Reader links post for Monday April 13 – 2015

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43 Replies to “Reader links post for Monday April 13 – 2015”

  1. Libya violence: Bomb explodes outside Moroccan embassy (BBC, Apr 13, 2015)

    “A bomb has exploded at the gates of the Moroccan embassy in the Libyan capital, Tripoli, security officials say, hours after two people were shot dead outside South Korea’s embassy.

    There was some damage to cars nearby, but no reports of injuries. The embassy is not currently operational.

    On Sunday, gunmen opened fire from a passing car on a security post at the South Korean embassy.

    The militant group Islamic State said it carried out that attack.

    The device at the Moroccan embassy in the Bin Ashour area of Tripoli was left in a bag at the gate.

    The blast in the early hours on Monday morning was “very strong, and the house was shaking for few seconds,” a witness told the AFP news agency.

    It was unclear whether there was anyone in the embassy at the time and no one has yet said they carried out the attack.

    Morocco has hosted UN-sponsored talks between rival Libyan government factions…”

    • Hungary sucks. Hungarian Jews are a separate ethnicity, the language, no doubt one barrier. Good food, though.

      It’s said “they were for themselves,” and though they were late to reach concentration camp, they died almost immediately on arrival.

      Those who escaped deportation and survived the war did well under Stalin. Perhaps too well in the eyes of their disgusting gentile compatriots.

      Ronald Lauder is a stupendous leader of the WJC. Brilliant, courageous, charming and funny. Loyal Likud, we all owe him for Bibi’s continued leadership of Israel.

      He will put his hand in the fire before giving way to the Jew-haters and their leftist apologists. He can cut a self-hating Jew to ribbons with his EYES.

      Here’s his wiki:

      • Thanks, Martin.

        He’s not a great public speaker, but the force of his personality comes through the content. He doesn’t use hyperbole or rhetorical flourishes, he just says what he thinks and I think that’s great.

        He speaks about 8 languages – all with NYC accent!

    • Note how in hte lasst sentence they equate the counter jihad movement to racism, this makes it harder to fight the real racism

  2. Iraq exhumes remains of 164 from Tikrit graves

    Iraq has exhumed the remains of 164 people believed to have been massacred by jihadists from mass graves in Tikrit, the human rights ministry said Monday.

    “Search teams have discovered the remains of 164 (victims) so far in four mass graves during work over the past week,” ministry spokesman Kamel Amin told AFP.

    He said documents and mobile phones that have been found indicate the dead are victims of the infamous Speicher massacre, named for the military base near which up to 1,700 mostly Shiite recruits were abducted by the Islamic State (IS) jihadist group last year.

    But DNA testing is required to confirm their identities, Amin said.

    The remains were discovered inside former president Saddam Hussein’s palace compound in Tikrit, which officials say holds 10 mass graves, while three more are located outside it.

    The killing of the recruits — which IS documented in photos and videos posted online — stoked widespread anger and helped rally support for the battle against the jihadist group.

    The mass grave sites were discovered after Iraqi forces retook the northern city of Tikrit earlier this month in their biggest victory so far against IS.

    IS led an offensive last June that overran large areas north and west of Baghdad, but Iraqi security forces and allied paramilitaries have succeeded in regaining significant ground.

    • This one shows that medical science is working to ensure we all get long and healthy lives. Now if the politicians would just agree that we should have long lives.

  3. AFGHANISTAN Taliban fighters kill 18 Afghan soldiers, beheading eight

    At least 18 Afghan soldiers have been killed – eight of them beheaded – by Taliban fighters in a major attack in north-east Afghanistan, officials say.

    About 12 soldiers are missing after Friday’s attack in Badakhshan province, a provincial spokesman told AFP.

    Government checkpoints were also briefly seized during the attack.

    Taliban insurgents have stepped up attacks on government and foreign targets since the US slowed down the withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan.

    Government forces managed to regain control of the Jurm district, in Badakhshan province, but not before calling for assistance from Kabul, Reuters reports.

    The defence ministry said the attack left a total of 33 Afghan soldiers dead, wounded or missing.

    The Afghan Taliban has said it was behind the attack.

    Spokesman Naweed Frotan told AFP that 200 fighters stormed an army outpost in Jurm before killing the soldiers.

    “Our rescue operations are continuing to track down and bring back the security forces who went missing in the assault,” he said.

    The Taliban, which governed the country until 2001 when it was ousted in a US-led invasion, wants to restore strict Islamic rule.

    Taliban attacks have escalated since March, when Washington backpedalled on plans to cut down the US force in Afghanistan this year by nearly half.

    Fighting in Afghanistan tends to intensify at this time of year, when the snow that make mountainous areas impassable melts.

  4. Saudi customs foil attempt to smuggle 19,000 alcohol bottles

    Saudi customs officials foiled an attempt to smuggle 19,188 bottles of alcohol into the kingdom through al-Bathaa border crossing, the Saudi Press Agency reported on Monday.

    The bottles of liquors – which had been hidden among tomato paste and small rice bags – were found in a truck, SPA quoted Al-Batha Customs General Director Abdulrahman Al-Muhana

    Al-Muhana then commended the efforts made by Saudi customs in thwarting smuggling attempts.

    Alcohol is strictly prohibited in Saudi Arabia as per the guidelines of Islam. Consuming, producing, trading and smuggling is illegal and punishable by law. Sentencing for alcohol offenders can include lashing or even prison term.

  5. DAILY MAIL – Pakistani-born father of five faces years in jail after he is convicted of grooming girls as young as 12 with McDonald’s, cash, cigarettes and alcohol

    Married businessman Mohammed Khubaib convicted of raping girl, 14
    Also guilty of trafficking girls as young as 12 over more than two years
    Co-defendant cleared of raping 16-year-old and seven trafficking charges
    Conviction part of Cambridgeshire Police’s probe into child sex offences

  6. ‘Milking’ male goat ‘executed’ in Gaza

    Palestinian authorities say they killed animal to end public upheaval

    Palestinian authorities in the Gaza Strip executed a miracle male goat which oozed milk by slaughtering the animal following public upheaval about the curing power of its milk.

    Newspapers said authorities paid $680 (Dh2,500) compensation to its owner Jassir Abu Al Saeed after carrying out the execution.

    An official at the ministry of agriculture in the Strip said the goat was slaughtered and its meat was sold to a wealthy Palestinian man following reports that it was oozing milk and that the milk can cure many diseases.

    “We decided to execute the goat after it created upheaval and confusion among the residents, who mistakenly believed it is a blessed animal and that its milk can cure diseases,” said Zakaria Al Kafarna, veterinary services director at the ministry.

    “The goat was oozing milk because of hormones defects…the milk does not cure any illness…on the contrary it could harm the body,” he said.

    Kafarna said the ministry decided to kill the goat to end public confusion, which became a subject of ‘hot news and sarcasm’ in regional newspapers and websites.

    Abu Al Saeed, 45, said he had bought the goat from a local farmer, who had imported the animal from a farm in Israel.

    “There were rumours that its milk can cure serious illnesses like infertility…these rumours were of course not true…I had not tried to make any profit from that goat but many people were coming for its milk after they were misled into believing it is blessed,” he said.

  7. The Italian coast guard said Monday that it rescued 5,629 migrants in three days between Friday and Sunday.

    On Sunday alone the coast guard rescued 22 migrant boats. Italy has seen a sharp increase this year in the already big flow of migrants heading to its coast from North Africa. The authorities here are braced for arrivals to accelerate further now that weather and sea conditions have improved with spring.

  8. U.S. to triple military aid to Tunisia

    The United States will increase military aid to Tunisia threefold this year and help train its troops, a senior U.S official said on Friday, weeks after the country suffered its deadliest militant attack in more than a decade.

    The U.S. government aimed to provide Tunisia with more equipment, weapons and technical support, U.S. deputy secretary of state Antony Blinken said.

    “Our goal is to enhance their ability to defeat those who threaten the freedom and safety of the nation,” he told a news conference after meeting Tunisian Prime Minister Habib Essid.

    Since a 2011 uprising that toppled Zine El-Abidine Ben Ali, Tunisia has, in contrast to much of North Africa and the Middle East, experienced a comparatively trouble-free transition toward democracy.

    But it has also seen a rise in Islamist militancy, and last month gunmen stormed the national Bardo museum in the capital Tunis, killing 21 foreign tourists in an attack for which Islamic State claimed responsibility.

    Tunisian authorities are concerned that violence will spill over from Libya too, where two rival governments and several armed groups are embroiled in a bitter power struggle four years after the ousting of Muammar Gaddafi.

    Blinken said the Obama administration would offer the Tunisian army training in border management, the first time it will be involved in training Tunisian soldiers.

    Blinken gave no figure for military aid, which he said would rise 200 percent in 2015. Another U.S. official said last year’s package amounted to $60 million.

  9. Egypt imposes life jail penalty for cross-border tunnel use

    People who dig and use cross-border tunnels in Egypt could face a maximum penalty of life in jail, state news agency MENA said on Sunday, citing amendments to the penal code targeting activity in the frontier area near the Gaza Strip.

    Egypt declared a state of emergency in the border area last year after at least 33 security personnel were killed in attacks in the Sinai Peninsula, a remote but strategic region bordering Israel, Gaza and the Suez Canal.

    There were several militant attacks in the Sinai on Sunday.

    The amendments to the penal code were passed by presidential decree, MENA said.

    It also said people who used illegal crossings to transfer goods or equipment could also face a life sentence, as well as people with knowledge of them who failed to report them to the authorities.

    It said the government had the right seize buildings on top of the tunnels or any of the tools used to make them.

    Residents of Sinai, who complain they have long been neglected by the state, say they rely on smuggling trade through tunnels for their living. Egyptian authorities see the tunnels as a threat and regularly destroy them.

    In November Egypt said it would deepen its buffer zone with Gaza after finding local tunnels, a move which stoked local resentment.

  10. Reports: Iran Suspends Pilgrimage Flights To Saudi Arabia

    Iranian state media report that Iran has suspended flights to Saudi Arabia for the year-round Umrah pilgrimage to Mecca over the alleged sexual abuse of two Iranian teenage boys during a security search by Saudi officers at Jeddah’s international airport in March.

    “Until these guilty people are put on trial and punished, the Umrah will be stopped and Iranian flights will be suspended,” the semi-official ISNA news agency quoted Iranian Culture Minister Ali Jannati as saying.

    He said the alleged perpetrators had been arrested by the Saudi authorities, who have promised to punish them.

    On April 11, hundreds of Iranians held unauthorized protests outside the Saudi Embassy in Tehran.

    The alleged abuse came amid tension between Iran and Saudi Arabia over the situation in Yemen, where Saudi Arabia is leading a coalition carrying out air strikes against Shi’ite rebels allegedly backed by Iran.

    NYT Amid Tensions With Saudi Arabia, Iran Halts Minor Pilgrimages to Mecca

    TEHRAN — As hundreds of protesters gathered outside the Saudi Embassy in Tehran on Monday, Iran ordered a halt on pilgrimages to the holy city of Mecca in response to accusations that two teenage boys were sexually harassed by airport officials in Saudi Arabia last month.

    The ban on religious travel, ordered by President Hassan Rouhani, applies to umrah, a pilgrimage that can be taken to Mecca any time of the year. It is unclear whether it will be extended to the hajj, the annual pilgrimage that this year takes place in September.

    In recent days Iranian pilgrims have complained that the Saudi Embassy had stopped issuing visas, and at least two flights transporting pilgrims from Iran to Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, have been denied permission to land, Iranian news agencies reported.

    For now, all minor pilgrimages, which according to religious tenets are recommended but not obligatory, are canceled. About 500,000 Iranians visit Mecca each year, often in trips booked long in advance.

    In March, two teenage boys were separated from their families during an airport security check. Initially Iranian organizations, including the Red Crescent, said the boys had been raped by two Saudi airport officials. But Iranian government officials later corrected those reports, saying the two boys had been sexually harassed.

    “Until these guilty people are put on trial and punished, the umrah will be stopped and Iranian flights will be suspended,” the semiofficial Iranian Students’ News Agency cited Culture Minister Ali Jannati as saying.

    The quarrel over the sexual harassment accusations comes at a time of heightened tensions over sectarian fighting in Yemen. The Saudis are leading a coalition of 10 nations in a bombing campaign there, and have threatened a ground invasion to repel the advances of Houthi rebels, who they claim are supported by Tehran.

    Some of the coalition’s members, particularly Egypt, have also stressed the need to counter what they see as Iran’s increasing influence in the region, which they fear could be strengthened if economic sanctions on Tehran are lifted as part of a potential nuclear deal.

    On Monday, Iran further inflamed relations by urging the formation of a new Yemeni government and offering to assist in a political transition. Those comments were seen as anathema to the Saudis, who are trying to shore up support for the former president, Abdu Rabbu Mansour Hadi, who was driven from power last month by the Houthis.

    Last week, Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, was unusually direct in his criticism of Saudi Arabia, saying its leaders are “inexperienced youths” and its policies are “like that of the Zionists in Gaza.”

    Both nations are increasingly engaged in a series of sectarian proxy wars throughout the region, pitting Sunnis against Shiites in Lebanon, Syria, Bahrain and Yemen. In Iraq, however, they are nominal allies in the fight against the extremist Sunni group, the Islamic State.

  11. Edgar Davidson, with pictures and links:

    Which British Political Party is the most anti-semitic?

    In response to claims before the European elections in 2014 that Jewish voters must not vote for UKIP since it was ‘antisemitic’ I produced a summary of the extent to which antisemitism is rampant in all the main stream parties (and note that I consider anti-Zionism as an example of antisemitism) awarding a number of Arafats (rather than stars) to each (where 5 Arafats is the worse possible). Here is an update of that summary. (Update: UK Pro-jihad Muslim group boasts: “negotiating with Tory & Labour leadership”and note that Baroness Warsi is part of the gig).

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