GAZA - More than 4,000 people have been evacuated from flood-damaged homes in northern Gaza in what the United Nations has called "a disaster area", officials said on Saturday.
Flooding has been so severe that access to many homes is by rowing boat and water is reported to be two meters (more than six feet) high in some places. Many people have been trapped inside inundated homes by rising waters.
The flooding is the result of four days of torrential rains.
"Large swathes of northern Gaza are a disaster area with water as far as the eye can see," the United Nations Relief Works Agency (UNRWA) that administers refugee camps in the Palestinian territory, said in a statement.
The Gaza health ministry said 100 people had suffered injuries in the severe weather, which damaged poorly built homes in the coastal territory, including from car accidents on flooded roads, and items falling from inundated buildings.
Chris Gunness, an UNRWA spokesman, said areas near a refugee camp in northern Gaza "have become a massive lake with two-meter-high waters engulfing homes and stranding thousands."
I'm guessing that's the result of poor construction, for example. On a related note, this has been affecting Hamas too. Depending on what mindset specific Gazan Muslims have, I'm not sorry for them.
“We can replace U.S. as guarantor of regional security”
Iran has proposed a regional cooperation council that would focus on military and security cooperation.
A former senior Iranian official told a Gulf conference that Teheran and its new ally, Iraq, could help their Gulf Arab neighbors in regional security.Hussein Mousavian, a former director of the Iranian Supreme National Security Council, said the proposed panel could replace the U.S. military presence that protected Gulf Cooperation Council states.
“If there was a regional cooperation system rather than the GCC, then this situation of regional cold war between the Iran and GCC would have never happened,” Mousavian told the Manama Dialogue on Dec. 8.
Addressing the audience that contained GCC military and security commander, Mousavian, one of two Iranian delegates, said Baghdad and Teheran have become major actors in Gulf security. He said an alliance with Gulf Arab states would reduce suspicion toward the Teheran regime and its nuclear program.
“It’s time we focus on rise of terrorism and extreme ideologies under the banner of Al Qaida in the region including Syria, which is all spilling to neighbors,” Mousavian said. “This will result in different Sunni factions and fuel the sectarianism in the Gulf.”
Mousavian, now a researcher at Princeton University, said the Western nuclear agreement with Iran could pave the way to ease GCC tension with Teheran. He said the goal of the region was to reduce or eliminate the military presence of the United States and other world powers in the Gulf.
The Middle East continues to be in a state of turmoil as global powers dominate this vulnerable region,” Mousavian said. “The situation has further exasperated with tensions between the United States and Iran for over three decades now because of which neither the West, Iran nor the Arab world has succeeded in achieving their goals.”
France sends troops to its former colony to help stop bloodshed between Christian and Muslim militias
Christian civilians fled by the thousands to the airport guarded by French forces in this chaotic capital Friday as the mostly Muslim armed fighters who have ruled the country since March hunted door-todoor for their enemies and the death toll from inter-communal violence rose to 280 people.
Bodies lay decomposing along the roads in a city too dangerous for many to collect the corpses. Thursday's clashes marked the worst unrest in Bangui in nine months and raised fears that waves of retaliatory attacks could soon follow.
"They are slaughtering us like chickens," said Appolinaire Donoboy, a Christian whose family remained in hiding.
France had pledged to increase its presence in its former colony well before Christian militias attacked the capital at dawn Thursday. The arrival of additional French troops and equipment came as the capital teetered on the brink of total anarchy and represented the greatest hope for many Central Africans.
About 1,000 French troops were expected to be on the ground by Friday evening, a French defence official said.
WASHINGTON – House lawmakers clashed this month over whether cuts to a Medicare program under the Affordable Care Act could lead to higher costs and lower enrollment.
The Medicare Advantage (MA) program, an alternative to the original Medicare fee-for-service program, provides healthcare coverage to Medicare beneficiaries through private health plans offered by organizations under contract with the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services.
The program offers more benefits than traditional Medicare and requires less cost sharing, but is more expensive for the government, which pays more per beneficiary.
More than a quarter of Medicare users are enrolled in the program.
The ACA cuts $716 billion from Medicare over the next decade, with more than $200 billion coming from MA plans, according to some estimates.
Republicans at a subcommittee hearing criticized the scale-down of Advantage provider networks as proof that President Obama misled the country when he promised that people who liked their health coverage could keep it.
“Empty promises may be of little concern to some, but they have real consequence for the Americans who expect us to do no harm,” said Rep. Fred Upton (R-Mich.), chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee.
“Americans deserve to know why their existing coverage is changing when they were promised otherwise.”
Rep. Michael Burgess (R-Texas), vice chairman of the Health Subcommittee, suggested that the healthcare law never would have passed if Obama had been honest with the public about the changes it would unleash.
“The president has sold the Affordable Care Act on a raft of false promises,” Burgess said.
The Kaiser Family Foundation estimates that Advantage customers will have an average of 18 plans to choose from for 2014 coverage. That number is down from an average of 20 choices in 2013.
“It’s clear the Medicaid Advantage program is under attack and these beneficiaries are beginning to feel the effect of more than $300 billion in direct and indirect cuts under Obamacare,” Rep. Phil Gingrey (R-Ga.), a physician, said.
“Individuals are losing coverage that they are happy with and the doctors with whom they are comfortable with, and this is a tragedy.”
Witnesses testifying before the subcommittee presented completely different views of the state of the MA program under the ACA.
Douglas Holtz-Eakin, president of American Action Forum and former Congressional Budget Office director, said the MA cuts are already having a negative impact on enrollment and plan choices. He said low-income seniors in rural areas without other options for supplemental Medicare coverage will be the most hurt by the cuts.
“Much of [MA's] value is based on the plans’ ability to innovate and offer needed additional benefits, both of which are compromised in the face of large payment rate cuts,” he said.
The cuts to MA will worsen the program over time, he argued, not only resulting in fewer plan choices and higher cost to beneficiaries, but in foregone benefits and smaller provider networks.
“To judge it by 2013 or 2014 is a mistake,” Holtz-Eakin said. “It is the trajectory over the foreseeable future that concerns me the most.”
A 58-year-old airport worker was charged Friday with allegedly planning a suicide bombing at a passenger terminal at the Wichita Mid-Continent Airport in Kansas.
The suspect, Terry Lee Loewen, an avionics technician who lives in Wichita, was arrested earlier in the day as he attempted to use his security pass to drive a vehicle that he thought contained explosives onto the tarmac at the airport, law enforcement officials said at a news conference in Wichita.
In fact, the car contained only dummy explosives.
U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom said Loewen spent months developing a plan to drive a carload of explosives to the airport terminal and that he was determined to trigger the bomb himself and die in the blast.
Loewen, who is white, became radicalized after reading extremist Islamic material on the Internet, Grissom said.
Notice NBC News tells us Loewen is "white" even though race has nothing to do with whether someone is Muslim, nor with whether they are "radialized".
He Is a Self-Proclaimed 'Jihadist' Dated December 11, 2013, this is the letter Loewen left for a family member. According to the criminal complaint (read full document below), he wanted to martyr himself and "commit an act of violent jihad."
Above you can read the final letter Loewen left for a family member on December 11. The FBI has been tracking the suspect since early 2013 and, around August 2013, Loewen, expressed, "his desire to engage in violent jihad on behalf of al Qaeda." That is when undercover FBI agents began talking to him online in an effort to implicate him in terrorist activity.
Congressman Tom Rice of South Carolina, a Republican, is sponsoring a resolution in the House of Representatives that would, if adopted, direct the legislative body "to bring a civil action for declaratory or injunctive relief to challenge certain policies and actions taken by the executive branch." In other words, Rep. Rice wants to take President Obama to court for not faithfully executing the laws.
"President Obama has adopted a practice of picking and choosing which laws he wants to enforce. In most cases, his laws of choice conveniently coincide with his Administration’s political agenda. Our Founding Fathers created the Executive Branch to implement and enforce the laws written by Congress and vested this power in the President. However, President Obama has chosen to ignore some of the laws written by Congress and implemented by preceding Presidents," Rice wrote in a letter to fellow House members to ask them to co-sponsor this resolution.
"This resolution allows the House of Representatives to bring legal action against the Executive Branch and challenge recent actions, inactions, and policies."
The "legal action against the President" would be, according to an aide for Rep. Rice, "for ignoring Article II, Section 3 of the Constitution." Article II, Section 3 of the Constitution states,
He shall from time to time give to the Congress information of the state of the union, and recommend to their consideration such measures as he shall judge necessary and expedient; he may, on extraordinary occasions, convene both Houses, or either of them, and in case of disagreement between them, with respect to the time of adjournment, he may adjourn them to such time as he shall think proper; he shall receive ambassadors and other public ministers;he shall take care that the laws be faithfully executed, and shall commission all the officers of the United States.
This is a good moment to advocate greater executive branch power because we’ve just seen a monumental example of executive branch incompetence: the botched Obamacare rollout.
It’s important to advocate greater executive branch power in a chastened mood.
He justifies this line of reasoning by first discrediting Congress, accusing them of taking bribes, declaring Congress to have been "completely captured by Rentier Groups":
It’s not that the executive branch is trustworthy; it’s just that we’re better off when the presidency is strong than we are when the rentier groups are strong, or when Congress, which is now completely captured by the rentier groups, is strong.
And here is his conclusion
We don’t need bigger government.We need more unified authority.Take power away from the rentier groups who dominate the process.Allow people in those authorities to exercise discretion.
So yes, let's go through David Brooks' reasoning one more time, just to be really clear:
1) Congress has no right to it's Constitutionally-delegated authority anymore, because it is "captured by Rentier Groups".
2) Obama has proven himself to be incompetent, so he must be feeling "chastened"
3) it is high-time we give the President authority over Congress (which is the branch of government conceived by the Founding Fathers as being more representative of the Will of the People).
And we’re OFF, not 1938, IT’S 1914? The Chinese PLA Navy tries to halt US warship
They are OFFICIALLY trying to provoke an incident, WHY?
Chinese Naval Vessel Tries to Force U.S. Warship to Stop in International Waters
A Chinese naval vessel tried to force a U.S. guided missile warship to stop in international waters recently, causing a tense military standoff in the latest case of Chinese maritime harassment, according to defense officials.
The guided missile cruiser USSCowpens, which recently took part in disaster relief operations in the Philippines, was confronted by Chinese warships in the South China Sea near Beijing’s new aircraft carrier Liaoning, according to officials familiar with the incident.
“On December 5th, while lawfully operating in international waters in the South China Sea, USS Cowpens and a PLA Navy vessel had an encounter that required maneuvering to avoid a collision,” a Navy official said.
“This incident underscores the need to ensure the highest standards of professional seamanship, including communications between vessels, to mitigate the risk of an unintended incident or mishap.”
A State Department official said the U.S. government issued protests to China in both Washington and Beijing in both diplomatic and military channels.
The ship attempting to stop the Cowpens was tank landing ship
So next time suppose we or more likely THEY, attempt to put a shot across the bow?
Certainly these are not stupid people and they recognize that with fleets operating in close proximity, provocative actions create the opportunity for honest mistakes, equipment failures, and stupidities in which the result might be …. poor.
Why, they must be confident that in order to avoid such a trial, other parties might be more likely to AVOID SITUATIONS which can lead to conflict or error.
Another complaint has reportedly been filed with Egypt’s Attorney General, Hisham Barakat. According to multiple Arabic sources (Al Wafd and Vetogate among them), this one is said to allege that the wife of ousted President Mohammed Mursi not only admitted in an interview with Turkey’s Anatolia news agency that she sought to excite domestic insurrections to overthrow Abdel Fatah Al-Sisi but that she collaborated with Hillary Clinton.
Mursi’s Wife: Friends with the Clintons since the 1980′s?
Mehwar TV Channel has posted a video of a news report, via Almesryoon, given by Nasr Qaffas, who relays the details of Mahmoud’s interview with Anatolia. Key excerpts of the report translated by Walid Shoebat, beneath the video below:
Qaffas: According to Anatolia Press, Mahmoud said, “I have between my fingers, a treasure trove of secrets from the White House and Mrs. Clinton fears my wrath.”She said, “I will not speak about Huma Abedin”. When asked if she had a close relationship with Hillary Clinton, Mahmoud said, “When my husband returns from his kidnapping, the one who led the coup will pay a hefty price.” Of Mrs. Clinton, she said,“We have a long friendship of many years. We lived in the U.S. and my children learned there. This friendship increased further when my husband became the legitimate president of the country.”
Mahmoud went on to say that they were recruited by the Clintons from the U.S. and began their friendship in the 1980′s. This appears to be a conspiracy that is being hidden.
When asked if they still have friendships with each other, Mahmoud said communications never ceased and that the conversations are all recorded. The wife of Mursi divulged that Mrs. Clinton seeks the assistance – both official and unofficial – of several members of the Muslim Sisterhood organization to help with problems in the Middle East. “We also have routine business dealings with the Clintons.”
Mahmoud further stated that “Hillary depends on us tremendously to help her succeed in the coming presidential elections, just as we helped Barack Obama win twice.” She is quite the looney bin to believe she helped Obama win.
When asked about her relationship with Michelle Obama, Mahmoud said it is very good but it never developed to the point of close friendship, like with Hillary.
On the ability of women to take the lead in the revolution, Mahmoud said that could indeed happen with the Sisterhood. “I have many wives of Brotherhood leaders with me. Many of their husbands were kidnapped and jailed too. I tell them to be patient, for you will have a great reward in the future. I tell them that if their husbands are martyred, we will see to it that they are married off to other men as soon as their menstrual period is over,” she said.
According to Mahmoud, the police will not touch the women, which is why the women are so effective.
On her concerns that the Muslim Brotherhood could be identified as a terrorist organization, the wife of the former President said she was not and declared that she and her colleagues are in the process of organizing a “coup against the coup”.
“We are under the condition of war and Jihad,” she said, “and we have a good command of the necessities of war, the ancient and the modern. I will keep the tactics of war secret because in Islam, war is trickery.”
She said her conscience will not be eased until all of the traitors are hanged in the gallows.
Naglaa Mahmood and Mohammed Mursi.
As mentioned previously, this alleged interview with Anatolia has prompted a complaint to be filed with Egypt’s Attorney General, Hisham Barakat. This is the same AG with whom case 1761 was filed by Sadek Ebeid against Malik Obama.
Egypt’s Attorney General Hisham Barakat is inspecting the complaint submitted by attorney Assem Qandil against Naglaa Mahmoud, the wife of ousted President Mohammed Mursi. The complaint accuses Mahmoud of being behind the waves of violence that have befallen the nation. The complaint goes on to say that she is planning a coup to remove the current government.
The complaint requests that Mahmoud be arrested and interrogated.
Qandil told Almesryoon under the subject, ‘The wife of Mursi has between her fingers, a treasure trove of secrets of the White House’, which was stated on Mehwar TV. The complainant went on to say that the subject of the complaint stated to the news agency that she is the first person involved in terrorist conspiracies inside Egyptian universities, especially al-Azhar University.
Qandil also added in his complaint that Mursi’s wife is the main political operative and that with her are ladies from the Muslim Sisterhood who have been instructed to carry out these terrorist actions. The aim of these acts is to bleed the nation’s security by having women demonstrate in and around the universities. She stated that neither the military nor the police will bother the women. She confessed that her relationship with her husband, other Muslim Brotherhood leaders, and the U.S. administration was one of business. By doing so, Mahmoud is confessing that she is involved – her and her husband – with the CIA.
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and others reportedly carried on these relationships.
The complainant demanded Mahmoud’s arrest and an investigation into both Mahmoud and other Muslim Brotherhood wives. Qandil demanded Isma Zaid, the editor of Almesryoon, and Nasr Qaffas be questioned as well, to present what they have by way of evidence.
A key revelation in these reports is Mahmoud’s claim that the Clintons befriended her family in the 1980′s while living in the U.S. As one of 63 leaders in the Muslim Sisterhood, Mahmoud is a colleague of Saleha Abedin, another one of those 63 leaders. Saleha is the mother of Huma Abedin, who is a close adviser to Hillary Clinton and wife of former Democratic Congressman, Anthony Weiner.
Huma first landed a job with Hillary in 1996 after attending George Washington University and having served on the Board of her University’s Muslim Students Association (MSA), a Muslim Brotherhood group. Were the seeds sown for the relationship between Hillary and Huma years prior via Mursi and Mahmoud?
Hillary at Dar al-Hekma University in 2010 with Sisterhood leader Saleha Abedin (left). Huma (Saleha’s daughter) and Hillary (right).
As for Mahmoud, leading protests in a post-Mursi Egypt is not new. Just days after Senators John McCain (RINO-AZ) and Lindsey Graham (RINO-SC) failed in their attempt to have Muslim Brotherhood leaders freed during their trip to Egypt this past August, Mahmoud led protests. If the complaint filed by Qandil is valid, it can be surmised that the purpose of said protests likely mirrored the ones being promoted today.
The claims that Mursi and Mahmoud worked with the Clintons, the Obama administration, and the CIA seem to further bolster a report that came out last month that was posted by Egyoffline. The report, translated by Eman Nabih, alleged that documents had been obtained that showed the Obama administration’s complicity in exciting domestic insurrections in Egypt in order to overthrow the current government in Egypt, a goal shared by Mahmoud.
As for Anatolia News Agency reports, these are not new either. At about the same time that Mahmoud was leading protests in Egypt this past August, multiple Arabic sources reported that Saad Al-Shater, the son of jailed Muslim Brotherhood deputy Khairat Al-Shater, told Anatolia that his father had the goods on Barack Obama and his administration’s collaboration with Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood.
Malik Obama: denies being connected to Muslim Brotherhood despite his boss Suar Al-Dahab being Muslim Brotherhood.
This past September, Malik Obama, half-brother of Barack Obama, granted an interview to Anatolia Press in order to attack our claims that he is involved with the government of Sudan as the Executive Secretary of the Islamic Da’wa Organization (IDO), which is an arm of Sudan’s Omar Al-Bashir. As is usually the case, those who cannot refute our charges attack our character, which is what Malik did.
It should be noted that until we are able to locate the primary Anatolia News Agency source of Mahmoud’s claims, we cannot independently confirm the veracity of her claims. We are simply relaying the claims of reliable Arabic sources.
All of us, every single man, woman, and child on the face of the Earth were born with the same unalienable rights; to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. And, if the governments of the world can't get that through their thick skulls, then, regime change will be necessary.
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IBA Quote of the Week.
"We are looking forward to the day when moderate Muslims will be able to take control of their governments, their educational systems, and their law and order, so the Western world could resume mutual constructive relations based on friendship and respect. The whole world is looking forward to that day and praying for a peaceful Middle East. The ball is now in the Muslim world's court."
-- President Elect Donald J. Trump
"An Islamic regime must be serious in every field," explained Ayatollah Khomeini. "There are no jokes in Islam. There is no humour in Islam. There is no fun in Islam."
"I want to be very, very clear, however: I understand and agree with the analysis of the problem. There is an imminent threat. It manifested itself on 9/11. It's real and grave. It is as serious a threat as Stalinism and National Socialism were. Let's not pretend it isn't." ~~~~~Bono~~~~~