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                      Read the Prophets & PRAY WITHOUT CEASING!
              That is the only hope of this nation!                    Plead for Grace and Mercy
 Please remember these
 folks in prayer- Check 1.                     That the world would              WAKE                         U P.
 often – they change                           Time for a worldwide repentance!
                                2.             ALL US soldiers fighting for our freedom around the world
                                3.             Pray for those in our government to repent of their wicked corrupt
                                4.             Pray that the American people WAKE UP to the truth concerning our
                                               government and take a positive action.
                                5.             Pray for GAF – cancer with spread – doing well stable
                                6.             Pray for KA with Cancer - on Chemo & improving slowly
                                7.             Pray for JA having very difficult time seeking God’s direction.
                                8.             Pray for L & K both with bad family problems
                                9.             Pray for CML who is having GI &heart problems – some
                                               improvement but still not well
                                10.            Pray that The Holy One will lead you in Your preparations for
                                               handling the world problems. – Have YOU made any preparations?
                                I have cleaned this off except for those whom I know are still with problems. If
                                your friends were removed please update me with condition to get them put
                                back on the list. Thank you
 Nehemiah 7:61-63 And these were they that went up from Tel-melah, Tel-harsha, Cherub, Addon, and
 Immer; but they could not show their fathers' houses, nor their seed, whether they were of Israel: 62The
 children of Delaiah, the children of Tobiah, the children of Nekoda, six hundred forty and two. 63And of
 the priests: the children of Hobaiah, the children of Hakkoz, the children of Barzillai, who took a wife of
 the daughters of Barzillai the Gileadite, and was called after their name.

 Iran's Khamenei presents war scenarios
 In an unusual step, Iran's spiritual leader publishes commentary on official website outlining three scenarios for strike
 against Islamic Republic. Meanwhile, Yedioth Ahronoth reports Israel has taken in shipment of Patriot missiles
 Dudi Cohen      Published: 11.25.11, 12:02 / Israel News
    In an unusual step that comes on the heels of Iran's threats and warnings to the US and Israel over the consequences of
a possible strike on its nuclear facilities, the official website of Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei published
an analysis written by Dr. Amir Mohebian, a senior political commentator.
The article details three possible war scenarios Iran could be faced with if Israel or the US proceed with a strike:
    1. An all out war of attrition that would combine aerial and ground forces attack.
    2. Limited war as a preparatory action for political proceedings. This would include hitting Iran’s
    control centers for the purpose of disrupting the stability of the Islamic regime. The best case
    scenario here would be that war leads to the regime's fall; the worst case would see Iran
    surrendering at the negotiating table.
    3. A war on specific targets with the aim of destroying the regime's assault capabilities, especially
    against the "Zionist regime."
The Iranian commentator goes on to assess the possibility of likelihood of each scenario. He believes the feasibility of the
first option is due, among other things to the fact that "the western countries' capabilities to carry out such a complex
operation are very limited and nearly nonexistent."
    Mohebian also mentioned the upcoming US presidential elections and the fact that the west doesn't
have sufficient intelligence on Iran. In light of these problems Mohebian believes that the chances of an all out war
against Iran are close to nothing.
    He goes on to point out the main problems of the second and third scenarios: The Iranian regime is prepared for an
attack on its centers of power, the Iranian response to such an attack could be unexpected, the attack could turn the regime
to an even more extreme path and encourage it to set the Middle East on fire, which would endanger the western world.
    Mohebian claims that even the third and most likely scenario has a relatively small likelihood of happening. He notes
that the scenario's execution would be complicated. It would be impossible to attack all of the country's nuclear facilities
due to its size; a limited war could develop into a regional war.
Patriot protection
    For example, an attack on Bushehr could lead to harsh ecological consequences for the region. Attacking only certain
nuclear sites would not lead to a complete shutdown of Iran's technological nuclear capabilities.
    Meanwhile, it would seem that Israel is also preparing for every possible scenario. Yedioth Ahronoth on Friday
revealed that "a friendly country" has in the past few weeks secretly sent Israel anti-aircraft Patriot missile batteries that
also serve as a missile defense system.
    The new battery arrived at the Ashdod Port, the first Patriot missile battery to arrive in Israel in eight years.
Nevertheless, the IDF claims there is no connection between the current shipment and recent talk of the possibility of a
strike against Iran's nuclear sites. http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4153092,00.html
Four triggers for CIA spy scares in Iran, Hizballah
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis November 25, 2011, 9:29 AM (GMT+02:00)
First, Hizballah reported the unmasking of a CIA network in Lebanon. Then, Wednesday, Nov. 23, an
Iranian lawmaker Parviz Sorouri, a member of the Iranian parliament's foreign affairs and defense
committee, claimed the capture of 12 CIA spies targeting Iran's military and its nuclear program with
the Mossad and regional agencies. Beirut and Tehran had clearly joined forces, debkafile's intelligence
sources report, to prove they were on top of their security and had smashed dangerous US intelligence
networks operating inside their armed forces.
    Iran and Hizballah were driven into action by four pressing circumstances:
1. Tehran needed urgently to erase the bad impression left by the explosion which wiped out Iran's
entire missile command, including Maj. Gen. Hassan Moghaddam, at the secret Revolutionary Guards base in
Aghadir near Tehran on Oct. 12.
    Despite the supreme effort the authorities made to persuade the public that the calamity was caused by a technical
malfunction, it brought back memories of former assassinations of top Iranian nuclear scientists, for which Tehran blamed
the CIA and the Mossad.
2. The growing inability of Iran's leading ally, Syrian President Bashar Assad, to put down the uprising
against his rule is in itself a sorry reflection on Tehran's choice of allies, especially this week when the anti-
regime Free Syrian Army raised its head and struck strategic targets in Syria and outside the country, singling out
    Furthermore, debkafile's intelligence and military sources report, the unexplained explosion at the
illegal Hizballah arms dump in the southern Lebanese town of Siddiqin Wednesday, Nov. 23 was the
work of the Syrian rebels' military arm, the FSA. It struck a target representing Assad's ally which is moreover
Tehran's Lebanese surrogate.
    Graffiti left at the scene of the blast said it was revenge for Hizballah's aide to the Assad regime's crackdown in Syrian
cities and promised more. The Siddiqin explosion was a shock to high authority in Tehran, Damascus and Beirut. The
Iranian Supreme Ruler's military adviser, Gen. Yahya Rahim Safavi, had earlier warned that if Iran were attacked, it
would not need to launch ballistic missiles at Israel "because all the Zionist cities are within the range of our ally
Hizballah's Katyushas."
    The weapons store explosion at Siddiqin has placed a large question mark over that threat. Tehran will have to take
into account that the Syrian rebels can identify Hizballah's rocket hideouts and launching pads, in which Iran has invested
huge sums, and may sabotage them before they can go into action.
    Since the destroyed arms depot was lodged in a well-protected Hizballah stronghold, officials in Beirut and Tehran
must assume that the saboteurs, who slipped in an out of the site undetected, had local aid.
3. Both Iran and Hizballah are gearing up for war. Under cover of a military exercise, the Iranian Revolutionary
Guards and their Basij militia units last week began organizing in battle array in the various theaters assigned them in the
    Hizballah's leader Hassan Nasrallah has been inspecting Hizballah units. In his briefings to their
commanders and men, he is warning them that war with Israel, and perhaps other Western armed
forces too, is very near and they must be ready.
    The difference between victory and defeat, he is saying, may hinge on their ability to detect double agents working in
their midst for the Americans and Israelis. Even willingness for sacrifice and superior weaponry are no match for the peril
posed from within by these spies.
    This was Nasrallah's first implicit admission of the inability of his and Iran's security arms to root out US and Israeli
penetrations of their forces, and their need to turn to ordinary soldiers for help.
4. The alleged spy affairs Iran and Lebanon exposed this week are part of their response to US and
Western pressure of the past fortnight to halt Iran's nuclear progress. They are also payback for
Washington's allegation of an Iranian-led conspiracy to assassinate the Saudi ambassador to the US.
http://www.debka.com/article/21517/ [Looks like this is going to be a very ‘warm winter’ from a military political
point of view in the Middle East. I do believe that the portents are ‘ripe’ for a major earth changing
series of events in the realm of Ezekiel 38. – rdb]
'Iran has no oil export to France to be sanctioned'
By REUTERS      11/25/2011 12:54
Italy pushing companies to stop buying oil; EU will likely discuss Iran sanctions in upcoming FMs meeting.
    TEHRAN - Iran said on Friday it had no crude exports to France which could be subjected to sanctions over the
Islamic state's disputed nuclear program, the semi-official Mehr news agency reported. This week France's foreign
ministry first suggested and then back-tracked on the imposition of a unilateral ban on oil from Iran, making clear it would
only act over Iran's nuclear program as part of an EU-wide plan.
    "The National Iranian Oil Company (NIOC) does not export any crude oil to France to get subjected to sanctions,"
head of NIOC Ahmad Qalebani told Mehr.
    France imported 20,000 barrels per day of Iranian crude in the first half of 2011, according to United
States government data. European Union countries accounted for 18 percent of Iranian crude oil sales in that period,
the US Energy Information Administration (EIA) also said.
    The French remarks provoked a wave of comment across Europe, suggesting a growing determination to toughen
sanctions -- an issue that is likely to be central to an EU foreign ministers' meeting on Dec. 1. The European Union's
energy commissioner said a ban on Iranian oil imports would not be a problem for the European Union's energy security.
    Italy believes sanctions should be tightened against Iran, and is seeking to persuade its companies to stop buying
Iranian oil, the spokesman for Italy's Foreign Ministry said on Friday. Italy relies on Iran for around 13 percent of
its crude oil needs, equivalent to over 10 million tons per year (around 200,000 barrels per day). "We are deeply
convinced that we need to strengthen the pressure of sanctions on Iran and we are ready to discuss sanctions measures
with our partners," Foreign Ministry spokesman Maurizio Massari told Reuters. "We are applying moral persuasion on
our companies to diversify their supplies of oil imports," he added
    The United States and its allies say Iran is trying to build bombs under cover of a civilian nuclear program. Tehran
denies this, saying it needs nuclear technology to generate electricity.
http://www.jpost.com/IranianThreat/News/Article.aspx?id=246984 [If the EU countries continue oil trade with Iran, how can
you expect any sanctions to work? They are ‘being fed’ and will not change their actions. The God of
this world is mammon and it has been for a long time. The idea of standing for something of value
ceased to exist years ago. – rdb]
Turkey says it won't tolerate Syria bloodshed
By REUTERS      11/25/2011 14:00
Ankara warns "there are steps we can take in consultation with the Arab League"; Arab League sanctions on flights
to Syria, trade and bank agreements to go into full effect.
    ISTANBUL - Turkey said on Friday it could tolerate no more bloodshed in Syria and it was ready to take action with
Arab powers if President Bashar Assad failed to take steps towards ending the crackdown on pro-democracy
demonstrators. Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu told a news conference that he hoped the Syrian government would
give a positive response to Arab League plan on resolving the conflict. "If it doesn't, there are steps we can take in
consultation with the Arab League," he said. "I want to say clearly we have no more tolerance for the bloodshed in Syria.
The attitude of friendly and fraternal countries on this subject is clear".
    The Arab League has set a Friday deadline for Syria to agree to comply or else face sanctions, including halting flights,
curbing trade and stopping deals with the central bank.
    Davutoglu said he was ready to attend a meeting of Arab League foreign ministers that could take place on Sunday,
depending on Syria's response. He was also consultating with the European Union, NATO and UN Security Council
members. Davutoglu also held talks with Jordanian Foreign Minister Nasser Judeh, who had attended a meeting of Arab
League foreign ministers in Cairo on Thursday.
    Speaking alongside the Turkish minister, Judeh said he hoped Syria would sign a protocol to accept observers as a first
step to ending the violence that has gripped the country for eight months. "This is the collective wish of the Arab world
and if they don't, God forbid, we have to meet again," he said.
    Non-Arab Turkey, Syria's largest trading partner and formerly a close friend, has strongly backed the stance taken by
the Arab League towards Syria.
    Turkey and Jordan both border Syria and potentially have a important part to play if French proposals for a
humanitarian zones in Syria gather support.
    This week Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan bluntly told Assad to quit or risk facing the same fate as Libyan dictator
Muammar Gaddafi, who was killed last month after being caught by rebels.
http://www.jpost.com/MiddleEast/Article.aspx?id=246989 [I am still having a great deal of trouble understanding the
rhetoric of Turkey against Syria. Turkey has critically allied themselves with Iran and worked to build
that relationship over the past couple years. Syria is a long standing ally of Iran and actually Turkey. I
find it difficult to believe that Turkey has gained such a ‘high moral position’ that it can’t accept the
repression of those in Syria, particularly when Turkey has a history of slaughtering enormous numbers
of people (Armenia massacre and the Kurds). The only issue that I can come up with the stimulate their
condemnation is that the Turkish Syrian Border is being assaulted by people fleeing and they can’t
take care of them or fear that they will destabilize their own country. – rdb]
'LAF will fight against Israel in next conflict'
IDF commander estimates Lebanese army will join Hezbollah in next conflict in backdrop of mysterious blast in South
Lebanon earlier this week
Yoav Zitun    Published: 11.25.11, 13:42 / Israel News
    A mysterious blast in a Hezbollah depot in South Lebanon rocked the relatively quiet northern sector this week
prompting reports that Israel was behind the explosion. On the other side of the border, the IDF is ready for any
development which may involve Hezbollah or even the Lebanese Armed Forces (LAF).
    Commander of the Herev Battalion Lieutenant-Colonel Shadi Abu Fares oversaw a drill simulating border clashes
earlier this week. Abu Fares says that Lebanese troops deployed on the border prevented pro-Palestinian protesters from
approaching the border fence on Naksa Day last June, but are unlikely to flee to the north in the next conflict. "It is our
estimate that they will take part in the fighting. They are regarded as the enemy. We have no intention of
opening fire at them and they are aware of their responsibilities on the border," Abu Fares told Ynet.
    Tensions between Israel and the LAF have grown in the past year and a half, as Lebanon moved from pro-Western
rulers to a Hezbollah-affiliated regime.
    Last August, an IDF patrol driving along the border was attacked. Some Lebanese reports claimed that a Lebanese
soldier was injured in the incidence which occurred exactly one year after Lieutenant-Colonel Dov Harari was killed in a
fire exchange on the border.
    No other battalion is as familiar with the Lebanese border as the Druze Battalion. Its combatants have spent the last
decade deployed in the area.
    But even they can't predict what shape the next conflict will take. "The main scenario we are preparing for is one of
infiltration which also entails an abduction threat," Lt. Col. Abu Fares says.
    "The war has greatly deterred Hezbollah and Nasrallah is still hiding in bunkers fearing a targeted
killing. Since the war Hezbollah has not fired one shot but its men are still hidden on the line."
Egypt braces for fresh rally against military rule
By REUTERS        11/25/2011 06:31
Million-man march is billed as "the Friday of the last chance" for civilian handover; activists spurn army's choice for
new PM.
    CAIRO - Activists vowed to crank up pressure on Egypt's generals on Friday with an overwhelming show of people
power to cap almost a week of protests against army rule that have left 41 people dead. State media said the army leaders
picked a political veteran in his late 70s to form a national salvation government, a choice that was quickly snubbed by
many of the young activists who have led the demonstrations in Tahrir Square. Kamal Ganzouri agreed in principle to
lead the new government after meeting the head of the military council, Field Marshal Mohamed Hussein Tantawi, the
website of state newspaper Al Ahram reported, citing sources close to Ganzouri.
    As talk of a Ganzouri appointment filtered through the crowds thronging Tahrir on Thursday night, discussion quickly
focused on his age. "Ganzouri is no good for this transitional period, which needs youth leaders not grandparents," said
student Maha Abdullah.
    "Appointing Ganzouri is a crisis for the revolution. We must remain in Tahrir," said protester Hossam Amer, a 44-
year-old tourist guide.
    Metwali Atta, a 55-year-old taxi driver who was camped out in Tahrir, disagreed: "I would like to see Ganzouri as
prime minister. The man has a strong character, unlike (outgoing prime minister) Essam Sharaf who was easily bossed
around by the military council."
    The army, hailed as a champion of the people when a popular uprising overthrow president Hosni Mubarak nine
months ago, is now trying to defuse the worst crisis of its tenure. It has promised to speed up the timetable for a handover
to civilian presidential rule and insists parliamentary elections will start on Monday, as planned.
    A truce between security forces and hard-line protesters brought a nervous calm to the streets near
Tahrir on Thursday after five days of clashes that turned part of the capital into a battle zone and left
residents choking in clouds of tear gas. The Egyptian Health Ministry said 41 people have died in the
violence, state television reported early Friday.
    The army council said it was doing all it could to prevent more violence, offered condolences and compensation to
families of the dead and a swift enquiry into who caused the unrest.
    But reports of unjustified police brutality that have swollen the ranks of protesters continue to filter out in the media.
    "The people demand the execution of the marshal," crowds chanted on Thursday, referring to Tantawi, who was
Mubarak's defense minister for 20 years.
    The unrest in the heart of the capital makes it even harder to dig the economy out of a crisis whose first victims are the
millions of poor Egyptians whose frustration spurred the protests against Mubarak. Egypt's central bank unexpectedly
raised interest rates on Thursday for the first time in more than two years, after depleting its foreign reserves trying to
defend a local currency weakened by the political chaos.
    In fresh blows to confidence, the Egyptian pound weakened to more than six to the dollar for the first time since
January 2005, and Standard & Poor's cut Egypt's credit rating.
'Tutankhamen is more suitable'
    The economic woes may argue in favor of Ganzouri, whose government virtually balanced the budget, cut inflation,
held the exchange rate stable and maintained healthy foreign currency reserves during his time in office from 1996 to
1999. He introduced some economic liberalization measures and many Egyptians viewed him as an official who was not
tainted by corruption. But his record serving under Mubarak could stir opposition from those demanding a clean break
with the past.
    Some Facebook activists derided the choice of a Mubarak-era man to steer the country into a new era, listing four
ancient pharaohs as useful alternatives if Ganzouri turns the job down.
    "Tutankhamen is more suitable because he is from the youth," one said, referring to the boy king of ancient Egypt.
    In a communique, protesters called the million-man march on "the Friday of the last chance" for the army to hand over
    The Egyptian Independent Trade Union Federation called for a workers' march to Tahrir. Another labor rights group
called for a general strike to back the protests. Labor unions played an important role in the movement that toppled
    Supporters of the army council had said they would hold a rally to back the military. In a statement on its Facebook
page, the army council said it was "appealing to them to cancel the demonstration," saying it wanted to avoid divisions.
    Suspicion that the army will continue to wield power behind an elected civilian administration has grown in recent
weeks as the government and political parties tussled over the shape of a new constitution.
    The military council originally promised to return to barracks within six months of the fall of Mubarak, but then set a
timetable for elections and drawing up the constitution that would have left it in power until late next year or early 2013.
    The United States and European nations, alarmed at the violence of the past few days, have urged Egypt to proceed
with what has been billed as its first free vote in decades.
   The army and the Muslim Brotherhood, which expects to do well in the election, say it must go ahead, but many
protesters do not trust the military to oversee a clean vote. Some scorn the Brotherhood for its focus on gaining seats in
parliament. http://www.jpost.com/MiddleEast/Article.aspx?id=246970 [Isn’t it wonderful that once the ‘globalist forces’
have provided the backing for the take-over of what was a stable, albeit corrupt government and have
provided such a unified, democratic group which continues to have riots and murders in the street?
The world’s leaders in their quest to throw the countries of the world under the UN bus have basically
accomplished the Iranian concept of creating chaos, but it is in their own backyard. Soon someone will
just be begging for a ‘fix’ and for someone to take over and bring quiet. (sounds like an Alinsky plan to
me.) – rdb]
Sinai forces on high alert over Jihad threat
Alert level in al-Arish raised to unprecedented level after reports suggest Jihad members planning attack on local
security headquarters
Roee Nahmias, Reuters     Published: 11.25.11, 14:04 / Israel News
    While tens of thousands of protesters are amassing in Cairo's Tahrir Square, the Sinai Peninsula is heating up.
    Egyptian security forces on Friday raised the alert level to an unprecedented level in the al-Arish
area in northern Sinai after they received information that Jihad members are planning on carrying out
an attack on the local security headquarters, the Ma'an news agency reported Friday.
    According to the information they received, some 2,500 Jihad and additional radical faction
members were equipped with "unconventional weapons" and had gathered large quantities of ammunition. The
operatives prepared a plan to attack the al-Arish security directorate, the central prison and other official buildings.
    The purpose of the attack, according to the report, was vengeance on Egyptian authorities for thwarting a previous plan
to attack Sinai and drive away security forces.
    The reports come after saboteurs blew up a gas pipeline 60 km (37 miles) west of the Egyptian town of al-Arish in
northern Sinai earlier on Friday, the latest in series of attacks, state news agency MENA reported. The blast caused little
damage and did not start a fire because little gas was flowing through the pipeline at the time due to repair work from a
previous attack, MENA said.
    The pipeline, which supplies gas to Egypt and Jordan, was last attacked on Nov. 10. The latest was the seventh since
the revolt that ousted President Hosni Mubarak on Feb. 11, although the pipeline was first attacked a few days earlier. No
group has claimed responsibility for the sabotage.
    Egypt has a 20-year deal to export natural gas deal to Israel. It is unpopular with the Egyptian public and critics say
Jewish state was not paying enough for the gas. http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4153109,00.html
Hamas: Israeli threats won't push us from reconciliation
By JPOST.COM STAFF            11/25/2011 11:27
Mashaal says threats to withhold taxes from PA are ineffective because Jerusalem oppresses Palestinians anyway;
Likud MK: I will petition international community to isolate Palestinian unity gov't including Hamas.
   Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal responded to discontent in Jerusalem surrounding a united Palestinian government with
Hamas and Fatah sharing power, saying Friday that threats from the Israeli government "do not scare us." Mashaal was
responding to a statement made by Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman on Wednesday that Israel would not transfer a
shekel of tax revenues to the Palestinian Authority were it to form a unified government with Hamas.
   "Rather, [these threats] assure us that reconciliation is the best way forward for the Palestinian people," the Hamas
leader said in Cairo. "Why would be afraid?" Mashaal said a day after meetings with Palestinian Authority President
Mahmoud Abbas, in which the two parties' leaders agreed to work as "partners." "The enemy [Israel] practices oppression
daily against all Palestinians. Israel has exercised and still exercises aggression, assaults, and injustice against the
Palestinian people," Mashaal said.
   At the same time, Deputy Prime Minister Silvan Shalom (Likud) criticized the Palestinian Authority for engaging
Hamas, saying such moves disturbed any chance of jump-starting the defunct peace process. Speaking to Army Radio,
Shalom said that despite Israeli efforts to renew the diplomatic process with the Palestinian Authority, the political
reconciliation between the historically rivaling Palestinian factions shows their disinterest in reconnecting with Jerusalem.
   "We are at a critical point today," Shalom told Army Radio. "Israel is trying to renew the peace process, but the
Palestinians refuse any direct contact with us." Shalom said he would request from the international community to isolate
a Palestinian government where Hamas shares the reins. "I am going to petition the international community not to speak
with a [unity] government that includes Hamas," Shalom said.
   The Likud MK's comments echoed those made by Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu's spokesman
Mark Regev on Thursday, who said that “the closer Abbas gets to Hamas, the further away he gets
from peace.”
   Still, diplomatic officials in Jerusalem, especially those within Netanyahu's political camp, said they believed that any
progress in the reconciliation between Fatah and Hamas is more show than reality, according to Army Radio Friday.
   On Thursday, Abbas and Mashaal announced that they had agreed to work as “partners,” but failed to reach agreement
over the formation of a Palestinian unity government. They did agree, however, to hold presidential and parliamentary
elections in May and to release each other’s detainees from their prisons. The two men are to meet again on December 22.
Jordan to create hub with airport expansion
By DAVID ROSENBERG / THE MEDIA LINE            11/24/2011 16:10
New terminal for Queen Alia airport will increase capacity, upgrade facilities; many Arab countries also upgrading
    Look out Dubai and all the other glittering Gulf airports. Jordan’s Queen Alia International Airport is making a bid to
become the Middle East’s next regional hub.
    Right now a smallish and tatty facility, the first phase of a new $800 million state-of-the-art terminal is due to be
completed next year, doubling the airport’s annual capacity to seven million passengers. In the years following, the aim is
to increase capacity 6% annually to bring capacity up to 12 million passengers a year by 2033.
    The airport’s operators are aiming for glamour as well as numbers. Designed by the firm of world renowned British
architect Norman Foster, the new terminal will be topped by distinctive sculpted domed roofs that echo the shape of
Jordan's traditional Bedouin tents. Pools of water in the terminal’s courtyards are designed to reflect daylight into the
building and provide passive air-cooling.
     “The new iconic terminal will play a key role in Jordan's plans to emerge in the near-future as a major regional travel
hub,” Airports Group International (AIG), a private firm took over responsibility for expanding and operating Queen Alia
four years ago, said in a statement marking the latest progress in construction.
    Jordan’s hub-airport ambitions come at a time of breakneck airport development in the Gulf as well as doubt about the
short-to-medium term prospects for global aviation amid a sputtering global economy. Governments in the Middle East
are expected to spend nearly $90 billion in aviation infrastructure development, including $86 billion in the Gulf over the
next decades.
    Saudi Arabia intends to invest approximately $7 billion in its new airport project. In Oman, the Muscat airport is being
developed at a cost of $330 million to handle 48 million passengers annually, while Qatar, which is gearing up to host the
2022 World Cup in football, aims to boost to its aviation infrastructure at a cost of $1 billion.
    Dubai Airports, which pioneered the strategy of turning the Gulf into a transit hub for long-haul flights between
Europe and Asia, unveiled a plan recently to spend nearly $8 billion through 2020 to increase the airport's capacity to over
90 million passengers annually.
    “With Qatar and Dubai expanding, we have overcapacity,” Christian Lambertus, managing partner of Germany-based
Aviationexperts, told The Media Line. “The question in all this overcapacity is there a niche someone could benefit from.
Is it Jordan? I can’t tell... You need traffic through the hub to justify the investment.”
    A spokesman for AIG wasn’t immediately available for comment. MORE -
Wanted: Ebonics Translator for Federal DEA Job
By SARAH NETTER          Aug. 23 ,2010
    The U.S. Department of Justice is looking for fluent Ebonics speakers to fill nine drug enforcement jobs, giving merit
to a dialect that experts say is often mimicked and little understood. The federal Drug Enforcment Administration
translators would work out of the Atlanta field office according to a Justice Department request, posted online today by
The Smoking Gun.
    The request is again drawing attention to the form of speech that was hotly debated in the '90s after
a California school district passed a resolution recognizing the legitimacy of what is now more
commonly referred to as "African-American English."
    Ebonics detractors often characterize the speech as poor grammar or lazy English, but linguists say
it has an important place in history. [Horse Hockey! – rdb]
    John Braugh, a leading expert on African-American English, and chairman of the Linguistic Society of America's
public relations committee, said having trained translators on staff with the DEA could provide an invaluable service.
    Such experts, he said, would likely be used -- as with many federal linguists -- to assist with wiretaps and linguistic
profiling, when a person's accent or dialect can help lead investigators to the criminal. "They probably want reliable
expertise to make sure they've got an accurate interpretation for what is said," he said."Because there's the perception in
many minds that you don't need a translator, people believe they've understood something when they haven't."
    Though Baugh applauded the Justice Department for recognizing the relevance of Ebonics in
society, he questioned whether it may be unwittingly throwing itself back into a political debate by using the term
    The word still carries a negative connotation more than a decade after the Oakland, Calif., school board ignited a
national firestorm of debate when it proposed teaching some students in Ebonics. Political figures and pundits from then
Education Secretary William Bennett to the Rev. Jesse Jackson blasted the decision at the time. The debate later became
fodder for late night comedians. MORE - http://abcnews.go.com/US/wanted-ebonics-translator-federal-dea-
job/story?id=11462206#.Ts9dhGNFunA [Your tax dollars at work! Have mercy! – rdb]
'Occupy'-Inspired Campaign Urges Boycott of Black Friday
By Judson Berger              Published November 24, 2011
Occupy Wall Street-inspired protesters are eyeing a new target -- Target. And dozens of other companies.
    A campaign under the name "Occupy Black Friday" is trying to enlist supporters to boycott just about every major
retailer, and quite a few mid-sized ones, the day after Thanksgiving. The protesters are casting a wide net, urging people
to demonstrate against the top retail stores -- a list that includes everything from Wal-Mart to Target to Dick's Sporting
Goods to Dollar Tree.
    "The idea is simple, hit the corporations that corrupt and control American politics where it hurts, their profits," the
group's Facebook page reads, describing Black Friday as the "one day where the mega-corporations blatantly dictate our
    But retailers, who are monitoring the mini-movement, warn that a blanket boycott could end up hurting local
communities. "Retailers, regardless of their size, are an important part of the community, and they employ friends and
neighbors of that community across the country," said Joseph LaRocca, a senior adviser to the National Retail Federation
specializing in loss prevention. [These mindless critters don’t care who they hurt. Their purpose is to create
anarchy and disruption. They have never been held to standard in the past nor had to face the
consequences of their actions so they don’t think far enough in advance to consider what their actions
will do nor who they will hurt. They are like spoiled 3 year olds (which is about most of their mentality)
and want to throw a tantrum because it is the thing to do- not to mention that probably most are being
paid to be out there (thank you G. Soros –the spooky dude- and others promoting the destruction of
the USA and its foundational values. – rdb]
    He said retailers have security plans in place and will "work through" any protests and disruptions that occur this
    While warning that boycotts could hurt workers, LaRocca said that retailers are preparing for a "very busy day" and
weekend, and that it doesn't yet appear the Occupy Black Friday push will turn into a massive boycott. As of Tuesday
afternoon, the group's Facebook page had about 1,250 supporters.
    Brian Dodge, spokesman with the Retail Industry Leaders Association, said his group is monitoring the protest to see
whether it grows in popularity going into the weekend.
    "At this point, we're not sure" what kind of impact it will have, he said. "Retailers, they prepare for lots of
contingencies every day and certainly on Black Friday." http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2011/11/24/occupy-inspired-campaign-
Tea Party Activists Challenge 'Occupy Black Friday' With 'BUYcott Black Friday'
Published: Wednesday, 23 Nov 2011 | 11:46 AM ET By: Cadie Thompson
Anti-Occupy Wall Street" groups are taking on the protesters of "Occupy Black Friday" with "BUYcott Black
    Liberate Philadelphia/Liberate America, a Tea Party coalition of groups countering the "Occupy Wall Street"
movement, are challenging the latest move by Occupy Wall Street protesters to occupy or boycott publicly traded retailers
on Black Friday by instead encouraging consumers to shop on Black Friday to help the economy recover.
    "At a time when our economy is most fragile and ratings agencies are talking about another downgrade of the U.S.
credit rating, it's completely irresponsible for Occupy Wall Street to attempt to bring the U.S. economy to a halt on the
busiest shopping day of the year," Liberate organizer and a spokesman for the Tea Party, John Sullivan, stated in a press
    Although "Occupy Black Friday" is not meant to be an anti-capitalist movement, according to the group's website,
supporters of Liberate Philadelphia/Liberate America claim that the entire "Occupy Wall Street" movement is not in
support of a free market.
    "Occupy's message is frequently one of destroying the American free market," Liberate organizer and President of the
Independence Hall Tea Party Association, Teri Adams, stated in a Liberate Philadelphia/Liberate America press release.
http://www.cnbc.com/id/45416232 [Way to go! – rdb]
PA Will Raise 'Prisoner Issue' at United Nations
Officials in Ramallah say they will seek a favorable legal opinion at the United Nations forbidding Israel to incarcerate
PA terrorists.
By Gavriel Queenann         First Publish: 11/25/2011, 11:56 AM
    The Palestinian Authority plans to seek the United Nations' support in pressing for the release of wanted terrorists
from areas under its jurisdiction who are held in Israeli prisons. "All the legal preparations are currently in place and we
are ready to lodge the case with the UN General Assembly very shortly," Eisa Qaraqei, the Palestinian Minister of
Detainees' Affairs, told Gulf News "We have coordinated the move with the Arab and Muslim states in the UN," Quaraqei
added. Qaraqei said the stage was set for going to the the United Nations after PA chairman Mahmoud Abbas discussed it
with Arab League Secretary-General Nabeel Al Arabi.
    "We will get the UN General Assembly vote on the advisory international and legal opinion which is
not binding but can serve as a basis for UN action," he said. "The nature of the UN General Advisory opinion
will decide our next step, which is approaching the International Criminal Court [ICC] in The Hague," he added.
    "We will lodge a complaint with the [International Criminal Court] demanding the trial of the Israeli
Prison Service, and certain interrogators," Quraqei added, saying PA officials had consulted extensively with the
Legal Department of the Egyptian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
    "Israel treats Palestinian prisoners as criminals and terrorists and detains them in jails based in 1948 territories, which
totally contradicts international law," Quraqei claimed. [These guys are nuts – but then so are most of those in
the UN! The "PA" prisoners ARE criminals, that is why they are in jail. These dudes kill people and try
to kill them. Many should probably have been executed. – rdb]
    He stressed a UN General Assembly advisory opinion in favor of the PA would provide Ramallah "with great moral
and legal gains."
    Legal experts, however, say any legal benefit Quraqei expects to reap would require the PA to accept observer status in
the General Assembly and join the International Criminal Court. To date officials in Ramallah have rejected observer
status as a half measure.
    Further, experts say joining the ICC would be a double-edged sword for the PA as they would potentially open
themselves up to litigation as well.
    Moreover, absent a request from the United Nations Security Council to hear a case, the ICC is restricted to cases
wherein both parties are state actors who have accepted ICC jurisdiction. Further, accused states have the option of
conducting their own investigations to circumvent ICC jurisdiction.
    Observers note that Israel - along with the United States – formally 'unsigned' the ICC Rome Statute, thereby removing
themselves from ICC jurisdiction.
    As a result, they say, the PA drive to seek legal opinions in their favor and file suits against Israel in the ICC are
strictly propaganda stunts in their ongoing media war with the Jewish state.
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11242011 NEWS AM – Thanksgiving Day

                                                                    Wishing everyone a
                                                           Joyous and Meaningful day
                                                                  Of thanking the                    LORD
                                                                        for His mercies.
"I do recommend and assign Thursday ... next to be devoted by the People of these States to
the service of that great and glorious Being, who is the beneficent Author of all the good that
was, that is, or that will be." --George Washington (October 3, 1789)

                    Read the Prophets & PRAY WITHOUT CEASING!
             That is the only hope of this nation!                     Plead for Grace and Mercy
Please remember these
folks in prayer- Check 11.                   That the world would                WAKE                         U P.
often – they change                          Time for a worldwide repentance!
                             12.             ALL US soldiers fighting for our freedom around the world
                             13.             Pray for those in our government to repent of their wicked corrupt
                             14.             Pray that the American people WAKE UP to the truth concerning our
                                             government and take a positive action.
                             15.             Pray for GAF – cancer with spread – doing well stable
                             16.             Pray for KA with Cancer - on Chemo & improving slowly
                             17.             Pray for JA having very difficult time seeking God’s direction.
                             18.             Pray for L & K both with bad family problems
                             19.             Pray for CML who is having GI &heart problems – some
                                             improvement but still not well
                             20.             Pray that The Holy One will lead you in Your preparations for
                                             handling the world problems. – Have YOU made any preparations?
                             I have cleaned this off except for those whom I know are still with problems. If
                             your friends were removed please update me with condition to get them put
                             back on the list. Thank you
Nehemiah 7:57-60 The children of Solomon's servants: the children of Sotai, the children of
Sophereth, the children of Perida, 58the children of Jaala, the children of Darkon, the children of Giddel,
  the children of Shephatiah, the children of Hattil, the children of Pochereth-hazzebaim, the children of
Amon. 60All the Nethinim, and the children of Solomon's servants, were three hundred ninety and two.

'Iran strike aftermath couldn't be as bad as nuclear Iran'
By YAAKOV LAPPIN          11/23/2011 22:23
Former Mossad head Danny Yatom says Israel can't afford to wonder if Tehran "will go crazy and throw a bomb on
us," says "painful" IDF response would stop rocket fire from Hezbollah and Hamas.
   Iran’s nuclear sites, no matter how destructive, can never be as bad for Israel as an Iran armed with nuclear weapons,
former Mossad chief Danny Yatom said on Wednesday at a security conference at the Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic
Studies at Bar-Ilan University.
   Yatom took up a position that is diametrically opposed to that of another former Mossad chief, Meir
Dagan, who sparked significant controversy by stating earlier this year that an attack on Iran would be
a foolish move that would lead to a war with an unknown outcome.
   “There is a big argument over whether to attack Iran or not,” Yatom said. “The argument is legitimate. Some say Israel
will pay a high price, no matter who does the attacking.” “As difficult a price it may be, and even if those predicting
apocalyptic results are correct – and I don’t think they are – this is still not as bad as the threat of an Iranian nuclear
bomb,” he argued.
   Israel can’t afford to find itself in the position of having “to wake up every morning and ask, ‘Will they go crazy and
throw a bomb on us or not?’” Yatom said, adding that “the damage that an Iranian nuclear bomb can cause is so great.”
   It was impossible to stake the nation’s security on predictions by those who claim a nuclear Iran can be deterred, and
that the Iranian regime would not launch a nuclear attack, he said.
   Yatom acknowledged that rocket attacks would likely ensue from Lebanon and Gaza following a
strike, but added that Israel’s response would be “so painful and crushing that rockets will come to an
end.” “Civilian facilities and infrastructures in Lebanon and Gaza will be hit. Innocent civilians could be
   But the barrage of rockets will no longer be falling over our heads,” he added.
   The world did not have much time left to act on Iran, the former Mossad head warned, adding that “there is an
evaluation that they crossed the red line.
   They have the knowledge to make the bomb. All that is needed now is the decision to do it... The world has a year,
probably less.”
   He also doubted that sanctions would be effective. Addressing the option of targeting Iran with covert operations,
Yatom said that whether or not Israel was linked to such acts, they “won’t stop Iran. They either will have the bomb or
not. I think force will have to be used. I don’t think Israel should lead. This is a world problem... [But] should the world
stand on the sidelines, Israel will be fully entitled to use its natural right to self-defense.”
Iran official confirms 12 CIA agents arrested
Influential Iran parliamentarian says his country arrested 12 CIA agents who allegedly operated in coordination with
Israel's Mossad targeting Iranian military, nuclear program
Associated Press      Published: 11.24.11, 11:46 / Israel News
   An influential Iran parliamentarian has said that the country has arrested 12 agents of the American Central
Intelligence Agency, the country's official IRNA news agency reported Thursday. Parviz Sorouri, who sits on the
powerful committee of foreign policy and national security, that the alleged agents had been operating in coordination
with Israel's Mossad and other regional agencies, and targeted the country's military and its nuclear program.
   "The US and Zionist regime's espionage apparatuses were trying to damage Iran both from inside and outside with a
heavy blow, using regional intelligence services," Sorouri was quoted as having said on Wednesday. "Fortunately, with
swift reaction by the Iranian intelligence department, the actions failed to bear fruit," Sorouri said.
   The lawmaker did not specify the nationality of the alleged agents, nor when or where they had been arrested.
   Iran periodically announces the capture or execution of alleged US or Israeli spies, and often no
further information is released.
   This current announcement follows the unraveling by Lebanon's Hezbollah of a CIA spy ring in that country.
Hezbollah reportedly works closely with Iran.
   Hezbollah's longtime leader, Sheik Hassan Nasrallah, boasted in June on television he had unmasked at least two CIA
spies who had infiltrated the ranks of the organization. Though the US Embassy in Lebanon officially denied the
accusation, American officials conceded that Nasrallah wasn't lying and that Hezbollah had subsequently methodically
picked off CIA informants.
   The United States and its allies suspect Iran is pursuing a nuclear weapon program, a charge Iran denies.
Arab ministers gather to discuss Syria sanctions
By REUTERS         11/24/2011 12:00
Diplomats say range of sanctions being considered in attempt to end violent crackdown on protests against Assad;
"Syria hasn't offered anything to move situation forward" says senior Arab diplomat.
     CAIRO - Arab foreign ministers gathered in Cairo on Thursday to discuss imposing sanctions on Syria for failing to
implement an Arab League plan to end a crackdown on protests against President Bashar Assad. The League, which for
decades has spurned ordering action against a member state, has suspended Syria and threatened unspecified sanctions for
ignoring the deal it had signed up to.
     Syria has turned its tanks and troops on civilian protesters, as well as on armed insurgents
challenging Assad's 11-year rule. The United Nations says more than 3,500 people have been killed.
     "Syria has not offered anything to move the situation forward," said a senior Arab diplomat at the League, adding that
it was considering what kind of sanctions to impose. "The position of the Arab states is almost unified" he said,
speaking out against foreign intervention.
     The November 12 agreement to suspend Syria was backed by 18 of the pan-Arab organization's 22
members. Lebanon, where Syria for many years had a military presence, and Yemen, battling its own uprising, opposed
it. Iraq, whose Shi'ite-led government is wary of offending Syria's main ally Iran, abstained.
     Arab ministers were meeting in a Cairo suburb instead of the League's headquarters in Tahrir
Square, occupied by protesters after days of clashes with police in nearby streets.
     Khaled al-Habasi, an adviser to Arab League Secretary-General Nabil Elaraby, said the body was "working on uniting
the Syrian opposition on a vision regarding the future of Syria during the transitional period" and drawing up sanctions.
     Earlier this month, the League asked Syrian opposition groups to submit their ideas for a transition of power ahead of a
planned bigger conference on Syria's future. "There are many ideas and suggestions for sanctions that can be imposed on
the Syrian regime," said one Arab government representative at the League, who asked not to be identified. These
included imposing a travel ban on Syrian officials, freezing bank transfers or funds in Arab states
related to Assad's government and stopping Arab projects in Syria, he said.
    The decision to draft economic sanctions was taken at a meeting on November 16 in Morocco, stepping up pressure on
the Arab state. Damascus agreed to the Arab plan on November 2, but the crackdown continued and Syria requested
amendments to a plan to send Arab monitors to assess events at first-hand.
    France called on Wednesday for a "secured zone to protect civilians" in Syria, the first time a major Western power has
suggested international intervention on the ground.
    After the uprising erupted in Libya, the League suspended Tripoli and also called for a no-fly zone that paved the way
for a UN Security Council resolution and NATO air strikes.
    Arabs have shown no appetite so far for following a similar route with Syria, which neighbors Israel and lies on the
fault-lines of several interlocking conflicts in the Middle East. http://www.jpost.com/MiddleEast/Article.aspx?id=246824 [Actually
this is kind of encouraging. For the Arab League to stand against one of their own is rather unusual
and I think indicates more their fear of Syria’s ally Iran rather than more indignity at Syria. – rdb]
Cairo street battles rage on through the night
By REUTERS       11/24/2011 05:37
Interior Minister proposes postponement of parliamentary elections, Al Jazeera reports.
    CAIRO - Egyptian riot police fired barrages of tear gas at hardcore protesters demanding Egypt's army relinquish
power in a sixth night of violence which has led the interior minister, according to one report, to propose postponing
elections due on Nov. 28.
    Scores of young men, coughing and gasping for air stumbled into dark side streets off Cairo's Tahrir Square to escape
the acrid smoke during the to-and-fro battle with police. But undeterred, tens of thousands still thronged the
square peacefully late into the night on Wednesday to protest at the deaths of more than 30 people in
the violence and reject the army's offer of a referendum on its rule.
    In light of the violence, Interior Minister Mansour el-Essawy presented a report to the military council proposing a
postponement of the parliamentary election planned for Nov. 28, Al Jazeera television said on Thursday, quoting
unnamed sources. It was not immediately possible to verify the report.
    The election, due to begin on Monday, has been billed as Egypt's first free vote in decades.
    The army and the Muslim Brotherhood, which expects to do well in the election, says it must go ahead but many
protesters are unwilling to trust the army to oversee a clean vote and hand real control of the country to the winner.
    The generals' popularity has waned in the nine months since they nudged President Hosni Mubarak
from office and swore to steer the country towards civilian democracy, as suspicion grew that they were
manoeuvring to stay in power beyond elections.
    The head of the military council, Field Marshal Mohamed Hussein Tantawi, has pledged to bring forward a
presidential vote and offered a new interim government but the demonstrators are unconvinced.
    "The military council must leave and hand power to civilians. They don't want to leave so that their corruption isn't
exposed," said 23-year-old student Ahmed Essam. He said he joined the protests when he saw riot police raining blows on
peaceful demonstrators on Saturday. "Everything is like in Mubarak's time," he said.
    Gunfire rattled near the Interior Ministry, a symbol of state authority and target of the protesters, on Wednesday night.
Several gave accounts of people shot dead but these could not immediately be verified.
    At a makeshift clinic near Tahrir, doctor Tareq Salem said four people had died there on
Wednesday, two from bullet wounds and two from asphyxiation. He said three volunteer doctors have been
killed since the violence began. "They were fresh graduates," he said, splashing his face with saline fluid to counter the
effects of the latest barrage of gas. One died of suffocation, the other two of bullet wounds sustained while assessing
injuries outside, he said.
    Essawy told state television earlier that only tear gas was being fired by the security forces but there were unidentified
people shooting from rooftops near Tahrir.
    Thousands turned out in the second city of Alexandria and in Port Said. One died and two were
injured in Ismailia, a city on the Suez Canal, security sources said.
    Protesters accused the army of using hired thugs to buildings and paint a political protest as mindless vandalism.
    TV stations showed a man being beaten in Tahrir Square after he was accused of working for state security under
cover and shooting at protesters.
    Ambulances, sirens wailing, ferried casualties away while smoke billowed over the area from fires lit by youths.
    Gunfire rang out repeatedly, fuel-filled bottles erupted in flames and riot police filled the street in front of their main
position with round after round of tear gas, driving protesters, coughing, into side streets. Every so often, the
demonstrators regrouped and would again edge towards the ministry.
http://www.jpost.com/VideoArticles/Video/Article.aspx?id=246786 [Great to see such a democratic turn over in Egypt
isn’t it. Now there is anarchy. At least with Mubarak there was order, even if he was a crook. Most
Islamic countries can’t really have democracy. It isn’t in their theology nor their genes. – rdb]
Yemen's Saleh signs power transfer deal
By REUTERS           11/23/2011 18:53
Ban Ki-moon says Saleh will immediately head to NY for medical treatment after signing agreement on Saudi television.
   DUBAI - Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh signed a Gulf initiative on Wednesday to hand over power to his
deputy as part of a proposal to end months of protests that have pushed the Arab country to the brink of civil war.

    Saudi state television broadcast live images of Saleh signing the accord in the presence of Saudi King Abdullah and
Crown Prince Nayef. Yemeni opposition officials signed the accord after Saleh.
    Earlier, Saleh told UN chief Ban Ki-moon he will come to New York for medical treatment immediately after signing
the deal. It was the fourth attempt to wrap up a power transfer accord that Saleh backed out of on three previous occasions
at the last minute, fueling turmoil that has bolstered al-Qaida militants next door to Saudi Arabia, the world's No. 1 oil
"He told me that he will come to New York to take medical treatment immediately after signing this agreement," Ban
    This is the fourth attempt to wrap up a power transfer deal that Saleh has backed out of on three previous occasions at
the last minute.
    Saleh was previously forced to seek treatment in Saudi Arabia for injuries suffered in an apparent assassination attempt
in June after the last time he ducked out of the deal, which ushered in street battles that devastated parts of the Yemeni
capital Sanaa.
    "If he (Saleh) comes to New York, I'll be happy to meet him," Ban said.
    Activists who have camped in central Sanaa have demanded Saleh end his 33 years of rule now.
    Government troops skirmished with gunmen loyal to a powerful opposition tribal leader in the capital and some
clashes were reported in the southern city of Taiz.
    "The president ... arrived this morning in Riyadh on a visit to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, following an invitation
from the Saudi leadership, to attend the signing of the Gulf initiative and its operational mechanism," state news agency
Saba reported earlier.
    UN envoy Jamal Benomar, with support from US and European diplomats, managed to devise a compromise to
implement the power transfer deal crafted by the six-member Gulf Cooperation Council.
    Under the GCC plan, Saleh will shift all his powers to his deputy, Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi, who would form a new
government with the opposition and call for an early presidential election within three months.
    Months of protests have rekindled conflicts with Yemen's Islamist militants and separatists, threatening anarchy in a
country Washington regards as a front line against al-Qaida.
    The unrest has also raised fear of civil war on the borders of Saudi Arabia, a crucial strategic ally of the United States.
The fears are shared by Saleh's erstwhile US allies, who had long backed him in their fight against al-Qaida.
Patrick Cockburn: This was always a civil war, and the victors are not merciful
Patrick Cockburn     Thursday, 24 November 2011
The detention of 7,000 people in prisons and camps by the anti-Gaddafi forces is not surprising. The
conflict in Libya was always much more of a civil war between Libyans than foreign governments
pretended or the foreign media reported.
    The winning anti-Gaddafi militia are not proving merciful. Often they have had relatives killed in the fighting or
imprisoned by the old regime who they want to avenge. Sometimes they come from tribes and towns traditionally hostile
to neighbouring tribes and towns. Gaddafi supporters are being hunted down. According to one person in Gaddafi's home
town of Sirte, they are facing a "continuing reign of terror".
    "There is a deep and spreading frenzy, particularly among some of the youth militia and the Islamists, to hunt down
anyone associated with the former regime," the source said.
    The National Transitional Council, whose control is largely theoretical, is not in a position to stop
this purge because many of its members are themselves frightened of being accused of links with the
old regime.
    Some groups are particularly vulnerable. The then-rebels were convinced earlier this year that many of those they were
fighting were mercenaries recruited in Central or West Africa. But when these alleged "mercenaries" were arrested in
Tripoli, many turned out to be black migrant labourers without identity papers.
    According to Amnesty International, some of those who were put on television by the rebels as mercenaries were later
quietly freed because they were migrant workers. Others faced mob justice before they were able to prove their identities.
    The international media was overwhelmingly hostile to Gaddafi's regime and tended to highlight atrocities committed
by it and disregard or underplay human rights violations carried out by his opponents. An example of this occurred when
eight or nine bodies of Libyan soldiers were found who appeared to have been executed. The rebels claimed they had been
shot by Gaddafi's men because they tried to change sides. But Amnesty located a film of the soldiers being captured alive
by the rebels and it was presumably the rebels who killed them.
   The purge of Gaddafi supporters is made more dangerous by the infighting between the militias,
and between them and the politicians. Association with the old regime can be used to discredit an opponent. There
may also be self-interest since death squads are reported to be taking their property.
[Gee! Isn’t independence and freedom wonderful in an Arab fantasy land where you can just go and kill
at will? – rdb]
Hezbollah denies explosion in munitions warehouse
Shiite group issues official statement denying mysterious explosion in southern Lebanon took place in one of its
Roee Nahmias          Published: 11.23.11, 22:03 / Israel News
   Hezbollah issued an official statement on Wednesday denying that the mysterious explosion in southern Lebanon took
place in one of their strongholds.
   "Contrary to reports, the Siddiqin incident has nothing to do with any of Hezbollah's munitions
warehouses," the statement said.
   Earlier Wednesday, it was reported that a massive explosion took place at a Hezbollah facility near Siddiqin, in the
southern coastal city of Tyre.
   There were no reports of injuries in the blast.
   According to reports, Hezbollah cordoned off the immediate area following the explosion, preventing Lebanese
security forces from getting within a one-kilometer radius of the blast.
   The blast took place in a UNIFIL-controlled area in Lebanon. Should Hezbollah have a munitions warehouse in the
area, it is in clear violation of UN Resolution 1701.
   A UNIFIL team is scheduled to arrive at the scene and investigate. A spokesman for the United Nations Interim Force
in Lebanon said that the agency had no firsthand knowledge of the event and that it had learned of the explosion from the
media. http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4152471,00.html [Not sure I believe that little missive from Hezbollah
at all. They had pictures of it on the Israeli news last PM. – rdb]
Firefight erupts on Egyptian border
By YAAKOV LAPPIN                      11/23/2011 23:59
IDF, Egyptian forces engage Beduin smugglers attempting to infiltrate Israel; smugglers kill two
Egyptian policemen. The IDF identified Beduin smugglers on the southern border trying to infiltrate
Israel from Egypt, and a firefight erupted between the two sides on Wednesday night. No IDF soldiers
were injured in the clash.
   The two smugglers attempting to penetrate the border into Israel were identified by an IDF force who, according to
regulations, fired at their legs.
   Although details of the incident were not immediately clear by press time, a second firefight between the Beduin
smugglers and Egyptian security forces also apparently developed.
   The smugglers returned toward Egypt but were identified by Egyptian security forces on the southern side of the
border. They fired at the Egyptians, killing two security officers, according to Army Radio.
   The two incidents apparently took place 400 meters apart from each other.
   The IDF recovered a Kalashnikov and a pistol from the area. http://www.jpost.com/DiplomacyAndPolitics/Article.aspx?id=246764
IDF prepares for possible Gaza op
Gaza Division holds contingency exercise ahead of possible offensive in Strip. Drill tests operational range of
Engineering Corps' D9 bulldozers
Yoav Zitun     Published: 11.24.11, 00:38 / Israel News
   The IDF's Combat Engineering Corps held a drill testing its Caterpillar D9 bulldozers on Tuesday, indicating that
while calm has been restored to Israel's southern communities, the army remains on alert.
   "Terror groups' capabilities are greater than they were in the past, but we have learned our lesson and improved our
capabilities as well," Captain Moshe Yakobovich, who commands the Gaza Northern Brigade's Mechanical Engineering
Equipment Company, told Ynet.
   This was the first exercise for the company, which became operational over a year ago. The troops
used the heavy machinery to practice opening safe routes for infantry and armored infantry units and
dealing with land mines, roadside bombs, antitank missiles and mortar shell barrages. The drill took
place at the Tzeelim base.
   The IDF is bracing for the possibility that the next operation in the Gaza Strip might meet a response more violent than
what Operation Cast Lead had seen. To prepare for such a scenario, the bulldozers have been equipped with innovative
protective equipment, including antitank missile alert systems.
    "On a daily basis we deal with opening safe routes, clearing territories and building defensive posts for our forces,"
Yakobovich said. "This time we practiced operating at nighttime... while staying in the field for a long period of time."
'Shalit capture motivated tunnel construction'
    The Gaza Division's engineering officer, Lieutenant-Colonel Yaron Malka, noted that the special exercise has been
planned a year in advance.
    "The engineering equipment will be the first to enter Gaza and the last to leave, as it has been done in the past," he
said. "This is why it's very important to maintain commanders and operators well trained."
    Alongside the heavy machinery, the Engineering Corps has also been working on its minor tactics warfare, especially
when it comes to one of the primary threats that the Gaza Strip poses – the territory's network of tunnels. Army officials
estimate that Hamas, which for years has been using the underground pathways for smuggling purposes, has also dug
dozens of tunnels for long-range attacks. These channels could harbor terrorists aiming to ambush IDF troops.
    Since technology that detects these tunnels has yet to be developed, the IDF must rely on Sayeret Samur, a commando
unit, to do the job.
    "Gilad Shalit's abduction, which was done using a tunnel, has motivated (terror) groups to dig more tunnels," an army
sources said. "Such a pathway can appear out of the ground at any given moment." http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-
Netanyahu: Mideast changes necessitate caution
By HERB KEINON              11/24/2011 14:01
    In joint presser with Romanian counterpart, PM says Israel shouldn't rush into deal with Palestinians, asserts "Egypt,
Israel have deep interest in preserving peace," praises Iran sanctions.
    Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu on Thursday reiterated that the vast changes sweeping the region obligate Israel
to be “very careful, responsible and vigilant” and not do anything to jeopardize its security.
    During a joint press conference with visiting Romanian Prime Minister Emil Bloc, Netanyahu echoed a theme he
discussed a day earlier in the Knesset. With uncertainty rampant in the region, the prime minister said that this was no
time for Israel to rush headlong into a deal with the Palestinians that would entail the withdrawal of territory.
    While Israel would like nothing better than democratic neighbors, Netanyahu stated, “that is far from certain, and we
could likely find ourselves in a region more hostile than ever, and that could last a while.”
    Addressing the current volatile situation in Egypt, Netanyahu said that “Israel and Egypt have a deep interest in
preserving the peace between them."
    Netanyahu said the Israeli-Egyptian peace “ensures stability in the heart of the Middle East," guarantees open transport
along one of the most important [shipping] routes in the world, and secures economic stability and quiet.
    He said Israel and Egypt are continuing to work together to preserve the peace and protect it from others trying to
damage it.
    Regarding Iran, Netanyahu praised the recent sanctions decided upon by the US, Canada and Britain, and said he
hoped other countries would follow suit. “The only way the sanctions will be effective is if they hurt the [Iranians] main
source of income - harm the oil industry, and more effective sanctions on the [Iranian] central bank.”
     “I don’t know if that will work,” he said. “But we won’t know if we don’t try.” He termed the steps that have been
taken as “significant,” and said he hoped even stiffer sanctions would be taken “as soon as possible.”
http://www.jpost.com/DiplomacyAndPolitics/Article.aspx?id=246853 [Sounds most optimistic, kind of like a cheerleader.
Think positive and it will all be fine. Really? – rdb]
Medvedev takes aim at US missile shield, targeting also Israel's missile defenses
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report November 23, 2011, 7:37 PM (GMT+02:00)
After deploying three warships in Syrian waters, Moscow continues to beat war drums against the
United States followed closely by Tehran. Wednesday, Nov. 23, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev
told state television: "I have ordered the armed forces to develop measures to ensure if necessary that
we can destroy the command and control systems" of the planned US missile-defense system in
Europe. These measures are appropriate, effective and low-cost."
   Iranian Supreme Leader's top advisor for military affairs Major General Yahya Rahim Safavi came next. He said:
"The Iranian Revolutionary Guards controls the identity and destination of every US warship which
intends to pass through the Strait of Hormuz."
   debkafile's military sources report that the US missile shield's command and control systems which the Russian
president spoke of destroying are linked directly to Israel's missile defense network against Iranian, Syria and Hizballah
missiles and the X-Band radar station located in the southern Israeli Negev.
   Medvedev's threat to American "command and control systems" was therefore comprehensive. It referred not just to
the US anti-missile shield facilities planned for Europe, but also to preparing measures for use ("if necessary") - in the
course of a possible American or Israeli attack on Iran or Syria - for striking the US missile defense systems in Europe
before they can intercept Iranian missiles.
    Knocking out the European shield would leave Israel completely exposed to Iranian missile attack.
    In a very few terse words, the Russian president has made it clear that the Kremlin will not allow Iran and its Middle
East allies be prevented from missile retaliation in the event of war. That threat also explains why at least two of the three
Russian naval vessels moved into Syrian territorial waters last week were equipped for surveillance and electronic
warfare, exactly what is needed for a Russian operation to destroy US missile shield command and control centers near
the Syrian border, such as the one stationed in Turkey.
    In another part of his announcement, President Medvedev also threatened to opt out of the new START arms control
deal with the United States and halt other arms control talks if the US proceeds with the missile shield without meeting
Russia's demand for it to be managed jointly, which NATO has rejected.
    The Iranian General Savavi's assertion of the IRGC's exclusive control of the Strait of Hormuz was in direct response
to the crossing of two US carriers, the USS Stennis and USS Bush, through the strait to take up position opposite the
Iranian coast. This was reported exclusively by debkafile Monday, Nov. 21. http://www.debka.com/article/21509/ [Looks
like the Bear is getting serious. This is not good. – rdb]
Shunned Bund sale fuels debt crisis fears
By David Oakley and Tracy Alloway in London, Alex Barker in Brussels and Gerrit Wiesmann in Berlin Last updated: November 23, 2011 7:07 pm
    The worst-received bond sale by Germany since the launch of the euro fuelled market fears that the
continent’s debt crisis was now affecting Berlin, the region’s biggest economy and key to the survival
of the single currency.
    The bond auction only managed to raise two-thirds of the amount targeted. Investors and banks shunned the offering
due to worries that Europe’s monetary union project could collapse because of deteriorating market sentiment and the vast
size of the region’s public debt.
    The euro, which has held up relatively well despite the turmoil in the bond markets, suffered one of its biggest one-day
falls against the dollar this year, while eurozone government debt was sold off across the board.
    A spokesman for the German debt agency, which oversees the auctions, said: “We are seeing no indication that
investors might be losing their appetite for Bunds. ... We shouldn’t over-interpret today’s result.”
    Some market participants said the low level of German yields may have put off some buyers. The average yield in the
auction was a historically low 1.98 per cent. Investors have bought Bunds heavily in recent weeks as they diversified out
of peripheral eurozone debt.
    But as fear spread across trading floors, Germany started to trade like a risk asset with Bund yields, which have an
inverse relationship with prices, rising roughly in line with French, Italian, Spanish and Belgian yields. However yields on
short-term German debt went into negative territory, meaning that investors effectively are paying to hold the bills
because they see Berlin as a safe haven. MORE - http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/78994200-15c2-11e1-8db8-
00144feabdc0.html#axzz1eaOMGECY [NOT a good sign at all. – rdb]
Euro on ‘Death Watch’ After Investors Spurn German Bonds
Published: Wednesday, 23 Nov 2011 | 1:42 PM ET      By: John Melloy
   Investors began to fear the worst for the euro after unusually weak demand at an auction for bonds from Germany,
the region’s largest economy. One analyst went so far as to put the currency on a “death watch.”
   Germany sold just 60 percent of the 6 billion euros in 10-year bunds it brought to auction, about the weakest demand
seen for the country’s debt in the currency’s 16-year history, economists said. The rejection of debt from Europe’s safe
harbor marks a new stage for the crisis. MORE - http://www.cnbc.com/id/45418399 [Obviously both the European (ft)
outlets and the US (cnn) are worried and everyone should very well be concerned. A Euro collapse will
crash the US markets as well. – rdb]
'Company Policy: We are not hiring until Obama is gone'
6:53 PM, Nov 23, 2011 Written by     Jon Shirek
    WACO, Ga. -- A west Georgia business owner is stirring up controversy with signs he posted on his company's trucks,
for all to see as the trucks roll up and down roads, highways and interstates:
    "New Company Policy: We are not hiring until Obama is gone."
    "Can't afford it," explained the employer, Bill Looman, Tuesday evening. "I've got people that I want to hire now, but I
just can't afford it. And I don't foresee that I'll be able to afford it unless some things change in D.C."
    Looman's company is U.S. Cranes, LLC. He said he put up the signs, and first posted pictures of the signs on his
personal Facebook page, six months ago, and he said he received mostly positive reaction from people, "about 20-to-one
    But for some reason, one of the photos went viral on the Internet on Monday.
    And the reaction has been so intense, pro and con, he's had to have his phones disconnected because of the non-stop
calls, and he's had to temporarily shut down his company's website because of all the traffic crashing the system.
     Looman made it clear, talking with 11Alive's Jon Shirek, that he is not refusing to hire to make some political point;
it's that he doesn't believe he can hire anyone, because of the economy. And he blames the Obama administration.
     "The way the economy's running, and the way my business has been hampered by the economy, and the policies of the
people in power, I felt that it was necessary to voice my opinion, and predict that I wouldn't be able to do any hiring," he
     Looman did receive some unexpected attention not long after he put up his signs and Facebook photos. He said
someone, and he thinks he knows who it was, reported him to the FBI as a threat to national security. He said the
accusation filtered its way through the FBI, the Department of Homeland Security and finally the Secret Service. Agents
interviewed him.
     "The Secret Service left here, they were in a good mood and laughing," Looman said. "I got the feeling they thought it
was kind of ridiculous, and a waste of their time."
     So Bill Looman is keeping the signs up, and the photos up -- stirring up a lot of debate.
     "I just spent 10 years in the Marine Corps protecting the rights of people... the First Amendment, and the Second
Amendment and the [rest of the] Bill of Rights," he said. "Lord knows they're calling me at 2 in the morning, all night
long, and voicing their opinion. And I respect their right to do that. I'm getting a reaction, a lot of it's negative, now. But a
lot of people are waking up." http://www.11alive.com/news/article/214228/3/Company-Policy-We-are-not-hiring-until-Obama-is-gone
Budget Office: Obama's Stimulus Failed on Jobs
Wednesday, 23 Nov 2011 12:34 PM          By Paul Scicchitano
In a blow to the Obama administration, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) has concluded that the
president’s economic stimulus plan created fewer jobs than expected and “crowds out” private
 A new report the CBO released on Tuesday finds that the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act may have boosted
the economy in the short run by sustaining some 700,000 jobs at its peak in 2010 but “will reduce output slightly in the
long run — by between 0 and 0.2 percent after 2016.”
   The report estimates that the total number of jobs the plan produced was far fewer than the 3.5
million the Obama administration predicted during the peak of spending. The CBO estimates that the
stimulus is responsible for sustaining between 600,000 to 1.8 million jobs during this quarter, which
lowered the nation’s unemployment rate by as much as 1 percent.
   In July, the conservative Weekly Standard estimated that Obama’s stimulus package had cost taxpayers $278,000 for
every job it created.
   There was no immediate comment from the White House on the CBO report, but officials haveinsisted in the past that
the economy would have fallen into a depression without the jobs act..
   In September, White House press secretary Jay Carney called it “uncontestable” that the infrastructure projects the act
created “were very well managed, came in on budget or under budget and led to the creation of many, many jobs” that
would not have been created otherwise.
   CBO, a nonpartisan agency, has re-evaluated the stimulus every three months with varying estimates of the total price
tag — from $787 billion, up to $862 billion and now $825 billion.
   The agency also has changed its model for the spending's impact on the economy, and the new calculations show that
the act did less than originally projected.
   CBO’s latest report reveals that the top-end decline of two-tenths of a percent is deeper than the agency predicted
before the stimulus passed in February 2009, according to a report in The Washington Times.
   At the peak of spending from July through September 2010, the American economy sustained between 700,000 and
3.6 million jobs, which lowered the unemployed rate between four-tenths of a percent to 2 percent, The Times reports.
   An opinion piece in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution acknowledges that the stimulus failed to keep unemployment
below 8 percent, as the Obama administration had projected, but blamed the discrepancy on a greater decline in the gross
domestic prodcut than previously estimated.
   “In short, in early 2009 we thought the economy had fallen off a ladder,” the article says. “In reality, it had fallen off a
six-story building.” http://www.newsmax.com/Headline/obama-stimulus-fewer-jobs/2011/11/23/id/419003?s=al&promo_code=D953-1
Gush Katif for Migron
In an emotional encounter, Gush Katif leadership visited Migron on Wednesday to join the struggle to keep Migron
standing. Avi Farkhan transferred the Israeli flag he carried away from Yamit and again from Gush Katif to the residents
of Migron, and declared that the flag was here to stay, with no more expulsions. [Gush Katif was ‘purged’ of Jews
2005 and are hoping to prevent others from being expelled from the land that God gave them. I am sure
this was a very emotional rally for those people who know what it is like to be disenfranchised. – rdb]
UNESCO Accepts Syria for Human Rights Committees
 UNESCO's executive board has unanimously approved Syria's membership on two human rights committees.
 By Chana Ya'ar        First Publish: 11/24/2011, 1:36 PM
     The United Nations Education, Science and Culture Organization (UNESCO) has unanimously approved Syria's
 membership on two U.N. human rights committees.
     One of the committees involves Syria's re-election to a second term on the 30-member Committee on Conventions and
 Recommendations, which examines "communications... relating to the exercise of human rights," according to UNESCO's
     This comes as the United Nations plenum estimates that nearly 4,000 people have been killed in government
 crackdowns against civilian protesters in the nine-month "Arab Spring" uprising in Syria.
     Syria will also now be allowed to join the 23-member Commitee on International Non-Governmental Organizations,
 mandated to encourage approved activist groups to help further the agency's overall goals.
     UNESCO's 58-member executive board, which includes the United States, France, the UK and other Western
 democracies, approved Syria's memberships by consensus on November 11. However, the agency has delayed posting the
 voting results on its website.
     The watchdog organization UN Watch issued a statement Wednesday calling on the UNESCO executive board to
 immediately reverse its election of Syria to the committees, which came just a day before the Arab League moved to
 suspend Syria's membership in its own regional body.
     "The Arab League's suspension of Syria is stripped of any meaning when its member states elevate Syria to U.N.
 human rights committees," said Hillel Neuer, executive director of the Geneva-based monitoring group.
     "It's shameful for the U.N.'s prime agency on science, culture and education to take a country that is
 shooting its own people and empower it to decide human rights issues on a global scale."
 http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/150063 [The UN is an absolute farce. – rdb]

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Iran developing advanced missile defense system
By YAAKOV LAPPIN              11/23/2011 04:35
Islamic Republic may be receiving help from North Korea in creating a complex barrier to protect nuclear sites.
    Iran could be getting outside help in developing its own missile defense system, a preeminent Israeli missile expert
told The Jerusalem Post on Tuesday. Uzi Rubin, an architect of Israel’s missile defense program, was responding to
Iranian reports boasting of a new domestic missile defense system named “Bavar 373,” which Tehran claimed was “a
substitution for S-300 (Russian) missile system.”
    The S-300 was an aerial defense platform that was denied to the Islamic Republic by Moscow in 2010, despite an
earlier agreement to purchase it. It was supposed to defend Iranian nuclear sites against foreign missiles and fighter jet
     “Intuitively, it is difficult to imagine that the Iranian system is as good as the S-300,” Rubin said. “Making the missile
is the simple part. The problem is creating complex radars and other components. The effectiveness of the system depends
on the radars. The Iranians have some skills in this, but years of experience are needed. It’s difficult to believe this can be
done in one generation,” Rubin said.
    However, “there are indications they are not working alone,” Rubin added, saying that North Korean weapons
engineers may be providing assistance. “They may be on the way to reaching these capabilities,” he said.
    A report by the semi-official Iranian Student News Agency on Tuesday quoted the commander of the Khatamol al-
Anbiya Air Defense Base, Brigadier General Farzad Esmaili, as saying that the Bavar 373 had “higher and more advanced
capabilities than the S-300” and that the system would be “completed soon.”
    Earlier this month, the Yonhap South Korean News Agency quoted a diplomatic source as saying that “hundreds of
North Korean nuclear and missile experts have been collaborating with their Iranian counterparts in more than 10
locations across the Islamic state... including Natanz and Qom.”
    One of the most advanced multi-target anti-aircraft missile systems in the world, the S-300 has a reported ability to
track up to 100 targets simultaneously while engaging up to 12 at the same time.
   In Israel, there are two schools of thought with regard to the severity of the S-300 threat. On the one hand, there are
those who argue that all means need to be used to prevent the system from reaching Iran.
   Iran drilled a defense of its radar network in recent days against the electronic warfare of a hypothetical enemy, the
ISNA said in a separate report on Tuesday. http://www.jpost.com/Defense/Article.aspx?id=246628
EU ups heat on Iran, reaches new sanctions deal
By REUTERS             11/22/2011 20:41
Some 200 companies, organizations included will face EU asset freezes, and officials will be banned from travelling to
    European Union governments agreed in principle on Tuesday to extend sanctions against Iran by adding some 200
names to a target list of people and entities in an effort to add pressure on Tehran over its nuclear program, diplomats said.
The decision will be formally approved at a meeting of EU foreign ministers on Dec. 1, they said.
    "The silent procedure went through, it's done," said one EU diplomat, speaking on condition of anonymity. He was
referring to a procedure that allows EU governments to reach agreements on various policies.
    European companies will be banned from doing business with the listed firms and organizations,
while officials will be subject to asset freezes and visa bans.
    EU diplomats can, in theory, tweak the target list during further discussions in the coming days, and the final list of
names will be made public after the formal approval.
In addition to extending the sanctions list, EU governments are also expected to discuss proposals by France and Britain
for further sanctions, such as targeting the Iranian central bank. France also wants to target the oil industry.
    If agreed, such moves could also be formally approved next week, diplomats have said.
    France said on Tuesday it was pushing hard to persuade its EU counterparts to move quickly on its proposal.
    On Monday, the United States, Britain and Canada announced new measures against Iran's energy and financial
sectors, in response to a Nov. 8 International Atomic Energy Agency report that presented intelligence suggesting Iran had
worked on designing an atomic bomb. http://www.jpost.com/IranianThreat/News/Article.aspx?id=246599
Iran: Middle East nuclear talks 'waste of time'
By REUTERS 11/22/2011 16:42
M. East foes stick to positions in rare nuclear talks; atmosphere calm, little "fiery" rhetoric; Iran boycotts
"superficial" meeting.
VIENNA - Member states of the UN atomic agency held rare calm, constructive discussions on banning
nuclear weapons in the Middle East, participants said on Tuesday, but absent Iran dismissed the
meeting as a "waste of time." Israel and its Arab neighbors took part in the November 21-22 forum hosted by the
UN International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), seen as a chance to help start a dialogue on the divisive issue of nuclear
arms in the volatile region.
    Although no concrete outcome was expected at the closed-door meeting, one official said the talks were "calm and
professional, not fiery at all," unlike the heated rhetoric that usually erupts between regional adversaries.
    Iran, which said it would boycott the forum after IAEA member nations on Friday passed a
resolution rebuking it over its nuclear program, said such meetings were of little use because of arch-
foe Israel's assumed atomic arsenal.
    As long as Israel "is in possession of weapons of mass destruction, nuclear weapons, is not a member of the NPT and
doesn't allow inspection by the IAEA ... and Western countries simply support it, such meetings will be superficial and a
waste of time," Iran's Foreign Ministry spokesman said.
    Israel, presumed to be the region's only nuclear power and its only country that is not part of the Non-Proliferation
Treaty (NPT), has said it would sign the 1970 pact and renounce nuclear weapons only as part of a broader Middle East
peace deal with Arab states and Iran that guaranteed its security.
    Israel and the United States see Iran as the region's main proliferation threat. Tehran denies it is seeking nuclear
weapons, but an IAEA report earlier this month lent independent weight to the West's mounting suspicions.
2012 conference to be held in Finland
    "We think that all countries should be determined to remove weapons of mass destruction," the Iranian Foreign
Ministry spokesman, Ramin Mehmanparast, told reporters in Tehran.
    The forum in Vienna had been billed as a symbolically significant bid to bring regional foes together at the same
venue, although diplomats had played down expectations of what could be achieved. More than 90 countries attended the
    It could send a positive signal ahead of a planned international conference in Finland next year to discuss establishing
a zone free of nuclear arms in the Middle East, still seen as a distant prospect by many experts.
    The talks focused on the experiences of regions which have set up Nuclear-Weapon-Free Zones (NWFZ), including
Africa and Latin America, and how the Middle East can learn from them.
    On the meeting's first day on Monday, Arab states, especially Syria, took aim at Israel over the arsenal it is widely
believed to possess but has never officially confirmed.
    Israel made clear its view that the region was not yet ready to establish a nuclear-weapon-free zone and cited political
instability, hostilities and deep mistrust.
    Finland has agreed to host a conference next year to discuss formally banning nuclear weapons in the Middle East. The
idea for the meeting came from Egypt, which pushed for talks among all regional states on a nuclear arms-free zone.
Obama aide: End of Assad regime will serve severe blow to Iran
National Security Advisor Tom Donilon says no option off the table in dealing with Iran's nuclear program, adding
that Islamic Republic's isolation is causing rifts in Tehran regime.
By Natasha Mozgovaya Published 22:14 22.11.11                   Latest update 22:14 22.11.11
    The toppling of Syrian President Bashar Assad's regime would serve a serious blow to Iran and would serve to further
isolate the Islamic Republic, a top U.S. official said on Tuesday, adding that change in Syria was "inevitable."
    President Barack Obama's National Security Advisor Tom Donilon, speaking a day after the United
States announced new measures against Iran over its nuclear program, said that "end of the Assad
regime would constitute Iran’s greatest setback in the region yet—a strategic blow that will further shift
the balance of power in the region against Iran."
    Referring to the new set of Iran sanctions, which mainly targeted the country's energy sector, Donilon said that
Washington was "certainly not ruling out additional steps against Iran’s banking sector, including the Central Bank. As
we do all this, we are not taking any options off the table. No one should doubt that."
    "Even as Tehran continues to engage in dangerous and destabilizing behavior, Iran today is fundamentally weaker,
more isolated, more vulnerable and badly discredited than ever," the top Obama aide said, saying that "tremendous
pressure at home" was causing divisions between the Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and President Mahmoud
    Speaking on the little backing Iran receives in the region, Donilon said that Iran was "basically down to just two
principal remaining allies—the Assad clique in Syria and Hezbollah." "And, like Iran, they too are fundamentally at odds
with the democratic forces now sweeping the region. The Assad regime is thoroughly isolated and universally
condemned. The Arab League, appalled by the regime’s brutality, has shown remarkable leadership and taken the
extraordinary step of suspending Syria’s membership," he added.
    Donilon also commented on Turkey's stance against the Assad regime, saying "Erdogan
government—which spent a decade deepening ties with Syria—says it will no longer be fooled by
Assad’s promises, and today, Prime Minister Erdogan has joined the international chorus calling on
Assad to step down."
    Leaders of Iran, concluded Donilon, "have taken a great nation and an ancient civilization and turned it into a pariah
that is unable to integrate or engage with the world. That is a tragedy..... Weakened at home, diminished in the region, and
isolated in the world—this is the dramatic shift in Iran’s fortunes that has occurred over the past three years. In this sense,
we have succeeded in changing the dynamic that was at work when President Obama took office."
    "If Tehran does not change course, the pressure will continue to grow. Working with allies and partners, we will
continue to increase sanctions," the Obama aide said, adding: "With our Gulf Cooperation Council partners, we will
continue to build a regional defense architecture that prevents Iran from threatening its neighbors."
    "We will continue to deepen Iran’s isolation, regionally and globally. And, again—even as the door to diplomacy
remains open—we will take no option off the table. For our focus and purpose are clear. Pressure is a means not an end,
and our policy is firm. We are determined to prevent Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons," he added.
    Asked at the end of his speech about the chances of success with regard to Russia and China's unwillingness to
cooperate - Donilon said: "We actually had very good cooperation with Russians and the Chinese as we built this unified
effort to force the choice on Iran." http://www.haaretz.com/news/diplomacy-defense/obama-aide-end-of-assad-regime-will-serve-severe-
Ahmadinejad: European countries are puppets of a US master
By REUTERS              11/23/2011 15:01
Iranian president lashes out following EU decision to tighten sanctions against Islamic Republic; accuses western
countries of wanting to plunder Iranian bank accounts abroad to ease their own economic crises.
TEHRAN - Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Wednesday denounced European countries that are tightening
sanctions on Iran as puppets of a US master and said he was surprised at their moves to isolate Tehran's central bank. "We
have had no relations with America for the past 32 years so we had no relationship with them yesterday and won't have
tomorrow," Ahmadinejad said in a speech broadcast live on state television. "But we are surprised by these European
puppets, who immediately repeat whatever their master says like impotent servants."
    The United States, Britain and Canada announced new sanctions on Iran's energy and financial sectors on Monday and
the European Union followed suit the next day in a concerted effort to pressure Tehran to halt its nuclear program.
Britain banned all transactions with the Central Bank of Iran; France and the Netherlands have called for similar action.
The move has rattled politicians in Iran where some lawmakers have called for the expulsion of the British ambassador.
    "They have said 'we should cut relations with the central bank and block the money of the Iranian people',"
Ahmadinejad said, accusing western countries of wanting to plunder Iranian bank accounts abroad to ease their own
economic crises.
    "Any expropriation of the Iranian people's foreign exchange reserves is considered major theft and the Iranian people
will treat those who do this as thieves," he told a large crowd gathered at an outdoor venue near Tehran.
    The latest sanctions were prompted by a UN nuclear watchdog report that suggested Iran has worked on an atomic
bomb design. Tehran maintains its nuclear work is entirely peaceful and said the report was based on false Western
intelligence. http://www.jpost.com/IranianThreat/News/Article.aspx?id=246690
Tantawi: Presidential elections next June, Muslim Brothers in government
DEBKAfile Special Report November 22, 2011, 8:52 PM (GMT+02:00)
The riots in Cairo and other Egyptian cities do not count as the country's second revolution this year.
The angry masses battling police in Cairo's Tahrir Square and the centers of Alexandria, Ismailia and
Port Said for four days – even if they do muster a million demonstrators for removing the military
council ruling Egypt since Hosni Mubarak's overthrow last February – are not backed by any serious
political entity, including the Muslim Brotherhood.
    The Supreme Military Council chairman, Field Marshal Hussein Tantawi's proposition Tuesday, Nov. 22, will have
put some of them on the spot: They must decide if their deadly clashes with police have achieved their purpose – or carry
on until every last general has retired.
    In a TV broadcast Tuesday night, Field Marshal Tantawi announced decisions to set up a new civilian national
salvation government, hold parliamentary polls on time next Monday, Nov. 28, and bring forward the
presidential election to the end of June 2012. Before the rioters hit the streets, the presidential election date was
open-ended and stretched well into 2013.
    The new government will be led by a "technocrat" prime minister rather than a politician, to speed up the transition to
civilian rule. Until it is in place, the incumbent administration which resigned will carry on.
    The military council is clearly trying to buy some control over the street and time, debkafile's Middle East sources
report. It is the president who holds supreme power in Egypt; the government is subordinate to him. But because Egypt's
post-Mubarak constitution has not been written, the procedures for electing a president and his powers are still open-
    Tuesday, as the violence escalated in Cairo's Tahrir Square, the military council invited mainstream political leaders,
dominated by the Muslim Brotherhood and mainstream political parties, to decide together how to calm the unrest and
save Egypt from total anarchy in time for Monday's vote. The parliamentary election cycle goes on for four months until
March 12.
    They agreed that the unity government taking over would be a coalition between the politicians and the generals. The
former understand they cannot control the street or attain elective power without the army's support.
    It has not been missed in the West and Israel that the new civil government allows the Muslim
Brotherhood for the first time in its history to hold office in national government.
    A former Israeli defense minister Binyamin Ben-Eliezer, known for his dovish views and tendency to nag Israeli
officials to make every effort to come to terms with the post-Mubarak rulers, offered a different message Tuesday: He
urged the government to start getting used to the disappearance of the 32-year old peace treaty
between the two countries, warning it would soon make way for full-blown conflict.
    At the same time, the apparent handover of rule from the armed forces to a civil government is not expected to reduce
the military junta's powers.
    The party leaders and the presidential hopefuls Tuesday were faced with a choice between cooperating with the
military rulers or else lining up with the Tahrir Square demonstrators. They opted for the former after noting that the
protesters speak with several voices and have no real leaders.
    On Nov. 22, Egypt therefore found itself pulled by two opposing currents: A civilian political system dominated by
Islamic parties who are hand in glove with the military and committed to preserving the generals' powers; and popular
street activism unabated by promised elections – at least until the military rulers step aside.
    Tantawi and his council hope the protesters will soon get tired and go home. http://www.debka.com/article/21506/
'Blast rocks Hezbollah stronghold in Lebanon'
By JPOST.COM STAFF                11/23/2011 10:36
Lebanese media says blast in southern coastal city of Tyre occurred at Hezbollah arms cache.
   A large explosion rocked a Hezbollah stronghold in the city of Tyre on the southern Lebanese coast late on Tuesday
night, Lebanon newspaper The Daily Star reported on Wednesday. The Daily Star quoted local media as saying the
explosion took place at a Hezbollah arms cache. A Lebanese security source did not confirm the media reports, saying the
cause of the blast could not be determined due to Hezbollah security's closure of the area.
   UNIFIL peacekeepers stationed in southern Lebanon told The Daily Star that they heard about the explosion on the
news. "We have no information at the moment. We are checking this report," UNIFIL spokesman Andrea Tenenti was
quoted as saying.
   Hezbollah declined comment on reports of an explosion.
   In July, an explosion took place at a Hezbollah headquarters in a south Beirut suburb, reportedly injuring Samir
Kuntar, a terrorist previously jailed in Israel. Lebanese security forces were prevented from investigating the blast by
   The circumstances behind the blast were unclear, but DPA cited some Lebanese newspapers as saying that a small
bomb or hand grenade could have been the cause of the blast. http://www.jpost.com/MiddleEast/Article.aspx?id=246659 [another
one of those divine interventions that we call a work accident. – rdb]
US blogger: Israel behind blast at Hezbollah arms cache
Richard Silverstein claims booby-trapped Trojan Horse drone cause of explosion at Shiite group's stronghold. Iran
says Hezbollah, Hamas will join fighting if nuke sites attacked
Roee Nahmias       Latest Update: 11.23.11, 13:40 / Israel News
   A massive explosion rocked a Hezbollah stronghold near Siddiqin in the southern coastal city of Tyre in southern
Lebanon overnight Wednesday, a security source told The Daily Star. There were no reports of injuries. Local media said
the explosion likely took place at a Hezbollah arms cache.
   The source told the Lebanese newspaper that the cause of the blast could not be determined because Hezbollah
cordoned off the area.
   American blogger Richard Silverstein claimed Israel was behind the explosion. Quoting an Israeli official with
"considerable military experience," the blogger wrote "IDF military intelligence (Aman) has out foxed Hezbollah by
deliberately crash-landing a booby-trapped Trojan Horse drone in southern Lebanon.
   "For over a year, Hezbollah has been attempting to discover how to jam the ground signals
commanding the drone so as to disable them in flight. When it discovered the downed craft, its
operatives must’ve crowed that they’d finally discovered the key to success. This bit of hubris is how
Aman drew Hezbollah into its net. Its soldiers dutifully collected the imagined intelligence trophy and
brought it to a large weapons depot it controlled in the area. Once inside the arms cache, Aman
detonated the drone causing a massive explosion," Silverstein claimed.
   Lebanese security forces were unable to access the scene of the explosion after the Shiite group set up a security
perimeter around the blast site, which is located in a valley called Wadi Al-Jabal al-Kabir between Siddiqin and Deir
Ames, the source added.
   The blast occurred in an area that is under UN control. According to UN Resolution 1701, which ended the
Second Lebanon War, Hezbollah is forbidden from storing arms in this region. A UNIFIL team is expected to launch an
investigation into the explosion.
   UN peacekeepers stationed in southern Lebanon told The Daily Star that they heard about the explosion on the news.
"We have no information at the moment. We are checking this report," UNIFIL spokesman Andrea Tenenti was quoted as
   Hezbollah declined comment on reports of an explosion.
Not first time
   About a year ago a number of explosions shook Hezbollah weapons caches in Lebanon. The blasts were believed to be
the result of faulty maintenance.
   A week ago two explosions hit an alcohol shop and a hotel in Tyre before dawn, causing damage but no injuries.
   The explosion at the Queen Elissa hotel shattered glass and hurled debris into the street, damaging cars including two
belonging to the United Nations UNIFIL force deployed to keep peace near the frontier with Israel.
   An army source said the shop and hotel appeared to have been chosen because they sold alcohol, not because of any
link to the peacekeeping force. Alcohol is forbidden by Islam but legal in Lebanon which has a large Christian
community. Shops selling it have come under attack in the past by militants.
   Two roadside bombs in May and July wounded six French UNIFIL soldiers and six Italians, prompting Italy to
announce it would reduce its peacekeeping contingent in Lebanon.
   Meanwhile, the military advisor to Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei warned Israel that should it attack Iran's
nuclear sites, the Islamic Republic will retaliate with missiles.
   General Yahya Rahim Safavi told Iran's Arabic-language satellite channel Al-Alam that in case of an attack by Israel,
Hezbollah in Lebanon and Hamas in Gaza will also join the fighting. "There will be no need for Iran to launch ballistic
missiles at Israel, because all the Zionist cities are within the range of our ally Hezbollah's Katyusha (rockets)," he said.
   "We have obtained extensive intelligence on all the Zionist regime's military maneuvers, including the joint exercises
with NATO in the Mediterranean Sea and the joint drill with Italy, which focused on long flights," he added.
Turkey says Israeli, Cypriot gas drilling illegal
By REUTERS        11/23/2011 13:13
Ankara's energy minister says gas exploration should be put on hold until parties come to agreement.
    ANKARA - Turkish Energy Minister Taner Yildiz said on Wednesday Israeli and Cypriot energy exploration in the
Mediterranean was illegal, agreement should first be reached with all relevant parties, and resources should be equally
    Turkey and Cyprus are in dispute over the energy resources in the eastern Mediterranean and Texas-based Noble
Energy started drilling in September a Cypriot offshore block abutting another block controlled by Israel.
    Turkey is the only government to recognize the breakaway northern Cyprus, run by a Turkish Cypriot administration,
as a separate state, though it backs reunification talks.
    In September, Turkey began exploring for gas in an offshore zone where Cyprus had started drilling the previous
    Israel is also drilling nearby, and the issue has emerged as a further bone of contention between Turkey and the Jewish
state. Long Israel's rare Middle East ally, Ankara has downgraded ties over Israel's refusal to apologize for a deadly raid
last year on a Turkish aid flotilla.
    The question of who has the right to tap deposits in a region holding the world's biggest natural gas
find of the past decade has added urgency to efforts to settle the conflict over Cyprus, divided since
1974 into Greek and Turkish enclaves.
    Israel has gradually boosted naval patrols around its east Mediterranean natural gas fields for fear of guerrilla attacks
and as the maritime rivalry with Turkey deepens, an Israeli official said on Monday. Missile boats have stepped up
missions around the Tamar and Leviathan gas platforms over the past year, as well as coordination with private security
firms contracted by the US-Israeli exploration consortium, the official said.
    "We have replicated the arrangements already in place at Yam Tethys," the official said, referring to another Israeli gas
field 40 km (25 miles) off southern Ashkelon port, near the waters of the Palestinian territory Gaza.
    Tamar and Leviathan, in which Israel sees a potential pipeline to energy independence, are around twice and three
times as far out to sea, respectively. That challenges Israel's small navy, which is more accustomed to close coastal
patrols. The Israeli military's newspaper Bamahane said the navy was undergoing expansion including the appointment of
a commodore to handle the induction of two more German-made submarines and address "the new need to protect the
drilling rigs". http://www.jpost.com/DiplomacyAndPolitics/Article.aspx?id=246680
Report: Israel returns drones to Turkey
Turkish paper says drones purchased by Ankara and sent back for maintenance returned to Turkey recently. Energy
minister blasts Israeli energy exploration in Mediterranean
Aviel Magnezi         Published: 11.23.11, 14:41 / Israel News
    Turkish newspaper Zaman reported Wednesday of an "important development" in the relations between Ankara and
Jerusalem. According to the report, Israel has returned to Turkey a number of Heron drones after conducting maintenance
work on them. About two months ago Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan accused Israel of failing to meet its
obligations in defense deals, adding to tensions with Israel which have escalated since an Israeli raid on a Gaza-bound
flotilla killed nine people last year. Erdogan accused the Jewish state of not returning drones that Turkey had bought from
Israel and sent back for maintenance.
    They are not loyal to agreements between us in the defense industry," Erdogan said. "There might be problems, you
may not be speaking to each other, but you have to fulfill your responsibility under international agreements."
    According to Wednesday's report in Zaman, the drones have been returned to Turkey. The report further claimed that
after a long period in which Israeli technicians refrained from visiting Turkey for security reasons, Israel sent technicians
employed by Aeronautics, the company which manufactures the drones, to work on drones at a Turkish army base.
    In a conversation with Ynet, a Israeli security official confirmed that the drones had recently been
returned to Turkey, but denied any delay in the shipment. "The company returned all of the drones on
schedule," he said.
    Turkey uses the drones to spy on Kurdish rebels, who maintain bases in northern Iraq, and have escalated their attacks
on Turkish troops and police officers lately.
   Meanwhile, Turkish Energy Minister Taner Yildiz said on Wednesday Israeli and Cypriot energy exploration in the
Mediterranean was illegal, agreement should first be reached with all relevant parties, and resources should be equally
   Turkey and Cyprus are in dispute over the energy resources in the eastern Mediterranean and Texas-based Noble
Energy started drilling in September a Cypriot offshore block abutting another block controlled by Israel.
   Turkey is the only government to recognize the breakaway northern Cyprus, run by a Turkish Cypriot administration,
as a separate state, though it backs reunification talks. http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4152232,00.html
Ban calls on PM to hand over Palestinian money
UN chief calls on Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to hand over tax payments owed to Palestinian Authority, stop
settlement activity
AFP            Published: 11.23.11, 08:11 / Israel News
    UN chief Ban Ki-moon has called on Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to hand over tax payments owed to
the Palestinian Authority and to stop settlement activity, his spokesman said. The UN secretary general "stressed the need
to de-escalate" Israeli-Palestinian tensions that have heightened since the Palestinian bid to become a member of the
United Nations, said spokesman Martin Nesirky, giving an account of telephone talks between Ban and Netanyahu
    After UNESCO agreed to accept the Palestinian Authority last month, Israel withheld payments of VAT and customs
revenues that it collects on behalf of the Palestinian Authority. The UN estimates about USD 100 million a month is
    Israel also announced new approvals for settlements. "The secretary general appealed to Prime Minister Netanyahu to
immediately resume the transfer of Palestinian tax and customs revenues, in line with Israel's legal obligations," said
Nesirky. "He also expressed his deep concern about Israel's announcement of further settlement expansions, including in
east Jerusalem, which undermine current peace efforts and violate international law."
    Ban said Israel had to contribute to efforts to ease tensions "to create an environment conducive for the resumption of
direct negotiations." [This is just pure BS. Israel has given and given and given and the "PA" has done zip
to help the situation. Time for the UN to take a long walk off a short pier. – rdb]
    Talks between the two sides have been halted since September last year when Israel ended a moratorium on settlement
construction. [Talks ended before then because even with the moratorium, the "PA" would not come to
the negotiating table. There was always some other condition claimed by the animals. – rdb]
    The diplomatic Quartet on the Middle East -- the United States, European Union, Russia and United Nations --
launched a new bid to hold talks on September 23 when Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas made his application to
join the UN. International envoys have struggled to bridge the gap between the two sides however.
    In his talks with Netanyahu, Ban welcomed Israel's approval of new UN construction projects worth USD 5.5 million
in Gaza "while calling for further measures towards lifting the closure" of the territory, Nesirky said.
Excavations reveal King Herod didn't complete construction of Jerusalem's Western Wall
Israel Antiques Authority reveals discovery of mikveh alongside Jerusalem's ancient drainage channel.
By Haaretz Published 12:06 23.11.11          Latest update 12:06 23.11.11
Recent archeological excavations in Jerusalem show that, contrary to popular understanding, King Herod was not solely
responsible for constructing the Western Wall. Israel's Antiques Authority announced Wednesday that the discovery of a
mikveh (ritual bath) alongside Jerusalem's ancient drainage channel challenges the conventional archaeological perception
that Herod built the wall in its entirety, saying it is now evident that construction was completed at least 20
years after Herod's death (believed to be in 4 BCE).
   The excavations, directed by IAA archaeologist Eli Shukron with assistance from Professor Ronny Reich of the
University of Haifa, revealed three clay oil lamps of a type that was common in the first century CE as well as seventeen
identifiable bronze coins.
   The clay oil lamps and bronze coins were found when archeologists sifted through soil removed from inside the sealed
   According to Dr. Donald Ariel, curator of the IAA numismatic collection, the latest four coins were
struck by the Roman procurator of Judea, Valerius Gratus, sometime around 17 or 18 CE – about 20
years after Herod's death.
   "This bit of archaeological information illustrates the fact that the construction of the Temple Mount walls and
Robinson’s Arch was an enormous project that lasted decades and was not completed during Herod’s lifetime," said the
IAA, adding that the find confirms descriptions by the Jewish historian Josephus, which state that it was only during the
reign of King Agrippa II (Herod’s great-grandson) that the work was finished." http://www.haaretz.com/jewish-world/excavations-
Medvedev: Russia may target missile defense sites
AP – 49 mins ago
    MOSCOW (AP) — Russia will deploy new missiles aimed at U.S. missile defense sites in Europe if
Washington goes ahead with the planned shield despite Russia's concerns, President Dmitry
Medvedev said Wednesday.
    Russia will station missiles in its westernmost Kaliningrad region and other areas if Russia and NATO fail to reach a
deal on the U.S.-led missile defense plans, he said in a tough statement that seemed to be aimed at rallying domestic
    Russia considers the plans for missile shields in Europe, including in Romania and Poland, to be a
threat to its nuclear forces, but the Obama administration insists they are meant to fend off a potential threat from
    Moscow has agreed to consider NATO's proposal last fall to cooperate on the missile shield, but the talks have been
deadlocked over how the system should operate. Russia has insisted that the system should be run jointly, which NATO
has rejected.
    Medvedev also warned that Moscow may opt out of the New START arms control deal with the United States and halt
other arms control talks if the U.S. proceeds. The Americans had hoped that the treaty would stimulate progress further
ambitious arms control efforts, but such talks have stalled over tension on the missile plans.
    "The United States and its NATO partners as of now aren't going to take our concerns about the European missile
defense into account," a stern Medvedev said, adding that if the alliance continues to "stonewall" Russia it will take
retaliatory action.
    The U.S. plan calls for placing land- and sea-based radars and interceptors in European locations over the next decade
and upgrading them over time.
    Medvedev warned that Russia will deploy short-range Iskander missiles in Kaliningrad, a Baltic Sea exclave bordering
Poland, and place weapons in other areas in Russia's west and south to target U.S. missile defense sites.
Medvedev added that prospective Russian strategic nuclear missiles will be fitted with systems that would allow them to
penetrate prospective missile defenses.
    He and other Russian leaders have made similar threats in the past, and the latest statement appears to be aimed at
domestic audience ahead of Dec. 4 parliamentary elections.
    Medvedev, who is set to step down to allow Prime Minister Vladimir Putin reclaim the presidency in March's
elections, leads the ruling United Russia party list in the parliamentary vote.
    A sterm warning to the U.S. and NATO issued by Medvedev seems to be directed at rallying nationalist votes in the
polls. http://news.yahoo.com/medvedev-russia-may-target-missile-defense-sites-123047622.html [the Bear continues to do those
things which will allow Persia to flourish and prepare for their attack on humanity and create chaos. –
IMF beefs up lending tools as debt crisis spreads
By Lesley Wroughton         WASHINGTON | Tue Nov 22, 2011 6:44pm EST
   (Reuters) - The IMF on Tuesday beefed up its lending instruments and launched a six-month liquidity line, throwing
help to countries with solid policies that may be at risk from the euro zone debt crisis. By updating its lending tools, the
IMF hopes to ensure it can make liquidity available to countries that may be struck by contagion from the crisis, as
opposed to nations already deep in the mire.
   The announcement comes as concern grows over a crisis that has moved from debt-stricken
Greece to larger economies such as Italy and Spain where bond yields have risen sharply, raising
questions about the euro's very survival.
   The IMF said it was establishing a precautionary liquidity line as "insurance against future shocks and as a short-term
liquidity window to address the needs of crisis bystanders."
   The IMF said the new liquidity line would be available for six months to countries with relatively good policies that
are facing short-term balance of payments needs due to events not of their own making.
   Access under the six-month arrangement could be as much as 500 percent of a IMF member nation's quota, and the
funds would come with few conditions. IMF quotas are calculated roughly according to the size of a country's economy,
trade and reserves, and they determine the amount each nation can borrow from the global lender.
   The new instrument, called the Precautionary and Liquidity Line, could also be used for longer programs under 12- to
24-month arrangements, with access up to 1,000 percent of a member's quota, the IMF said. This arrangement would
come with more IMF conditions attached and would be subject to regular reviews by the IMF board, it said.
   The IMF did not elaborate on which countries could qualify for the arrangements. MORE -
Fresh round of hacked climate science emails leaked online
Leo Hickman guardian.co.uk, Tuesday 22 November 2011 10.29 EST
A file containing 5,000 emails has been made available in an apparent attempt to repeat the impact of 2009's similar
   A new round of hacked emails between climate scientists has been released online. Photograph: NOAA
A fresh tranche of private emails exchanged between leading climate scientists throughout the last decade was released
online on Tuesday. The unauthorised publication is an apparent attempt to repeat the impact of a similar release of emails
on the eve of the Copenhagen climate summit in late 2009.
   The initial email dump was apparently timed to disrupt the Copenhagen climate talks. It prompted three official
inquiries in the UK and two in the US into the working practices of climate scientists. Although these were critical of the
scientists' handling of Freedom of Information Act requests and lack of openness they did not find fault with the climate
change science they had produced.
   Norfolk police have said the new set of emails is "of interest" to their investigation to find the perpetrator of the initial
email release who has not yet been identified.
   The emails appear to be genuine, but the University of East Anglia said the "sheer volume of material" meant it was
not yet able to confirm that they were. One of the emailers, the climate scientist Prof Michael Mann, has confirmed that he
believes they are his messages. The lack of any emails post-dating the 2009 release suggests that they were obtained at the
same time, but held back. Their release now suggests they are intended to cause maximum impact before the upcoming
climate summit in Durban which starts on Monday. MORE - http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2011/nov/22/fresh-hacked-
Turkish President: 'Syria Reached Point of No Return'
Turkish President Abdullah Gul accused the government of Bashar al-Assad on Wednesday of using oppression and
violence against its people, saying the situation in Syria had reached a "point of no return."
   "We exerted enormous efforts in public and behind closed doors in order to convince the Syrian leadership to lead the
democratic transition," Gul said in a speech hosted by Wilton Park, a British foreign policy think tank.
   "Despite all this the Baath regime continues to use oppression and violence on its own people. Violence breeds
violence. Now, unfortunately, Syria has come to a point of no return," he said.
Congressmen Want PA Probed for Ties with Terror
Two Florida and New York Congress members ask for an investigation to determine if the Palestinian Authority uses U.S.
aid for terrorists.
By Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu         First Publish: 11/23/2011, 2:25 PM
    Two Florida and New York Congress members have asked for an investigation to determine if the Palestinian
Authority is using U.S. aid for terrorists.
    Ted Deutch and Steve Israel, both of them Democrats wrote to the Government Accountability Office following
reports earlier this month in Arutz Sheva and other media that PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas has ordered the Palestinian
Investment Fund to build homes for terrorists whom Israel freed in return for the release of kidnapped soldier Gilad Shalit.
    The Congressmen also want the GAO to investigate whether any U.S. Economic Support Funds are being used by
Abbas for his unilateral move to win recognition for the PA in the United Nations, a violation of the Oslo Accords and the
death knell of the U.S.-sponsored ”peace process.”
    “The United States does not provide economic support funds to the Palestinian Authority to build new homes for
terrorists or fund President Abbas' anti-Israel campaign trips through Europe," said Deutch, who hails from Florida.
    "The American people do not want their taxpayer dollars funding any activity that runs counter to the security of our
nation or our ally Israel,” he added. “We have a responsibility to ensure the Palestinian Authority is abiding by U.S. law
with total transparency."
    New York Representative Israel stated, “We have a foreclosure crisis in the United States and we’re struggling to keep
American families in their homes. Now we learn that U.S. taxpayer dollars could be going to build homes for terrorists?
    This is outrageous. I’m asking for a full accounting of how U.S. funds are being used by the
Palestinian Authority.”
    Their letter to Comptroller General Gene Dodaro stated, “Many of the released prisoners were convicted of
orchestrating and carrying out Hamas-sponsored terrorist attacks in Israel, including the bombing of a Tel Aviv nightclub
that killed 21 people, the attack on a Netanya hotel that killed 29 people, and the bombing of a Sbarro Pizzeria that killed
15 people. We are troubled by reports of President Abbas’ use of PIF [Palestine Investment] funds to provide housing for
these convicted terrorists….
    “We are concerned about the increasing lack of transparency for the PIF as well as reports that Prime Minister Fayyad
is no longer overseeing the fund and that Hamas has taken control of PIF assets in Gaza...
    “The U.S. provides the Palestinian Authority with an average of $200 million per year of Economic Support Funds
(ESF) directly for Palestinian Authority budgetary operations. President Abbas has spent the past year traveling to Europe
 and South America lobbying for support on his misguided attempt to unilaterally declare statehood at the United Nations.
    We must be sure that U.S. taxpayer money is not being used to fund such efforts that are in direct contravention of
 U.S. policy.” http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/150032

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Russian warships off Syria, US carriers near Iran
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report November 21, 2011, 6:20 PM (GMT+02:00)
Big power gunboat diplomacy is in full spate in the Mediterranean and Persian Gulf. Washington is
underscoring its military option against Iran's nuclear program, while Russia is demonstrating its
resolve to prevent NATO attacking Syria after Libya and defending Bashar Assad's regime. Monday,
Nov. 21,
     Russia's foreign minister Sergey Lavrov accused Western nations of "political provocation" by urging the Syrian
opposition to refuse to negotiate a settlement with Assad.
    Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan, for his part, advised Assad: "You can only continue with
tanks and guns to a certain point, the day will come when you will go."
    debkafile's military sources note that Russia and America adopted aggressive postures on Nov. 12, when two
American carriers, the USS Bush and USS Stennis sailed through the Strait of Hormuz side by side and took up position
opposite the Iranian coast.
    That was also the day when a mysterious explosion at the Revolutionary Guards base near Tehran
wiped out the entire leadership of Iran's ballistic missile program.
    Five days later, on Nov. 17, the Syrian news agency reported three Russian naval vessels on the Mediterranean were
heading toward Syria. Monday, Nov. 21, presidential sources in Damascus announced three warships had entered Syrian
territorial waters outside Tartus port. Those sources stressed the Russian ships would not anchor in the Syrian port,
indicating that their mission was not just to show the flag for the Assad regime but was on operational duty along its
coasts to resist any foreign intervention in Syria unrest.
    Our military sources are watching to see whether the Russian flotilla targets the small craft
transporting arms from Lebanon and Turkey to Syrian rebels fighting the regime. If so, Moscow would
be able to present these strikes as actions against piracy which would fall under a UN Security Council
    While Moscow and Damascus kept the identity of the Russian warships dark, Arab sources said at least two of them
are equipped for gathering intelligence and electronic warfare.
    As the Russian warships entered Syrian territorial waters, Canadian Defense Minister Peter McKay announced that in
the light of the Syrian crisis, the Royal Canadian Navy would keep back in the Mediterranean until the end of 2012 certain
vessels which took part in the Libyan campaign.
debkafile's military sources report he was referring to two frigates:
    HMCS Vancouver will stay in the Mediterranean Sea until early next year," he said, taking part in "locating, tracking,
reporting (and) boarding vessels of interest suspected of international terrorism." It would be relieved by HMCS
Charlottetown until the end of 2012.
    Defense Minister Mckay explained: "…a lot of dictators are on notice that this type of behavior isn't going to be
tolerated. How we go about it and what comes next is done on… an escalating scale before making any final decisions
about intervention."
    The Canadian defense minister was the first prominent Western official to admit the possibility of Western military
intervention in Syria.
   Three more events affecting the fate of the Assad regime, Tehran's closest ally, followed in quick succession Monday:
   British Foreign Secretary William Hague received a delegation of the opposition Syrian National
Council in London. Shortly before the interview the SNC published its plan for the transition of power from the Assad
regime in Damascus, calling also for "international protection for Syrian civilians."
   In Syria itself, three buses carrying Turkish pilgrims home from Mecca were accosted by a Syrian checkpoint at Cizre
near Homs. The passengers were ordered to disembark for their papers to be inspected. The Syrian soldiers then started
shooting at them, injuring a passenger and one of the drivers.
   This incident will not be treated lightly by the Erdogan government.
   Until now, despite vocal threats, Ankara has not intervened directly in the nine-month Syrian uprising aside from
arming and training rebels.
   Also Monday, Jordan's King Abdullah II paid a surprise visit to Ramallah for talks with the Palestinian Authority
chairman Mahmoud Abbas. One of the items on his agenda was an attempt to find out where the Palestinian leader stands
vis-à-vis the Arab Revolt, especially on the conflict in Syria. http://www.debka.com/article/21504/
Italy backs sanctions against Iran, Russia opposed
By REUTERS AND REBECCA ANNA STOIL             11/22/2011 12:42
New Italian FM supports US sanctions on Tehran's financial systems with "full conviction"; Russia calls them
"contradictory to international law"; Iran says sanctions futile.
    Italy offered its full backing to the economic sanctions against Iran announced by the US government, new Foreign
Minister Giulio Terzi said on Tuesday, adding to international pressure against Tehran's nuclear program. "Italy supports
with full conviction the plan for economic sanctions announced by the US administration," the foreign ministry said in a
statement, following a report from the International Atomic Energy Agency, presenting evidence suggesting that Iran had
worked on designing an atomic bomb.
    Russia's Foreign Ministry denounced the sanctions as "unacceptable and contradictory to
international law," Interfax news agency reported on Tuesday.
    The United States, worried by Tehran's nuclear program, named Iran on Monday as an area of "primary money
laundering concern" in a step designed to dissuade non-US banks from dealing with it. It also blacklisted 11 entities
suspected of aiding its nuclear programs and expanded sanctions to target companies that aid its oil and petrochemical
    Iran dismissed new sanctions as more a propaganda exercise than something that will hit the economy. "Such measures
are condemned by our people and will have no impact and be in vain," Foreign Ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast
told a news conference Tuesday.
    US President Barack Obama said Monday that the United States had identified "the entire Iranian banking sector -
including the Central Bank of Iran - as a threat to governments or financial institutions that do business with Iranian
    Obama said Washington would continue to look for ways to pressure Tehran over its nuclear program. "As long as
Iran continues down this dangerous path, the United States will continue to find ways, both in concert with our partners
and through our own actions to isolate and increase the pressure upon the Iranian regime," he said.
    US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner made an official announcement on
Monday afternoon detailing the series of new sanctions against Tehran, focusing on Iran’s money-raising activities.
Geithner declared the Central Bank of Iran to be a “primary money laundering concern,” a step short of official sanctions
that would require the United States to cut off access to any foreign institution that does business with the bank. That
more drastic step would have presented serious problems for US business if states such as China and Russia fail, as they
are expected, to cut off ties with Tehran. The new category would simply warn off foreign governments and companies
from dealing with Iranian institutions.
    Clinton phoned Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu Monday evening to brief him on the sanctions the US decided to
level against Iran.
    The United Kingdom started off the trans-Atlantic sanctions announcements earlier Monday when the British
government announced their decision to terminate all dealings with the Central Bank of Iran, a decision that covers all
Iranian banks, branches and subsidiaries. “This measure will protect the UK financial sector from being unknowingly
used by Iranian banks for proliferation related transactions,” said George Osborne, Britain’s treasury chief.
    Iran’s nuclear activities “pose a significant risk to the national interests of the UK and countries across the region.”
    Since the November 8 publication of the IAEA’s report on Iran, the US has been pushing for international cooperation
in policing Tehran’s nuclear production initiatives. Last week’s meeting of the nuclear watchdog organization’s board of
governors yielded a statement calling on Iran to open itself to inspectors, but stopped short of major international steps
against Tehran’s march toward nuclear armament.
    Iranian representatives were conspicuously absent from a two-day meeting in Vienna held to discuss nuclear non-
proliferation in the Middle East. In the shadow of the recent report slamming Iran’s nuclear aspirations, the IAEA hosted
representatives of a number of Middle Eastern states, including Israel, for a discussion on creating a nuclear-weapon-free
zone in the area.
    There are already nuclear weapon- free zones in South America, Africa, the south Pacific and parts of Asia.
    In addition to the nuclear faceoff and the terror plot targeting the Saudi ambassador to Washington, it looked Monday
that there was yet another factor in Washington’s growing tensions with Iran. The Washington Post revealed
Monday that Iran was suspected of having provided former Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi with
hundreds of artillery shells filled with “highly toxic mustard agent.” These shells, discovered in recent sweeps
of Libya by anti-Gaddafi forces, were beyond the purview of the minimal amounts of chemical agents that the US knew
that Gaddafi held.
    The Washington Post article quoted a senior US official as saying that the US “was pretty sure” that the shells were
custom- designed and produced in Iran for Libya.
    Washington is also concerned that more than a dozen undercover agents working for the CIA who
were caught in both Iran and Lebanon will be or already have been executed, ABC News quoted US
officials as saying on Monday. According to the report, the agents were paid informants, hired by the CIA to spy on
Iran and Hezbollah in Lebanon.
    “Many risks lead to wins, but some result in occasional setbacks,” ABC quoted an official as saying. The arrests
occurred over the past six months, he added.
    The officials gave credit to Iran and Hezbollah for uncovering the two espionage rings, but say sloppy CIA
“tradecraft” was also partly to blame for the discovery of the networks. “We were lazy and the CIA is now flying blind
against Hezbollah,” a former official was quoted as saying. http://www.jpost.com/IranianThreat/News/Article.aspx?id=246544
Germany sells jet to sanctioned Iran airline
With sale of jet used by Merkel to Mahan, Israeli security experts, Western diplomat accuse Berlin of ignoring
    BERLIN – Germany’s federal government sold a jet used by Chancellor Angela Merkel and her predecessors to Iran’s
sanctioned airline Mahan, igniting criticism from Israeli security experts and a Western diplomat. Spiegel Online first
reported about the sale of the “Theodor Heuss” jet to Iran on its website Sunday, writing “embarrassment for Berlin” in its
report about the delivery of the plane to Iran’s regime.
    The Obama administration imposed sanctions on Mahan airline in October because of the commercial airline’s work
with the sanctioned Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps.
    According to Treasury official David Cohen, “Mahan Air’s close coordination with the IRGC-QF [Islamic
Revolutionary Guards Corp-Quds Force], secretly ferrying operatives, weapons and funds on its flights, reveals yet
another facet of the IRGC’s extensive infiltration of Iran’s commercial sector to facilitate its support for terrorism.”
    A Western diplomatic source told The Jerusalem Post on Monday: “The case is awkward. It proves
again, however, why tougher sanctions need to be imposed on Iran to ensure no bypass and diversion
channels are used to break the sanctions.”
    The odd sale of a German chancellor’s luxury jet to the Iranians could possibly lead to its use by Iran’s President
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, or other leading figures of Iran’s government to travel around the world.
    In an e-mail to the Post on Monday, Dr. Jonathan Spyer, a senior research fellow at the Global Research in
International Affairs Center, IDC, Herzliya, wrote “the sale of an aircraft of this type is obviously not in itself terrifying,
but it points to a larger problem, namely the still very brisk trade relations between Germany and Iran, in spite of the
acknowledged need to isolate Iran economically and diplomatically because of the regime’s actions.”
    Spyer, a top military expert in Israel, continued that “Germans still largely believe Iran to be
someone else’s issue, a distant, if problematic, regime. They therefore regard compliance with sanctions against
Teheran, if they support them at all, as an irksome duty. But they aren’t. The Iranian regime and its ambitions are a danger
ultimately for Europe as much as for the Middle East. So participation in isolating the regime is an urgent imperative for
Germany in terms of its own self-interest. This point has yet to get across.”
    In response to a Post e-mail query to Merkel, a spokeswoman wrote that, according to the media report “the machine
was sold by the federally owned trust corporation VEBEG. The partner is the Federal Finance Ministry.”
    She referred Post queries to the finance ministry and declined to answer questions about the sale, endangering Israel’s
security or violating sanctions.
    VEBEG is an abbreviation for the Federal Disposal Sales and Marketing Agency. A spokesman for the finance
ministry, Bertrand Benoit, wrote the Post by e-mail on Monday that the “machine was posted for sale by the VEBEG as
the trust corporation on behalf of the defense ministry and the top bidder from a company in Gibraltor bought the plane
and delivered it to a buyer in Kiev.”
    Benoit said this “type of process is in no way unusual.”
    The finance spokesman said “the VEBEG is not aware if the company in Gibraltor violated trade sanctions” and there
was no bar preventing the plane from being sold as dual-use goods because it is not customary for this transaction to have
a military usage. MORE - http://www.jpost.com/International/Article.aspx?id=246484 [Woops! That is a no no but then who
is looing anyway. – rdb]
Continued violence spurs Egypt’s cabinet to quit
By OREN KESSLER            11/22/2011 01:18
33 believed killed, 1,250 wounded since weekend; protesters rage at army’s continued grip on power.
Egypt’s entire interim government tendered its resignation Monday, the bloodiest day of a three-day explosion of
violence believed to have killed 30 protesters and wounded more than 1,200.
    It was unclear late Monday night whether the ruling military council had accepted the resignations, and whether the
move would be enough to pacify protesters calling for stronger curbs on the military’s power.
    Al Jazeera reported the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) had approved the move, but
Reuters reported the military panel would not accept the ministers’ departure before finding a
replacement prime minister.
    The motive behind Monday’s resignations was likewise unclear – cabinet members may have been trying to appease
protesters angry with the slow pace of democratic change, or they may have intended to send their own message of protest
to the army.
    Tens of thousands of people took to Cairo’s iconic Tahrir Square on Monday, many of them calling
for a “millionman march” the following day. The rally was the latest link in a four-day effort that began Friday to
protest the army’s continued grip on most aspects of Egyptian life. [Where have we heard ‘million man march’
before? –rdb]
    Egyptians are set to elect a new parliament in a staggered vote that starts November 28, but presidential powers remain
with the army until a presidential poll, which may not happen until late 2012 or early 2013. Protesters want a much swifter
    Khaled Diab – an Egyptian- Belgian freelance journalist living in east Jerusalem – said Egyptians have clearly signaled
they want SCAF to stop interfering in the democratic process. “It’s sad the generals haven’t gotten the message that
Egyptians have had enough of them, and they should step aside and let democracy have its way,” he told The Jerusalem
Post. “The SCAF didn’t have to manage this [post-Mubarak] transition – it could have been managed either by
technocrats or some kind of coalition of revolutionary forces.”
    Diab said it’s crucial election results be upheld, even if the outcome is unpalatable to many in Egypt and abroad.
“Democracy is an indivisible principle – if you support democracy you shouldn’t just support democracy that suits you,”
he said. “Even if the results of the election are totally not to my liking, I have to support the outcome if it’s reached
democratically and reflects the will of the people.”
    Analysts say Islamists could win 40 percent of parliamentary seats, with a big portion going to the
Muslim Brotherhood, the most organized Islamist group. Islamists were by far the dominant group at Friday’s mass
rally, which drew 50,000 people to Tahrir Square.
    Subsequent demonstrations appeared to encompass a more diverse cross-section of Egyptian society, including the
relatively liberal youth groups that sparked the revolt against Mubarak.
    “Of course the emergence of conservative forces in Egypt worries any progressive like myself, but there were also
polls that indicated they wouldn’t take an overwhelming majority,” he said.
    “They might be like Ennahda in Tunisia – the biggest bloc in parliament – but that doesn’t mean they’ll undermine
democracy. It just means they’ll give parliament, or at least the first parliament, a conservative tinge.”
    Diab said if given enough time to organize, secular forces could have a moderating effect on religious conservatives.
“The secular forces could play a role in containing the most conservative forces in the Muslim Brotherhood. They could
seize the opportunity to regroup and organize better in preparation for elections that will come in the future,” he said. “It’s
not a foregone conclusion that a Muslim Brotherhood victory is a disaster for secularists.”
    Liberal groups are dismayed by the military trials of thousands of civilians and the army’s failure to
scrap a hated emergency law. Islamists eyeing a strong showing in the next parliament suspect the army wants to
curtail their influence.
    The army has insisted the violence will not delay the election, due in just over a week. The military has denied it wants
to stay in charge and maintains it can ensure security during the vote.
    Monday’s violence began shortly after dawn. Police attacked a makeshift hospital but were driven back by protesters,
who smashed pavements and hurled the chunks of concrete at them, witnesses said.
    State media said 22 people had died and hundreds had been wounded in clashes since Saturday,
but Cairo’s main morgue said it had received 33 bodies since the demonstrations began. A Health
Ministry source said at least 1,250 people had been hurt in the violence since Saturday.
   Internet clips posted Monday, which could not be independently checked, showed police beating protesters with sticks,
pulling them by the hair and, in one case, dumping what appeared to be a corpse on piles of trash.
   “There is clearly no going back as you can see this violence cannot be swept under the table,” said protester Essam
Gouda. “We aim to control the entry points to the square so that security doesn’t block protesters from entering.”
   Demonstrators brandished spent shotgun cartridges and bullet casings, although police denied using live rounds during
the street battles for control of Tahrir and surrounding streets.
   Field Marshal Mohamed Hussein Tantawi, Mubarak’s defense minister for two decades and current leader of the army
council, has become a target of protests.
    “I don’t want Tantawi... I am staying tonight,” Ayman Ramadan, a data entry employee, said early on Monday
   Outside the burning apartment building, protesters chanted: “Tantawi burnt it and here are the revolutionaries!” The
April 6 youth movement told Egypt’s state news agency it would stay in Tahrir and continue sit-ins in other cities until its
demands were met, including a call for a presidential vote no later than April.
   Other demands include replacing the current cabinet with a “national salvation government” and an immediate
investigation into the clashes in Tahrir and trial of those implicated in it.
   Presidential candidate Hazem Salah Abu Ismail, an ultra-conservative Salafi Islamist, told protesters: “We are
demanding as the minimum that power be handed over within six months.”
   Presidential hopefuls Mohamed ElBaradei [Mr UN nuclear cover-up is striking again – rdb] and Abdallah al-
Ashaal denounced violence against protesters and called for a national salvation government, the state news agency
MENA reported. Amr Moussa, whom polls show as the leading presidential hopeful, also condemned the continued
   The European Union’s foreign policy chief, Catherine Ashton, urged Egypt’s interim authority to halt the violence. “I
urge calm and restraint and condemn the use of violence in the strongest terms,” she said.
   Compounding its political instability are Egypt’s growing economic woes. “Egypt’s economy has entered a
death spiral. Foreign investment has withered on the vine, as skittish investors steer clear of Egypt’s
tanking financial sector,” Ilan Berman, vice president of the American Foreign Policy Council, wrote Monday on
   “[I]n the case of Egypt, the ‘Arab Spring’ hasn’t netted prosperity at all... Cairo’s current drift could easily end up
confirming the most pessimistic predictions surrounding Egypt’s transformation – that, having ousted the Mubarak
regime, the country’s revolutionaries are destined to wind up with something far worse.”
Report: Hezbollah considering military coup if Assad falls
Sources tell al-Arabia network Shiite group planning to 'seize parts of Beirut' should Assad's regime fall for fear of
foreign intervention in Lebanon
Roee Nahmias      Published: 11.22.11, 14:34 / Israel News
   Hezbollah's leadership is considering the possibility of taking control of Beirut and effectively carrying out a military
coup in Lebanon should the current Syrian regime fall, the al-Arabia network reported Tuesday.
   According to the report, Hezbollah members have expressed concerns over the escalation of the civil uprising in Syria,
which could lead to the fall of Bashar Assad's regime. The Syrian president is an ally of the Lebanese Shiite group.
Sources close to Hezbollah noted that it was due to those concerns that the Hezbollah leadership was examining various
scenarios - including a "broad maneuver on the ground," similar to the takeover of Beirut in May 2008. However, the
current plans apparently include a much more extensive maneuver which may expand to a military coup.
   "As soon as Hezbollah will sense that the collapse of Assad's regime is imminent, armed cells will
quickly begin operating to seize control of Beirut's eastern and western parts," one of the sources told
   "This operation, which will be coordinated with Hezbollah's allies, including Michel Aoun's Free Patriotic Movement,
will be carried out under the banner of 'protecting the resistance and its weapons inside Lebanon,'" he said.
   According to the source, Hezbollah will explain that the takeover "as an act that is aimed at countering Lebanese forces
plotting to suppress the resistance in cooperation with foreign elements - headed by Israel – and take advantage of
(Assad's downfall) to annihilate Hezbollah."
   About a week and a half ago Hezbollah Secretary-General Hassan Nasrallah warned Israel and the US that a war
against Iran and Syria would lead to an all-out regional conflict.
   "They should understand that a war on Iran and Syria will not remain in Iran and Syrian territory, but it will engulf the
whole region and there is no escaping this reality,” Nasrallah said during a televised speech honoring "Martyrs' Day."
Knesset passes first readings of libel, judicial bills
By LAHAV HARKOV              11/22/2011 02:02
Controversial bills would increase penalty in libel suit where damage not proven, regulate representatives to judicial
    The Knesset voted 42 in favor and 31 opposed to a libel bill that combined two private initiatives by MK Meir Sheetrit
(Kadima) and MK Yariv Levin (Likud) in its first plenum reading. Sheetrit and Levin’s bill would increase the
penalty in a libel suit in which damage was not proven to NIS 300,000 from NIS 50,000. The penalty would
jump to NIS 1.5 million if the media outlet does not publish a reaction from the damaged party.
    Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu defended the bill following opposition protests that it is “anti-democratic,”
saying: “As long as I am prime minister, Israel will continue to be a strong democracy.” “No one will tell anyone what to
think, what to write, what to investigate, what to broadcast. This is not the way of the Likud. This is not my way,” he said
at a faction meeting. “However, all parts of the nation must have freedom of expression,” Netanyahu said. “It is my job to
make sure that this happens in the national-liberal spirit, moderately, responsibly, and with mutual respect.”
    The prime minister said if he thought a bill would undermine democracy “even a little bit,” he would shelf it
immediately. “I will continue to lead this nation responsibly. I will protect democracy, guard freedom of expression,
ensure the rights of the minority and allow all parts of the nation to express themselves.”
    Elkin enforced discipline on the vote, which will make the bill very likely to pass in its first reading, despite opposition
from senior ministers such as Intelligence Agencies Minister Dan Meridor and Minister- without-Portfolio Bennie Begin
on grounds that it limits individual freedoms.
    Knesset Speaker Reuven Rivlin also spoke out against the bill, saying although “the media earned this” by not being
careful enough, the increased penalty is too high. “I oppose this bill because its message, its proportions, the penalty it
carries, pours out the baby with the bathwater,” Rivlin told The Jerusalem Post. “Those harmed by the media shouldn’t
have the attitude that we can live without the media. That would be more brutal than what the media says when they aren’t
    In addition, two out of three Habayit Hayehudi MKs, Uri Orbach and Zevulun Orlev, said they could not vote in favor
of the bill. Orlev had previously proposed a similar bill, but said Monday after studying its ramifications, he could not
support the initiative.
    Also on Monday, the Knesset voted 45 in favor and 35 opposed to the bill that seeks to regulate the
Bar Association’s choice of representatives to the Judicial Selection Committee in its first plenum
reading. The “Bar Association Bill,” proposed by Israel Beiteinu faction Chairman Robert Ilatov, Coalition Chairman
Ze’ev Elkin (Likud) and others, would regulate who represents the Bar Association in the Judicial Selection Committee,
enforcing that one member of the opposition and one from the coalition are appointed.
    This scenario takes place most times the committee meets, however, there have been cases in
which, due to political pressures or the influence of Supreme Court presidents, two members of the
same side – coalition or opposition – represented the Bar Association. [I believe that is called ‘stacking
the deck’ or in this case the court. – rdb]
    Earlier Monday, Kadima MK Yoel Hasson hosted a “Conference to Save Democracy,” featuring MKs, judges and law
professors, most of whom opposed both controversial bills on the Knesset agenda.
    In addition, Kadima enforced party discipline against voting for the bill, although it was proposed by a faction
member. Sheetrit was the only Kadima MK permitted to vote in favor of the amendment to the libel law.
     “This conference is to put a mirror in front of our faces so we can see that the image is no longer so complimentary,”
opposition leader Tzipi Livni (Kadima) said. “Israel is a Jewish and democratic state. We shouldn’t have to pick one.
Jewish values are part of democratic values. Equality is important in democracy and Judaism,” Livni said.
    However, the opposition leader explained, “these new bills break the balance and the stability. I will not allow that to
    Livni accused the coalition of proposing bills that “harm the checks and balances on the government. First, the
government will weaken the courts, the press and human rights NGOs. Then, they will be able to pass any laws they want,
because the court will do what they want and the media will be afraid to criticize.”
    Although the conference was planned in opposition of his bill and others that he supports, Elkin attended the event,
saying he “jumped on the opportunity to save and defend Israeli democracy.” “I’m in favor of real discussion of these
matters,” the coalition chairman said.
    Elkin defended his Bar Association Bill, saying it comes to regulate a situation that previously existed and was only
recently broken. “I think less regulation is better, but when a norm works well, why break it?” he asked. “When the norms
stop working, then we pass a law. It’s the Knesset’s job to make sure these things work logically.”
AG: Investigate Rabbi Eliyahu over anti-Arab remarks
Safed chief rabbi to be probed for saying 'Arab culture is cruel' and 'expelling Arabs from Jewish neighborhood is part
of the strategy'
Aviad Glickman           Published: 11.22.11, 13:46 / Israel News
    Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein announced Tuesday that a criminal investigation would be launched against Safed
Chief Rabbi Shmuel Eliyahu over suspicions of incitement to racism in light of statements he made in reference to the
Arab public.
    Meanwhile, the AG said a criminal investigation will not be launched over the halachic ruling issued by Rabbi Eliyahu
together with 50 other rabbis stating that apartments should not be sold or rented out to anyone who wasn't Jewish.
Among other things, Rabbi Eliyahu said:
      "Arab culture is very cruel."
      "Arabs have a different codes and norms that have become ideology. Such as the agricultural thefts, which
         have become part of Arab ideology."
      Their behavior is unpleasant. An elderly Arab lady who recently moved into our Amidar neighborhood has
         already become a nuisance. Every Shabbat 10 cars filled with Arabs visit her. They play music, make
      "Arabs treat their women according to social norms that are supported by the Quran which allow them to
         hit women – and with them these are not mild blows. These are blows with chairs –abuse that ends with the
         woman being admitted to the hospital."
      "A Jew should not run away from an Arab. A Jew should chase away Arabs."
      "Expelling Arabs from Jewish neighborhood is part of the strategy."
The rabbi's comments were published a few months ago.
    The Justice Ministry mentioned that in 2006 Rabbi Eliyahu struck a plea bargain with the State to avoid trial on
incitement to racism charges over anti-Arab remarks he had made. The rabbi agreed to retract the statements attributed to
him in the indictment and apologize to those who may have been hurt by them.
    As for the halachic ruling, AG Weinstein said he decided not to launch a criminal investigation because it would be
difficult to prove that the ruling was issued with the intent to incite, as required by law. Weinstein also mentioned that the
rabbis would benefit from the protection the law provides in cases involving the use of quotes from the scriptures. The AG
said that in general he tries to avoid criminal proceedings when it comes to halachic rulings unless they sanction physical
violence on the basis of race.
    Rabbi Eliyahu expressed his confidence that the investigation against him for suspected incitement to racism will make
his stance clearer - "that the State must act against terror supporting populations within the Arab sector, and not against
the entire Arab sector."
    According to the Rabbi, there is discrimination against the right wing when it comes to freedom of expression.
    The rabbi also welcomed the Attorney General's decision to not open a criminal case in the matter of the halachic
ruling in the 'Rabbis' letter', which he signed, that forbids the sale or renting out of apartments to non-Jews.
    Attorney Aviad Hacohen, who is representing Rabbi Eliyahu, said he did not believe his client would be put on trial for
his recent remarks. http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4151639,00.html [There isn’t too much in the Rabbi’s
comments that I could disagree with. Too bad that the AG in Israel has become so PC that he is
impinging freedom of speech and calling it incitement. Unfortunately we are seeing the same thing in
the US which are called the ‘hate speech laws’ which are like the Israeli incitement laws and want to
stop people’s first amendment rights. – rdb]
Israeli court orders firm to compensate West Bank settlers for building illegal homes
National housing company, Amidar must compensate Rechelim settlement residents as per Tel Aviv court ruling; at
issue are 14 homes sold by Amidar in the early 2000s.
By Chaim Levinson Published 01:26 22.11.11         Latest update 01:26 22.11.11
    Amidar, the national housing company, must compensate the residents of the Rechelim settlement for selling them
homes constructed without a building permit, the Tel Aviv Magistrate's Court ruled on Monday.
    The community, home to a few dozen families, was founded in 1991 and named for Rachel Druk, who was killed in a
shooting attack that year, and Rachel Weiss, who was killed with her three children in a bus attack in the Jordan Valley in
    The settlement began as a Nahal army outpost and then housed a school of advanced Torah studies for girls. Under the
first Netanyahu government, houses were built there by various official housing bodies, even though there never was an
approved building plan for the area. Nothing built there ever received a building permit.
    At issue are 14 homes sold by Amidar in the early 2000s. In 2009, when several residents who
wanted to expand their homes discovered there was no legal way to do so, they sued Amidar for
breach of contract.
    "I paid good money for my house, and no one told me that there were no building permits," said Erez Ben-Saadon, one
of the complainants. "Now I can't expand it with a proper permit. I also don't know what might happen in the future. If
they decide to expel us, maybe we won't get any money," he said.
Homes bought 'as-is'
    Amidar argued that the residents had signed that they were buying the homes "as-is," and it was their decision to
purchase them under those circumstances.
    Judge Ishai Koren had suggested that the two sides come to a compromise, but Amidar refused. As a result, Koren
ruled that Amidar must pay NIS 15,000 to each of the residents, plus court costs.
    He also ruled that Amidar must start, within 60 days, the process of regularizing the construction, and must report its
progress to the court every three months.
    "It is inconceivable that the state or one of its representatives would sell homes that were not built according to a valid
building permit," Koren said. "It would have been better if this embarrassing case had never come to court."
http://www.haaretz.com/print-edition/news/israeli-court-orders-firm-to-compensate-west-bank-settlers-for-building-illegal-homes-1.396953 [It is
still amazing that they continue to force Israeli’s out of their homes and destroy ‘settlements’ but allow
the Arabs to build anywhere, even on state land. That is the result of the liberal courts in Israel. – rdb]
MF Global Trustee Says Shortfall Could Exceed $1.2 Billion
By MICHAEL J. DE LA MERCED and BEN PROTESS                   November 21, 2011, 11:26 am
The amount of customer money missing from the collapsed trading firm MF Global may be more than
$1.2 billion — double previous estimates — the trustee dismantling the firm’s brokerage unit said on
    But the surprise finding, which caught regulators off guard, may be overstated, according to a person briefed on the
investigation. Some regulators say they believe that the trustee double-counted $220 million that had been transferred
between units of MF Global, this person said.
    Still, the much higher number highlights the disarray of MF Global’s records and raises significantly the hurdle for
tens of thousands of customers seeking to get their money back. The trustee’s estimate represents a significant portion of
customer funds held by MF Global.
    Regulators suspect that as investors and customers fled MF Global in the last week of October, the firm used some of
the customer money for its own needs — violating Wall Street rules that customers’ money be kept separate from the
firm’s funds. Much of that money may never return.
    Now the challenge has grown for investigators trying to determine exactly what happened in those last frantic days.
Just days ago, investigators believed that they were closing in on what they thought was about $600 million in missing
customer funds, according to people briefed on the matter. Regulators were relying on estimates from the firm and the
CME Group, the exchange where MF Global did most of its business.
    But after weeks of reconstructing MF Global’s books, forensic accountants from Deloitte and Ernst & Young working
for the trustee concluded that the account shortfall was much greater than originally estimated. Regulators have yet to
verify the new numbers. While they are expected to raise their estimate above $600 million, it is unlikely to reach the
trustee’s $1.2 billion figure.
    Kent Jarrell, a spokesman for the trustee’s office, stood by that figure, but he noted that it was preliminary.
    It is unclear what was behind MF Global’s original lower estimates. Some authorities chalk up the inaccuracies to the
firm’s sloppy bookkeeping, and only slowly discovered additional holes in customer funds over the last three weeks.
The search for MF Global’s missing money has consumed a growing number of authorities, including the Federal Bureau
of Investigation and federal prosecutors in New York and Chicago.
    These inquiries have increasingly homed in on the theory that much of the customer money had left the firm, the
people briefed on the matter said.
    Regulators currently suspect that MF Global — at the time run by Jon S. Corzine, the former
Democratic governor of New Jersey — improperly used customer money for its own purposes in the
days before filing for Chapter 11 protection on Oct. 31. MORE - http://dealbook.nytimes.com/2011/11/21/mf-global-
trustee-estimates-shortfall-could-be-more-than-1-2-billion/?ref=business [Mercy, how could a good progressive liberal demo
do something like that. Crooks abound everywhere and they have been elected by people who have
been duped into high places. – rdb]
Russian Air Force to get 90 aircraft in 2012
15:14 22/11/2011
The Russian Air Force will take delivery of about 90 new or modernized fixed and rotary wing aircraft in 2012, a
Defense Ministry spokesman said on Tuesday.
   The Russian Air Force will take delivery of about 90 new or modernized fixed and rotary wing aircraft in 2012, a
Defense Ministry spokesman said on Tuesday.
   The Air Force will receive up to 10 Su-34 Fullback fighter-bombers, about 10 Su-25SM Frogfoot attack fighters, and
an unspecified number of Su-35S Flanker-E multirole fighters, Col. Vladimir Drik said.
   The Su-35S is Russia’s advanced “Generation 4++” fighter.
   New acquisitions will also include over 20 attack helicopters, such as the Mi-28N Night Hunter and the Ka-52
Alligator, as well as “highly modernized” Mi-35 Hind helicopters.
   The Air Force will also receive about 30 Mi-8 transport and five Mi-26T heavy lift helicopters.
Israeli Strike on Iran will 'Jam, Blind, Deafen' Defenses
Multibillion-dollar array of high-tech weapons to paralyze Tehran's defenses in case of aerial strike, says 'Daily
By Gil Ronen          First Publish: 11/22/2011, 2:24 PM
    An Israeli attack on nuclear sites in Iran would go beyond air strikes from fighter planes and likely include electronic
warfare against Iran’s electric grid, Internet, cellphone network, and emergency frequencies for fire and police services,
according to a report by Eli Lake, a correspondent for Newsweek and the Daily Beast.
    For much of the last decade, writes Lake, "Israel has been assembling a multibillion-dollar array of high-tech weapons
that would allow it to jam, blind, and deafen Tehran's defenses in the case of a pre-emptive aerial strike."
    U.S. intelligence officials are reported as saying that Israel has developed a weapon capable of mimicking a
maintenance cellphone signal that commands a cell network to “sleep,” effectively stopping transmissions. The Israelis
"also have jammers capable of creating interference within Iran’s emergency frequencies for first responders," they said.
    In the 2007 attack on a suspected nuclear site in Syria, Israeli planes “spoofed” the enemy's air-defense radars, "at first
making it appear that no jets were in the sky and then in an instant making the radar believe the sky was filled with
hundreds of planes," Lake writes.
    Israel also likely would exploit a in Iran's big-city electric grids, which are not “air-gapped”—meaning they are
connected to the Internet and therefore vulnerable to a Stuxnet-style cyberattack—officials reportedly said.
    The likely delivery method for the electronic warfare mechanisms would be an unmanned aerial vehicle the size of a
jumbo jet known as the Eitan. The Daily Beast quotes U.S. and Israeli officials as saying that one version of the drone can
fly up to 45 straight hours.
    It is not clear why U.S. officials would want to leak any of this information – unless they were bluffing, or trying to
derail Israeli plans for a strike http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/149998 [Sounds like an EMP attack to me.
– rdb]

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 'Iran ready to cooperate further with IAEA'
 Iranian FM says Tehran willing to work with nuclear agency if it 'balances its approach' toward Islamic Republic
 AFP             Published: 11.20.11, 22:35 / Israel News
    Iran is ready to cooperate “further” with the UN atomic energy watchdog if it “balances its approach” to the Islamic
 republic, Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi said on Sunday, according to the ISNA news agency. “We are prepared to
 cooperate with the agency more than ever, if the (UN) agency balances its approach and complies with its statutes and the
 safeguard agreements,” Salehi was quoted as saying. “If that is the case, we are prepared to cooperate much the same as
 before and even further with the agency,” he said.
    The conditional offer was made after a vote Friday by the board of the UN watchdog, the International Atomic Energy
 Agency, calling for more cooperation from Iran on its nuclear program.
    The vote followed a November 8 IAEA report that strongly suggested Iran — despite its repeated denials — was
 researching nuclear weapons under cover of its civilian atomic activities.
    The IAEA resolution — worded to pass muster with Iran’s allies Russia and China — notably stopped short of sending
the matter to the UN Security Council.
'Intensify dialogue'
    Instead, it said it was “essential for Iran and the Agency to intensify their dialogue” and called on Tehran “to comply
fully and without delay with its obligations under relevant resolutions of the UN Security Council.”
    It gave no deadline for those demands to be met, but said IAEA head Yukiya Amano would report to the board in
March on Tehran’s implementation of the resolution.
    Amano said last Thursday he had proposed sending a high-level team to Iran to “clarify the issues”
in the IAEA report, and asked Tehran “to engage substantively with the agency without delay.”
    The UN Security Council has already imposed four sets of sanctions on Iran to pressure it to halt its nuclear activities.
    Iran’s deputy chief nuclear negotiator, Ali Bagheri, said, according to the website of Iran’s state television, that
Washington had “failed” in a bid to again have the IAEA refer Iran’s nuclear program to the Security Council.
    Iran’s representative at the IAEA, Ali Asghar Soltanieh, was quoted by the ISNA news agency Saturday as saying Iran
had already invited IAEA officials to visit to discuss questions raised in the report.
    “The director general’s announcement that the agency is now ready to send a team of inspectors must be studied again
and the result will be announced after that,” he said. http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4150797,00.html [Fat chance
for any of this to come to fruition. How many times has Iran said they were going to cooperate? MANY
times and when push gets to shove they bunker and hide their activities and then deny access to
inspectors. It is all a delaying game. – rdb]
Activity spotted at alleged Iran nuke site
Diplomatic sources say satellite surveillance indicates Tehran ups attempts to hide evidence of nuclear research
Dudi Cohen and AP         Published: 11.21.11, 13:07 / Israel News
   Diplomatic officials in Vienna said Monday that satellite surveillance footage has shown a recent increase in activity at
an Iranian site suspected of secret work on nuclear weapons. According to AP, it appears Iran is trying to cover its tracks
by removing any evidence of nuclear research and development.
   Officials from two other countries confirm increased activity but say they do not have reasons to believe it is linked to
such efforts.
Satellite footage of Parchin
                                                                   The West currently knows about the following nuclear program
                                                                facilities in Iran:
                                                                     Natanz – a uranium enrichment facility
                                                                     Qom – a uranium enrichment facility
                                                                     Isfahan – a uranium conversion Facility
                                                                     Arak – a heavy water production plant
                                                                     Bushehr – a civilian nuclear power plant
                                                                     Tehran – an experimental nuclear reactor
                                                                     Parchin – a military base for nuclear research and
                                                                     Various uranium mines in central and southern Iran

   The surveillance footage suggests that one of the structures at the military site at Parchin seems to be housing a large
metal chamber – which the International Atomic Energy Agency report described as being used for nuclear-related
explosives testing.
   A senior diplomat said Monday the agency is closely monitoring all suspect sites mentioned in the agency's report. All
the officials asked for anonymity because their information is confidential. http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-
4151079,00.html [
'Iran supplied Libya with chemical warfare'
Washington investigating whether Tehran sent Gaddafi regime hundreds of special chemical artillery shells
Yitzhak Benhorin
Published: 11.21.11, 07:48 / Israel News
   WASHINGTON – the United States suspects that Iran supplied Libya with hundreds of chemical warfare-adapted
shells during Muammar Gaddafi's years in power, the Washington Post reported Monday.
    The US is reportedly investigating the possibility following the discovery of hundreds of special artillery shells, which
Libya had filled with mustard gas.
    According to Libyan officials, the shells were discovered in recent weeks at two sights in central Libya. US
intelligence is leading a probe of the origin of the shells, the report added.
    "We are pretty sure we know" that the shells were designed and produced in Iran and intended Libya, a senior US
official told the newspaper.
    Another US official told the Post there were "serious concerns" that Iran had provided such shells, adding that in all
likelihood, the delivery took place "some years ago."
    Potential evidence that Iran supplied the specialized shells could fuel further worries about Tehran's alleged pursuit of
weapons of mass destruction.
    The recent IAEA report into the Islamic Republic's nuclear aspirations strongly suggested Iran – despite its repeated
denials – was researching nuclear weapons under cover of its civilian atomic activities.
    On Sunday, Iran said it was ready to cooperate "further" with the UN atomic energy watchdog if it "balances its
approach" to the Islamic republic, Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi said, according to the ISNA news agency.
    "We are prepared to cooperate with the agency more than ever, if the (UN) agency balances its approach and complies
with its statutes and the safeguard agreements," Salehi was quoted as saying.
    "If that is the case, we are prepared to cooperate much the same as before and even further with the agency," he said.
Report: Iran arrests Ahmadinejad's press adviser
By REUTERS            11/21/2011 13:00
Arrest comes after Javanfekr gave scathing attack on Iranian president's rival conservatives.
    TEHRAN - Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's media adviser was arrested on Monday in his office by the
judiciary, the semi-official Mehr news agency reported, without giving a reason for his arrest. "A few minutes ago Ali
Akbar Javanfekr was arrested after holding a news conference with local media," Mehr said.
    Iranian media reported on Sunday that Javanfekr was sentenced to a year in jail and banned from
journalism over a publication which was deemed to have offended public decency. Javanfekr is also the
head of Iran's state news agency IRNA.
    Witnesses said "security forces fired tear gas inside the building of the state-run Iran newspaper", where Javanfekr was
giving the news conference.
    Iranian authorities shut down reformist Etemad newspaper on Sunday after it published a scathing attack by Javanfekr
on the president's rival conservatives. The daily is banned from publishing for two months for "disseminating lies and
insults to officials in the establishment."
    Iran's conservatives accuse Ahmadinejad of being in the thrall of a "deviant current" of advisers
seeking to undermine the authority of the clergy in the Islamic Republic's system of government.
http://www.jpost.com/MiddleEast/Article.aspx?id=246381 [Religious absolutism is the order of the day in Iran and there
is no tolerance of anything that would hint at the ayatollah’s authority. – rdb]
Death toll rises to 20 as clashes in Egypt continue
By REUTERS            11/21/2011 10:56
Security forces fire tear gas, attack makeshift field hospital in Cairo's Tahrir Square, protesters brake up pavement to
hurl chunks of concrete at police; at least 20 have died, according to Health Ministry.
   CAIRO - Protesters demanding Egypt's ruling generals hand over power beat back a new police raid to evict them
from Cairo's central Tahrir Square on Monday, witnesses said.
   At least 20 people have been killed and 425 wounded since violence erupted in downtown Cairo
three days ago, according to the Egyptian Health Ministry. Police fired tear gas and attacked a makeshift field
hospital, while protesters broke up pavements to hurl the chunks of concrete at police.
   Black smoke billowed from a six-storey apartment building near the square and a woman screamed for help from a
top-floor window. Firefighters arrived but police fired tear gas from a side street at a crowd gathered below, angering
bystanders. Some residents tried to scale the building to rescue those trapped.
   The clashes between government forces and protesters in Cairo and other Egyptian cities have killed at least 12 people
since Saturday in some of the worst violence since the overthrow of Hosni Mubarak.
 "There is clearly no going back as you can see this violence cannot be swept under the table," said Essam Gouda, a
protester in Tahrir, who said two marches were due to converge there by mid-afternoon. "We aim to control the entry
points to the square so that security doesn't block protesters from entering," said Essam.
   Tahrir Square was the rallying point for protesters in Cairo when an 18-day uprising toppled Mubarak from three
decades of power in February.
   With just a week before voting in the first free parliamentary election in decades, the confrontations have raised
concerns about how smooth voting will be. Egyptians elect a new parliament in a staggered vote that starts on Nov. 28,
but even when the assembly is picked, presidential powers remain with the army until a presidential poll, which may not
happen until late 2012 or early 2013. Protesters want a much swifter transition.
   Police backed by army officers fired salvos of gas canisters and charged demonstrators in the
square as darkness fell on Sunday, temporarily sending protesters fleeing. Demonstrators brandished
spent shotgun cartridges and bullet casings, although police denied using live rounds.
    Security forces burned down banners and Internet clips, which could not be independently checked, showed police
beating protesters with sticks, pulling them by the hair and, in one case, dumping what appeared to be a corpse on piles of
    Demonstrators swiftly regrouped in side streets and returned to take control of the square overnight before police tried
again to retake Tahrir after dawn.
Tantawi the target of protests
    Field Marshal Mohamed Hussein Tantawi, Mubarak's defense minister for two decades and who leads the army
council, has become a target of protests. "I don't want Tantawi ... I am staying tonight," said Ayman Ramadan, a data
entry employee, said early on Monday morning.
    Outside the burning apartment building, protesters chanted: "Tantawi burnt it and here are the revolutionaries!"
http://www.jpost.com/VideoArticles/Video/Article.aspx?id=246364 [Elections have been scheduled for next week and the
riots are still continuing. Obviously the way the elections will be run is their complaint but what real
sense is their in rioting now until you see what happens with them. – rdb]
Jordan's Abdullah in Ramallah for talks on Syria, Hamas, Israel-Palestinian issue
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report November 21, 2011, 1:34 AM (GMT+02:00)
Monday, Nov. 21, Jordan's King Abdullah II arrives in Ramallah at very short notice for his first visit in
more than a decade. He comes wearing two hats – one for Saudi Arabia and the Gulf emirates and one
for the Obama administration. His talks with the Chairman of the Palestinian Authority will cover Mahmoud Abbas'
approaching reconciliation with the rival Hamas and an attempt to revive the stalled Israel-Palestinian peace dialogue.
    debkafile's Washington sources report that the Jordanian King is on a mission for the US, Saudi
Arabia and Israel to pull Abbas back to stable relations with Washington before he crosses the brink
and aligns the Palestinian Authority with the fundamentalist Hamas. In the light of imminent events in Syria,
this step will take the PA across the Middle East divide and place it in the Iranian-Syrian Middle East orbit.
    President Barack Obama's special envoy David Hale was in Ramallah Sunday, Nov. 20 to warn Palestinian leaders
against further moves towards appeasing Hamas after Abbas offered to fire Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad in
favor of a Hamas appointee.
    Hale warned Abbas that if he goes through with this move the US followed by West Europe will sever ties with the
Palestinian Authority. He will not be forgiven for hitching his cart to Hamas, thereby strengthening the hand of Syria's
Bashar Assad and enhancing Iranian influence with the Palestinians at the most crucial peak of the West's confrontation
with Damascus.
    The American envoy offered the Palestinian leader a last chance to save his people from this dangerous course: Invite
King Abdullah to Ramallah and inform him – not Washington – that the PA had chosen to resume negotiations with
Israel, a choice which would automatically freeze his evolving ties with Hamas.
    Washington reckoned that the dramatic impact of the royal visit to the West Bank would sway Palestinian opinion into
accepting an alliance with Jordan, Saudi Arabia and the United States as preferable to the Hamas option.
    Hale left Ramallah without a final answer. But soon after, Palestinian sources let it be known that Abbas had never
sought Fayyad's departure or ever wanted him replaced by a Hamas candidate. T
    These leaks Sunday night were taken to mean that Abbas was beginning to step back from his high-speed
rapprochement with Khaled Meshaal, the Damascus-based political chief of Hamas. Abdullah's visit to Ramallah will
determine if he is willing to go all the way.
    The pro-American Jordanian king, who is backed politically and militarily by Saudi Arabia, the Gulf emirates and
Turkey, emerged in the last week or two as the unified Arab spokesman on the Syrian crisis.
    He was the first Arab ruler in a BBC interview broadcast Monday, Nov. 11to tell Bashar Assad publicly to resign.
    While the Saudis and Qataris steered the Arab League into suspending Syria and arm anti-Assad rebels, they chose
Jordan's Abdullah to be the public voice representing the League consensus on Syria to the Arab world.
    The day after Abdullah told Assad to go, the "Free Syrian Army" launched its first organized attacks on Assad's
military command centers, government facilities and party headquarters in and around Damascus.
    This was no chance happening. The Arab world backed by the West is piling on the diplomatic, economic and military
pressure to force the Assad regime into breaking point. It is fully coordinated with Israel's Prime Minster Binyamin
Netanyahu and will be redoubled in the coming days.
    Factored into this squeeze on Assad were the warnings Israel's chief of staff Lt. Gen. Benny Gantz twice addressed to
the Hamas rulers of Gaza in the last ten days: He has said the IDF will no longer put up with missile attacks by
Palestinians in the Gaza Strip disrupting life in southern Israel.
    Sunday, he spoke of the coming military operation against Gaza and said it would be would be instigated by Israel and
be "orderly and painful."
   These warnings carried a message to Abbas that the IDF was poised for a military operation against Hamas which
would scuttle any understanding he forged with the Palestinian fundamentalists and he would be smart to back down in
good time. http://www.debka.com/article/21502/
Turkish bus attacked in Syria, two wounded
By REUTERS          11/21/2011 12:40
Witness says eight uniformed Syrian soldiers ordered passengers off the bus, aimed rifles at passengers.
ANKARA - Two Turkish citizens were wounded when gunmen opened fire on a convoy of Turkish buses carrying
pilgrims in northern Syria, Turkish media reported on Monday. Turkish NTV news channel said the driver of one of the
three buses and a pilgrim were wounded in the attack at a checkpoint just across the Syrian border.
    Private news agency Dogan showed images of a passenger bus with one of its side windows smashed, apparently from
a gunshot, after it returned to the Turkish border town of Cizre.
    A Turkish foreign ministry official said he was aware of an incident and the ministry was trying to establish the details.
    Passengers disembarking at Cizre told Dogan they had been told to get off the bus by up to eight uniformed Syrian
soldiers at a checkpoint. "They were hidden in their hideouts ... these were soldiers, these were not
civilians, their flags were there," a male passenger in his thirties said. One of the soldiers said "'come, come',
he wanted to get me inside, I didn't go inside," the passenger said.
    "I had nothing in my hands, there were seven or eight of them. He cocked his gun at me and said
'put your hands up' ... I shouted for everyone to run, we ran and they started firing at our backs. God
saved us," he said.
    "We have returned from death. We have returned from death," said another male middle-aged passenger, sobbing as he
    It was not immediately clear when the incident happened, but it appeared to have taken place overnight, as Dogan's
footage of the passengers back in Turkey was taken early on Monday morning.
    The wounded were being treated in a hospital in Antakya, in just across the border in Turkey's Hatay province, NTV
    Turkey, which shares a 910 km border with Syria, has become increasingly critical of Syrian President Bashar Asaad
over his bloody crackdown on anti-government protests, which has severely damaged ties between the two former allies.
    Last week, attacks on Turkish diplomatic missions in Syria by pro-Assad crowds led Ankara to
evacuate diplomats' families. But the attack on the Turkish bus convoy appeared to be the first of its kind since the
violence in Syria started in March.
    Turkey is considering imposing economic sanctions on Assad's government, as some countries have already done, and
officials have said there are contingency plans for the Turkish military to establish a buffer or no-fly zone inside Syrian
territory to protect civilians there from Assad's security forces. http://www.jpost.com/MiddleEast/Article.aspx?id=246375
Hague: World will increase pressure on Assad
By REUTERS          11/21/2011 11:12
UK Defense Minister says "behavior of Syrian regime is appalling and unacceptable," working with Arab League
against Assad.
   Foreign Secretary William Hague said on Monday the international community would do as much as it could to turn
up the pressure on Syria after President Bashar Assad said he would not bow to pressure to crack down on protesters. "We
will increase the pressure on the Assad regime. I discussed this with the Secretary of the Arab League yesterday and I
believe they will wish to do so at their further meeting tomorrow," he told BBC Radio in an interview.
   "The behavior of that regime is appalling and unacceptable and of course we will do what we can to support
democracy in Syria in the future."
   Assad said on Saturday that military intervention in Syria would “shake the entire Middle East,” in
his first interview with Western media since the start of a popular uprising challenging his
authoritarian rule.
   “The conflict will continue and the pressure to subjugate Syria will continue. Syria will not bow
down,” Assad told Britain’s Sunday Times newspaper in an interview published late on Saturday.
   Western military intervention, he said, would destabilize an already unstable Middle East reeling from the fallout of
popular uprisings in the Arab Spring.
   Assad attributed widespread reports of torture and abuse by security forces as “mistakes,” and said he regrets the
   By a UN account, some 3,500 people, mostly civilians, have been killed in the unrest.
   “Each spilt drop of blood concerns me personally,” he said, reiterating the official line that the bloodshed is the result
of armed terrorist activity. http://www.jpost.com/International/Article.aspx?id=246366 [One must really wonder who is doing
all the funding and promoting in Syria to keep this ‘spontaneous movement’ (– NOT!) going. Just as in
Libya, Egypt the hand of the Muslim brotherhood or some other group has to be involved. – rdb]
PM attempts to ease Foreign Ministry-Mossad tension
By HERB KEINON              11/21/2011 03:44
Turf battles have long been fixture in relationship between 2 agencies; ministry officials say Mossad doesn't keep them
in loop, takes their responsibilities.
    Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu called Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman and Mossad head Tamir Pardo to a
meeting Sunday to iron out turf issues badly straining relations between the agencies the two men lead.
    The meeting followed Yediot Aharonot reports last week that Lieberman had issued a directive
calling on ministry staffers not to cooperate any longer with the Mossad.
    Turf battles have long been a fixture in the Mossad-Foreign Ministry relationship, with ministry officials complaining
for years that the Mossad does not keep them in the loop, and often takes responsibility abroad for duties for which the
ministry is responsible.
    Unofficially, the Foreign Ministry is responsible for all ties with countries with whom Israel does
have diplomatic ties, while the Mossad carries the ball in contacts with nations – including the vast
majority of the Islamic world – with whom Israel does not have diplomatic relations.
    One government official said understandings were reached at Sunday’s meeting, making cooperation possible. He
would not elaborate http://www.jpost.com/DiplomacyAndPolitics/Article.aspx?id=246333
'Defense budget needs transparency, regulation'
By JPOST.COM STAFF AND LAHAV HARKOV                11/21/2011 11:16
Finance minister tells FADC he would like state to organize defense spending to increase transparency.
Finance Minister Yuval Steinitz told the Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee (FADC) Monday that he would like to
see an increase in transparency and regulation for the defense budget. According to Steinitz, the Defense Ministry
should not have exclusive control over the defense bill, and that increased transparency would enable
Israel to act "like a true democracy," according to Israel Radio.
    The finance minister said that the Finance Ministry, and not the Defense Ministry, should be in charge of preparing the
defense budget. "The defense budget is part of the state budget – why is it separate?" Steinitz asked.
    The finance minister said only two developments would justify an increase in defense spending: "A total war in the
Middle East on the scale of the Yom Kippur War, not a war against terrorist organizations; or a severe economic crisis
that will result in a decline in GDP per capita, in other words growth of less than 2%." He made it clear that there is no
reason to increase the defense budget, beyond the NIS 100 billion recommended by the Brodet committee over several
    As for the Defense Ministry's demand for a bigger budget, Steinitz said, "If you increase the [defense] budget, it will
breach the deficit framework, which will already be broken because of the partial decline in revenues. "But it will also
breach the spending framework, which the whole world will see. In addition, increasing the defense budget will compel
tax hikes, which will harm the economy and burden the people," Steinitz said, adding "Increasing the defense budget will
of course also come at the expense of the education and welfare budgets."
    MK Amir Peretz (Labor) cautioned against transferring the responsibility of budgeting defense
spending to the Finance Ministry, saying "you have to separate between wanting transparency,
paralyzing ministries and undermining their authority to enact policy." "We can be partners, but we have to
make sure the Finance Ministry is not trying to take over and paralyze," Peretz said.
    Labor MK Binyamin Ben-Eliezer supported Steinitz in that he believed the defense budget should be prepared with
"maximum transparency." He cautioned, however that the gamble of defense cuts may not be realistic for Israel. "Nothing
is for sure we don’t know where the wind is blowing in the Middle East," Ben-Eliezer said. "We cannot cut the budget it
is a gamble." http://www.jpost.com/Defense/Article.aspx?id=246367 [it is a bit difficult to understand how the finance
ministry could actually prepare the budget for the ministry of defense when in fact they don’t know all
of the issues involved within the group. Transparency is important and it would certainly be prudent to
‘open the books’ to the remainder of government so that they know what is going on, but it would
seem most difficult for those not directly involved to understand all the nuances of the military needs
of Israel. It would be a bit akin to having your extended family determine your own household budget
(a bit like being under a conservator). – rdb]
Solider jailed for stoning B'Tselem photographer
IDF court sentences soldier to 10 days in military incarceration after video shows him hurling stone at human rights
group's Palestinian photographer
Elior Levy       Published: 11.21.11, 13:26 / Israel News
   An IDF soldier was caught on film last week hurling a stone at a Palestinian photographer from B'Tselem Human
Rights organization. The photographer was not injured but the soldier was tried and sentenced to 10 days in military jail.
   An IDF spokesman reported that after carefully examining the credibility of the video, a complaint was filed and the
soldier responsible for the incident was put on a disciplinary trial. "After receiving the video and complaint on the matter,
a probe was opened into identifying the soldier and putting him on trial," an IDF spokesman said.
   "The soldier was sentenced to 10 days in military jail by the brigade commander. This is a serious incident which goes
completely against the army's orders, the IDF spirit and what's expected from IDF soldier.
   "The IDF condemns any unnecessary act of violence," he said.
   B'Tselem spokeswoman Sarit Michaeli said: "We hope that the IDF's quick and resolved response in this case will
convey the message that the job of the soldiers stationed in the territories is to protect the State of Israel, but also to
protect the Palestinians under our control and most certainly not harm them." http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-
4151081,00.html [the IDF has a zero tolerance policy on these items and is the most controlled military in
the world. – rdb]
Free Pollard campaign urges supporters to 'call Obama'
Campaign organizers ask those supporting their cause to 'bombard' White House with calls urging Israeli's spy's
release. Wife warns Pollard 'wasting away' in jail
Itamar Eichner      Published: 11.21.11, 10:08 / Israel News
    Free Pollard campaign ups the ante: As Israeli spy Jonathan Pollard enters his 27th year behind bars in the United
States, the Free Pollard campaign has decided it was time to take new action to bring about his release.
    In the past year hopes grew that Pollard might be released, after many Israeli officials from the government, defense
and judicial systems turned to US President Barack Obama, pleading he cut down Pollard's sentence and set him free.
    According to a Monday report in Yedioth Ahronoth, Obama has been flooded with hundreds of
requests in recent months demanding the Israeli spy's pardon – but he has remained adamant in his
    Many people across the globe will be marking the anniversary of Pollard's imprisonment Monday with a new
campaign calling supporters to "bombard" the White House with phone calls demanding his release. The campaign has
even set up a special phone line for the cause, which will enable Israeli supporters to call Washington for the cost of a
local phone call.
    Campaign organizers reported that the "presidential pardoning season" – during which the president usually pardons
felons – has begun in the US. The organizers said they were hopeful Pollard might be released this year.
    Meanwhile, Pollard's health continues to deteriorate and he was hospitalized four times this past year. He even needed
emergency operations after his medical condition proved life-threatening.
    Esther Pollard spoke of her husband's medical situation during a conference call with the campaign organizers. She
mentioned that Pollard has grown weaker in recent months, too weak to even sit for an hourly visit.
    She added that he has not been strong enough to even make it to the telephone and use the precious few minutes he has
to speak with his loved ones.
    Esther said that both her and her husband know that the next hospitalization is only a matter of time, stressing that no
one can promise them Pollard would "make it out alive" the next time. http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4150902,00.html
[The Pollard case is very unusual and I am convinced that there must be some ‘dirt’ involved in this
case that would put a very bad light on people in the US and Israeli government. This is an Israeli man,
working for the government who gave information that, by treaty, the US was supposed to convey to
Israel anyway and were withholding. The result was a spy trial which became a debacle in an effort to
shut him up. It is most strange. – rdb]
Israel to continue freeze on Palestinian tax money, says senior official
Netanyahu and senior ministers decide to further withhold money in light of Palestinian efforts to form unity
By Barak Ravid      Published 10:07 21.11.11 Latest update 10:07 21.11.11
   Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his forum of eight senior ministers decided Sunday to continue Israel's freeze
on the transfer of the Palestinian Authority's tax money, a senior Israeli official said, due to the latest moves by Fatah and
Hamas aimed at establishing a unity government.
   Israel has been withholding $100 million of the PA's money, which Israel collects for it under the Oslo Accords.
According to the Israeli official, the decision to continue withholding the funds came after Palestinian President Mahmoud
Abbas and Hamas political leader Khaled Meshal met to discuss the establishment of a Palestinian unity government.
   The decision by the eight cabinet ministers seems ironic in light of the fact that Netanyahu and most of the ministers,
apart from Finance Minister Yuval Steinitz and Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman, believe that it is in Israeli interests
to transfer the funds to the Palestinians. However, Netanyahu does not have a majority in the security-diplomatic cabinet
to approve the money transfer.
    GOC Central Command and the Shin Bet both believe that the continued withholding of the funds would hurt the
salaries of Palestinian police officers, which could ultimately destabilize security arrangements in the West Bank.
PA: US, Israel won't stop Palestinian reconciliation
By KHALED ABU TOAMEH                  11/20/2011 20:47
Sha'ath: PA won't succumb to "financial or moral extortion regardless of its size"; Abbas meets Clinton deputy,
    Israeli and American opposition won’t stop the Palestinian Authority from proceeding with its plans to achieve
reconciliation with Hamas, PA officials said on Sunday. The officials told The Jerusalem Post the US and Israel were
trying to foil the plans to end the dispute between Fatah and Hamas and reach agreement on the formation of a new unity
    The officials were speaking shortly before PA President Mahmoud Abbas met in Ramallah with US Deputy Secretary
of State William Burns.
    Abbas told the visiting US official that the issue of reconciliation with Hamas was a Palestinian interest, the official
    The officials denied that Burns had come to Ramallah to warn Abbas against going ahead with his plans to form a
unity government with Hamas.
    Abbas and Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal are expected to meet later this week in Cairo in yet another attempt to
implement the Egyptian-sponsored reconciliation accord that was announced last May.
    The summit will focus on the formation of a caretaker government that would prepare for
presidential and parliamentary elections.
    Chief PLO negotiator Saeb Erekat also said the reconciliation was a Palestinian interest. Israeli and American pressure
to thwart the reconciliation efforts were doomed to failure, he said.
    Nabil Sha’ath, a member of the Fatah central committee, said the PA leadership would not succumb to any “financial
or morale extortion regardless of its size.
     “Nothing will stop us from achieving our national unity, including threats to cut off financial aid,” he said.
    Azzam al-Ahmed, head of the Fatah delegation that has been negotiating with Hamas about ways to
implement the reconciliation accord, said the two sides still hadn’t reached an agreement over who
would head the proposed unity government. [Gee, I thought that was to be the object of having an
election which is supposedly scheduled for next year. Isn’t it wonderful how their alleged ‘democratic
system works? You pick the leader of the government and then elect them. Gee, It is almost like in the
USA where it seems that our leaders have in reality been picked for us before we go to the polls.
Money and power seem to have a much bigger voice than those governed. – rdb]
    He was responding to unconfirmed reports suggesting that Hamas and Fatah had agreed to exclude current PA Prime
Minister Salam Fayyad from the next government. Hamas remains strongly opposed to sitting in any government that is
headed by Fayyad. Hamas officials have accused Fayyad of being responsible for the security crackdown on the
movement’s supporters in the West Bank.
     “It’s premature to talk about names of candidates for the premiership,” Ahmed told the PA’s Voice of Palestine radio
“Hamas has reaffirmed its opposition to Fayyad and is hoping that Fatah will reconsider its position toward him.”
    Fatah has insisted that any new government should be headed by Fayyad. But in recent weeks some Fatah officials
have hinted that they are no longer insisting on having him in the unity government.
    Last week, Fayyad said he was prepared to step down to facilitate the reconciliation process between Fatah and Hamas.
    Ahead of the Abbas- Mashaal summit, representatives of Fatah and Hamas held a series of secret meetings in the
Egyptian capital in a bid to overcome all obstacles hindering the implementation of the reconciliation deal.
'al-Qaida sympathizer' accused of NYC bomb plots
By TOM McELROY             Associated Press         Nov 21, 7:16 AM EST
    NEW YORK (AP) -- An "al-Qaida sympathizer" accused of plotting to bomb police and post offices in New York City
as well as U.S. troops returning home remained in police custody after an arraignment on numerous terrorism-related
    Jose Pimentel of Manhattan was described by Mayor Michael Bloomberg at a Sunday news conference announcing
Pimentel's arrest as "a 27-year-old al-Qaida sympathizer" who was motivated by terrorist propaganda and resentment of
U.S. troops in Afghanistan and Iraq. Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly said police had to move quickly to arrest
Pimentel on Saturday because he was ready to carry out his plan.
    "He was in fact putting this bomb together," Kelly said. "He was drilling holes and it would have been not appropriate
for us to let him walk out the door with that bomb."
    Ten years after 9/11, New York remains a prime terrorism target. Bloomberg said at least 14 terrorist plots, including
the latest alleged scheme, have targeted the city since the Sept. 11 attacks. No attack has been successful, however.
Pakistani immigrant Faisal Shahzad is serving a life sentence for trying to detonate a car bomb in Times Square in May
2010. MORE -
Global economic outlook grim, China tells U.S. trade talks
6:31am EST         By Chris Buckley
    CHENGDU, China (Reuters) - Chinese Vice-Premier Wang Qishan warned on Monday the global
economy is in a grim state and the visiting U.S. commerce secretary said China would spend $1.7
trillion on strategic sectors as Beijing seeks to bolster waning growth.
    Wang said an "unbalanced recovery" may be the best option to deal with what he had described on Saturday as a
certain chronic global recession, suggesting Beijing would bolster its own economy before it worries about global
imbalances at the heart of trade tensions with Washington.
    "An unbalanced recovery would be better than a balanced recession," he said at the annual U.S.-China Joint
Commission on Commerce and Trade, or JCCT, in the southwest Chinese city of Chengdu.
    The comments, echoed by Vice Finance Minister Zhu Guangyao, stopped short of suggesting China
would try to boost exports as it had done during the 2008-2009 global financial crisis when it pegged
the yuan to the dollar.
    Instead, U.S. Commerce Secretary John Bryson told reporters that China had confirmed to U.S. officials that it planned
to spend $1.7 trillion on strategic sectors in the next five years.
    Beijing has previously said these sectors include alternative energy, biotechnology and advanced
equipment manufacturing, underlining its aim to shift the growth engine of the world's No.2 economy
to cleaner and high-tech sectors.
    The investment amount of 10 trillion yuan ($1.7 trillion) is more than two times bigger than the eye-popping 4 trillion
yuan stimulus package launched during the global financial crisis, plans first reported by Reuters a year ago.
    "Global economic conditions remain grim, and ensuring economic recovery is the overriding priority," said Wang, the
top official steering China's financial and trade policy, at the start of the second day of talks with the Americans.
    His comments suggested that Beijing should attend to bolstering China's own growth before it worried about global
imbalances. In other words, a strong Chinese economy that brings a continued trade deficit with the United States would
be better for the world economy than a slowdown in China itself.
    "As major world economies, China and the United States would make a positive contribution to the world through
their own steady development," Wang told dozens of trade, investment, energy and agricultural officials from each
government seated in a conference hall.
    Policymakers globally have voiced alarm over economic risks, which mainly stem from the euro zone debt
    On Monday, Singapore and Thailand said their economies would shrink in the fourth quarter and
Japan posted a bigger than expected fall in October exports. Some central banks, including those in
Brazil and Indonesia, have cut interest rates.
    On Saturday, Wang gave the most dire assessment on the world economy from a senior Chinese policymaker to date.
    "The one thing that we can be certain of, among all the uncertainties, is that the global economic
recession caused by the international financial crisis will be chronic," he was quoted as saying by the official
Xinhua news agency.
    The remarks weighed on Chinese and Hong Kong stocks, while world markets were also weak as investors fretted over
the euro zone debt crisis.
    China's growth slowed to 9.1 percent in the third quarter from 9.5 percent in the second-quarter and 9.7 percent in the
first quarter, but the rate remains in Beijing's comfort zone.
    After tightening monetary policy to fight the threat of inflation, the central bank has since loosened its grip on bank
credit in a bid to support cash-starved small firms and pledged to fine-tune policy if needed as economic growth slowed
    "It's clear now that Beijing is ready for policy fine-tuning (to support growth) at a time when the overall domestic and
foreign economic situation is not optimistic," said Hua Zhongwei, an economist with Huachuang Securities in Beijing.
   U.S. officials said the discussions yielded progress on the question of forced technology transfers to Chinese
companies, long a sore point for U.S. businesses.
   In particular, China committed not to require foreign automakers to hand their new energy vehicle technology over to
Chinese partners, or to establish Chinese brands as a condition for market access, said U.S. Trade Representative Ron
   "China also confirmed that foreign-invested companies will be eligible on an equal basis for any subsidies or incentive
programs for electric vehicles," said Kirk.
   Although the JCCT talks do not address exchange rate policies, U.S. officials at the talks warned Wang and his
colleagues that they could not ignore rising American impatience with China's trade policies and investment barriers.
   U.S. gripes about China's trade-boosting policies spilled into President Barack Obama's meeting with Chinese Premier
Wen Jiabao on Saturday in Bali, when Obama raised China's exchange rate policies, which many in Washington say keep
the yuan cheap against the dollar in order to help Chinese exports.
   However, Zhong Wei, an influential economist at Beijing Normal University, said the benefits to the United States of
yuan appreciation "are nearly zero."
   "Cheap Chinese goods have been a subsidy for the poor in the U.S., and now the U.S. government
wants to eliminate such subsidy while it's having difficulty creating jobs," he said.
   At the heart of the trade friction between the two countries is a U.S. trade deficit with China that swelled in 2010 to a
record $273.1 billion from about $226.9 billion in 2009.
   Bryson told the talks the United States welcomed more expanded trade and investment, on balanced terms.
   "But a reality also is that many in the U.S., including the business community and the Congress, are moving toward a
more negative view of our trading relationship, and they question whether the JCCT is able to make meaningful progress,"
said Bryson. http://www.reuters.com/assets/print?aid=USTRE7AK0BD20111121 [this is a most alarming report and should
cause great reservations about the US and world economies. China is one of the best economic
groups in the world if not the best and their negative perspective and view that the ‘recovery’ – if it
really exists- is long term and chronic means that people better settle in for the long haul and be
prepared for even more difficulties. – rdb]
Jim O'Neill: China could overtake US economy by 2027
Jim O'Neill, the head of Goldman Sachs Asset Management, has predicted that China could overtake the United States
as the world's largest economy by 2027 and urged a fundamental rethink of the operation of the G7 which he believes
is too dominated by the West.
By Kamal Ahmed          9:30PM GMT 19 Nov 2011
    In his long awaited update to his seminal 2001 paper on the BRIC economies of Brazil, India, Russia and China, Jim
O'Neill says that the economies he highlighted have exceeded even his expectations in the way they have become global
    Mr O'Neill says that the four countries should no longer be considered "emerging" economies but rather "growth"
economies and should be given their rightful place as the top table of power.
    A decade ago, Mr O'Neill sparked a new way of looking at the global economy when he coined the term BRIC. A
decade on, his new book The Growth Map reveals the next stages in the progress of the non-Western economies which
have come to dominate corporate life across the world.
    The book is serialised in The Sunday Telegraph today with further extracts in tomorrow and Tuesday's Daily
Telegraph and online at telegraph.co.uk. "Our updated research suggests that China's economic output – its gross
domestic product – could match that of the US as early as 2027, and perhaps even sooner," he writes.
    "Since 2001, China's GDP has risen fourfold, from $1.5 trillion to $6 trillion [£949bn to £3.7trillion]
Economically speaking, China has created three new Chinas in the past decade. And it's likely that the
combined GDP of the four BRIC nations will exceed that of the US sometime before 2020." MORE -
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/economics/8901828/Jim-ONeill-China-could-overtake-US-economy-by-2027.html [this should not be
surprising. When you send all your jobs and business out of the country, how do you expect to
maintain economic leadership if you have no production. – rdb]
Rand Paul: Automatic cuts may be the only way
Posted by CNN's Kevin Liptak   19 hours ago
(CNN) - Rand Paul, the Kentucky senator who was elected with strong support from the tea party, said Sunday the
automatic cuts that would follow a “super committee” failure may be the only way for Congress to reach a debt-cutting
   “Automatic cuts (sequestration) are sort of like telling your children that, you know, if you don't clean up your mess, or
else,” Paul said on CNN’s “State of the Union.”
    “Maybe we need the ‘or else’ because Congress isn't behaving the way they should be behaving. Maybe sequestration
is our only way we will get any kind of cuts,” Paul said.
    Paul said the major cuts to budget of the Department of Defense wouldn’t actually amount to
spending cuts, only cuts in proposed expenditures.
    “I think we need to be honest about it,” Paul said. “The interesting thing is there will be no cuts in military spending.
This may surprise some people, but there will be no cuts in military spending because we're only cutting proposed
increases. If we do nothing, military spending goes up 23% over 10 years. If we sequester the money, it will still go up
16%. So spending is still rising under any of these plans. In fact, if you look at both alternatives, spending is still going up.
We're only cutting proposed increases in spending.”
    Last week, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta sent a letter to lawmakers describing the potential cuts as “devastating,”
saying the impact would be substantial upon the armed services.
    “These changes would break faith with those who maintain our military and seriously damage readiness,” Panetta
    On Sunday, Paul downplayed Panetta’s forecast.
    “That's an interpretation,” Paul said. “But what I can tell you … is that defense spending will go up $100 billion over
10 years even if we sequester $600 billion, because the curve of spending in our country is going up at about 7.5% a year.
All spending goes up.” MORE - http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2011/11/20/rand-paul-automatic-cuts-may-be-the-only-way/
Water Authority: Don't Let the Early Storm Fool You
The Water Authority said, Monday, that the last six days was an unusually long rainy spell, not only for the beginning of
the rainy season, but also for the middle. The direct effect was a one-centimeter rise in the water level of Lake Kinneret
(the Sea of Galilee), while 100 millimeters or more fell on Mt. Hermon and in the Mediterranean coastal area.
   Spokesman Uri Schor of the Water Authority said despite the early rainfall, the forecast for the season stands at 90
percent of the average, which would be the eighth straight year of sub-average rainfall.
What Happens 'The Day After' an Iranian Nuclear Attack?
An Iranian attack on Israel will not necessarily be "the end," says historian Dr. Uri Milstein. Israel, he says, can face
"the day after."
By David Lev        First Publish: 11/21/2011, 12:07 PM
    Will Israel really attack Iran and attempt to destroy its nuclear facilities? The conventional wisdom is that although
Jerusalem would like to, it most likely won't – because of fear of what would happen next, and especially “the day after.”
    In the wake of such an attack, many Israeli officials believe, Iran could strike back with a barrage of
weapons – nuclear or conventional.
    Of just as great concern is the possibility – even likelihood – of tens of thousands of conventional
missiles being fired at Israel by Hizbullah and Hamas terrorists, operating out of Lebanon and Hamas.
Both terror groups, after all, are proxies for Iran, and both have substantial supplies of sophisticated
missiles, some probably tipped with biological or chemical weapons.
    An all-out attack on Israel, the conventional wisdom goes, would basically shut down the government and pretty much
disable all defense efforts. At that point, all that would be left would be for Arab armies to march into Israel and “throw
the Jews into the sea.” Considering the constant threats lobbed at Israel by Iran, in fact, such a scenario is possible -
perhaps even eventually likely - even without Israel's attempting to destroy anything in Iran. And once Iran does get the
bomb, many believe, it's just a matter of time before Israel has to face "the day after."
    Not everyone agrees with the CW, however – and Dr. Uri Milstein, one of Israel's most prominent
military historians, believes that there are steps Israel can take right now that could ensure that Israel
survives – and even emerges victorious – on “the day after.” There are 7 million people in Israel, Milstein told
Arutz Sheva in an interview – 6 million of them Jews – and the people of Israel, he believes, will have it in them to not
only survive, but also to respond effectively in the event of a major attack.
    That response, he says, would come in the form of a “second strike,” Israel's response to a major attack by Iran or the
terror groups – and that strike would come in the form of Israel's vaunted nuclear capability. Although Israel has never
confirmed that it has such weapons, foreign press reports place the number of Israel's nuclear arsenal in the dozens, if not
hundreds. Milstein believes those reports, and believes that the leadership of the country would use those weapons at the
moment of truth.
    That, in and of itself, says Milstein, is a deterrence for Iran and its terror allies to launch a major strike on Israel, even
in the event of an attack by Israel on Iran's nuclear facilities. [Banking on the MAD concept when dealing with
the radical Islamic groups is not a wise move. They don’t care if they are destroyed. – rdb] “We all hope
and pray we never face that moment, but if we do, the Israeli response would fashion a 'new Middle East.' Israeli nuclear
weapons would wipe out Iran, Hizbullah and Hamas, and possibly Syria and Lebanon, where Hizbullah would attack
 from.” Israel will eventually have to deal with these terror groups anyway, but cannot until a major event that would
 justify it takes place – such as an Iranian attack on Israel. “We have to relate to such a scenario in Biblical terms, as the
 modern-day equivalent of the final War of Gog and Magog,” says Milstein.
     The Israeli people, he says, understand what is at stake, and are willing to sacrifice in order to ensure a better future. Of
 course, it would be best to avoid the entire scenario, but Milstein believes that preventing Iran from getting “the bomb” at
 this point would be very difficult. “Just like the U.S. has been unable to prevent North Korea from acquiring nuclear
 weapons, Israel has been unable to prevent Iran's progress. Thus we must be prepared for the eventuality of an attack,”
 Milstein says.
     The subject of “what if" rarely comes up in public (click here for a recent Arutz Sheva oped on the subject by
 Professor Louis Rene Beres) – or even private – discourse in Israel, possibly because many feel it would damage the
 morale of Israelis. Milstein is not overly worried about that, however, pointing out the dire predictions before the Six Day
 War that between 50,000 and 100,000 Israelis would be killed if war broke out. “They even prepared mass graves at
 Bloomfield Stadium in Jaffa. But the predictions and precautions actually increased Israelis' morale and motivation to
 strike back and destroy their enemies,” Milstein said. http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/149949 [I find it
 interesting that the ‘academic pundits’ don’t mention the “God factor”. Israel exists and has won all of
 its wars because the Holy One has intervened for them and it is well known. There is no way they
 should have actually won any of their wars and it was truly miraculous that they still exist. I believe it
 was Ben Gurion that say you had to believe in miracles to be Israeli or something to that effect. There
 is a divine plan for this land and the Torah and prophets have outlined the plan of The Creator for
 Israel and His people. They do come under trials and problems often for their failure to heed His
 instructions but ‘so long as there is a sun and moon and stars’ there will be a people of Israel, and I
 can assure you it is not a replacement group. – rdb]
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Iran flies Palestinian terrorists to Syria for raids into Israel
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report November 20, 2011, 8:01 AM (GMT+02:00)
Under cover of a four-day military exercise starting Friday, Nov. 18, Iran is reported exclusively by
debkafile's Iranian and counter-terror sources to be transferring Palestinian terrorist units into Syria
after training them at IRGC Al Qods facilities for cross-border raids into the West Bank and Israel.
    By this step, Iran and Syria are fighting back for the armed campaign the opposition Free Syrian Army-FSA began
launching last week on Syrian military installations and commands centers.
    Tuesday night, Nov. 15, FSA mounted an organized assault on the "Syrian Air Force Intelligence Command" at
Harasta near Damascus - the Assad regime's primary covert tool of repression - using anti-tank weapons and heavy
machine guns. No official information was released about the scale of casualties or damage.
    Western intelligence sources following events in Syria report that most of the buildings were torched, an estimated 10
Syrian soldiers were killed and at least 30 injured before a combat helicopter was lofted to break up the battle.
    Wednesday, Nov. 16, a second FSA assault group armed with the same weapons hit ruling Baath party headquarters in
    Sunday, Nov. 20, Syrian ruler Bashar Assad issued his routine warning of a "Middle East earthquake" if attacked.
    May 10, shortly after the Syrian uprising erupted, Bashar Assad's cousin Rami Makhlouf, a tycoon
who controls 60 percent of the national economy, issued this warning: "Without stability in Syria, there
will be no stability in Israel."
    debkafile's intelligence report that Damascus and Tehran appear to have decided this was the
moment to make good on the threat. In the intervening months, 300 "volunteers" were recruited in
Syrian Palestinian refugee camps and transferred to Iran for courses in guerilla combat against
strategic and urban targets. They were trained at al Qods elite unit facilities, some at their marine base.
    Split into groups of twelve, they were taught combat tactics behind enemy lines. Three of these groups have been
flown back to Damascus.
    Friday, Nov. 18, straight after the International Atomic Energy Agency called on Iran to halt uranium enrichment and
cooperate in disclosing its nuclear work, Tehran announced the start of a big four-day war game. Contrary to many
reports, the exercise is not limited to testing the air defenses of Iran's nuclear sites and infrastructure but rather a large-
scale war game, debkafile's military sources report, staged by the Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) and including
operational intelligence and combat units of the Iranian army, disciplinary (security) forces and trained popular troops.
    The "popular troops", say our military sources, refer to the Bassij militia, whose task it is to preserve stable authority in
cities in times of war or crisis, plus the Palestinian units recruited in Syria.
    From Sunday, Nov. 20, the maneuver is extending to Iran's five main cities, Tehran, Mashad, Urmieh, Kerman and
    When the exercise winds down next week, three Iranian military planes will fly the rest of the Palestinians fighters to
Syria. http://www.debka.com/article/21500/ [More steps in the process of deconstructing and then reconstructing
the political structure of the Middle East. There is an area wide process underway to radicalize
everything in the area and much of it is promoted by the globalist so they can achieve their agenda.
They think they can control Islam but will find out that it is not really possible. – rdb]
Iran: No way Israel involved in blast
Islamic Republic's deputy chief of staff denies Israel, US involvement in Tehran military base explosion last week.
'Mossad, CIA take credit for every natural or normal incident that happens,' he claims
Dudi Cohen            Published: 11.20.11, 15:10 / Israel News
    The Iranian army's deputy chief of staff, General Gholam Ali Rashid, said Sunday that the US and Israel's intelligence
services could not have been involved in the blast that took place at a munitions depot near Tehran last week, which left
17 servicemen dead.
    "The Mossad and the CIA take credit for every natural or normal incident that happens," he told Iranian Fars News
Agency. Rashid insisted that "neither the Mossad nor the CIA are capable" of being involved in the
    The Iranian general claimed that Israel has been taking credit for everything that has happened in Iran since the Islamic
revolution of 1979. "They take credit for every natural incident that has ever happened over the past 30 years, from plane
crashes carrying army personals to completely normal incidents," he remarked.
    Meanwhile, Iranian officials assert the blast, which killed some members of the Revolutionary Guards including senior
commander Hasan Tehrani Moghaddam, was accidental and caused due to "transfer of ammunition."
    Rashid denied western allegations claiming the Mossad was involved. "The Mossad, CIA or any intelligence units are
incapable of doing anything like this, especially because Moghaddam was such a meticulous man and was very strict
about security issues."
    The general warned that if Israel strikes the Islamic Republic's nuclear facilities, "We will use the
power of the missiles that the martyr Hasan Tehrani Moghaddam created for us, and we will destroy
Israel's central sites."
    The former Revolutionary Guards leader Yahya Rahim Safavi cautioned that if Israel or the United States declare war
against Iran, the latter will be the one to set the boundaries.
    "Iran's response to any war would be overwhelming and unexpected," said Safavi. "Iran will be the only one to
determine the battlefield's geographical boundaries," he added, hinting that Iran plans on expanding the war to other
arenas, such as the Persian Gulf or even beyond the Middle East region.
    American blogger Richard Silverstone was the first to claim last week that the Mossad was behind the Tehran blast. In
his blog, Tikun Olam, Silverstone wrote that "an Israeli source with extensive senior political and military experience"
informed him that the explosion "was the work of the Mossad in collaboration with the MEK (Iranian militant group
Mujahideen e-Khalq)."
    The following day, the Times Magazine reported that a western intelligence source told them he believes the Mossad
was behind the blast. "Don't believe the Iranians that it was an accident," the official told the magazine.
    The source also claimed more sabotage operations were in the works with the intention of hindering Iran's nuclear
    Meanwhile, most Israeli officials have avoided discussing the blast, except for Defense Minister Ehud Barak. In an
interview with Army Radio, Barak said that he didn't know what caused the blast but added "the more the merrier."
'No US plot can stop Iran's nuclear program'
By JPOST.COM STAFF AND REUTERS                  11/20/2011 13:53
Iran parliament speaker Larijani: US gov't suffers lack of legitimacy amid Occupy protests, any strike would fail.
    Iranian Parliament speaker Ali Larijani said Sunday that no action by the US or Western nations could thwart Tehran's
nuclear program, especially as the US government suffers from a lack of legitimacy due to Occupy Wall Street protests.
    The official Iranian news agency IRAN quoted Larijani as saying that US plots to tamper with Iran's nuclear
development would "never solve their problems of falling behind events in the region." Speaking in Tehran to the
opening session of the Iranian parliament (Majlis), Larijani said that such actions would only deepen US foreign policy
failures, especially as the US government suffers from a "lack of legitimacy" amid ongoing Occupy Wall Street protests in
the US.
   Larjani noted that while "regional revolutions" continue in the Middle East, the US will be powerless
to "save dictators ruling in the region," according to the IRNA report.
   The Iranian army last Friday began conducting a four-day training exercise to test its defenses, state TV reported on
Saturday, amid rising international tensions over Iran's nuclear program.
   Press TV said the war games were taking place over 800,000 square km in the east of the country. "The initial stage of
the drills will assess the units' performance in setting up primary and secondary command centers and stationing tactical
and swift reaction divisions," Press TV said. http://www.jpost.com/IranianThreat/News/Article.aspx?id=246249
Iran daily closed over Ahmadinejad aide interview
By REUTERS         11/20/2011 14:28
President's media aide hits out at rival conservatives; reformist newspaper banned for 2 months for "insults."
    TEHRAN - Iranian authorities shut down a reformist newspaper on Sunday after it published a
scathing attack by an aide to Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on the president's rival conservatives, the latest
sign of a split in the highest echelons of the Islamic Republic.
    Tehran's prosecutor's office ordered the daily Etemad to close for two months for "disseminating lies and insults to
officials in the establishment," according to the semi-official Fars news agency.
    One of the main reasons for the ban was an interview with Ahmadinejad's media adviser Ali Akbar Javanfekr, Fars
quoted Etemad manager Elias Hazrati as saying. In the interview Javanfekr hit back at critics who accuse
Ahmadinejad of being in the thrall of a "deviant" circle seeking to undermine the Islamic clergy, saying
they had "poisoned" politics and implying many were corrupt.
    "What have we 'deviated' from? Yes, we have deviated from those friends, from their beliefs, behaviour and
interpretations," Javanfekr told Saturday's Etemad. "If they meant the deviant current is a deviation from their beliefs, we
confirm it."
    The counter-attack, published verbatim over three pages in Etemad, signaled the determination of Ahmadinejad's camp
to fight back as Iran gears up for parliamentary elections in March.
    With the opposition "Green" movement crushed after protesting Ahmadinejad's 2009 re-election, the
battle for power in Iran is now between rival conservatives - the traditional religious hardliners and the
more populist Ahmadinejad camp.
    That rift became more apparent after Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei forced Ahmadinejad to reinstate the
intelligence minister he sacked in April - a move seen by the president's critics as a political manoeuvre. Since then
parliament and the judiciary have moved against the president, with lawmakers threatening impeachment and prosecutors
arresting some people on the fringes of his faction.
    Rebutting accusations that Ahmadinejad's faction sought to undermine Iran's clerical ruling system, Javanfekr said that
the president had been endorsed by the supreme leader. "The great leader of the revolution called Ahmadinejad's
government the government of work and effort. If they believe the government is not serving people it is better that they
say they have a problem with the supreme leader," he said.
    Analysts say that Khamenei prefers to keep Ahmadinejad in place rather that allow his rivals to
unseat him, jeopardising stability at a time of economic difficulties and the risk of popular unrest
spilling over from the nearby Arab world.
    But Javanfekr said Ahmadinejad was far from a spent force and retained public support that meant he did not need the
support of conservatives who backed him in 2009 as the best bet against a strong showing by reformists. "It was not us
who were ungrateful, they were the ones that did not acknowledge Ahmadinejad and his government...Ahmadinejad has
popularity and does not owe them anything," he said.
    Javanfekr criticised the treatment of Mohammad Sharif Malekzadeh, an ally of Ahmadinejad's top aide, who was
arrested in June, saying he had been held in solitary confinement and suffered mental and physical consequences.
    Etemad was among the few reformist papers still publishing after the June 2009 election. It has suffered temporary
bans since for alleged violation of media law - something critics say is a catch-all offence used to suppress dissent.
http://www.jpost.com/MiddleEast/Article.aspx?id=246254 [Obviously not is all happiness and roses inside the radical
wicked Shiite camp in Teheran as well. The ‘wild ass among his brothers’ prophecy for the
descendants of Ishmael and for those in the region could not be more true than today. Peace in the
region? Don’t be fooled. When Moshiach comes and only then will it happen. Until then these critters
will be at war with each other and only unite when it is to come against Israel. – rdb]
The Vienna-Tehran connection
By BENJAMIN WEINTHAL IN BERLIN             11/20/2011 05:07
Austria continues Iran trade, refueling Iran Air planes; Vienna-based specialist says country strongly contributes to
keeping Iran from int'l isolation,
    BERLIN – “In the first eight months of this year, Austrian firms supplied goods and services worth a
total of 189 million euros to the Islamic Republic, more than, for example, to Israel, Thailand or
Ireland,” the Vienna daily Die Presse reported recently.
    Austrian energy giant OMV continues to refuel Iran Air planes, in contrast to many fuel suppliers across Europe.
    “While top-ranking British, European politicians are quite vocal about new Iran sanctions, Austria remains silent,” Dr.
Diana Gregor, a Vienna-based specialist who has written and lectured on Austrian-Iran relations, wrote to The Jerusalem
Post by e-mail on Friday. “In recent years, Austria has strongly contributed to keeping the Iranian regime from
international isolation, and has not taken any steps toward destroying the economic basis of the dictatorship of the
ayatollahs and the Revolutionary Guards,” Gregor wrote.
    Yacov Stiassny, from the Israel-based Central Committee for Jews in Austria, told the Post by phone from Bat Yam on
Friday, “Yes, it is obvious what they [the government in Vienna] should be doing, but they are not doing
it. Business is more important to Austria than its commitment to the Jewish people and Israel. It is a
pity. “Instead of taking care of the Jews who fled Austria, the Austrians are doing business with Iran,” he said.
    He estimates that between 1,000 and 2,000 Austrian-born Jews live in Israel today. “Roughly 10,000 Austrian Jews
fled to Palestine between 1938 and 1941,” he said. Stiassny stressed, however, that some came “illegally” and there are no
exact numbers. He was born in 1946 and grew up in Vienna. His parents survived Nazi extermination camps in Poland.
He left Austria in 1967 to make aliya.
    Stiassny travels to Vienna twice a year. “My mother still lives in Vienna, and my sister,” he said.
    When asked about trade with Iran, Bernhard Salzer, a spokesman for the chamber of commerce in Austria (WKÖ),
wrote the Post by e-mail on Friday that his group “represents the interests of 440,000 Austrian companies in Austria. The
WKÖ does not itself have any business relations with Iran...” As for sanctions, the WKÖ adheres to “all international and
European resolutions” and “it is our duty to best inform our member companies about the international rules” so that
“international sanctions like those against Iran can be followed.”
    Dr. Wolfram Moritz, who heads the WKÖ’s Iran trade section, declined to answer questions on the telephone and
referred queries to Salzer.
    Asked about what companies are active in Iran, the nature of their work, trade volume, and whether the WKÖ had
concerns about representing the business interests of companies dealing with Iran’s government because of its Holocaust
denial and its nuclear weapons program, Salzer did not immediately return Post e-mails and telephone calls.
    According to the Die Presse article, the WKÖ is the main contact organization for advice regarding Austrian exports to
    Dr. Ariel Muzicant, the head of Austria's 7,430-member organized Jewish community, wrote the Post on Thursday by
e-mail, "The Europeans have it in their hands as to whether Iran obtains a nuclear bomb or not. There
are three measures that could force Iran to end its [nuclear] program.
    “Ban flights to Iran and [provide] no air-space rights for Iranian or other airline companies” dealing with Iran, he
     “The supply of machines, spare parts, tools and other heavy equipment” to Iran should be stopped, he continued.
    Every Iranian who seeks to fly to Europe should have to apply for a visa, with the exception of
humanitarian cases, Muzicant wrote. “But the Europeans would rather conduct business and accept a
possible catastrophe.” MORE - http://www.jpost.com/IranianThreat/News/Article.aspx?id=246214v [Remember that Hitler
was born in Austria and there has been a virulent anti-Semitism in the country for years. – rdb]
Saif al Islam capture: Bargaining chip in Libyan power struggle
DEBKAfile Special Report November 19, 2011, 6:54 PM (GMT+02:00)
The announcement of the capture of Muammar Qaddafi's son Saif al Islam, 39, outside Obari near the
southern desert town of Sabha was initially celebrated as the last chapter of the ex-ruler's family role in
the fight for control of Libya – but not for long. Although justice minister claimed his arrest, it quickly
turned out that Qaddafi's son was in the hands of one of Libya's most important militias, the Zintan
Brigades, who refused to hand him over until a government is formed.
   He was flown to their mountain stronghold in the Nafusa Mountains 136 kilometers southwest of Tripoli.
   This Berber militia is not likely to let go of its valuable bargaining chip in a hurry. It enables its leaders to throw a
wrench into the plans of Prime Minister Abdurrahim El-Keib to present his cabinet lineup Sunday for the National
Transitional Council-NTC to confirm Tuesday. Nov. 22.
   El-Keib was working on the list with NTC head Mustafa Abdul Jalil and the Tripoli commander Abdel Hakim Belhadj
(ex-al Qaeda.)
   However, Friday, Nov. 18, twenty-four hours before Saif al-Islam's capture was announced, Zintan
militia chief Abdullah Naker and the Misurata chief Abdulrahman Souweli formed a pact to overturn
any new government which does not assign them the positions of defense minister and head of the
    The Zintan commander Naker showed the press a video of his militiamen firing Grad missiles and driving T-72 tanks
to show them he meant business.
    Both militia chiefs were also highly critical of Qatar's deep involvement in Libya's internal affairs.
    "We are really grateful to Qatar for what they did for the Libyan people," Naker said. But "the brand of Islam favored
by Belhadj" is unsuited to Libya's "moderate" religion, he said and stressed that Qatar "has no right to interfere in our
affairs. We will not accept domination by Qatar or by anyone else."
    Interim government leaders in Tripoli and Benghazi dismissed the two militia leaders' statements as unimportant and
their threat to derail the next government as "not serious." But then, the Zintan militia's capture of Qaddafi's son
turned the situation on its head.
    The militia's field commander Bashir Thaelba made it clear that Saif al Islam must have a fair trial but he would not be
surrendered until his militia's terms were met.
    The International Criminal Court, which has a warrant out for Sair al Islam's arrest, is sending its prosecutor to Tripoli
Monday to determine how and where Qaddafi's son will stand trial. He should not expect quick answers in the current
power play among Libya's militias over the wanted man's head.
    debkafile's intelligence sources point out that whereas Col. Qaddafi was captured near Sirte and killed on the turf of
the Misurata militia, his son has fallen in the hands of another of Libya's key militias, Zintan. Both Misurata and
Zintan oppose the NTC heads and are especially unhappy about the Belhadj fundamentalists,
former associates of al Qaeda lording it in Tripoli.
    This sequence looks like part of the same pattern whereby certain Western forces hope to put obstacles in the path of
Mustafa Jalil and his moves to let Belhadj gain control of the capital, especially since the strings of both appear to be
pulled by the Emir of Qatar. The power struggle afoot will not just determine the nature of Libya's government but also
who controls its oil resources.
    The events leading to Saif al-Islam's capture are not fully known. One scenario worth considering is that Qaddafi's
eldest son was not captured but surrendered voluntarily to the Zintan militia as part of a deal. After all, he holds the keys
to large parts of the Qaddafi family fortune which is salted away around the world. Shelling out funds for the two militias
to help them gain high office in the new regime may be part of the deal. http://www.debka.com/article/21498/
'Two killed, 766 hurt in Egypt street clashes'
By REUTERS          11/20/2011 04:42
Demonstrators call for ruling army council head to go; unrest spreads to Alexandria, Suez; youths chant to "topple the
   Clashes erupted between protesters and police in Cairo and two other Egyptian cities, killing two people and wounding
more than 700 in the biggest security challenge yet for the country's ruling generals days before scheduled elections. In
Tahrir Square alone 750 were injured, Egyptian newspaper Al Aharam cited the Egyptian Health
Ministry as saying. Four were injured in Alexandria and 12 in Suez.
   In scenes reminiscent of the 18-day uprising that toppled Hosni Mubarak from three decades of power in February,
hundreds of youths chanted "The people want to topple the regime" as they rushed towards riot police, who fired rubber
bullets and tear gas.
   Protesters broke chunks of cement from pavements and hurled them at police in clashes in which
police lost control of Cairo's landmark Tahrir Square twice in the day.
   A blaze broke out around midnight at the huge Mogamma state administration building overlooking Tahrir.
   As police fired round after round of tear gas at protesters near the interior ministry, closer to Tahrir protesters laid
sheets of metal to block roads into the square.
   They unleashed 20 trucks to forcefully disperse a few dozen peaceful protesters this morning," Salah Saeed said as he
handed out vinegar-doused napkins to protect protesters against the tear gas.
   "Now thousands of Egyptians are protesting in Tahrir. We don't need the corrupt interior ministry or the military
council," he said.
   Staggered voting is due to begin on November 28 but could be disrupted if violence spreads. The vote is being
overshadowed by a row between political parties and the government over ground rules for a draft
constitution that could leave the army free of civilian control.
   The army won popular backing during Mubarak's overthrow for maintaining order and pledging to hand power to an
elected government, but support has ebbed over its use of military trials for civilians and suspicion that it wants to
continue to wield the levers of power after a new government is sworn in.
   A security official said on Saturday police had used lawful methods to deal with "troublemakers". Protesters said they
were incensed by brutal police tactics to break up a peaceful sit-in.
    State news agency MENA quoted the health ministry's spokesman as saying 676 people had been hurt in Cairo and
that Ahmed Mahmoud, a 23-year-old demonstrator, died in hospital. MENA reported another death in Egypt's second city
    The army stayed away from the fighting.
    "I tell you do not leave the square. This square will lead the way from now on," presidential
candidate Hazem Salah Abu Ismail, a hardline Islamist, told a group of protesters early on Sunday.
"Tomorrow the whole of Egypt will follow your lead."
Unrest spreads to Alexandria and Suez
    About 5,000 protesters had converged on Tahrir on Saturday afternoon when police tried to evict
the remnants of a 50,000-strong demonstration a day earlier, mostly by Islamists demanding the
departure of the military.
    Buildings and two cars in the square were set on fire, witnesses said. A third vehicle close to the Arab League's
headquarters was also burned.
    Police beat the protesters, most of whom were not Islamists, with batons and fired tear gas to regain control of Tahrir,
only to retreat after night fell.
    Protests erupted in other cities. About 800 people gathered in front of the security directorate in
Egypt's second city Alexandria and chanted: "Interior Ministry officials are thugs."
    A witness heard repeated gunfire in the area. It was not clear whether the shots were live bullets. One person covered
in blood was carried off to hospital on a motorcycle.
    About 1,000 gathered outside a police station in the eastern city of Suez, threw stones at it and tried to
force their way in. Police fired tear gas and shot into the air. Protesters in Suez tore down banners of former members of
Mubarak's disbanded party who are running in the election.
    Liberal groups are dismayed by the military trials of thousands of civilians and the army's failure to scrap a hated
emergency law.
    Islamists eyeing a strong showing in the next parliament suspect the army council wants to curtail their influence and
is maneuveringto stay in power from behind the scenes. http://www.jpost.com/VideoArticles/Video/Article.aspx?id=246213 [so
much for a wonderful ‘democratic’ free Egypt. Most of this is the result of the support that the
BHObamanation has provided (along with the globalist group) to these so called ‘freedom fighters’
who have no idea of what freedom is because they live in a society based on a geopolitical theological
system of total repression. – rdb]
In Egypt’s new democracy, Copts feel sidelined
By THE MEDIA LINE       11/20/2011 14:23
Islamists set the tone in parliamentary elections set for later this month.
    CAIRO - Calm and composed, 26-year-old Shaheer Ishak was a university student only a few short years ago. Now, he
is campaigning for a seat in the first parliament of Egypt’s post-Husni Mubarak era. Ishak is one of a handful of youth
activists, who were instrumental in the protest movement that ousted the former dictator in February who decided to throw
his hat in the race.
    Unlike most candidates on the ballot, however, Ishak is a Coptic Christian. But as sectarian tensions
have erupted in the weeks leading up to November 28 parliamentary elections, the young political
economist is ignoring religion, both as part of his personal identify and as a campaign issue. He
shares the liberal philosophy of the Egypt Freedom Party, which was founded last May by a group of
activists from the revolution and to which he belongs.
    “I don’t see myself as a Christian candidate,” he begins, able to multi-task at their downtown Cairo headquarters after
a leadership meeting. He told The Media Line that for him, “this election is about creating national consensus and not
about breaking the country into religious lines.”
    Accounting for about 10% of Egypt’s 80 million people, Copts have traditionally suffered
discrimination and are underrepresented in Egyptian politics and society. Their high hopes for the
revolution and democracy have been dashed by the rise of Islamic extremism and doubts about the
interim military government’s attitude toward them.
    Those concerns were brought home October 9 when a peaceful demonstration in Cairo’s Maspero Square was attacked
by security personnel, leaving at least 27 people dead and more 300 injured. Vigilante attacks on Copts and their churches
that Copts remember from the Mubarak have continued under the generals.
    Conscious of Coptic fears, Ishak hopes that the party’s values will take precedent over his religion. He admits that
running in the upper middle-class Heliopolis district in the capital, where religion has so far not emerged as an issue, helps
push the liberal agenda. He says that most residents share his thinking and this has helped him.
    “Granted there are issues, but in my district at least, most people are more open to liberal ideas and it is likely I will be
running against another liberal, so I don’t think religion will be a major factor,” he adds.
    The younger generation of Copts would like to see more of Christian candidates out there, pressing for votes and
explaining their goals for the future of the country. But Coptic candidates face more obstacles to running than their
Muslim peers – opposition from Islamists, fears by the church establishment of delving too deeply into politics and
growing pessimism among Copts themselves.
    A recent poll by the Egyptian Union for Human Rights, a non-governmental organization, showed that around two
thirds of 40,000 Christians surveyed said they would vote in the upcoming elections. The pollsters said that many Copts
expressed the view that the "prevailing climate in Egypt will not help Copts" make gains at the ballot box.
    Many parties, including the Muslim Brotherhood’s political wing, are including Copts on their election lists, but
Coptic activists say the number is so small that the new parliament may not have any Christian members.
In the 1940s, Copts accounted for a tenth of the country’s lawmakers but in the final years of the Mubarak regime, their
numbers fell to less than 1%, many of them presidential appointees.
    The November 28 vote is the first of a series to elect two houses of parliament and a president between now and 2013.
It will be first time ever that Egyptians can freely choose candidates in fair elections. MORE -
http://www.jpost.com/MiddleEast/Article.aspx?id=246253 [so in effect, about 10% of the population will have no
representation. – rdb]
Bill proposes IDF-exempt males do nat'l service
By LAHAV HARKOV        11/20/2011 04:00
MK Moshe Matalon proposes bill that is signed by Israel Beiteinu faction members and MK Uri Ariel; will be brought
to a vote by Ministerial Committee.
    A new bill requiring all citizens exempt from mandatory military service to instead do national or
civilian service, which is currently voluntary, will be brought to a vote by the Ministerial Committee on
Legislation on Sunday.
    The bill, proposed by MK Moshe Matalon (Israel Beiteinu) and signed by Israel Beiteinu faction members and MK Uri
Ariel (National Union), applies only to males, and would require anyone who is not serving in the IDF for reasons other
than physical unfitness to do non-military service for 24 months.
    “The government must require all citizens to equally share the missions we are given,” Matalon said.
“It is unreasonable that only a small part of Israel’s population will carry the entire state’s burden on its shoulders.”
    Matalon referred to “disconcerting enlistment rates that indicate that in the not-very- distant future only half of 18-
year-olds will join the IDF and take part in this task.”
    The Ministerial Committee on Legislation, which determines the government’s position on bills, is unlikely to vote in
favor of the bill, as it will certainly face fierce opposition from coalition member parties Shas and United Torah Judaism.
    By 2020, 60 percent of Israelis will not be serving in the military, the head of the IDF Manpower Directorate, Maj.-
Gen. Orna Barbivai, said last Thursday.
    According to the bill’s text, “it cannot be that some 18- year-old men... serve the country and defend it, while others do
not serve and do not contribute.
    “Those who are exempt [from army service] should not be exempt from an alternative contribution, such as national or
civilian service in public institutions in need of help,” the bill reads.
    In the bill’s explanatory section, the MKs write that their initiative follows a similar suggestion from the IDF chief of
staff. In the past, Home Front Defense Minister Matan Vilna’i proposed a similar bill, as did MKs Yoel Hasson (Kadima)
and MK Eitan Cabel (Labor) during the current Knesset. http://www.jpost.com/DiplomacyAndPolitics/Article.aspx?id=246208
Sweden funds anti-Israel brochure
Scandinavian country finances booklet accusing Jewish state of ethnic cleansing, apartheid rule
Itamar Eichner      Published: 11.20.11, 09:49 / Israel News
    Sweden has funded the publication of an anti-Israel booklet titled "Colonialism and Apartheid – the Israeli occupation
in Palestine," Yedioth Ahronoth reported Sunday.
    According to the report, the Swedish government transferred NIS 390,000 (roughly $104,600), under
the guise of humanitarian aid, to a Swedish-Palestinian solidarity group for the creation of the ornate
40-page booklet.
    The brochure's authors accuse Israel of racist legislation, ethnic cleansing, racial segregation, establishing an Apartheid
regime in the territories, and bombing Palestinian civilian homes. Furthermore, the brochure calls for a boycott of the
Jewish state.
    Israel and the Jewish community in Sweden condemned the measure. Sweden's foreign aid minister joined the
    Israel's ambassador to the Scandinavian state, Benny Dagan, has met with members of the parliamentary Sweden-
Israel Friendship Association, and urged it to demand the funds allotted towards anti-Israel activity to be cut.
http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4150368,00.html [Way to go Sweden! Let’s keep up the anti-Semitism. – rdb]
Older, Suburban and Struggling, ‘Near Poor’ Startle the Census
    WASHINGTON — They drive cars, but seldom new ones. They earn paychecks, but not big ones. Many own homes.
Most pay taxes. Half are married, and nearly half live in the suburbs. None are poor, but many describe themselves as
barely scraping by.
    Down but not quite out, these Americans form a diverse group sometimes called “near poor” and
sometimes simply overlooked — and a new count suggests they are far more numerous than
previously understood.
    When the Census Bureau this month released a new measure of poverty, meant to better count disposable income, it
began altering the portrait of national need. Perhaps the most startling differences between the old measure and the new
involves data the government has not yet published, showing 51 million people with incomes less than 50
percent above the poverty line. That number of Americans is 76 percent higher than the official
account, published in September. All told, that places 100 million people — one in three Americans —
either in poverty or in the fretful zone just above it.
    After a lost decade of flat wages and the worst downturn since the Great Depression, the findings can be thought of as
putting numbers to the bleak national mood — quantifying the expressions of unease erupting in protests and political
swings. They convey levels of economic stress sharply felt but until now hard to measure.
    The Census Bureau, which published the poverty data two weeks ago, produced the analysis of those with somewhat
higher income at the request of The New York Times. The size of the near-poor population took even the bureau’s
number crunchers by surprise.
    “These numbers are higher than we anticipated,” said Trudi J. Renwick, the bureau’s chief poverty statistician. “There
are more people struggling than the official numbers show.”
    Outside the bureau, skeptics of the new measure warned that the phrase “near poor” — a common term, but not one
the government officially uses — may suggest more hardship than most families in this income level experience. A family
of four can fall into this range, adjusted for regional living costs, with an income of up to $25,500 in rural North Dakota or
$51,000 in Silicon Valley.
    But most economists called the new measure better than the old, and many said the findings, while disturbing,
comported with what was previously known about stagnant wages.
    “It’s very consistent with everything we’ve been hearing in the last few years about families’ struggle, earnings not
keeping up for the bottom half,” said Sheila Zedlewski, a researcher at the Urban Institute, a nonpartisan economic and
social research group.
    Patched together a half-century ago, the official poverty measure has long been seen as flawed. It ignores hundreds of
billions the needy receive in food stamps, tax credits and other programs, and the similarly large sums paid in taxes,
medical care and work expenses. The new method, called the Supplemental Poverty Measure, counts all those factors and
adjusts for differences in the cost of living, which the official measure ignores. MORE -
Abbas Going for Broke, Gunning for Unity with Hamas
Mahmoud Abbas is to meet with Hamas leaders in Cairo Thursday to sum up a unity deal based on “resistance” and
non-recognition of Israel.
By Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu           First Publish: 11/20/2011, 3:02 PM
   Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas is to meet with Hamas leaders in Cairo Thursday to sum up a unity
deal based on “resistance,” a Palestinian Authority state based on the temporary 1949 Armistice Lines and non-
recognition of Israel.
   Abbas, head of the rival Fatah faction, formally signed a formal unity agreement with Hamas in May, but it quickly
became nothing more than a ceremonial act following disagreements.
   The failure of the Palestinian Authority to gain admittance as a full member in the United Nations has been a game-
changer. Following the American and Israel decision to cut off funds to the PA after it won membership on the U.N.’s
UNESCO agency, Abbas has made it clear he considers the Obama administration an obstacle to his plans for Palestinian
Authority statehood.
   Spokesmen for Hamas and Abbas have confirmed this week’s meeting will be full of substance as
Abbas had apparently decided to bank on Asian and pro-Arab countries in Europe to give him the
diplomatic backing he has lost with the United States.
     Hamas opposed Abbas' bid for U.N. membership, and the failure has represented the terrorist organization
 with a golden opportunity to exercise weight. The failure of a unified Palestinian Authority has hampered Abbas’
 influence in the West, with Hamas ruling Gaza and the Fatah faction ruling Arab areas of Judea and Samaria.
     Hamas spokesmen said the unity agreement will be based on a policy of ”resistance,” an Arab code
 word for terror; a Palestinian Authority country being defined by the temporary 1949 Armistice Lines that were in
 effect until the Six-Day War in 1967; and non-recognition of Israel.
     Abbas previously has said he recognizes Israel as an entity, but not a Jewish state. Presumably, Abbas
 will claim he recognizes Israel only according the temporary borders. Their inclusion in the Palestinian Authority would
 mean the expulsion of nearly 10 percent of Israel's population and the forfeiting of lands and property in PA-claimed
     One of the bones of contention between Fatah and Hamas has been the choice of prime minister, a post held by Ismail
 Haniyeh in Gaza and PA Prime Minister Salam Fayyad in Ramallah. Under the new agreement, neither of them would
 serve in office.
     The planned meeting this week between Abbas and Khaled Mashaal, the supreme leader of Hamas,
 is bound to upset the Obama administration even more than the bid for membership in the United
 Nations, a move that effectively buried the American-led ”diplomatic process.”
     A further provocation could be the participation of the Islamic Jihad in new PA elections in May, a move the terrorist
 organization said it is considering.
     Abbas still is trying to stay on good terms with the Obama administration, commenting that the United States “is
 considered our friend” because it “helps us financially and it provides us with a considerable amount of aid.” The cut-off
 to aid following the PA’s acceptance to UNESCO proved temporary but still remains a threat.

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Suspicion in Iran that Stuxnet caused Revolutionary Guards base explosions
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report November 18, 2011, 2:29 PM (GMT+02:00)
Is the Stuxnet computer malworm back on the warpath in Iran?
    Exhaustive investigations into the deadly explosion last Saturday, Nov. 12 of the Sejil-2 ballistic
missile at the Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) Alghadir base point increasingly to a technical fault
originating in the computer system controlling the missile and not the missile itself. The head of Iran's
ballistic missile program Maj. Gen. Hassan Moghaddam was among the 36 officers killed in the blast
which rocked Tehran 46 kilometers away.
    (Tehran reported 17 deaths although 36 funerals took place.)
    Since the disaster, experts have run tests on missiles of the same type as Sejil 2 and on their launching mechanisms.
debkafile's military and Iranian sources disclose three pieces of information coming out of the early IRGC probe:
    1. Maj. Gen. Moghaddam had gathered Iran's top missile experts around the Sejil 2 to show them a
new type of warhead which could also carry a nuclear payload. No experiment was planned. The experts were
shown the new device and asked for their comments.
2. Moghaddam presented the new warhead through a computer simulation attached to the missile. His
presentation was watched on a big screen. The missile exploded upon an order from the computer.
The warhead blew first; the solid fuel in its engines next, so explaining the two consecutive bangs across Tehran and the
early impression of two explosions, the first more powerful than the second, occurring at the huge 52 sq. kilometer
complex of Alghadir.
3. Because none of the missile experts survived and all the equipment and structures pulverized
within a half-kilometer radius of the explosion, the investigators had no witnesses and hardly any
physical evidence to work from.
    Iranian intelligence heads entertain two initial theories to account for the sudden calamity: a) that Western
intelligence service or the Israeli Mossad managed to plant a technician among the missile program's
personnel and he signaled the computer to order the missile to explode; or b), a theory which they find
more plausible, that the computer controlling the missile was infected with the Stuxnet virus which
misdirected the missile into blowing without anyone present noticing anything amiss until it was too
    It is the second theory which has got Iran's leaders really worried because it means that, in the middle of spiraling
tension with the United States and Israel or their nuclear weapons program, their entire Shahab 3 and Sejil 2 ballistic
missile arsenal is infected and out of commission until minute tests are completed. Western intelligence sources told
debkafile that Iran's supreme armed forces chief Gen. Hassan Firouz-Abadi was playing for time when he announced this
week that the explosion had "only delayed by two weeks the manufacturing of an experimental product by the
Revolutionary Guards which could be a strong fist in the face of arrogance (the United States) and the occupying regime
    Iran needs time to thoroughly investigate the causes of the fatal explosion and convince everyone that the computer
systems controlling its missiles of the Stuxnet malworm will be cleansed and running in no time just like the Natanz
uranium enrichment installation and Bushehr atomic reactor which were decontaminated between June and September
    If indeed Stuxnet is back, the cleanup this time would take several months, according to Western experts - certainly
longer than the two weeks estimated by Gen. Firouz-Abadi.
    Those experts also rebut the contention of certain Western and Russian computer pros that Stuxnet and another virus
called Duqu are linked.
    The head of Iran's civil defense program Gholamreza Jalali said this week that the fight against Duqu is "in its initial
phase" and the final report "which says which organizations the virus has spread to and what its impacts are has not been
complete yet. All the organizations and centers that could be susceptible to being contaminated are under control."
'US plans sanctions on Iran's petrochemical sector'
By REUTERS AND JPOST.COM STAFF             11/19/2011 01:03
Washington wants to send a strong signal after IAEA report, European capitals may follow suit, US source says; US is
hesitant to sanction Iran's central bank.
    WASHINGTON - The United States plans to sanction Iran's petrochemical industry, sources familiar with the matter
said on Friday, seeking to raise pressure on Tehran after fresh allegations it may be pursuing nuclear weapons. The
sources said Washington wanted to send a strong signal after the UN nuclear watchdog issued a Nov. 8 report saying Iran
appeared to have worked on designing an atomic bomb and may still be secretly carrying out related research.
    The sources, who spoke on condition that they not be named, said the sanctions could be unveiled as early as Monday.
    They said the United States was looking to find a way to bar foreign companies from aiding Iran's petrochemical
industry with the threat of depriving them access to the US market.
    While European nations have historically resented such "extra-territorial" US sanctions seeking to punish their
companies, in this case the sources said the European nations were themselves likely to follow suit, though not
    US firms are barred from most trade with Iran. The US push is therefore aimed at foreign firms by in effect making
them choose between working with Iran's petrochemical industry or doing business in the vast US market.
    It was not clear what authorities the Obama administration planned to invoke to impose the sanctions or precisely how,
and how much, they would hurt Iran's petrochemical sector.
    Discussion of the idea comes amid a renewed flurry of Israeli media speculation about the possibility of an Israeli
military strike to try to destroy Iran's nuclear facilities. The United States suspects Iran may be using its civil
nuclear program as a cover to develop nuclear weapons. Iran has insisted its program is purely
    Anxieties about Iran's nuclear program increased after the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) released
intelligence last week suggesting Iran has undertaken research and experiments geared to developing a nuclear weapons
Action on financial sector?
    Iran, which denies it wants nuclear weapons, condemned the findings of the Vienna-based IAEA as "unbalanced" and
"politically motivated."
    The report increased tensions in the Middle East and led to redoubled calls in Western capitals for stiffer sanctions
against Tehran.
    The sources familiar with the matter said there had also been discussion of sanctions on the Iranian financial sector.
    While US officials last week said the idea of cutting off the Iranian central bank entirely was off the table for now, one
source said there had been consideration of more limited measures.
    “There was displeasure at the top with the view that it's all or nothing ... (and that if it's all) we take out our own
economic recovery," he said. "The instruction was given to look for other possible avenues."
   The sources said the United States was reluctant to try to cut off the Iranian central bank entirely for fear this could
drive oil prices dramatically higher, potentially impairing the US recovery.
   The United States and its European allies, notably Britain, France and Germany, are seeking ways to
raise the pressure on Iran without going to the UN Security Council, where fresh sanctions are all but
sure to be opposed by Russia and China.The UN Security Council has passed four resolutions imposing sanctions
on Iran but both Russia and China have made clear their reluctance to go further for now.
   There has been growing pressure from the US Congress and prominent Republicans, including presidential candidate
and Texas Governor Rick Perry and former US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, to sanction the Iranian central bank.
   Perry advocated the idea in a televised debate on Saturday while Rice did so in an interview with Reuters on
Wednesday. "There is time for diplomacy but it better be pretty coercive diplomacy at this point," Rice told Reuters.
   "There are many things we could do even without probably the Security Council: sanction the Iranian central bank,
deny them access to the financial system through that," she said. http://www.jpost.com/IranianThreat/News/Article.aspx?id=246117
[Keep on talking and pretty soon Israel will fix the problem for you. – rdb]
IAEA board rebukes defiant Iran over nuclear program
Resolution censuring Tehran wins overwhelming support but lacks concrete punitive steps; Iran says 'won't back down'
Latest Update: 11.18.11, 19:13 / Israel News
    The UN nuclear watchdog board of governors censured Iran on Friday over mounting suspicions it may be seeking to
develop atomic bombs, after the six big powers overcame divisions on how to best deal with a defiant Tehran. But the
resolution, which won overwhelming support at the 35-nation meeting of the International Atomic Energy Agency
(IAEA), omitted any concrete punitive steps, reflecting Russian and Chinese opposition to cornering Iran.
    It was adopted by 32 votes for and two against - Cuba and Ecuador. Indonesia abstained.
    Iran's Ambassador to the IAEA, Ali Asghar Soltanieh, said the resolution will only strengthen Tehran's determination
to press on with its disputed activities He said the Islamic state would not halt uranium enrichment even for "a second",
making clear his country would not back down in the dispute with major powers.
    Soltanieh added that Iran will not take part in rare IAEA-hosted talks next week for countries in the Middle East to
discuss efforts to free the world of nuclear weapons.
    The Iranian envoy lashed out at IAEA chief Yukiya Amano, who convened the Nov 21-22 talks in Vienna for Middle
Eastern states, as "not professional" and said he did not believe the meeting would be "fruitful." Iran "will not participate,"
he told reporters. Israel and Arab states are expected to attend the forum.
    Indeed, Iran showed no sign of backing down in the protracted dispute over its atomic activities, threatening to take
legal action against the Vienna-based UN agency for issuing a hard-hitting report about Tehran's nuclear program.
    Last week's IAEA report presented a stash of intelligence indicating that Iran has undertaken research and experiments
geared to developing a nuclear weapons capability. It has stoked tensions in the Middle East and redoubled calls in
Western capitals for stiffer sanctions against Tehran.
    Iran says it is enriching uranium only as fuel for nuclear power plants, not atomic weapons. It has dismissed the details
in the IAEA report obtained mainly from Western spy agencies as fabricated, and accusing the IAEA of a pro-Western
    Soltanieh accused the agency of leaking the report early to the United States, Britain and France. Some of its contents
appeared in Western media before their release on 8 November.
    Iran considers the IAEA report "unprofessional, unbalanced, illegal and politicized", Soltanieh told the board meeting
before the vote, the second against Iran in as many years. "Any resolutions based on this report ... are not legally binding,
thus they are not applicable."
Overcoming divisions between the big powers
    The six powers spearheading diplomacy on Iran - the United States, Russia, China, France, Britain and Germany - this
week ironed out the resolution in intense talks and submitted it to the board, a mix of industrialized and developing
countries. The fact that it was backed by all the big powers guaranteed it would sail through the board, whose governors
comprise a mix of industrialized and developing states. But it will not placate those in the West and in Israel, Iran's arch-
foe, who had hoped Amano's report would bring about concrete international action to corral Tehran, such as an IAEA
referral of its case to the UN Security Council.
    "At this point, it doesn't really ratchet up the pressure on Iran," said proliferation expert Mark Hibbs of the Carnegie
Endowment for International Peace, noting the text did not set any deadlines for Iran to resolve outstanding issues.
    With several rounds of nuclear talks having led nowhere, failing even to agree an agenda, the
Security Council has imposed four rounds of sanctions on Iran since 2006. But Moscow and Beijing,
with hefty trade and energy stakes in Iran, have made clear their opposition to further such steps.
    Diplomats cast the powers' resolution text as a compromise between Western states, which would have preferred
sharper language, and Russia and China, which resisted out of concern not to lose trade or burn all bridges for talks with
    Russia has criticized the IAEA for publishing its report on Iran last week. In contrast, Western states seized on it to
press for additional sanctions on the Islamic Republic, but Russia has flatly ruled this out at the UN level.
    The resolution expressed "deep and increasing concern about the unresolved issues regarding the Iranian nuclear
program, including those which need to be clarified to exclude the existence of possible military dimensions". It called on
Tehran to open up fully to UN inspectors and investigators and "engage seriously and without preconditions in talks" to
address nuclear concerns. It asked Amano to report back to the board's next meeting in March.
    In November 2009, IAEA governors including Russia and China rebuked Iran for building a uranium enrichment plant
in secret. Iran rejected that vote as "intimidation." http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4150076,00.html
Iran conducts 4-day air defense drill
Exercise in east Iran aimed at 'heightening level of preparedness amid possible threats to airspace, nuclear centers'
Dudi Cohen
Published: 11.18.11, 18:23 / Israel News
   The Iranian army was set to launch an air defense drill Friday evening simulating an attack on the country's nuclear
facilities, the Islamic Republic News Agency reported. According to the regime's mouthpiece, the four-day drill will be
held in eastern Iran and stress "the characteristics of the Islamic Republic's defense doctrine in the framework of the
heightened air defense alert level."
   The military exercise comes just six days after a blast at an army base outside Tehran left several
members of the Revolutionary Guard dead, including a senior officer who was a key figure in Iran's
missile program. Some western media outlets claimed Israel was behind the explosion.
   The report said the drill will include the use of "missile systems, advanced anti-aircraft artillery and
various radar systems, as well as "tactical maneuvers aimed at increasing the level of preparedness
amid possible threats to the Islamic homeland's airspace, particularly with regards to the country's...nuclear centers."
   Last June the Revolutionary Guard conducted an extensive drill in northwest Iran, during which surface-to-surface
missiles were launched.
   The past few weeks have seen a stream of leaks from Israel regarding the possibility of a military
strike on Iran, this after an International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) report said Tehran has been
working toward building a nuclear weapon since 2003 despite sanctions imposed by the international
   Israel recently test-launched a ballistic missile and conducted an aerial drill in Italy with the participation of IDF
fighter pilots. The IDF also held a home front drill simulating a missile attack on the greater Tel Aviv area – a realistic
scenario in case of an attack on Iran's nuclear sites.
   Iran tends to conduct high-profile military exercises once every few months to showcase the country's technological
and military innovations.
   Meanwhile, governors of the UN nuclear watchdog approved a resolution on Friday voicing "increasing concern"
about Iran's atomic work, cranking up international pressure on Tehran after a UN report said it appeared to have worked
on designing an atom bomb.
   The 35-nation policy-making body of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) adopted the text by a clear
majority, with 32 states voting for and 2 against. http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4150068,00.html
Clinton says there could be civil war in Syria
By REUTERS             11/19/2011 02:44
US secretary of state says the US favors peaceful protest, nonviolent opposition, doesn't see Libya-style intervention.
   WASHINGTON - US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said on Friday Syria could slide into civil war but she did not
foresee the the global community intervening in the same way it did in Libya. "I think there could be a civil war with a
very determined and well-armed and eventually well-financed opposition that is, if not directed by, certainly influenced
by defectors from the army," Clinton told NBC news in an interview in Indonesia, where she was attending a regional
summit. "We're already seeing that, something that we hate to see because we are in favor of a peaceful protest and a
nonviolent opposition," she said.
   Clinton said, however, that she saw no prospect for the kind of coordinated international intervention that occurred in
Libya, where a NATO-led coalition won a UN mandate to mount air strikes in support of rebels fighting Muammar
   "There is no appetite for that kind of action vis-a-vis Syria," Clinton said, pointing to regional moves by the Arab
League and Turkey as key to persuading Syrian President Bashar Assad to halt the violence against civilians.
   The United States and the European Union have both imposed a series of targeted sanctions against Damascus. But
UN sanctions are seen as unlikely given opposition from Russia and China, which last month vetoed a draft Security
Council resolution condemning Syria.
    The Arab League has suspended Syria and set a Saturday deadline for it to comply with the Arab peace plan, which
entails a military pullout from around restive cities and towns, threatening sanctions unless Assad acts to halt the
    Clinton told CBS in a separate interview that it was clear Assad's days were numbered.
    "Look, Assad's going to be gone; it's just a question of time. What we hope is that they avoid a civil war, that they
avoid greater bloodshed, that they make the changes that they should have been making all along. And we think the Arab
League pressure is probably the most effective pressure," she said.
    Activists said Syrian security forces killed 11 people after weekly prayers on Friday, in the latest violence in the
crackdown on protests, which the United Nations says has killed at least 3,500 people since March.
http://www.jpost.com/MiddleEast/Article.aspx?id=246121 [If she checked the ME news sources she might see that
there already is a civil war in Syria. Duh! – rdb]
Thousands protest in Tahrir against army rule
By REUTERS          11/18/2011 18:12
Protesters demand withdrawal of proposal to protect army; failure to resolve dispute could impact November ballot.
    CAIRO - About 50,000 mainly Islamist protesters flocked to Cairo's Tahrir Square on Friday to press Egypt's military
rulers to transfer power to elected civilians after the cabinet launched a move to exempt the army from parliamentary
oversight. The protesters chanted Islamic songs before Friday prayers while others handed out flyers
demanding the withdrawal of the constitutional proposal and that presidential elections be held no
later than April 2012, instead of at year end or in 2013.
    "Does the government want to humiliate the people? The people revolted against Mubarak and they will revolt against
the constitution they want to impose on us!" a member of an orthodox Islamic Salafi group cried out over loudspeakers.
"Down to military rule" and "No to making the army a state above the state" were some of the chants echoing across
    A military source said on Friday the army would hand power to a civilian government in 2012, without giving a exact
    Except for the preponderance of bearded men and veiled women typical of strict Islamists, the mass
rally recalled the 18-day, largely secular uprising centred in Tahrir that toppled autocratic President
Hosni Mubarak on 11 Febraury.
    A parliamentary election set for 28 November could be disrupted if political parties and the government fail to resolve
a row over the proposal that would deny parliamentary oversight of the army, potentially allowing it to defy an elected
government.       Over 39 political parties and groups said in a joint statement they would rally "to protect democracy and
the transfer of power" after negotiations broke down between Islamist groups and the cabinet.
    Deputy Prime Minister Ali al-Silmi showed a constitutional draft to political groups earlier this month which would
give the army exclusive authority over its internal affairs and budget.
    Salafi parties and movements who follow strict Islamic teachings were the earliest to galvanise
support for the Friday protest, with the Muslim Brotherhood and a number of liberal parties following
suit. Thousands of Salafi protesters arrived in Cairo from different parts of the country, many waving flags and singing
the national anthem while youth groups guarded entrances to the square to prevent thugs from slipping through.
    We came by bus from the Nile Delta. We have been called to come and show our refusal of army rule and support of
civilian rule," said Mohamed Ali, a member of the Salafi Al-Asalah party.
Anti-military rallies are held across Egypt
    In the port city of Alexandria, thousands of Islamists and youth groups also held a rally and planned to head to a
military base in a show of protest against the army. "We went down to demand change but they removed Mubarak and
brought the Field Marshal," protesters in Alexandria chanted, referring to Mubarak's former defense minister who now
heads the military council that is supposed to guide Egypt to democracy.
    Thousands also gathered in the Northern Sinai and Upper Egypt regions to protest but they called for an Islamic state,
not a civilian state, the demand of protesters in the capital and Alexandria.
    Despite Friday's street outcry against the army, many ordinary Egyptians feel their country needs the military
command to preside firmly over the transitional period.
    Despite the unified call against the ruling generals, Tahrir square was split between the Muslim Brotherhood's
Freedom and Justice Party and their harder-line Salafi rivals, represented by several political parties.
    The two set up separate sound stages and organized their own speeches and chants, only joining forces for Friday
    "Our aims are one but there are differences between us as Islamist groups," said Abdullah Galil, a Salafi youth.
    Liberal and leftist parties were also marching to Tahrir to take part in the rally. "There is no alternative but a return to
the demands of the revolution which we must put back on track through a unified political voice," Mohamed Anis, co-
founder of the liberal mainstream Justice Party, said. http://www.jpost.com/MiddleEast/Article.aspx?id=246096 [I suppose this
is Arab Spring II or perhaps is now into Arab Winter? – rdb]
Libya UN envoy accuses Qatar of arming Islamists
By REUTERS          11/18/2011 15:29
Shalgam tells Qatar to stop meddling in Tripoli's domestic affairs; Qatar denies interference in other states' affairs.
    TANGIER, Morocco - Libya's United Nations envoy Mohammed Abdel Rahman Shalgam accused Qatar on Friday of
providing weapons and money to Libyan Islamists and told the fellow Arab state to stop meddling in Tripoli's domestic
    "There are facts on the ground, they (Qatar) give money to some parties, the Islamist parties. They
give money and weapons and they try to meddle in issues that do not concern them and we reject
that," Shalgam told Reuters on the sidelines of a conference in the Moroccan city Tangier.
    "The Qatari state is still providing assistance to some (Libyan) parties and they are giving them money and we reject
this totally," he added. "Qatar was among countries which have provided us with the greatest military, financial and
political support (in ousting slain leader Muammar Gaddafi).
    "We thank them ... We don't want them to spoil this great feat through meaningless acts of meddling," he said.
    Qatar, the world's top exporter of liquefied gas exporter and home to the influential Al Jazeera
satellite channel, played a key role in an international alliance that helped rebels topple Libyan
strongman Muammar Gaddafi in August.
    Qatar, however, denies interference in other states' affairs, saying it uses resources and influence for the benefit of all
    Shalgam said he has discussed the allegations of interference with Qatari authorities including its ruler Sheikh Hamad
bin Khalifa al-Thani and its prime minister.
    "We have had frank conversations with them ... I've warned them as a brother ... I tell them, 'You have helped us to a
great extent'...The Tunisian people provided us with the greatest help of all and they did not interfere in our domestic
affairs." http://www.jpost.com/MiddleEast/Article.aspx?id=246088
UN reinstates Libya to Human Rights Council in post-Gadhafi era
New Libyan government pledges before the world body to defend human rights and establish the rule of law.
By The Associated Press Published 23:41 18.11.11             Latest update 23:41 18.11.11
    The UN General Assembly voted overwhelmingly Friday to reinstate Libya's membership on the
Human Rights Council after its new government pledged before the world body to defend human rights
and establish the rule of law.
    The General Assembly suspended Libya from the UN's top human rights body on March 1 as part of the international
effort to halt Muammar Gadhafi's violent crackdown on protesters. It accused Gadhafi's regime of committing "gross and
systematic violations of human rights."
    With Gadhafi's death and a new interim Libyan government in place, the assembly adopted a resolution by a vote of
123-4 with six abstentions to restore Libya's rights on the council. The four countries voting "no" were Venezuela,
Nicaragua, Bolivia and Ecuador.
    Before the vote, Libya's deputy UN ambassador Ibrahim Dabbashi told the 193-member world body
that the "new Libya" deserved to return to full membership on the Geneva-based council after
Gadhafi's 42-year rule which saw massive violations of human rights. MORE -
http://www.haaretz.com/news/middle-east/un-reinstates-libya-to-human-rights-council-in-post-gadhafi-era-1.396423 [Gee!
Didn’t we just see them capture Gadhafi and then murder him in cold blood with no recourse to a trial
or hearing? Wasn’t there the wholesale slaughter of many of his people even when they had tried to
give up? Human Rights! Sure. One more reason to get the US out of the UN and the UN out of the US –
Report: Fatah, Hamas reach understandings
Palestinian official claims factions make headway on reconciliation agreement; says 'sides agree that next government
will be seated in Gaza'
Elior Levy       Published: 11.19.11, 12:49 / Israel News
   A Palestinian source said that preliminary meetings between Hamas and Fatah officials have led to mutual
understandings between the sides, Palestinian newspaper al-Ayyam reported on Saturday. According to the source, the
understandings will be officially published after a meeting between Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Hamas
Politburo Chief Khaled Mashaal, scheduled to take place in Cairo next week.
   The two are slated to discuss the implementation of the inter-Palestinian reconciliation agreement,
as well as the Parliamentary and presidential elections.
   Meanwhile, Ahmed Youssef, the former political adviser of Hamas prime minister in Gaza Ismail
Haniyeh, noted that the two sides have agreed that the next Palestinian government will be based in
Gaza, adding that the next prime minister may also be a resident of the Strip.
   Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad commented on the tension between the factions, writing in his Facebook
page that he will not force himself upon the Palestinian people.
   Fayyad has called on the Palestinian factions to reach an agreement over the appointment of a new prime minister.
Hamas fiercely objects to having Fayyad serve in the transition government.
   Last month, Fatah official Azzam al-Ahmad said that hs faction has reached an agreement with Hamas to hold the
parliamentary elections in the upcoming month of May.
   If the step materializes, it will mark the end of a four-year-long feud between the Palestinian factions.
The Islamic Winter is already here
Muslim Brotherhood success in Egypt elections could aid Hamas; Islamic Jihad seeking escalation in Gaza; fall of
Assad regime in Syria only a matter of time.
By Avi Issacharoff Published 10:54 19.11.11                Latest update 10:54 19.11.11
    The heavy rains last Wednesday didn’t just disrupt traffic. The stormy weather did its work and only
a few hundred people showed up in Ramallah for the ceremony marking the seventh anniversary of the
death of former Palestinian Authority chairman Yasser Arafat.
    The organizers, who understood that stormy weather was expected, decided to hold the event this year in a basketball
arena in a youth sports center in the al-Tira neighborhood. Fatah leaders stood there to hear PA chairman Mahmoud
Abbas, Arafat's successor, quote the date of November 23 for his summit meeting with the head of the Hamas political
bureau, Khaled Meshal. At this point, it appears that the two will agree to hold parliamentary and presidential elections in
May 2012 and the appointment of a prime minister who is not Salam Fayyad.
    Abbas refrained from addressing his political plans on Wednesday, but in light of past statements
that he does not intend to run in the next presidential election, we can assume that Abbas, 76, will ask
to retire after seven years in office.
    Quite a bit has been said about the comparison between Abbas and Arafat. While Israel claimed that Arafat
could reach peace but did not want to, Abbas, it has been argued, cannot reach peace. After gaining some
strength and status in the West Bank, Abbas turned in the eyes of the current Israeli government to "not wanting and not
able" to reach peace.
    Even more so, Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman made Abbas into the great enemy of the peace process. Lieberman
unintentionally strengthened Abbas in the eyes of the Palestinians. It may be too early to eulogize Abbas politically. He is
tired and worn out and has made clear that he does not want another term as president but, in light of Fatah's problematic
political situation, one can assume that great pressure will be placed on him that may change his position and turn him
into the leading candidate for the presidency.
    Various sources, both in Fatah and in Egypt, emphasized this week to "Haaretz" that Abbas is not going anywhere yet.
And yet, Abbas is known as a man who sticks to his decisions. Obstinate, for better or worse. This was the case in the
statehood appeal to the UN and also on the matter of resuming talks with the Israeli government. Only in recent weeks has
it become clear that Fatah is preparing for elections and that Abbas does not intend to run for the presidency. The
implications of such a decision may not be simple for Israel.
Bank of names
    The variety of scenarios that could occur in democratic elections without Abbas does not bode well.
First of all, it is not clear if Israel will permit the holding of elections, particularly in East Jerusalem. If
Israel prevents elections, it will absorb harsh international criticism. But if elections are held, there is always a
chance that Hamas will win, not just the parliament but also the presidency. It is not clear what Israel would
then do - we're indeed speaking about the democratic decision of an entire people.
    Hamas' chances to win parliamentary elections are not great right now. Polls show that Fatah has the advantage, even
after the completion of the Gilad Shalit prisoner exchange deal. Still, the momentum that began with the release of the
first 477 prisoners out of the 1,027 will only accelerate after the completion of the deal and the three rounds of Egyptian
parliamentary elections.
    It can be presumed that a significant achievement for Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood, after the victory of the Al-Nahda
party in Tunisia, would be cast on Hamas in Palestinian public opinion and create the sense of a new era in the Middle
East. The Arab Spring would turn into the "Islamic Winter".
    The most acute problem for Fatah is on the matter of its candidate for the presidency. For now,
there is no consensus candidate other than Abbas. The most likely scenario is that the leadership of
Fatah, realizing that negotiations with Israel are at a stalemate (at least until the U.S. presidential
elections on November 2012), will support the most popular candidate – Marwan Barghouti, "Prisoner
Number One".
    According to associates, Barghouti plans to run in any event, even if Abbas runs for another term. The chances for
the former Tanzim leader to be elected are good, assuming that he is Fatah's consensus candidate
against Hamas PM Ismail Haniyeh. But this will be an oppositional candidacy only, meant primarily to bring about
the release of Barghouti and not to promote Palestinian interests or shorten the path to statehood. It can be speculated that
in the event of a Barghouti victory, Lieberman and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will do everything
possible to prevent his release. In their eyes, Barghouti is a convicted murderer who in the past often
expressed support for acts of terrorism. MORE - http://www.haaretz.com/blogs/mess-report/the-islamic-winter-is-
already-here-1.396459 [Nothing like having a terrorist prisoner as your president for a supposed new
country. Talk about a ridiculous dysfunctional group of nitwits. – rdb]
Supercommittee failure could trigger US credit downgrade, economists warn
Economists predict dire consequences if committee fails to reach agreement on how to reduce America's massive debt
Dominic Rushe in New York        guardian.co.uk, Friday 18 November 2011 12.45 EST
    Economists are warning of dire consequences if US politicians fail to make progress this weekend in tense talks aimed
at reducing America's massive deficit ahead of a Wednesday deadline. The bi-partisan congressional super-committee is
charged with drawing up plans for a $1.2tn reduction in the nation's deficit by the middle of next week. Failure to do so
will trigger an automatic "sequester" that will make cuts of that size to defence and social welfare programmes starting in
2013. But the two sides seem far from finding a solution after clashing over tax revenues.
    While Wednesday is the official deadline for the supercommittee to report back, it has until Monday
to tell the Congressional Budget Office about the impact any plan they send to Congress will have on
the budget. "Time is running out. What I can say is we are leaving no stone unturned, negotiations continue and we are
looking to find a way. We recognise what's at stake and we're hoping to reach an agreement," Democrat committee
member Chris Van Hollen told CNN Friday.
    Failure to reach an agreement on what is essentially a small reduction on the deficit – just 0.7% of
gross domestic product in 2013 – could trigger another rating's agency downgrade, warned
economists including Paul Ashworth, chief North American economist at Capital Economics.
    "With all this pressure to reach an agreement, it really doesn't look good if they can't find a solution," said Ashworth.
He said that the US had much more serious problems that would need tackling first.
    "The US is already spending 7% of GDP on Medicare and Medicaid [the government-run health schemes] and that
will be up to 10-11% in the next two decades. Debt is on an unsustainable path, and if they can't reach an agreement on
this, it doesn't look good for the future."
    Ratings agency Standard & Poor's cited the "extremely difficult" political conditions in Washington when it made the
controversial decision to downgrade its rating on US debt in August. The firm also put the US "on watch' implying further
cuts could come.
    Morgan Stanley analyst Christine Tan predicted earlier this month that there was now a one-in-three
possibility of another downgrade. "If the supercommittee fails to reach a $1.2tn deficit reduction deal, if such a deal
relies more upon accounting changes than real deficit reduction, or if congressional action lessens the impact of the $1.2tn
automatic trigger, we believe this could potentially provide S&P with a pretext to downgrade the US further from AA+ to
AA," wrote Tan in a note to investors.
    HSBC's chief economist, Kevin Logan, said a "procrastination" solution was now the most likely outcome, with an
agreement that specifies targets for spending cuts and revenue increases but leaves the details to congressional
    Passing the the hard choices back to congressional committees would lead to "lengthy and heated battles over the US
deficit throughout 2012, we believe. The rating agencies might be tolerant of this for a while, but failure to make clear
progress could lead to downgrades of the US sovereign credit rating at some point next year," Logan said.
    David Semmens, US economist at Standard Chartered, said: "I think they will be forced into action. If not the
consequences will be long-lasting. Failure will further highlight the political deadlock in Washington. It's very important
the the supercommittee sends a strong message to the markets that the US is getting its house in order."
    Stock markets are already under pressure from the credit crisis now sweeping Europe and further
signals of a lack of leadership in the US could have negative consequences for the markets, said
    One of the major sticking points facing the supercommittee is what to do with Bush-era tax cuts that are set to expire at
the end of 2012. Republicans are against any agreement that does not extend current income-tax rates.
Democrats want them extended only for lower- and middle-income Americans. Extending all the Bush tax cuts would add
about $3.7tn to the deficit over the next decade.
   Like the automatic deficit cuts, the Bush-era tax cuts too will automatically expire unless an agreement is reached. Gus
Faucher, director of macroeconomics at Moody's Analytics, said: "We will see deficit reductions whether the super
committee makes an agreement or not."
   He said the "level of enmity" between Republicans and Democrats did raise concern, but he expects that some
agreement will be reached. http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/nov/18/supercommittee-failure-credit-downgrade-warning/print
[Anyone hear a fat lady sing yet? – rdb]
House says no to mandating balanced federal budget
Nov 18, 4:53 PM (ET)       By JIM ABRAMS
    WASHINGTON (AP) - Rejecting the idea Congress can't control its spending impulses, the House turned back a
Republican proposal Friday to amend the Constitution to dam the rising flood of federal red ink. Democrats - and a few
GOP lawmakers - said damage from the balanced-budget mandate would outweigh any benefits.
    The first House vote in 16 years on making federal deficits unconstitutional came as the separate bipartisan
"supercommittee" appeared to be sputtering in its attempt to find at least $1.2 trillion in deficit reductions to head off
major automatic cuts. The lead Republican on that panel said members were "painfully, painfully aware" of its
Wednesday deadline for action and would work through the weekend.
    The House voted 261-165 in favor of the measure to require annual balanced budgets, but that was
23 short of the two-thirds majority needed to advance a constitutional amendment. Democrats
overwhelmingly opposed the proposal, arguing that such a requirement would force Congress to make
devastating cuts to social programs.
    Most Republicans favored the measure, but there were prominent exceptions.
    Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, the party's point man on budgetary matters, agreed with GOP
colleagues that "spending is the problem." But he added that "this version of the balanced budget amendment makes it
more likely taxes will be raised, government will grow and economic freedom will be diminished."
    Likewise, Rules Committee Chairman David Dreier, R-Calif., said lawmakers should be able to find common ground
without changing the Constitution, and he expressed concern that lawsuits filed if Congress failed to balance the budget
could result in courts making decisions on cutting spending or raising taxes. MORE -
http://apnews.myway.com/article/20111118/D9R3D7T81.html [Time for some major changes in Washington if they can’t
decide on spending money you don’t have is a bad idea. - rdb
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China warns US on territory disputes
By Kathrin Hille in Beijing and Anthony Deutsch in Bali
China has issued a veiled warning to the US to keep out of Beijing’s disputes with several of its neighbours over the
South China Sea.
    “The disputes over the South China Sea between the relevant countries in the region have existed for many years. They
should be settled through friendly consultation and negotiation between the sovereign states directly concerned,” Wen
Jiabao, premier, told Asean leaders in Bali on the sidelines of a regional summit on Friday. “Outside forces should not get
involved under any excuse.”
    The remarks were made after Barack Obama had been reinforcing the message of a robust US
presence in Asia in a key foreign policy speech. On Thursday, the US also announced it would station
2,500 troops in Australia, a move seen as an attempt to counterbalance China’s rising military
influence in the region.
    “China […] supports Asean in handling disputes in its own way and opposes outside interference in Asean’s internal
affairs,” Mr Wen said in a statement carried by Xinhua, the official news agency. He went on to invoke the common
interests of China and the Asean countries as rising economic powers which face a west in decline, and reiterated
Beijing’s often-stated pledges that it was committed to co-operation and would never seek hegemony.
    In comments China will not appreciate, Mr Obama said on Friday that the East Asia Summit, which Washington is
joining for the first time, was an appropriate venue to discuss security in the disputed maritime territory. Mr Obama's
position was supported by the leader of Malaysia, an important regional US ally.
    The South China Sea holds large unexplored energy resources and is home to sea lanes vital to all
of east Asia but is seeing rising levels of tension between China, which claims almost all of it, and
several Asean members with different partial claims.
    Despite relative calm since Beijing held talks with Vietnam in July, the region has been shaken by frequent maritime
clashes between fishing and oil prospecting vessels and coast guard, marine surveillance and fisheries administration ships
from China, Vietnam and the Philippines for more than two years.
    In July 2010, the US stepped in with an announcement by Hillary Clinton, at a regional foreign ministers’ meeting in
Hanoi that peace in the region was also a vital US interest, infuriating Beijing and sparking an angry response by Yang
Jiechi, her Chinese counterpart.
    China is keen to avoid a replay of that situation at the East Asia Summit, and is therefore determined to stick to
relatively restrained language.
    But other powers also view the South China Sea as a catalyst to strengthen ties around China and beef up their own
influence in the region. Japanese politicians have mentioned stability in the South China Sea as an interest in talks with
counterparts from the Philippines and Vietnam in recent months and proposed closer security ties.
http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/ad940196-11d2-11e1-9d4d-00144feabdc0.html#axzz1e9IfbD00 [Better be careful USA or China will
cash in all the debt that we owe them and bankrupt the country. – rdb]
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