News items for April 29 2014 – 2

1. Ukrainian Mayor, shot the other day, probably because he is Jewish, and rumor has it, because he is pro-Russian, flown to Israel for treatment.

(Can’t say I blame him. One wonders about the politics and ethics of those who work in Western hospitals these days)

“We tested him upon his arrival and tests show that the surgeries (he underwent in Ukraine) were successful,” said a representative from the Hospital. A spokesperson from the Kharkiv Municipality said yesterday, “The mayor was injured by a bullet in his back. He was brought in for surgery and doctors are fighting to save his life.”

2. The Middle East problem. The easiest one to understand, but one of the more difficult ones to solve. Dennis Prager

3. Video on Blockade busting Gaza ‘Ark’ which mysteriously sank.

(This may be a good time to remind people that the blockade of Gaza is both legal and necessary)

4. Scorpions drummer jailed for insulting Islam in Dubai airport

DUBAI // A member of the heavy metal band Scorpions was yesterday sentenced to a month in jail for insulting Islam and lifting his middle finger at Muslims at an airport.

James Kottak, 51, the American drummer for the German band whose hits include Rock You Like a Hurricane, said he drank five glasses of wine on a flight from Moscow to Dubai.

Thank you M, Yucki, ML, and many more. Still way behind. More to come.


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Canadian artist and counter-jihad and freedom of speech activist as well as devout Schrödinger's catholic

18 Replies to “News items for April 29 2014 – 2”

  1. Armstrong Economics:

    “The US Secretary of State John Kerry warned Russia today stating that NATO territory was inviolable and the alliance would defend every inch of it. But what does this actually mean? Ukraine is not part of NATO. Hence, he has stated in clear lawyer talk that they will not defend Ukraine. Kerry said:

    “We have to make it absolutely clear to the Kremlin that NATO territory is inviolable we will defend every single inch of it.”

    When you listen to lawyer-politicians you must realize they are wordsmiths. Kerry received his J.D. from Boston College Law School and then worked as an Assistant District Attorney prosecuting people to further his career. Kerry, like other lawyer-politicians, counts on the stupidity of journalists to never read between the lines or between the words.”

    Seems like a decent assessment to me…

  2. Gadhafi’s son, ex-officials face charges from 2011 uprising at trial (CNN, Apr 28, 2014)

    “The second son of former Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi appeared via a video link Sunday at his trial at a court in Tripoli, where he and dozens of former senior regime officials face charges for crimes they are accused of committing during the 2011 revolution.

    Saif al-Islam Gadhafi, once his father’s heir apparent, has been held in the western mountain city of Zintan by the militiamen who captured him in 2011. The group has refused to hand him over to the central government, citing security concerns and lawlessness in the capital.

    The trial was held under tight security with roads leading to Tripoli’s al-Hadba prison blocked off by security forces and gunmen positioned on the building’s rooftop.

    The judge read the charges against the defendants, which included the killing of protesters — a crime punishable by a death sentence — and other alleged crimes to try and suppress the 2011 uprising.

    Among the 23 defendants present at the hearing were Abdullah al-Senussi, the elder Gadhafi’s brother-in-law and former spy chief, former Prime Minister al-Baghdadi al-Mahmoudi and the regime’s head of foreign intelligence, Buzeid Durda. Eight other defendants held in the city of Misrata also appeared via video link at the trial….”

  3. U.S. targets Chinese businessman, says he supplied parts for Iranian missiles (CNN, Apr 29, 2014)

    “U.S. authorities announced new sanctions and criminal charges against a Chinese businessman who the U.S. says supplied the Iranian military with parts for ballistic missiles and other equipment.

    Prosecutors in the Manhattan U.S. attorney’s office on Tuesday unsealed an indictment against Li Fangwei, also known as Karl Lee, accusing him, his companies and associates of money laundering and wire fraud, and of being part of a ring that evades sanctions to supply Iran’s missile program. The Treasury, Commerce and State departments also announced new sanctions against Li and his companies.

    The State Department also announced a $5 million reward for information leading to his arrest, and the U.S. has sought an Interpol red notice to seek his detention. Chinese authorities aren’t expected to turn over Li to face charges, so the actions by the U.S. for now are only likely to make it difficult for him to travel outside China without fear of arrest…”

  4. President Uhuru Kenyatta signs Kenya polygamy law (BBC, Apr 29, 2014)

    “Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta has signed into law a controversial marriage bill legalising polygamy. It brings civil law, where a man was only allowed one wife, into line with customary law, where some cultures allow multiple partners.

    Controversy surrounded an amendment to the bill, supported by many male MPs, allowing men to take more wives without consulting existing spouses. Traditionally, first wives are supposed to give prior approval. (Legalises polygamy, allowing men to marry as many partner as they wish without consulting other spouses.)

    Last month, female MPs walked out of parliament in disgust after their male counterparts voted through the amendment….”

  5. Chibok abductions: Nigeria girls’ taken abroad’ (BBC, Apr 29, 2014)

    “Some of the schoolgirls abducted by suspected militant Islamists in northern Nigeria are believed to have been taken to neighbouring states, a local leader has told the BBC. Pogo Bitrus said there had been “sightings” of gunmen crossing with the girls into Cameroon and Chad.

    Some of the girls had been forced to marry the militants, he added. Mr Bitrus said 230 girls were missing since militants attacked the school in Chibok, Borno state, two weeks ago…”

  6. Gunmen storm Libyan parliament (BBC, Apr 29, 2014)

    “Gunmen have stormed Libya’s parliament, forcing MPs to abandon a vote on a new prime minister, officials say. Correspondents say lawmakers left the building after hearing gunshots.

    The attempted vote followed the resignation of Abdullah al-Thinni, who stepped down as prime minister earlier this month after he and his family were targeted by militiamen. Libya has been plagued by instability since armed groups toppled Muammar Gaddafi’s regime in 2011.

    Earlier reports that several people had been wounded in the attack on Tuesday are unconfirmed.
    It is unclear who was behind the disturbance. The BBC’s Rana Jawad in Tripoli says Libya’s national congress has been stormed on dozens of occasions by gunmen over the past year and a half…”

  7. Turkey to seek cleric Fethullah Gulen’s extradition (BBC, Apr 29, 2014)

    “Turkey is to start extradition proceedings against US-based cleric Fethullah Gulen, PM Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said. Mr Gulen, a former ally of the prime minister, has been accused by Mr Erdogan of using his supporters to try to topple him.

    The cleric denies mounting a campaign against him. Turkey’s government has faced a string of corruption scandals and rights groups accuse it of authoritarianism.

    Speaking at parliament after meeting with deputies from his Justice and Development Party (AKP) party on Tuesday, Mr Erdogan confirmed the extradition process “will begin”, reports say…”

  8. Syria conflict: Dozens die in explosions in Homs (BBC, Apr 29, 2014)

    “At least 37 people have been killed in explosions in the Syrian city of Homs, officials say. The attacks, which involved at least one car bomb, also injured dozens. Earlier, at least 14 people were killed and more than 80 wounded in a mortar attack on a technical institute in central Damascus.

    The attacks come a day after President Bashar al-Assad registered to stand for re-election, defying calls to step down as a way of ending Syria’s civil war. There are conflicting details about the number of deaths in the government-held, predominantly Alawite district of Zahra, east of the Old City in Homs…”

  9. FGM operation planned for UK airports (BBC, Apr 29, 2014)

    “Police are launching an operation to prevent girls being flown abroad to be subjected to Female Genital Mutilation. The nationwide summer initiative will involve eight police forces focusing on five airports.

    The attempt to stop girls being taken abroad is the largest such operation to be launched in the UK. Commander Mak Chishty of the Association of Chief Police Officers, told MPs he supported mandatory examinations of girls for signs of FGM.

    There are an estimated 66,000 victims of FGM in the UK and the police and Crown Prosecution Service have been under pressure to bring more cases to court…”

  10. Libyan barracks in Benghazi hit by car bomb (BBC, Apr 29, 2014)

    “A car bomb has exploded at the gates of a military barracks near the airport in the Libyan city of Benghazi, killing two soldiers, security officials say. Two other soldiers were wounded in the explosion.

    It appeared to have been carried out by a suicide bomber, an unnamed army officer told the AFP news agency. There has been a severe deterioration in security in Libya since the 2011 uprising which ousted long-time leader Muammar Gaddafi.

    The government has been struggling to control and disarm the numerous armed groups and militias who took part in the civil war which ended his 42-year rule. Benghazi, the cradle of the revolution, has been a focal point for attacks on public institutions and officials…”

  11. Yemen army launches major al-Qaeda offensive in south (BBC, Apr 29, 2014)

    “The Yemeni army has launched a major offensive against al-Qaeda militants in the south, security officials say. Military units fought suspected al-Qaeda militants in the country’s Abyan and Shabwa provinces.

    One report said many soldiers were killed in a suspected ambush during the offensive. Al-Qaeda in the Arab Peninsula (AQAP) is considered to be the most dangerous branch of al-Qaeda in the world, and is based in Yemen.

    Yemeni armed forces, with tribal leaders and locals, launched the “extensive” campaign in parts of Abyan and Shabwa on Tuesday, state-run news agency Saba reported. Areas targeted included Abyan’s al-Mahfad district, and Azzan in Shabwa.

    Eight suspected AQAP militants and three soldiers were killed in the offensive, security sources told the Associated Press news agency….”

  12. Isn’t it possible that he is smart enough to not connect Stalin’s Soviet Union with today’s Russia just like smart Jews do not connect today’s Germany with the 3rd Reich? Also its possible that Russia is the beacon of freedom and reason compared to present day Ukraine. I am not saying it is, I don’t know for sure. But it sure seems a case can be made for it.

  13. Eeyore Lena I am with you, very few of us know enough about what is happening to be judgmental it is more then likely that in the Ukraine problem there are no good guys and no bad guys.

  14. Fricking fricking fricking Hell on a stick! Number 4 worries me very much,
    how much longer can we wait while our heavy metal heros get banged up on fitted up charges in sandville? WHERE WILL IT END?

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