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Reader Selected News For Week Mar 15 – Mar 21

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This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Friday, March 14th, 2014. Comments are currently closed.

17 Responses to “Reader Selected News For Week Mar 15 – Mar 21”

  1. canary

    Doctor Instrumental in Capturing Osama Bin Laden is Imprisoned & never Received Large Award Bounty US Promised

    BBC: Bin Laden raid: Doctor’s sentence cut by 10 years

    Mar 15 2014

    Jailed Bin Laden doctor refuses to stay silent

    A jail sentence handed down to the doctor alleged to have helped the US track down Osama Bin Laden in 2011 has been reduced by 10 years by a Pakistani court.

    Shakil Afridi is accused by Pakistan of running a fake vaccination programme[sic] to help confirm Bin Laden’s presence in the northern town of Abbottabad.

    His original 33-year term on an unrelated charge was widely seen as punishment for his alleged role…

    Afridi is said to have helped the CIA by setting up a sham hepatitis vaccination programme to pinpoint Bin Laden’s compound. Through his lawyers, he has denied assisting the CIA.

    http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-26591470

  2. canary

    Jihad Watch: Police are Investigating Uighur Muslim with Flight Training who was on Board Missing Malaysian Airliner.

    Mar 13 2014 – Robert Spencer

    Was this a jihad attack? There is no way to tell as yet, but Malaysian police and Interpol are “taking a close look at a 35-year-old passenger of Uighur descent” — that is, a member of the Muslim group in western China that has been waging jihad with increasing ferocity against the Chinese recently — who “undertook flight simulation training.”

    http://www.jihadwatch.org/2014.....n-airliner
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    Asian Islamic Extremists & Al-Qaeda Rising Attacks in China

    Reuters: From his Pakistan hideout, Uighur leader vows revenge on China

    Mar 14 2014 – By Saud Mehsud and Maria Golovnina

    (Reuters) – Entrenched in secret mountain bases on Pakistan’s border with Afghanistan, Uighur fighters are gearing up for retribution against China to avenge the deaths of comrades in Beijing’s crackdown on a separatist movement, their leader told Reuters.

    China, Pakistan’s only major ally in the region, has long urged Islamabad to weed out what it says are militants from its western region of Xinjiang, who are holed up in a lawless tribal belt, home to a lethal mix of militant groups, including the Taliban and al Qaeda…

    In a rare but brief interview, Abdullah Mansour, leader of the rebel Turkestan Islamic Party, said it was his holy duty to fight the Chinese.

    “The fight against China is our Islamic responsibility and we have to fulfill it,” he said from an undisclosed location.
    “China is not only our enemy, but it is the enemy of all Muslims … We have plans for many attacks in China,” he said, speaking in the Uighur language through an interpreter…

    (entire article)
    (Additional reporting by Jibran Ahmed in PESHAWAR, Jessica Donati in KABUL and Michael Martina in BEIJING; Writing by Maria Golovnina in ISLAMABAD; Editing by John Chalmers, Ben Blanchard and Nick Macfie)
    http://www.reuters.com/article.....0PF2014031

  3. canary

    Jihad Watch: Police are Investigating Uighur Muslim with Flight Training who was on Board Missing Malaysian Airliner.

    Mar 13 2014 – Robert Spencer

    Was this a jihad attack? There is no way to tell as yet, but Malaysian police and Interpol are “taking a close look at a 35-year-old passenger of Uighur descent” — that is, a member of the Muslim group in western China that has been waging jihad with increasing ferocity against the Chinese recently — who “undertook flight simulation training.”

    “Missing Malaysia Airlines jet: Investigation paying ‘special attention’ to Chinese Uighur passenger,” by Lindsay Murdoch for the Sydney Morning Herald, March 13 (thanks to Doc):

    At least 100 people have been killed in the past year in violent clashes between Uighurs and Chinese security forces…

    http://www.jihadwatch.org/2014.....n-airliner
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    Asian Islamic Extremists & Al-Qaeda Rising Attacks in China

    Rueters: From his Pakistan hideout, Uighur leader vows revenge on China

    Mar 14 2014 – By Saud Mehsud and Maria Golovnina

    (Reuters) – Entrenched in secret mountain bases on Pakistan’s border with Afghanistan, Uighur fighters are gearing up for retribution against China to avenge the deaths of comrades in Beijing’s crackdown on a separatist movement, their leader told Reuters.

    China, Pakistan’s only major ally in the region, has long urged Islamabad to weed out what it says are militants from its western region of Xinjiang, who are holed up in a lawless tribal belt, home to a lethal mix of militant groups, including the Taliban and al Qaeda.

    A mass stabbing at a train station in the Chinese city of Kunming two weeks ago, in which at least 29 people were killed, has put a new spotlight on the largely Muslim Uighur ethnic minority from Xinjiang, where Beijing says armed groups seek to establish an independent state called East Turkestan.

    In a rare but brief interview, Abdullah Mansour, leader of the rebel Turkestan Islamic Party, said it was his holy duty to fight the Chinese.

    “The fight against China is our Islamic responsibility and we have to fulfill it,” he said from an undisclosed location.
    “China is not only our enemy, but it is the enemy of all Muslims … We have plans for many attacks in China,” he said… Muslims will take revenge.”…

    (entire article)
    (Additional reporting by Jibran Ahmed in PESHAWAR, Jessica Donati in KABUL and Michael Martina in BEIJING; Writing by Maria Golovnina in ISLAMABAD; Editing by John Chalmers, Ben Blanchard and Nick Macfie)
    http://www.reuters.com/article.....PF20140314
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    TIME: Deadly Terrorist Attack in Southwestern China Blamed on Separatist Muslim Uighurs

    Hannah Beech Mar 1, 2014

    A mass-terrorism spree in a southwestern Chinese city that killed at least 29 people was carried out by assailants from the northwestern region of Xinjiang, which is home to the Uighur ethnic minority, according to China’s official news service, Xinhua. Knife-wielding attackers, dressed in black clothes, stormed the railway station of provincial capital Kunming…

    What’s clear is that violence appears to be metastasizing beyond Xinjiang’s borders. Last October, a car plowed through crowds in Beijing’s Tiananmen Square, China’s symbolic heart, killing two tourists… China’s security czar said that the crash was the work of the East Turkestan Islamic Movement and state media reported that separatist banners were found inside the SUV.

    http://time.com/11687/deadly-t.....m-uighurs/

  4. canary

    Uighur Muslims in Thailand. Now we understand SOS John Kerry went to Vietnam and spoke to them about human rights and gave them ships.

    (Reuters) – Police rescued about 200 people believed to be Muslim Uighurs from a human smuggling camp in southern Thailand, police sources said on Friday, in the latest crackdown on a burgeoning trafficking network in Southeast Asia.

    The latest trafficking victims, possibly from China’s troubled far-western region of Xinjiang, brings the total number of people freed from human traffickers to well over 800 since Reuters exposed the whereabouts of the illegal camps…

    The rest were Rohingya, mostly stateless Muslims from western Myanmar, where deadly clashes with ethnic Rakhine Buddhists in 2012 killed at least 192 people and left 140,000 homeless. Since then, tens of thousands of Rohingya have fled from Myanmar by boat, many of them coming ashore in southwest Thailand.

    {{The Reuters investigation in December reported that Rohingya were held hostage in illegal camps hidden near the border with Malaysia until relatives paid ransoms to release them.}}

    They also claimed to be Turkish, although it is highly unusual for Turks to seek asylum in this way…

    In 2009, 20 Uighurs were deported from Cambodia to China despite the objections of the United Nations and human rights groups, who said they faced lengthy jail terms upon their return..

    {{New York-based Human Rights Watch also criticized Malaysia for deporting six Uighurs to China last December.}}

    {{Their graphic accounts of abuse suggested that trafficking gangs had shifted their operations into Malaysia as Thai authorities cracked down on jungle camps on their side of the border.}}

    http://www.reuters.com/article.....A920140314

    • canary

      blast from past –

      America, meet your new neighbors: the Uighurs

      SF Examiner ^ | 05/14/09 | Newt Gingrich

      Seventeen of the 241 terrorist detainees currently being held at Guantanamo Bay are Chinese Muslims known as Uighurs. They have been allied with and trained by al-Qaida-affiliated terrorist groups. The goal of the Uighurs is to establish a separate sharia state…

      the Obama administration has had to figure out what to do with the Uighurs. Officials believe that if they’re sent back to China they will be persecuted, and no third country will take them…

      Uighurs are known for picking up television sets on which women with bare arms appear and hurling them across the room…

      So last month, Obama administration Director of National Intelligence Dennis Blair indicated that terrorist detainees released into the United States would receive public assistance…

      (Excerpt) Read more at sfexaminer.com …
      http://www.freerepublic.com/fo.....1693/posts

  5. canary

    The last 3 Gitmo Uighur Muslim prisoners were just released to Slovkia in Dec 2013.
    It was done secretly, because wiki-leaks had described the 3 as very dangerous.

    George W. Bush lost legal challenge and released 5 Uighurs in Albania in May 2006.

    US District Judge Ricardo Urbina ordered the release of the remaining Gitmo suspected terrorist Uighurs in Oct 2008, however Bush appealed the ruling.

    After Obama took office, he revoked the appeal and sided with Judge Urbina. Obama’s White House Counsel Greg Craig planned to release them in the US, but Republicans raised heck.

    6 other Uighurs were sent to Palau in the Pacific in Oct 2009.
    2 were rehoused in Switzerland in March 2010
    2 were sent El Salvador in April 2012

    In late Dec the last most dangerous Uighurs identified by the US authorities as Yusef Abbas, 38, Hajiakbar Abdulghuper, 39, and Saidullah Khalik released to Slovakia.

    article
    http://www.washingtonpost.com/.....2013/12/31

    And China furious that these three terrorists were released saying the three even had terrorist ties in China

    http://www.thegatewaypundit.co.....-slovakia/

  6. Curiosity

    Military awards 24 Medals of Honor to Jewish and Hispanic servicemen previously “bypassed due to prejudice.”

    Tuesday’s mass ceremony, the largest since World War II, was the result of an Army review conducted under a directive from Congress in the 2002 National Defense Authorization Act. The law required that the record of each Jewish-American and Hispanic-American veteran who received a Service Cross during or after World War II be reviewed for possible upgrade to the Medal of Honor.

    The Pentagon said the Army reviewed the cases of the 6,505 recipients of the Distinguished Service Cross from World War II and the Korean and Vietnam wars and found an eligible pool of 600 soldiers who may have been Jewish or Hispanic. The Army also worked with the National Museum of American Jewish Military History, the Jewish War Veterans of the USA and the American GI Forum, the largest Hispanic-American veterans group, to pinpoint potential medal recipients.

    During the initial review, investigators found that other minority soldiers who had received the Distinguished Service Cross appeared to meet the criteria for a Medal of Honor. Congress amended the directive to allow those soldiers to be considered for the upgraded honor.

    I’m glad merit assessments are color-blind.

  7. canary

    An Iran loving, blame it on the US, article from the Christian Science Monitor:
    Cyber-war: In deed and desire, Iran emerging as a major power

    By Mark Clayton, Staff writer / March 16, 2014

    Yet, even as the “distributed denial of service” attacks abated for apparently diplomatic reasons, overall Iranian cyber-spying on US military and energy corporation networks has surged, these experts say.

    Iran was fingered last fall, for instance, for infiltrating the US Navy Marine Corps Intranet. It then took the Navy nearly four months to root out the Iranian hackers infesting its largest unclassified computer network, the Wall Street Journal reported in February…

    “We’ve seen persistent activity by the Iranians, not only in cyber-espionage, but in attacking dissidents at home, infiltrating government and military targets, energy companies and the financial sector,” says Dmitri Alperovitch, cofounder and chief technical officer of the cyber-security firm CrowdStrike. “Most of that activity has continued pretty much unabated…

    (entire)
    http://www.csmonitor.com/World.....ajor-power

  8. canary

    Palestine singer releases song and video making fun of John Kerry and Obama on eve of the Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas’s visit to D.C. It also threatens Abbas to not make any deal.

    StonesGateInstitute: Palestinian People’s Message to Kerry: Go Away!

    By Khaled Abu Toameh – March 17, 2014

    Even if Abbas is forced — under U.S. Pressure and threats — to make concessions, the Palestinians will not “relinquish their rights.”…

    The words of the song, which is entitled, “The Palestinian People’s Message to Kerry,” express the negative attitude that many Palestinians and Arabs have toward his ideas…

    Addressing Kerry, the singer warns the top US diplomat, “Go tell Obama and America that my land is not a piece of cake for you to share.”…

    (article and link for song and video of “Listen Listen John Keri”)
    http://www.gatestoneinstitute......kerry-song

    Or try this link for video and song “Listen Listen John Kerry”
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oGz_9F4kr54

    You might want to mute and watch it.

  9. Rusty Shackleford

    Obama scheduled to go on vacation (finally)

    Planning begins for another Obama vacation

    Like the annual return of pinkletinks and crocuses, inns and hotels around the Island are getting familiar calls this week from White House officials planning a vacation on Martha’s Vineyard for President Obama and his family.

    “Like the swallows returning to Capistrano.”

    Three reliable sources, who asked not to be named because they are not authorized to release information, told The Times that Mr. Obama will return to the Island in August. Two sources said the vacation is scheduled on or about August 9, a week earlier than the first family visited in previous years.

    The president brings a large entourage of Secret Service agents, White House staffers, and support personnel, and the White House began arranging for lodging this week, according to the sources.

    Mr. Obama and his family have vacationed on the Island every year since his 2008 election, with the exception of 2012, when he was campaigning for re-election.

    In 2009, 2010, and 2011, the First Family rented Blue Heron Farm in Chilmark, a 28.5-acre compound on Tisbury Great Pond. The house was sold in December 2011 to architect Lord Norman Foster and his wife, Lady Elena Foster, of Thames Bank in Great Britain under the name of a holding corporation.

    Last year, the first family stayed in Chilmark, renting a 5,000-square-foot, four-bedroom house valued at $7.6 million just a short distance off South Road. Owned by David M. Schulte, the home has an attached, two-bedroom guesthouse, small basketball court, and water views. It is surrounded by woods.

    (I hope it rains—-every—–effin’—–day!)

  10. canary

    NYT: Obama Turns to Web To Illustrate Effects Of a Changing Climate

    By Coral Davenport – Mar 19, 2014

    WASHINGTON — President Obama wants Americans to see how climate change could deluge or destroy their own backyards — and to make it as easy as opening a web-based app.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2014/03.....38;emc=rss

  11. Rusty Shackleford

    Fed District Court Says Voter ID OK

    Prove it: Court rules states can require ID to vote
    Election commission can’t stop voter ID laws

    By Stephen Dinan

    http://www.washingtontimes.com.....ip-voters/

    The Washington Times

    Wednesday, March 19, 2014

    A U.S. District Court judge ruled Wednesday that Arizona and Kansas can require anyone registering to vote to prove their citizenship and the federal Election Assistance Commission cannot block them.

    The ruling is a boost for states’ rights and marks a setback for President Obama and other liberals who fought stiffer voter ID checks with an argument that they reduce voter turnout.

    “This is a huge victory for me, personally, for the states of Kansas and Arizona, and for the whole cause of states’ rights,” said Kansas Secretary of State Kris W. Kobach, who led the challenge. “We’ve seen so many defeats recently in areas where the federal government has been encroaching on states’ authorities, and this time the good guys won.”

    In his ruling, Judge Eric F. Melgren said the EAC, which Congress created after the 2000 Florida voting fiasco, must accede to states’ requests for people to provide proof of citizenship when they register to vote.

    The judge said the Constitution gives states the power to determine voter qualifications, and if states want to insist on proof of citizenship, the election commission cannot overrule them.

    Hmf! Wait’ll Eric (The Red) Holder gets on it; That judge will wish he was never born. Prepare for the DOJ-sponsored career-destroying campaign from the national socialist racist bigots.

    “The EAC’s nondiscretionary duty is to perform the ministerial function of updating the instructions to reflect each state’s laws,” Judge Melgren ruled in a decision out of Kansas. “The court orders the EAC to add the language requested by Arizona and Kansas to the state-specific instructions of the federal mail voter registration form immediately.”

    It is so ordered. That is, until Obama, Holder, Waters, Sharpton, and all the rest of the Hee-Haw gang go on the warpath and beat the drum of “racism!” or, just send shock troops to the states where voter ID is required and make them suffer for their transgression against reparations.

    A spokesman for the EAC said the commission was reviewing the decision. The Justice Department, which argued the case before Judge Melgren, didn’t return a message seeking comment.

    So what’s to “review” unless “review” means to delay, obfuscate, interfere with, find a loophole in, or otherwise usurp the law?

    The ruling comes at a time when both Democrats and Republicans are paying increasing interest to the rules governing campaigns and voting. With the country ideologically split, each side is looking for an advantage at the ballot box.

    See? It’s a “bipartisan” issue (because voter fraud is so rampant in elections where republicans are elected). Actually that’s true because the democrats, when they lose, keep demanding recount after recount until they “find” the number of ballots that they need. But the author wants the (Low Information) reader to know that it’s those darn republicans who are just as responsible for cheating. *sigh*

    Democrats say identification checks could prevent some eligible voters from casting ballots. Republicans generally argue for stiffer checks to prevent fraud.

    Yes, democrats have been saying it for years but it has been proven repeatedly that in order to qualify for SNAP or even to appear at an ACORN function, or meet the president, or etc., etc., etc., one must produce a valid government-issued ID. Sort of pokes a hole or two in the argument, dunnit?

    And the republicans are right…as is the usual case.

  12. Rusty Shackleford

    Just received this in email:

    Dear ,

    Our country is headed down a costly, and dangerous, path – leading to 1 in 3 adults having diabetes by 2050. However, you can act to change that, and it only takes a minute!

    Congress needs to know that the cost of diabetes to our nation – over $245 billion a year – is unacceptable.

    Congress needs to know having nearly 26 million Americans with diabetes and 79 million more with prediabetes is unacceptable.

    Congress needs to know that inaction is unacceptable.

    Can I count on you to take just one minute and act now?

    Count me In

    I have been associated with the American Diabetes Association for some time as I happen to have diabetes.

    However, this woman whose name is in the signature block, Gina Gavlak is the “National Advocacy Committee Chair” for the ADA.

    I wrote back and asked, “Just what, exactly, do you expect the GOVERNMENT to do?”

    I went on, not at great length, but did make a point that the GOVERNMENT would ban foods and opt to CONTROL things. Additionally, I stated that parents should teach and show by example that if you eat crap and sit on your ass, you GET FAT and it affects your HEALTH.

    (In my case, I’m type 1, my pancreas stopped producing insulin, I am no overweight and have been physically active all my life. In fact, I was always skinny as a rail until my late 30’s)

    In any case, she certainly sounds like the typical post-graduate believe in “all things socialist” and I called her on that and told her to “keep the government out of my diet” and to “keep her socialist ideas to herself”.

    But —-“Ain’t that America?”

    • canary

      Rusty, I remember not to long ago the US government studies used to say the leading cause of “Diabetes II” aka “Adult Onset Diabetes” was stress. I may even have the military government reports tucked away somewhere, because it is prominent in military vets But, these non-doctors 1st lady and her personal chefs have put the main focus on being overweight and growing lettuce and pea gardens.

      This tells that when you are under stress or sick you should check your blood more often. This is not what I was looking for, but it pulled up under stress hormones. Pregnant women get gestational diabetes (temporary) because of pregnancy hormones.

      And then there is genetics. However, it does not reflect the scientists that Hispanics are more apt to get it because of poverty?

      Still this is much more balanced that what the media reports. And a problem in the pancreas can lead to adult onset diabetes. My caucasion friend who was diagnosed as an adult had to have her pancrease removed and has an artificial pancreates which comes with a little box she has to wear, and she is under so much stress, namely
      illegal Mexicans and violence overtaking where she lives.

      And so we are allowing Mexicans into the country and giving them food stamps, their children 3 free meals at school a day and if the genetic factor is true, when it’s difficult to believe anything you read anymore, then the cost in the USA will go up. So, I don’t put much into the genetic factor, but social scientists do.

      http://diabetes.niddk.nih.gov/dm/pubs/causes/

    • canary

      On second thought. My younger sister and I both had gestational diabetes in our last pregnancy, and we weren’t overweight, so maybe genetics and like our mother had to have very early hysterectomies.

  13. canary

    Senator James Inhofe on Russia: I Warned This Day Was Coming

    “President Obama’s attempt to seek peace through apologetic diplomacy while defunding and dismantling our military has failed. Today our enemies don’t fear us and our allies no longer respect us.” – Inhofe

    Monday, March 3, 2014

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe, ranking member of Senate Armed Services Committee, released the following statement today regarding President Obama’s response to Russia and the current state of the United States military:

    “The arrogant actions of President Putin and Russia in recent days is a direct result of President Obama’s disarming of America since the beginning of his Administration.

    Five years ago, I went to Afghanistan to respond to President Obama’s first budget knowing he was going to disarm America.

    In that first budget, he canceled our only fifth generation fighter, the F-22; he cancelled our C-17; and he cancelled our FCS. That was just the first year.

    Since then he has taken $487 billion out of our national security.

    His disarming of America over the past five years limits our options in Ukraine today.

    I just returned from Georgia in January, and they fear Russia will further invade their territory next.
    http://www.inhofe.senate.gov/n.....-territory

    Throughout this Administration, I have also warned that if the United States does not maintain a ready and capable military, we would surrender our global influence and leave a vacuum that will be filled by Russia.

    I warned this day was coming, and it is here. President Obama’s attempt to seek peace through apologetic diplomacy while defunding and dismantling our military has failed. Today our enemies don’t fear us and our allies no longer respect us.

    “When the Defense Department releases its budget this week, we will be faced with the impacts of another year of cuts to our national security.

    President Obama plans to ask Congress for more funding for our troops,

    but his request is deceiving

    as he plans to tie it to tax hikes and increased spending for non-defense.

    General Dempsey testified in a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing that defense cuts will ‘severely limit our ability to implement our defense strategy. It will put the nation at greater risk of coercion, and it will break faith with men and women in uniform.’ Furthermore, Vice Chairman of Joint Chiefs of Staff Admiral Winnefeld testified that ‘there could be for the first time in my career instances where we may be asked to respond to a crisis and we will have to say that we cannot.’

    It’s time for President Obama to come forward and either fully fund our military or reduce expectations for the United States’ leadership in the world.”

    http://www.inhofe.senate.gov/i.....was-coming

    Further Obama just signed the release of 5 more Gitmo prisoners to Uruguay.

    Their president brags he was a Socialist Marxist Militant Guerrilla who spent years in behind bars and no one will give the former prisoners more human rights.

    This is like two releases of Gitmo prisoners in one week.

    Maybe one would make a good cook for the White House.


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