Archive for 08/19/2012

Texas Officials: ‘Red Tide’ Has Killed Nearly One Million Fish In Gulf Of Mexico

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Xinhua -“Officials of the U.S. state of Texas said Friday algae bloom, known as red tide, has killed nearly 1 million fish in the Gulf of Mexico.

According to reports by local TV channel ABC13, the estimate was made by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department after finishing a flyover Thursday in the Galveston bay.

Tens of thousands of dead fish, mostly menhaden, were washed ashore on Sunday on Galveston, an island in the Gulf of Mexico, and water samples collected Monday confirmed it was the red tide that killed the fish.

Parts of the Galveston Bay have been closed for shellfish harvesting due to the red tide, which can cause respiratory problems.

Last year, a red tide covering most of the Texas Gulf Coast and Galveston Bay forced the closure of oyster beds.

The red tide of low-to-moderate concentrations last year arrived in August and lasted until February, but killed no fish.” Source – Xinhua.

Hezbollah On Jerusalem: We Can Kill ‘Tens Of Thousands’ Of Israelis And Turn The Lives Of Millions Into Hell

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Zechariah 12:2-3, “Behold, I will make Jerusalem a cup of drunkenness to all the surrounding peoples, when they lay siege against Judah and Jerusalem. And it shall happen in that day that I will make Jerusalem a very heavy stone for all peoples; all who would heave it away will surely be cut in pieces …”

ABNA – “… Hezbollah Secretary General, Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah, says that [Hezbollah] can turn lives of millions of Zionists into real hell.

Commemorating the International al-Quds [Jerusalem] day, Hezbollah held a ceremony in Beirut’s southern suburb … stressing that the resistance would defend the country against any Israeli attack, and would not wait for any permission to do so.

His eminence noted that the price of this attack would be very expensive to the extent that ‘we can talk about tens of thousands of killed.’ …

Sayyed Nasrallah stressed on the importance of making al-Quds the central cause…

His eminence said that the Israeli enemy has been working on judaizing al-Quds…

‘Zionists agree upon al-Quds and they are working on judaization of it, while the Arabs are not agreeing upon this cause,’ his eminence noted.

He said that the occupation has been building settlements and trying to force the Palestinians out of their land…

On the Israeli threats against Lebanon, the resistance leader was clear: the resistance can reach any target in the occupied territories and is able to change the phase of Israel.

‘We can turn the lives of millions of Zionists to a real hell and we can change the phase of Israel,’ Sayyed Nasrallah said.

‘I say to enemy: the war against Lebanon is very, very, very… expensive!'” Read more.

Flashback: Nasrallah: Hezbollah Already Has ‘Many Surprises’ That Will Change the Face of the Region in a Future War – “The next war with Israel will start in Tel Aviv, not on the northern border, Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah warned on Friday, the Lebanese Al-Akhbar newspaper reported. ‘If Israel decided to wage a war against Lebanon, we will not only break the Israeli soldiers’ bones, we will smash them,’ Nasrallah was quoted as saying during a meeting with Hezbollah members. ‘The war would be waged without any red lines, and [Hezbollah] would in return commit to the new equations,’ Nasrallah said. ‘[Hezbollah] has many surprises that will change the face of the region,’ he added.” Read more.

Deadly Ebola Virus Outbreak Kills Nine In Democratic Republic Of Congo

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RT – “Nine people have died from an outbreak of the Ebola virus in the Democratic Republic of Congo, only weeks after the virulent disease was declared ‘under control’ in neighboring Uganda, the World Health Organization (WHO) reported.

The new cases of the Ebola virus were detected near the country’s northwestern town of Isiro, the Congolese health minister said.

A group of specialists from various international organizations – the WHO, Doctors Without Borders and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – are working in the country alongside local doctors. They are conducting a detailed epidemiological investigation, and are attempting to quarantine people who may have been in contact with those infected.

The new outbreak comes just weeks after another Ebola epidemic in neighboring Uganda – roughly 30 miles from its border with DR Congo – was declared to be over. The Ugandan outbreak killed 16 people in July. The two epidemics are not believed to be linked, since the strain found in DR Congo is different from the one identified in Uganda, Doctors Without Borders reported.

Ebola is a rare hemorrhagic virus, first discovered in 1976 in Zaire (now known as DR Congo). The disease was named after a small river in the country. Symptoms of Ebola infection include a sudden onset of fever, weakness, headaches, vomiting and kidney failure.

The virus is reportedly fatal in 50-90 percent of cases.” Read more.

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Russia: Suicide Bomber Kills Eight During Funeral Of Police Officer Gunned Down A Day Earlier In Ingushetia

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RT – “Eight people were killed and fifteen wounded by a suicide bombing in the Russian Republic of Ingushetia, according to reports by the country’s main law enforcement agency.

Both police and civilians were injured in the blast, according to the latest casualty figures.

The bombing targeted mourners at a funeral for a police officer killed in a shootout on Saturday.

The force of the explosive device was reportedly equivalent to ten kilograms of TNT, and was packed with shrapnel to increase the likelihood of casualties. Earlier reports suggested the force of the bomb was equivalent to three kilograms.

‘According to preliminary results, it was a suicide bomber who blew himself up at the mourning ceremony,’ RIA Novosti quoted the secretary of the Region’s Security Council as saying.

‘A head of a man whom nobody was able to identify was found several meters from the site of the bombing,’ Interfax news agency reported, quoting a source in the Republic’s police agency. ‘It may suggest the attack was carried out by a suicide bomber.'” Read more.

Flashback: Russia: Prominent Muslim Lawyer Promises To ‘Cover Russia In Blood’ and Turn Moscow Into ‘A Second Dead Sea’ If Sharia Law Is Not Implemented – “Police in the Russian capital said on Wednesday they will examine a video in which a prominent Muslim lawyer pledges to ‘cover Russia in blood’ if the authorities refuse to establish courts to implement Islamic law. ‘May be you are foreigners here, and this is our home. We will set our rules, whether you want this or not … Any attempts to stop this will result in blood. We will turn the city (Moscow) into a second dead sea,’ he was quoted as saying.” Read more.

Flashback: Russia: ‘Religion Of Peace’ Fighters Kill Imam For Preferring Peace – “A self-described guerrilla fighter urging strict adherence to Islamic law has claimed responsibility for the killing last month of one Muslim leader and the attempted murder of another, in Tatarstan, a region in central Russia that prides itself on a tradition of religious tolerance… He also warned of further violence against Muslim leaders who do not adhere to Shariah, the strict legal code of Islam based on the Koran.” Read more.

Flashback: Russian Radio Host Slash-Attacked For Criticizing Islam Over The Air, ‘You Are Allah’s Enemy!’ – “A radio host has been hospitalized after being cut 15 times by an unidentified criminal. Two weeks ago the journalist ventured to criticize the founder of Islam, the Prophet Mohammed, on air. Sergey Aslanyan, 46, was brought to Moscow’s hospital with numerous non-penetrating knife wounds to the chest, neck and arm… Aslanyan claimed that the attacker was shouting ‘you are Allah’s enemy!’ while slashing at the victim.” Read more.

Mali: Islamists Declare War On The West, Promise To Conquer France, America, Britain And The Whole World

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By Lindsey Hilsum -“A militant Islamist leader whose forces have just conquered two-thirds of the West African state of Mali vows to launch holy war against the West.

Omar Ould Hamaha, the military commander of Ansar Dine or ‘Defenders of the Faith’, which has scored a stunning victory in Mali against the failed state’s armed forces, now controls a region larger than France which includes three paved runways that could be used to fly in weapons or drugs.

He said: ‘Even if they (western forces) don’t come here, when we have finished conquering France, we will come to the USA, we will come to London and conquer the whole world. The banner of Mohammed (peace be upon his head) will be raised from where the sun rises in the east to where it sets in the west.’

His threats will be taken seriously because Ansar Dine is closely linked to Al-Qaeda in the Mahgreb, which has kidnapped about 20 western hostages since 2008, including the British tourist Edwin Dyer, who was murdered in 2009 after the government refused to pay a ransom…

‘The rest of the world should not just watch – we should be helped, unless they would like to see another Somalia or Afghanistan,’ said Tiebile Drame, an advisor to the interim Malian president, Diaoucunda Traore. ‘The situation in northern Mali is a threat to regional peace and to international security.'” Read more.

Flashback: Mali: Christian Leader Beheaded as Islamists Terrorize Country, Create List of All Christians They Intend to Execute by Beheading – “A Christian leader has been beheaded and others are being threatened with similar treatment as Islamic militants run amok in Mali, West Africa. Christians have fled the town of Timbuktu in the north of the country where harsh Sharia Law has already been imposed amid reports that churches in Gao, 200 miles to the east, have been completely destroyed… ‘We have escaped in the wake of horrible death threats as the Islamists have a list of all the Christians in Timbuktu whom they intend to execute by beheading.’” Read more.

Flashback: Mali: 4.6 Million People Face Starvation Following Islamist Advances In The North – “War is not the only reason why at least 340,000 people have fled their homes since gunmen loyal to ‘al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb’ (AQIM), along with rebels from the local Tuareg tribe, began their advance across northern Mali in January. A desperate shortage of food is also taking hold in this arid Saharan region. More than 1.6 million people in northern Mali are in a ‘situation of severe, close to extreme, food insecurity,’ according to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.” Read more.

Egypt: Islamist President Morsi To Visit Iran August 30th After Invitation Hand Delivered By Iranian VP

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Los Angeles Times – “CAIRO — Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi plans to visit Iran this month for an international summit in what would mark the highest level official contact between the two nations in more than 30 years, according to Egypt’s state news agency.

The MENA agency, quoting a source in Morsi’s office, said the newly elected Islamist president is expected to attend the Non-Aligned Movement summit in Tehran on Aug. 30. The decision follows an invitation hand-delivered to Morsi nearly two weeks ago in Cairo by Iranian Vice President Hamid Baghaei.

Official relations between Egypt and Iran — dominant players in the Middle East for generations -– broke off following the Iranian Revolution and Cairo’s 1979 peace treaty with Israel. Iran has been trying to repair the rift, but former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, a strong U.S. ally who was toppled in an uprising last year, refused to restore full diplomatic ties.

Morsi’s expected trip potentially changes that dynamic and gives Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad a public relations bump at a time when Tehran is facing increased international pressure on its nuclear program and over its ties to Syrian President Bashar Assad.

Conservative Islamists in Egypt have been urging Morsi, a former leader in the Muslim Brotherhood, to strengthen bonds with Shiite Muslim-dominated Iran.” Read more.

Flashback: Senior Muslim Brotherhood Member Praises Shiite Leaders Of Iran (Video) – “This is a great stride towards Islamic unity in light of the events unfolding in the world. These are changes under Islam and in line with unity in the Islamic world and also aimed at ending the global arrogance led by the U.S…  the Islamic Republic of Iran … truly serves as a model of resistance against the West’s domination and serves as a model for the Muslim world … the number one figure in the Muslim world is indeed the leader of Iran … I am proud of President Ahmadinejad … I hope Iran is the model in all aspects, including justice, unity among Shi’a and Sunni, human rights, and respect for humanity.”

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