Thursday, July 31, 2008

About that GEO reporter being held in a NE Ohio jail.

Last week I posted here about Nayyar Zaidi, a GEO reporter from Pakistan that had reportedly been held in a NE Ohio jail for 4 months on terror charges.

I came up blank looking for more info. Twinster J's digging yielded no clues, either. Lucky for us, commenter Abdul J kept digging and came up with the goods. (Hey Abdul. Want a job? LOL) He discovered that wherever Nayyar Zaidi is, he was able to write a column on 7/29 for Jang.

Get this. We came up blank because Zaidi uses the name Nayyar as a pen name. His real name is SYED HAIDER KAR ZAIDI - and it's not terror charges he's being held on. Nope.

He got caught up in an internet sex sting run by the Feds, a kiddie sex sting.

AKRON:

Bound over - A federal grand jury will hear the case of a Virginia man who authorities say traveled to Ohio to have sex with whom he believed to be a 13-year-old girl. The FBI Internet Crimes Against Children task force arrested Syed Haider Kar Zaidi, 64, of Woodbridge, Va., last week. Zaidi traveled from his home to Jackson Township to meet a 13-year-old girl for sex after communicating online with a law-enforcement officer posing as the girl's mother, according to a complaint filed in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio. Zaidi also faces state charges of attempted unlawful sex with a minor, attempted child endangering, attempted illegal use of a minor for sex performance and importuning, jail records show. Defense attorney Jeffrey Haupt said it is likely that the state charges will be dismissed as the federal case proceeds.

Abdul J swears it is all a big setup. Dinah not so much. (Quite frankly, it's hard for me to give the Feds that much credit.) And anybody out trolling for hot teen sex on the internet deserves to get caught - the Feds didn't make him click that mouse! (You can read Abdul J's comments here.)

Too funny.


Not that funny: Taxpayer money going to satisfy his basketball jones.

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Another round of visitors...

have washed up on my shore, possums.

Blogging will be light as Dinah plays hostess with the mostest.

Hope to be back among you soon.




Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Pakistan: US Intel lays its cards on the table.

Taking a hard line with the ISI.

It's about damn time, says Dinah.

A top Central Intelligence Agency official traveled secretly to Islamabad this month to confront Pakistan’s most senior officials with new information about ties between the country’s powerful spy service and militants operating in Pakistan’s tribal areas, according to American military and intelligence officials.

The C.I.A. emissary presented evidence showing that members of the spy service had deepened their ties with some militant groups that were responsible for a surge of violence in Afghanistan, possibly including the suicide bombing this month of the Indian Embassy in Kabul, the officials said.

The decision to confront Pakistan with what the officials described as a new C.I.A. assessment of the spy service’s activities seemed to be the bluntest American warning to Pakistan since shortly after the Sept. 11 attacks about the ties between the spy service and Islamic militants.


The C.I.A. assessment specifically points to links between members of the spy service, the Directorate for Inter-Services Intelligence, or ISI, and the militant network led by Maulavi Jalaluddin Haqqani, which American officials believe maintains close ties to senior figures of Al Qaeda in Pakistan’s tribal areas.


Read it all possums.

US and Iraqi forces go to town on Diyala

Clean sweep.

Thousands of Iraqi forces, backed by small US military teams, launched a dawn offensive today across one of Iraq’s most dangerous provinces in the latest attempt to defeat resilient pockets of al-Qaeda fighters.

Gangs of Shia insurgents are also a target of the Diyala operation, which was pre-empted by joint US-Iraqi pushes through lawless terrain to the southeast of the province that began last Friday.

The attack began with raids in Baquba, Al-Qaeda in Iraq's once self-styled Islamic caliphate and the origin of the recent rash of female suicide bombers. And what do you know? Diyala is right up there on the Iranian border...all the better to see you, Mr. Ahmadinejad.

Monday, July 28, 2008

Latest AQ video: Kill Saudi King Abdullah

for fraternizing with the enemy, Pope Benedict XVI. Such a peaceful, tolerant religion.

Abu Yahya al-Libi has issued a new video urging the killing of Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah for his moves towards inter-faith dialogue with Pope Benedict XVI."

They want to spawn a new religion on the Arabian Peninsula and that is bringing religions closer together," al-Libi warns in the video message posted to Islamist websites on Monday.

The video strongly criticises the inter-faith dialogue conference held earlier this month in the Spanish capital, Madrid, under King Abdullah's patronage and organised by the Muslim World League. The three-day conference closed with a declaration that cited terrorism as a major obstacle to mutual understanding.

A photo of King Abdullah and Benedict XVI taken during Abdullah's historic visit to the Vatican last November has been posted with the video to publicise it on Islamist websites.A caption beneath the photo repeats part of al-Libi's video message. It reads: "He (Abdullah) has made religion a joke and has done so in public with Jews, Christians and Muslims."He has thrown those fighting for Islamism into jail...and has fraternised with those who have offended the Prophet, notably the adulator of the Cross, the Vatican's Pope."


"The Prophet ordered us to drive unbelievers from the Arabian Peninsula. Today, the Saudi royal family is destroying our Islamic tenets by showing Muslims it is possible to spread Christian principles.""By sitting side by side in public, they are taking part in the Crusader campaign. They are helping them, giving information to their secret services, all in order to spread their culture and religion."

Al-Libi concludes the message with a call to kill King Abdullah for having betrayed Islam.

Sunday, July 27, 2008

Karachi Kids: Finally, word about the Karachi Girl.

When I say stay tuned for more info about the Karachi Kids, I am not kidding. It looks like her case may be headed to the Pakistani courts AND the airwaves. Thanks to No Compromise for letting us know about her interview on August 7 at 12 noon Pacific Time with the producers of the Karachi Kids documentary. Great get, NC! You can listen here when the big day rolls around.


In the meantime -
here's the latest from the wires.


Pakistan’s top security official will discuss the issue of an American girl holed up inside an Islamic madrassa in Karachi with US State Department officials next week in Washington, official sources said yesterday.

Rehman Malik, a cabinet member and advisor on the country’s internal security, would accompany Pakistan’s newly elected premier Yousaf Raza Gilani as he starts four-day official visit of the US today.

“Mr Rehman Malik has the file and he is now directly supervising the case,” a senior official at Pakistan’s Ministry of Interior said.

The American girl, Muna Abanur Muhamed, along with four girls from Thailand and a male student from Fiji, all in their teens, received deportation orders Monday for violating the country’s visa rules. But senior administrators of Jamia Binori, a sprawling 12-acre walled madrassa, refused to handover the students, terming the government’s move as “a great injustice and discrimination against foreign students”.

The government official said Malik would be back on July 31 and a crucial decision regarding the recovery of the students would be taken then.

Earlier, Maulana Mufti Mohamed Naeemi, founder and head of the madrassa, said that “no one could dare come near a one mile radius of our compound”. He also said all the students were living inside on their free will and were happy to continue their religious education.

Reports of the American girl and other foreign students have created an outcry in the US as well as Pakistan. The US-based South Asian Foundation for Education Reforms (SAFER) last week called for the immediate return of Muna.

“The US government must act swiftly to also release Muna and all the American children held at Jamia Binoria,” SAFER’s founder Ericka Pertierra, was quoted as saying in the Los Angeles Chronicle.

Pakistan’s liberal English-language newspaper The News condemned the holding of Muna at Jamia Binoria in an editorial on Saturday.

“This of course amounts to virtual abduction. It is not known how many other children may be held in similar circumstances in other seminaries,” it said.

Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) said it was willing to take up the case with a top provincial court for the recovery only if the relatives and friends approach us.

“We are ready to file a constitutional petition against this Binoria madrassa but we are facing odds as no friend and relative has approached us so far,” said Iqbal Haider, co-chairman of the HRCP.-DPA


Get up to speed with all the Karachi Kids news here.

Meanwhile, back in India, It's Day 3 of the Terror Campaign

courtesy of the Religion of Peace.

First, Bangalore, then Ahmedabad and now Surat.

The diamond city of Surat in the western Indian state of Gujarat was put under the security scanner on Sunday after two cars were found there stuffed with explosives, officials said.

They said a live bomb was defused and an activist of the outlawed Muslim extremist Simi group was arrested in connection with Saturday’s serial blasts in Ahmedabad where the death toll mounted to 49.

Press Trust of India said a live bomb was defused near a hospital and two cars stuffed with explosives were found in the city on Sunday, sparking a high security alert.

Obama's other 'Brother from Another Mother'.

Hmm. President of the World's brother from another mother is currently living in China.

Barack Obama's brother pushes Chinese imports on the US.

BARACK Obama’s half-brother has been helping to promote cheap Chinese exports in a low-profile business career while the Democratic senator has been winning worldwide fame in his race for the White House. He has gone to extraordinary lengths to avoid public attention and his family links remain unknown to most of his acquaintances in Shenzhen, a border boomtown in southern China where he has lived since 2002.

Mark Ndesandjo is the son of Barack Obama’s late father and his third wife, an American woman named Ruth Nidesand who runs the up-market Maduri kindergarten in Nairobi.

Obama, however, refers to him simply as “my brother” and says he was the only uncontested heir after their father, a Kenyan, died in a car crash in 1982.

Mark has some hinky business thing going on - Read all about it here.

Chinese officials said there are unanswered questions about his internet-based company, Worldnexus Ltd. It has provided corporate communications and website design to Chinese firms seeking customers in English-speaking markets, of which the United States is the biggest.

Worldnexus is not registered to conduct business in Shenzhen and officials at the city’s commercial administration bureau said this raised potential issues of taxation and compliance with the law by its customers.

And it doesn't sound like he and Barack get along all that well.

Obama painted a disappointed picture of his half-brother in his 1995 memoir, Dreams from My Father, in which he celebrated his own return to Kenya and rediscovery of his African inheritance.

You just wait. The nuts are going to be falling out of Obama's family tree like shi& through a goose. The Secret Service is sure going to be BUSY!

Read about Barack's OTHER brother from another mother, UK Council House habitue, Bernard
here.

India: Computer responsible for bomb warning emails seized.

The property where computer is found is rented by a US National? Police seize computer in Mumbai raid.

NEW DELHI: Police have raided a house near India’s financial capital Mumbai as part of a probe into a series of bomb attacks in the western city of Ahmedabad that killed 45 people, reports said Sunday. The police seized a computer they say was the source of an email claiming responsibility for Saturday’s attacks on behalf of a little-known group calling itself the “Indian Mujahedeen,” the reports said. A similar email was sent to news channels by the same group after a series of blasts in May in the western Indian city of Jaipur that killed more than 60 people.

The NDTV news channel said the property raided was rented to a US national. No arrests or detentions were made but authorities confiscated the computer’s hard drive.



Karachi Kids II - Jamia Binoria and the American kids

Blacklisted Binoria students grapple with uncertain future.

Well, I've been waiting on pins and needles to hear what was going to happen to the Karachi Kids, both the ones just returned to their home in Atlanta and the ones still remaining at the Jamia Binoria. No news on them so far, but there is news of the BLACKLISTING of other foreign students. It looks like the foreign students at Jamia Binoria are now having visa problems as a result of the government's committment to Musharraf's Madrassa controls and is it me or does it sound like the situation may be a tad chaotic, to you?

“The deportation orders have alarmed other international students as well at the Jamia,” reveals one of the officials at the Jamia Binoria on the condition of anonymity. The source reveals that, since the deportation orders, students throng the office of the head of the Jamia Binoria, Maulana Mufti Muhammad Naeem, everyday asking him about their visa status in Pakistan. “A lot of them are so scared that they have planned to return to their home countries for good,” an official reveals, adding that, besides frequent visits by media persons and agencies demanding complete information about these kids, international reaction to the documentary “Karachi Kids” has added to the concerns of international students at the seminary.

Another anonymous student comes forward:

A former student of a Madrassa in Karachi admits it. On condition of anonymity, he says that, despite a ban, hundreds of students from around the world travel to Pakistan in quest of religious knowledge. Earlier, funded by the US government during the war against Soviet Union in the 1980s, Madrassahs in Pakistan were regarded as the best institutes for religious knowledge. However, with the US-launched war against terror and seminaries in Pakistan allegedly having links with the Taliban, foreign students have been banned admissions here.

“Therefore,” he says, “when they don’t find a legal way to get in, they resort to the illegal ways.” These ‘illegal ways’ can entail, among other things, first arriving on a visit visa and then a Madrassah using its influence and contacts to get an extension. This can also allegedly include, “bribing the concerned officials,” adds a travel agent. Sometimes, a seminary doesn’t even bother to resort to these tricks and lets the student study even after the expiry of the visit visa. The student then pays an over stay fee and is deported to their home country after completion of the degree.

The Jamia Binoria doesn’t confirm this and claims that, “the Federal Secretary Interior Kamal Shah promised to grant extension soon.” However, Kamal Shah could not be reached for comments owing to his busy schedule.


Evidently, this isn't the first time that visas have been an issue for Jamia Biniora students.

Read the rest
here.

Read more about the Karachi Kids here and check out Bernie Kerik as he weighs in.

Stay tuned, possums...

Pak: GEO reporter in OH jail on terrorism charges?

Pak Journalist in US jail on Terrorism charges.

Well, well, well. What's up with this do you think?

Nayyar Zaidi, the well-known US-based Pakistani-American journalist, who has been a citizen of the United States for more than 30 years has been in US custody for the last four months on what are said to be terrorism-related charges. According to one report, Zaidi is being held on the charge of “obstruction of justice”, a very serious offence. He is also said to be awaiting a trial. The Homeland Security Department or the FBI have made no announcement about his arrest or incarceration. His family, when asked for his whereabouts, has continued to claim that “he is in Pakistan”. The Pakistan embassy, like Zaidi’s journalist colleagues, who have repeatedly phoned the family, has also been given the same answer. When asked why he is in Pakistan and what has taken him there or how long he is to be away, the callers have been told, “We cannot say” or “We do not know.” The news of Zaidi’s arrest – he is believed to be in an Ohio prison – was broken by the New Jersey-based website Des Prades at the weekend.

The original blog report can be found here at Oscar Tango. (Paging Twinster! He's supposedly being held at a Correctional Facility in Youngstown OH!)

Mr Zaidi said he had gone to Ohio to pursue his journalistic "obstruction of justice" research against those individuals who are being detained there from "all over the world". Unfortunately, he ended up being detained himself in the same facility, he said. He is awaiting trial now in which he is the defendent.(sic)

The Pakistan embassy was evidently unaware of Zaidi's confinement.

I then called the Press Attache of the Pakistan embassy in Washington. Mr Kiani, who happens to be the press attache, told me that he found out about Mr Zaidi's detention today only from the ambasaddor Mr. Hussain Haqaani who found out from Pakistan, he claimed.

Hmmm.

Pakistan: It ain't pretty...

The Islamic Jihad: Trying to bomb hussies out of existence. One make-up shop at a time. A bomb in a women's makeup shop kills a child, injures 6. Maulana Fazl Ullah's media tour continues and threatens to unleash suicide bombers if military action recommences against him.

Incidents of violence have increased in Swat valley in recent weeks despite a peace deal between the local Taliban and the government in May.Police say that up-to 50 girls schools, government buildings and music shops have been blown up or burnt in Swat valley in a month.The head of Tehrik-e-Taliban, Maulana Fazl Ullah has threatened that they will resist strongly if any operation will be started in Swat.Talking to media men in the higher zones of Tehsil Mata, Maulana Fazl Ullah blamed the NWFP government talking in the tone of America and supporting US policies as well. When security forces target the homes of Taliban then in reward we target the government owned buildings. We are not satisfied of the peace agreement with the provincial government because the provincial government did not honor its early promises”, he said.He further claimed that Taliban were agreeing for peace talks every time but if government wanted to fight then we are ready for this.

Yadda-yadda-yadda. More calls for "dialogue" with killers.

PML-N Central Finance Secretary and former MNA Muhammad Pervez Malik has said all disputes can be sorted out through dialogues and mere use of brute force never lead to resolution of problems. In a statement here on Thursday, he said, “Agreement among leaders of ruling coalition to find negotiated settlement of FATA issue rather than going for military operation is good for the country.” He said terrorism cannot be eliminated with use of force adding “The policy of dialogue is the best way to find solution of problems.”

The real problem? In his dialogue with the Taliban, the new Army Chief of Staff, General Kiyani is cutting deals left and right. And the Pak government is responding in Nancy Pelosi - Harry Reid fashion...

While Pervez Musharraf, the old soldier, is fading slowly away, new Army Chief of Staff Gen. Ashfaq Kayani is said to be quietly cutting deal after deal with al-Qaeda linked militants, whose safe haven is growing beyond the tribal regions. And the still-green civilian government of Prime Minister Gilani is all but powerless to interfere. The result is that militant and terrorist groups, feeling almost cozy in their newly secured territory, are mounting a fresh military and propaganda campaign and establishing a breathing space from which to plot future acts of terror.

Meanwhile
Mr. Gilani arrives in Washington. (I personally think a trip to the woodshed might be in order for Mr. Gilani.) Mr. Gilani has other ideas:

U.S. legislators "should be patient with the new government for a year or so and see if it is able to translate its ideas into actions," he said.

Hangu Awakening?

8 tribes agree not to shelter Taliban.
Eight tribes of Hangu district on Saturday decided not to provide shelter to the Taliban or any other militant outfit and to co-operate with the government, reported BBC Urdu. According to the BBC, the decision was made at a jirga held at the office of the Hangu district co-ordination officer and attended by representatives from numerous tribes. Talking to the BBC, Darsamand Union Council Nazim Malik Jaleelur Rehman said all the tribes had agreed against providing shelter to members of militant outfits. He said it had been decided that every tribe would be responsible for maintaining law and order in its area, and also to extend co-operation to the government if required. He said the jirga had also demanded the government maintain law and order on GT Road.

Musharraf says, forget that. Musharraf may sack government.

Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf may use Article 58-2 (B) of the Constitution to sack the elected government, Opposition leader in the National Assembly Chaudhry Pervaiz Elahi has said. "If the government fails to improve law and order as well as the country’s economy, the President may use the Article 58-2 (B) to dissolve the Assemblies and send the government home," Mr Elahi, who recently met the President, said. He said the present government has failed to tackle the challenges facing the country. "President Musharraf is concerned about the unstable political situation, economic condition and law and order in the country. The President may have to use 58-2(B) if the situation persists," Mr Elahi told a Pakistan Muslim League (Quaid-e-Azam) meeting on Saturday in Lahore.

Push-me, pull you with Pakistan's intelligence agency. Confusion reigns:

ISI put under control of Interior Ministry for "better coordination.

Maybe.

Maybe not.

Like I said, it's not very pretty.

A note on the bombings in India and CAIR

A reader at Powerline has sent this interesting information along. I submit it for your edification. Oh, and by the way, CAIR sucks. You can listen to them crow about their success in getting their opponent banned in this press release. Who else has their fingerprints all over the visa denial? Freaking John Conyers out of DETROIT whose district includes America's largest Arab-American population.

Thanks for covering the bombing in Ahmadabad, India. That is my home town – I grew up there and one of the hospital bombed was where I did my internship. The bombing locations are also close to where I grew up.

You mentioned Narendra Modi – who is the chief minister of Gujarat State where the bombings occurred. He was re elected recently with almost 80 percent of the vote in the state. He is extremely respected in the state – he is a simple man without any corruption or skeletons.

The U.S. has refused to give him visa for a visit for several years now, because of the riots in that state in 2001-2002. These riots started because the Muslims burned a train full of Hindus returning from pilgrimage, including women and children. Modi was blamed for not stopping the revenge riots.

Now, CAIR has lodged its objection to granting a visa to Mr. Modi. It has also pressured various organizations to rescind their invitations to Mr. Modi to speak. Under pressure by these Muslim groups, the U.S. has refused to grant Mr. Modi a visa, even though he is an elected Chief Minister of a major state in India and has been invited by multiple organizations to come to the U.S. and give speeches.

They hit the city of Banglore yesterday and another city (Jodhpur, I believe) a few days ago. The Muslim Jihadists have now declared a war against India. The fact is, terrorism is alive and well in the other parts of the world, almost all of it by Muslims. If this fact is covered more maybe Americans will wake up.

The International Business Times has posted a brief news story noting CAIR's letter to Secretary Rice supporting the denial of a visa to Modi, and there is a little more information on the issue here.

NY Threats: Nutjob, faker or bona fide jihadi?


New York Jihad: Odd letters predict NYC bombings. (hat tip to Jammie Wearing Fool. Thanks, man.)

NYPD detectives are investigating a chilling new terror threat - a series of cards from a "New York Jihad" that look like birthday-party invitations but warn of bombs in lower Manhattan this summer, The Post has learned.

The cards were mailed last week to the homes of seven city residents, including former Fox News television producer Kelley Vick and a person in the 26th Police Precinct, which covers West Harlem, according to Vick and police sources.

The card reads: "Bombs! Bombs! Bombs! Lower Manhattan. July, August, September. New York Jihad."Vick, a news producer who left Fox in early July, got the creepy mailing Thursday. She said it arrived at her Chelsea building but did not list her apartment number and had no return address. She went to police on Friday. "It says, 'You're invited to a party, so put on a happy face,' " she said. "There were faces of an elephant, a monkey, like cartoon animals."Then you open the card, and inside is a piece of periwinkle paper and space for the date and time. That's where it says, 'Bombs! Bombs! Bombs!' in fancy type.

My name is printed on the envelope. The stamp is green with a heart. Everything about it is like a cute little party invitation. It's really weird."

She said the postmark showed it had been sent Wednesday from Brooklyn.Vick took the card and envelope to the 10th Precinct station house, where she met with a sergeant who works with the NYPD's Intelligence Division and who determined that the card was mailed about 2 p.m. Wednesday, she said."He said part of the postal code was missing."Police told her another person had received the same card Wednesday. A detective called her Friday night and said a total of six others got it as well, she said.Vick, who gave The Post a copy of the card, told cops she'd worked for Fox, helping produce shows for the news network's weekend line-up. She now works as a freelance journalist.

It bears noting that this weekend's bombings in India were proceeded by email warnings. (And as we all know, it is the Islamic way to issue one last "convert or die warning" before they let something rip.)

"In the name of Allah the Indian Mujahideen strike again! Do whatever you can, within 5 minutes from now, feel the terror of Death!" said an e-mail from the group sent to several Indian television stations minutes before the blasts began. The e-mail's subject line said "Await 5 minutes for the revenge of Gujarat," an apparent reference to 2002 riots in the western state which left 1,000 people, mostly Muslims, dead. The historic city of Ahmadabad was the scene of much of the 2002 violence.

From the horse's mouth

"al Qaeda emboldened by feeble Clinton administration."


Part 1: From Salim Hamdan, OBL's driver. (h/t Doug Ross)


Osama bin Laden's driver told a pair of FBI agents that it was America's fault that the al Qaida leader was alive...The United States could have killed bin Laden in Khartoum, Sudan, before he moved to Afghanistan in 1996, Hamdan told his interrogators. They could have killed him after al Qaida's 1998 twin bombings at the U.S. Embassy bombings in Kenya and Tanzania. Or after the October 2000 suicide bombing of the USS Cole, at the port of Aden in Yemen, which left 17 U.S. sailors dead.Instead, ''Bin Laden was emboldened.'' So he struck with the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, leaving nearly 3,000 dead.



Part 2: From OBL hisself. (h/t Gateway Pundit)


We experienced the Americans through our brothers who went into combat against them in Somalia, for example. We found they had no power worthy of mention. There was a huge aura over America -- the United States -- that terrified people even before they entered combat. Our brothers who were here in Afghanistan tested them, and together with some of the mujahedeen in Somalia, God granted them victory. America exited dragging its tails in failure, defeat, and ruin, caring for nothing.


Now, think about Obama being in charge.


Geeze. You can practically see his marionette strings.

Courtesy of Blackfive commenter: flag girl.

Iran holds another necktie party - pay attention libs



Iran on Sunday hanged 29 men convicted of offences including drug trafficking, murder and rape in the largest mass execution in years as the country says it is fighting increasing crime.

Double Trouble.

In Istanbul. At least 13 people have been killed in two explosions in Istanbul, which the governor of the Turkish city has described as terror attacks.

The first blast occurred in a telephone booth and the second went off as crowds gathered. About 70 people were wounded. TV footage showed bloodied men and women lying on the street and being carried to ambulances in blankets.




Police, firefighters and natural gas teams are now in the area. Initial reports had suggested it may have been a gas leak. But Governor Muammer Guler said he was "certain that this is a terror attack". He said the bombs had been placed in rubbish bins and that it was not a suicide bombing. "The blasts occurred in a very busy district and this raised the casualties. Thirteen citizens lost their lives in this heinous attack," he said.




A politician from the governing AK Party, Murat Mercan, told the BBC that Turkey would not give in to terrorists.

"Terrorists are trying to destabilise the country but Turkey has already a lot of experience on this terrorism so it won't distract our country, our society from daily, ordinary life," he said.

There have been no claims of responsibility for the blasts - yet.

Three guesses.

Probably fellow Muslims like their friends in India which carried out back-to-back, serial bombings. India Bomb toll climbs to 45, police probe blasts.

Saturday, July 26, 2008

UK: Killing for Religion is Justified, say third of Muslim students

Are you really surprised by this?

The survey found that extreme Islamist ideology has a profound influence on a significant minority of Muslims on campuses across the country.

The findings will concern police chiefs, the security services and ministers, who are struggling with radicalisation among Muslim communities.

The YouGov poll was conducted for the Right-wing think tank, the Centre for Social Cohesion, at 12 universities, including Imperial College and Kings College London. It also found:


40 per cent support the introduction of sharia into British law for Muslims a third back the notion of a worldwide Islamic caliphate (state) based on sharia law
40 per feel it is unacceptable for Muslim men and women to mix freely
24 per cent do not think men and women are equal in the eyes of Allah a quarter have little or no respect for homosexuals.
Although 53 per cent said that killing in the name of religion was never justified, compared with 94 per cent of non-Muslims, 32 per cent said that it was. Of these, 4 per cent said killing could be justified to "promote or preserve" religion, while 28 per cent said it was acceptable if that religion were under attack.


There was also sympathy for the view that Muslim soldiers in the Armed Forces should be allowed to opt out of operations in Muslim countries, with 57 per cent agreeing.

"Rebels" could win Pakistan's nuke haven


Remember this map from July 10?

This is just great. The outcome of the Government's "crisis meeting"?

It is resolved to conduct a "dialogue" with the "rebels"...
Condi Rice mouths platitudes...
And the province is in danger of breaking away from Pakistan. That's when all hell's going to break loose.

A CRISIS meeting of Pakistan's new coalition Government has been warned that it could lose control of the North West Frontier Province, which is believed to hold most of its nuclear arsenal.
The warning came yesterday from the coalition leader, who, although he is part of the new Government, is regarded as having the closest links to al-Qa'ida and Taliban militants sweeping through the region.

Maulana Fazlur Rehman bluntly told his colleagues: "The North West Frontier province is breaking away from Pakistan. That is what is happening. That is the reality."

This came just days before new Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani's scheduled meeting with US President George W. Bush to discuss al-Qa'ida and Taliban sanctuaries in Pakistan.

Reports last night said Maulana Fazlur Rehman, regarded as having unparalleled insight into the mood of the three million tribesmen in the NWFP, and leader of the Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam, was backed in his assessment by members of the coalition Government from the Awami National Party, which rules in the province's capital, Peshawar. They, too, told the meeting of jihadi militant advances throughout the province, with their influence extending to most so-called "settled areas", including Peshawar.

Yesterday, the army was reported to have abruptly ended an operation in the Hangu district, close to Peshawar, after threats by militant leaders.

Maulana Fazlur Rehman and the ANP members blamed the worsening situation on "President (Pervez) Musharraf's eight-year policy to deal with the issue through the barrel of a gun, and the alliance with America". The crisis meeting resolved to pursue dialogue with the jihadis, a policy derided by US and NATO-led forces in Afghanistan.

It also declared itself to be implacably opposed to US or other forces entering Pakistani territory to deal with the growing jihadi militancy.
Analysts in Islamabad believe the warning about the situation in the NWFP will prompt renewed concern about the security of Pakistan's nuclear arsenal. US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, speaking in Australia, suggested the restive border region was the source of a surge in Taliban-related violence in Afghanistan, and said Pakistan needed to do more to prevent attacks.
"We understand that it's difficult, we understand that the North West Frontier area is difficult, but militants cannot be allowed to organise there and to plan there and to engage across the border," Dr Rice said. "So, yes, more needs to be done."
Al-Qa'ida's operational commander in Afghanistan, a 53-year-old Egyptian named Mustafa Abu al-Yazid, was interviewed on Pakistani television yesterday and claimed the organisation's strength in Afghanistan was growing so rapidly it would "soon occupy the whole country". He claimed that "the morale of our fighters in Afghanistan is very high and they are putting up a tough fight against US troops". He also claimed responsibility in the interview for a terrorist attack on the Danish embassy in Islamabad.
The fact of the interview, as much as what he said, is seen as indicating an important new stage in the crisis.
"The bad guys are even popping up and giving television interviews: that's a reflection of what's happening," one foreign diplomat in Islamabad said last night.

Islamist group threatens Olympics with "blessed jihad"

Looks like the Uighurs are at it again.

A UIGHUR separatist group has taken credit for a deadly bus bombing in Shanghai in May and warned of new attacks in China during the Olympics, a group monitoring terror threats on the internet said today. In a video statement, Commander Seyfullah of the Turkestan Islamic Party claimed to have made several attacks.

They include the May 5 Shanghai bus bombing which killed three; another Shanghai attack; an attack on police in Wenzhou on July 17 using an explosives laden tractor; a bombing of a Guangzhou plastic factory on July 17; and bombings of three buses in Yunnan province on July 21.

“Through this blessed jihad in Yunnan this time, the Turkestan Islamic Party warns China one more time,” Seyfullah says in the video dated July 23, according to a transcript from the Washington-based Intel Centre.


“Our aim is to target the most critical points related to the Olympics. We will try to attack Chinese central cities severely using the tactics that have never been employed,” he continues.

20000 Terrorists in the US

Not counting the ACLU, of course.

Homeland Security: Forced to defend its growing terrorist watch list, the FBI let slip a chilling fact that should silence ACLU grumblers: America is teeming with 20,000 terrorists.

After 9/11, federal authorities estimated that as many as 5,000 terrorists were living in the U.S. The new figure is jarring not only because it's four times as large but because it's based on real persons, not estimates.

It's not something headquarters wanted to publicize. Officials had downplayed the threat so as not to spook the public. The spin had been that Britain has the homegrown problem, not us.

But that was before the ACLU launched a campaign with the Democrat Congress to demonize the watch list as a Gestapo-like tool. The FBI had no choice but to knock down their myths.

The ACLU charged that an "out-of-control" FBI is adding mostly innocent people to the list, ballooning it to "over 1 million names." "I doubt this thing would even be effective at catching a real terrorist," ACLU spokesman Barry Steinhardt harrumphed.

In fact, the list has saved countless lives, according to the head of the FBI's terrorism screening center — an assertion backed up by a recent independent review by the GAO. And the watch list monitors only 400,000 people, not a million, says the FBI official, Leonard Boyle. The rest are aliases due to the myriad spellings and variations of Arabic surnames.

In a rare public appearance on C-Span, Boyle added that the overwhelming share of individuals on the terrorist list are foreigners, while "5% to 6%" of individuals are U.S. citizens or legal residents.

That still pencils out to at least 20,000 people living in this country right now — at large and on the streets — who have "some relationship with terrorist activity," as Boyle described it. They pose a big enough threat for airlines to legally bounce them off planes, and for every law enforcement authority from border agents to local police to detain them for questioning.

At 20,000 strong, these suspected homegrown terrorists number a full army division. And they don't include the more than 440 active terrorists the Justice Department already has put behind bars since 9/11. Britain, by comparison, is watching just 8,000.

But never mind all that. The ACLU and its allies on the Hill want to scrap the terrorist watch list and take law enforcement's eye off these potentially dangerous suspects.

In a perfect world, the ACLU might qualify as a terrorist facilitator deserving of its own spot on the list.

Maybe a few Dem congresscritters should be on there, too.

Friday, July 25, 2008

Obama : Keeping it on the down low with Iranians at fundraiser.

Weird.

Obama Held Private Session With Iranian-Americans.
Calif. Fundraiser Had Odd Solicitation: Raise Cash, Have Meeting

Sen. Barack Obama held a private session with a group of about two dozen Iranian-American donors shortly before a fundraiser this month in California after one of the participants said the Obama campaign would hold such a forum if local Iranian-Americans were able to raise $250,000.

The forum -- which was not on Obama's public schedule and was closed to the press -- took place shortly before a fundraiser at the Balboa Bay Club in Newport Beach, Calif., on July 13. That was less than a week before Obama's trip to the Middle East, where the U.S. relationship with Iran is a critical issue.

Obama spoke for about 15 minutes, according to the Obama campaign. He did not take questions, and did not stray substantially from his standard stump speech about the need to engage with Iran and the rest of the world in new manner, according to one attendee.

While such private meetings with well-heeled donors are not out of the ordinary, at least one fundraising pitch for the event was unusual.

Like I said, weird. I don't like people who do stuff on the down low. Nothing good can come of it.

Having said all that - do you think this has Hillary's fingerprints on it?

Barack's Bro living in a council house in the UK

This just keeps getting better. Check out the protected pictures at the link. I know we alway compare Obama to Jimmah Carter. Well, I think we just met our Billy. Too bad he's Muslim - instead of "Billy Beer" we could have "Bernard Beer". Then there's Raunchy Ian. And yes, the goatherder card is played. Read it all, possums.

From The Sun: Obama's Brother is in Bracknell

HE may be living in a Bracknell council house, but soon he could be dining with his brother at the White House.

The Sun was the first newspaper to track down and speak to Bernard Obama, 37.

And he said of Democrat candidate Barack: “I’m very proud of my big brother.

“It’s quite a funny feeling that he might be the next President of the USA.”

Muslim Bernard — an avid Manchester United fan and Sun reader — is staying with his bingo-loving mum Kezia, 67, who has lived in the Berkshire new town for six years.


He was glued to the TV news in the modest suburban bungalow last night as Barack, 46, was due to arrive in Britain.

Bernard leads a quiet life, running a car parts firm in Nairobi, Kenya.

But he is a regular visitor to the UK to visit Elvis fan Kezia.

She married Barack Obama Snr in Kenya in 1957 when she was a teenager. He later left for the US and went on to meet Ann Dunham, who gave birth to his now widely acclaimed son.

Obama Snr, a Kenyan goatherd who became a leading economist in his east African homeland’s government, was killed in a car crash in 1982.

Barack Jnr was 21 and Bernard 12. He said: “Our father passed away when I was young and I didn’t get the chance to get to know him very well.

Someone please explain how this all works to me. So the goatherder first married Kezia, then went off and married Ann, had Barack and then he went back to Elvis loving Kezia and then Bernard was born? How many years later?

Mmm-mmm-mmm.

Like I said, this just keeps getting better.

The pair’s dad left Kenya in 1959 when he took up a US scholarship. Kezia, then three months’ pregnant with daughter Auma, already had a year-old son Malik to look after. Barack Snr met Barack’s mum Ann in Hawaii, and she gave birth to the now presidential hopeful in August 1961.

The Democrat’s dad returned to Kenya in 1965 and Kezia subsequently gave birth to two sons, Abo in 1968 and Bernard in 1970.

Barack’s former brother-in-law Ian Manners, 55 — divorced from Bernard’s and Barack’s sister Auma — is writing a book about his in-laws.


Daughter Akinyi, 11, spent Christmas with Barack in the US. She said: “I asked him if I could meet Beyonce. He smiled and said he’d see what he could do.”

Barack attended Ian’s 1996 wedding to Auma and famously ran out of a pub in Wokingham, Berks, during Ian’s stag bash when a raunchy dancer took to the stage. Businessman Ian said: “We were having a few drinks, then a stripper dressed as a St Trinian’s schoolgirl appeared.

“She was no Miss World and it was the last thing I wanted. As soon as Barack saw what was about to happen he made a hasty retreat. “He was in politics already and left the pub immediately.”

Wimp.

In his Berlin speech Obama talks...

Bridget and Meghan McCain with dad.

about lifting a child from Bangladesh out of poverty.



John and Cindy McCain already did.



(Way to go, Gateway Pundit. Good one.)

US: Muslim Day at Six Flags

They just can't stop proselytizing, can they? Convert or die, infidel.

"An opportunity to talk to curious non-Muslims about Islam at the park.'

On any other day, Sobia Ahmed would opt to forgo many of the snacks on offer at Six Flags Great America in Gurnee. To perform the Islamic prayers she recites five times a day, she likely would slip onto a secluded path at the amusement park or look for solace under a shady tree for a few furtive minutes. But this Saturday Ahmed and her family will eat and pray at their leisure in the park with hundreds of other Muslims from the Chicago area who plan to visit the sprawling entertainment center for a day catered especially to them.

For the fourth time since 2004, Six Flags in Gurnee is sponsoring Muslim Day, bringing in outside caterers to provide halal food and turning an amphitheater into a makeshift mosque to accommodate Muslims who observe dietary laws and strict prayer schedules. Muslims who plan to go say they appreciate the sense of community the event creates as well as the opportunity to talk about Islam with curious non-Muslims at the park.

A brief history of the event:

Started in New Jersey by an interethnic Muslim organization called the Islamic Circle of North America, Muslim Day at Six Flags has grown from a one-time gig focusing on youth—which took place a few days before the Sept. 11, 2001, tragedy—into a popular annual family event at several of the company's theme parks, Muslim organizers and park representatives said. One of the New Jersey organizers died in the World Trade Center, which stalled efforts to organize a Muslim Day in 2002, according to Raza Farrukh, the Islamic group's New Jersey representative.

Today the New Jersey event is so big that the organizers typically buy a day at the park for Muslims only. There are also special days for Muslims at parks around Atlanta, Boston and Los Angeles, in addition to Chicago, organizers said.

Hmm. Who's blowing up Iran?

It's a mystery.

The Revolutionary Guards' investigation into last weekend's explosion is understood to be looking into the possibility that it was caused by sabotage. Iran has suffered a number of unexplained explosions in recent months, including an explosion at a mosque in Shiraz, which had been holding a military exhibition, and another incident at a missile site that killed dozens of Iranian technicians.

Thank God, we have a respected American turncoat "investigative journalist " to explain it all to us.

Last month Seymour Hersh, the respected American investigative journalist, reported that US President George W Bush had authorised up to $400 million (£200 million) to fund a major escalation of covert operations against Iran to destabilise the regime.

More from Vijay Kumar, our favorite anti Sharia Candidate!

Good news! Frontpage Magazine has another interview up with Vijay Kumar.

Entitled "Why I left the Left" by Jamie Glazov he says this about his arrival in America back in 1979 after the Islamic Revolution.

"I felt truly free for the first time in my life. Like a wild horse."

Can you imagine what it must have been like for him?

Man, he has this Islam thing nailed. Hop over and read all about him.

Thanks to commenter Will for the tip on this one!

See also: Kumar for Congress.


UK: You must be nicer to Muslims, says the UN

File this under "And you can Bite Me"

Britain was told yesterday by a United Nations committee to take firm action to combat 'negative public attitudes' towards Muslims.

The nine-member human rights committee also criticised some of the UK's antiterror measures. The body, which is composed of legal experts, said it was concerned ' negative public attitudes towards Muslim members of society' continued to develop in Britain.

Blah-blah-blah-islamophobia-blah-blah-blah.

As always, the real gold is in the comments:

"Get knotted!" - Vince West London.
"After Rwanda and Darfur to mention two of its many complete failures, there is little future for the UN. No UK government should take any lectures from it - and certainly not on the subject of religion. We have freedom of speech - we can say what the hell we like about Islam. Muslims are treated according to their own behaviour and attitude as everyone else is. What are the UN suggesting - some kind of thought police? To hell with them." - Chris, Walsall.
Imagine my surprise to read that foreigners are telling us how to run out country AGAIN! The sooner the EU and UN realise that this is our home and we make the rules the better. Our Government needs to start representing and standing up for US not bend over and cowtow to people who don't have to live here. If people who have freely chosen to come to our country don't like what they find then they can freely leave again. If I went to Saudi Arabia and was caught drinking then punished to the full extent of their law would the UN tell them to take a softer stance on Christians? I think not!" - Tim Macgregor, Dromore NI.
Having lived in a northern town for many years, which is dominated by Muslims, who are openly hostile with many ghettos being no go areas. Where it is unsafe to drive through these areas without being threatened by Muslim youths, Britain as a whole has bent over backwards to help these Muslims but the problem continues to get worse. The Hindu, and Sikhs have integrated very well, despite adhering to their faiths. Why can't Muslims follow their example? - AFP, France.
We have enough do-gooders of our own who have effectively destroyed our society. We most certainly do not need outside help. - Christina, Lesmahagow Lanark.
On your bike! - Cara, Surrey.

An interesting thought v.3




Here's another interesting thought:

What do Obama and Osama have in common?


They both have friends who bombed the Pentagon.

'ba-da-bump'




Other interesting thoughts:








Dearbornistan: Mickey D's gets sued by guess who?

Give us our money, suckahs.


The hijab is not part of the McDonald's uniform and the lawyers and the Islamopimps from CAIR are in high dudgeon. Sorry to say, I always smell a setup with these kind of things.

This manager must have just stepped off of some spaceship to think he can do this in this back yard, in Dearborn," said Nabih Ayad, a civil rights lawyer who represents the women.

Dawud Walid, executive director of the Council on American Islamic Relations-Michigan, said that he has eaten at McDonald's restaurants in Turkey that cater to Muslims and employ them, including numerous women who cover.

"It is extremely disturbing that such discrimination could take place at a location which does not mind collecting Muslim dollars, yet places restriction on Muslim women who wear hijab."

Whitfield said the manager told her she could not wear her headscarf because, "It gets too hot back there."

Note to hijab wearing militants everywhere: It's a hygiene issue, ladies and nobody wants your greasy schmatta in their fries. And can you say fire hazard? I don't think it would be very pretty to be caught in a grease fire in one of those things... Which brings me to the bacon. I suppose that's the next thing to go - although knowing that this occurred in Dearbornistan probably means the bacon is already long gone from this Mickey D's.

Note to Toi and Qiana: If you have your heart so set on an exciting career in fast food maybe your new best friends over at CAIR can send you to Turkey and you can be a "woman who covers' there. Heck! Go for the gold and have them send you to Saudi Arabia - but guess what? Oops. Women aren't even allowed to work there! There's some Muslim equality for you, sistahs! How do you like your Islam now?

And Dawud Walid? They aren't MUSLIM DOLLARS they are AMERICAN DOLLARS, fool.


Thursday, July 24, 2008

I keep thinking about those "Karachi Kids"...

Friday prayers at Jamia Binoria


...but haven't been able to find anything in the news about them OR the status of the ones still left behind at Jamia Binoria International. That got me to thinking about Jamia Binoria.

In my mind's eye, I was seeing a rundown, ramshackle facility off in the middle of nowhere. After all the Karachi Kids trailer showed the place to be dirty, squalid and crowded.

Imagine my surprise to find the Jamia Binoria website to be quite glossy and fairly slick. It was weird though. There were pictures of the two grand mosques, the madrassa, the library, they even show the restaurant ("the only half way decent eat out place in the whole of SITE area" crows the website).

All quite nice, except for one thing. There wasn't a single picture of a kid to be found anywhere.
It was creepy.

But it got even creepier when I printed out the
"True English Translation - The Jamia Binoria, Site, Karachi, An Introduction" to read.

Here are some of the highlights.

Established "at a Place (sic) which was forlorn, deserted and unpopulated, It all started with a small mosque at a place mostly thronged with street dogs." Today, it "accommodates thousands of students from the country and abroad who some to seek and get education and knowledge of religion."

It is religious institution established in the style and form of Darul-Uloom Dewband (The City of Knowledge at Dewband) – India. (aka Deoband) a curriculum based on the 17th century (!) Indo-Islamic Dars-e-Nizami, teaching shariah (law), fiqh (jurisprudence) and traditional Islamic spirituality known as Sufism.


(Per Wikipedia: "The course of study consists of four stages. The first three stages can be completed in a total of eight years. The final stage is a post-graduate stage where students specialize in a number of advanced topics, such as the sciences of Hadeeth, Fiqh etc." )

One of the school's main aims and objectives? And I quote:

To work for the domination of Islam by helping local and international movements and Organizations morally, and give support to them with the help of manpower.

Hmm. "Domination of Islam. Local and international movements. Help with manpower." Sure sounds like the Jihad on a raging crusade to me...

The school is very proud of their affiliation with the largest madrassa governing body in Pakistan, Wafaq-ul-Madaris al Arabia and the school's claim to fame appears to be the learning of the Koran by heart.
And it IS definitely all about the Koran there.

The dominance, expansion and the rise of Muslims were due to the teaching of the Holy Quran and to adhere to them. The Quranic teachings led them into renaissance. The same is true for Muslims now to come out of the abyss of disgrace and ignorance...History bears witness that as long as Muslims had upheld the Holy Quran they were on the track of progress and success. They achieved great glory and ruled the world. They were made so strong that no one dared to stand against them.

About their scholars:

The out-going scholars of the Jamia are fighting a crusade against infidels and pagans. They are engaged in teaching the Holy quran and the Traditions of the Holy Prophet_Hadith everywhere, let it be USA, France, Canada, Afghanistan, Saudi Arabia, the UAE and the UK.

About the Department of Foreign Students and it's main mufti:

Fifteen years ago Maulana Mufti Mohammed Naeem went to the USA on a Ramadan preaching mission. (He's been coming back with his hand out every year since.) While there he "keenly and deeply observed the patterns and life style of the people. He saw that Muslim parents here strongly desired to keep intact their relations with their religion." He felt "they were very much worried and concerned about their children there, as they are being brought up in a different and more unreligious environment. They feel that there is no one to teach and guide them about religion. They could go astray in that irreligious atmosphere... The parents are not in a position to protect their children from the seductive society... There is no safeguard against the onslaught."

He heard their concerns and "decided to do whatever he could do to provide them and their children a safe haven for religion and learning and teaching religion."

According to the guide for perspective parents, Jamia Binoria is the only one "providing some conducive atmosphere to them." Imagine that. Still it sounds like there were problems.

They come across many difficulties and untoward situations in regard of their accommodation, food and social and psychological adjustment. Because of these odds the parents do not prefer to get the children admitted here, and if foreign students get them admitted without realizing the situation then soon they drop out and return home. (ed. note: Unless you take their passports and refuse to hand the kids back over to their parents, right Naeem?)

This all changed though when a group of American students came over during their summer vacation and became personal guests of the Mufti:

They were taught how to read the Holy Quran and the basic teachings of religion. When those children went back, the people in the USA were amazed by the changed the stay of those children had brought in them. The people also realized that particular arrangements and care were taken to make their stay comfortable. Now the parents were not hesitant to send their children here for the studies.

Consequently, a separate department for foreign students has been established in the Jamia. Separate teaching faculty is appointed to teach foreign students who can teach them in accordance with their psychology. Arrangements for their separate accommodation are being made with air conditions and special care is taken for a neat and clean atmosphere. They are given proper beddings and every sort of faility is made available to them. Weekly menu of mess system is established. Thus, every sort of effort is being made to make their stay comfortable and they should not feel themselves strangers in here, rather they feel at home during their stay here. This department has registered much more success than expected due to the efforts of Mufti Mohammad Naeem.
Today?
There are more than five hundred foreign students from different countries.

About the facilities:

1.Air Condition rooms to stay for the students.
2.Classrooms are carpeted.
3.Menu of their liking and taste.
4.Pick and drop service for the students from and to airport.
5.Washerman service available for their laundry.
6.Cold and hot water is available.
7.Medical facillities and best hospital services are available.
8.Sports.
9.Visa and ticket service are available.
10.Separate kitchen for foreign student where food is prepared to their taste and liking.

Some terms and conditions for admission of foreign students:

If you're "Learning the Holy Quran by heart" level you must be between 8-12 years old. (ed. note: heartbreakingly young.) The Book Level means you must be between 15-20 years of age. You must also:

Present passport.
Follow the rules and regulations of the Jamia.
Political involvement.
Refrain from non-shariah things and deeds, and abide by the shariah.

Tuition cost for all this?

Admission fee for this department is $50. Monthly fee is also $50.

Okay, now watch this over at the Karachi Kids again and tell me what you think about the facilities for foreign students and any parent who would think pawning the kid off for $50 a month in a foreign country is a good deal.

I have a real problem with any American that would send their kids to this place. IMO, they should be thoroughly investigated for any potential terror ties and have their home evaluated by social services with regard to their suitability as parents.

And any American mosque that invites the Maulana Mufti Naeem to speak during Ramadan should also be investigated. (Of course, after the invites are issued and the Mufti accepts he should be denied a visa.)

Sure makes you wonder what's going on with those kids.


(FYI, I'm busy working on Jamia Binoria pt. 2 for later - There will be more about Maulana Mufti Naeem, the "Jamia Binoria For Women" and coming soon to neighborhood near you, "Jamia Biniora USA". )

While Barack was in Berlin

preaching his gospel of a world without nukes.

Iran was announcing that they would no longer be cooperating with the IAEA.

Iran signaled Thursday that it will no longer cooperate with U.N. experts probing for signs of clandestine nuclear weapons work, confirming the investigation is at a dead end a year after it began.

The announcement from Iranian Vice President Gholam Reza Aghazadeh compounded skepticism about denting Tehran's nuclear defiance, just five days after Tehran stonewalled demands from six world powers that it halt activities capable of producing the fissile core of warheads.

And "prominent Democrats" led by John Kerry were calling for increased US diplomatic presence in Iran. They want to "engage the regime in Tehran and reach out to the Iranian people."

Switzerland v Libya - an illustration of why we need to get off foreign oil

When I saw that Switzerland had taken Muammar Qaddafi's son, Hannibal, (and his wife) into custody for mistreating hotel employees last week, I found it interesting, but not particularly newsworthy.

Col Gaddafi's youngest son Hannibal, 32, and his wife Aline were arrested last Wednesday after an incident in a five-star hotel in Geneva. He was released on bail two days later after posting bail of 500,000 Swiss Francs. His wife, who is nine months pregnant, was taken to hospital during police questioning.

The couple were charged with assaulting two of their staff, a Moroccan man and a Tunisian woman, with a belt and coat hanger. The woman was hospitalised.

It's not like Hannibal, whose real name is Motassim Bilal, hasn't been in trouble in Europe before. He has.

Well, I started paying a bit more attention today that when I saw that Libyan Tankers Stopped Carrying Oil to Switzerland. (Libya is the biggest supplier of crude to Switzerland. I've seen reports ranging from 50% to 90%.)



Libya's state-run oil tanker company said it will stop carrying oil destined for Switzerland following the arrest in Geneva of Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi's son.


Switzerland will have to find other tankers than those of General National Maritime Transport Co. to help import the 60,000 barrels a day of oil it gets from Libya, company chairman Ali Belhag said in a telephone interview from Tripoli. Qaddafi's son, Hannibal, helps run the company

``Tankers will stop carrying oil that has Switzerland as the final destination,'' he said. ``This decision is from our company, other shipping companies are not affected.''



The holder of Africa's largest oil reserves, Libya is the biggest supplier of crude to Switzerland. The Alpine nation buys 4 percent of the North African state's daily output of 1.7 million barrels, according to the U.S. Energy Department.



The company demanded an apology from the Swiss government and that a lawsuit against Qaddafi's son and his wife for mistreating hotel employees in Geneva last week is dropped, said Belhag, who spoke as he was taking part in a demonstration against the Swiss embassy in Tripoli. The Libyan port authority will not accept handling Swiss cargo until these demands are met, he said.



For it's part Switzerland is discouraging trips to Libya while officials claim there will be no disruption to supply.



Rolf Hartl, managing director of the Swiss Oil Association, said he had not received confirmation of a Libyan cutoff. On Wednesday, he had predicted an oil boycott would not significantly impact Switzerland.


"We have compulsory stocks which cover Swiss domestic demand for about two-and-a-half months for gasoline, diesel and heating oil and about three months for jet fuel," he told World Radio Switzerland.


"We would have ample time to adjust our supply scheme and to cover the loss of Libyan imports."

Let's all hope so.