warhead three-stage solid fuel missile missile that is launched from submerged submarines.
The missile will reportedly carry either 3 or 4 MIRV (90kT each) or a single warhead with a yield of 250-1000 kT. Other reports suggest that each missile might be loaded with as many as six warheads. Most reports agree that the JL-2 will ahve a range of about 8,000 km, while some reports suggest that the missile will have an estimated range at least 9,000 kilometers.
Some sources suggest that China tested the JL-2 in 1999, but as of December 2000, construction of the first Type 094 had apparently been delayed, and the PLAN had yet to test-launch the JL-2.
China's nuclear build-up accelerated around 1995 as a result of new tensions over Taiwan, the report said.
Fearing U.S. intervention in a Taiwan conflict, China's Second Artillery Corps, the strategic nuclear forces service, "started to put forward such slogans as 'Using the Second Artillery Force to launch the first strike for decisive victory.'"
The change led to a new doctrine that called for moving away from balancing nuclear and conventional force capabilities to focusing more on nuclear capabilities.
"In terms of technologies, the [Second Artillery Corps] sped up the development of carrier vehicles for long-range strategic missiles including mainly DF-31 and JL-2," the report said.
The Chinese also conducted a life extension program for its DF-3 and D-4 missiles and produced more DF-5A ICBMs.
The report said that China has an estimated 300 to 400 warheads and will increase them to between 600 and 900 in the next five to eight years.
"With the above nuclear warhead expansion programs, China will have more nuclear warheads than the United Kingdom and France combined around 2015, or very likely close to the scale of Russia's nuclear warhead stockpile," the report said.
The DF-31 which is deployed form pre-surveyed mobile sites in central China CANNOT (it is thought) reach even Alaska from it's areas of deployments in central China, however all of Japan, Korea, Taiwan and Russia....
The JL-2 being fireable from submarines can reach ALL of the USA fm deployed positions assuming they can avoid US attack subs.
Is there any existential threat to China? Not from us, unless they are taking these measures because THEY THINK THEY KNOW we will fight to preserve Taiwan. If that is the case look for more cooperation with Iran and NoKo, as well
RAMALLAH, West Bank — The Palestinian West Bank...got a boost on Monday: the announcement of a plan, led by the American government, to help tens of thousands of people buy homes.Tony Blair has at least a public-relations role in the program:
The plan, which establishes a $500 million mortgage company, aims to build 10 new neighborhoods over the next five years and, in the process, create thousands of jobs in construction and real estate. In doing so, it could improve the depressed local economy and the political prospects of the Palestinian president, Mahmoud Abbas, of the...Fatah party.
A secondary aim of the housing program is to send a message to the Gaza Strip, run by the Islamist party Hamas, that its citizens, too, could benefit from international generosity and economic progress if they restore Fatah’s authority, overturned by Hamas forces in a battle last June.
The new company’s name, Affordable Mortgage and Loan Company, yields the acronym AMAL, an Arabic word meaning hope.
Half of the money for the new mortgage company, $250 million, will come from the United States through the Overseas Private Investment Corporation. The rest will be from the Palestine Investment Fund, the International Finance Corporation of the World Bank and the Bank of Palestine, with a smaller contribution from the British government.
At a ceremony in Ramallah, Tony Blair, the former British prime minister who is representing the international community in helping the Palestinian Authority build institutions, called the plan “a major step forward for ordinary Palestinians.”Ah, yes, those "ordinary Palestinians." Might those be the ones who voted Hamas into office?
...Would John Kerry and Al Gore have been any different on this issue? Would they really have been worse? Or just the same.Attempting to buy off the enemy — what this kind of nation-building really is — will do nothing except embolden and enable the enemy. That lesson will be learned, but at the cost of many, many lives.
Speaking at the American University in Cairo after talks with Hamas leaders from, Carter said Palestinians in
Gaza were being "starved to death" and received fewer calories a day than people
in the poorest parts of Africa.
"It's an atrocity what is being perpetrated as punishment on the
people in Gaza. It's a crime... I think it is an abomination that this continues
to go on," Carter said.
So hungry, they are ready to eat human remains. Look at the guy on the right, the one with the face BLOATED with hunger. He can't take his eyes off that raw flesh. Why?
He's starving, that's why.
And, these guy, they are starving too. Starving, I tells ya'.
Survey: Nasrallah is the most admired leader in the Arab world
By Haaretz Service
Tags: Middle East, Israel
Hezbollah chief Sheikh Nassan Nasrallah is the most admired leader in the Arab world, according to a poll released recently by the Anwar Sadat Chair for Peace and Development at the University of Maryland.
Nasrallah seems to be gaining in popularity, with some 26 percent of respondents voicing support for him. Syrian President Bashar Assad also won an increase in popularity, according to the poll.
The survey also found that the majority of Arab public - in contrast to their governments - does not view Iran as a major threat.
Respondents said they believe Iran should be free to pursue its nuclear program and are opposed to international pressure to halt development. Some 44 percent of respondents said the outcome of a nuclear Iran would be beneficial for the region.
The poll found an increased interest within the Arab world regarding the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, with some 86 percent of respondents calling it one of the top three most important issues facing the refion.
A majority of respondents support a two-state solution based on 1967 borders but an increasing number voiced pessimism about its prospects.
Some 50 percent of respondents believe that the failure of a two-state solution would lead to continued conflict, 9 percent believe it would eventually lead to a one-state solution and 7 percent think the Palestinian will eventually surrender to Israel.
The survery also found that 18 percent of Arab respondents sympathize with Hamas over Fatah, while 38 percent voiced equal sympathy for the rival factions. Some 15 percent of respondents blame Hamas for the situation in Gaza, while 23 percent believe Fatah is to blame.
Some 83 percent of respondents, meanwhile, voiced an unfavorable view of the United States, while 70 percent express no confidence in the American government. Most Arabs, however, ranked the U.S. as among the leaders of freedom and democracy.
Yes, I know truly well this is not a gossiping blog. But the important thing is who is Kabaeva:
Russian leader Vladimir Putin is said to be getting ready to marry the Olympic medal winner gymnast Alina Kabaeva. Alina Kabaeva was born in Uzbekistan and her father is a Muslim Tatar. Putin quietly divorced his wife Lyudmila Aleksandrovna. According to the claims, Kabaeva and Putin will get married in mid-June. Marat Kabaeva is a former professional football player. Marat Kabaeva warned his future son-in-law: 'my daughter is a very sensitive girl; so, know how to make her happy.'"
You mean, George 'American is the bar to justice in the world' Soros'?
If you did, you saw more gotcha politics and distractions than questions about the pressing issues affecting our country.
In fact, it took more than 45 minutes before Barack was asked about the economy, health care, or foreign policy.
Regrettably, Senator Clinton seemed all too comfortable with that type of debate. She's running a 100% negative campaign in Pennsylvania, taking every opportunity to make personal and discredited attacks against Senator Obama.
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Former President Jimmy Carter has an interesting way of saying more than he
intends. He lusts in his heart. He turns to his 13-year-old daughter for foreign
policy wisdom. He titles a book, "Palestine Peace Not Apartheid." What Mr.
Carter means to say is that he is a flesh-and-blood human being, a caring
father, a missionary for peace. What he actually communicates is that he is
weirdly libidinal, scarily naive and obsessively hostile to Israel.
Now the 2002 Nobel laureate is in reprise mode. "In a democracy, I
realize you don't need to talk to the top leader to know how the country feels,"
he said over the weekend, responding to a question from an Israeli journalist
who noted that Mr. Carter had been snubbed by most of Israel's top leadership
and reprimanded by its president, Shimon Peres. "When I go to a dictatorship, I
only have to talk to one person and that's the dictator, because he speaks for
all the people."
Mr. Carter is on a tour of the Middle East, the most newsworthy aspect
of which is a scheduled meeting in Damascus with Khaled Mashal, the head of the
Palestinian terrorist group Hamas. More on that below. For now, ponder what he
could possibly have meant by this statement. On a charitable view, what Mr.
Carter had in mind is that in a democracy it is the people who ultimately make
the policy, whereas in a dictatorship it is only the dictator's opinion that
counts. Or as W.H. Auden put it, "Only the man behind the rifle [has] free
That's not quite what Mr. Carter said, however. He said the dictator
"speaks" for "all" the people, just as the people in a democracy speak for
themselves. Taken at face value, this is a reflection of every dictator's
conceit: that his will is also the general will, whether the people agree with
him or not. This is what Fidel Castro meant when he praised Cuba's elections, in
which only the Communist Party is on the ballot, as "the most democratic in the
world." Perhaps Mr. Carter has harbored similar views about the relative merits
of his opinion versus the people's since he was turned out of high office by 44
Yet a dictator does not speak for the people. Properly speaking, a
dictator speaks for none of the people. A dictator speaks only for himself,
while "the people" are transformed, through force and fear, into an abstraction,
an instrument, a rhetorical trope. On the contrary, it is only in a democracy
where the government can morally and lawfully be said to speak for the people,
since it was morally and lawfully chosen by the people to speak for them. Which
means that Mr. Carter has matters precisely backwards: It is in democracies such
as Israel where the views of the leadership matter most, and in dictatorships
such as Syria where they matter least. ...
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Mr. President, the United States must continue to stand strongly against the Mugabe government’s abuses of power in Zimbabwe. We must join with our European allies, the United Nations, and – most importantly – the countries and institutions of the region to press for positive change in Zimbabwe. That means a peaceful democratic transition in 2008, and support for economic growth and opportunity – including the lifting of sanctions – once the dark cloud of Mugabe’s rule is lifted, and Zimbabweans are able again to reach for the new horizon they deserve.
I call on President Mugabe to immediately release all political detainees and repeal the ban on political rallies, to end the use of violence and torture in the jails, permit a free media and abide by the rule of law….
“When Robert Mugabe became president over a quarter century ago, there was great hope. [There’s that “hope” again.] Zimbabwe had emerged from British rule, claiming its freedom and its future for itself.”
But we’ve learned that when it comes to Muslim values, it’s do as I say – not do as I do.
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Muslim countries call for action on WildersWhat other countries are in "the first batch"?
Wednesday 16 April 2008
Muslim members of the human rights commission of the United Nations want the Netherlands to take steps against Geert Wilders and his anti-Koran film Fitna, reports Trouw on Wednesday.
The comments came during a two-week meeting of the commission in which countries are being judged on their human rights.
Junior justice minister Nebahat Albayrak, who is part of the Dutch delegation, said the public prosecution department is looking into whether the film broke any laws.
Egypt had harsh words for the Dutch judge who said that as an MP Wilders had the right to criticise radical Islam and the Koran and that he was not inciting racial hatred. The judge's comments showed a lack of feeling for the duties and jurisprudence on human rights, the Egyptian delegate said.
The commission plans to hold three meetings each year until all 192 UN member countries have been judged on their human rights. The Netherlands is in the first batch of 16 countries.