Archive for 03/18/2013

Egyptian Military Begins Accepting Muslim Brotherhood Recruits

03/18/2013 2 comments

Little more demonstrates the progression of Islamism in Egypt than the “brotherhoodization” of the military itself. Not only is Egypt’s “protective shield” now set to begin being outfitted by those who would love nothing more than to kill all Jews and “liberate Jerusalem, those that desire to do so will now be much better equipped when Islam’s “blessed day” comes …

Egypt Independent – “The Military Academy has accepted Muslim Brotherhood members among its new recruits this year, ending a years-old ban, academy director Major General Esmat Mourad said on Monday.

‘They meet the scientific and physical criteria,’ he said. ‘Should we reject a student because his father or uncle belongs to the Brotherhood?’

‘If they indulge in politics after they graduate, the military law would be applied to them,’ he added. ‘And if while still at the academy, they are dismissed.’

The academy checks the families of the applicants up to the fourth degree only in regards to criminal records, not political orientation, Mourad explained.

President Mohamed Morsy’s nephew was accepted into the academy because he excelled in the physical fitness tests, the general asserted, claiming, ‘I deal with him as a student and not the president’s nephew.’

In response to the announcement, a number of party leaders spoke out against what they call the ‘brotherhoodization’ of the military institution, claiming that the enrollment of Morsy’s nephew and other Brotherhood members was a disaster.

‘Military college rules and regulations state that allegiance is only to the homeland, and not to some partisan or political institution,’ said Fouad Badrawy, secretary general of the Wafd Party. ‘This applies to everyone, even the president’s nephew, for the revolution has eliminated favoritism.’

‘The army is the nation’s protective shield, and must remain independent from politics,’ Badrawy continued. ‘This is an attempt to convert the army from a defender of the country into a defender of the regime.'” Read more.

Flashback: Hamas Leader: Jerusalem And The Homeland Will Be Restored Only Through Jihad, The Rifle, And Self-Sacrifice – “In a fiery speech in Cairo on October 3, 2012, at a rally commemorating Saladin’s liberation of Jerusalem, Hamas political bureau head Khaled Mash’al said that the Zionists are enemies of Allah and the prophets, and called for preparing to liberate Jerusalem and restore the homeland once more through jihad, the rifle, and self-sacrifice.” Read more.

Flashback: Muslim Brotherhood Spiritual Leader Qaradawi Defends Hitler, Calls For Nuclear Terror – “… Imam Yusuf al-Qaradawi, spiritual guide to the Muslim Brotherhood, has called on Muslims to acquire nuclear weapons ‘to terrorize their enemies.’ He also boycotted an interfaith meeting with Jews on grounds he believes they support murdering Muslims in Palestine, and he additionally said Muslims are permitted to kill Israeli women because they serve in the army.” Read more.

Nigeria: At Least 60 Dead After Islamists Detonate Series Of Car Bombs In Predominately Christian Neighbourhood

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Osun Defender – “Kano State has been thrown into pandemonium as a bomb just went off at New Road, Sabon Gari area of the city.

A witness told PREMIUM TIMES that the bomb exploded at the hub of a commercial Luxury Bus park usually filled with commuters going from Kano to the South.

Another witness said an Improvised Explosive Device, IED, was planted near the park causing one of the buses to go up in flames.

A recent report showed that four dead bodies have been brought in to the accident and emergency ward of Murtala Muhammad Specialist Hospital and many men, women and children wounded.

Recent report claims that over 60 passengers were killed while dozens got injured following the explosion.

Several other casualties have also been evacuated to other hospitals across the town for emergency treatment.

The blast affected both passengers in the bus that was about to exit the park and many others within the vicinity of the park.

The blast caused a stampede with many people getting hurt and cars crashing.

Details are still sketchy with some sources saying the explosion emanated from a car parked beside the bus while others claim it was from within the bus.

When contacted, the spokesperson of the Police in Kano, Magaji Majiya, confirmed the incident. He however, said he has not gotten the full details.

The area has now been cordoned off by soldiers and police officers.

At the moment, no one can confirm the status of casualties in this attack as effort to contact the police or JTF was not successful as at the time of compiling this report, however residents say the area was combed by JTF.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility, but Boko Haram, which has frequently attacked the city, was a prime suspect. A spokesman for security forces in Kano state, Ikedehia Iwehia, said dead and wounded were being evacuated.

The sect often targets Christians.

‘I ran for my dear life and managed to get out of the park after the second blast. Many people are lying dead. See, my clothes are covered in blood,’ said witness Ibrahim Bello, holding up a blood-soaked shirt.

A reporter who was at the scene counted 25 bodies. However, Channels TV reports that 60 people were killed and dozens were injured.” Read more.

Flashback: Nigeria: Muslim Extremists Killing Christians in Two States in Effort to ‘Cleanse’ Islamic Land, Entire Christian Families Among Those Killed – “Muslim extremists bent on ridding Nigeria’s volatile middle region of Christianity killed five Christians in Niger state on Thursday (Sept. 22) and three others the previous week in the north-central state of Kaduna, including a 13-year-old girl, sources said. Suspected militants from the Boko Haram Islamic sect in the Niger state town of Madala went to shops owned by Christians at a market at about 8 p.m., ordering them to recite verses from the Quran, eyewitnesses told Compass. If the Christian traders were unable to recite the verses, the gunmen shot and killed them, they said.” Read more.

Dozens Of Witnesses Report Large Fireball Over Skies Of Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia …

03/18/2013 6 comments

By WCNC – “CLEVELAND COUNTY, N.C. – There are several reports from Saturday night of a meteor gliding across the Carolina skies.

Eyewitnesses reported seeing a large bolide meteor that split into several pieces.  First Warn Storm Spotter Stuart McDaniel caught it all on his sky camera.

McDaniel lives in Northern Cleveland County.  In his video, the fast moving meteor moved rapidly across the sky growing bigger and bigger then fading away.

McDaniel isn’t the only one who saw the meteor; the American Meteorologist Society received 55 reports about this fireball seen over Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia.” Source – WCNC.

Categories: Cosmic Craziness

Brazil: Thousands Of Dead Fish Wash Up On Shores Of Rodrigo de Freitas Lagoon

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Fox News Latino, EFE – “Thousands of dead fish washed up on the shores of the Rodrigo de Freitas Lagoon, a Rio de Janeiro tourist attraction, Brazilian authorities said Wednesday.

A large amount of organic matter that entered the lagoon as a result of two recent large storms consumed oxygen and brought it down to critically low levels, Carlos Alberto Muniz, the municipal environment secretary, told Efe.

This situation caused a massive die-off of shad, whose number had risen since mid-February after the fish had entered the lagoon to spawn, Muniz said.

The city government now is working to remove the rotting fish and the strong odor associated with them and had collected 12 tons of dead shad as of Wednesday, the official said.

The lagoon is connected to the Atlantic Ocean via a canal that splits the beaches of Ipanema and Leblon, and that feeding-in of seawater on Wednesday helped improve oxygen levels, Muniz said.

A 65-year-old fisherman named Walter told Efe on the shores of Rodrigo de Freitas, which is to be cleaned up and used for aquatic events such as rowing in the 2016 Olympics, that he believes the large fish die-off occurred because the water in the lagoon is not renewed.” Source – Fox News Latino.

Ynet News: Barack Obama To Travel Jerusalem In ‘The Beast’

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Interesting name to give an armored vehicle. Guess he wants his triumphal entry to be a rebounding success …

By Yitzhak Benhorin, Ynet News – “WASHINGTON – United States President Barack Obama ‘s security team is taking no chances: During the presidential visit in Israel which begins next Wednesday, the president will ride around Jerusalem in The Beast, the aptly named tank-turned-car, a rolling fortress.

Obama’s motorcade will include two such vehicles – each costing $300,000 – driving around between a huge entourage of uniformed and undercover security men.

Though the American people have a historical affinity to seeing their presidents out in the open waving from horse drawn carriages and convertible limousines, these preferences were sadly laid aside following John Kennedy’s assassination in 1963.

The Beast, the latest and the most significant change in presidential security procedures, was revealed at Obama’s first inauguration in 2008, when upon seeing it, the president remarked on its similarity to a Boeing airplane.

The car is sealed and protected from chemical and biological weapons. The windows are bullet-proof, and its doors are an alloy of steel, aluminum, titanium and porcelain – proof against roadside-charges and rocket fire.

In addition, the gas tank is armored; the bumpers are equipped with night-vision sensors, cameras and devices to launch tear-gas.

The tires can still function if punctured, and, better safe than sorry, the trunk is filled with oxygen tanks, emergency blood units and fire-fighting equipment.

But this only covers the president’s car.

On his visit to Israel, Obama will be secured by 5,000 police officers wherever he goes, and joint scenarios with the American Secret Service have been exercised simulating threats varying from an attempted assassination to general disruptions of order.

‘This is a 48 hour visit but the preparations have been going on for more than a month,’ Police Head of Operations Brigadier General Nissim Mor told Ynet.

‘There’s no room for error,’ he added.” Read more.

Flashback: Boiling Point: Violence Mounts In West Bank And Gaza In Lead Up To Obama Visit, ‘Could Spark A Third Intifada’ – “Unrest is growing in the Palestinian territories ahead of President Barack Obama’s first visit to Israel on March 20. Riots and protests have erupted throughout the West Bank and Gaza Strip in recent days, prompting some Israeli officials and Middle East observers to warn that Obama’s visit could spark a third intifada. ‘The Palestinians have not said the final word yet, and we expect that there will be attempts to take advantage of the upcoming events, like the visit by Barack Obama, in order to continue the violence,’ Israel public security minister Yitzhak Aharonovich was quoted as saying …” Read more.

Categories: Anything Else

CPAC Speakers Warn Of Loss Of Religious Freedom In America, Sees ‘Disturbing Parallels’ Between 1930’s Germany And America Today

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By Napp Nazworth, Christian Post Reporter – “Ben Carson and Eric Metaxas, who both gained notoriety for their speeches at a National Prayer Breakfast, appeared together Saturday and warned about a loss of religious freedom, at the Conservative Political Action Conference in National Harbor, Md.

The controversy over the Obama administration’s birth control mandate is about religious freedom, not contraception, Metaxas argued.

Paraphrasing how he views the government’s position, Metaxas said, ‘We will force you to violate your conscience. Why? Because we can. We have the power and you Catholics are just the backward religious minority.’

Metaxas’ most recent book is a biography of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, a Christian theologian who opposed Hitler during Nazi Germany. Because of Bonhoeffer, Metaxas said, he found himself thinking more about religious freedom in America. He believes there are some ‘disturbing parallels’ between what was taking place in Germany in the 1930s and the United States today on the issue of religious freedom.

‘When a government bullies a minority, instead of protecting a minority,’ Metaxas said, ‘that is the beginning of the end of America.'” Read more.

Flashback: Obama Administration Paves The Way For Sharia Law In America – “The most terrifying danger Americans face from a second Barack Obama term isn’t the economy, which is scary enough. The most harrowing prospect is the Obama Administration’s passivity in the face of attempts to introduce aspects of sharia law into our legal system. Now there is strong and open evidence of the Obama administration collaborating with Islamist activists to ensure the path toward sharia law is accelerated.” Read more.

Flashback: Obama’s Department Of Justice Will Not Confirm If Free Speech Towards Religion Will Remain Legal In America – “Recent calls by various leaders throughout the Islamic world to criminalize any and all speech that speaks out against Islam and its prophet make the video below all the more disconcerting. In July of this year, US Congressman Trent Franks posed a very simple and straightforward question to Assistant Attorney General Thomas Perez, asking him to confirm that the Obama Administration’s Department of Justice would never ‘entertain or advance’ any proposal criminalizing speech against any religion. Here was his ‘reply’ …” Watch video.

Libya Arrests More Egyptian Christians, ‘Those Detained Are Being Held Because They Are Christians’

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By Luiz Sanchez, Daily News Egypt – “The Maspero Youth Union (MYU) confirmed on Saturday that four Egyptian Copts were detained at a checkpoint on Friday in the Libyan city of Misrata. MYU claims that those detained are being held because they are Christians.

Beshoy Tamri, a member of MYU, said the Egyptian government must do more to protect the rights of its citizens abroad. ‘We think that if our government was serious about protecting our people there, they would send lawyers to help,’ Tamri said. ‘The truth is that our country does not respect Egyptians living abroad.’

The Libyan embassy in Cairo, meanwhile, has announced it is suspending all services indefinitely but has not provided a reason.

In response to the arrests, Pope Tawadros II met with several Coptic movements on Friday, the MYU political bureau member Mina Magdi El-Qess said. He added that the pope is in contact with the Minister of Foreign Affairs Mohamed Kamel Amr, and is exerting all possible efforts to release the four detainees.

Magdi El-Qess said that the MYU will do what they can to show support.

The National Salvation Front (NSF), Egypt’s largest opposition bloc, condemned the arrests and similar incidents of assault on Egyptians in Libya. In a statement released on Saturday the NSF said it was worried about the repeated attacks on Copts and Christian places of worship.

‘Egyptians are also being deported from Libya in a humiliating manner far from humanitarian standards and without taking the appropriate legal action or guaranteeing the rights of Egyptian workers,’ the NSF statement read.

The statement said the NSF is keen to preserve the historical relationship with Libya, and called on authorities to take responsibility and defend the rights of Egyptians working in the country.

The NSF said they are surprised and displeased by the Egyptian authorities’ slow response to the situation. The NSF said the government is behaving in a similar fashion to the Mubarak regime, referring to the swift reaction of the presidency in sending delegates to negotiate the release of Muslim Brotherhood members in the United Arab Emirates whilst ignoring Egyptians in Libya.” Read more.

Egyptian Christians Describe Torture At The Hands Of Libyan Captors – “A group of Egyptian Christians who were detained in Libya where they had gone for work say they were tortured to the point they wanted to die. The Copts, who were swept up last month in a raid on a Benghazi market and held on charges of proselytizing because they had Christian symbols on their stalls, told MidEast Christian News the para-police organization the Ansar el-Sharia forced them to make pro-Islam declarations and insult the late Coptic Pope Shenouda. The claims came a day after another Copt arrested in the roundup was buried after dying while in Libyan custody. His family says he was tortured, as well.” Read more.

Nigeria: Christians Stand Firm In The Faith After Islamists Destroy 96% Of Borno State’s Catholic Churches

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UPI – “Boko Haram militants in Nigeria destroyed 50 of Borno state’s Catholic churches, a priest charged.

The Rev. Jerome Ituah of Christ the King Catholic Parish in Kurudu, a populated area of the Abuja Capital Territory, made the accusation Saturday, saying he witnessed the destruction, Leadership Newspapers reported.

‘Out of the 52 Catholic churches in Maiduguri diocese, 50 of them have been destroyed by Boko Haram. Yet the faithful are not discouraged of their faith. You would always see them worshiping under rain and sun in open places at the site of their destroyed places of worship,’ Ituah said.

Ituah, who was in Maiduguri to lead a retreat with priests and the bishop of the diocese there, called on Catholics in Kurudu to pray for their counterparts in Maiduguri and elsewhere in northern Nigeria.” Source – UPI.

Flashback: Nigeria: Suspected Islamists Target Christians For Slaughter In Borno State, Burn Down Their Homes, Churches – “Suspected Islamist fighters went on the rampage in northeast Nigeria overnight, killing 10 Christians with guns and machetes and burning down their houses, witnesses said on Sunday. The attack happened in a village called Chibok, in a remote part of northeastern Borno state, at the heart of an insurgency led by Islamist sect Boko Haram.” Read more.

Flashback: Nigeria: Christians Paralyzed Amid Islamic Extremist Attacks Across The Northeast, Fear Venturing Outside Day Or Night – “‘The crisis has created a lot of hardship for Christians, as even movement to eke out a living is restricted,’ said the Rev. Daniel Yumuna, a district secretary of the EYN. ‘Businesses of our church members have all collapsed because they face attacks regularly, and living generally has been made very difficult here not only for our church members but for all other Christians in this part of the country.’” Read more.

Flashback: Nigeria: At Least 12 Christians Murdered By Islamists During Christmas Celebrations In Borno State – “Christmas Eve attacks by suspected Islamic extremists in northern Nigeria’s Borno state – already reeling from the slaughter of at least 10 Christians earlier this month – took the lives of six people at a Baptist church, as gunmen killed six others in Yobe state the same night. According to Morning Star News in Borno state, where Islamic extremist group Boko Haram is based, six Christians were slain at First Baptist Church in Maiduguri on Christmas Eve.” Read more.

Flashback: Nigerian President Warns End Times May Be ‘So Close’ As Islamists Continue Massacring Christians – “… President Goodluck Jonathan questioned whether deadly Islamist attacks on churches in his country and other violence worldwide could be signs of coming ‘end times’. ‘We received information from our personnel in Chibok that some attackers stormed a church during Sunday service yesterday and killed 15 people,’ Kanar told AFP… The attack followed another gruesome killing Friday that saw attackers slit the throats of 15 Christians in a pre-dawn raid in Musari, also in Borno state, where Boko Haram has been based.” Read more.

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