Evening photo: Spring snow in Ontario

Snow covers a log cabin off Highway 36 in the City of Kawartha Lakes in central Ontario, Canada, April 15, 2014. Most of the province saw snow this morning one of the latest spring snowfalls in recent history. (Reuters)

Ontario makes a rare appearance in Reuters Best 24 Shots of the Last 24 Hours.


Kuwait, Saudi Arabia deny increasing ties with Israel

Avigdor Liberman holds a press conference in the Knesset on June 10, 2013

Officials in Kuwait and Saudi Arabia categorically denied Tuesday claims by Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman that Jerusalem was forging ties with governments in the Gulf states.

In an interview with Israeli daily Yedioth Ahronoth published Monday, Liberman claimed that Kuwait and Saudi Arabia were but two of a number of Arab countries that were quietly in contact with Israel, despite the countries not having diplomatic ties.

However, both government dismissed the claim as false.

“These claims are baseless. There are no meetings, official or unofficial contacts, public or secret,” a Kuwaiti diplomat told the state-run Kuwait News Agency.

The foreign ministry source added that Kuwait would be “the last country to normalize relations with Israel.”

In Riyadh, a spokesman said “There are no ties or talks with Israel at any level,” according to Haaretz...


Going Ottoman? Ceremonial cavalry regiment serves for first time in Turkey’s presidential mansion

The ceremonial cavalry regiment was in the spotlight in Turkey’s presidential mansion on April 16, when President Abdullah Gül welcomed his Latvian counterpart Andris Berzins with a ceremony never before seen in Ankara’s Çankaya neighborhood.

Gül met Berzins at the entrance of the mansion and accompanied him to the spot where the two watched the ceremonial cavalry’s maiden performance.

The two heads of state then entered the mansion for official talks after listening to their respective national anthems.

Video at link.


Thousands flee gun battle as Chad withdraw from Central African Republic

Internally displaced people wait for food distribution by a foreign non-governmental organization in the town of Boda April 15, 2014

Thousands fled a gun battle between Chadian troops escorting a convoy of Muslim civilians and local militia in Central African Republic, Médecins Sans Frontières said on Tuesday, as Chad completed a withdrawal of soldiers from its violence-ravaged neighbour.

Central African Republic has descended into chaos since the mainly Muslim Séléka rebel coalition seized power a year ago. Its abuses on the majority Christian population triggered waves of revenge attacks, leading to thousands of deaths and displacing hundreds of thousands of civilians, including the majority of the country's Muslims.

The Chadian troops were escorting the last 540 Muslim residents of the northwestern town of Bossangoa to Gore in Chad when militia attacked the convoy at night on April 11 as it passed through Boguila, around 310 miles north of the capital Bangui.

The Chadian soldiers fought back, and three wounded were later admitted to MSF facilities in Boguila and Paoua.

"We witnessed the majority of the population fleeing in panic to the bush," Stefano Argenziano, MSF head of mission in the country, said in a statement on Tuesday, estimating that around 7,000 people were displaced in the clash.

"We are worried that the gun battle may have resulted in more people being injured. For the moment we cannot access the area to verify if this is the case and evacuate the wounded," Argenziano said.

The United Nations said earlier this month it was trying to urgently evacuate 19,000 Muslims from Bangui and other parts of Central African Republic who are surrounded by anti-balaka Christian militia threatening their lives...


Shoat? Geep?

Whatever. I want one.

Plus! - 11 hybrid animals


Sweden: Library vandalized by ‘gang’

Police photo

On Monday afternoon the Swedish taxpayer-funded library in Staffanstorp was invaded by a “youth gang.”

The gang members were not interested in reading books or they were angry that the books were written in a language they did not understand.

In any case, they decided to vandalize the library.

The gang came to indiscriminately toss books on the floor and overturn the bookshelves. The library’s regular visitors, including many children, now fear for their safety. On the Police in Lund Facebook page yesterday it issued the following appeal to the public for help in finding the perpetrators:
We need help!

We know that many of our followers are from Staffanstorp, or have friends and relatives in the area. Our police colleagues in Staffanstorp need your help.

In the afternoon a youth gang visited the library in Staffanstorp. For some unknown reason chose these to tip over shelves of books and generally behave badly. The youths ran from the scene.

Have you seen anything or know anything about the incident? Call 114 14 or send an email to tipsapolisen.skane@polisen.se. You can remain anonymous.
Link to story in Swedish at Avpixlat here.


Retreat Hell Yeah

Don’t write a check your a** can’t cash. Never draw a Red Line that you’re not prepared to enforce. Don’t threaten consequences you’re not prepared to impose. Never make as if you’re drawing a weapon against an armed man and come up pointing your finger. Some people learn life’s lessons after a while.

Some people never learn. Time magazine reports that the White House has backed the Ukrainian government’s efforts to suppress separatism on its eastern border with an expression of support. As for tangible help, nada...


Leftist(?) Comedian Patton Oswalt cites Mark Steyn approvingly

Tolerant lefties get all perturbed.

Here's Steyn's article in all its glory.


How modernity ‘radicalizes’ Western Muslims

A new Danish statistical study finds that “Muslims [are] 218 percent more criminal in second generation than first.”

While some of these crimes are clearly related to Islam—such as attacks on Muslim apostates to Christianity—others, such as rampant theft of non-Muslims, would appear banal, until one realizes that even robbery and plunder is justified by Islamic doctrine—as one UK Muslim cleric once clearly said...


Sexual assault in Egypt going unpunished, group says

Screen capture from video allegedly showing a woman being attacked by a mob in Tahrir Square, Cairo, November 2011

CAIRO — Sexual violence against women has been rife since the 2011 uprising in Egypt, where hundreds of female protesters have been the target of attack with apparent impunity, rights groups said Wednesday.

“Successive Egyptian governments have failed to address violence against women, with serious implications for women’s participation in the political transition of their country,” said a group of rights organizations led by FIDH, the International Federation for Human Rights.

Sexual assaults on women protesters were reported during demonstrations after the 2011 fall of Hosni Mubarak, and then under the military junta which ruled Egypt after him and again during protests against president Mohammed Morsi, they said in a report.
“However, as of March 2014, not a single perpetrator had yet been brought to justice,” said the report, which quoted several victims on their experiences.


Afghanistan: You can have any colour as long it’s blue

An Afghan shopkeeper shows a burqa to a customer at a bazaar in Herat.


Cameron met with Muslim Brotherhood official last year

British Prime Minister David Cameron held a two-hour meeting with Muslim Brotherhood spokesman Gehad el-Hadad on May 17, 2013, and offered his support for the group in Egypt.

According to the Middle East Eye, the meeting took place during President Mohammed Morsi’s brief reign, and was the first of a series of official visits between Downing Street officials and Brotherhood members, some of whom — including el-Hadad — are presently awaiting custody in Egypt.

During the prime minister’s meeting with el-Hadad, the two discussed Egypt’s free market potential, with Cameron offering Britain’s support.

Downing Street confirmed the report in a statement on Wednesday, and staunchly defended the meeting...


Interesting feature in the UK Telegraph

The Daily Telegraph 1914-18

The original Telegraph editions, republished day by day.

Every day from now until the end of 2018 we will be republishing in PDF form the full original edition of The Daily Telegraph of 100 years ago. The archive will grow into a fascinating record of how the First World War was reported, but the accounts of life on the home front - and of a world that was vanishing - are just as gripping.

April 16, 1914 edition here.


Total lunar eclipse

A beautiful, reddened Moon slid through dark skies on April 15, completely immersed in Earth's shadow for well over an hour. It was the year's first total lunar eclipse and was widely enjoyed over the planet's Western Hemisphere.

Seen from the Caribbean island of Barbados, the dimmed lunar disk is captured during totality in this colorful skyview. The dark Moon's red color contrasts nicely with bright bluish star Spica, alpha star of the constellation Virgo, posing only about two degrees away.

Brighter than Spica and about 10 degrees from the Moon on the right, Mars is near opposition and closest approach to Earth. The Red Planet's own ruddy hue seems to echo the color of the eclipsed Moon.


Syria: inside the ancient monastery regained from Islamist rebels

The Telegraph's Peter Oborne visits the town of Maaloula, 40 miles from Damascus, where government forces have routed radical Islamist rebels and regained control of ancient Christian places of worship.

Aramaic, the language spoken by Jesus Christ is still spoken in Maaloula. On a hill above the village lies the ancient monastery of St Sergius.

After months of heavy fighting in the area between Syrian regime forces and rebels, the monastery and a small chapel within it lie in ruins. They suffered great damage from gun and shellfire, but also at the hands of Islamist rebels who for months controlled Maaloula.

Now the regime of Bashar al-Assad has regained control of the village, and allowed The Telegraph's chief political commentator Peter Oborne to visit.

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New 12-year-old "mum" in Britain

'No shame to this, we’re just proud of her': Father of girl, 12, who had baby with boyfriend, 13, says they could not have stopped her becoming pregnant


Paris police order ‘systematic eviction’ of gypsies

The Roma camp in Saint-Denis, outside Paris, in 2010

A leaked police note ordering officers to “systematically evict” Roma gypsies from a chic Paris district has sparked uproar in France and re-ignited a debate about their presence in the country.

The internal note, drawn up by a police chief in Paris’ sixth arrondissement and written “on the orders” of his superiors, instructs police “day and night” to “locate Roma families living in the street and systematically evict them”.

It is illegal in France for police to stop and single out any population according to their “real or supposed nationality”.

The existence of the note sparked an angry reaction from Roma defence group La Voix des Roms, which said it was “unworthy of a democratic state”.

SOS Racism, said it was “scandalised”, was “one more act of violence against Roma or supposed Roma” and underlined a “lack of political will to deal with the urgent social problem”. The Left-wing magistrates union SM denounced “the daily stigmatisation of certain categories of the population, relegated to the rank of sub-citizens”.

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Windsor police officer caught at Detroit border crossing with cocaine, prosecutor says

David M. Bshouty

Windsor police officer attempted to cross into the U.S. via the Detroit border with cocaine Saturday, Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy says.

David M. Bshouty, 31, was off-duty when arrested at the Ambassador Bridge International Border Crossing in Detroit.

"It is alleged that Bshouty was found to be in possession of cocaine at the time he was crossing into the United States from Windsor, Ontario," Worthy's office said in a statement Tuesday.

Department of Homeland Security officers arrested Bshouty and Worthy charged him with possession of less than 25 grams Monday.

"He was immediately taken into custody by Border Patrol authorities. On April 14, 2014, he was charged by Prosecutor Kym L. Worthy with Possession of under 25 Grams of a Narcotic and was arraigned by Judge Michael Wagner. He received a $25,000/ 10% bond and his preliminary examination is scheduled for April 25, 2014 at 9:00 a.m.

h/t Tanks-a-Lot


Pakistan: Couple gunned down for wanting to elope

DERA ISMAIL KHAN: A man and a woman were allegedly killed by three of their relatives in Badda village on Monday night, said an official of Saddar police.

According to the official, Sumera’s father Ghulam Muhammad was displeased with her intended marriage with her cousin Muhammad Akram.

Later, Ghulam along with his brother and his son allegedly shot dead Sumera around 8pm inside their house and then took Akram to a sugarcane field and shot him dead too, said the official.

Akram’s father Mushtaq lodged an FIR at Saddar police station against Ghulam, Rozi Khan and Ramzan while Sumera’s mother lodged murder cases against the three accused as well, including her husband.

The deceased girl’s mother, Nazira, had separated with her husband and was residing in Mushtaq’s house, who happens to be her brother. Police said Ghulam had entered into a second marriage and was displeased with Nazira leaving him and was infuriated when he learned of his nephew’s love for his daughter.


Dozens wounded in Temple Mount riot

Israeli police clash with Palestinians outside the al-Aqsa mosque compound in the Old City of Jerusalem on Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Dozens of Palestinian protesters and an Israeli policeman were wounded Wednesday morning on the Temple Mount after the site was opened to Jewish visitors.

Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld told AFP that Palestinians threw “stones and firecrackers” at police when they opened the walled compound’s gates.

Police responded with stun grenades, Rosenfeld said, and closed the complex to the Jewish visitors after a small number had toured the site...


Racial Income Inequality Worse in Liberal Cities

Minneapolis-St. Paul. San Francisco. Chicago. Even Madison, Wisconsin. If you are politically liberal and value relatively high levels of income equality, you might live in one of these quintessentially liberal U.S. cities. Yet all four lurk in the bottom half of the 2014 National Urban League’s State of Black America report on income inequality between blacks and whites. Among the many places where black-white income is less skewed are Phoenix, Arizona, Nashville, Tennessee and Columbia, South Carolina.


Turkey’s new prison plans alarm homosexuals

A participant holds a rainbow flag during a gay pride parade in central Istanbul.

Turkish homosexual rights groups expressed alarm at a government-led project to build prisons only for criminals who declare themselves as homosexuals, saying it would lead to more discrimination in the country.

“This is a medieval-age practice. This kind of segregation is nothing but a punishment,” said Murat Koylu, a spokesman for the Ankara-based rights group Kaos GL.

“Instead of creating public areas where people from all sexual orientations can live together, the government has once again chosen to ostracize homosexuals,” he added...

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“Homosexual”? Al-Arabiya is clearly way behind the times. That word is now unacceptable.


An imam's view: Why some young Muslims feel disgruntled

Only the CBC would print this tripe...

"Many people – they're being taught to think that Sharia law means amputation of hands and stoning people to death and basically beheading people. That's all they're ever taught about Sharia law and in actual fact Sharia law is a complete system of Islamic laws."

Like the Jizya and cliterectomies and dhimmitude for non-believers... Oh and did I mention the stoning of Gays?

Here's Shakies CV sorta, I do not have time to research him today as I am heading out to work,

This is one of the sites he is associated and where Women and Hijab thing came from, Mathabah.org came from, Yea sharia is a real good thing for women

Woman and Hijâb [Veil]


The law of hijâb requires that the whole female body — from head to feet, including the face

be concealed in the presence of ghair-mahariem. A woman should not emerge from the home

unnecessarily. If she has to, due to some need, then she should cover her face and body with

an outer garment, e.g. burqa, so that the face and shape of the body are not exposed. The

wearing of the veil is WÂJIB according to the SHARÎ’AH


Kim Jong-un’s embassy officials demand Foreign Office take action in row over use of dictator’s ‘bad hair day’ image by hairdresser

The offending advertisment

North Korean agents have demanded the Foreign Office intervene in their row with a London hairdresser who used a picture of Kim Jong-un to advertise its 15 per cent ‘bad hair’ discount.

M&M Hair Academy in South Ealing sparked a diplomatic incident after it lampooned the dictator’s unique hairstyle in a poster hung in its shop window.

Owner Mo Nabbach said within 24 hours men in suits from the North Korean embassy two miles away arrived and demanded it was taken down - but he refused because ‘England is a democracy.’

The regime’s staff in London have now written to William Hague and asked him to take ‘necessary action to stop the provocation’ because the poster was ‘disrespectful’ of their ‘Dear Leader.’

‘We have received a letter from the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea about this issue,’ a Foreign Office spokesman told MailOnline...


UN: Britain's sexism more ‘pervasive’ than any other country

Rashida Manjoo, a South African “human rights expert”

Sexism in Britain is more widespread than in any other country due to a “boys’ club culture”, a United Nations official has concluded.

Rashida Manjoo, a South African human rights expert, was charged by the UN Humans Rights Council to monitor violence against women in the UK and report back to them.

She warned that sexual bullying and harassment were now “routine” in UK schools, according to NGOs she had interviewed, and recommended that schools have mandatory modules on sexism.

Ms Manjoo shared her preliminary findings on Tuesday and said: “Have I seen this level of sexist culture in other countries? It hasn’t been so in your face in other countries. I haven’t seen that so pervasively in other countries. I’m sure it exists but it wasn’t so much and so pervasive.

“I’m not sure what gives rise to a more visible presence of sexist portrayals of women and girls in this country in particular.

“What is clear from these indications of portrayals of women and girls is that there is a boys’ club sexist culture. That exists and it does lead to perceptions about women and girls in this country.”

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NYPD ends controversial Muslim surveillance program

Mosque in New York City

A special New York Police Department unit that sparked controversy by tracking the daily lives of Muslims in an effort to detect terror threats has been disbanded, police officials said Tuesday.

NYPD spokesman Stephen Davis confirmed that detectives assigned to the unit had been transferred to other duties within the department's Intelligence Division.

In a statement, Mayor Bill de Blasio, a Democrat, called the move "a critical step forward in easing tensions between the police and the communities they serve, so that our cops and our citizens can help one another go after the real bad guys."

The Demographics Unit assembled databases on where Muslims lived, shopped, worked and prayed. Plainclothes officers infiltrated Muslim student groups, put informants in mosques, monitored sermons and cataloged Muslims in New York who adopted new, Americanized surnames...


Atheist group files complaint against Clemson football program ‘entangled’ in religion

Football at Clemson, South Carolina

One of the nation’s largest nonprofit groups for atheists and agnostics has launched a complaint against Clemson’s football program claiming the team is “entrenched” and “entangled” in religion.

The complaint, filed by the Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) and dated April 10, focuses on Clemson coach Dabo Swinney and team chaplain James Trapp, and it states the program instituted prayers and Bible studies for players from at least 2011 through April 2013.

A statement from Clemson to the Observer on Tuesday said it believes to be within its Constitutional rights and believes the group is “mistaken in its assessment...”


‘Everything should be open to question’

In the late 1980s and early 1990s, a new cultural and political climate seemed to be emerging in the West. It was dominated not, as one might have expected, by a confident liberalism, trumpeting its triumph over the Evil Empire in the East. No, what prevailed was a broad sense of cultural uncertainty, an anxiety as to what it was that liberal society valued, or what it was for.

One thing was certain: old liberal principles based around freedom of thought and speech seemed to be dying a death. In Europe and Australia, for instance, a raft of free-speech legislation was being introduced which prohibited views deemed damaging to minorities.

So in Denmark, new laws proscribed ‘threatening, humiliating or degrading’ someone in public; in Australia, the parliament for New South Wales banned ‘public racial vilification’; and in France, revisionist questioning of the Holocaust was outlawed...


Hundreds missing after South Korean ferry sinks

Maritime police officers searched for missing passengers from the South Korean ferry Sewol, which sank on Wednesday off South Korea’s coast.

SEOUL, South Korea — Nearly 300 people, most of them students, remained unaccounted for Wednesday as coast guard and navy divers continued to search a ferry that sank hours earlier off the southwestern tip of South Korea.

By mid-evening, four people were confirmed dead, including a high school student and a member of the ferry’s crew. But fears that the sinking could become one of the worst peacetime disasters in the country increased as rescued passengers told news outlets that they believed many people had been trapped below deck Wednesday morning.

“We must not give up,” President Park Geun-hye said from the Ministry of Security and Public Administration, which is coordinating the rescue efforts. “We must do our best to rescue even one of those passengers and students who may not have escaped from the ship.”

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Turkish foundation to build mosque in Cuba

Scene from Havana

Turkey's Religious Affairs Foundation (TDV) sent a delegation to Cuba to discuss building a mosque in its capital Havana.

Having paid a visit to the Cuban department of religious affairs, TDV assistant manager Mustafa Tutkun sought permission to begin work on the mosque, which will be designed after the famous Ortakoy mosque in Istanbul.

Ortakoy mosque in Istanbul

The mosque is being built to serve the city's 3,500 Muslims and will be complete within a year, Tutkun said.

Land for the mosque has already been allocated in the city's Old Havana district. Tutkun said that the design of Ortakoy mosque would fit in nicely with the architecture of the surrounding area.

The plan is part of a wider project by the TDV in building mosques for Muslims who live in the Caribbean.

A similar project in Haiti is due to be complete by the end of this year, Tutkun said.


Tony Blair's religious charity's ‘links to extremism’

Tony Blair's religious charity has links to an Islamic extremist group being investigated by MI5 and MI6, it has been alleged.

It has been claimed that two Muslim leaders, who have ties to the Muslim Brotherhood, are advising The Tony Blair Faith Foundation.

The organisation has been declared a terrorist group in Egypt and Saudi Arabia, and could be banned in Britain, despite insisting they do not have links to extremist factions.

The Global Muslim Brotherhood Daily Watch, which has been looking into the group for 13 years, revealed that Dr Ismail Khudr Al-Shatti, an adviser to the Kuwaiti government and a member of Mr Blair’s advisory council, is a leading member of the Kuwaiti branch of the Muslim Brotherhood. the Islamic Constitutional Movement (ICM).

He is said to have told a crowd of Kuwaitis protesting over Palestine: “Israel is an evil, and we can never live with evil,” according to a news agency report in 2000...

h/t Tom Billesley


Muslim Schools in Germany Preach Hate

Check out Ulrich at 0:40

h/t Jawa Report


Finland issues new line of homoerotic stamps

Just out of interest, would that be a Nazi hat, at all?



“Oh Allah, count the Buddhists and the Hindus one by one. Oh Allah, count them and kill them to the very last one”

That's in Oz. They're cool with it, though.

Tunisian-born Sheikh Sharif Hussein, enriching Adelaide

h/t Basima Faysal


Syrian extremists have released a chilling threat to Canada


Nigel Wright cleared in Duffygate

Nigel Wright is in the clear. His decision last year to repay $90,000 in improper expenses claimed by Senator Mike Duffy may well be regrettable, ill-advised and even damned foolish. But it was not criminal.

That's the good news for Nigel Wright. It bodes well for Prime Minister Stephen Harper, who could have been called to testify as a witness if his former chief of staff had been charged.


Homegrown terrorist: Toronto 18 bomb plotter Saad Khalid recalls his radicalization

Khalid insists that he didn't hate Canada or Canadians.

20 years wasn't long enough for this lying piece of shit.


Spencer: The NYPD announced Tuesday that it was disbanding a special unit dedicated to watching for jihad terror threats in Muslim communities

That’s good; after all, who ever heard of a Muslim staging a terror attack? And what better day to announce such news than the first anniversary of what New York officials evidently think is the last Islamic jihad attack ever on American soil?

Thank comrade Bill, and the idiots who voted for him


Evening photo: Bluebells in England

The Coton Manor Garden in Northamptonshire. Details here.


Rebel videos show first U.S.-made rockets in Syria

Picture of the Hughes / Raytheon BGM-71 TOW / TOW-2

(Reuters) - Online videos show Syrian rebels using what appear to be U.S. anti-tank rockets, weapons experts say, the first significant American-built armaments in the country's civil war.

They would signal a further internationalization of the conflict, with new rockets suspected from Russia and drones from Iran also spotted in the forces of President Bashar al-Assad.

None of that equipment, however, is seen as enough to turn the tide of battle in a now broadly stalemated war, with Assad dominant in Syria's central cities and along the Mediterranean coast and the rebels in the interior north and east.

It was not possible to independently verify the authenticity of the videos or the supplier of the BGM-71 TOW anti-tank rockets shown in the videos. Some analysts suggested they might have been provided by another state such as Saudi Arabia, a U.S. ally, probably with Washington's acquiescence.

U.S. officials declined to discuss the rockets, which appeared in Syria around the same time Reuters reported that Washington had decided to proceed with plans to increase aid, including delivery of lower-level weaponry...


Why one episode of ‘Game of Thrones’ is worth a thousand history lessons

Now that Game of Thrones has been established as a global modern classic – season four starts this evening in Britain, having premiered in the US last night – maybe it's about time we introduced it to the school curriculum.

It would certainly teach our kids a hell of a lot more about the realities of the past than they tend to learn in their dumbed-down, politically correct history classes.
Whereas my father's generation would have learned about the kings of England at school, the bloody battles and usurpations, the poisonings, the tortures and the love affairs, and King Harold getting shot in the eye, by the time I was taught the subject the sort of questions we were asked went along the lines of “How would the social changes experienced during the 15th century have impacted on a female weaver living in Norfolk?” Or “Look at Source A and Source B; what differences can you spot and why might that have been? Anyway, children, next term we’ll be reading about the Nazis. Again.”

h/t hbd* chick


Iraq, fearful of a Sunni insurgent attack, closes Abu Ghraib Prison

Abu Ghraib Prison

BAGHDAD — The Iraqi government said Tuesday that it had closed the Abu Ghraib prison, the site of a notorious prisoner abuse scandal during the American occupation of Iraq, because of fears that it could be overrun by Sunni insurgents who have gained strength over the last year.

In a statement, the Justice Ministry said it had moved 2,400 prisoners to other high-security prisons in central and northern Iraq, adding that Abu Ghraib’s location — west of central Baghdad and on the edge of insurgent-controlled areas of Anbar Province — had become a “hot zone.”

It was not clear whether the closing was permanent, or if the prison might reopen if the Sunni insurgency is tamed. But it nevertheless underscored the rapid deterioration of security in Iraq since the beginning of the year, when insurgents captured Falluja, a short drive from the prison, from which hundreds of inmates escaped last year.

Abu Ghraib, a proud tribal and farming community when Saddam Hussein was in power, is now famous for its prison, and its painful legacy.

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One year anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombing

In related news, CNN is still a despicable, unwatchable joke "news" channel.


Iraqi military warns civilians to leave Fallujah

Iraqi military jets have dropped leaflets over the city of Fallujah urging remaining civilians there to leave within three days in anticipation of intense air strikes.

Iraqi security forces have been locked in clashes with Islamic militants in Fallujah for months. The militants control parts of the city as well as the whole of nearby Ramadi. Both cities are located in Anbar Province.

Meanwhile, an Iraqi minister has said militants have again closed all the gates of the Fallujah dam, a major water source on the Euphrates River.

The U.S. embassy in Baghdad issued a statement on April 14 condemning “ongoing terrorist acts” by the jihadist group the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), including the Euphrates River dam shutdown.

“Targeting dams and other vital infrastructure victimizes innocent Iraqi citizens. In the past week, hundreds of thousands of innocent Iraqis have suffered from water shortages as a result of ISIL's actions,” the embassy said.


Syrian army seizes ancient Christian town near Lebanon border

Pre-war photo of Maaloula

(Reuters) - Syrian soldiers backed by Hezbollah fighters recaptured the town of Maaloula, north of Damascus, on Monday, military sources and state television said, further squeezing rebels' supply routes through the Qalamoun mountains into Lebanon.

Islamist fighters, some from the al Qaeda-linked Nusra Front, had taken over part of the ancient Christian town in December and held several nuns captive until releasing them in March in a prisoner-exchange deal.

Government forces have recaptured several rebel-held areas and border towns in recent months, closing off supply routes from Lebanon and securing the main highway leading north from Damascus toward central Syria, Homs and the Mediterranean.

"They are inside Maaloula now. It is under their complete control, including the monastery of Mar Thecla," said a military source in contact with government fighters on the ground.

At another ancient Christian site, Mar Sarkis - a Greek Orthodox monastery dating back to the fourth century and located on a hilltop above Maaloula - a Reuters witness saw crosses and pictures of saints smashed and covered with dust on the floor.

"God willing, the army will be able to free all of the Qalamoun area within days," a Syrian army officer in Maaloula told Reuters. "Most of the terrorists have been killed and others fled to nearby villages.

"We can say that 80% of Qalamoun is under the control of the Syrian army."

Syrian state television aired pictures of bodies it said were Nusra fighters killed during the offensive.

Maaloula, 5 km (3 miles) from the main road linking Damascus to Homs, has changed hands at least four times in attacks and counter-assaults by rebels and government forces...


Deutsche Welle and the ‘Migrant Files:’ The EU’s refugee victims

Again and again, refugees die during an attempt to reach European territory. Now a group of European journalists has found that the EU’s lure claims a higher number of casualties than previously thought.

In October 2013, 360 migrants drowned off the coast of the Italian island of Lampedusa. In February of this year, 15 people died attempting to swim to the Spanish enclave Ceuta in Marocco. It is usually prominent cases like these that draw public attention to the refugee tragedies that take place on the EU's borders.

But the tragedies don't stop happening when no one is looking. There is hardly any information or any reliable data about how many people die on their way to Europe in an overcrowded refugee boat on the Mediterranean Sea or in an attempt to cross one of the border fences, which are supposed to keep migrants out of Spanish enclaves in Africa. In order to provide such numbers, a group of journalists from various European countries has now attempted to collate data from all the known cases.

One source of the information in the so-called Migrant Files is UNITED for Intercultural Action, a network of 560 international NGOs. “When we first started we thought our work would mainly be to check the data and aggregate it,” explained French journalist Nicolas Kayser-Bril.

“And when we put the two databases together we realized that many of the events were in one but not in the other, which meant that the actual number of casualties was much higher than what any one of these databases was claiming," he said, explaining that they then also began to use data from other public sources, including newspaper reports...”

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German state news outlet Deutsche Welle pushes the immigrant and Muslim agenda constantly: they may be the worst offender of any European outlet in English. The Nazi history has kept anti-immigrant parties back in Germany.


Dhimmis in the UK: Britain’s useful idiots furthering Islam

In August 2013, Tim Stanley in his Daily Telegraph column informed anyone who was interested that, in his opinion, “Islam is way more English than the English Defence League.”

Paul Austin Murphy accurately summarised Stanley’s diatribe as being “full of the predictable snobbery, arrogance and smugness you’d expect from a critic of the EDL...”


Nigeria: Muslims declare school holiday abduct 100 female students



Suspected extremists kidnap 100 girls in Nigeria

The Associated Press, MAIDUGURI, Nigeria: Suspected Islamic extremists abducted about 100 female students from a school in northeast Nigeria before dawn Tuesday, but some of the teens managed to escape from the back of an open truck, officials said.

The girls were abducted after midnight from a school in Chibok, on the edge of the Sambisa Forest that is an insurgent hideout, said Borno state police commissioner Tanko Lawan.

Gunmen killed a soldier and police officer guarding the school, then took off with at least 100 students, a State Security Service official said.

A local government official said he did not know how many of the girls have escaped but that "many" have walked through the bushes and back to Chibok. The girls were piled into the back of an open truck and, as it was traveling, some grabbed at low-hanging branches to swing off while others jumped off the slow-moving vehicle, he said. The two officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they are not authorized to give information to reporters...


Egypt limits air conditioning in mosques as power shortages worsen

A mosque in Cairo, Egypt

(Reuters) - Egypt, facing the worst energy shortages for years, has set limits for electricity use at mosques as part of government efforts to ease the impact of power cuts already affecting homes and factories.

The religious endowments minister has ordered mosques not to run air conditioners before May 15 and after that date to use air conditioning only during prayer time and half an hour before and after the call to prayer.

Mohamed Mokhtar Gomaa said in comments reported by state newspaper Al-Ahram that he would also ensure that electricity meters were installed at mosques that do not have them.

Widespread blackouts are expected this summer when Egyptians crank up their air conditioning and increased demand stresses the aging power grid, forcing the government to take measures to cut energy use...


Huge increase in migrants arriving in Italy

(ANSAmed) - Rome, April 15 - In 2014, more than 20,500 migrants landed on the Italian coast, as compared to 2,500 during the same period of the previous year, Italy's Minister of Interior, Angelino Alfano, told the Parliament's Schengen Commission.

Alfano also stressed that “migratory pressure threatens to reach the record levels of 2011, when more than 62 thousand people entered.”

The minister also announced that in 2013 there were 27,000 asylum applications; in the first three months of 2014, they have already exceeded the 13,000 quota, with a 140% increase compared to last year. Rejections are less than one-third.

Alfano added that in order to cope with the high number of requests, he intends to set up a commission for the examination of asylum applications in each prefecture, thus moving from the current 20 to over 100.

Alfano then recalled that the abilities of operation Mare Nostrum, which began last October, have saved 19,000 migrants “and no one can say how many would have died without the mission, but it is hard to imagine that they would all be alive.” Alfano stressed that Mare Nostrum coast over €9 million per month and it is “essential a further involvement of Europe.”


How Uncanny Was My Valley: Kathy's NEW Taki's column

All about the "BoyfriendTwin" phenomenon:

    Nerve.com called it “the strangest phenomenon you’ll see today,” and this is the same website that offers up a sexually explicit interview with comedian Hannibal Buress, in which he remembers one groupie who “wanted me to flick pickle juice into her eyes.”

    BoyfriendTwin is a Tumblr site—its motto: “What’s sexier than dating yourself?”—that collects photographs of male couples that look alike. Really, really alike. More so than some twins you’ve seen.

    Now, maybe I’m dating myself, but I happen to know that so-called “clones” have played a big part in gay culture since before Stonewall. But these BoyfriendTwin guys have taken it to the next creepy level.


North Korea threatens UK salon over ad

British police said Tuesday they had intervened after North Korean embassy officials reportedly told a London hairdresser to take down a discount haircuts advert featuring leader Kim Jong-Un.

Mo Nabbach told the London Evening Standard newspaper that two officials from the Stalinist state’s diplomatic mission took pictures of the M&M Hair Academy in Ealing, west London.

They then ordered him to remove the “disrespectful” poster, he said.

The poster featured a large picture of Kim’s distinctive short-back-and-sides hairdo with the slogan: “Bad hair day? 15 percent off all gent cuts through the month of April.”

“I told them this is England and not North Korea and told them to get their lawyers,” the newspaper quoted Nabbach as saying...


IDF troops comb Palestinian village for Hebron killers

Police and military personel inspect a car at the scene of a shooting near the southern West Bank city of Hebron on April 14, 2014

Israeli security forces were searching extensively Tuesday for the perpetrators of a terrorist attack on Passover eve Monday near the West Bank Tarqumiyah crossing, in which a 40-year-old Israeli was shot dead and his pregnant wife and son were injured on their way to a holiday Seder in Hebron.

Searches were focused on the nearby Palestinian village of Idhna, from which officials believed the gunman or gunmen originated, Channel 10 reported.

The village was closed off by IDF troops throughout the night as they combed its streets and houses for suspects. The closure was removed Tuesday morning, though roadblocks were set up at the village entrances and soldiers were checking residents as they came and went. Searches inside the village were also ongoing.

Security officials told Channel 10 they believed the attack to be an “independent” act, not one sponsored by one of the Palestinian terrorist groups in the region. Though Hamas and Islamic Jihad both praised the attack, they did not take credit for it...


Rouhani says Iran sanctions will unravel in months

Iran's President Hassan Rouhani speaks during an event to mark Nawroz, the Persian New Year, in Kabul March 27, 2014.

(Reuters) - President Hassan Rouhani said on Tuesday international sanctions on Iran would unravel in months following negotiations with world powers on its nuclear program, the official IRNA news agency reported.

Some international sanctions imposed over Iran's nuclear program have been eased temporarily after a deal was reached last year with world powers, but Washington has said the lifting of sanctions can only happen “in total” after a comprehensive deal is reached.

“With your support, this government has taken the first steps towards the lifting of the brutal sanctions ... We will witness the sanctions shattering in the coming months,” Rouhani told a crowd during a tour of Sistan-Baluchestan, a restive underdeveloped province bordering Pakistan.

“Today we already see the sanctions unraveling,” he said, according to IRNA, referring to the modest easing of sanctions in return for concessions made by Rouhani's government in nuclear talks with world powers...


Pakistan: Five of a family killed for ‘honour’ in Swabi

SWABI: Five members of a family were killed in the name of honour in Kab Ghani village of Gadoon Amazai area here on Monday, police said.

They said that two members of the family were injured in the incident and they were shifted to Peshawar for treatment. The suspect managed to escape after committing the crime, they added.

Sources said that both the families, parties to the dispute, were blood relatives. They said that about a decade ago a sister of Fazl Amin had married his cousin Javed Ahmad without the consent of her parents. According to the decision of a local jirga, the family of Javed Ahmed left the village for Karachi soon after the marriage.

However, the victim family returned to its home a few days ago. The brothers of the girl got infuriated when they came to know about the return of the family, sources said.

Police said that Fazl Amin scaled the boundary wall of his cousin’s house before dawn and opened firing on the inmates. The suspect killed his uncle Jamil Ahmed, aunt Zarqia Begum, brother-in-law Javed Ahmed, sister Nizakat Bibi and nephew Aryan Khan on the spot, they added...


Premier Wynne's brother-in-law named interim CEO of eHealth

TORONTO - Premier Kathleen Wynne’s brother-in-law has been appointed “interim” CEO of eHealth, the Toronto Sun has learned.

David Rounthwaite, brother of Wynne’s wife, Jane, was appointed to the $210,000-a-year job effective March 7.

Our government, it's all relative, all 3 party's are part of the same trough sucking decrepit enterprise. This is what government has devolved to in Ontario, the political class looks after its own at your expense.

From the comments at the Sun - a little list

Here's the list continued. Kudos to everyone who has contributed.

1) Gas Plant Scandal – deleting evidence of wrongdoing - 2013- liberals
2) E-health – 2009- liberals
3) OLG –2010- liberals
4) Ornge – 2011-liberals
5) The Green Energy Act– which was declared illegal by the World Trade Organization (WTO) in 2012 - 2009-liberals
6) HST -the liberals took the bribe of $ 4.3 billion to earn more money for their wind turbines while inflicting more financial pain on the citizens of Ontario -2012- liberals
7) The Health Premium– remember mcquinty saying no more taxes and the liberals hit us with this, the biggest tax grab
ever- 2003- liberals
8) The pre - Kindergarten - 2012- liberals
9) The Pan-Am games – 2012 -liberals
10) Metrolinx & the Big Move – 2009- liberals
11) Drive Clean Program - 2005 - conservative act (1988) changed by liberals so it costs more
12) Coroner’s complex - 2012 -liberals
13) LHIN - 2006 - liberals
14) the teacher solution year in power - liberals
15) The O.P.P. raise - every year in power- liberals
16) Healthcare cuts to most used items - liberals
17) The proposed 10 cents levy on a litre of gas to subsidize the liberal mismanagement of taxpayer’s monies.
18) Gift Cards to Toronto residents which all of Ontario is paying for – 2014 - liberals
19) Northlands – cost more to shut it down than it did to run it - 2013- liberals
20) E-Health- again- with the bonuses paid out to employees when there is a wage freeze supposedly happening – 2014 –
21) the proposed Ontario Pension Plan – liberals, they want the
citizens of Ontario to give them more money to mismanage – and now it is mandatory to contribute which means more money funneled to the liberal party's follies - 2014
22) the proposed hospital and the winery grant to attempt to win another buy election – 2014 – liberals - thankfully they failed
23) Making the hydro users of Ontario pay $220 per hydro user to subsidize the selling of our hydro to other provinces and the
states- 2014 – liberals.
24) Paul Martin- yes that Paul Martin of CSL and EI ripoffs - 2014 – liberals
25) Ontario added one public sector job for every two private sector jobs lost last month. Even as the province shed a net
39,000 positions in December — pretty much wiping out all employment gains for the year — the public sector work force grew by 13,000 jobs over that same one-month period, the Stats Canada Labour Force Survey revealed Friday. 2014 - liberals
26) minimum wage increase- as a store owner all this increase is going to do is drive up costs or maybe lead to laying off one or two employees - extra employee deductions on top of the wage increase- 2014 - liberals
27) McQuinty made all elected members of the provincial legislature, but who not been made a cabinet minister, an assistant to a minister therefore raising the each liberal member’s salary by about $13 000.
28) 4 Billion dollars they added to the Debt Retirment Balance of Hydro after hiding the fact for 6 years, they were caught out and still no shame-and we are still paying for a debt that was to ended in 2012- liberals, just where did the money go by the way?
29) "The Rural Economic Development program is one of the few programs that is designed to help strengthen our rural communities," Hardeman explained in an interview Monday..
"The government shouldn't be supporting a downtown Toronto business, a bakery at the expense of our small towns."
The program guidelines state:
"For the purposes of the RED Program 'rural' encompasses all of Ontario with the exception of Greater Toronto Area and eight large urban areas."
"Rural communities deserve to know how much of the fund that is supposed to help them was instead given to businesses
in the Greater Toronto Area," said Hardeman, who is also the PC Critic for Agriculture and Food. - liberals
30) If any part of this proposed budget is true then we all know they are trying to buy votes. Putting the bureaucracy to work for the liberals is the utmost of low mindedness - 2014 - liberals
31) Increase spending when the times call for budget restraint - the liberals just do not get it as they are trying to buy votes but Moodys will tell them in harsh terms again - 2014 -liberals
32) the over hiring of public servants to increase voter base and to hide the true unemployment numbers Ontario has - 2013 – liberals
33) An influential credit rating agency has put Ontario on notice that it could knock down its rating if it fails to get its fiscal house
in order, ratcheting up pressure for the province to take more aggressive action to rein in spending.
Moody’s Investors Service warned on Thursday that it might lower the rating if the province doesn’t take serious steps in
the next budget to deal with its multibillion-dollar deficit.
From the Globe and Mail last updated Thursday,
Sep. 06 2012, 11:01 AM EDT
And the new budget shows how much financial restraint?
2014 – liberals
34) n August of 2012, Dalton McGuinty cut funding for the Centre of Forensic Sciences, a highly skilled and world-renowned task force.
A Toronto Sun article from August 2012, gave us the description of what this task force does:
“The employees at the Centre of Forensic Sciences now facing unemployment do not grow on trees. They are highly educated in computer sciences, mathematics and criminology, and SKILLED IN RETRIEVING DATA FROM FILES THAT HAVE BEEN ERASED OR DELETED from the electronic devices of suspected criminals. They can venture into cyberspace and restore deleted e-mails and Internet chat logs that will assist police in tracking criminals."
First mcguinty and now mcwynnety are just doing the tax and spend philosophy.
The list just keeps getting longer with more issues arising every day it seems.


Indian opposition alliance to win majority: poll, Guardian writer scandalized

Supporter of India's main opposition Bharatiya Janata Party wear masks of their prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi during an election rally in Chennai, April 14, 2014

NEW DELHI: India's Hindu nationalist opposition party and its allies are on course to win an overall parliamentary majority in the world's biggest election currently underway, according to a new poll.

The survey by the NDTV network forecast that the opposition alliance led by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) would win 275 seats in the 543-seat Lok Sabha, 16 more than predicted in the last survey a month ago.

The BJP, led by the hardliner Narendra Modi, would win 226 seats but it would avoid the need to find new coalition partners after results are announced on May 16. Its existing allies would push it over the 50 per cent threshold, according to the survey released late Monday...

Related, from The Guardian: Narendra Modi: Britain can't simply shrug off this Hindu extremist: The UK will also suffer if India elects this far-right activist. We must sever our links with him.


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