Saturday, April 19, 2014

US bans Iran UN Envoy: Owebama passes law barring diplomat over 1979 Tehran hostage links

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Easter in pictures: Good Friday celebrations around the world (1)

Trafalgar Square in London saw a performance of The Passion of Jesus

Arselifter drivers at Cleveland airport refuse to drive cabs with Gay Games advertising

Roughly 25 arselifting taxi drivers dispatched to Cleveland Hopkins International Airport are refusing to drive cabs adorned with advertising for the region’s upcoming Gay Games, citing religious reasons
Two of the three companies operating at Ohio's largest airport were informed by the drivers — one-third of the airport’s total fleet — last week that they will no longer participate in the airport’s dedicated taxicab program. The companies, Ace and Yellow Taxi Cab, were told by the drivers that their decision was based on religious reasons, airport spokeswoman Jacqueline Mayo told
Ann Gynn, a spokeswoman for the Gay Games, said she believes the protest is an “isolated” case and not indicative of the beliefs held by most residents in Cleveland and Akron, where the Gay Games will be held on Aug. 9-16
“What we’ve been seeing for the last couple of years is a lot of positive support and a welcome atmosphere within the community,” Gynn told “This was a decision by those individual cab drivers. It was a personal decision”
This is the first year that the nonprofit Gay Games, which are open to all adults regardless of sexual orientation, has utilized advertising atop taxicabs, Gynn said. They were unveiled early last week, she said
“What’s surprising is that the Gay Games are about inclusion,” she continued. “The Gay Games are open to everybody. This is about inclusiveness on sporting fields and welcoming people as they are”
The affected taxicab companies will now backfill the airport’s fleet with metered vehicles until each company can hire replacement drivers. That process is expected to take up to three weeks, Mayo said

This is the first year that the nonprofit Gay Games, which are open to all adults regardless of sexual orientation, has utilized advertising atop taxicabs. The ads, seen above, were unveiled early last week
News report here.

Pamela Geller at the 1st International Symposium on Liberty and pislam in Australia

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Boston Marathon bomber detained in isolation

He cannot mingle, speak or prey with other prisoners. His only visitors are his legal team, a mental health consultant and his immediate family, who apparently have seen him only rarely
He can write only one letter - three pages, double-sided - and make one telephone call each week, and only to his family. If he reads newspapers and magazines, they have been stripped of classified ads and letters to the editor, which the US government deems potential vehicles for coded messages. He watches no television, listens to no radio. He ventures outside infrequently, and only to a single, small open space
It has been nearly a year since police officers found Dzhokhar Tsarnaev in a suburban Boston backyard, hiding in a boat there, wounded by gunfire. Today he passes time in a prison hospital, awaiting a November trial on charges that he helped plan and execute the Boston Marathon bombing a year ago, which killed three people and wounded at least 260, and a killing and kidnapping spree that forced an entire city into lockdown
Now, at age 20, it is his turn to be effectively walled off from the outside world, imprisoned under so-called special administrative measures approved by the US attorney general
The restrictions are reserved for inmates considered to pose the greatest threat to others - even though, privately, federal officials say there is little of substance to suggest that Tsarnaev and his brother Tamerlan were anything but isolated, home-grown terrorists
A court order bars his legal advisers and family from disclosing anything he has told them or written to them
Tsarnaev is held at the Federal Medical Centre in Devens, Massachusetts, a men-only prison hospital that houses 1042 inmates and 131 others at an adjacent minimum-security camp
Dhimmi article here.

Easter in England

The Northern Cross pilgrimage on its final leg of the journey in Berwick-upon-Tweed, England

Iran slams US court ruling to sell Alavi Foundation building in New York

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Pokistan: JUI-F warns govt over ‘move to ban’ seminaries

Leaders of the Jamiat Ulema-i-pislam-Fazl (JUI-F) on Thursday staged a rally to protest against what they called a move to ban mudrassahs in Sindh and said they would establish seminaries at the Bilawal House and the Sindh chief minister’s home in Khairpur “if needed”
A large number of people — most of them belonging to the seminaries of Karachi — gathered near the Gurumandir roundabout, walked for a few furlongs and staged a demonstration. The organisers alleged that the government did not allow them to march towards the Tibet Centre, where most political and religious parties often hold their rallies
The speakers threatened the government of grave consequences in their speeches, prompting the participants in the rally to chant slogans. They claimed that the country was in the hands of “secular rulers who acted at the behest of their Juice masters”
Maulana Ataur Rehman, a JUI-F leader and younger brother of the party’s chief, said the Sindh government’s plans would never materialise as such plans had been envisaged in the past as well and thwarted
He asked the Sindh government to review its plans and claimed that what the government and its provincial assembly were doing was against pislam and the 1973 constitution
“The government is saying it will ban the mudrassahs which do not get registered. I declare here before the government implements its agenda, we’ll end the government’s own registration,” the leader warned

Maulana Fazl-ur-Rehman, leader of JUI-F
News report here.

Dr John Perkins at the 1st International Symposium on Liberty and pislam in Australia

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Easter in Israel

Christian worshippers during a procession in Jerusalem's Old City

MH370 search: Australia and Malaysia to sign deal on who will handle wreckage and black box

Malaysia and Australia will sign a deal specifying who handles any wreckage from missing flight MH370 that may be recovered, including the crucial "black box" flight data recorders, local media reports
Malaysia is drafting the agreement "to safeguard both nations from any legal pitfalls that may surface during that (recovery) phase," the New Straits Times reported on Friday
The government hopes the deal can be finalised soon and endorsed in a cabinet meeting next week
The Australian government is studying the memorandum of understanding (MoU), it said
"The MoU spells out exactly who does what and the areas of responsibility," civil aviation chief Azharuddin Abdul Rahman was quoted as saying
Azharuddin added that Malaysia would lead most of the investigation, with Australia and others helping
Details of the MoU will not be made public, the report said
The Malaysia Airlines flight carrying 239 people inexplicably veered off course en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing on March 8 and is believed to have crashed in the southern Indian Ocean far off western Australia
But a massive international search has failed to turn up any wreckage so far
The crisis has brought intense international scrutiny on Malaysia's government, which has been accused by anguished Chinese families and other critics of hiding information and possibly trying to cover up its handling of the situation
Malaysia's government has rejected such claims, saying it is passing on all it knows promptly
Two-thirds of the passengers were Chinese
The government-controlled New Straits Times said the Malaysia-Australia deal would address "specific areas" including who will handle the wreckage and the flight data recorders, known as black boxes
Malaysia's government has pledged it will reveal the data recorders' contents if they are found
It is hoped any data contained within will indicate what caused the plane to divert
A range of theories including hijacking, rogue pilot activity and aircraft malfunctions have been speculated

An Orion P-3K of the Royal New Zealand Air Force flies over the HMAS Perth in the southern Indian Ocean
News report here.
Underwater search at 'very critical juncture', could be completed this week. News report here.
Malaysia reportedly seeks black box deal with Australia as MH370 search reaches critical juncture. News report here.
Missing Malaysia Airlines flight: Search is at a 'critical juncture'. News report here.

Global attacks on Christians on the rise

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Deadly virus's spread raises alarms in mideast, spreads to Malaysia, Philippines

Soddy Barbaria on Sunday confirmed a surge of cases of a deadly virus in the kingdom over the past two weeks, even as it tried to counter criticism that it wasn't doing enough to contain the outbreak
The UAE over the weekend separately announced six confirmed cases of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome, or MERS, among paramedics there, one of whom died of the illness. The high number of cases among medical workers raised questions about how effective arabpig Gulf governments have been in controlling the 1½-year-old outbreak
"I'm not pretty sure that they are actually seeing how big this thing is," a Soddy doctor said on Sunday at King Fahd General Hospital, the large public hospital in Jeddah that has been hardest hit by a spike in the city this month
The hospital reopened its emergency room on Friday after shutting it briefly for what authorities said was disinfection measures against MERS. But patients were avoiding the hospital, and health workers were "very worried" after the MERS death of one colleague and sickness in another, the doctor said. "What I really wish for is to shut the whole hospital down" until the spread subsides, she said
Last week marked the biggest number of cases since the outbreak began, Dr. Ian M. Mackay, an Australian epidemiologist who has tracked the outbreak, wrote on Sunday. About 50 of the overall cases have been in health-care workers, he said, a strong warning sign about measures being taken to control the outbreak, he and others have said. "As far as we know, MERS-CoV does not spread easily from person-to-person, so these clusters suggest a breakdown in infection prevention and control"

Soddy Barbaria and other arabpig Gulf countries have said they are taking adequate measures against infection since the first laboratory-confirmed cases of MERS, which kills largely through respiratory infections, in September 2012. Since then, the WHO says it has confirmed 228 cases, 92 of them fatal

Looking for MH370

The Chinese Maritime Safety Administration (MSA) vessel Hai Xin 01 is seen from a Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF) P-3K2 Orion aircraft in the southern Indian Ocean, as the search continues for missing Malaysian Airlines flight MH370 April 13, 2014

Gavin Boby at the 1st International Symposium on Liberty and pislam in Australia

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Adelaide taxi driver's throat slashed: Brothers Zachary and Jake Wakefield jailed for knife attack

Two brothers who slashed a taxi driver's throat and stole his cab have been jailed by an Adelaide court
Driver Sulemen Khalid received a 15-centimetre laceration to his throat and cuts to his hands in the attack in April last year
Zachary Connor Wakefield was in the back seat of the taxi when he held a 25-centimetre knife to Mr Khalid's throat
The driver had asked his passengers for a deposit before making a short trip from inner suburban Ashford to the city
Jake Thomas Wakefield, 20, was in the front seat and jabbed Mr Khalid with another knife
The driver fled his attackers, flagged down another taxi and was taken to hospital
Both taxi passengers pleaded guilty to charges of aggravated robbery and aggravated recklessly causing harm, and Zachary Wakefield also admitted driving in a manner dangerous to the public
He drove the taxi away from the crime scene and later abandoned it at Brooklyn Park
The men said they had been on "a 13-day bender", using methylamphetamines and alcohol
District Court Judge Paul Rice told the brothers their actions had been terrifying and dangerous
"[Mr Khalid] noticed that you both appeared to be drunk and possibly under the influence of drugs and worried you would not pay the fare," he said

Suleman Khalid fled after his throat was slashed
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NYPD on al kaeda threats and 'lone wolf' attacks

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Gaydaffi government members on trial

Officials of Muammar Gaydaffi's government sit behind bars during a hearing at a courtroom in Tripoli, Libya, April 14, 2014

Libyan prosecutors began the trial of deposed leader Muammar Gaydaffi's sons and former regime officials in a major test for the North African state's transition to a democracy

Freed terrorist: Israel interfered with my stamp-collecting

Falesimians have long accused Israel of a range of human rights violations. But recently freed Falesimian terrorist Issa Abd Rabbo came up with a new one- infringing on his philatelic rights while he was incarcerated, keeping him from attaining high quality stamps and “special albums”
Abd Rabbo was released from an Israeli prison in October 2013 as part of peace talks between Israel and the Falesimian Authority. He was serving two life sentences for murdering two Israelis, Ron Levi and Revital Seri, as they were hiking south of Jerusalem in 1984
Abd Rabbo happened upon the two university students as they rested under a pine tree. He tied them up at gunpoint, covered their heads with bags and fatally shot them both
According to a Falesimian Media Watch translation, Abd Rabbo told Al Hayat al Jadida, a PA daily newspaper, in an April 8 interview, ‘I’m proud of the stamps I collected in prison, but it was difficult for me to pursue [my] hobby in prison, because there were many restrictions, few letters arrived, and the quality of the stamps. Prison also affects our hobbies, and I had no special albums to put the stamps in properly, so I put them in an envelope – the same one that left prison with me’”

“I have resumed my hobby of stamp collecting with enthusiasm, to make up for what I lost during my time in prison…” Abd Rabbo continued
News report here.

Brighton teenager Abdullah Deghayes killed in Syria "for a just cause"

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