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Of course, our nation’s Conservative leaders are NOT going to take this attack on American Exceptionalism lying down. What’s their plan? To increase spending on neonatal health care? To provide better prenatal care for expecting mothers? To improve American health care facilities and access to insurance?
Nope. They have a BETTER way.
They’re gonna question the methodology the WHO used to come UP with these figures.
http://www.billschmalfeldt.com/2011/08/31/usa-ranks-41-in-infant-mortality-tied-with-qatar/Of course, our nation’s Conservative leaders are NOT going to take this attack... more
UAE Hires Blackwater For Aid In Further Repression
Three suspects arrested after forming an international team which included six members of Dubai police.
Dubai Police arrested three suspects, between December 10 and December 12 accused of drug trafficking and money laundering, the three suspects are connected to an international gang that spans across the UAE, South Africa, United Kingdom, and The Netherlands and communicated through cryptic messages via telecommunication methods.
"We haven't found any drugs here but the involvement of the three suspects with drug trafficking crimes overseas is not acceptable and punishable according to the penal code article number 21," said Major General Khamis Mattar Al Mazeina, Deputy Chief of Dubai Police, during a press conference on Monday.
Dubai Police arrested the three suspects after forming an international team which included six members of Dubai police. The investigation took over a year in order to track the gang's modus operandi and their activities.
Three suspects were arrested in Dubai, (A.S) who is considered the mastermind and his accomplices (M.A) and (K.A). According to police sources, A.S who is of Asian origin but carries an European passport and other undisclosed passports which might be partially-forged was arrested in a European country and jailed for five years in drug-related crimes before coming to the UAE and resuming his activities.Three suspects arrested after forming an international team which included six members... more
A Dubai court restarted a fraud trial against two former executives of Dubai Islamic Bank (DIB) Sunday having changed their status to government officials, making a stricter punishment more likely
The two, and five other suspects, are accused of defrauding DIB, in which the Dubai government owns a 30 percent stake, of 1.8 billion dirhams ($496.5 million). It was not clear why they were charged previously as private sector workers.
The United Arab Emirates penal code stipulates more severe punishment for government employees and UAE law treats all workers in state-related entities as public sector employees.
Dubai, the Gulf's tourism and trading hub, launched an anti-corruption campaign in 2008 that saw the arrest of several high-profile business figures, including government ministers.
Since its debt crisis, Dubai, one of the UAE's seven emirates, has been doing forensic audits at state-linked firms.
The two men, Pakistani citizens, were arrested in 2008 and first appeared before a Dubai criminal court in March this year.http://reut.rs/cgsLu3
A Dubai court restarted a fraud trial against two former... more
Court in UAE says beating wife, child OK if no marks are left
By the CNN Wire Staff
October 19, 2010 2:54 p.m. EDT
Muslim women arrive for prayers last month at a Dubai mosque to mark the end of Ramadan.
* A wife and an adult daughter were slapped, causing bruises, injuries
* Punishment is permitted, but this exceeded limits, the court says
* Experts say wife-beating is against Islamic law
(CNN) -- A court in the United Arab Emirates says a man is permitted under Islamic law to physically discipline his wife and children as long as he leaves no marks and has tried other methods of punishment, the country's top court ruled.
The ruling came in the case of a man who slapped his wife and slapped and kicked his 23-year-old daughter, the document said.
The daughter had bruises on her right hand and right knee and the wife had injuries to her lower lip and teeth, the ruling said.
The court ruled that a man has the right to punish his wife and children. That includes beating them, after he has tried other options, such as admonition and then abstaining from sleeping with his wife.
However, the court ruled that in this case the man exceeded his authority under sharia, or Islamic law. His wife was beaten too severely and his daughter was too old to be disciplined, the ruling said.
"Although the [law] permits the husband to use his right [to discipline], he has to abide by the limits of this right," wrote Chief Justice Falah al Hajeri in a ruling issued this month and released in a court document recently. It was reported in the English-language publication The National.
"If the husband abuses this right to discipline, he cannot be exempted from punishment," according to the ruling.
Several experts said it is against Islamic law to permit wife-beating.
Jihad Hashim Brown -- the head of research at Tabah Foundation, which specializes in the interpretation of Islamic law -- couldn't comment specifically on what the courts did and didn't say because he hadn't read the ruling.
However, he said he feels confident that the UAE court didn't sanction injury or abuse. He said sharia law is complex and has been open to interpretation.
But he argued that in Islamic law it is "absolutely unlawful" to abuse a wife, injure her, or insult her dignity.
"When a situation in a marriage reaches the point where people feel like they need to hit someone, that is time for divorce. Anyone who would abuse, injure or even insult the dignity of their wife, this has now become a criminal offense which can be prosecuted in a court of law."
Canadian-Egyptian scholar Dr. Jamal Badawi, who has written about this topic, said "wife beating is not allowed in Islam" and said the Quranic verses and sayings back "the prohibition of any type of wife beating," especially on the face.
Summer Hathout, a lawyer and an activist for women's rights in California, argued that the UAE rulings are based on maintaning a patriarchal elite power structure.
"To those of us who know Islam and the Quran, violence against women is so antithetical to the teachings of Islam," she said.
CNN's Jen Deaton contributed to this reportCourt in UAE says beating wife, child OK if no marks are left
By the CNN Wire Staff... more
A swoop on cigarette smuggling across the Mediterranean, including Malta, netted 40 million cigarettes, the Malta Customs said today.
Maltese customs officers had intercepted and seized a container with 4.6 million cigarettes as part of Operation Sirocco, which was conducted in June and involved customs jurisdictions across Europe and the Mediterranean.
The operation also led to the seizure of 1,243kg of tobacco, 7,038 litres of alcohol and eight million counterfeit items including clothes, shoes, toys and electronic goods.A swoop on cigarette smuggling across the Mediterranean, including Malta, netted 40... more
United Arab Emirates stated the Japanese tanker transporting oil from the Strait was damaged from a terror attack. The article also states an al-Qaeda linked group claimed responsibility for the attack.
"The claim, posted on a website used by Islamist militants, could not be independently verified, and the group has made false claims in the past."-BBC
It is reported, the attack took place at midnight with a boat filled with explosives that damaged the starboard side, leaving one person injured. UAE stated they found evidence of home made explosives. The Japanese government and the company Mitsui OSK have not confirmed the details of the attack.United Arab Emirates stated the Japanese tanker transporting oil from the Strait was... more
With the encryption on the Blackberry messaging services, UAE and Saudi Arabia are looking to suspend or find a solution with the device because of security fears.
The article mentions other countries with similar concerns, like India who worry it could be used during attacks like the tragic attacks in Mumbai.
However, there concerns from Saudi Arabia a crack down on the Blackberry could also be used a way to snoop on citizens.
"In Saudi Arabia, BlackBerry handsets have become the must-have gizmo for Saudi youth, enabling them to connect with members of the opposite sex in a deeply conservative society."-IndependentWith the encryption on the Blackberry messaging services, UAE and Saudi Arabia are... more
Airline confirms casualties in Air India crash
May 21, 2010 10:42 p.m. EDT
(CNN) -- A plane crash in western India early Saturday killed more than 160 passengers, an Indian official said.
V.S. Acharya, the home minister of India's Karnataka state, told CNN-IBN he thought about six or seven people had survived the crash.
The Air India plane was carrying 165 passengers and went down in Mangalore, CNN-IBN reported, citing an airline spokesman.
The crash occurred around 6:30 a.m. near the Mangalore airport.
The plane had departed from Dubai, United Arab Emirates and had overshot the runway while attempting to land at the airport, the spokesman said, according to CNN's sister network.Airline confirms casualties in Air India crash
May 21, 2010 10:42 p.m. EDT
Russian police suspect four people of illegally cashing an astounding $3 billion annually over the course of three years.
All four are citizens of Azerbaijan and were issued an arrest warrant by a Moscow court on Friday. Another person, who allegedly helped them using his position in a Russian bank, is forbidden from leaving the city, while investigators check their contacts for other possible accomplices.
The gang had been stealing money from Russian companies since 2008 by transferring it to front firms in several countries, including the United Arab Emirates, Azerbaijan, Cyprus and Lithuania, said Albert Istomin, spokesman for the department of economic security of the Interior Ministry. The sums were then cashed and smuggled back into Russia.
Some media reports suggest that the suspects had been detained in Moscow on Thursday during a delivery. They had $5.1 million, €450,000 (approximately $600,000) and 47 million roubles ($1.6 million) in cash in their bags.Russian police suspect four people of illegally cashing an astounding $3 billion... more
"DUBAI, United Arab Emirates – A Dubai appeals court on Sunday upheld a one-month prison sentence for a British couple convicted of kissing in a restaurant.
The pair landed in court after an Emirati woman complained about the public kiss, which the couple insisted was just a peck on the cheek. They were arrested in November and convicted of inappropriate behavior and illegal drinking.
Cosmopolitan Dubai has the most relaxed social codes in the conservative Gulf, but authorities enforce strict decency laws and regularly crack down on people accused of pushing the limits, which can include everything from wearing a mini skirt to losing one's temper in traffic.
As recently as Sunday, though, a young Italian-Iranian couple could be seen kissing among the visitors to the 127th floor observation deck of the Burj Khalifa, the world's tallest skyscraper.
Last month an Indian couple was sentenced to three months in jail for exchanging steamy text messages. In 2008, two Britons accused of having sex on the beach got three months in jail, though their sentences were later suspended.
Ayman Najafi and Charlotte Adams — both in their 20s — were arrested after an Emirati woman claimed they exchanged a passionate kiss in a restaurant where she and her daughter were having dinner."
Read the full story in the link below:
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20100404/ap_on_re_mi_ea/ml_dubai_kissing_case"DUBAI, United Arab Emirates – A Dubai appeals court on Sunday upheld a... more
why do people even go there, can we please stop funding a country that is so anti-west its downright laughable?
Airline Crew Face Jail In Dubai Over Sexy Texts
DUBAI (Reuters) - Two Emirates airlines cabin crew have been ordered jailed for three months in Dubai over sexually explicit text messages, the latest in a string of indecency cases against foreigners, a newspaper reported Wednesday.
The pair, an Indian flight attendant and her cabin services supervisor, were convicted of "coercion to commit sin" over the messages and initially sentenced to six months in jail, The National newspaper said on its website, citing court documents.
The sentence was reduced on appeal last week to three months and deportation orders against the pair were lifted, it added. It did not reveal the content of the messages.
Dubai's foreign population has expanded rapidly in recent years as expatriates flocked to the Gulf Arab trade and tourism hub for its tax-free earnings and year-round sunshine.
The changes have challenged the Emirati population, which is now vastly outnumbered by foreigners, raising concern that their emirate's rapid pace of growth is a threat to their social and religious identity in what remains a deeply conservative region.
An Emirates spokeswoman declined to comment on the case as it was still ongoing.
The paper said the case emerged after the flight attendant's husband filed a lawsuit against his wife a year ago accusing her of being in an illicit relationship with her supervisor. It said the couple had been embroiled in a divorce battle since 2007.
The case is the latest decency case against foreigners accused of not respecting local mores.
In a separate case, a British pair caught kissing in public in Dubai is appealing a month-long jail sentence handed down after an Emirati mother complained her child had seen their indiscretion.
The pair, a British man living in Dubai and a female friend, were arrested in November on accusations of kissing and touching each other intimately in public and consuming alcohol, their lawyer said. They were ordered jailed for a month.
In a high-profile case in 2008, a British couple narrowly escaped jail after a court found them guilty of engaging in drunken sexual activity out of wedlock, and for doing so in public on a beach in the emirate.
They were sentenced to three months in prison followed by deportation, but had their jail terms overturned on appeal.
In a separate case this year, a British couple who shared a hotel room managed to escape trial in Dubai for having sex out of wedlock by producing a marriage certificate.why do people even go there, can we please stop funding a country that is so anti-west... more
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The leader of a Pakistan based terrorist organisation closely affiliated with Al Qaeda has detailed how his group benefited from extensive political and financial support from the CIA in return for continued attacks against the government, the people and the infrastructure of Iran.
Abdolmalek Rigi, the leader of the Pakistan-based Jundullah terrorist organization was captured earlier this week by Iranian security officials in the south of the country.
Rigi was tracked by Iranian intelligence when he boarded a flight from Dubai to Kyrgyzstan on Tuesday.
According to officials, Rigi was using a forged Afghan passport which was issued to him by the U.S. government.
The 31-year-old terror leader issued a statement on Iranian state TV yesterday, during which he alleged that he had made a pact with the U.S. for safe haven and unlimited military aid to pursue terrorist activities against the Iranian government.
“They said they would cooperate with us and will give me military equipment, arms and machine guns. They also promised to give us a base along the border with Afghanistan next to Iran,” Rigi said.
“They [were] prepared to give [us] training and/or any assistance that [we] would require, in terms of telecommunications security and procedures as well as other support, the Americans said they would be willing to provide it at an extensive level,” he added.
Rigi indicated that the relationship with U.S. intelligence continued through the election of Barack Obama and up to the present day.
Iranian officials paraded Rigi before the press and presented a photo they claim showed the terrorist leader entering a U.S. base in Afghanistan one day before his arrest.
The Pentagon has strenuously denied having any links to the Jundullah, describing the revelations as “fabrications” and “propaganda” concocted by Iranian officials.
Iran’s intelligence minister, Heydar Moslehi also alleged that Rigi had met the then Nato secretary-general, Jaap de Hoop Scheffer, in Afghanistan in 2008, and had visited European countries.
Moslehi said agents had tracked Rigi’s movements for five months, calling his arrest “a great defeat for the US and UK”.
Of course, you will not hear about this story in the controlled U.S. media, so it is left to Russia Today broadcasters, with the help of investigative journalist and author Webster Tarpley to break down the story:
Arrested Terrorist Leader Exposes Extensive CIA Connections FOTR 340x1692
Iran has repeatedly claimed that Jundullah, which has carried out scores of bombings against the Iranian Revolutionary Guard, killing hundreds of civilians in the process, is backed directly by Pakistan, Britain and Israel, as well as America.
So why should we give any credence to a captured terrorist who has undergone hours of interrogation from Iranian officials?
Because his confession backs up already substantial evidence that the the Jundullah group, in addition to other anti-Iranian terrorist groups, have enjoyed fruitful relationships with western intelligence.
We have consistently reported on the ties, as has award winning journalist Seymour Hersh and other notable publications such as the London Telegraph. Below is a selection of core articles that present substantive evidence of the terrorist groups’ links to the CIA:
Reporter Details Congressionally Approved Covert Funding Of Terrorists In Iran
Western Governments Funding Taliban & Al-Qaeda To Kill U.S. Troops, Destabilize Countries
US Aiding Al Qaeda Affiliated Group In Iran?
Bush sanctions ‘black ops’ against Iran
CIA Protects Al-Qaeda Group From Extradition
U.S. Government Uses Al-Qaeda To Attack Iran
Ex-CIA agent confirms US ties with Jundullah
U.S. Attacks Iran Via CIA-Funded Jundullah Terror Group
Iranian Interior Minister: Western Intelligence Behind Riots And Unrest
Abdolmalek Rigi’s claims echo those of his brother Abdolhamid Rigi, who was arrested by Pakistani security forces last year and extradited to Iran.
We have also previously detailed the fact that the West has a long history of meddling in Iranian affairs and stirring up unrest and division.
The following is a video and detailed transcript of Abdolmalek Rigi’s confession, stated in Farsi, as broadcast on Iran’s Press TV:
“After Obama was elected, the Americans contacted us and they met me in Pakistan.They met us after clashes with my group around March 17 in (the southeastern city of) Zahedan, and he (the US operative) said that Americans had requested a meeting.”
“I said we didn’t have any time for a meeting and if we do help them they should promise to give us aid. They said they would cooperate with us and will give me military equipment, arms and machine guns. They also promised to give us a base along the border with Afghanistan next to Iran.”
“They asked to meet me and we said where should we meet you and he said in Dubai. We sent someone to Dubai and we told a person to ask a place for myself in Afghanistan from the area near the operations and they complied that they would sort out the problem for us and they will find Mr. Rigi a base and guarantee his own security in Afghanistan or in any of the countries adjacent to Iran so that he can carry on his operations.
“They told me that in Kyrgyzstan they have a base called Manas near Bishkek, and that a high-ranking person was coming to meet me and that if such high-ranking people come to the United Arab Emirates, they may be observed by intelligence people but in a place like Bishkek this high-ranking American person could come and we could reach an agreement on making personal contacts. But after the last major operation we took part in, they said that they wanted to meet with us.
“The Americans said Iran was going its own way and they said our problem at the present is Iran not al-Qaeda and not the Taliban, but the main problem is Iran. We don’t have a military plan against Iran. Attacking Iran is very difficult for us (the US). The CIA is very particular about you and is prepared to do anything for you because our government has reached the conclusion that there was nothing Americans could do about Iran and only I could take care of the operations for them.
“One of the CIA officers said that it was too difficult for us to attack Iran militarily, but we plan to give aid and support to all anti-Iran groups that have the capability to wage war and create difficulty for the Iranian (Islamic) system. They reached the conclusion that your organization has the power to create difficulties for the Islamic Republic and they are prepared to give you training and/or any assistance that you would require, in terms of telecommunications security and procedures as well as other support, the Americans said they would be willing to provide it at an extensive level.”The leader of a Pakistan based terrorist organisation closely affiliated with Al Qaeda... more
Watch Full CCTV Footage: the assassination of Mahmoud al Mabhouh in Dubai
Hidden Beauty (خفية الجمال) is a short documentary by Olga Sapozhnikova that looks at the role of women in Arabian society. Four Arabic women living in the United Arab Emirates are profiled in this enlightening film that shows an often unseen side of their lives while dispelling conceptions the West may have.
Review and trailer found at: http://www.dainsmoviereviews.com/2009/11/hidden-beauty-documentary-review.htmlHidden Beauty (خفية الجمال) is a short documentary by Olga Sapozhnikova that... more
3 years ago
The United Arab Emirates seized a ship carrying cargo headed to Iran. On the ship was equipment for detonators and ammunition for rocket-propelled grenade launchers but no nuclear-related materials.The United Arab Emirates seized a ship carrying cargo headed to Iran. On the ship was... more