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Blair: Radicalized Islam a growing threat

LONDON (AP) The West should set aside its differences with Russia and China to focus on the growing threat from radical Islam, Tony Blair said Wednesday, in a speech that included a call to support Egypt's military government against its Muslim Brotherhood opponents.

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Former British PM Blair says radical Islam a growing threat

Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair speaks at the Balkan Peace Festival, organized by the Indian “Sahara Group” in honor of the International Day of Non-Violence, in Skopje, Macedonia, Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2013. (AP Photo/Boris Grdanoski)The Associated Press

LONDON The West should set aside its differences with Russia and China to focus on the growing threat from radical Islam, Tony Blair said Wednesday, in a speech that included a call to support Egypt’s military government against its Muslim Brotherhood opponents.

The former British prime minister said that tackling “a radicalized and politicized view of Islam” should be at the top of the global political agenda.

He said many in the West seemed “curiously resistant” to face up to a force that “is undermining the possibility of peaceful co-existence in an era of globalization.”

Blair, Britain’s prime minister between 1997 and 2007, is now Middle East envoy for the Quartet of the United Nations, the European Union, the U.S. and Russia.

In a speech in London, he said that “whatever our other differences, we should be prepared to reach out and co-operate with the East, and in particular Russia and China,” to combat Islamic extremism.

Blair’s political legacy in Britain is tarnished by his decision to lead the country into the divisive invasion of Iraq in 2003.

Blair acknowledged the invasions of Iraq and Afghanistan had undermined Western willingness to intervene in the Middle East. But he called for the West to engage with the region, saying “we have to stop treating each country on the basis of whatever seems to make for the easiest life for us at any one time.”

Blair argued that “on the fate of Egypt hangs the future of the region.”

He defended the coup that overthrew the elected Muslim Brotherhood government of Mohammed Morsi last year, saying “the Muslim Brotherhood government was not simply a bad government. It was systematically taking over the traditions and institutions of the country.”

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April 23, 2014 – 13:46 AMT

PanARMENIAN.Net – The West should set aside its differences with Russia and China to focus on the growing threat from radical Islam, Tony Blair said Wednesday, April 23, in a speech that included a call to support Egypt’s military government against its Muslim Brotherhood opponents, the Associated Press reports.

The former British prime minister said that tackling “a radicalized and politicized view of Islam” should be at the top of the global political agenda.

He said many in the West seemed “curiously resistant” to face up to a force that “is undermining the possibility of peaceful co-existence in an era of globalization.”

Blair, Britain’s prime minister between 1997 and 2007, is now Middle East envoy for the Quartet of the United Nations, the European Union, the U.S. and Russia.

In a speech in London, he said that “whatever our other differences, we should be prepared to reach out and co-operate with the East, and in particular Russia and China,” to combat Islamic extremism.

Blair’s political legacy in Britain is tarnished by his decision to lead the country into the divisive invasion of Iraq in 2003.

Blair acknowledged the invasions of Iraq and Afghanistan had undermined Western willingness to intervene in the Middle East. But he called for the West to engage with the region, saying “we have to stop treating each country on the basis of whatever seems to make for the easiest life for us at any one time.”

Blair argued that “on the fate of Egypt hangs the future of the region.”

He defended the coup that overthrew the elected Muslim Brotherhood government of Mohammed Morsi last year, saying “the Muslim Brotherhood government was not simply a bad government. It was systematically taking over the traditions and institutions of the country.”

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Israel- Crime against humanity.?

The israelis belong to the judaism faith- A religion of hyprocrisy, terrorism, and hate, therefore you can expect no better from them. What the jews are doing to the Palestinians, is really no different to what the christians did to the Bosnian Muslims, so christians as yourself are no better.

One could argue the world is also fed up with Christian warmongers!!

Whatever you argue you cant deny that Christians are in full support to jews when they murder innocent Muslims

EDIT: “Islam spread by the sword”?? Making up myths is not getting your point across. You need a better argument. Here’s the research you asked for; “History makes it clear, however, that the legend of fanatical Muslims sweeping through the world and forcing Islam at the point of the sword upon conquered races is one of the most l and encouraging of hatefantastically absurd myths that historians have ever accepted.” (Islam at the Crossroads, London, 1923, p. 8.) Historian De Lacy O’Leary, (Non- Muslim Trust me even if i forced you, you still wouldnt qoute the Quran, hence it would only contradict your retarded arguement. “There is no compulsion in religion” (2:256) , thus no one can be forced to become a Muslim!! “directs you kill innocent people” [Chapter 5, verse 32] “anyone who saves one life, it is as if he has saved the whole of mankind and anyone who has killed another person it is as if he has killed the whole of mankind”… Did u read the Quran, or did your eyes just overlook these Noble verses? In many places where there are Muslims now, in the Far East like Indonesia, in China, and many parts of Africa, there are no records of any Muslim armies going there. In India, where Muslims ruled for 700 years, they are still a minority. In the U.S Islam is the fastest growing religion and has 6 million followers without any sword around.

EDIT: Mate, you have taken those verses out of context. What are the verses before and after? When were they revealed? Some ayats of the Qur’an were revealed when Muslims faced heavy prosecution, and were forced to defend themselves agianst the Pagans. There is a verse in the new testament from Mathew, and it says that Jesus(pbuh) came down with a sword, and that he was sent to create rifts between family, instead of peace. That doesn’t sound to peaceful to me. I am not an expert on the Qur’an, so i cant really provide an explanation on those verses, however there are loads of Muslim forums, where other Muslims will only be to willing to explain them. Creating dialogue between Muslim and Christians is essential for an open-minded society. The new testament is NOT the words of God!! It is the words of men. Will God’s word contain contradictions? Why did God create a new testament? Is not our Lord Omnipotent?

The crusaders inspired by the Bible slaughtered every Muslim, from the infant to the woman. Your president said that God told him to invade Iraq and Afghanistan, responsible for the death of millions of innocents. Serbs in the name of Christianity commited horrenderous crimes agianst the Bosnians. So what gives you right to talk about jews and their ‘lack of compassion’, when Christians currently occuppy Muslim lands, killing innocents? What gives Christians the right to insult our beloved prophet Muhammad(pbuh) when we Muslims would never attempt to lay any false charges on Jesus(pbuh)? Most Muslim migrants come from a war-torn country either plundered by a Christian or jew, the least you could do is help them to get started. Some of my best friends in Jordan were Unitarian Christians, my neighbours were Christians, and Churches stood beside Mosques, and yet despite ppl’s efforts to create civil strife, we all lived in harmony with one another. I can guarantee you that if a war was ever waged agianst us they will be in the front alongside Muslims fighting our enemies, because Christian and Muslim Arabs, we are brothers in arms. Iraqi Christians were offered to take refuge in the west before the war started, but they refused. You treat Muslims as an enemy, when really you ppl should thank us, as without Muslims, Europeans will still be wallowing in their own excrement, and we wouldnt be having this conversation, because we wouldnt have computers (which run on algebraic equations, a Muslim innovation).

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We treasure our Sierra Madre

In the1948 John Houston movie, The Treasure of the Sierra Madre, three destitute Americans working as gold prospectors mining the Sierra Madre mountains in Mexico are confronted by bandits posing as mounted police (Federales).

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We treasure our Sierra Madre

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April 10, 2014

12 She Ping, a 34-year-old beekeeper, is seen during an attempt to cover his body with bees, in Chongqing municipality, China.

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Korea: Not A Good Time To Poke The Dragon

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Korea: Not A Good Time To Poke The Dragon

April 2, 2014: South Korea announced that two small (1.9 meter/six foot wingspan) UAVs found in the last week were definitely North Korean and used commercially available Chinese and Japanese components that any tourist could walk into a store and buy. One UAV was found March 31 ston one of the islands near the maritime border with North Korea. The other one was found south of the DMZ on the 24 th. The UAVs carried high resolution cameras that took pictures when over certain GPS coordinates. The photos found on one UAV included the presidential compound and some military facilities. The other one was photographing military facilities on the island. UAVs this small are hard to spot with radar if they come in very low (under 100 meters/220 feet). South Korea is now going to upgrade its aerial surveillance to handle this new (but not unknown) threat. Israel has a similar problem and has developed technology to deal with it. Since Israel sells a lot of military gear to South Korea, the Israeli solution may already have been offered. It not, it will be pitched now.

The discovery of these North Korea UAVs is another example of why the North Korean armed forces may be large, they are not as powerful or effective as many thing. Take, for example, the North Korean Air Force. By number of combat aircraft it is the fifth largest in the world. The top ten air forces are U.S., China, Russia, India, North Korea, Egypt, South Korea, Pakistan, Japan, and Taiwan. These ten have about 60 percent of the combat aircraft in service. But while the U.S. has only 19 percent of the 15,000 combat aircraft in the world, they have a far higher percentage of the air combat capability. This becomes clear when you take into account the quality of the aircraft, pilots and support services. Thus just concentrating on who has the most of the latest aircraft does not tell the whole story. For example, Israel does not make the top ten because it only has 244 active combat aircraft while number 10 Taiwan has 286. But the Israeli aircraft are not only all updated (and sometimes enhanced) F-15s and F-16s, but Israeli pilots are the most well trained and combat experienced in the world. Israel has lived in a war zone for over half a century and its combat pilots know that being the best is a matter of life and death for themselves and Israel as a whole. So the 414 Egyptian combat aircraft put it at number six on the top ten list but decidedly beneath Israel when it comes to combat capability. If you adjust for aircraft, pilot and support quality the top ten is more like U.S., Russia, China, India, Israel, South Korea, Japan, France, Taiwan and the UK. Pakistan, Egypt and North Korea fall out of the top ten, depending on how you rate each nations qualitative characteristics. Moreover those adjustments for aircraft, pilot and support quality leave the U.S. with up to 50 percent or more of the combat capability instead of just 19 percent of combat aircraft. When you make these adjustments South Korea ends up with more than twice the air combat capability compared to North Korea.

Get Out Of Jail Free

North Korea is now requesting people in the capital to attend voluntary indoctrination sessions to help rid themselves of any evil ideas from South Korea. This includes the absurd idea that people live better in the south. The northern government is particularly afraid of religion and people returning from legal visits to China are now being questioned to see if they might have come in contact with the many Korean speaking Christians over there. If the interrogators suspect such contacts were made and the North Korean victim was contaminated the person is arrested and sent off to a labor camp to be cured (or die in process). On the positive side, any returned traveler who supplies useful information on defectors in China gets rewards (most frequently an unofficial get out of jail free promise for any future infractions.)

There are many more opportunities for getting into trouble. For example, as the planting season arrives it becomes obvious that the government has changed its policy on private use of land. Many factories are now allowed to lease out much of their farmland to individuals who can then raise crops and sell most of them in the markets. Factories and many government organizations (including the military) have long had farmland assigned to them where they were expected to raise all or much of the food their personnel required. Members of the organization volunteered to work the land in addition to their other duties. That did not produce a lot of food but privately worked land does. Policies like this are working, much to the dismay of hardline communists in the government. On the downside the new entrepreneurial class is more visible, with many new homes being built outside the capital and other cities. Other signs are government factories treating their workers better, including large pay increases, to prevent workers from seeking employment in the expanding market economy. The factory managers were surprised to discover that the higher pay and better treatment resulted in higher productivity by the workers. To many North Korean officials the market economy is a real mystery and most dont know what to expect when they are forced to operate by market rules.

In some cases the growing entrepreneur spirit backfires. For example, officials are finding more government property disappearing. This includes part of buildings. Its usually factories or other facilities that have been closed, but in some cases it is buildings that are still in use. Most of the time the foraged (as practitioners like to call it) material ends up in the market, but in some cases the stuff is used to comply with the latest government directive for a locality to help with a construction project and to supply some of the building materials.

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Wednesday, April 2, 2014 7:30 am

Wednesday, April 2, 2014 7:30 am Attorney General Kamala D. Harris Issues Statement on Federal Indictment of PG&E February 27, 2014, Cambridge, MA Last week, the United States Department of the Interior approved two additional solar projects in the Ivanpah Valley area of the Mojave Desert. These two projects together will occupy over six square miles of public land, straddling the California-Nevada border

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The irrelevance of the Left

A specter is haunting the extreme Left in the Philippines: the specter of irrelevance. We can glimpse it, not so much in the startling arrest of Benito Tiamzon, the chair of the Communist Party of the Philippines and chief of the CPPs armed wing, the New Peoples Army, with his wife Wilma, in a textbook-perfect operation in Cebu on March 22, as in smaller acts of reality-denying desperation.

Let me highlight three such gestures.

But first, a few qualifications. As I wrote last October, in The pork barrel and the Left, we can find various shades of red in the political spectrum, but for the sake of argument I will adopt the convention in use in many newsrooms and identify the Philippine Left as those associated with the National Democratic Front.

Also, and as I have noted on various occasions, I have voted for Bayan Muna candidates for senator in the past; I continue to believe that active political engagement must be encouraged as a viable alternative to the armed struggle, and that leftist politicians of experience and learning can raise the quality of political discourse in the Senate.

Not least, I think Philippine society would be worse off if the Left became irrelevant, highly vocal but entirely ineffective players on the margins. For one thing, the great cancer of Philippine society is growing inequality; corruption is only a symptom. A movement that takes its bearings in part from Karl Marx should have something distinct to offerif not in substance (capitalism and the class structure) then in analytical rigor (subjecting assumptions to a critique). For another, political pluralism is or should be societys ideal; the more voices take part, the stronger the polity would be.

But the Left in the Philippines has only itself to blame, for its slide to irrelevance. Three proofs-in-the-making.

Conspiracy theory. Stung by criticism that it was soft on China, the traditionally Maoist Left has recently taken to issuing stronger statements against the Chinese governments increasingly aggressive conduct in the West Philippine Sea. Stronger is relative, though. The most that Bayan Muna

Rep. Neri Colmenares can say in a recent statement is a diplomatic rap on the knuckles: Chinas provocative actions should also be avoided so that tensions would not run high. In other words, there is no condemnation, no sense of outrage.

In contrast, in the very same press statement, Colmenares publicizes what amounts to a conspiracy theory: We also know that Chinas actions have only escalated when the US announced its pivot to the Asia Pacific to countercheck Chinas growth and reassert its dominance in the region. As it is, everything should be taken into perspective and the Aquino government should stop its blind assumption that the supposed Agreement on Enhanced Defense Cooperation (AEDC) with the US would be to our advantage. There are also indications that the current situation is being engineered to ensure the signing of the treaty. In other words, the United States engineered the latest Chinese outrage in Ayungin Shoal so that the Philippines, which requested the AEDC, would be forced into signing it.

It is unthinking, ideologically driven statements like these that strain the Lefts credibility among ordinary Filipinos. I suppose the unremitting criticism of the United States (Colmenares: China may be a threat but we however consider the US as the main threat) does not go down well with a mostly pro-American public, but I think it is the loopy logic of such statements that drives reasonable people away.

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Keiser Hangout: Max, Stacy & their guests talk Bitcoin, gold & much more (Recorded 06.12.13) – Video



Keiser Hangout: Max, Stacy their guests talk Bitcoin, gold much more (Recorded 06.12.13)
Max Keiser, Stacy Herbert with Jan Skoyles and Simon Rose answer on the most acute questions, namely Bitcoin, China's gold market and US fiscal policy and mu…

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