Spanish Pundit (II)

agosto 24, 2007

Francia, Birmania, Alemán secuestrado en Afganistán, las mujeres en el trabajo y el Islam, alce, Sudán, inmigración en USA, ETA, Arabia Saudí y el boom urbanístico, Chávez y Evo y el nuevo atentado de ETA

En Francia, Sarkozy va a impulsar una ley por la que los pederastas deberán elegir entre la castración química o la cadena perpetua, después de que un pederasta reincidente haya secuestrado a un niño de cinco años. El pederasta de 61 años, había sido condenado 3 veces por delitos semejantes pero el médico de la prisión le recetara Viagra, diciendo después que no sabía por qué había sido condenado.

Desde mi punto de vista, hay aquí algunas cuestiones a tratar. La primera, sin duda, es por qué se le permite salir de la cárcel antes de plazo, a pesar de que se había encontrado pornografía infantil en el ordenador que el preso tenía en su prisión. La segunda es cómo un preso en una prisión tiene acceso a pornografía infantil, cuestión que queda ya fuera de mi saber y entender. Pero la tercera, es cómo un médico receta algo (en este caso, viagra) sin conocer el historial médico y delictivo del preso. No puedo entender cómo alguien puede recetar algo sin hacer un diagnóstico o sin conocer los que otros hayan hecho antes. Pues bien, el psiquiatra que le examinó para la vista oral del 2004 dijo que “era un homosexual pedófilo cuya perversión constituía peligro de delito“, añadiendo que era “difícilmente reinsertable“. Como en la práctica totalidad de los delitos sexuales.

Leed a Valea sobre Birmania. Prácticamente no se habla nada de este país en España, pero lo que está pasando allí es penoso. Pero ya se sabe si no sale en los medios no existe…

Un vídeo de noticias alemán han difundido unas imágenes del secuestrado Rudolf Blechschmidt, tosiendo y carraspeando mientras habla (en el enlace está el video):

“Soy un prisionero de los talibán en Afganistán,” dice el hombre, que se identificó como Rudolf Blechschmidt.
“Pido a mis amigos, a mi familia, a mis dos hijos que presionen más al Gobierno alemán para que nos liberen.”
“Tengo muy mala salud,” dice. “Mi medicación para el corazón se me termina en tres días.”

En Afganistán, el hermano del Mulá Omar Dadullah, Mansur, ha declarado que Osama Bin Laden está vivo y extremadamente activo. h/t NoisyRoom.Net.

En Cuba, la policía secreta ha amenazado a cuatro pastores con penas de entre 25 y 50 años de prisión si continuaban recibiendo asistencia financiera del exterior. Serán acusados de anti-revolucionarios y conspiradores contra el Gobierno.

Un americano convertido al Islam, Yousef al-Khattab, llama a los coreanos secuestrados en Afganistán “terroristas” y sonríe cuando piensa en el momento en que degollaron a Daniel Pearl. Simpático, pacífico, alianzador y… atractivo. Ejem, ved la foto y vereis por qué lo digo.

Más sobre los derechos de las mujeres desde el punto de vista Islam radical: “las mujeres simplemente no son aceptadas por la comunidad musulmana. Así que no deben hacer este trabajo“. Quien habla así es Mohammed, un empleado del servicio de integración (¡!) de Antwerp:

Me mira seriamente. “Esto es lo que hay, y por eso prefiero no trabajar con una mujer, eso simplemente no funciona.” Está protestando de otra colega, una mujer flamenca que es su superior. 😈 (lo que le molesta es que la mujer no-musulmana sea su jefa).

Mohammed no cree que esta mentalidad sobre las  mujeres y el trabajo está mal. De hecho, si alguien le cuestiona su actitud, es esta persona quien está equivocada porque es su cultura y su creencia, que es la que él acepta y nosotros, los flamencos, no. Consecuentemente, tenemos que aceptarle, hasta que le “entendamos” también a él.

Habría que ver también cuantos no-musulmanes quieren tener una jefa… 😉 Eeh, pero no es lo mismo, ehh? Una cosa es que puedan ser jefas y otra es que sea mi jefa… 😀

La nueva causa del cambio climático: el reno escandinavo (también lo ha visto Barcepundit):

Al pobre reno escandinavo se le acusa ahora de ser el responsable del cambio climático, porque, según investigadores en Noruega, un reno adulto puede producir 2.100 kilos de metano por año – equivalente al  mismo CO2 que produce un viaje en coche durante 13.000 kilómetros.

¡Pobre Papa Noël! A este paso se queda sin transporte…

Mientras en Sudán (h/t NMJ):

La oficina principal para la defensa de los Derechos Humanos de la ONU ha revelado algunos nuevos detalles escabrosos de las violaciones de mujeres de Darfur, por soldados y milicia del gobierno, y ha acusado al Gobierno sudanés de dejar de investigarlo. “Muchos de los abusos constituyen también crímenes de guerra,” dice el reportaje de Louise Arbour, Alta Comisionada de las NNUU para los Derechos Humanos. Miembros de las fuerzas armadas sudanesas y sus aliados de las milicias sometieron a 50 mujeres a múltiples violaciones y otras formas de violencia en un ataque en la ciudad de Deribat el pasado diciembre, según dice. También secuestraron a varios niños…Los testimonios de las víctimas indican que los ataques fueron cometidos por miembros de las fuerzas armadas sudanesas y grupos afiliados, según el reportaje.

La oficina de la Sra. Arbour urgió al Gobierno sudanés para que “estableciera un órgano independiente para investigar el secuestro, violaciones y esclavitud secual cometidas en la región,” y dijo que los sospechosos debían ser llevados ante la justicia. También dice que los militares y sus aliados han estado usando la violación como parte de un asalto más amplio contra las personas que pertenecen a la misma étnia que los rebeldes de Darfur. El reportaje dice que los representantes de las NNUU presentaron pruebas preliminares a las autoridades locales de Darfur, pero “que ninguna investigación fue llevada a cabo por las autoridades,” dijo. El Gobierno sudanés no hizo ningún comentario al respecto. (¿Qué esperaban? ¿Que dieran una rueda de prensa? De verdad, es que los periodistas son … de lo que no hay…).

El reportaje dice que una mujer que fue secuestrada de Deribat con su hija de 16 años describió cómo las mujeres fueron violadas unas viéndolo las otras. Las que se resistían eran golpeadas con palos, dice el informe.

Creo que no es necesario comentar nada. Penoso que hasta ahora la ONU no haya dicho ni hecho nada. Mientras Sudán desafía el embargo de armas impuesto por la ONU, dejando caer armas en Sudán desde aviones, según Amnistía Internacional. Así que Sudán ha expulsado a los diplomáticos occidentales. 😡

Manuel Molares do Val escribe sobre la inmigración en USA dos posts claves: Legales contra Aliens y Remember The Alamo. No, las cosas no son de risa, por mucho que algunos hagan vídeos que resulten graciosos. Ni siquiera los hispanoamericanos residentes en USA de forma legal quieren que se permita la inmigración ilegal: el 85 por ciento de los alrededor de 45 millones de hispanos residentes legales en ese país están en contra de que se le conceda cualquier legalización o amnistía a los que las reclaman. Y se están organizando.

En Rusia, mientras este verano hacían campamentos para procrear porque la natalidad está muy baja, Putin rearma al país. Mientras, la situación social sigue siendo penosa, con resultados aún peores

El blogger conservador americano Ed Morrisey, que bloguea en Captain’s Quarters, ha remodelado su web. h/t bRight and Early. Si quereis leer a un excelente blogger conservador americano, ya sabeis dónde debeis ir.

Isle escribe sobre Baleares: comienza el ataque a las libertades ciudadanas. Al igual que él, yo también digo que esto era previsible.

Desde Arabia Saudí, Equisese escribe sobre el nuevo edificio proyectado en La Meca, que se anuncia con el siguiente slogan: “Sé vecino del Profeta“:

El artículo se queja de que diversos lugares, como la casa del Mahoma, están siendo “invadidos” por hoteles y construcciones en lugares adyacentes. Uno de los proyectos en desarrollo más visibles son las Abraj Al-Bait, las Torres de la Casa, que se están levantando en las inmediaciones de la Gran Mezquita, donde cada año millones de musulmanes acuden en peregrinación. Este edificio tendrá una superficie construida mayor que la del Pentágono y en su base existe ya un centro comercial donde es posible ver a peregrinos (con sus toallitas de peregrinaje) comprando en un Body Shop (uff, cómo comprarán en ese sitio, con lo poco higiénicos que somos los occidentales). La inmobiliaria de dicho edificio se anuncia en la prensa local como: “Se vecino del Profeta”, pues desde el mismo se tienen perfectas vistas al interior de la mezquita. Muchas voces críticas han sido levantadas contra este boom de la construcción, donde parte de la familia real está siendo favorecida económicamente.

O sea, el slogan debería ser “Sé vecino del Profeta, mientras la familia real todavía gana más dinero (para su revolución wahabbista…)“. 😡 Ayyyyssss…

Chávez y el NYT. Kate me explicó que esto no es un editorial del periódico si no anónimo. Como una carta al director…

Desde Bolivia, el imitador de Chávez, Evo se enfrenta a una nueva crisis:

El presidente de Bolivia, Evo Morales, afronta una grave crisis política tras la decisión de la Asamblea Constituyente de suspender sus sesiones y después de que el oficialismo aprobara en el Congreso, en ausencia de la oposición, un juicio contra cuatro magistrados del Tribunal Constitucional.
La jornada estuvo llena tensión y violencia en la ciudad de La Paz ante una batalla campal protagonizada en el Congreso por legisladores del oficialismo y la oposición, mientras en Sucre se registraron choques entre manifestantes y la policía que causaron varios heridos.

Ayer un coche bomba explotó en Durango (Elentir también ha posteado las fotos). Pero Jimmy “Flower Power” Carter dice al respecto de la ETA y España:

Mi propia esperanza y preferencia es que este tema será resuelto dentro de este país, directamente entre el gobierno de España y los responsables de la comunidad vasca a través de la negociación directa”. Carter, en suma, aprueba la “negociación” con los terroristas –a los que eufemísticamente llama “responsables de la comunidad vasca”- y quebranta así una ley que es inalterable en la política norteamericana: la de no negociar jamás con los terroristas. Claro está que eso a Carter le importa poco, como ya demostró en los años de su fatídica presidencia, una de las peores valoradas en toda la historia de los presidentes norteamericanos.

Por último, los fans de “24” en USA no están muy contentos con la nueva incorporación (femenina, claro. Si ponen a un tío horroroso/mal arreglado/etc., siempre se acabaría diciendo: “Hombre, pero es buen actor”…). 😈

marzo 24, 2007

Reappointment of Saudi cabinet disappoints reformers

Filed under: Arabia Saudí,Islamismo — Nora @ 12:46 am

FT.com:

Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah has reappointed his entire cabinet for another four-year term, surprising many who had been expecting changes.

It was the first time King Abdullah had named a cabinet since ascending the throne in August 2005 after the death of his brother, King Fahd.

People were hoping for more reformers and more efficient ministers in general. There are a lot of ministers who became ministers because of their personal relations with King Fahd, so society expected there would be reforms,” said Abdelaziz al-Qassim, a lawyer.

Rumours had circulated about whether Saud al-Feisal, the veteran foreign minister whose health has been frail, would want to retain his post, but these had died down in recent weeks as the government embarked on a diplomatic campaign and sought to reassert its regional authority, said one diplomat.

There had also been speculation about whether there would be changes in the oil, education, labour and industry ministries.

Education reform is one of the most controversial issues the government has to tackle, pitting reformers against the ultraconservative religious establishment, and is viewed as key to ensuring young Saudis develop the skills to enter the job market and are not lured into radical circles.

The labour ministry has also been unpopular for attempting reforms to reduce Saudi businesses’ reliance on cheap foreign labour.

Well, hope is the last thing that dies…

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El rey de Arabia Saudí, Abdullah, ha vuelto a nombrar a todo su gobierno, a pesar de las críticas que se venían realizando a los ministro de Trabajo -quería modificar la dependencia de los negocios saudíes de mano de obra barata y extranjera- y del ministro de educación -debido al movimiento “ultraconservador”… debería decir wahabista…-. El nombramiento también ha desilusionado a los reformistas que se esperaban alguna decisión que significara algo de apertura.


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marzo 17, 2007

Pakistan update: demonstrations against Musharraf and AlQaeda’s sanctuary

Pakistan is ruled by Gen. Musharraf, a US-backed General, who is being hardly critisized by the international community (and the US) because of two facts: his lack of respect for Human Rights and for not fighting AL-Qaeda in his territory.

Last of Gen. Musharraf’s doings is related in Winds of Change.net about the case of ex-Chief Pakistani Judge Iftikhar Mohammad Chaudhry. Facts show that the Judge had begun to take his role too seriously and could damage the intention of Gen. Musharraf not to give up Government this year as he had promissed. So Gen Musharraf has first, forced him to resign and, after, when the Judge refused, was held 5 hours in custody without allowing him to make phone calls. He was then placed under arrest, his case being submitted to the Chief Supreme Justice Council to hear it on March 13th. His charges have been secret. He has been finally suspended and violent protests are rising throughout Pakistan.

Riots in Pakistan

According to Telegraph,

Pakistani riot police today stormed the studios of a private television station in an effort to quell growing unrest over the dismissal of the country’s most senior judge.

Officers tear-gassed the channel’s employees after editors refused to stop broadcasting footage of demonstrations in support of Chief Justice Iftikhar Chaudry, who was suspended on Friday.

Mr Chaudry, known for his independent stance, is accused of “misconduct and misuse of authority”, a vague charge that critics say was concocted by President Pervez Musharraf.

They claim he was sacked because he might oppose any attempt by Mr Musharraf to stay on as head of the army. He is meant to relinquish his military role this year.

Riot police targeted Geo News’ Islamabad office because a camera stationed on the roof was filming anti-government demonstrations taking place on the streets below.

More about this attack to the Press freedom in Global Voices Online.

So who is to blame for the attack? The 14 policemen who took part who have been suspended.

Pajamas Media reports that the Government cannot find a single lawyer to defend it in its case before Tribunals.

Telegraph adds Gen. Mussharraf is facing the most serious challenge to his rule. It reports:

Hundreds of lawyers gathered to protest outside the supreme court shouting “Go, Musharraf, go!” and “America has a dog in a uniform!”

Senior figures from Pakistan’s major opposition political parties joined the protests and thousands of supporters of an alliance of six Islamic parties clashed with anti-riot police after Friday prayers.

Mr Chaudhry, who is effectively under house arrest and who was roughed-up by police on his way to the court for the first hearing earlier this week, said: “They are absolutely useless allegations. I am not going to resign”.

Gen. Musharraf considers the demonstrations are “a call against the nation“.

The lawyers are fighting back with stones. Not very peaceful demonstration…

Of course, respect for Human rights and fighting Al-Qaeda are somewhat difficult in an overwhelming hard-stand Muslim country in which that there are ten thousand madrassas who are forming 2 million would-be martyrs a year (h/t to MNM and The Gathering storm):

In Pakistan, ten thousand madrassahs prepare two million martyrs a year. On top of that, 198,166 primary, middle and secondary schools are working hard at manufacturing 27 million closet martyrs. Walk into any classroom of any government-run school and ninety-five per cent of what’s on display is martyrs. What we have thus managed to create is an ideal ‘culture of death’; a whole society of death worshippers.

There are certain parts of Pakistan in which having a shade can be cause of death (h/t Stormwarning’s Counterterrorism):

The government is unable to protect us so we will abide by what the Taliban tells us to do and stop shaving beards,” said Niamat, a barber in Khar, the headquarters of the Bajaur tribal agency along the Pakistan-Afghanistan border.

And the Taliban mean business, On Sunday night, bombs destroyed two barber shops and three others suffered partial damage after the owners refused to follow the orders.

“I am a Muslim and I know that no one can force me to shave or not to shave. This should be my decision,” said Nasir, a regular customer, wearing a green turtleneck sweater and jeans. “But I was threatened. They asked if I will obey the new laws; I will obey because I am afraid.”

And the problem is that barbers are normally very poor people:

A shave costs less than 2 cents — but the Taliban edict forbidding barbers to shave or even trim beards will cause severe economic hardship, and put many of the 200 barbers in Bajaur out of business.

Barbers are poor people, they have no other business,” said Ikram, another regular customer. “If they can’t give shaves, they will not be able to feed their children.”

A group of barbers told NBC News that their business had declined by 70 percent since the Taliban issued the edict.

So, this makes rather difficult fight Al-Qaeda and its leader, Bin Laden, which is said to be now living in Waziristan, and helping Afghan Talibans to regain power. Pakistan denied on March 7th, 2007 any new activity about this new quest for Bin Laden and friends (h/t RT). But there was a report in which a much more active presence of CIA was pointed out especially in the North zone, where the Pakistani armed forces had left some months ago due to the much critisized peace-deal with the tribal leaders. From the ABC Blog “The Blotter”:

Director of National Intelligence Mike McConnell testified last week that current intelligence “to the best of our knowledge” puts both bin Laden and al Zawahri in Pakistan. It was the first time a high-ranking U.S. official publicly identified Pakistan as bin Laden’s hiding place.

In this context, Pakistan has menaced to stop anti-terror cooperation with US, if American military aid is made conditional on the country’s commitment to fight Al-Qaeda and, at the same time, 2 top Pakistan nuclear scientist are said to be in Taliban custody (h/t to Stormwarning Terrorism). We know that Taliban and Al-Qaeda are now allies to fight international forces in Afghanistan.

The visit of Cheney made that Pakistan detained Obaidullah, although the Pakistani Government rushed to say there was no connection. Some days later Afghanistan has detained also Sidi Akbar, who not only helped Al-Qaeda leader to escape, but also hosted him in the Eastern province of Aghanistan called Nuristan. His nationality? He is a Pakistani (h/t to RT). He is reportedly very close to Bin Laden and is believed to have “accompanied the Saudi terrorist leader from the Pakistani region of Chitral to the Afghan province of Nuristan. The report did not specify when the terrorist leader made this move but it is believed to have happened some months ago“.

But there is more. According to Crusade Media:

While al-Qaeda will continue to operate in Afghanistan and Iraq, it will broaden its global perspective to include Europe and hostile Muslim states, and is ready to resume the offensive. New fronts will soon be opened in several countries throughout the Middle East and North Africa, where al-Qaeda has its own command and control apparatus. The group’s alliance with the Taliban in Afghanistan, however, is under strain, as the latter have struck a deal with Pakistan over mutual cooperation, which is anathema to al-Qaeda.

Although al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden has not made any recent public pronouncements, he is said to be active in al-Qaeda’s planning. [snip]

ASIA TIMES ONLINE’s contact said that al-Qaeda is so powerful in Saudi Arabia that the monarchy had no choice but to strike a deal. Similarly, it was al-Qaeda’s choice, he said, that it concentrate this year on Iraq. The intention is to consolidate in Iraq to the extent that al-Qaeda and the “coalition of the willing” have their respective and identified occupied areas from which to fight each other. The Saudi front is thus only deferred until al-Qaeda gains sufficient ground in Iraq. [snip]

Previously, Iran allowed al-Qaeda members to pass through its territory on the way to Iraq or other places. But in the wake of the sectarian troubles in Iraq, Tehran is somewhat hostile toward al-Qaeda. So it remains unclear whether Iran will facilitate al-Qaeda entering Iraq and destabilizing a Shi’ite government that is pro-American, but certainly also friendly with Iran.

[About Afghanistan, see my post here].

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Los disturbios de Pakistán generados por el arresto del Presidente del Tribunal Supremo por el Gen Mussharraf, cuando éste ha considerado que el Juez podía oponerse a su intención de continuar al frente del Gobierno, aún después de la fecha en que se había comprometido a dejarlo. El Gen. ha dicho que las protestas son un ataque a la Nación.

Asimismo, la lucha contra Al-Qaeda no va muy bien en un país en el que parece ser que se encuentra Bin Laden, en la zona limítrofe con Afganistán lo que está dificultando la lucha en este país. La influencia de los Talibanes, que acompañan a Bin Laden, se ha hecho sentir, imponiendo entre otras leyes como la de que cortarse la barba puede significar la muerte. Esta amenaza ha hecho que los barberos estén prácticamente en la calle.


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marzo 3, 2007

Compensations for going non-nuclear

Filed under: Arabia Saudí,Corea del Norte,Iran,Lybia,Turquía — Nora @ 9:31 pm

If some months ago I wrote about Gadaffi wanting compensation to stop immigrants coming from Europe, today Gadaffi wants compensation for Lybia being non-nuclear:

Col Gaddafi says the West has not properly compensated his country because it has failed to transform its nuclear weapons programme into nuclear power.

Speaking to BBC diplomatic correspondent James Robbins, Col Gaddafi said this meant the West had lost bargaining power with countries like Iran and North Korea.

“This should be a model to be followed, but Libya is disappointed because the promises given by America and Britain were not fulfilled,” he said.

“And therefore those countries said ‘we are not going to follow Libya’s example because Libya abolished its programme without any compensation’.”

Mr Gaddafi said that the US and Britain had a duty to help Libya develop civilian nuclear power plants.

“They said if you abolish your war programme we will help you to develop your nuclear abilities into peaceful ones. This has not happened.”

Our correspondent says the Libyan leader may have been bargaining for foreign investment, but a return to hostility does not seem to be on the cards.

Ejem….

But ¿is North Korea disarming itself or not? Ehhh, well, we don’t know. What we know is that they are going to began receiving the benefits for their disarmament. The United States, for one, has trashed its previously assertive position with the north and is now considering early provision of fuel aid. The south, meanwhile, will eventually be resuming rice and fertilizer aid as soon as the deadline for disarmament passes. I am sure the aid is not going to reach the needy -in Russian- (thanks to military photos -in English-).

And Iran wants Russia, China and … Turkey to help them because they are hoping US will just leave them to have their bombs.

Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki has been authorized by the Teheran regime to form a series of alliances that would neutralize any new sanctions imposed by the United Nations. Mottaki’s focus has been Iran’s neighbor Turkey, led by an Islamic government that has become increasingly anti-American.

Mottaki (Iranian FM) with lovable and loyal Erdogan

Mottaki wants to form strategic ties with Turkey based on Teheran’s huge crude oil and natural gas reserves. Borrowing a leaf from the book of Iraq’s late Saddam Hussein, Mottaki has offered Ankara a deal: energy for illicit trade that would bolster Teheran’s military and strategic programs.
Last week Mottaki outlined Iran’s offer in talks with Turkish leaders in Ankara. The foreign minister was blunt. Teheran would immediately increase trade from the current $6.7 billion by another $10 billion through the sale of Iranian energy to Turkey.

Hmm, yes, that convinces me more to deny Turkey entry in the EU.

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Gadaffi pidió hace unos meses a Europa 10.000 millones de euros anuales para África, considerándolo la única manera de que se pudiera parar la inmigración masiva. Ahora ha dicho a la BBC que Libia no fue compensada lo suficiente por dejar su programa nuclear y que esto es lo que hace rechazar las propuestas de desarme a Corea del Norte y a Irán.

Ehhh, pero ¿no habíamos quedado que Corea del Norte se estaba desarmando? Lo del desarme no está claro, pero ya se sabe que USA Y Corea del Sur van a empezar a pagar por el desarme nuclear norcoreano. USA está pensando (ya) enviar una ayuda de combustible y Corea del Norte pronto mandará arroz y ayuda en fertilizantes. Estoy segura que no a la población no le llegará esa ayuda.

Pero, sin duda, lo peor es que Irán está intentando que TURQUÍA le ayude como Siria apoyó a Sadam. Si lo hace, Teherán le ha prometido a través de su Ministro de Exteriores Mottaki, un inmediato aumento del comercio mutuo de 6.7 billones de dólares al año a 10 billones por la venta de energía iranía a Turquía para que la venda al resto de Europa.

En cuanto a la relación Irán-Arabia Saudí, era algo cantado desde que visitó Arabia Saudí Ali Larijani y después el Príncipe Saudí Bandar al Sultan fue de visita oficial a Irán.


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marzo 1, 2007

Some links

Good news from Darfur as the International Criminal Court has begun naming the ones who had been committing attrocities in Darfur (Counterterrorism Blog).

Luis Moreno-Ocampo singled out Ahmad Muhammad Harun, now a state minister for humanitarian affairs who was state minister of the interior, along with Ali Muhammad Ali Abd-al-Rahman (also known as Ali Kushayb), a leader of the Darfur militia known as the Janjaweed, in a total of 51 crimes against humanity and war crimes. The filing marked the first accusations against named individuals as a prelude to a trial.

Anyway, Sudan has already said they are not giving this people to the Court.

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Also the situation in Afghanistan begins to worry a lot of people -about time!- (Thanks to Epaminondas):

We know now that allowing al-Qaeda a safe haven can have terrible consequences for U.S. homeland security. And yet the Bush administration appears to be letting the threat develop again. For several months U.S. intelligence officials and independent observers have been telling journalists — most recently at the New York Times — that al-Qaeda has established several camps in the Pakistani territory of North Waziristan, along the Afghan border. Those camps are populated by Pakistani, Afghan and foreign militants; some may be Westerners who are being trained for attacks in Europe or the United States.

The camps have operated unhindered since at least September, when Pakistan’s military ruler, Pervez Musharraf, agreed to a separate peace deal with local Taliban leaders. Since then, cross-border attacks by the Taliban into Afghanistan have tripled, according to the U.S. military. Taliban and al-Qaeda leaders in Waziristan have developed a “complex cooperative relationship,” Lt. Gen. Karl W. Eikenberry, the outgoing U.S. commander in Afghanistan, testified before the House Armed Services Committee last week. Yet no action has been taken, either by the United States or by Pakistan, its nominal ally in the war on terrorism.

Spanish on-line newspaper Nuevo Digital, as brave and unprejudiced as ever, writes about the use of human shields by Taliban and insurgent forces in Afghanistan and Iran.

First in Iraq:

Boys on bikes cycle backwards and forwards on a footbridge over a small canal lined with houses and groves of date palms. Women in headscarves look anxiously in groups from windows. Men walk with shopping bags. A gunman, clutching an AK-47, bobs his head around the corner of an alleyway close to a school. Once. Twice. On the third occasion a child, a boy seven or eight years old, is thrust out in front of him. The gunman holds him firmly by the arm and steps out for instant into full view of the Bradley’s gunner to get a proper look, then yanks the boy back and disappears.

“That is really dirty,” says Specialist Chris Jankow, in the back of the Bradley, with a mixture of contempt, anger and frustration. “They know exactly what our rules of engagement are. They know we can’t fire back.” A few minutes and a few hundred metres later the performance is repeated. A woman and three small children emerge uncertainly from behind a building, little more than a shack. They stare at the approaching armour. After a few seconds they retreat from view; then the process is repeated. The third time they emerge, a fighter is crouching behind them with a rocket-propelled grenade aimed at Jankow’s Bradley. The group disappears.

Secondly in Afghanistan:

Taliban fighters used children as human shields to flee heavy fighting this week during an operation by foreign and Afghan forces to clear rebels from around a key hydro-electric dam, NATO said on Wednesday.

The Taliban have used human shields before, but never children, local residents say.

[…] “During this action … Taliban extremists resorted to the use of human shields. Specifically, using local Afghan children to cover as they escaped out of the area,” Colonel Tom Collins, a spokesman for the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF), told reporters in Kabul.

So, what is going to say now the anti-war crowd??? Are they going to demonstrate against these brave warriors?

He links to some interesting news: how Human Shields are preparing themselves to go to Iran and protect sewage plants and power stations -bet they’ll be around Iranian peaceful nuclear sites?- and how Spanish Socialists blamed Israel for civilian losses when Hizbollah were using them -both children and women- to protect the armed men?

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In the West Bank there is a campaign of rapes against Jewish women, according to the police who has detained already 6 suspects (Thanks to Fausta and Pamela). The rapes are a vengeance to the “deeds of the IDF in Palestinian territories“. The women -more teenagers- were raped at bus stops or in designated hitchhiking points.

This is no importance for Putin, that now wants International Community to lift the embargo on the Palestinian Authority whatever the situation and the ideas of Hamas on Israel.

Opinion Journal wrote about the relationship between Europe and the Iranian mullahs.

In the absence of an official embargo against Tehran, private EU companies have sought commercial opportunities in Iran. But the real story here is that these businesses are subsidized by European taxpayers. Government-backed export guarantees have fueled the expansion in trade. That, in turn, has boosted Iran’s economy and–indirectly by filling government coffers with revenues–its nuclear program. The German record stands out. In its 2004 annual report on export guarantees, Berlin’s Economics Ministry dedicated a special section to Iran that captures its giddy excitement about business with Tehran.

Coalition against terrorism is asking Egypt and Saudi Arabia to stop broadcasting terror.

“Removing the vile al-Zawraa broadcasts which incite violence against innocent Iraqis and those trying to build a peaceful democracy was a good first step by Egypt,” said Mark Dubowitz, the executive director of the coalition and chief operating officer of FDD. “But Egypt and Saudi Arabia, two of our supposed allies in the war on terrorism, must also pull Hezbollah’s and Hamas’s equally dangerous programming, roll back the Iranian regime’s propaganda efforts and disavow all terrorist controlled media outlets that use their satellites to recruit followers and incite violent attacks.”

About time, too.

So Israelis have overwhelmingly voted for “Push the button“, a song which is seen as an answer to lovely and peaceful Ahmadinejad.

First peacekeepers have entered Somalia. But I do not know how 30 Soldiers are going to change the bad situation that the country is living.

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If yesterday I wrote about the re-arming of Venezuela, looks like Chávez is buying MORE weapons. El Diario Exterior reports that Venezuela is going to buy 9 diesel submarines. The doubt is whether they are going to be Scorpene (French-Spanish production) or Amur (Russian). And then Venezuela will have the greatest Navy in South-America.

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US has detained some criminals (66) from a drug-related network. Mr Gonzales said the ring – allegedly run by Victor Emilio Cazares Gastellum – distributed cocaine, marijuana and other drugs throughout the United States.

El Tribunal Penal Internacional ha comenzado a determinar quiénes son los causantes de la masacre de Darfur y de la creación de los Janjaweed: entre otros, se señala como culpables, a Ahmad Muhammad Harun, ahora el Ministro de Estado para las Cuestiones Humanitarias, que era entonces el Ministro de Estado De Interior, junto con Ali Muhammad Ali Abd-al-Rahman, líder de las Janjaweed, de un total de 51 crímenes contra la Humanidad y otros crímenes de guerra. Sudán ya ha dicho que no va a entregarlos y que, al no haber firmado el tratado de constitución del Tribunal, no va a reconocer ninguna resolución que dicte al respecto.

También los periodistas -incluso el New York Times y el Washington Post- comienzan a preocuparse por la situación en Afganistán. Precisamente, después de que diversas fuentes señalen que este país se está convirtiendo en un paraíso seguro para Al-Qaeda y los Talibanes, que han desarrollado una relación compleja de cooperación según el General Eikenberry, el saliente comandante de las tropas de EEUU, en su declaración ante el Comité de Servicios Militares del Congreso. A pesar de eso, no se ha tomado ninguna acción.

The Guardian ha publicado un reportaje en el que muestra cómo usan los Talibanes y los insurgentes iraquíes a niños y mujeres para proteger a los bravos combatientes. A ver si nuestros queridos amigos de Telecinco y los del “No a la guerra, Sí a la Kultura y a la Manipulación para que me den más subvenciones y No a EEUU aunque sí a sus premios que son muy glamurosos, se manifiestan en contra de este tipo de comportamientos que también practica Hizbollah contra Israel y los Tigres Tamiles en Sri Lanka.

Se está produciendo una campaña de violaciones en la Franja Oeste. Las víctimas, en su mayoría adolescentes, fueron violadas en paradas de autobús o en puntos para realizar auto-stop señalados. ¿La razón? La venganza por lo que las Fuerzas Israelíes están haciendo en la Franja de Gaza. Muy bien: o sea, que como no puedo ganar la guerra, simplemente violo a unas cuantas mujeres…

Esto no parece importarle a Putin que quiere levantar las sanciones a la Autoridad Nacional Palestina, aunque continúe teniendo Hamas los mismos objetivos.

Mientras los europeos seguimos subsidiando al régimen iraní. Resulta que a los Gobiernos se les nota a la legua la ambición de hacer negocios con Irán, país con el que no existe un embargo por parte de Europa. Así, empresas con garantía de los Gobiernos Europeos están llevando a cabo florecientes relaciones comerciales. Alemania, por ejemplo, tiene una sección especial de su Ministerio de Economía dedicada exclusivamente a hacer negocios con Irán… que considera a Europa un escudo protector frente a EEUU.

La Coalición contra el terrorismo ha iniciado una campaña para que Egipto y Arabia Saudí dejen de promover el terrorismo a través de la radio y la TV. Ya lo han conseguido con otras cadenas, pero quieren que dejen de emitir en estos países Al-Manar, la tele de Hizbullá, y Al-Aqsa, la de Hamas. A ver si lo consiguen-

Así que los israelíes no se han cortado un pelo y han votado masivamente una canción que se titula “Da al botón” para ir a Eurovisión. La letra es la siguiente:

El mundo está lleno de terror, si alguien comete un error, nos va a explotar hacia el reino que viene.

Hay algunos mandatarios locos, que se esconden y tratan de volvernos locos, con deseo demoníaco y tecnológico de hacer daño.

¿A quién me recuerda?

Los primeros “pacificadores” han entrado en Somalia. Claro que, con el alarmante número de 30, creo que por el momento, no van a hacer mucho…

El Diario Exterior informa de que Chávez va a comprar 9 submarinos Diésel, bien de marca Scorpene (fabricación franco-española …) o bien los rusos Amur.

Resumen: menuda mierda de mundo.


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febrero 20, 2007

Of supposed friends and enemies

Filed under: Arabia Saudí,Iran,Jordania,terrorismo,terroristas,USA — Nora @ 12:54 am

The dialogue does not produce any result for Iranian nuclear problem:

Iran’s foreign ministry on Sunday dismissed talk of immediate suspension of uranium enrichment ahead of this week’s UN Security Council deadline despite a recent flurry of Iranian diplomacy that had raised hopes of a compromise.

Intensifying US pressure on Iran, particularly over Tehran’s alleged support for Shia militias in Iraq, has led Tehran’s political elite to call on the leadership to exercise caution on the nuclear issue, fearing it would be used by Washington as a justification for military action.

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The International Atomic Energy Agency, the UN nuclear watchdog, will report on Wednesday on Iranian compliance with a December UN Security Council resolution. That decision imposed sanctions on Iran’s trade in sensitive nuclear technology and material to force it to stop uranium enrichment, a process that can produce fuel for nuclear reactors or atomic weapons.

Analysts in Tehran say that while discussion of “suspension” is no longer taboo, the proposals it is considering fall short of the full, unconditional halt that the UN is demanding.

According to Mohammed ElBaradei, United Nations’ chief nuclear, Iran has mastered crucial nuclear technology since August and could be as little as six months away from being able to enrich uranium on an industrial scale.

In an interview with the Financial Times, Mohamed ElBaradei, director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency, said Tehran was overwhelmingly likely to miss a UN deadline on Wednesday to suspend enrichment, which can produce both nuclear fuel and weapons grade material.

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Since August last year Iran has been using centrifuges at a pilot plant in the town of Natanz to enrich uranium. Although Tehran insists its purposes are purely peaceful, it has refused to halt the process. Both the US and Israel have warned that Iran might reach a “point of no return” in its nuclear programme by mastering the technology of uranium enrichment.

Mr ElBaradei added that US and British intelligence estimates said that Iran was still five to 10 years away from developing a nuclear bomb and warned against “hype” over Tehran’s nuclear progress.

He argued that even if the concern that Tehran might acquire technical knowledge about uranium enrichment was “relevant six months ago, it is not relevant today because Iran has been running these centrifuges for at least six months”.

The UN inspector added, however, that “there’s a big difference between acquiring the knowledge for enrichment and developing a bomb”.

He said Iran could install an industrial scale capacity of 3,000 centrifuges – enough to begin producing fissile material for a bomb – within months.

So, the problem now is when Iran will have the nuclear bomb, not if he will have it.

At the same time, Russia has announced that they will be delaying the Iran atomic power plant start-up, as Iran is behind payments.

A source in Russia’s nuclear power agency Rosatom told Reuters it was obvious the timetable for the Bushehr plant needed to be “corrected” because Tehran had not made payments for the work for more than a month.

Moscow had been due to start nuclear fuel deliveries for the plant in March, ahead of the reactor’s planned September start. It was unclear how long the delay would be. Moscow has already pushed back completion several times, citing technical reasons.

Iranian nuclear plant in Bushehr

Atomstroiexport, the Russian state company in charge of the Bushehr work, said existing U.N. sanctions against Iran were also contributing to the delays because of a trading ban on certain atomic equipment.

“There are certain obstacles affecting our work in Bushehr,” said spokeswoman Irina Yesipova. “Because of the embargo a number of third countries declined to supply equipment (to Iran). That’s why Russian producers have to provide all the equipment all of a sudden. It’s a tough situation.”

Washington wants Moscow to stop building the Bushehr plant altogether, believing it is encouraging Iran’s bid to master uranium enrichment technology, the issue at the heart of Tehran’s nuclear dispute with the West.

ElBaradei told a London conference on Monday that Western powers needed to reassure Tehran over its own security rather than just ratchet up international sanctions.

If I am not mistaken, no one had menaced Iran. In fact, it was Ahmadinejad the one who menaced Israel. And NOW is supporting several rebellions and terrorist groups. US has evidence that now they are sending weapons to Iraq.

Iran is also planning to destroy ancient archaeological sites. Of course, no MSM has said nothing. Stephania in The American Thinker tells all about this:

Not yet satisfied with ruling Iran by Shari’a, radical Islam is set to wipe out all traces of an ancient civilization deemed as “un-Islamic”. On January 22, 2007, the Islamic Republic’s Minister of Energy announced the decision to flood the Sivand Dam, which will destroy the ancient archeological sites of Pasargad and Bolaghi Gorge, where the mausoleum of Cyrus is located. The sad event is scheduled to take place during the days marking the anniversary of the second Islamist invasion of Iran – that is, the Khomeinist “revolution”.

Iranian people demonstrating against this measure

From the Guardian: Once George Bush has got hold of a bad idea -referring to the possibility of invading Iran-, he just can’t let it go. In the article, the author considers that US is taking the same steps the took with Iraq, and insists on the bad situation this country is now.

Anyway, even more dangerous is Saudi Arabia:

These countries for the most part have been passive and disengaged. They have declined to provide debt relief or substantial economic assistance to the Iraqi government. Several Iraqi Sunni Arab politicians complained that Saudi Arabia has not provided political support for their fellow Sunnis within Iraq. One observed that Saudi Arabia did not even send a letter when the Iraqi government was formed, whereas Iran has an ambassador in Iraq. Funding for the Sunni insurgency comes from private individuals within Saudi Arabia and the Gulf States, even as those governments help facilitate U.S. military operations in Iraq by providing basing and overflight rights and by cooperating on intelligence issues.

Saudi Arabia AND Jordan, both united in supporting the terrorists insurgents:

The Americans have also been coy about the threat to their helicopters. At least six are now admitted to have been downed by hostile fire, and the number could be as high as 50, including a Chinook loaded with dozens of troops. Who is doing this and how, the Americans will not say – for obvious security reasons. But the chances are that at least some of the helicopters have been downed by those Sunni extremist pals of Saudi Arabia and Jordan – which hardly helps the case for war against Iran. [HT: Le Conservateur].

And Al-Qaeda is reuniting in Pakistan, having set a band of training camps in the tribal regions near the Afghan border, according to American intelligence and counterterrorism officials. American officials said there was mounting evidence that Bin Laden and his deputy, Zawahri had been steadily building an operations hub in the mountainous Pakistani tribal area of North Waziristan. (HT A Tangled Web).

Lastly, Austria sold rifles to Iran that are used by Iraqi terrorists insurgents. [image below]

More than 100 of the.50 calibre weapons, capable of penetrating body armour, have been discovered by American troops during raids.

The guns were part of a shipment of 800 rifles that the Austrian company, Steyr-Mannlicher, exported legally to Iran last year.

The sale was condemned in Washington and London because officials were worried that the weapons would be used by insurgents against British and American troops. [The Astute Bloggers].

With these allies, who needs enemies????

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Lastly, Pakistan could have agreeded to give Saudi Arabia the nuclear bomb…[Gateway Pundit]

Also Russia considers unilateral repudiation of nuclear weapons treaty [La Russophobe] and has menaced Poland and Czech Republic with Russian missiles if they agreed to host a U.S. missile shield, according to Nikolai Solovtsov, Russia’s Strategic Forces commander said, but added it was for the Kremlin to decide [Noisy Room.Net]

Others blogging about this: Captain’s Quarters, Noisy Room.Net, FullosseousFlap’s Dental Blog,

Básicamente, Irán va a tener una capacidad industrial para hacer una bomba en menos de 1 año, aunque se necesitará, para hacerla, entre 5 y 10 años, según El Baradei. Eso sí, lo que está claro es que Irán va a tener la bomba, el problema es cuándo. El Baradei ha justificado a Irán diciendo que hay mucha inseguridad entre sus vecinos, pero sin comentar por supuesto que Irán amenazase a Israel.

Eso sí, van a destruir -inundándolos- uno de los valles más importantes arqueológicamente hablando [Pasargad y Bolaghi Gorge] que contienen la tumba de Ciro el Grande. Los medios de comunicación internacionales no han dicho nada, como ya pasó con los Buda de Afganistán. Porque la razón de esta decisión no es si no festejar el aniversario de la revolución iraní destruyendo lo que no es islámico…

Mientras The Guardian está inquieto porque dice que Bush, si se le mete algo en la mollera -hablando coloquialmente-, no le hace nadie cambiar de opinión y que no está por el diálogo. La oportunidad de este comentario es para troncharse porque hoy han dicho los iraníes que el diálogo no va a pararles el enriquecimiento de uranio… aunque sí les va a parar el no pagar lo acordado a Rusia que, ha anunciado hoy que paraba de construir Bushehr hasta que Irán cumpla lo acordado, reconociendo eso sí que tienen problemas también debido al embargo de materiales nucleares.

Pero más preocupante aún son las últimas noticias de que Arabia Saudí y Jordania han estado entrenando a los terroristas que luego comenten atentados en Iraq y mandándoles armamento, así como que Al-Qaeda ha establecido su centro de mando en Pakistán, donde tiene varios campos de entrenamiento operativos.

También Austria ha vendido rifles a Irán, que han sido utilizados por terroristas insurgentes en Iraq contra las tropas aliadas.

Así que, con estos amigos, ¿quién necesita enemigos?


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