By Raymond Ibrahim – “Western media coverage of the recent massacre of Coptic Christians in Cairo, Egypt—in which the military killed dozens of Christians and injured some 300—was, as discussed earlier, deplorable. It merely repeated the false propaganda of the complicit state-run media, without checking facts. Since then, further proofs of the lies and brutality surrounding the massacre have emerged; they are compiled in the following report which consists of facts and videos from Arabic sources—many of which have not appeared in the Western media.
This report documents: 1) the activities of the Supreme Military Council of Egypt and de facto ruler; 2) the lies and duplicitous tactics of both the Military Council and its media mouthpiece, Egyptian TV; and 3) the anti-Christian sentiment pervading all aspects of this incident.
The Egyptian Military
Along with a new report by Magdi Khalil asserting that the day before the planned march, a ‘death squad’ of snipers hid atop buildings and shot at protesters, armored vehicles intentionally chased after and ran over protesters, killing and mutilating many:
- Here is perhaps the clearest video; it shows a high-speed armored vehicle willfully plowing over unsuspecting Christian demonstrators.
- This video shows another armored vehicle chasing protesters, and a soldier opening fire into the fleeing crowds.
- This video shows high-speed armored cars running amok in the middle of the crowds, including chasing protesters on the curb, as well as soldiers beating protesters.
- As for eyewitness testimonies attesting to the brutality of the massacre, they are many, and include Muslims.
The Tactics of the Military Council ( or ‘War is Deceit’)
After the incident and notwithstanding crushing evidence, Egypt’s Military Council held a news conference wherein senior official, Mahmoud Hegazy, spun lie after lie: he stated that the military would “never, never” run over civilians; that the very idea was ‘impossible, impossible!’ and ‘Shame on those who accuse the Egyptian military of such things!… Never has our military run over a single person, not even when combating the Enemy [Israel].’
Hegazy portrayed the Christian protesters as the aggressors, attacking and killing ‘honorable’ soldiers. To prove his point, he showed an image of a protester on top of a stalled armored vehicle, throwing a rock at the soldier inside, and a video of a military vehicle—that he claimed was hijacked by a protester—driving wildly into the crowd.
Hegazy’s deceit lies in the fact that the ‘hijacked’ vehicle running amok, and the one stalled and attacked by a protester, were one and the same vehicle: Al Dalil revealed that both vehicles had the same identification number. In other words, when the vehicle in which a soldier was chasing and running over protesters finally stalled, the protesters then attacked it.” Read more.
It’s Official: Greek Cabinet Supports Call for Referendum on Bailout, ‘No’ Vote Could Create Global Financial Shockwave
By Elinda Labropoulou – “Athens, Greece (CNN) — Greece’s cabinet voted Wednesday to support Prime Minister George Papandreou’s call to hold a referendum as soon as possible about the latest bailout plan, ministers coming out of the meeting told a CNN affiliate.
The vote was unanimous, though some of the ministers expressed criticism prior to casting their votes, CNN affiliate Mega Channel reported.
The cabinet vote came hours before German Chancellor Angela Merkel, French President Nicolas Sarkozy and senior figures from the International Monetary Fund and European Union were to meet Wednesday with Greek officials at an emergency meeting in Cannes, France, ahead of the G-20 summit.
Their meeting comes a day after U.S. and European stock markets tumbled after Papandreou’s call for the referendum on international aid for his country.
A ‘no’ vote could theoretically force Greece to crash out of the euro and send shock waves through the global financial system.” Read more.
Canadian Finance Minister: “This kind of turmoil in Europe is not good for anyone around the world” – “Greek government’s plan to hold a referendum on its European bailout package is injecting a dangerous level of uncertainty and placing the global economic recovery in peril, Finance Minister Jim Flaherty warned Tuesday. Pointing at the plunging markets in Canada and around the world, Flaherty said he was concerned about the delay that a referendum would cause. ‘It’s not for us to dictate terms to the Europeans – it is for us to say that delay endangers the global economy,’ he told reporters late Tuesday after meeting with the Commons finance committee. ‘We have interdependent economies in this world. What affects Europe, affects the United States, affects Canada … this kind of turmoil in Europe is not good for anyone around the world.'” Read more.
“Washington, DC – October 31, 2011 – Today Scientist Marco Kaltofen of Worchester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) presented his analysis of radioactive isotopic releases from the Fukushima accidents at the annual meeting of the American Public Health Association (APHA). Mr. Kaltofen’s analysis confirms the detection of hot particles in the US and the extensive airborne and ground contamination in northern Japan due to the four nuclear power plant accidents at TEPCO’s Fukushima reactors. Fairewinds believes that this is a personal health issue in Japan and a public health issue in the United States and Canada.” Source.
Unusually High Number of Dead Dolphins Washing Ashore in Mississippi and Alabama, ‘This Is Not Normal’
Three were found Friday in Mississippi — one on Deer Island, one floating 200 yards off the beach at Cowan Road and one on the beach in Long Beach.
‘Generally, you don’t see this in October,’ said Moby Solangi, director of the Institute for Marine Mammal Studies. ‘This is not normal.’
There was a time when one dolphin death was an unusual event.
But dolphins dying consistently, month after month, is something that has continued in the northern Gulf since the BP oil spill.
NOAA, the federal National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration, is investigating the deaths.
The agency said in a statement Thursday five of 21 dolphins that died in Louisiana in 2010 were killed by the bacterium brucella. That’s 21 of the 580 that have been discovered dead in the northern Gulf since February 2010, three months before the spill.
NOAA has said something was killing dolphins before the spill, but added exposure to the oil could have worn down the animals and made them more susceptible to disease.
NOAA hasn’t drawn any conclusion about the deaths, but the investigation is continuing.
Doug Inkley, senior scientist with the National Wildlife Federation, said Friday the fact that an unusual number of dolphins began dying before the spill “in no way means the oil spill did not contribute to dolphin deaths.
‘What we do know is that every single month since the oil spill began through present, dolphin deaths have been far above normal and this is a real cause for concern.'” Read more.
Florida: Die-Off Reported In Pensacola’s Oyster Beds, ‘Something Happened in August, And It Had To Be Massive’
Oyster season opened Oct. 1. Oystermen have reported pulling up dead oysters from beds that had been filled with large, healthy oysters at the end of the last harvest season on June 30.
‘We’re finding very few alive,’ Pasco Gibson, a main supplier of the East Bay oysters, told the Pensacola News Journal (http://on.pnj.com/t1Ziy7). ‘This time of the year, we should be catching 500 to 1,000 pounds per boat a day. We’re not even catching a hundred pounds.’
Gibson’s six oyster boats are mostly idle, and some of his freelance oystermen are heading to Apalachicola to look for work. He said the meager harvests have cost him 40 percent of his income.
Depending on what’s killing the oysters, once they start growing back, it could take up to three years to grow them large enough to harvest, he said.
‘Something happened in August, and it had to be massive because some of these beds are 10 miles apart,’ Gibson said of the beds scattered near the shorelines of East Bay.
Scientists from the Department of Agriculture’s Division of Aquaculture will check the oyster beds this week.” Read more.
I understand Captain, it makes me wanna vent some frustration, too. These hidden, clandestine weapons programs are intended primarily for one enemy. Its capital starts with a “J”, ends with an “M”, and the “USA” stands somewhere in between …
“UN investigators have identified a previously unknown complex in Syria that bolsters suspicions that the Syrian government worked with A.Q. Khan, the father of Pakistan’s atomic bomb, to acquire technology that could be used to make nuclear arms.
The buildings in northwest Syria closely match the design of a uranium enrichment plant provided to Libya when Moammar Gaddafi was trying to build nuclear weapons under Khan’s guidance, officials told The Associated Press.
The UN’s International Atomic Energy Agency also has obtained correspondence between Khan and a Syrian government official, Muhidin Issa, who proposed scientific cooperation and a visit to Khan’s laboratories following Pakistan’s successful nuclear test in 1998.
The complex, in the city of Al-Hasakah, now appears to be a cotton-spinning plant, and investigators have found no sign that it was ever used for nuclear production. But given that Israeli warplanes destroyed a suspected plutonium production reactor in Syria in 2007, the unlikely coincidence in design suggests that Syria may have been pursuing two routes to an atomic bomb: uranium as well as plutonium.
Details of the Syria-Khan connection were provided to the AP by a senior diplomat with knowledge of IAEA investigations and a former UN investigator. Both spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the issue.
The Syrian government did not respond to a request for comment. It has repeatedly denied pursuing nuclear weapons but also has stymied an investigation into the site bombed by Israel. It has not responded to an IAEA request to visit the Al-Hasakah complex, the officials said.” Read more.
Syria’s Assad warns of ‘earthquake’ if west intervenes – “Western powers risk causing an “earthquake” across the Middle East if they intervene in Syria, President Bashar al-Assad said, after protesters called for foreign protection from a crackdown in which 3,000 people have been killed. Assad’s warning came ahead of Syrian government talks with the Arab League on Sunday aimed at starting a dialogue between the government and opposition and ending violence that has escalated across Syria in recent days… ‘Syria is the hub now in this region. It is the fault line, and if you play with the ground you will cause an earthquake.'” Read more.
Global Markets Tumble as Greece Announces Referendum on Euro Bail-Out, New Recession ‘Will Lead to Civil Unrest Worldwide’
The grim warning from the International Labour Organisation came as leaders of the G20 rich nations prepared to meet for a crisis summit in Cannes this week.
‘We have reached the moment of truth. We have a brief window of opportunity to avoid a major double-dip in employment,’ said Raymond Torres, director of the ILO’s International Institute for Labour Studies.
In 45 out of 118 countries examined, the risk of social unrest is rising, according to the World of Work Report 2011.
It will take at least five years for employment in advanced economies to return to pre-crisis levels, it added.
Fears of another recession grew today as a leading think tank slashed its eurozone growth forecast. The OECD predicted that the single currency area will almost come to a halt next year, with growth of 0.3 per cent. A slowdown would hit Britain’s economic prospects.” Read more.
Greek govt ‘on verge of imploding’ – “Greece’s government looked on the verge of implosion on Tuesday ahead of a Friday confidence vote as a socialist deputy defected and another cadre called for early elections after the prime minister called a referendum on his EU debt rescue. Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou called the referendum late Monday in a bid to secure approval of his disputed economic policies without early elections. But the gambit backfired when a former deputy minister defected, reducing the ruling party’s majority in the 300-seat parliament to 152 deputies.” Read more.
Global markets fall as Greece announces referendum on euro bail-out – “Global stock markets dropped sharply as investors sold off shares after Greece’s shock decision to hold a referendum on its eurozone bail-out package thratened to intensify the region’s debt crisis. London’s FTSE 100 index of leading shares dropped more that 2pc, with markets in Germany falling, France, Spain and Italy sliding between 2.7pc and 4pc. Andrew Lim, banking analyst at Espirito Santo in London, said: ‘If Greek voters reject the unpopular bailout plan it could result in a ‘hard default’, which could force banks to take losses of about 75pc on their Greek sovereign bonds, trigger payouts on credit default swap insurance contracts, and raise the threat of a systemic risk. ‘If we get a hard default in Greece, it will exacerbate the situation with Italy and Spain. It just increases the problem of Italy going down the same route, and that’s the real risk.'” Read more.