Monthly Archives: July 2012

The Muddle East

“No one has any idea what the Middle East will look like next year, much less in five years — especially the revolutionary players themselves.

There are not even the old familiar fault lines this revolutionary time around. Are the Sunni Gulf kingdoms eager to support revolutionaries in Syria and North Africa? Perhaps and perhaps not — given that the fall of strongmen like Mubarak, bin Ali, Qaddafi, and Assad may lead to Muslim Brotherhood–inspired Islamist governments, which would like to see the oil-rich monarchies become less Western and more theocratic. Or — though this is less likely — if pro-Western reformist movements were to prevail, such governments would like to democratize and secularize the Gulf. Who are our best allies in breaking up the dangerous Iran-Hezbollah-Syria axis? Islamist extremists who want to kill the hated Assad slightly more than they do us — at least for now?

Who can sort out Lebanon? Are Christians and Shiites there sympathetic to the tottering Assad dictatorship for protecting religious minorities and, in the case of the Shiites, helping to arm Hezbollah? Or do non-Sunnis also favor reform movements that seek the ouster of a despised police state, one that has a long history of killing Lebanese? Does a grateful Iraq feel that Syria has been more sympathetic to its Shiite government than its Sunni neighbors have been, or is it experiencing schadenfreude that its terrorists are now doing to Syria what Syria’s used to do to Iraq?

Will new Arab Islamist governments seek solidarity with the anti-Western Persian theocracy, or will they fall back into their religious and ethnic fears of Iranian Shiites? No one has ever quite fathomed whether Shiite and Sunni extremists hate Westerners more or less than they do each other. Does the supposed Arab Street desire to be free, especially in the age of globalized instant communications, and given its general repugnance for the sheer corruption of the moribund Arab dictatorships? Or will the Muslim Brotherhood simply tap that popular anger to abort the delivery of constitutional government — whether overtly, as in the case of the Iranian revolution and the one-vote-once Hamas takeover of Gaza; or more insidiously, as in the current Turkish government’s war against freedom of the press and independent opposition movements, or in the Karzai-Maliki paradigm of constitutional kleptocracy?

Amid this chaos there are a handful of constants that can guide U.S. foreign policy.”


The Olympic and Paralympic Games Military Connection

There is a long relationship between sports and military service in our country. Canadians serving in the First and Second World Wars, and the Korean War often took part in ‘games days’ and other official and unofficial athletic contests. This military/sport connection has continued in the post-war years. Not surprisingly, some of these ‘soldier-athletes’ have worn both a military uniform and an Olympic athlete’s uniform for our country. You can read some of their stories by exploring this Web site.

The origins of the Paralympic Games are closely tied with military service. In the years after the Second World War, some Allied servicemen and servicewomen who had been seriously injured in duty began turning to sport to help in their rehabilitation. This modest beginning has grown into the worldwide competition the Paralympic Games are today.

The peace and freedom we in Canada enjoy today is only a dream in many of the countries that compete in these international games. These privileges are ours because generations of Canadians, like the people mentioned here, have defended them over the years.

Murderers of Israeli athletes thank IOC for refusing Munich victims memorial

The Palestinian Authority has thanked the International Olympic Committee for refusing to hold a minute of silence at Friday’s opening ceremony in London to mark the 40th anniversary of the murder of 11 Israeli sportsmen at the 1972 Munich Games.

‘You’ve been kidnapped’: Egyptian TV show ‘terror pranks’ celebrities

An Egyptian show is taking entertainment to another level by duping celebrities into believing they have been abducted by terrorists.

Thank Heaven (and Israel) that Syria’s Assad Doesn’t Have Nukes

As the death toll mounts in Syria and the country slides deeper into civil war, the world should be thankful that the Assad regime never succeeded in developing nuclear weapons — which almost happened in 2007.

It’s that time of year again: Filthy Islamonazi Day at Queen’s Park

The savages are at it again. Will they be stopped from vomiting their poison on public property this year? Actually, I hope not. It’s high time they faced some strong opposition.

Helping baby bears

The Olympics

NBC Cuts Out Olympic Tribute To Terrorism Victims During Opening Ceremonies For American Viewers

According to a report on Deadspin, NBC’s broadcast of the Olympic opening ceremonies lacked a crucial portion of the performance – a nearly six minute long tribute to the victims of the 2005 7/7 terror attacks which occurred less than one day after London was selected to host the 2012 games.

Disgusting: Jew hating Lebanese athletes refuse to train with Israelis in their view

Olympic officials were forced to erect a screen between Lebanon’s and Israel’s judo fighters on Friday after the Lebanese refused to train on the same mat, the Israeli Olympic team said on Friday.

The incident arose after Lebanon’s two judokas found themselves next to the five Israelis during practice at the official training venue in Redbridge, in east London, said Nitzan Ferraro, spokesman for the Israeli Olympic Committee.

“We started to practice. They came and they saw us – they didn’t like it and they went to the organizers,” Feraro told Reuters. “They put up some kind of wall between us. Everyone went on and there was no interaction between us.”

Video: B.O.’s press secretary refuses to identify Israel’s capital

Assad hands control of Syria’s Kurdish areas to PKK, sparking outrage in Turkey

President Bashar Assad, facing a growing rebel presence in Aleppo, Syria’s largest city and its commercial hub, has turned control of parts of northern Syria over to militant Kurds who Turkey has long branded as terrorists, prompting concern that Istanbul might see the development as a reason to send troops across its border with Syria.

Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, in comments late Wednesday, said that Turkey would not accept an entity in northern Syria governed by the Iraq-based Kurdistan Workers Party, or PKK, which has long waged a guerrilla war against Turkey, and its Syrian affiliate, the Democratic Union Party.


He said the two groups had built a “structure in northern Syria” that for Turkey means “a structure of terror.”

“It is impossible for us to look favorably at such a structure,” he said in an interview with a private television channel.

He warned that if Syrian Kurdish militants mount a terror operation or some other form of cross-border provocation against Turkey, “then intervening would be our most natural right.”

Reminder: Mahmoud Abbas financed the Munich Olympics massacre

Peace partner.

Iran calls on Syria to attack Israel

Syrian President Bashar Assad should attack Israel, says an Iranian newspaper considered the mouthpiece of the Supreme Leader.

Iran nuclear facilities ‘Thunderstruck’ by AC/DC malware

In 2010, Iran’s nuclear facilities were infiltrated by Stuxnet, the centrifuge-wrecking malware allegedly cooked up by the US government. Now they seem to have been hit again by a bizarre attack forcing nuclear plant workstations to pump the song Thunderstruck by heavy metal band AC/DC through the speakers at full volume.

Iran general: Reprisals await Arabs over Syria

A commander of Iran’s powerful Revolutionary Guards has warned “hated Arab” rivals they could face repercussions for their efforts to topple the Tehran-backed regime of President Bashar Assad in Syria, a report said Tuesday.

Good news: Syria fighting edging closer to border with Israel

“The mortar shell exploded near the Syrian village of Jubata al-Khahasb, and not far from the Golan Heights Druze village of Massaada.

Residents of the Golan Heights as well as IDF sources said the echoes of the fighting raging in Syria are heard in Israel, with fires and smoke seen clearly from across the border.”

Arab League offers Bashar al-Assad ‘safe exit’ from Syria

The Arab League has offered President Bashar al-Assad a “safe exit” from Syria as rebels claimed the opposition was “at the gates of victory”.

Eritrea using Toronto consulate to bankroll military: UN report

One of Africa’s most repressive dictatorships, Eritrea, has been collecting money to bankroll its military through its consulate in Toronto, according to a United Nations report obtained by the National Post.

The report said the fundraising scheme “arguably” violated a UN arms embargo on Eritrea and that government agents had also held a fundraising event in Calgary this year, falsely claiming the money was for orphans.

A small enclave between Ethiopia, Sudan and Djibouti, Eritrea is one of the world’s least developed countries — and yet it has a military that wars with its neighbors and has trained and armed scores of African rebel groups.

Alexander Cockburn of Counterpunch: Dead

Alexander Cockburn was, until yesterday, the living embodiment of the bridge between the far Right – in particular, the Jew-baiting far Right – and the far Left.

With his friend, Lindi Jeffrey St Clair, he founded a pretty revolting online web-zine called Counterpunch.

Iranian chicken crisis

Iran, a country rich in oil with no need for nuclear power, has nevertheless sacrificed Iranian delicacies like chicken to build nuclear plants.

After Iran’s national Police Chief Esmail Ahmadi recently felt it necessary to address the nation’s “chicken crisis,” public emotion has flown the coup, ultimately leading to the banning of televised images of people eating chicken, according to a Rueters report.

Video: Syrian Muslim Brotherhood to launch political party

Click the image.

Gloating Ahmadinejad hints at Iranian responsibility for Burgas terror attack

Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad gloated publicly on Thursday over the deaths of Israelis in a terror bombing in Bulgaria, and hinted that Iran was responsible for the attack.

Speaking hours after Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had publicly blamed the bombing Wednesday at Bulgaria’s Burgas airport on “Hezbollah, directed by Iran,” Ahmadinejad described the attack as “a response” to Israeli “blows against Iran.”

“The bitter enemies of the Iranian people and the Islamic Revolution have recruited most of their forces in order to harm us,” he said in a speech reported by Israel’s Channel 2 TV. “They have indeed succeeded in inflicting blows upon us more than once, but have been rewarded with a far stronger response.”

New York police link nine 2012 plots to Iran, proxies

New York police believe Iranian Revolutionary Guards or their proxies have been involved so far this year in nine plots against Israeli or Jewish targets around the world, according to restricted police documents.

Video: Nasrallah: Hezbollah will surprise Israel in any future war

New cyber espionage virus found targeting Iran

Dubbed the “Mahdi campaign” by security experts, the software is the first to be written in Farsi, stole info from around the Mideast.

Israel Says Syria Pulls Troops from Golan to Suppress Revolt Elsewhere

Israel’s military intelligence chief said on Tuesday that President Bashar al-Assad of Syria had moved forces to Damascus from along the Golan Heights region, bordering on Israeli-controlled territory, after street battles raged in the capital between rebels and Syrian Army forces.

Palestinians kidnap Christian children, force them to convert

Tiny Christian community in Strip protests over what they say was ‘kidnapping’ of five Christians to force them to convert; Hamas denies allegations, says a family fight caused police to intervene, and the boy had already converted to Islam voluntarily.

Syria: Assad regime ‘ready to use chemical weapons’

The most senior Syrian politician to defect to the opposition has told the BBC the regime will not hesitate to use chemical weapons if it is cornered.

Fake “palestinian” children’s art on display in Toronto

Here’s the link to the exhibit and here’s the evidence that it’s all a big steaming pile of bullshit.

The Elder updates on The Algemeiner.

Video: New Prius Helps Environment By Killing Its Owner

Arab tourists are ‘buying underage Egyptian sex slaves’

Wealthy tourists from the Persian Gulf are paying to marry under-age Egyptian girls just for the summer, according to a report.

These temporary marriages are not legally binding and end when the men return to their homes in Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Kuwait.

The tourists pay a ‘dowry’ to poor families through intermediaries with prices ranging from £320 to £3,200.

The young victims – some under 18 – suffer sexual slaveryand are forced to be servants to their ‘husbands’, claims the U.S. State Department report ‘Trafficking in Persons’.

New book released in Egypt about how American Jews historically manipulated the US to the Zionist cause

Not to worry, though: Most Arabs don’t read books. Ever.

Israel is in Good Shape Because So Many Others Decided Not to Be

Barry Rubin:

“The more I think about Israel’s security situation at this moment, the better it looks.  Obviously, this is counter-intuitive given the media bias, academic distortions, and campaigns for sanctions of various kinds. And, of course, Israel starts from a basis of facing far more security challenges than any other modern state. Still, by Israeli standards the outlook is good.
It’ll take a while to list all of the factors so let’s get started while the inkwell is still full.

On the surface, the “Arab Spring” along with the surge of revolutionary Islamism certainly looks bad but let’s examine the shorter-term implications. By reentering a period of instability and continuing conflict within each country, the Arabic-speaking world is committing a self-induced setback. “

UK Newspaper Tracks Down No.1 ‘Most Wanted’ Nazi

A British newspaper says it has tracked down the world’s Number 1 most wanted Nazi. Ladislaus Csizsik-Csatary, who is now 97 years old, has been found in Budapest, Hungary, according to The Sun newspaper.

Csizsik-Csatary was a police commander in charge of a Jewish ghetto in the town of Kassa — today, the town of Kosice in Slovakia. During World War II, he helped send 15,700 Jews to their deaths at the Auschwitz death camp. After the Allies won the war, he fled the town. In 1948, he was convicted in absentia of war crimes in Czechoslovakia and was sentenced to death.

Having disappeared and created a new identity, however, it took years for Nazi hunters to track him down. He became an art dealer, and began a new life in Canada, where he lived until he was discovered in 1997, at which time his citizenship was revoked. He fled as the Canadian government was beginning deportation proceedings against him.

Hezbollah targets Israeli tourists in Cyprus

According to media reports, a member of Hezbollah’s international terror apparatus nabbed in Limassol attempted to spot vulnerabilities that would allow for maximal damage among a group of Israeli tourists in their first hours in Cyprus. These tourists could have been hurt upon leaving the plane or cruise ship, while staying at the terminal, while boarding buses and heading to one of the popular resorts on the island, or at the resort. Limassol itself was not necessarily the target of attack.

This is not the first time Israeli tourists in Cyprus are in Hezbollah’s sights. Three months ago, a warning was issued regarding the intention to hurt Israeli tourists in the country, yet it was apparently not solid enough to justify a travel advisory.

Free Syrian Army preparing for “final battle” for Damascus

In light of the noticeable development in the Free Syrian Army [FSA]’s military operations, not to mention the escalated pace of defections from the regular army’s forces, the FSA has announced that it is gearing up to take the fight to the al-Assad regime in Damascus. Speaking exclusively to Asharq Al-Awsat, FSA commander Colonel Riad al-Asaad revealed that “preparations for the battle of Damascus are underway and are in full swing, particularly as this operation – which will be the final and decisive confrontation with the regime – requires special preparations and arrangements”. He added “this has led to the battle being postponed so far; however once it starts it will be resolved quickly, within a matter of weeks.”

‘Love Hotel’ For Dogs to Open In Brazil

Home to a 32-million-strong canine population, the world’s second largest after the United States, Brazil is to open a “love hotel” for pets in the southeastern city of Belo Horizonte.

The economic daily Valor reported that Fabiano Lourdes and his sister Daniela planned this week to inaugurate “Animalle Mundo Pet,” an eight-story building with an entire floor devoted to dog tryst.

Dog owners will have to pay $50 a day for a room, which comes complete with a heart-shaped mirror on the ceiling, red cushions on the floor and dimmed lighting.

The idea is inspired by the thousands of love motels which allow Brazilian couples to rent rooms by the hour for amorous purposes.

“For many people, the dog is a child who must be well treated,” 26-year-old Fabiano Lourdes explained.

“Our market studies showed that people work all day long and they do not know where to drop their pets for mating,” he added, expressing hope that similar hotels will sprout up in other Brazilian cities.

The brother and sister told Valor they have invested $1 million dollar in the venture, which has 60 employees, including veterinarians and biologists and will sell luxury accessories such as $1,000 Swarovski crystal dog collars.

They hope to generate sales of more than $300,000 a month.

Their pet love hotel will have a fitness center and space for dogs to celebrate their birthdays.


14 Brazen Examples Of Iranian Agents Stealing Technology From America

“For the past five years, dozens of Iranian agents have infiltrated the United States with the intention to steal or sell weapons, aircraft parts, and precious information to Tehran.

The Department of Justice has a report that compiles all of the successful or ongoing prosecutions of these illegal exports, and we went through it to find the most daring instances of people trying to get U.S. technology into Iran for use in their military, missile or nuclear engineering programs.

We looked at the past five years specifically, and made this timeline of major busts and arrests.”


Photo of the day

Gaza presents: ‘Prisoners’ summer camp’

Hamas movement offers children throughout Strip unique chance to experience suffering of Palestinian prisoners held in Israel. Activities include tour of mock interrogation room, walking on rusty nails.

Bob Marley has species of parasitic crustacean named after him

Reggae immortal Bob Marley has joined Barack Obama and Elvis Presley in the elite club of those who have biological species named in their honor.

In Marley’s case, it’s a small parasitic crustacean blood feeder that infests fish in Caribbean coral reefs, now known as Gnathia marleyi.

Toulouse gunman mulled Canada attack

In an excerpt of the recording posted on the Internet, Merah — who died in a shootout — describes travelling to Pakistan and Afghanistan.

Speaking in French, he says al-Qaeda operatives offered to let him carry out attacks in Canada and America.

Feminist Journo Charged with Hate Crime for Helping Muslim Woman with Groceries

Heathcote-Drury got her world turned upside down over the last few months, and the liberalism of her own self-defeating British culture is what did her in. One has to feel for her, if only a little bit, but her case most certainly shines a spotlight on the failings of progressivism.

So, imagine the scene. A British, feminist journalist sees a woman in a hijab loading a large number of groceries onto the store conveyor belt at check out. She begins fuming with feminist ire because this Muslim woman’s husband stands idly by doing nothing to help the overworked woman load the groceries.

The journo can take it no more and just has to say something. She brusquely confronts the man telling him that his wife needs help loading the merchandise. She pushes past the man and starts helping the hijab-clad woman herself because, “This is what feminism’s about – women helping women.”

As it happened, neither the Muslim man nor his wife much appreciated the “social lesson” the journalist thought to teach them. And, as so many Muslims in Britain do, they proceeded to play the Brit’s liberalism against them. The couple cried racism and had the journalist arrested for a “hate crime.”

Calls to Destroy Egypt’s Great Pyramids Begin

According to several reports in the Arabic media, prominent Muslim clerics have begun to call for the demolition of Egypt’s Great Pyramids—or, in the words of Saudi Sheikh Ali bin Said al-Rabi‘i, those “symbols of paganism,” which Egypt’s Salafi party has long planned to cover with wax. Most recently, Bahrain’s “Sheikh of Sunni Sheikhs” and President of National Unity, Abd al-Latif al-Mahmoud, called on Egypt’s new president, Muhammad Morsi, to “destroy the Pyramids and accomplish what the Sahabi Amr bin al-As could not.”

Musical Interlude: North Koreans do “Take On Me”

Video: New “Sha Shtil” trailer

New Ben Feferman film scheduled for summer release. Click here for the official website.



Egypt’s presidential complaints office opens its doors

Hope they’re well staffed:

“The official Complaints Diwan(complaints office) opens on Saturday with long queues of citizens in the Abdeen district of downtown Cairo.

Egypt’s newly-sworn in president, Mohamed Morsi, called for the Diwan following endless gatherings in front of his presidential palace for days right after his inauguration. Another Diwan was also established in the Qubba district, home to the presidential palace.

People rushed to the Abdeen office from all over Egypt to file their complaints in spite of the sweltering heat.

Some Egyptian citizens complained of neglect, claiming that no one was around to help.”


Israelis invent new treatment against ALS

Rabbi Refael Shmulevitz was diagnosed with ALS four months ago and given two to four years to live. He lost the ability to talk clearly and was confined to a wheelchair.

“Within a few weeks following injection with NurOwn cells, the patient showed dramatic improvement in a variety of functions including breathing, speech, walking, muscular strength, and overall well-being,” said Professor Dimitrios Karussis of the Neurology Department at The Hadassah Medical Center in Jerusalem, and principal investigator of BrainStorm’s current phase I/II clinical trial.

“While we cannot draw scientific conclusions based on the outcome of an individual patient, these results are extremely encouraging,” he added.

Video: How to Fake an Anti-Israel News Photo