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Obama’s Faith Adviser Helped Craft ‘Perfect Islamic State’

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By Aaron Klein – “JERUSALEM – Dalia Mogahed, appointed to President Obama’s faith advisory council, was a partner in an Islamic project whose stated goal was to ‘define, interpret and implement the concept of the Islamic State in modern times,’ WND has learned.

The project was founded and directed by Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf, the controversial Muslim cleric behind the proposed 13-story, $100 million Islamic cultural center and mosque two blocks from Ground Zero in New York City.

Besides her role on the White House Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships, Mogahed is also on the advisory council of the Department of Homeland Security. She testified before the Senate on engagement with the Muslim community.”  Read more.

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At Least 1,000 Fish Dead in Ventura Harbor, California

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“At least 1,000 anchovies and sardines have died in the Ventura Harbor from what officials believe is a lack of oxygen.

The fish were first seen dead or dying about 6 a.m. today, with some belly up in the water and others struggling to survive. Sea lions, along with hundreds of sea gulls and pelicans were swooping in to eat the fish.

‘There are quite a bit that are dead,’ said Pat Hummer, a senior officer with the Ventura Harbor Patrol.”  Read more.

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Radiation Near Japan Reactors Too High for Workers

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MARI YAMAGUCHI – “TOKYO (AP) — A pair of thin robots on treads sent to explore buildings inside Japan’s crippled nuclear reactor came back Monday with disheartening news: Radiation levels are far too high for repair crews to go inside.

Nevertheless, officials remained hopeful they can stick to their freshly minted ‘roadmap’ for cleaning up the radiation leak and stabilizing the Fukushima Dai-ichi plant by year’s end so they can begin returning tens of thousands of evacuees to their homes.

‘Even I had expected high radioactivity in those areas. I’m sure (plant operator Tokyo Electric Power Co.) and other experts have factored in those figures when they compiled the roadmap,’ Chief Cabinet Secretary Yukio Edano said.

Officials said Monday that radiation had spiked in a water tank in Unit 2 and contaminated water was discovered in other areas of the plant. They also described in detail for the first time the damage to fuel in three troubled reactors, saying pellets had melted.”  Read more.

6.6 Magnitude Earthquake Strikes South Pacific, Northeast of New Zealand

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Richter magnitude 6.6, south of the Kermadec Islands
34.349°S, 179.854°E
Tuesday, April 19, 2011 at 01:03:03 AM
Depth: 90.7 km (56.4 miles)

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Nigeria: Muslims Riot as Election of Christian President Nears

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By JON GAMBRELL – “ABUJA, Nigeria – Angry opposition supporters in Nigeria’s Muslim north set fire to homes bearing ruling party banners Monday and heavy gunfire rang out in several towns as election officials released results showing the Christian incumbent had gained an insurmountable lead.

Results from Saturday’s election released live on national television indicated President Goodluck Jonathan had a commanding lead of more than 10 million votes with only two states left to be announced. The Muslim north had largely voted for former military ruler Muhammadu Buhari.”  Read more.

Gasoline Spill Likely Killed Thousands of Goldstream River Salmon

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By Kim Westad – “Thousands of salmon are expected to have been killed by a large gasoline spill that poured into Goldstream River during the weekend.

A Columbia Fuels truck smashed into the rock face and rolled, damaging the cab and one of the two tanks the engine was pulling.

About 40,000 litres of gasoline are estimated to have been spilled and much of that flowed into the river at the side of the highway. The truck hit the rock wall beside a small waterfall that flows across the road to the river, and that helped move the gas.” Read more.

Tens of Thousands of Fish Killed in Lake Champlain, Vermont

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“Quite a sight along the shores of Lake Champlain– there’s been a massive fish kill.

Alewives have washed ashore at the sandbar in Milton.

Vermont Fish and Wildlife biologists estimate that tens of thousands of the nonnative species have died due to stress caused by frigid temperatures.

Ice fishermen have been noticing Alewives popping through the ice in recent months. Now that the ice is melting, they’re washing ashore. They’ve also been spotted in Georgia, Vt.

‘Never seen nothing like this,’ said George St. Amour, a fisherman from Colchester…”  Read more.

Al-Jazeera – The ‘Mouthpiece’ Of Al Qaeda And The Muslim Brotherhood – Now Has Fans In The Obama White House

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By KEACH HAGEY & BYRON TAU, Politico – “In the halls of American power, the Arab Spring has brought Al-Jazeera in from the cold.

Seven years after then-Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld called the broadcaster’s reporting ‘vicious, inaccurate and inexcusable” and President George W. Bush joked about bombing it, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton praised it as ‘real news’ in her recent Senate testimony.

Not only that, her staffers, as well as those of the CIA and the Obama White House, were attending the Congressional Correspondents’ Dinner as Al-Jazeera’s guests.

‘They are a really important media entity, and we have a really great relationship with them,’ said Dana Shell Smith, the State Department’s deputy assistant secretary for international media engagement, who speaks Arabic and has frequently appeared on the channel. ‘This administration has empowered those of us who actually do the communicating to be in a close relationship with Al-Jazeera. They understand that the relationship can’t consist of complaining to each other about the differences we have.’

The differences also have shrunk as the big story in the Middle East has shifted from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan to the democratic movements sweeping the region. In the recent uprisings, U.S. interests tended to line up with Al-Jazeera’s, and President Barack Obama alluded to both the network’s influence and its pro-democracy bent in remarks caught on an open mic during a closed-door fundraiser last week.

‘The emir of Qatar come by the Oval Office today, and he owns Al-Jazeera basically,’ Obama said in remarks recorded by CBS News’s Mark Knoller. ‘Pretty influential guy. He is a big booster, big promoter of democracy all throughout the Middle East. Reform, reform, reform. You’re seeing it on Al-Jazeera.'” Read more.

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