Archive for 12/18/2012

Award-Winning NBC News Foreign Correspondent Richard Engel Missing In Syria Since Last Thursday

12/18/2012 3 comments

I hope he is found safe …

Update: Engel has been released by a Shia Islamist group in Syria loyal to Assad / Hezbollah  …

By DAVID MCCORMACK, Mail Online – “NBC News chief foreign correspondent Richard Engel, one of the most prominent and accomplished international correspondents in the world, is reportedly missing in Syria.

Turkish newspaper Hurriyet reports that Engel, together with Turkish journalist Aziz Akyavaş, were last known to be in Syria and haven’t been in contact with NBC News since Thursday morning.

While the Turkish media have been circulating the report for several days, American outlets had been operating under a news blackout requested by NBC until today.

NBC colleague David Schuster is amongst those to have tweeted their concern about the missing journalist and author.

Engels, who is divorced and doesn’t have children, was promoted to NBC News’s chief foreign correspondent in 2008. He runs NBC’s Middle East bureau and has been reporting on the ongoing conflict between rebels and forces backing Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

He last reported from inside Syria on December 11. He is also known as a regular Twitter user, but hasn’t tweeted since Dec 1.

Engel is widely regarded for his coverage of wars, revolutions and political transitions around the world over the last 15 years.

Most recently, he was recognized for his outstanding reporting on the 2011 revolution in Egypt, the conflict in Libya and unrest throughout the Arab world.” Read more.

Flashback: NBC’s Engel ‘Worried’ About ‘Ferociously Anti-Israel’ Arab Street and Concludes ‘This Thing Ends in Jerusalem’

U.S. Ambassador Tells Georgia To Vote For A ‘Palestinian’ State

12/18/2012 1 comment

Seems like the Obama Administration’s “official” opposition was all for show. Warning, Mr. President. Those who burden themselves with Jerusalem are playing with the fire of God’s fury, and we know what often happens to those who play with fire …

Zechariah 12:3, “And in that day will I make Jerusalem a burdensome stone for all people: all that burden themselves with it shall be cut in pieces, though all the people of the earth be gathered together against it.”

By Pamela Geller, American Thinker – “From the former Soviet Republic of Georgia comes news of an extraordinary betrayal by the Obama Administration. As Obama continues to abandon freedom in his support of Muslim Brotherhood and Sharia revolutions and regimes in Egypt and elsewhere, he has taken behind-the-scenes steps to further the international isolation of Israel, the only democracy in that Middle East.

Just before the November 29 United Nations vote granting non-member state observer status, the U.S. ambassador to Georgia, Richard Norland, an Obama appointee, met with Georgian Prime Minister Bidzina Ivanishvili. During their conversation, Norland recommended that the Prime Minister that Georgia should vote in favor of a Palestinian state.

This happened despite the U.S.’s official opposition, as Secretary of State Hillary Clinton called the vote ‘unfortunate and counterproductive … plac[ing] further obstacles in the path of peace.’ Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said on the day of the vote: ‘None of the vital interests of peace appear in the resolution that will be put forward before the General Assembly today and that is why Israel cannot accept it.’ He was right. But in Georgia, the U.S. was betraying a steadfast and true ally.

This information comes from Gabriel M. Mirilashvili, a prominent businessman and corporation owner in Georgia, who is Vice-President of the Euro-Asian Jewish Congress and head of the World Congress of Georgian Jews. Mirilashvili says that he heard this from Ivanishvili himself, and that there exists an official record of the conversation between Norland and Ivanishvili. When Mirilashvili urged Ivanishvili to oppose the Palestinian statehood resolution, Ivanishvili responded that the American ambassador had told him to support it.

It is also interesting to note that a few days before this meeting, Read more…

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