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zorkmidden in Discarded Lies:
Stephen Schwartz examines how Saudi Arabia and Albania are dealing with Saudi terrorist financier Yasin al-Kadi.
The lesson? Mighty and rich Saudi Arabia, with blood on the streets of its cities, pleads helplessness in dealing with the terrorists it has spawned. Poor, obscure Albania acts with precision and dedication to shut down activity by the same terrorists. Thus, we learn who our real friends are, among Muslim countries.

Oh, and Albania, which has a small military establishment, has also committed 71 troops as peacekeepers in Iraq. Sometimes the smallest gestures speak more loudly than the most exaggerated rhetoric--especially when the latter originates in Riyadh, capital of the Saudi kingdom.
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zorkmidden in Discarded Lies:
In The Year 2005
12) Osama bin Laden is found in Newark, New Jersey driving a cab. He's found using the alias Michael Moore. On a related note, Michael Moore is found in Afghanistan after being drop kicked by Pfizer who got pissed off at Moore for 'exposing' the company, despite the fact that Pfizer's contributions in the tsunami relief will top out at $75 million, which is still more than France coughed up.

13) Rumsfeld is the new Ashcroft. Gonzales is the new Rumsfeld. And Jeb Bush is the new Dubya. Dubya is the new Dubya. Same as the old one. Only with 5x the misunderestimations.
Read all of lawhawk's predictions at Suite101.com
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zorkmidden in Discarded Lies:
Orphans for Sale
As if the thousands of children who disappeared into the sea weren't tragic enough, now more children are disappearing into a man-made horror:
The U.N. said it had received reports of adults posing as foster parents and children being shipped from Indonesia to Malaysia for sale, adding to worries about a "tsunami generation" of children also under threat of disease and hunger.

U.N. Children's Fund (UNICEF) officers were alarmed when a colleague in Kuala Lumpur received an unsolicited mobile phone text message offering children to order, UNICEF spokesman John Budd said by telephone from Jakarta.

"Three hundred orphans aged 3-10 years from Aceh for adoption. All paperwork will be taken care of. No fee. Please state age and sex of child required," the message read.

Although the message mentioned no fee, Budd said: "If you read that text message, and if it is true, then either they have 300 orphans for sale or they have the capacity to seize children according to orders received."
UN Fears Gangs May Traffick in Tsunami Children
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zorkmidden in Discarded Lies:
Iranian Justice
Brought to You by Your Nearest Ayatollahs - Serving God Since 1979

I read this story about an Iranian man sentenced to death for beheading four people, including his own sons, and at first I thought, "oh well, another psychopath killing his children, it could have happened anywhere." Well, not quite. What makes this story different is that in addition to Ismail being sentenced to death for killing his wife's alleged lover, the sister of said lover, and his own seven and eleven-year-old children because they saw him commit the murders, his wife was also sentenced to death for committing adultery.

And on a closing note, he didn't receive the death sentence for killing his sons, contrary to what the article headline implies. In Iran, a father can just pay "blood money" for killing his children.
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zorkmidden in Discarded Lies:
Abu Hook's Claws
Radical Muslim cleric Abu Hamza al-Masri has failed to appear before a court, complaining his toe nails were too long and he could not walk.

Abu Hamza, who is also wanted by the United States over 11 alleged offences, was charged by police last year on 16 counts including one terror-related offence.

He had been due to make an appearance on Tuesday via video-link from the high-security Belmarsh jail in London where he is being held.

"Hamza has physical difficulties. He is unable to walk. He has been perambulating barefoot around the prison," said defence lawyer Peter Hynes.

Prosecutor Adina Ekiel added: "He is complaining that his toe nails are too long."
Hamza misses court due to long nails
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zorkmidden in Discarded Lies:
Forgetting Auschwitz
Jewish Organization Issues a Study Showing 63% of the Population of a U.S. City Could Not Recognize What the Word "Auschwitz" is in Reference to.

Coming on the heels of the December 2, 2004 British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) televised poll which revealed that nearly half of Britons had never heard of the Nazi concentration camp of Auschwitz, a Jewish organization in Florida has released a study demonstrating 63% of a typical United States city could not identify the infamous Polish concentration camp.

The BBC study immediately set off a frenzy of discussion in the international Jewish community and in response, the International Society for Sephardic Progress (ISFSP) conducted a survey in the form of a random sampling of the population of Orlando, Florida, where the ISFSP is based, between December 5 - 26, 2004. "We were stunned to learn the BBC study revealed 45% of people questioned had never heard of Auschwitz. The Orlando findings, 63%, are even more discouraging," stated Mr. Shelomo Alfassa, Executive Director of the ISFSP.
PRESS RELEASE: Jewish Organization Issues a Study Showing 63% of the Population of a U.S. City Could Not Recognize What the Word Auschwitz is in Reference to
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zorkmidden in Discarded Lies:
Christian Unity in the Holy Land
It was back in 1715 that the "Holy Land" Greek Catholics broke away from the Greek Orthodox though they were forced to wait a century until getting official recognition for their church from the temporal authorities of the Ottoman Empire.

In Sakhnin the two small communities are level pegging, content with their 600-600 parity. It always meant, however, Michel Ghantous confesses with a smile the need to rush home from holiday celebrations in east Jerusalem (his wife's hometown) to allow the children to make sure that they were not "outgunned" by the Greek Catholic kids in the fire-cracker celebrations in Sakhnin's streets (the equivalent of the old plastic hammer street bashes that used to be marked elsewhere in Israel on Independence Day).

Since their ways split in this land, Jews and Christians have accumulated mounds of baggage during centuries in Europe and beyond that's a major part of their ongoing relationship. Such inter-religious baggage is absent from the Jewish-Christian encounter here; the only baggage is the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. Everyone's conclusion is that peace would solve all problems. And beyond the conventional wisdom that Israel's Arab citizens stand to gain most by resolution of the conflict, there's a distinct feeling that Christian Arabs stand to gain most of all.

Even without resolution of the conflict, the fences that Israel maintains between different groups, the rigorous defining of people by their identity, and the difficulties that confront anyone who seeks to cross religious lines, very much suits this Christian minority within a minority. Talk of "mixed marriages" means only between churches. Inter-marriage across religious lines is almost unheard of, and the commonly held view in the town is that when rarely it's tried, it doesn't work.

"Not good - very good," responds Father Emile to a query whether philosophically it's "good" for the Holy Land's Christians to be living in a "Jewish state." There is, however, one limit on his unreserved satisfaction: the authorities do not clamp down on proselytizing Protestants among local Christians with us as they do in outlawing attempts to convert Jews. "They turn a blind eye, probably because those are trying to make inroads into our communities are Evangelicals, part of the Bush lobby."
Personally, I'm pleased to see the evil Evangelicals being blamed for a change. The evil Jews had their chance in the limelight, it's good to share the glory.

Sakhnin Diary / Season of good cheer in a minority within a minority
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evariste in Discarded Lies:
New US Rules Of Engagement At Syria Border: Shoot To Kill
via Geostrategy Direct:U.S. forces get tough along Syrian border

The U. S. military has relaxed the rules of engagement along the Iraqi border with Syria. Defense sources said U. S. infantry and armored troops have been ordered to shoot to kill anybody deemed suspicious along the Syrian border.

The sources said U. S. troops have killed Syrian nationals deemed as threats to the American military presence along the border. Sometimes, the Syrians were killed as a result of being infiltrators. Other times, Syrians were caught in the crossfire.

The U. S. military presence along the Syrian border was expanded earlier this year when the military built a huge compound only about 100 yards from a Syrian border post.

Several times a week, the U. S. compound is attacked by Sunni insurgents who sometimes fire from both the Iraqi and Syrian sides of the border. U. S. troops and helicopters, often unsure the direction of the fire, spray automatic weapons in every direction, but particularly along the Syrian side of the border. The feeling is that the attackers are infiltrators from Syria.

The U. S. military has also closed the border to Syrian nationals and vehicles. The Iraqi military posts along the border have been largely abandoned, many of them torched by Sunni insurgents.

One Syrian national, Hassan Qabbor, has filed a lawsuit against the U. S. government for the killing of his 16-year-old son. The suit, filed in a Damascus court, asserted that American soldiers from their compound in Iraq killed the teenager.
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guest author: Sine in Discarded Lies:
If They Will Not Eat Rutabagas, Give Them Current Affairs
As regular readers of Discarded Lies are well aware, this blog is primarily about food, with a special emphasis on debunking myths about food, such as, "Beets taste good," or "Cow fat is bad." Of course, Discarded Lies occasionally ventures into more frivolous topics pertaining to Politics, the Middle East, Islamic Fundamentalism, etc. Nobody knows why blog owners evariste and zorkmidden find these subjects important or interesting, but in a holiday spirit of goodwill I hereby pander to their strange tastes, and offer some political-type excerpts from Dave Barry's 2004 retrospective column.
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zorkmidden in Discarded Lies:
Breaking News: al-Zarqawi Arrested in Iraq?
If this is true, it's wonderful news. Like Saddam's capture, this may not necessarily deal a fatal blow to a broad-based insurgency but it's a swingeing blow nonetheless:
Abu Mus'ab al-Zarqawi, whom the US occupation authorities declared to be the "target number one" in Iraq, has been arrested in the city of Baakuba, the Emirate newspaper al-Bayane reported on Tuesday referring to Kurdish sources. Al-Zarqawi, leader of the terrorist group Al-Tawhid Wa'al-Jihad, was recently appointed the director of the Al-Qaeda organisation in Iraq.

The newspaper's correspondent in Baghdad points out that a report on the seizure of the terrorist, on whom the US put a bounty of 10 million dollars, was also reported by Iraqi Kurdistan radio, which at one time had been the first to announce the arrest of Saddam Hussein.
Abu Musab al-Zarqawi reportedly arrested in Iraq

Via Roger L. Simon
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