Wounded UK journalists recalls deadly attack and harrowing escape from Syria
From Nima Elbagir, CNN
London (CNN) – From his London hospital room, journalist Paul Conroy recalled Sunday his harrowing journey to hell and back from Syria – speaking out against what he called its “murderous regime” in tribute to those, including his colleague Marie Colvin, killed in the chaos.
Few foreign journalists have been in the Middle Eastern nation in recent months, as Syria’s government has stringently restricted access amid widespread violence that the United Nations estimates has left more than 7,500 people dead.
President Bashar al-Assad’s government blames “armed terrorist groups” for the bloodshed. Yet senior U.N. official Lynn Pascoe told the Security Council last week that often over “100 civilians a day, including women and children” are being killed – most of them the victims of what activists and witnesses have described as brutal attacks by Syrian government forces.
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My battle with tiny insects, Mosquitos and No-see-ums, in Santiago de Cali, Colombia pales with this tale of survival.
- Wounded UK journalists recalls deadly attack and harrowing escape from Syria (backstory.blogs.cnn.com)
- From Santiago de Cali, Colombia with love and peace to all. (nycnyc.wordpress.com)
“Some politicians,”… Obama droned on as he scratched his head with his index finger while he tried to come up with a snappy reason why gasoline prices are going up so early in the year. He continued…”they see this as a political opportunity”…and then he patronized the crowd by saying, “I know you’re shocked about that.” The Obama friendly crowd obligingly laughed at his weak attempt to joke about what the Republican candidates are beginning to see as a weakness of this president. A president who has not been able to control the oil companies, nor the maggots who are speculating on oil prices, nor the press who has been screaming for the past few weeks about the rising cost of gasoline. Barack Obama has not been able to do anything about the price of gas per gallon since he took office almost four year ago.
I sincerely believe the press has had an effect on gasoline prices. The press cries like Chicken Little, to all the owners of gasoline stations, the price per gallon of states like California and New York. They’ve been reporting about the price per gallon when it was $3.49 and they’ve been predicting that the price of gasoline will be going to over $5.00 per gallon throughout the nation for the coming summer months, if not earlier. This president then continued later on in his attack on the Republican candidates for the office of president of the United States of America, that he can not fix the price of gasoline, in one year, one term nor in more than 4 years.
Mr. Obama why are you so inept and powerless? Do the oil companies rule the world. Do corporations have more power than the office of President of the United States of America? Do they have control of the Armed Forces in Iraq, Afghanistan and the Persian Gulf? I think it’s time to elect a President like Richard Milhous Nixon who froze gasoline prices during the Arab embargo back in the 70′s.
And then there’s the lack of control of his troops in Afghanistan. Burning the Koran to incite the believers of Mohammed by his troops is unacceptable. Peeing and desecrating the bodies of those who oppose the Americans in the Middle East is also unacceptable. Why has he not asked for the resignation of the commander of these idiots who haven’t yet left these people alone to fend for themselves. It’s time for these idiots to stop defending and fighting for me. They are an embarrassment and if one or two U.S. soldiers die during the riots, an apology will just not be enough Mr. President. Fire the commanders of these troops and court martial those responsible for pouring oil on the fires in the Middle East.tEEdMX0E4Cs
Thankfully, most of our troops are polite young men and women who abhor the actions of these idiots. These heroes are trying to help the people of nations who have been oppressed by tyrants. They’re trying to bring instant Democracy and instant Capitalism to these thankless ingrates. It’s time to bring all the troops home and let the natives fend for themselves.
Here we have another American who decided to test the paranoid Islamic Republic of Iran. While in their custody since August 2011, Iran lost yet another nuclear asset. The assassination in Tehran of Mr. Roshan, a Chemical Engineer with a magnetic bomb attached to his car. He was the fourth Iranian nuclear scientist killed in two years, a period in which the West has intensified covert actions against Iran’s nuclear program.
According to U.S. officials in Washington, Israel has played a central role in a series of attacks on Iranian scientists. Computer viruses, explosions, and assassinations have hindered Iran’s aspirations to have a nuclear reactor online.
Ironically, Israel is considering decommissioning its nuclear facility in Dimona. A facility that was commenced quietly, without public notice, early in 1958 near the ancient city of Beersheba in the heart of the Negev desert. Their fear is that a successful airstrike would cause a nuclear disaster.
Amir Mirzaei Hekmati, a former Marine from Flint, Michigan was convicted of spying for the Central Intelligence Agency, C.I.A. by the government of Iran. Mr. Hekmati’s background, his Iranian heritage and the linguistics work he did for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, might help explain why the authorities in Iran had him arrested while he was visiting Iran for the first time.
He is now sitting on death row in an Iranian prison. A pawn in a conflict of words between the United States and Iran.
A’jad’s Latin tango
By PETER BROOKES
Last Updated: 12:37 AM, January 10, 2012
Posted: 10:47 PM, January 9, 2012
Even as his government back home was sentencing to death an American citizen it outrageously claims is a spy, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad embarked on a five-day visit to four of Latin America’s most anti-American regimes: Venezuela, Nicaragua, Ecuador and Cuba.
But is it such a good idea for all citizens to be armed to the teeth? Look at the following video of the “rebels” in Libya and tell me if you would like to experience an uprising of the types that have happened in the Middle East. Will the people ever demand change this way? Click on the link below.
- Libya: 11-year-old killed by celebratory gunfire in Tripoli (telegraph.co.uk)
2005 Raids by police in the United Kingdom, Italy, France, Greece and Turkey have resulted in the smashing of an international people smuggling ring that made million of euros trafficking people from the Middle East. Criminal groups in the United Kingdom, Greece, Norway, Sweden, Afghanistan, Iran and Pakistan were involved in the ring that smuggled most of the migrants in boats.
Immigrants and their families, were forced to pay huge sums to get to Europe, or, in rare cases, North America.
The network, set up five years ago and run by an Iraqi Kurd, 30-year-old Ali Ako – nicknamed Arsalan – was allegedly managed from Rome.
The three-year operation netted 53 alleged smugglers. Paris prosecutor Jean-Claude Marin said 22 of them were in France, 18 in Italy, seven in Britain, three in Turkey and three in Greece.
It was “the biggest-ever simultaneous operation ever conducted on an international level” by agencies tackling people-smuggling, Mr Marin said.
2011 Still trying to stem the tide of illegal immigration, Italian authorities have recently broken up an Afghan-people-smuggling ring. Arrested in this case were 26 alleged smugglers in Italy. Further arrests in France and Germany are expected.
has chosen Qatar to be the host of the 2022 FIFA World Cup™ on December 2, 2010. Competing to host this World Cup™, were Australia, Japan, Korea Republic, the United States of America and Qatar. In round 1, Australia was eliminated. In round 2, Japan was eliminated and in round 3, Korea Republic was eliminated leaving just the United States of America and Qatar as the finalists. Sadly the United States has again lost a chance to be the host of a major sporting event. Qatar was chosen in Round 4 by a vote of 14-8.
In their Why Qatar? official bid site a statement reads: Hosting the tournament in the Middle East for the first time will be a landmark for the region and a profound statement about cross-cultural understanding. We’re pioneering technologies that will allow for outdoor, air-conditioned stadiums that will be carbon neutral, benefiting the environment and creating ideal conditions for players and spectators.
However, today Peter Velappan, the former general secretary of the Asian Football Confederation has urged FIFA to change the timing of the 2022 FIFA World Cup™ warning the Federation of the dangers posed by playing in temperatures reaching 40 degrees Centrigrade in the desert state of Qatar. He added that plans to cool stadiums and training grounds with air conditioners were “not a solution” and that some European countries might boycott the tournament due to concerns over the heat.
The comment by this disgruntled man states:
- MPs ask for World Cup bid review (news.bbc.co.uk)
“A classified memo sent by Mrs. Clinton last December made it clear that residents of Saudi Arabia and its neighbors, all allies of the United States, are the chief financial supporters of many extremist activities. “It has been an ongoing challenge to persuade Saudi officials to treat terrorist financing emanating from Saudi Arabia as a strategic priority,” the cable said, concluding that “donors in Saudi Arabia constitute the most significant source of funding to Sunni terrorist groups worldwide.”” NYT2010/12/06