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Old Mar 28th, 2016, 12:58 PM   #81
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Meddling, meddling....

Where Rebels Backed by CIA, Pentagon Fight Each Other

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Syrian militants backed by different arms of the US government have fought just outside Aleppo—a recent headache highlighting the difficulty of intruding on a disastrous war, the LA Times reports. Backed by the Pentagon, the Syrian Democratic Forces in February pushed the CIA-armed Knights of Righteousness out of the town of Marea, just north of Aleppo, according to rebel leaders and US officials. Similar battles have ensued in Aleppo and a town called Azaz, where supplies are moved and rebel fighters transported, rebels say. "Any faction that attacks us, regardless from where it gets its support, we will fight it," explains Maj. Fares Bayoush, a leader of Knights of Righteousness.
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Old Apr 2nd, 2016, 08:34 PM   #82
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Soldier who shot dead injured Palestinian will not be charged with murder
The Israeli army prosecutor has downgraded the charge against an Israeli soldier who fatally shot a Palestinian man in Hebron, south of the West Bank, last week from murder to manslaughter. Under Israeli law, manslaughter signifies an intentional but not premeditated killing.

Attorney Lieutenant Colonel Adoram Reigler told a hearing at the Qastina Military Court that “significant developments in recent days necessitated the downgraded charges,” Israeli radio reported.

He did not elaborate on those developments.

However, the prosecutor said: “The soldier said after shooting the attacker that he had deserved death.”

Another soldier who was at the scene quoted the soldier as saying: “The attacker has stabbed my friend and deserved to die.”

Last week, the Kfir Brigade soldier was caught on film shooting a 21-year-old in the head while he was lying on the ground injured after he was shot and disarmed by another soldier.
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Old Apr 2nd, 2016, 08:48 PM   #83
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I think manslaughter is the right call.
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Old Apr 3rd, 2016, 08:26 PM   #84
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Documents leaked from a Panamanian law firm reveal a global web of corruption

All day, the Internet has been abuzz with stories culled from the “Panama Papers” — roughly 2.6 terabytes of documents, related to hundreds of thousands of offshore companies, leaked from a small, relatively unknown Panamanian law firm called Mossack Fonseca.

While the Panama-based firm’s name may be unrecognizable to many, its client list links to politicians, celebrities, athletes, and organizations that have been at the center of global scandals.

Among the stories to hit the papers based on revelations from the Panama Papers are pieces on Vladimir Putin’s $1 billion in offshore holdings; the Prime Minister of Iceland’s shady dealings with a private company, which served as a tax haven for his private wealth; and no corruption scandal would be complete without mentioning international soccer’s governing body, FIFA, whose members also appear in the documents.

German authorities had known about the connection between Mossack Fonseca and some criminal elements for at least two years. A whistleblower at the firm had sold information to the authorities, according to the story in the Suddeutsche Zeitung on the history of the Panama Papers’ leak.

As part of the investigation several European banks were fined and some information was shared with authorities around the world.

But the current leak dwarfs anything that has been seen before including WikiLeaks State Department cables and Edward Snowden’s NSA revelations. Working with the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, the Munich paper has marshaled the resources of at least 100 reporters from news outlets around the world to comb through the documents and uncover what they can.

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Information from the documents reveal business dealings of some of the world’s most notorious dictators, autocrats, and authoritarians including former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak, Libya’s toppled dictator, Muammar Gaddafi and Syria’s president Bashar al-Assad.

“The sheer number of people involved is becoming clear to us,” says Frederik Obermaier, from the Suddeutsche Zeitung’s investigative group. “There are dictators, members of the Japanese Yakuza mafia, the Sicilian mafia, the Russian mafia, weapons dealers, drug dealers, and pedophiles. You start to feel a little nervous when you realize this one leak is going to expose all of them… and that it all started at the Suddeutsche Zeitung.”
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Old Apr 4th, 2016, 02:02 PM   #85
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Air France stewardesses mutiny over order to wear headscarves

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Air France stewardesses, furious at being ordered to wear headscarves in Tehran, say they will refuse to fly to the Iranian capital when the airline resumes the service later this month.

Female members of flight crews have been ordered to cover their hair once they disembark in Tehran and unions are demanding that the flights be made voluntary for women.
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The financially ailing French airline, which sees the resumption of Tehran flights as an “excellent” business development, pointed out that other airline staff were obliged to comply with Iranian rules. “Tolerance and respect for the customs of the countries we serve are part of the values of our company,” a spokesman said.
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Oh, that this respect for host country customs was the same the world over...
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Old Apr 4th, 2016, 02:53 PM   #86
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"For once, I'm in agreement with a union." Good to hear, FeXL. Solidarity forever, brother. Paix, mon ami.

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Old Apr 19th, 2016, 11:43 AM   #87
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Defund. The. UN.

UN refugee camp chief: We wasted millions. Why? Because - reveals whistleblower in a stunning admission - we were obsessed by photos of stars in our T-shirts

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* Multi-million waste and bureaucracy at the United Nations have been exposed
* Former official, Killian Kleinschmidt, revealed UN was dogged by infighting
* He said aid organisation also had an obsession with celebrity ambassadors
* Senior bureaucrats lied about caring for more children than they actually did
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Old Apr 20th, 2016, 01:38 PM   #88
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Excellent. One of the most compelling reads I've come across on the subject.

Could just as easily been posted in the Ant-Progressive thread.

Veiling Women: Islamists' Most Powerful Weapon

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*The first victim of the Islamist war in Algeria was a girl who refused the veil, Katia Bengana, who defended her choice even as the executioners pointed a gun at her head. In 1994, Algiers literally awoke to walls plastered with posters announcing the execution of unveiled women.
*In April 1947, Princess Lalla Aisha gave a speech in Tangiers and people listened astonished to that unveiled girl. In a few weeks, women throughout the country refused the scarf. Today Morocco is one of the freest countries in the Arab world.
*In the mid-1980s, sharia law was implemented in many countries, women in the Middle East were placed in a portable prison and in Europe they resumed the veil to reclaim their "identity," which meant the refusal of assimilation to Western values and the Islamization of many European cities.
*First veils were imposed on women, then Islamists began their jihad against the West.
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It is hard to believe that, until the early 1990s, the majority of women in Algeria were not veiled. On May 13, 1958 at Place du Gouvernement in Algiers, dozens of women tore off their veils. Miniskirts invaded the streets.

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Look at the photographs of Kabul in the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s, and you will see many unveiled women. Then came the Taliban and covered them. The emancipation in Morocco was sparked by Princess Lalla Aisha, the daughter of Sultan Mohamed Ben Youssef, who took the title of king when the country proclaimed independence. In April 1947, Lalla gave a speech in Tangiers and people listened astonished to that unveiled girl. In a few weeks, women throughout the country refused the scarf. Today Morocco is one of the freest countries in the Arab world.

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In Egypt, back in the 1950s, President Gamal Abdel Nasser took to television to mock the Muslim Brotherhood's request to veil the women. His wife, Tahia, did not wear a scarf, even in official photographs. Today, according to the scholar Mona Abaza, 80% of Egyptian women are veiled.

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Fifty years earlier, in 1926, Reza Shah had provided police protection to women who had chosen to refuse the veil. On January 7, 1936, the Shah ordered all the teachers, the wives of ministers and government officials "to appear in European clothes." The Shah asked his wife and daughters to go unveiled in public. These and other Western reforms were supported by Shah Muhammad Reza Pahlavi, who succeeded his father in September 1941, and instituted the ban on veiled women in public.
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First veils were imposed on women, then Islamists began their jihad against the West.

First we betrayed these women by accepting their slavery as a "liberation," then Air France started veiling women while in Iran as a form of "respect." It is also revealing of the hypocrisy of most of Western feminists, who are always ready to denounce the "homophobic" Christians and "sexism" in the U.S., but keep silent about the sexual crimes of radical Islam.

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For how long we will maintain our ban on female genital mutilation (FGM)? A study just published in the U.S. suggests that allowing some "milder" forms of female mutilation, which affect 200 million women in the world, is more "culturally sensitive" than a ban on the practice, and that a ritual "nick" of girls' vaginas could prevent a more radical disfiguring practice. The proposal didn't come from Tariq Ramadan or an Islamic court in Sudan, but from two American gynecologists, Kavita Shah Arora and Allan J. Jacobs, who published the study in one of the most important scientific journals, the Journal of Medical Ethics.
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t is a testament to the depths that can be reached in what the French "new philosopher," Pascal Bruckner, called "the tears of White men" with their masochism, cowardice and cynical relativism. Why not also justify the Islamic stoning of women who are said to commit adultery? It is as if we cannot capitulate quickly enough.
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Nails it.

Call it what you want, but veils are a signal of oppression & the first step towards domination.
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Saudi Arabia snubs President Obama at the airport

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CNN is reporting that Saudi Arabia appears to have snubbed President Obama when he arrived in Riyadh for his farewell tour. It is customary for a U.S. president to be greeted by a high-ranking government official. In Saudi Arabia that would be a high-ranking member of the royal family, perhaps the king himself or the crown prince. Today, Obama was greeted by the governor of Riyadh.
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Old Apr 21st, 2016, 11:23 AM   #90
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Related to post 88 above.

Latvia bans the burka – despite only THREE women wearing it in the entire country

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Ministers in the tiny eastern European state are drafting new laws to stop women wearing the full face veil, despite only THREE women in the entire country estimated to wear one.

Lawmakers say the burka poses a serious security risk and is undermining their culture.

They said the spiralling migrant chaos was a reason to take immediate preventative measures.
World leaders: Take note...
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