Archive | July 26, 2014

ISIS Demolish the Nabi Younes (Prophet Jonah) Mosque*

ISIS Demolish the Nabi Younes (Prophet Jonah) Mosque*

The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), which took over Iraq’s second largest city of Mosul and other territory in western Iraq last month, continues to destroy ancient religious shrines and Shi’ah mosques.

The Shi’ah Saad bin Aqeel Husseiniya shrine in Tal Afar, Iraq

A bulldozer ploughs through a wall of the Sunni Ahmed al-Rifai shrine and tomb in Mahlabiya district outside of Tal Afar, Iraq

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Formerly U.S. Detained ISIL Leader’s Speech Full of Flaws Say Iraqi Clerics*

Bulldozing Islamic Heritage

Fasting for Change

Egypt Closes 1,000 Mosques

Myanmar: Buddhists Destroy Arakan’s Last Mosque*

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Ukrainian Parliament Said No to the West Getting its Claws on their Gas*

Ukrainian Parliament Said No to the West Getting its Claws on their Gas*

This was probably the missing nail to the IMF coffin that led to IMF pressuring for the unelected Prime Minister Yatsenyuk’s resignation…

 

Ukraine’s parliament has rejected allowing EU and US companies to buy up to 49% of oil and gas company Naftogaz, and also said they were against liquidating the national energy monopoly.

Kiev rejected splitting the company in two, a measure encouraged by the West in order for Naftogaz to comply with Europe’s third energy package, which doesn’t allow one single company to both produce and transport oil and gas.

The bill proposed creating two new joint stock companies in order to conform to the package, “Ukraine’s Main Gas Transmission” and “Ukraine’s Underground Storages.”

The proposal sought to meet the requirements of EU legislation and strengthen Ukraine’s energy independence.

Earlier in July, the Ukrainian parliament passed a first reading of the bill that would have allowed Western companies up to a 49% of Ukraine’s Gas Transportation System (GTS).

There had been rumours the state would sell off at least 15% of Naftogaz in a public offering, however, the conditions in Ukraine’s capital and equity market aren’t strong enough to get a high enough price.

The changes was rejected because of the large monopoly and influence Naftogaz has over the Ukrainian market, the country’s political scientist Alexander Ohrimenko, told Russian business daily RBC.

Ukraine’s Rada needed a minimum of 226 votes to support the reform, but only 94 deputies were “for” the change. In the first reading, it received 229 of the 226 votes required to restructure the company.

Voting bloc dynamics changed on Thursday after the ruling coalition dissolved itself triggering an early parliamentary election after the government resigned.

Following the rejection of privatizing Naftogaz, Prime Minister Yatsenyuk announced his resignation as head of the government.

The vote took place among other proposed budget reforms, defence spending, as well as a discussion on how to tackle Ukraine’s gas debt.

Naftogaz’s debt to Russia now exceeds $5 billion. Crippled finances prevent the company from paying for Russian gas supplies, much of which have already been delivered.

Gazprom halted supplies to Naftogaz in June following Kiev’s unwillingness to start paying off the amassed debt.

Ukraine has recently increased its effort to find alternative sources of gas to substitute Russian supplies. One of its main goals is to soon start reverse gas flows from neighbouring Slovakia, an undertaking that may not be legal.

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Behind the False Flag: Israel’s After Gaza’s Natural Gas*

From Tahrir – Ukraine’s Orchestrated Unrest*

Pattern Repeated: Ukrainian Elites Back in Power*

U.S. has Already Spent Five Billion Dollars to Subvert Ukraine*

Ukraine: Europe’s Israel*

Enforcing Imperialism through the Ballot Box in Syria, Egypt and Ukraine*

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Losing Consumers Costing British Gas Profits*

Sisi: Cleaning Up his Image*

Sisi: Cleaning Up his Image*

Former Egyptian ambassador:

‘I’ll sue the government for closing the Rafah crossing’

The official Egyptian position not to open the Rafah border crossing is a crime against humanity, adding that “this position is not consistent with international law, or at least Egyptian law”, former Egyptian Foreign Minister, Ambassador Ibrahim Yousry said.

Yousry continued, in remarks published by the newspaper Al-Arabi Al-Jadeed, saying: “The United Nations confirmed, in a report it issued, that the closure of the Rafah crossing is considered a crime against humanity.”

He revealed that he “would file a lawsuit against the Egyptian judiciary to compel the current powers to open the crossing for the wounded Palestinians.” He said he “had filed a similarlawsuit during the rule of deposed President Hosni Mubarak, demanding Mubarak, former Defence Minister Hussein Tantawi, and former Interior Minister Habib Al-Adli be tried for war crimes.”

Erdogan:

‘Sisi is a tyrant, not a president’

Turkey’s prime minister and presidential candidate Recep Tayyip Erdogan reiterated his condemnation of Egyptian president Abdel-Fattah Al-Sisi, describing him as a “tyrant”.

In an interview with CNN, Erdogan said:

“I do not consider Al-Sisi a democrat, as he alleges. I also don’t view him as a president. He is a tyrant, and I have no doubts about this.”

Erdogan added that Egypt has no genuine role in the Palestinian issue and the peace process.

“If Israel’s goal is to occupy Palestinian lands, Turkey will stand against it, and of course Egypt should also stand against this,” he said.

Last week, the Egyptian foreign ministry summoned the Turkish chargé d’affaires to convey Egypt’s rejection of Erdogan’s remarks in which he accused Al-Sisi of being a “tyrant,” and of lacking legitimacy.

Relations between Egypt and Turkey have worsened since the military coup against democratically elected president Mohamed Morsi last summer, as Turkey has been among the staunchest opponents of the army’s move, led by Al-Sisi. Turkey was not invited to Al-Sisi’s inauguration, and diplomatic representation has been downgraded between the two countries since November, each of them considering the other’s ambassador as persona-non-grata.

Egyptian media praises the Israeli aggression on Gaza

Many readers and viewers of the Egyptian media seem perplexed by its coverage of the Israeli aggression on Gaza Strip especially as it praises its aerial raids against innocent civilians and describe it as a “war on terrorism”.

The strangest incident occurred when Israel’s Channel Two praised an Egyptian TV host who called on the Egyptian Army to explicitly help the Israeli army to eliminate Hamas for supporting ousted President Mohamed Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood.

The host and her channel’s position reflect the incitement campaign waged by the major Egyptian newspapers and TV channels against Hamas, calling it an “internal occupier, not less dangerous than a foreign occupier”.

A group of Egyptian journalists and writers gloated over targeting Hamas and condemned its reaction to the Israeli aggression by firing missiles at Israeli cities, claiming it was “an attempt to embarrass Egypt and President Abdel Fatah Al-Sisi”.

CBC TV station described the Israeli targets in Gaza as terrorist targets.

Imad Eddin Adeed Adib, who is known for his close ties with the regime, said, in an article published in Al-Watan newspaper, that “the last thing Egypt needs now is to drag its armed forces into military operations outside its borders”, stressing that the Egyptian media “does not target the Palestinian resistance, but refuses Hamas’ random actions.”

Adib said: “Hamas would be delusional to believe that Egypt would play the same role played by President Morsi during the aggression in 2012; because the great relationship between Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood no longer exists, and Hamas does not deserve the Egyptian support after all the crimes it committed by killing rebels in Tahrir Square and storming prisons.

“We should not leave the Palestinian people in Gaza victims of the Israeli aggression and prey to the aggressive policies of Hamas towards its neighbours.”

A member of the Journalists Against the Coup Mujahid Melegi criticised the Egyptian media’s incitement against Hamas and the Gaza Strip saying “it will lead to inciting the Egyptian public opinion against the Palestinians and brings more atrocities to the Gaza Strip.”

Melegi described those who incite against the Palestinian resistance in the Egyptian and Arab media as “traitors who destroy the Arab conscience and side with the occupation against their brothers in religion and language”.

He pointed out that “the Egyptian regime is a key partner in the aggression on Gaza, especially as Israel considers Al-Sisi its national hero. Therefore the pro-regime media distorts the image of the resistance and reduces its military capabilities to undermine Al-Sisi’s betrayal.”

Head of the Electronic Media Union, Abubakar Khallaf said: “The Egyptian leaders try to justify their failures by using the media as a tool which blames Hamas and justifies closing the Rafah crossing and the Israeli attack as a reaction to Hamas’ foolish actions.

“Since the coup against President Morsi, the media links the Muslim Brotherhood to Hamas and terrorism; and therefore Egypt cannot show the world that it defends Hamas, while it accuses it of terrorism.”

Khallaf reminded those journalists of their duty to professionalism, and the press charter, and that his union measures media performance, although it realises that all of these moves will not work in light of the insistence by some to mislead the public and manipulate their minds for funds.

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US Congress: Bill to Outlaw Muslim Brotherhood*

US Congress: Bill to Outlaw Muslim Brotherhood*

United States lawmakers have heard a bill that could label the Muslim Brotherhood a terrorist organization.

A proposal – the Muslim Brotherhood Terrorist Designation Act of 2014 – was submitted late on Thursday to the House of Representatives’ committees on foreign affairs, finance, and the judiciary.

In Egypt, the Muslim Brotherhood, which supported the government of President Mohammed Morsi, was ousted from power last year. Since then hundreds of its members have been sentenced to death after President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi declared it a terrorist organization.

Founded in 1928, the brotherhood has affiliates around the Arab world, including Hamas in Gaza.

Submitted by Republican Michele Bachmann, the proposed legislation would impose sanctions and deny entry to the U.S. for any members or representatives of the Muslim Brotherhood and affiliated groups.

Members of the organization would be denied visas and those in the U.S. would be deported. Any U.S. company holding the organization’s funds should report it to the U.S. Treasury.

The bill has to be jointly agreed by the Senate and the House of Representatives before submission to President Barack Obama.

Source*

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U.S. Running out of Water*

U.S. Running out of Water*

By Robert Richardson

The drought has scorched thousands of acres of cropland in Indiana.

Over the last decade, much of the water that the Southwest depends on has been depleted to levels that may soon cripple the entire region

This month Lake Mead, the country’s largest reservoir, dropped to its lowest level since it was filled after the completion of the Hoover Dam in the 1930’s. In fact, it’s getting so bad that the lake is now dropping at a rate of one foot a week.

Historic Drought and Unrelenting Migration of People Could Spell Disaster

The entire southwest region of the United States, most of which is a desert to begin with, is in the middle of a historic 14-year drought. The extreme drought conditions, combined with an unrelenting migration of people into areas that were never meant to sustain this much development, have caused water levels in Lake Mead to drop over 130 feet since the year 2000.

10 years ago almost everything in this picture would have been under water. Just 2 months ago, the truck in this picture would have been 10 feet under water.

10 years ago almost everything in this picture would have been under water. Just 2 months ago, the truck in this picture would have been 10 feet under water.

Lake Mead provides fresh drinking water to over 20 million people in southern Nevada, southern California and Arizona. Things are so out of control that the two intake pipes that provide water to Nevada could soon be above water, which has local water officials rushing to build a third emergency intake pipe. Without these water intake pipes, Las Vegas would not exist.

But even if the third intake pipe is built on time, the trouble is far from over. Once the lake falls below the two existing pipes something else happens: The power starts to go out in Las Vegas. When Lake Mead falls below 1,050 feet, the Hoover Dam’s turbines shut down. When that happens its lights out for Las Vegas.

Water Crisis worse than thought: Entire Colorado River Basin in Major Trouble

According to a joint study carried out by NASA and the University of California, the problems at Lake Mead may actually pale in comparison to what’s going on in the Colorado River Basin, the river that feeds Lake Mead and provides water to 40 million people in seven states.

Over the last nine years the Colorado River Basin has lost almost twice as much water as Lake Mead. Even more troubling, is what scientists think is happening to the ground water.

“We don’t know exactly how much groundwater we have left, so we don’t know when we’re going to run out,” said Stephanie Castle, a water resources specialist at the University of California, Irvine.

“This is a lot of water to lose. We thought that the picture could be pretty bad, but this was shocking.”

Disappearing Folsom Lake, California

If drastic steps aren’t taken soon, the entire Southwestern United States is going to be in some serious trouble, which will affect the entire country.

Most people think water shortages only occur in distant third world countries, but very soon this may be a reality for much of the Southwestern United States. Given how we manage the Colorado River today, the entire region faces a significant risk of shortage.

If Lake Mead runs dry, it will be the end of places like Las Vegas and many other desert cities. But the problems will not be limited just to Las Vegas, or even the Southwestern United States. If Lake Mead runs dry, it will be a catastrophic disaster for that entire the country.

From a major lose of electricity when the Hoover Dam Turbines shut down to farmland that will quickly turn back into a desert landscape, everyone is going to feel it. Much of this water goes to irrigating around four million acres of farmland that cannot exist without it. Once it starts hitting the farms in California, the rest of the country is going to feel it – not to mention the chaos caused by a flood of people what will inevitably have to start migrating back east.

Source*

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