Iran Site: The Mahdi Could Appear This Spring

From Israel’s YNet News:

Iran: Mahdi will defeat archenemy in Jerusalem

State media says, ‘Shiite messiah will kill archenemy in Jerusalem, could come during spring equinox’

Yaakov Lappin

A triumphal religious prophecy has appeared on an Iranian official state media website, heralding the return of the Shiite messiah.

According to the website, "Imam Mahdi (may God hasten his reappearance) will appear all of a sudden on the world scene with a voice from the skies announcing his reappearance at the holy Ka’ba in Mecca."

The Islamic Republic of Iran broadcasting (IRIB) website said in a program called ‘The World Towards Illumination,’ that the Mahdi will reappear in Mecca and form an army to defeat Islam’s enemies in a series of apocalyptic battles, in which the Mahdi will overcome his archvillain in Jerusalem.



Hundreds Injured In Eid Animal Sacrifices

From Ireland On-Line:

Hundreds of Turks injured in Muslim animal sacrifice


Hundreds of Turks spent the first day of the Muslim feast of Eid al-Adha holiday in emergency wards today after stabbing themselves or suffering other injuries while sacrificing startled and agitated animals.

Muslims sacrifice cows, sheep, goats and bulls during the four-day religious holiday, a ritual commemorating the biblical account of God’s provision of a ram for Abraham to sacrifice as he was about to kill his son. They share the meat with friends, family and neighbours and give part of it to the poor.

In Turkey, at least 1,179 people – dubbed "amateur butchers" by the Turkish media – were treated at hospitals across the country, most suffering cuts to their hands and legs.



KGB Letter Details Kennedy Offer To USSR

This letter which details Senator Edward Kennedy’s offer to help the Soviet Union defeat Reagan’s efforts to build up the nuclear deterrent in Europe was unearthed by a Times of London reporter in the 1990s after the KGB files were opened.

It got little or no attention, however, until the publication of Paul Kengor’s book "The Crusader – Ronald Reagan and the Fall of Communism."

But even then the actual text of the letter (which is in the book’s appendix pp 317-320) has gotten short shrift:


Special Importance
Committee on State Security of the USSR
14.05. 1983 No. 1029 Ch/OV

Regarding Senator Kennedy’s request to the General Secretary of the Communist Party Comrade Y.V. Andropov

Comrade Y.V.



1500 MN Somalis Protest Muslim Defeat

From the Minneapolis Star-Tribune:

Somali women, including Nadifa Farah, who is holding the sign, joined a demonstration Saturday at Peavey Park in Minneapolis.

Area Somalis want peace for homeland

Many of the 1,500 protesters in Minneapolis were angered that the U.S. gave tacit support for ousting of Islamists.

By Liz Fedor, Star Tribune

December 30, 2006

More than a thousand Somalis gathered in Minneapolis on Saturday to call for Ethiopian troops to withdraw immediately from Somalia.

Their protest capped a week in which transitional government troops retook Mogadishu, Somalia’s capital, with the backing of Ethiopian infantrymen.

The U.S. government "gave the green light" to Ethiopia to work in concert with the transitional federal government in Somalia, and that action was "totally wrong," said Hassan Mohamud.



The Under-Reported News Items For 2006

In a slight variation on our weekly theme, this thread is for our readers to post news items that might have not gotten enough attention during the last year.

As usual, articles that fit under the topic of a fairly recent thread should be posted as comments there.

In order to make the articles as readable as possible, try to conform to the format described in the first of these weekly threads here.



Phony Army Ranger Jesse Macbeth In Custody

More good news. The Pierce County (WA) Legal Information Network Exchange is currently showing:

Pierce County Corrections Custody Status: In Custody
Last Booking Number: 2006319064

In case anyone has forgotten, here are some of the articles we posted about the IVAW peacenik and pretend Ranger, Mr. Macbeth.

Here are the charges:

In typical fashion, he doesn’t sound any too peaceful.

(Thanks to Abnjm for the heads up.)



NY Times Finally Notices Murtha Corruption

An editorial from the "paper of treason," the New York Times:

Dealing With Congressman Inc.

December 30, 2006

As the Democrats regain power in Congress next week they would be wise to look to one of their own — Representative John Murtha of Pennsylvania — for ironic inspiration in enacting the ethics reforms they promised voters. Even in the minority, Mr. Murtha made himself a legend at mastering the same quid pro quo culture that Democrats denounced in running against the Republicans’ manipulations of Washington’s money trough. His deliverance of masses of pork to favored campaign donors and lobbyists has been laid bare in a report by The Washington Post, detailing the sort of classic money churn that helped drive the Republicans from power.

It began with Mr.


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Al Jazeera Wants Outrage At Saddam’s Hanging

From the DNC’s Al Jazeera:

Hajj ‘an opportunity for unity’

Iraqi pilgrims have said that the Hajj is an opportunity for unity, but conflict and division in their homeland hinders the possibility for lasting peace.

Shia and Sunni Muslims have walked shoulder to shoulder and shared the same tents on Mount Arafat, the site of a key ritual in the annual pilgrimage.

The execution of Saddam Hussein, the former president of Iraq, has spread fears that the cycle of sectarian bloodshed that has torn the country apart will increase.

"Six million more Saddams will take his place," said one Iraqi pilgrim.

The news that Saddam had been executed on the morning of Eid al-Adha shocked many.

"Killing Saddam during the Hajj means they’re willing to provoke Sunnis to the highest degree," one pilgrim said.



Sic Semper Tyrannis – Saddam Execution Photos

Lifts from Al Iraqiya television:

It’s how I want to remember him.



Rep. Reyes Says Iraq Intel Was Manipulated

From the DNC’s Associated Press:

Reyes says U.S. intelligence was ‘manipulated’

Yet incoming committee chairman wants to focus on future in Iraq, not past

Dec 29, 2006

WASHINGTON – Incoming House Intelligence Chairman Silvestre Reyes says he’d rather figure out how to stabilize Iraq and bring the troops home than get bogged down investigating what went wrong.

Despite that pledge, he does plan to revisit one bit of history: What he sees as the government’s improper classification of a letter he wrote during the congressional debate on the 2003 U.S. invasion of Iraq.

In the letter, he questioned the intelligence used to take the country to war and specifically the "epiphany in the intelligence community" that al-Qaida and the Iraqi government of Saddam Hussein were linked, Reyes says.



Muslim Terrorist Elected Governor In Indonesia

From the DNC’s Al Jazeera:

Former rebel wins Aceh elections

A former Aceh separatist has won elections in the conflict- and disaster-stricken northern Indonesian province.

The electoral commission on Friday confirmed quick-count tallies made this month. Irwandi Yusuf won 38 per cent of the vote.

His closest rival, Ahmad Humam Hamid, took 16 per cent.

Irwandi, a leader of the Free Aceh Movement (GAM), will assume the office of governor in February for a five-year term.

The elections on December 11, which also determined mayors and district chiefs, came just over a year after GAM and the Indonesian government signed a peace agreement.

The deal, precipitated by the Indian ocean tsunami in 2004 that claimed about 167,000 lives in Aceh, ended 29 years of fighting in which 15,000 people were killed.


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Nifong May Be Forced Off Case For Conflicts

From a despondent Associated Press:

Duke D.A. Charged With Ethics Violations

Ethics Charges Against Duke Lacrosse Prosecutor Could Force Him Off Case, Legal Experts Say


RALEIGH, N.C. – Ethics charges filed against the prosecutor at the center of the Duke lacrosse sexual assault case might constitute a conflict of interest that forces him off the case, legal experts said.

"It’s hard for me to imagine how he can be effective as an advocate, with either the court or a future jury, when he has ethics charges pending against him … concerning his conduct of this very same case," said Joseph Kennedy, a University of North Carolina law professor.

The North Carolina bar filed the ethics charges Thursday, accusing District Attorney Mike Nifong of violating four rules of professional conduct by making misleading and inflammatory comments about the athletes under suspicion.



NYT Doesn’t Want Saddam To Be Hanged

From "the paper of treason," the New York Times:

The Rush to Hang Saddam Hussein

December 29, 2006

The important question was never really about whether Saddam Hussein was guilty of crimes against humanity. The public record is bulging with the lengthy litany of his vile and unforgivable atrocities: genocidal assaults against the Kurds; aggressive wars against Iran and Kuwait; use of internationally banned weapons like nerve gas; systematic torture of countless thousands of political prisoners.

What really mattered was whether an Iraq freed from his death grip could hold him accountable in a way that nurtured hope for a better future. A carefully conducted, scrupulously fair trial could have helped undo some of the damage inflicted by his rule. It could have set a precedent for the rule of law in a country scarred by decades of arbitrary vindictiveness.



Saddam To Be Hanged Before Saturday Night

Excellent news from a bereaved NBC News:

Saddam to be hanged by Sunday

Ex-dictator’s execution expected to be carried out by start of Eid holiday

Dec 28, 2006

Former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein, sentenced to death for his role in 148 killings in 1982, will have his sentence carried out by Sunday, NBC News reported Thursday. According to a U.S. military officer who spoke on condition of anonymity, Saddam will be hanged before the start of the Eid religious holiday, which begins at sundown Saturday.

The hanging could take place as early as Friday, NBC’s Richard Engel reported.

The U.S. military received a formal request from the Iraqi government to transfer Saddam to Iraqi authorities, NBC reported on Thursday, which is one of the final steps required before his execution.



Sheehan Arrested For Probation Violation

From the Waco (TX) Tribune-Herald:

Sheehan, other protesters arrested near Bush ranch

Thursday, December 28, 2006

By Erin Quinn

Tribune-Herald staff writer

CRAWFORD — War protester Cindy Sheehan and several fellow peace activists were arrested this morning outside President Bush’s ranch where Bush is meeting with Vice President Dick Cheney, Defense Secretary Robert Gates, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and others on Iraq war policy.

Sheehan, arrested just after 11, said she and others were conducting a “peace surge” to address concerns that Bush may increase U.S. troop numbers in Iraq. The Bush administration is under mounting pressure to change its tactics in an increasingly unpopular conflict. Among the suggestions Bush is considering is a temporary surge in U.S. troops.

Just before she was arrested, Sheehan was sitting in the middle of the road near Bush’s 1,600-acre ranch.



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