GET WELL SOON GEORGE GALLOWAY
I wish George a speedy recovery and that the assailant has not damaged the jaw that exposes the horrors of Zionism.
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Moscow, SANA-Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said Wednesday his country has instructed the US that in case Washington decides to direct airstrikes on terrorists’ sites in Syria without Syrian official approval, this will be considered as a flagrant violation of the international law.
“The Americans announce that they will bomb terrorists on the Syrian lands with no need of any approval… we have told them this will be a flagrant violation of the international law,” Lavrov said during a meeting with participants at the International Youth Forum of Seliger.
He added combating terrorism is a need, thanks God, the US has at last acknowledged that terrorists are in the front who fight against the Syrian Government, but in order to isolate those terrorists, the US has to coordinate with the Syrian authorities.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has said the seven-week conflict in Gaza ended in "victory".
The Palestinian Islamist Hamas movement was "hit hard and got none of its demands," Mr Netanyahu said.
[source : Gaza conflict: Israeli PM Netanyahu says war was 'victory', BBC, http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-28955615, 27th August 2014]
The video of James Foley’s execution may have been staged, with the actual murder taking place off-camera, it has emerged.
Forensic analysis of the footage of the journalist’s death has suggested that the British jihadist in the film may have been the frontman rather than the killer.
The clip, which apparently depicts Mr Foley’s brutal beheading, has been widely seen as a propaganda coup for Islamic State miltant group.
But a study of the four-minute 40-second clip, carried out by an international forensic science company which has worked for police forces across Britain, suggested camera trickery and slick post-production techniques appear to have been used.
[source : Foley murder video 'may have been staged', The Daily Telegraph, http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/middleeast/iraq/11054488/Foley-murder-video-may-have-been-staged.html, 25th August 2014]
All major western countries signed a 2013 G8 commitment not to pay ransom to terrorist groups – an accord reinforced by a UN security council resolution along the same lines in January this year. However, only the US and UK have stuck to that commitment, while other European states – including France, Italy, Spain and Germany – have found ways of channelling money to militant groups in exchange for their citizens.
[source : Terrorist ransoms: should governments pay up or stick to their principles?, The Guardian, http://www.theguardian.com/media/2014/aug/22/terrorist-ransom-government-pay-james-foley, 23rd August 2014]
According to a June 2014 statement by Treasury undersecretary David S. Cohen, ransom payments are now second only to state sponsorship as a source of revenue for terrorist organizations, implying that kidnapping for profit is ahead of even private contributions, bank robbery, and other forms of fundraising. To be sure, Foley was killed for political and ideological reasons — and possibly to trigger a galvanizing or strategically costly U.S. response. But ISIS also has a recent history of using other foreign prisoners as a means of filling its coffers.
Kidnapping was a crucial early source of funding as ISIS scaled up its operations in 2013, and the group has had some success in ransoming foreign prisoners. It released two Spanish journalists after receiving an undisclosed sum in March of 2014, and there's evidence that ISIS was looking for smaller payoffs, too. In a recent article in the Arabic-language newspaper Al Hayat translated by Al Monitor, a former ISIS prisoner recounted his jailers demanding $100,000 apiece for the freedom of two ethnic Armenians held in a prison in northeastern Syria.
...In April of 2014, a McClatchy report cited anonymous European intelligence agents who claimed the gas-rich Gulf emirate had helped broker the release of ISIS-held foreign hostages on three occasions. The same report said that the agents believe Qatar was the unnamed Persian Gulf country that had helped broker a "sizable payment" that secured the April release of four French journalists whom the group had been holding captive.
Qatar has facilitated payments to a range of terrorist groups, including a $4 million fee that freed 13 nuns from Syrian Jihadist group Jabhat al-Nusra, and a $20.4 million ransom paid with the Omani government to spring four hostages from Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula. Most notably, Qatar helped broker the release of U.S. Army officer Bowe Bergdahl, whom the Taliban had held for nearly five years.
[source : ISIS Has Been Taking Foreign Hostages Since The Very Beginning — And Getting Paid For Them, Business Insider, http://www.businessinsider.com/isiss-history-of-hostage-taking-2014-8, 20th August 2014]
Ministers faced a storm of criticism last night over the failure to halt the radicalisation of British Muslims amid claims up to 2,000 may have travelled to Iraq and Syria to fight.
Downing Street was forced to admit plans to prevent youths being brainwashed by jihadists, ordered following the horrific murder of Lee Rigby, have been gathering dust for months.
Prime Minister David Cameron set up an ‘extremism taskforce’ after the 25-year-old British soldier was hacked to death by cleaver-wielding fanatics in broad daylight outside Woolwich Barracks, South-east London, in May last year.
But as anger mounted over the beheading of American journalist James Foley by a masked Islamic State militant with an English accent, it emerged none of the group’s main recommendations had been implemented.
[source : Failures that let our young people turn into jihadis: Plans to stop youths being radicalised are gathering dust, The Daily Mail, http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2731327/Failures-let-young-people-turn-jihadis-Plans-stop-youths-radicalised-gathering-dust.html, 22nd August 2014]
2. I voluntarily invited the Leeds Police to interview me on August 15th in my office in parliament. It was a brief interview with no lawyer— George Galloway (@georgegalloway) August 21, 2014
A 32-year-old middle school teacher has been accused of raping a 13-year-old boy after he accepted a 'dare' to contact her and visit her home.
Mary Faith McCormick, a married mother-of-one, was arrested after one of the boy's friends allegedly found semi-nude photos of the teacher on the boy's phone.
Police then carried out an investigation and allegedly uncovered the three-month affair between the teacher and the underage boy.
[source : Married middle school teacher, 32, 'had sex with boy, 13, after he accepted a "dare" to contact her and visit her home', The Daily Mail, http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2728221/Married-middle-school-teacher-32-sex-boy-13-accepted-dare-contact-visit-home.html, 19th August 2014]
Russia has accused Ukrainian air-traffic control of sending Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 into the conflict zone where it was shot down last month.
The Russian envoy to the UN Security Council has demanded Kiev release all records of its air-traffic controllers' communications with the plane, whose downing is the subject of a major diplomat crisis.
The passenger jet carrying 298 people was hit by a missile the Ukrainian government and its allies say was fired from the rebel-held Donetsk region in eastern Ukraine on July 17.
Russia says there is a lack of proof for this claim and expressed concerns at the UN Security Council over Kiev's refusal to release transcripts of conversations its air traffic controllers had with MH17.
'Nothing is known about the record of talks between Ukrainian flight controllers,' said Russian envoy to the UN, Vitaly Churkin .
'They should produce the records of talks between their flight controllers so that it would be possible to understand why they directed the Malaysian plane into the conflict zone.
[source : Ukrainian air-traffic control sent doomed flight MH17 over the conflict zone in Donetsk region, says Russia, The Daily Mail, http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2728660/Ukrainian-air-traffic-control-sent-doomed-flight-MH17-conflict-zone-Donetsk-region-says-Russia.html, 19th August 2014]
Always thought it was the Ukraine trying to pin it on the Russians. Prove us all wrong by releasing the recordings. I dare u
Each advertisement has clearly got to be decided on a case-by-case basis, bearing in mind not just specific criteria but the context of the times as well. I entirely support the argument that freedom of expression means the freedom to offend. On that basis I don’t think it was wrong to run an advertisement that expressed a viewpoint, with which the Guardian has no sympathy, about the alleged use of human shields by Hamas, which the organisation has strenuously denied. But there are always limits.
I think the Guardian should have rejected the language of the advertisement and attempted to negotiate change with the authors, something they indicated to the Times that they might consider.
I agree with the readers that whatever the intention, the biblical language, the references to child sacrifice, all evoke images of that most ancient of antisemitic tropes: the blood libel. The authors may believe that they have steered a careful course by aiming these matters at an organisation, Hamas, rather than all Palestinians, but the association is there. If an advertisement was couched in similar terms but the organisation named was the IDF rather than Hamas, I can’t imagine the Guardian would run it – I certainly hope it wouldn’t. I think that’s the issue.
[source : The readers’ editor on... the decision to run This World’s advertisement, The Guardian, http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/aug/18/readers-editor-decision-this-world-advertisement, 18th August 2014]
So this threat cannot simply be removed by airstrikes alone. We need a tough, intelligent and patient long-term approach that can defeat the terrorist threat at source.
[source : David Cameron: Isil poses a direct and deadly threat to Britain, Sunday Telegraph, http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/middleeast/iraq/11038121/David-Cameron-Isil-poses-a-direct-and-deadly-threat-to-Britain.html, 16th August 2014]
God save our gracious queen
Long live our noble queen
Allah u Akbar!
Send her victorious
Happy and glorious
Long to reign over us
Allah u Akbar!
Cliff Richard has had a very successful career spanning decades.
But of all the songs he could have performed, this one stood out the most; Devil Woman.
Was this a personal request?
She is a devil woman
With evil on her mind
She is a devil woman
She's gonna get you.
He says that he actually intended the government to have a good idea about what exactly he stole. Before he made off with the documents, he tried to leave a trail of digital bread crumbs so investigators could determine which documents he copied and took and which he just “touched.” That way, he hoped, the agency would see that his motive was whistle-blowing and not spying for a foreign government. It would also give the government time to prepare for leaks in the future, allowing it to change code words, revise operational plans, and take other steps to mitigate damage. But he believes the NSA’s audit missed those clues and simply reported the total number of documents he touched—1.7 million. (Snowden says he actually took far fewer.) “I figured they would have a hard time,” he says. “I didn’t figure they would be completely incapable.”
[source : James Bamford, The Most Wanted Man in the World, Wired, http://www.wired.com/2014/08/edward-snowden/]
*So* much respect for the courageous stand of @SayeedaWarsi, who has just resigned over the Government's silence on the Gaza atrocity— Owen Jones (@OwenJones84) August 5, 2014