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Wednesday, 19 September 2012

KPRF Leader Zyuganov Blames Twitter for American Diplomat “Dog” Slur

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On Wednesday, KPRF head Gennady Zyuganov said that his controversial comment branding the American diplomat slain in Libya last week “the lowest dog” was “distorted” by Twitter’s 140-character limit. On Monday, “Zyuganov wrote in his Twitter microblog, “The American ambassador to Libya was shot like the lowest dog. He was the main expert on the Libyan ‘revolution’. He reaped what he sowed”. On 11 September, American Ambassador to Libya Christopher Stevens was killed along with three colleagues when rioters attacked the American consulate in Benghazi during protests about a trailer for the anti-Islamic film Innocence of Muslims. The US State Department condemned Zyuganov’s comment.

However, Zyuganov later told RIA-Novosti that his words were taken out of context, and that only a couple of sentences were snatched and tweeted from a much longer statement by his aides. By “shot like the lowest dog”, he said that he’d implied, “shot mercilessly, without pity”, and that the statement was a condemnation of violence. Nevertheless, he stood by his “reap what you sow” remark, and said that American “interference” in the affairs of sovereign states was coming back to haunt them “like a boomerang”. Kommersant reported that Zyuganov’s spokesman said that the employee responsible for managing the KPRF leader’s Twitter account is Denis Parfyonov. Parfyonov told Kommersant his responsibility only covers the technical aspects of the Twitter account, and Zyuganov dictates all tweets personally, saying, “We type in what Gennady Andreyevich says word-for-word; we don’t make anything up”.

19 September 2012

RIA-Novosti

http://en.ria.ru/russia/20120919/176060073.html

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Monday, 17 September 2012

LA Muslim and Coptic Orthodox Christian Leaders to Show Unity

Coptic Bishop Serapion (1951- ) of Los Angeles 

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Groups Set To Condemn Anti-American Violence in Muslim Countries and Anti-Islamic Video

Muslim and Coptic Orthodox Christian leaders will join forces in downtown Los Angeles today to condemn the anti-American violence flaring in Muslim countries and the anti-Muslim film clip that triggered it. Dr Maher Hathout, an Egyptian-born physician who speaks for the Muslim Public Affairs Council of Southern California, and Bishop Serapion, the spiritual leader of the Coptic Orthodox church in Los Angeles, are expected to be the main speakers at a late-morning news conference on City Hall’s South Lawn. Hathout said in condemning the violence directed at Americans, “Our religions teach us to respond to hate speech with good speech and good work. The behaviour exhibited doesn’t speak for the majority of Muslims and are the actions of a small group. This irrational behaviour can’t be allowed to spread, and this movie can’t be allowed to dictate our actions”.

On 11 September, Chris Stevens, the American Ambassador to Libya, was killed, along with three other State Department employees, in an attack on the American Consulate in the Libyan city of Benghazi by a heavily-armed force at the same time that a demonstration was taking place outside it. He is believed to have died of smoke inhalation. Also on 11 September, an anti-American demonstration took place on 11 September in Cairo, where the wall at the American Embassy was breached, but it didn’t come under gunfire.

A supposed movie trailer for Innocence of Muslims sparked the demonstrations… it’s not clear that an entire movie actually exists… was posted on YouTube and featured dialogue insulting the prophet Mohammad. The words were in Egyptian Arabic, and were added after filming without the actors’ knowledge. Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, 55, an Egyptian Copt and naturalised American citizen, was identified as one of the makers of the film; deputies escorted him from his home in Cerritos just after midnight on Saturday, they took him to their station for questioning by his federal probation officer. Authorities said that federal probation officials in Los Angeles are investigating if Nakoula violated his probation stemming from an earlier bank fraud conviction. Under the terms of his probation, he wasn’t supposed to use the internet without permission. He remains out of the public eye.

17 September 2012

KESQ.com

http://www.kesq.com/news/LA-show-of-set-for-Muslim-and-Coptic-Orthodox-Christian-leaders/-/233092/16630652/-/oypqtv/-/index.html

Saturday, 15 September 2012

As John Robles Sees It… Muslim Rage Spreads Worldwide

Protestors outside the American Embassy in Cairo (Cairo GovernorateEGYPT

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Protests against the American film Innocence of Muslims has begun to spread all over the world. There’ve been attacks on American Embassies worldwide as Muslim anger against American policies and meddling continued. The protests involved hundreds of thousands; for the most part, they’re peaceful, with the largest part of the most serious violence directed at American Embassies and businesses, and in one case, protesters burned down an American school. Since the murders in Benghazi, there have been no reports of violence against Americans.

Mass protests by Muslims continue to spread to more and more countries as outrage in the Islamic world escalates due to the trailer of an American film ridiculing the Prophet Mohammed called Innocence of Muslims, which appeared on the internet. Although the film was the spark that lit the flames of the violence, massive longstanding grievances and anger against the USA and its attempts to force its policies on countries worldwide, as well as the constant meddling of the USA into affairs in Muslim world are now serving to feed the escalating violence. The deep socioeconomic problems in Arab Spring countries, something that hasn’t been addressed, is also playing into the hands of Islamists and adding more fuel to the crisis.

All over the world, governments are asking Muslims to show restraint and not to escalate the level of violence. On Friday, the protests spread from Egypt and Libya to other countries including Israel, Sudan, Tunisia, and Yemen. There were also widespread protests in countries outside the Middle East, including but not limited to Bangladesh, Kashmir, India, Indonesia, Iran, Jordan, Kenya, Kuwait, Nigeria, Pakistan, the Philippines, and Qatar.

Israel

In Jerusalem, a protest near the Damascus Gate turned violent when protesters began throwing rocks at police. Apparently, the protesters began to head in the direction of the American Consulate, but the police stopped them by using concussion grenades. According to Ynetnews, there were protests in Akko, in the Wadi Ara region, and in the towns of Baqa al-Gharbiyye and Umm al-Fahm, which were for the most part peaceful.

Yemen

Yemen saw some of the most violent protests with reports saying that security forces killed four protesters who were rioting near the American Embassy.

Sudan

In Khartoum, hundreds of protesters stormed the German Embassy and set it on fire. Police used teargas to dispel the protesters, who then began protesting outside the British Embassy nearby.

Kashmir

In Kashmir, in some of the largest anti-American demonstrations so far, at least 15,000 people took part in dozens of protests, chanting “Down with America”, “Down with Israel”, and calling US President Barack Obama a “terrorist”. The country’s top cleric demanded that Americans leave the region immediately.

India

In Chennai, protesters threw stones at the American Consulate, shattering some windows and burned an effigy of Obama. Police arrested more than 100 protesters.

Bangladesh

In Bangladesh, about 5,000 people marched in Dhaka burning American and Israeli flags and calling for the death of the film-maker. Police stopped them from reaching the American Embassy.

Indonesia

In Indonesia, the most populous Muslim nation in the world, protests were extremely peaceful, as only about 200 protesters held a peaceful protest outside the heavily-guarded American Embassy in Jakarta.

Iran

There were more protests in Tehran, including demonstrations outside the Swiss Embassy (which represents American interests in Iran). Reports say Ayatollah Jannati, the head of the Guardian Council, denounced the anti-Muslim film during Friday prayers.

Tunisia

Three protesters were killed outside the American Embassy in Tunis, where demonstrators attempted to enter the compound. The demonstrators included ordinary Tunisians and Salafist activists. An American school was also set on fire.

Lebanon

Security forces in Tripoli killed one demonstrator as protesters attempted to storm a government building. In addition, protesters burned down an American Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurant.

Syria

In Damascus, hundreds of protesters gathered outside the American Embassy holding a peaceful demonstration. Protesters carried images of President Bashar al-Assad and chanted anti-American slogans.

Pakistan

Hundreds of protesters attempted to march towards the American Embassy in Islamabad and were stopped by police far from the city’s diplomatic quarter where the embassy is located.

Qatar

Protesters filled the streets of Doha and lined the city’s main highway. No violence was reported.

In closing, I’d personally like to ask all Muslims to show restraint and demonstrate peacefully, as this was another provocation. Those who made the film want to see violence and want you to overreact. If you react violently, you’ll be playing into their hands.

14 September 2012

John Robles

Voice of Russia World Service

http://english.ruvr.ru/2012_09_14/Muslim-rage-spreads-worldwide/

 

Arab Spring Turns Against the USA

Burning cars in front of the American Embassy in Cairo (Cairo GovernorateEGYPT

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A thousands years’ worth of human political activity validates the principle that a politician who postpones important decisions for later on, who shies away in any conflict of principle, is doomed to fail. Whilst he’s plastering one hole, another one appears in another place, so, as people say, he clears his nose, but his tail’s stuck. That’s how it is with Obama; he wants global problems to keep a low profile until the presidential election’s over. There are many such problems, because the downside of being the “sole world leader” is being responsible for everything… or almost everything.

An attack against Iran was postponed, despite the fact that a sharp IAEA resolution stated that the Iranian nuclear programme is no longer under international control, for that’s only one of the factors in favour of a military solution. The results of elections in the Netherlands and the decision of Germany’s Constitutional Court prevent any sharp movements in the Eurozone, which could unpredictably influence the results of the American presidential election. It all appeared to be quiet. Then, a very rare event occurred… the American Ambassador in Libya was killed. Right after that, in Egypt, a crowd of people with the passive consent of the police, attacked the American Embassy. The same thing could have happened in Tunisia, but there the police ended the unrest in a decisive manner. Palestine had an outbreak of anti-American demonstrations.

As a result, Obama concluded that Egypt’s no longer an American ally, just because he has to react somehow to what’s going on now. However, so far, the situation looks like the thoughtless reaction of the USSR to the Six-Day War, when it cut diplomatic ties with Israel, which, inevitably, led to the diminution of the Soviet presence in the region, and the weakening of the USSR’s position. By its withdrawal, Moscow opened the path to the Camp David Accords. Now, Obama’s obvious confusion can lead to the breakdown of the Camp David system. Of course, Mohamed Morsi Isa El-Ayyat is an Islamist, but he isn’t an extremist. At present, extremists are attacking Egypt on the Sinai Peninsula. It’s simply unfair to leave Mursi one-on-one with such a challenge.

In addition, it’s because the USA did a lot for the preservation of democracy in Egypt by withdrawing its support for the military, which tried to limit the powers of the Islamist president. Does Washington really believe that observing democratic procedures would be sufficient to install sound democracy or to bring to power those in favour of civilised development of the Arab world? So far, because of the Arab Spring, there’s a great possibility of the USA losing its arrangements in the region. However, nobody’s trying to take over America’s role in the Middle East, or, most importantly, suggesting an alternative to the present economic relationship with the USA. So far, the USA is counting on the Arab élite making a rational choice (it makes no sense to say “new élite”, because it isn’t so new). Nevertheless, history is full of examples of how religious fanaticism can be stronger than rational arguments.

14 September 2012

Voice of Russia World Service

http://english.ruvr.ru/2012_09_14/Arab-Spring-turns-against-the-USA/

Editor’s Note:

Note well that, as events gel, one gets the impression that the riots over the movie and the killing of Ambassador Stevens are discrete events and we must treat them as such, or we run the risk of a fatal miscalculation. For instance, it’s clear that al-Qaeda isn’t an omnipotent or omnipresent organisation. Mostly, it’s a bogeyman of American neocons and humanitarian interventionists. Indeed, this murder is an attempt to grab “centre stage”. It leads to interesting questions.

Firstly, no American senior official in a hotspot moves without security, that’s a given. That means that there was a hole in the security tapestry somewhere. Probably, there was only a short “window of opportunity”… otherwise, the al-Qaeda leadership wouldn’t launch such a risky operation as a messy riot was going on nearby concurrently. To be sure, al-Qaeda isn’t as strong as American propagandists make it out to be, but they’re not fools and they’re not incompetents… if they were, they’d be very dead, they have that many local enemies (let’s not even bring in the USA). If you’re running a “wet affair”, you want as few witnesses as possible and as few variables present as you can ensure. You don’t just “run this up whilst the blacksmith’s out”, as the English say.

My guess is as follows (and it’s only a guess)… firstly, the al-Qaeda lot found out that a sympathiser was going to be in charge of Libyan law enforcement in the region that night. Understand this… an ambassador’s security detail can only do its job effectively if they receive cover from local security forces (or from deployed US forces). That is, the chance that an al-Qaeda mole “opened the window” for his pals is high, especially, given the fluid (if not inchoate) situation in the country at present.

Why would al-Qaeda want to put a spanner into Obama’s works (for that is what they’ve done)? Arabs think on a longer timescale than juvenile self-centred Americans do. You see, if Willy’s elected, he’d go forth on lunatic military adventuring that’d break the bank. In short, American aggression would be short-lived, as it’d run out of money and domestic support. The al-Qaeda leadership is thinking like the North Vietnamese did in the Vietnam War. An American said to a Vietnamese at the peace talks, “We WON all the battles!” The Vietnamese didn’t bat an eyelid, he placidly said, “You did… but we won the war”.

They hate Obama, for Obama’s approach will guarantee an American presence in the Middle East, at least for a generation or two. They’ll do anything to mess up his chances for re-election. An opportunity came, and they took it. Mind you, al-Qaeda isn’t what American propaganda says it is… but it DOES exist, and it’s unwise to deny or overlook their existence.

Don’t forget who coddled and supported the TalibanZbigniew Brzeziński and Slobberin’ Ronnie… I rest my case. Actions DO have consequences…

BMD

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