Archive | July 29, 2013

Saudi Prince Joins the Opposition

Saudi Prince Joins the Opposition*

Saudi Prince Khalid Bin Farhan al-Saud has announced his defection from the royal family, referring to his “suffering” under reign of al-Saud and called on other princes to break their silence.

“With pride, I announce my defection from al-Saudi family in Saudi Arabia,” he wrote in his statement, according to a report from the Tehran-based Al-Alam news channel. “This regime in Saudi Arabia does not stand by God’s rules or even [the country’s] established rules and its policies, decisions and actions are totally based on [the] personal will of its leaders,” he continued.

The ruling royal family is composed of the descendants of Muhammad bin Saud and his brothers, though the ruling faction of the family is primarily led by the descendants of Abdulaziz bin Abdul Rahman al-Saud.

“All that is said in Saudi Arabia about respecting law and religion rules is factitious, so that they can lie and pretend that the regime obeys Islamic rules,” he said, criticizing the royal family for considering the country its own property and silencing all voices from inside and outside the government that called for any change or reform.

The Saudi prince said everything that the pro-reform opposition said about the country’s political, economical, judiciary, social and security conditions as well as their abuse of religious values was true, the report said. “The situation is even worse than what is said in criticisms.” He called on all those who cared for the future of the country to join him and break their silence

Nicknamed the “Julian Assange” of Saudi Arabia for revealing information about Saudi royal family, revealed recently that Prince Khalid Bin Farhan has defected from his family and joined the opposition.

Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud is the Crown Prince, First Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defense of Saudi Arabia.

“Pressures and limitations disappointed Farhan al-Farhan and finally led to his complete isolation… but some of his sons and daughters broke their ban and migrated from the country. This made Salman plan for forcing them return and put their father under more pressure,” he wrote.

According to Mujtahidd, the crown prince failed to force Khalid go back to the kingdom but was able to make his sister, who was a dentist, return home. She is since under house arrest up until now.

The Saudi leaker said Prince Salman who found out about Khalid’s intentions about revealing secrets on corruptions of the royal family, tried to bribe him first and then threatened to harm his sister.

Khalid, in return, decided not to wait and continue his campaign, Mujtahidd wrote, adding that Khalid’s statements have turned to a source of serious concern for the Saudi regime.


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Confirmed: Bee Population Dying off Because of Pesticides*

Confirmed: Bee Population Dying off Because of Pesticides*

Honey bees are quickly disappearing from the US – a phenomenon that has left scientists baffled. But new research shows that bees exposed to common agricultural chemicals while pollinating US crops are less likely to resist a parasitic infection.

As a result of chemical exposure, honey bees are more likely to succumb to the lethal Nosema ceranae parasite and die from the resulting complications.

Scientists from the University of Maryland and the US Department of Agriculture on Wednesday published a study that linked chemicals, including fungicides, to the mass die-offs. Scientists have long struggled to find the cause behind the Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD), in which an estimated 10 million beehives at an average value of $200 each have been lost since 2006.

Last winter, the honey bee population declined by 31.1 percent, with some beekeepers reporting losses of 90 to 100 percent of their bee populations. Scientists are concerned that “Beemageddon” could cause the collapse of the $200 billion agriculture industry, since more than 100 US crops rely on honey bees to pollinate them.

The new findings are key in determining one of the causes of the CCD, but they fail to explain why entire beehives sometimes die at once.

UMD and DOA researchers found that pollen samples in fields ranging from Delaware to Maine contained nine different agricultural chemicals, including fungicides, herbicides, insecticides and miticides. One particular sample even contained 21 different agricultural chemicals. To test their theory, they fed pesticide-ridden pollen samples to healthy bees and then infected them with the parasite. They found that the pesticides hindered the bees’ abilities to resist the infection, thus contributing to their deaths. The fungicide chlorothalonil was particularly damaging, tripling the risks of parasitic infection.

“We don’t think of fungicides as having a negative effect on bees, because they’re not designed to kill insects,” Dennis vanEngelsdorp, the study’s senior author, said in a news release.

He explained that federal regulations restrict the use of insecticides while pollinators are foraging, but noted that “there are no such restrictions on fungicides, so you’ll often see fungicide applications going on while bees are foraging on the crop. The finding suggests that we have to reconsider that policy.”

Bees are declining at such a fast rate that one bad winter could trigger an agricultural disaster. California’s almond crop would be hit particularly hard, since the state supplies 80 percent of the world’s almonds. Pollinating California’s 760,000 acres of almond fields requires 1.5 million out-of-state bee colonies, which makes up 60 percent of the country’s beehives. The CCD is a major threat to this $4 billion industry.

Entomologists suspect that a number of other factors also contribute to the CCD, including climate change, habitat destructing and handling practices that expose bees to foreign pathogens. But the effect of agricultural chemicals is particularly alarming, especially since the US does not have laws banning the use of the pesticides that are affecting bee health.

“The pesticide issue in itself is much more complex than we have led to believe,” vanEngelsdorp said. “It’s a lot more complicated than just one product, which means of course the solution does not lie in just banning one class of product.”


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Former IMF Chief to Stand Trial for Pimping

Former IMF Chief to Stand Trial for Pimping!*

By Lara Marlowe

Dominique Strauss-Kahn, the former director of the IMF who was forced to resign in 2011 after a New York hotel maid accused him of sexual assault, will stand trial for “aggravated pimping”, French prosecutors said yesterday.

Mr Strauss-Kahn had been under investigation for two years for his involvement in sex parties at the Carlton Hotel in the northern city of Lille.

Judiciary police questioned him for 32 hours in February 2012. He did not deny having participated, but claimed he did not know the young women were prostitutes.

Mr Strauss-Kahn had staged an incipient comeback, appearing in a dinner suit at the Cannes film festival with his new companion, a television executive. He lectured French senators about banks and tax evasion last month, criticised European leaders in a television interview and remarked condescendingly that French president François Hollande “does what he can”.

“Aggravated pimping” indicates the presence of more than one prostitute.

Mr Strauss-Kahn is charged with 13 cohorts, including the Carlton’s former head of public relations, René Kojfer, who is alleged to have instigated the “parties fines”, Dodo la Saumure, a Belgian bar owner accused of providing the women, business executives and a former security chief for the city. David Roquet of the Eiffage public works company is suspected of putting costs related to the sex parties on his business expenses.

If convicted, the men could be sentenced to 10 years in prison and receive a fine of €1.5 million.


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Egypt Security Forces Open Fire on Morsi Supporters*

Egypt Security Forces Open Fire on Morsi Supporters*


Word on the ground from Qua’id Ibrahim Mosque, Alexandria reports of paid thugs (some of whom were members of the riot police) protected by the riot police as they attack a congregation at prayer for ‘Asr, afternoon prayers Saturday 37 July, while pro-El-Sisi supporters are being given juice and refreshments elsewhere.

By Amina Ismail and Nancy A. Youssef

Scores of people were killed and dozens more wounded Saturday in the worst violence in recent Egyptian history as police opened fire on supporters of deposed President Mohammed Morsi.

Morsi supporters and the government offered widely different counts of the dead. The Muslim Brotherhood, the secret organization through which Morsi ascended to the presidency, claimed as many as 200 were dead, while the Ministry of Interior announced implausibly that police never fired a live round at the protesters, despite all evidence to the contrary. Health ministry officials revised the death toll throughout the day, with it hitting 80 by early Sunday. At least 792 people were injured, the ministry said.

A brief visit to a field hospital – one of three treating casualties – showed the brutality of what had taken place. A McClatchy reporter counted 27 dead laid out on the hospital’s floor, and as she left, three more bodies arrived, adding to a frantic and horrific scene. At least three of the dead had been shot in the head, and the gaping wounds left the victims’ brains exposed.

Over and over, hospital workers would move a body to the ground and search the pockets for an identification card. When they found one, they wrote the deceased’s name on an arm. They then tied the body’s hands and toes together, to prevent arms and legs from flopping around as the corpse was moved. Often the workers had put a white wrap around the head to cover the gunshot wounds. Piles of national identification cards and personal belongings, like bloodied shirts and pants, were piled up nearby.

The only movement was that of doctors who seemed to jump around the corpses, reaching for bandages and the plaster needed to prepare shrouds, where the deceased’s name would be written again. One man who’d been assigned to clean blood from the floor shuffled through the scene, armed with a mop and a bucket that appeared to hold more blood than water. Over and over he went over the same spot near one head, as the blood kept pouring out.

Doctors said the injuries could only have come from professional marksmen. Ebtesan Zain, a gynecologist, said she came to help her fellow doctors only to discover she was not needed – everyone she encountered was dead.

“Those injuries had to be done by snipers. It couldn’t be anything else,” Zain said. “They were shooting directly in the head between the eyes and in the chest.”

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry in a statement said he had spoken with Egyptian Vice-President Mohamed ElBaradei, and expressed “our deep concern about the bloodshed and violence.” The statement did not blame the military for the violence – the Obama administration has declined to call Morsi’s ouster a coup – but it said “Egyptian authorities have a moral and legal obligation to respect the right of peaceful assembly and freedom of expression,” a reference to officials’ calls for an end to the pro-Morsi sit-in that has filled the streets of the Rabaa district for the past month.

“It is essential that the security forces and the interim government respect the right of peaceful protest, including the ongoing sit-in demonstrations,” the statement said.

Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel expressed similar sentiments in a call with Egypt’s current strongman, Gen. Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, according to a tweet by Pentagon spokesman George Little.

The latest clashes were spurred by el-Sissi’s call last week for Egyptians to rally in support of the military Friday so that it would have a “mandate” to combat “violence and terrorism,” which government officials recently have obliquely equated with Morsi supporters.

Millions heeded el-Sissi’s call in celebratory rallies, carrying el-Sissi’s picture. Late Friday, the military issued a statement, thanking demonstrators for their support.

The violence came just a few hours later, in the middle of the night and continuing for hours, when many here were already expecting the military to attempt to clear pro-Morsi demonstrators from the sit-in, which they’ve been holding since June 28.

Just how the violence began is uncertain. The official version from the minister of the Interior, Mohammed Ibrahim, who oversees the country’s security services, said pro-Morsi protesters were headed toward pro military supporters and that the military simply wanted to stop them from reaching the 6th of October bridge, a key thoroughfare near Cairo’s iconic Tahrir Square. The official account said security forces fired tear gas to deter the pro-Morsi crowd and that 14 policemen were injured when the demonstrators retaliated.

Morsi supporters rejected that account.

“First of all, the march was heading to Abassya and there were no pro-military protesters there,” said Adham Hassanien, 31, a journalist who works in a media center set up by Morsi supporters, referring to an area in Cairo where the Ministry of Defense is located.

He also discounted that Morsi supporters had attacked the security forces in any way, noting that the Rabaa protest had been going on for nearly a month. “Why would we attack them now? We are the ones who are losing people,” he said.

To be sure, many Morsi supporters were armed. And in the past month, on a stage at the site, sheikhs have repeatedly told Morsi supporters that to die for his reinstatement is an honorable, Islamic form of martyrdom.

But the number of deaths and the severity of the wounds suggested that if there had been any resistance on the part of the Morsi supporters, it was easily overwhelmed.

What the repercussions will be of the violence are unclear. Security forces killed more than 50 pro-Morsi demonstrators outside the headquarters of the country’s elite Republican Guard July 8 with barely an outcry from either Egyptians or the international community. The government said then that protesters had tried to storm the Republican Guard headquarters, where some believe Morsi was being held, but witnesses in two apartment buildings overlooking the scene told McClatchy they believed the government fired first.

Egypt’s general-prosecutor, Hisham Barakat, said he had ordered an investigation into Saturday’s events, and the powerful al Azhar Mosque called for “the criminal responsible” to be punished. But with the majority here clearly supporting the crackdown on the Brotherhood, as the turnout on Friday showed, an aggressive probe seemed unlikely.

State television, which had trumpeted Friday’s demonstrations and cancelled its usual fare of soap operas to encourage the turnout, made little mention of Saturday’s violence and resumed its regular programming.

At a news conference Saturday, Interior Minister Ibrahim showed little regret, saying Morsi supporters would be dealt with, “God willing.”

Ibrahim said he planned to reinstate departments to combat extremism and monitor political and religious activities that had been eliminated during Morsi’s time in office. Those offices had been used primarily to target the Brotherhood.

Since Morsi’s July 3 ouster by the military, at least 200 people and troops have been killed, largely Morsi supporters and Islamists who reject an Egypt again governed by the military. The latest clashes likely bolster the Brotherhood’s case that the military was taking Egypt back to a totalitarian state, but many Egyptians are so relieved Morsi is no longer in power, they consider that the better option.

Morsi has been held in an undisclosed location since el-Sissi announced that he was no longer president. On Friday, a judge announced that the deposed president would be held for 15 more days as officials investigate him for murder and espionage for allegedly conspiring with the Palestinian group Hamas to orchestrate his 2011 prison break, the first time the government had offered a legal justification for his detention.

On Saturday, Ibrahim said it was “likely” Morsi would be moved to the same prison as former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, who resigned two years ago after massive public demonstrations demanded he step down, and the military signaled he too had lost the public’s support.

Except for Morsi’s 368 days as president, a current or former military officer has ruled Egypt for the past six decades.


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Netherlands: German Supermarket Chain Bans Israeli Goods

Netherlands: German Supermarket Chain Bans Israeli Goods

The Netherlands branch of the German supermarket chain Aldi has started boycotting products from Israeli settlements in a bid to avoid controversy in its sales.
According to a statement released by a spokesman for the Aldi chain on July 22, the decision to boycott the settler goods is applied to Syria’s occupied Golan Heights, West Bank and East al-Quds (Jerusalem).

Earlier this week, a report published by the Amsterdam-based Trouw daily revealed that two major supermarkets in the Netherlands, Hoogvliet and Jumbo, decided to boycott products manufactured in Israeli settlements.

In May, the Dutch Foreign Ministry said in a circular that it would be better for retailers to replace “Made in Israel” labels with a label reading as “Product from Israeli settlement.”

Israel occupied and annexed the Golan Heights in 1967, in a move not recognized by the United Nations and the international community.

Also, the Tel Aviv regime continues expanding its illegal settlements in the occupied Palestinian territories.

More than half a million Israelis live in over 120 illegal settlements built since Israel’s occupation of the Palestinian territories of the West Bank and East al-Quds in 1967.

The settlements are considered illegal by the international community because the territories were captured by Israel and are hence subject to the Geneva Conventions, which forbid construction on occupied land.

The continued expansion of the Israeli settlements has also created a major obstacle for the efforts to establish peace in the Middle East.

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