Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Obama and ISIS

August 18, 2014 21:48
With the Caliphate spreading in Iraq and Syria, is Obama willing to take on the threat of ISIS?


Boycotting Israel

August 19, 2014 20:09
Anti-Zionist fanatics are calling for boycotts, divestments, and sanctions against Israel.

Video: Coptic leader Ashraf Ramelah at AFDI rally for Israel and persecuted minorities

Ashraf Ramelah is the founder and president of Voice of the Copts, a human rights organization with offices in Italy and the U.S., dedicated to the defense of the persecuted Christians of Egypt.

The Ingenious Way Kurdish Forces Are Battling ISIS, and Winning

The Ingenious Way Kurdish Forces Are Battling ISIS, and Winning


Several months ago the Islamic State (IS) terror group took over large portions of Iraq and Syria and declared a caliphate. Since then, they have been on a brutal rampage, executing everyone in their paths and using terror to keep an iron grip on the areas they control.

Up until recently IS seemed nearly impossible to defeat, since they have acquired American military hardware that they captured from Iraqi forces during their siege. However, the Kurdish forces have come up with an ingenious idea in which to defeat the militant Islamic group, sending units of soldiers that are entirely female to engage the members of IS.

Why are women becoming the most effective way to defeat the savage extremists?

According to one of the female soldiers, “The jihadists don’t like fighting women, because if they’re killed by a female, they think they won’t go to heaven.”
The Ingenious Way Kurdish Forces Are Battling ISIS, and Winning
The Wall Street Journal reports:
Battle-hardened after two years fighting Islamic State and other Islamist rebel groups in the multi-sided Syrian civil war, Kurdish guerrillas linked to the PKK have in recent weeks made a series of military gains that have spotlighted their growing sway.
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The Kurdish region of Syria was largely left to its own devices by the army of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, drawing accusations the PKK’s Syrian branch was in league with Damascus. PKK officials in Syria have denied those accusations.

Last week, the PKK’s Syrian-based units advanced into Iraq and punctured Islamic State lines to help tens of thousands of Yazidis escape an encircled Mount Sinjar. [...]
Syrian commanders say the security and quality of life is improving as their guerrilla forces expand rapidly, propelled by thousands of young volunteers. Recruitment is boosted by the deployment of women soldiers on the front line, often in all-female units.
“The jihadists don’t like fighting women, because if they’re killed by a female, they think they won’t go to heaven,” said one female fighter.

Aldar Khalil, a top PKK official in Syria, said the guerrillas don’t have vast stocks of heavy weapons but can easily buy lighter arms—mostly guns, ammunition and rocket propelled grenades—on the black market from well-established smuggling networks, using contributions from citizens and donations from Europe.
How fitting is it that the very people the radical Islamists marginalize and oppress are the same ones who are making major gains on the front lines?

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Eye on Iran: Senior Negotiator: Iran Seeks to Establish Industrial Enrichment Right in Talks with Powers

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Fars (Iran): "Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister and senior negotiator Seyed Abbas Araqchi announced that Tehran wants to have uranium enrichment capability at industrial levels and is trying to restore this right in its talks with the Group 5+1 (the US, Russia, China, Britain and France plus Germany). 'In the current negotiations, we specify the range of enrichment based on our needs and have underlined that an industrial-level enrichment should be considered for Iran in the final deal,' Araqchi said, addressing a forum on Iran's nuclear policies in Tehran on Monday. He described the Geneva agreement inked by Iran and the G5+1 in November as a ceasefire between the two sides, and said the limitations that Tehran has accepted are not permanent as 'we have obviated the other side's concerns and we will actually make no concessions'. Araqchi underlined that in the Geneva agreement Iran didn't accept any suspension of its nuclear activities, 'but obliged the other side, in a war of wills, to accept the third option among the three possible options of threat, sanctions and agreement and the US surrendered to Iran's intention'. He said that Iran entered the talks with the world powers equipped with military and technical power, resistance against the sanctions and enjoying 19,000 centrifuges for enrichment of uranium, and added, 'Our negotiations with the western side doesn't mean friendship and end of animosities.' ... He referred to the trend of talks between Iran and the G5+1, and said, 'If we don't reach results, no catastrophe will happen; we will return to our (nuclear) program and they will return to their sanctions (against Tehran) but the atmosphere against the Islamic Republic won't return to what existed before the negotiations as it has been broken.'" http://t.uani.com/1pFs2OQ

Reuters: "The U.N. nuclear watchdog chief said on Monday Iran had begun implementing transparency measures ahead of an Aug 25 deadline, as part of a long-running investigation into suspected atomic bomb research by Tehran. Yukiya Amano, speaking at Vienna airport after talks with President Hassan Rouhani in the Iranian capital, said he expected progress by next Monday over the five steps the country agreed three months ago. They include providing information about two issues that are part of the U.N. nuclear agency's inquiry into what it calls the possible military dimensions (PMD) of Iran's nuclear program, which Tehran says is entirely peaceful... The two issues in the inquiry that Iran agreed to address by late August concern alleged experiments on explosives that could be used for an atomic device and studies related to calculating nuclear explosive yields. They were among 12 specific areas listed in an IAEA report issued in 2011 with a trove of intelligence indicating a concerted weapons program that was halted in 2003 - when Iran came under increased international pressure. The intelligence also suggested some activities may later have resumed." http://t.uani.com/1p9IY0c

Tasnim (Iran): "Iran's envoy to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said the country would cooperate with the agency only on 'rational issues' to resolve the ambiguities over its peaceful nuclear energy program. 'From our point of view, the allegations are all baseless. The IAEA has not released a single document so far. In fact there is no document at all, but a bunch of information provided by Western intelligence agencies which has no basis. We are trying to refute such allegations one by one while sticking to our principles. We have managed to reasonably convince the Agency that the explosive detonators have been used for peaceful purposes in Iran', said Reza Najafi." http://t.uani.com/1AuL1iT
Nuclear Program & Negotiations

Al-Monitor: "The head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI), Ali Akbar Salehi, protested to the chief of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Yuki Amano, regarding the increases in questions about Iran's explosive detonators and the lengthy process of resolving questions about their nuclear program. 'In previous meetings, we had a memorandum of understanding that in consideration of the answers to the questions of the IAEA about EBW [exploding bridgewire detonator], for them to consider this issue to be closed; but they didn't do this, meaning they want to consider it closed in a half way, which we protested against,' Salehi said on Aug. 18, according to Iranian Students' News Agency (ISNA). EBW is a type of detonator that can be used for industrial purposes, but also for the detonation of nuclear weapons. Salehi said, 'In regard to EBW, before there were not more than two or three questions, but suddenly it turned to 60 questions, which we protested against.'" http://t.uani.com/1tdmtIF

Sanctions Relief

Trend: "Iranian Oil Minister Bijian Namdar Zanganeh said that the country will not limit its oil exports to any certain figure. 'Iran will continue its oil exports in line with the administration's policies,' he said, Iran's Mehr News Agency reported on August 19. 'By increasing gas output the country will be able to export $5 billion worth of oil products in the current year [to end March 20, 2015] and $12 billion worth of oil products in the next calendar year,' Zanganeh said. 'Iran seeks to boost its oil and gas condensates exports,' he said, adding that an increase in oil revenues will help the country's economy to snap out of recession. 'Under the Geneva agreement international oil tankers have no limitation in entering Iranian ports,' he said. 'The Alexandra 1, which is run by Transland Bulk Carriers Limited, called at Iran's Assaluyeh oil port on July 25,' he explained, adding that the tanker was under insurance from the West of England P&I Club." http://t.uani.com/1qmkr4b

Fars (Iran): "Iranian Deputy Oil Minister Roknoddin Javadi voiced satisfaction in the progressive trend of gas production, which has included a 30-percent rise in the country's gas output in the first four months of the current Iranian calendar year (March 21, 2014). 'During the first four months of the current calendar year, our country's gas production has increased 30 percent from the year before,' Javadi said. Javadi, who is also managing-director of National Iranian Oil Company (NIOC), said Iran has stopped importing diesel fuel due to enhanced gas production mainly in the giant offshore South Pars gas field." http://t.uani.com/1ti5Ef1

Sanctions Enforcement & Impact

Bloomberg: "German federal prosecutors charged a German-Iranian national with helping supply the Middle Eastern country's government with components for its rocket program, five years after the man was convicted of a similar offense. Ali Reza B., 63, allegedly provided vacuum pumps, valves and other industrial products with dual civilian and military purposes from 2011 to 2013 to an unidentified Iranian organization that's subject to a European Union trade embargo, the prosecutors office in Karlsruhe said today in a statement, citing charges filed in a Hamburg court. The goods' value totaled about 436,000 euros ($584,000)." http://t.uani.com/1AuIIfM

Human Rights

HRW: "Several dozen prisoners in a northern city are serving prison terms for exercising their basic rights, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. Iranian authorities should immediately and unconditionally release all political prisoners, Human Rights Watch said. The 59-page report, 'Locked Up in Karaj: Spotlight on Political Prisoners in One Iranian City,' is based on a review of 189 cases in three prisons in the city of Karaj, near the capital, Tehran, including the charges they faced, details of their trials before revolutionary courts, and information from lawyers, prisoners' families, and others. Human Rights Watch concluded that in 63 of these cases, authorities had arrested the prisoners, and revolutionary courts had convicted and sentenced them, solely because they exercised fundamental rights such as free speech and rights to peaceful assembly or association. In dozens of other cases, including 35 prisoners sentenced to death on death row for terrorism-related offences, Human Rights Watch suspects egregious due process violations that may have tainted the judicial process." http://t.uani.com/1sRRN0Z

WashPost: "A Washington Post reporter and two other journalists detained last month are being held over 'security issues,' Iran's judiciary spokesman said Monday, offering the first official indication on why they are being held. Post reporter Jason Rezaian, his wife, Yeganeh Salehi, and two photojournalists were detained July 22 here in Iran's capital. One photojournalist was later released. Spokesman Gholam Hossein Mohseni Ejehi told reporters Monday that the case of the three journalists is still in the 'initial stages of investigation.' 'The reason behind their detention is not financial but security issues,' Ejehi said. He did not elaborate." http://t.uani.com/1yV4LJP

Guardian: "Two photographers in Iran have been sentenced to a total of 75 lashes after criticising an illustrated book published by a local official. Both men, who are from Qazvin province, were put on trial when Mohammad-Ali Hazrati, the head of the local cultural heritage organisation, felt insulted by the negative reviews the pair had written in separate posts online about his photography book, 'Qazvin, the Land of Times Past'. The photographers, Khalil Imami and Abbas Alipour, had criticised the official for using public money in publishing a book they felt lacked artistic merit. Hazrati's book is sponsored by Qazvin's municipality and reportedly distributed for free. He is also cultural adviser to Qazvin's governor." http://t.uani.com/1n5ozEQ

Opinion & Analysis

Sasha Eskandarian in the National Post: "It's not difficult for me to remember the horrible days of hardship I experienced as a Baha'i teenager, living in Shiraz, Iran, in the early 1980s. As a member of the Baha'i faith, the largest religious minority community in Iran, life became harder and harder for us as we were being attacked and terrorized in the aftermath of the 1979 Islamic Revolution. Baha'i families in my hometown of Shiraz, including my own, lost their livelihoods. We were scared for our lives, as well. In those years, many members of Baha'i institutions, both at the national and local levels, were arrested and killed. Some were tortured in an effort to force them to recant their faith. Others mysteriously disappeared without a trace. Baha'i homes were attacked by mobs, and some were burned. Even the dead were targeted: Baha'i cemeteries around the country were attacked and destroyed. I vividly remember the Baha'i cemetery in Shiraz. We called it the 'Everlasting Garden,' a place of peace and tranquillity. We visited our departed family and friends' graves, including those of my younger brother and my grandmother. We prayed and meditated there in a loving and spiritual atmosphere. I remember going there after it was attacked, along with a group of youth, to help restore what was left, to plant flowers, water the garden, dig graves in preparation of burials. At a time of crisis, it was a joy to render this service to my community. In 1983, 10 Baha'i women from Shiraz were hung because of their faith. I knew them all. The youngest, Mona Mahmudnizad, was a close friend of mine. We had such a good time together, including many sleepovers where we shared our youthful confidences. She was only 17 years old, and was buried in our 'Everlasting Garden.' Soon after, I left Iran to come to Canada. I was determined not to look back. I wanted to close this chapter of my life forever. I even changed my name, hoping that it would bring a new beginning. Thirty years later, I realize how childish it was to think that I could turn my back on such injustices. How could I forget my family and friends? After all that time, the situation hasn't changed much in Shiraz. Many more Baha'is were killed since I left; many others are in prison. The attacks continue, even if they are overshadowed in the media by other instances of bloodshed elsewhere in the Middle East. Now, the 'Everlasting Garden' is being completely demolished to make way for a new sports and cultural complex. Iran's Revolutionary Guards are destroying whatever was left of the cemetery. As early as the 1980s, the main buildings were destroyed after the property was confiscated by the government. The Guards now are going further. They've started digging out bodies - including those of my brother, grandmother and dear friend Mona - from their resting graves, and placed them in an open canal. They even held a public celebration of the demolition's progress, to which the media was invited. The commander of the Guards gave a speech attacking Baha'is while standing on top of our loved one's graves, or what is left of them. How much longer do Baha'is in Iran need to suffer? Are we hearing the voices of the innocent? I share the suffering of those in Shiraz. They are my family and friends, whose only aim is to follow the precepts of their faith, and work for the betterment of mankind. I invite others to raise their voices to protest this outrageous wrongdoing and help stop this injustice." http://t.uani.com/1uRLZVZ

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Was Israel Justified in Going after Hamas Terrorist Tunnels?

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Was Israel Justified in Going after Hamas Terrorist Tunnels?

by Alan M. Dershowitz  •  August 19, 2014 at 12:00 pm
Hand grenades, rocket-propelled grenades and launchers, and rifle ammunition found inside a tunnel dug from Gaza into Israel near Kibbutz Sufa, July 17, 2014. (Image source: IDF)
The key question—both legally and morally—in evaluating Israel's recent military actions is whether the Israeli government was justified in ordering ground troops into Gaza to destroy the Hamas tunnels. This question is important because most of the deaths—among Palestinian civilians, Hamas terrorists and Israeli soldiers—came about after Israeli ground troops attacked the tunnels.

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