America’s Royal Puppet Recognizes its Pawn

Saudi Arabia announces “recognition of the Republic of Kosovo”

21. April 2009. | 08:26

Source: EMportal, SPA, New Kosova Report, B92, Beta

In one of its latest decisions, the government of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has made official the recognition of “Kosovo passports” and has authorized its consular offices to issue visas to the citizens of Kosovo and Metohija. Saudi Arabia becomes the 58th country to recognize “Kosovo” as independent and sovereign.

In line with the existing religious and cultural bonds with the people Kosovo, and in respect to the will of the people Kosovo to obtain independence, the Kingdom (of Saudi Arabia) announces its recognition of the Republic of Kosovo, and hopes that this development will positively contribute to enhancing the pillars of security and stability in Kosovo and its neighboring countries, said an official source at the Foreign Ministry yesterday.

In one of its latest decisions, the government of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has made official the recognition of Kosovo passports and has authorized its consular offices to issue visas to the citizens of Kosovo and Metohija.

Saudi Arabia becomes the 58th country to recognize Kosovo as independent and sovereign.

Saudi Arabia is an Arab country and the largest country of the Arabian Peninsula. It has an estimated population of 27.6 million, and its size is approximately 2,150,000 square kilometres (830,000 sq mi).

Radioactive and hazardous waste in Somalia shall be exposed

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By Report: Somali Monitor
Video: Aljazeera
Tuesday, Apr 14, 2009

Somalia’s secret dumps of toxic waste washed ashore by tsunami
From Jonathan Clayton in Johannesburg

THE huge waves which battered northern Somalia after the tsunami in December are believed to have stirred up tonnes of nuclear and toxic waste illegally dumped in the war-racked country during the early 1990s.

Apart from killing about 300 people and destroying thousands of homes, the waves broke up rusting barrels and other containers and hazardous waste dumped along the long, remote shoreline, a spokesman for the United Nations Environment Programme (Unep) said.

“Initial reports indicate that the tsunami waves broke open containers full of toxic waste and scattered the contents. We are talking about everything from medical waste to chemical waste products,” Nick Nuttal, the Unep spokesman, told The Times.

“We know this material is on the land and is now being blown around and possibly carried to villages. What we do not know is the full extent of the problem.”

Mr Nuttall said that a UN assessment mission that recently returned from the lawless African country, which has had no government since 1991, reported that several Somalis in the northern areas were ill with diseases consistent with radiation sickness. “We need more information. We need to find out what has been going on there, but there is real cause for concern,” he added. “We now need to urgently send in a multi-agency expert mission, led by Unep, for a full investigation.”

An initial UN report says that many people in the areas around the northeastern towns of Hobbio and Benadir, on the Indian Ocean coast, are suffering from far higher than normal cases of respiratory infections, mouth ulcers and bleeding, abdominal haemorrhages and unusual skin infections.

“The current situation along the Somali coastline poses a very serious environmental hazard not only in Somalia but also in the eastern Africa sub-region,” the report says. Toxic waste was first dumped in Somalia in the late 1980s, but accelerated sharply during the civil war which followed the 1991 overthrow of the late dictator Mohamed Siad Barre.

Local warlords, many of them former ministers in Siad Barre’s last government, received large payments from Swiss and Italian firms for access to their respective fiefdoms.

Most of the waste was simply dumped on remote beaches in containers and leaking disposable barrels.

Somali sources close to the trade say that the dumped materials included radioactive uranium, lead, cadmium, mercury and industrial, hospital, chemical and various other toxic wastes. In 1992, Unep said that European firms were involved in the trade, but because of the high level of insecurity in the country there were never any accurate assessments of the extent of the problem.

In 1997 and 1998, the Italian newspaper Famiglia Cristiana, which jointly investigated the allegations with the Italian branch of Greenpeace, published a series of articles detailing the extent of illegal dumping by a Swiss firm, Achair Partners, and an Italian waste broker, Progresso.

The European Green Party followed up the revelations by presenting to the press and the European Parliament in Strasbourg copies of contracts signed by the two companies and representatives of the then “President” — Ali Mahdi Mohamed — to accept 10 million tonnes of toxic waste in exchange for $80 million (then about £60 million).

Abdullahi Elmi Mohamed, a Somali academic studying in Sweden, told The Times that this worked out at “approximately $8 per tonne, while in Europe the cost for disposal and treatment of toxic waste material could go up to $1,000 per tonne”.

Mr Ali Mahdi, who then controlled north Mogadishu and who worked closely with the UN during its disastrous 1992-95 humanitarian mission to the country, has always refused to discuss the issue even though an Italian parliamentary report subsequently confirmed many of the allegations.



An investigation into the murder of Ilaria Alpi who was investigating arms trafficking and the illegal disposal of toxic waste off the coasts of Somalia. (Report and Photos below the video)

Obama accused of risking national security

Obama accused of risking national security

* Bush-era CIA director says releasing classified memos will embolden terrorist groups   [Only the ones we pay enough.]
* Senators says torture techniques should never have been allowed   [Yet the Senate leadership championed it and encouraged the rest to fall in line behind the warmongers.]
* New York Times calls for impeachment of Justice Department official who wrote one memo   [It will never happen.]

Daily Times Monitor

LAHORE: A former chief of the CIA accused President Barack Obama on Sunday of compromising national security when he released four Bush-era memos.

Michael Hayden, CIA director from 2006 to 2009, said releasing the memos outlining terror interrogation methods had emboldened terrorist groups. “What we have described for our enemies in the midst of a war are the outer limits that any American would ever go to in terms of interrogating an Al Qaeda terrorist. That’s very valuable information,” Hayden told Fox News. “By taking [certain] techniques off the table, we have made it more difficult – in a whole host of circumstances I can imagine – for CIA officers to defend the nation,” he said.

Not allowed: Senators Claire McCaskill and Lindsey Graham said, however, the techniques should not have been allowed in the first place and White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel dismissed Hayden’s assertion. “One of the reasons the president was willing to let this information out was that the information was out already,” he told ABC. “Go get the New York Review of Books. It’s there,” he added.

Hayden said that four previous CIA directors as well as the current agency director, Leon Panetta, had opposed the release. The memos said, among other things, that interrogation tactics such as waterboarding, sleep deprivation and slapping did not violate laws against torture if there was no intention to cause severe pain.

Obama prohibited the use of the “enhanced interrogation techniques” shortly after taking office in January. Such techniques “undermine our moral authority and do not make us safer”, he said when the White House released the memos on Thursday.

Impeachment: In an editorial on Sunday, The New York Times called for the impeachment of Jay Bybee who was a Justice Department official when he wrote one of the memos. “These memos make it clear that Mr Bybee is unfit for a job that requires legal judgment and a respect for the constitution,” the editorial stated. The memos “were written to provide legal immunity for acts that are clearly illegal, immoral and a violation of this country’s most basic values,” it added.

McCaskill, a member of the Senate’s standing investigative subcommittee, said the Obama administration made the right decision by agreeing not to prosecute intelligence officers. However, when asked about Bybee, she said: “A lawyer that’s responsible for this kind of advice that clearly went too far in terms of stretching what our law is — it worries me that he’s sitting on the federal bench right now.” She told Fox News the US would be better off in the long run by clearly prohibiting interrogation techniques such as waterboarding.

Hayden claimed that contrary to the assertions of many critics the interrogation techniques in question had forced suspected terrorists to reveal valuable information and made the country safer. The administration’s decision to release the Bush era memos will make CIA officials less willing to engage in interrogation tactics now sanctioned by the federal government, he added. He predicted the release of the memos would be “just the beginning”. “There will be more revelations, more commissions, there will be more investigations,” Hayden said.

Cheney Cries “Foul,” Over Memo Spilt Milk

[So retire already, you old bastard!  911 was an inside job.]

Cheney Calls for Release of Memos Showing Results of Interrogation Efforts

Former Vice President Cheney says he knows how successful the interrogation techniques were in collecting intelligence for the United States and wants that information to be released to the public as well as the legal memos explaining the decision to allow the heavily criticized methods.

MQM promoting sectarianism: Fazl

MQM promoting sectarianism: Fazl

Staff Report

LAHORE: The Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) and its leader Altaf Hussain are working on foreign agenda and want to promote sectarianism in the country, Jamiat Ulema Islam–Fazl (JUI-F) chief Fazlur Rehman said on Monday.

He was talking to reporters after a JUI-F executive body meeting. He said that the MQM was consulted before the signing of Nizam-e-Adal Regulation in Swat. “It is very strange that they have changed their stance,” he said.

He said the country would not have been facing such severe challenges if the Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal had not been made ineffective.

Fazl also said innocent people had been killed in the Lal Masjid operation and the government could try former president General (r) Pervez Musharraf under Article 6 of the Constitution.

4 civilians, 8 ‘Taliban’ killed in Wana

4 civilians, 8 ‘Taliban’ killed in Wana

WANA: A two-day-old ceasefire in South Waziristan collapsed on Monday as the Taliban attacked bases of security forces hours after a drone attack targeted suspected Taliban hideouts, said residents and officials. Three people, including a woman and a child, were also killed in crossfire between the Taliban and the security forces, said locals. According to foreign news agencies, the Taliban attacked at least four security checkposts. The agencies said the security forces also shelled and launched airstrikes against Taliban positions in Wana, killing eight suspected Taliban, said officials.

MQM to move SC against TNSM

MQM to move SC against TNSM

By Mazhar Tufail

ISLAMABAD: If no other person moved a court of law or the chief justice of Pakistan did not take suo moto notice of the statement of Tanzim Nifaz Shariat-e-Muhammadi (TNSM) chief Maulana Sufi Muhammad against the countryís judicial system, the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) would move a court for initiation of contempt of court proceedings against the TNSM chief.

Federal Minister for Ports and Shipping Senator Babar Ghauri stated this while talking to The News here on Monday. “The MQM has serious reservations about the statement of Maulana Sufi Muhammad, which have already been expressed,” he said. “Non-acceptance of the superior courts of the country is tantamount to contempt of court,” he said.

The MQM leader said Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry should take notice of the TNSM chiefís statement, which implied that until now nobody was Muslim in Pakistan. He said the organisations of lawyers, which have been waging struggle for the restoration of the chief justice, too, must take notice of the issue.

“However, we will continue raising this issue at every forum,” the minister said. “We are not alone in expression of concern over the matter but many other individuals and organisations also have serious reservations in this regard,” he added.

When contacted, Awami National Party (ANP) Information Secretary Zahid Khan said his party is not worried about the statement of the TNSM chief, as it is not taking it seriously. He said it seems that the TNSM chief stated this after being impressed by such a huge gathering of people. “Neither are we worried about the issue nor anybody else needs to worry about it,” he said.