Archive for 06/09/2011

‘Iran Caught 10 Times Trying to Send Arms to Terrorists’

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By YAAKOV KATZ – “Iran has been caught red-handed in 10 different attempts in recent years to transfer weaponry to terrorists throughout the Middle East, including a recent case, in April, when a shipment of advanced missiles was caught en-route to Taliban forces in Afghanistan, according to a United Nations report obtained Thursday by The Jerusalem Post.

The report was submitted three weeks ago to the Security Council by a UN group of experts that monitors compliance with UN sanctions imposed on Iran. The report was leaked to the Internet and obtained by a number of leading Israeli defense analysts.

The report documents all 10 cases of arms smuggling, including the case of the Victoria cargo ship, which was stopped by the Israel Navy earlier this year carrying arms for Hamas. In the most recent case cited, British forces in Afghanistan found a weapons shipment of advanced Iranian-made anti-ship missiles and 122 mm. rockets en route to Taliban forces in Afghanistan.” Read more.

20 Somali-American Muslims Arrested in Minnesota for Supporting Terrorism

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By JAMES WALSH – “An Ohio man who once lived in Eden Prairie was arrested Thursday morning in Columbus, becoming the 20th person of Somali descent charged in Minnesota for allegedly supporting the terror group Al-Shabab.

Ahmed Hussein Mahamud, 26, made his initial appearance Thursday morning in federal court for the Southern District of Ohio. He is on his way to Minnesota to face charges that he provided money and personnel to Al-Shabab, a group defined as a terrorist organization by the U.S. State Department.

Al-Shabab is fighting a civil war for control of Somalia. A Minnesota man was killed last week while attempting a suicide bombing on behalf of Al-Shabab. His family believes the man is Farah Mohamed Beledi.

Beledi was one of 19 people who have been indicted in Minnesota for allegedly providing material support to a terrorist organization.” Read more.

Islamists Bomb Church and Police Stations in Nigeria, 14 Arrested After Deadly Attacks

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“The cathedral in the northeastern Nigerian city of Maiduguri was heavily damaged in a June 7 bombing.

‘St. Patrick’s Cathedral was seriously damaged, windows and doors [were] destroyed, the whole building was shaken to its foundations by the violence of the explosion,’ said Bishop Oliver Doeme.

Local authorities said that the Islamist group Boko Haram was responsible for the attack on the cathedral as well as recent attacks on a church, a school, and police stations.

Founded in Maiduguri in 2002, Boko Haram (the words mean ‘Western or non-Islamic education is a sin’) seeks the imposition of sharia in Nigeria.” Read more.

14 Nigerian Islamists arrested after deadly bomb attacks – “Police in northern Nigeria said on Thursday they have arrested 14 suspected Islamists thought to be linked to bomb attacks on a church and police stations that killed 14 people this week. The arrests were made in the troubled city of Maiduguri, where attacks blamed on an extremist sect have killed dozens in recent months.” Read more.

New Fish Kill Afflicts Taal Lake, Philippines

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“A new Taal Lake fish kill has spread and killed at least 20 tonnes of farmed and endemic fish species across two more towns and a city over the weekend.

The towns of Mataas na Kahoy and Cuenca and Lipa City in the province of Batangas are now affected, informed provincial information officer Ginette Segismundo.

Farmed milkfish (bangus) and tilapia and now also species native to the lake such as biya, pauto, apta, katang, siliw and muang are also appearing belly up in the lake, Segismundo said.

All the same, at least two cages in Cuenca did not see any massive fish kills, the official noted.

On Sunday, Pangasinan’s Agriculture Office said at least PHP 44.7 million (USD 1 million) have been lost due to the recent fish kills in the province, or 96 tonnes of dead bangus as of 2 June, reports Sun Star.” Read more.

Categories: Mass Animal Deaths

‘Far Worse Than a Core Meltdown’: Nuclear Fuel has Melted Through Base of Fukushima Plant

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By Julian Ryall – “The findings of the report, which has been given to the International Atomic Energy Agency, were revealed by the Yomiuri newspaper, which described a ‘melt-through’ as being ‘far worse than a core meltdown’ and ‘the worst possibility in a nuclear accident.’

A spokesman for Tokyo Electric Power Co. said the company is presently revising the road-map for bringing the plant under control, including the time required to achieve cold shutdown of the reactors.

In a best-case scenario, the company says it will be able to achieve that by October, although that may have to be revised in light of the report.

Water that was pumped into the pressure vessels to cool the fuel rods, becoming highly radioactive in the process, has been confirmed to have leaked out of the containment vessels and outside the buildings that house the reactors.

Tepco said it is trying to contain the contaminated water and prevent it from leaking into the sea, but elevated levels of radiation have been confirmed in the ocean off the plant.” Read more.

March 29 Flashback: When The Fukushima Meltdown Hits Groundwater – “Fukushima is going to dwarf Chenobyl. The Japanese government has had a level 7 nuclear disaster going for almost a week but won’t admit it.

The disaster is occurring the opposite way than Chernobyl, which exploded and stopped the reaction. At Fukushima, the reactions are getting worse. I suspect three nuclear piles are in meltdown and we will probably get some of it.

If reactor 3 is in meltdown, the concrete under the containment looks like lava. But Fukushima is not far off the water table. When that molten mass of self-sustaining nuclear material gets to the water table it won’t simply cool down. It will explode ­ not a nuclear explosion, but probably enough to involve the rest of the reactors and fuel rods at the facility.” Read more.

Categories: Man-Made Disasters

US Is Nearing Even Worse Financial Crisis

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By Margo D. Beller – “The U.S. is approaching a financial crisis worse than 2008, Jim Rogers, chief executive, Rogers Holdings, warned CNBC Wednesday.

‘The debts that are in this country are skyrocketing,’ he said. ‘In the last three years the government has spent staggering amounts of money and the Federal Reserve is taking on staggering amounts of debt.

‘When the problems arise next time … what are they going to do? They can’t quadruple the debt again. They cannot print that much more money. It’s gonna be worse the next time around.'” Read more.

Worries grow that U.S. could default on debt – “The possibility that the United States could default on its debt — if only for a few days — is starting to alarm the global community even as the idea gains favour among Republicans as a way to force Washington to cut runaway spending. Fitch Ratings agency warned Wednesday that U.S. treasury bonds, seen worldwide as a risk-free investment, could be labelled ‘junk’ if the government misses debt payments by Aug. 15.” Read more.

Categories: Man-Made Disasters

Tornadoes Reported as Storms Hit Ontario

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“Severe weather is sweeping across southern and central Ontario, leading to at least one reported death on Wednesday and spawning several tornado reports.

A possible tornado hit near Minden Hills, a local politician said.

Deputy Reeve Cheryl Murdoch said something ‘like a tornado’ touched down at approximately 2:30 p.m. ET, with authorities saying the mobile home park Hunter Creek Estates near Highway 35 sustained the most damage. Local reports said trees were uprooted.

A local fire chief said there are reports of one man injured so far with a broken leg.

Minden Hills is about 200 km northeast of Toronto.

Local reports also say a pilot was killed when a gust of wind flipped over a float plane on Balsam Lake, about 150 km northeast of Toronto.

Heavy storms have hit throughout the province, and CBC weather specialist Jay Scotland said he’d heard eyewitness reports of possible tornadoes near Kirkfield and another near Orillia.” Read more.

Categories: Natural Disasters
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