The swift and sudden action involved 100 Saudi jets, 30 from the United Arab Emirates, 15 each from Kuwait and Bahrain, 10 from Qatar, and a handful from Jordan, Morocco and Sudan, plus naval help from Pakistan and Egypt, according to a Saudi adviser.
The Egyptian state news agency on Thursday quoted Egypt’s Foreign Ministry as saying Egypt’s support also could involve ground forces.
What do those countries have in common? They’re all predominantly Sunni Muslim — in contrast to the Houthi rebels, Shiite Muslims who have taken over Yemen’s capital of Sanaa and on Wednesday captured parts of its second-largest city, Aden. The Saudis consider the Houthis as proxies for the Shiite government of Iran and fear another Shiite-dominated state in the region.
“What they do not want is an Iranian-run state on their southern border,” CNN military analyst Lt. Col. Rick Francona said of the Saudis.
Terrorism remains alive and well in the US, but it’s not the kind of terrorism that seems to get the press that it should. Federal authorities in Georgia made an arrest of someone who planted a bomb in Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area’s Vickery Creek Park. That by itself is unremarkable given that there are hundreds of bomb plots investigated and arrests made annually (usually arson and for insurance purposes, but occasionally for political/ideological purposes). This is one of the latter instance, but not in the way people usually associate with bombings.
The bomber wanted to make it look like a Muslim was behind the bombing. He intended to injure or kill his fellow Americans so as to implicate the Muslim community in the attack. In other words, it was a false flag attempt that was thankfully stopped before anyone got hurt:
I thought I had seen every imaginable way to stoke the flames of anti-Muslim bigotry in America. There have been countless people on Fox News, certain Republican elected officials, the professional bigots, and even some right-wing “Christian” leaders serving up hate in various ways.
But these people all pale in comparison to Michael Sibley. You see, Sibley wasn’t content to just giving us the same old right-wing crap like Muslims wants to impose Islamic law so say goodbye to bacon cheeseburgers and whiskey and say hello to lamb kebobs and strong coffee served in small cups.
Nope, this self-described “patriot” planted a bomb at a national park in Georgia in the hopes that the public would think a Muslim did it. And yes, I know most haven’t heard about this incident. There’s not even a need to mention how different the media coverage would be have been if the bomber had actually been Muslim. I already detailed that scenario earlier this week in my article about a non-Muslim man that attacked federal officers at a U.S. airport with poison spray and a machete while carrying six homemade bombs in a duffel bag.
Sibley, who is 67 years old and lives in Roswell, Georgia, told FBI officers that he planted this bomb because in his view, “no one was paying attention to what was going on the world.” Apparently as a “patriot” he was going to maim or even kill his fellow Americans to wake them up to the threat facing America.
And what is this “threat” Sibley speaks of? Well, it’s pretty clear he’s talking Muslims. You see, according to the federal complaint, Sibley put some Muslim memorabilia in the backpack along with two “improvised explosive devices” (IEDs) he crafted.
We haven’t heard much about this incident because there wasn’t a loss of life (and without the bleeding, it doesn’t lead/lede the news). Rather, it turns out that upon deeper investigation that the bomber was trying to make it look like Muslims did it. The bomber? He was a older white guy who wanted to stoke the Islamophobia with a false-flag bombing.
The bombing would have taken place in Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area’s Vickery Creek Park.
And the materials he included in the backpack included a map with other potential targets identified, including a Jewish Community Center, transit facilities, and provided a Muslim name to go along with the ruse.
So, for those claiming that Muslim terrorism remains the primary threat, note too that the number of those killed by right wing terror groups in the US exceeds those killed by Islamic extremists in the US since 9/11 by a wide margin.
How should a woman try to get ahead in a male-dominated workplace? Perhaps the answer lies less on women “manning up” and more in how businesses value their employees.
Many women confront this tension as they navigate their own upward trajectories in fields where men fill the upper ranks. For some, attempts to convey a vision yet avoid perceptions they are “bossy” or “bitchy” are all too familiar. With only 14.6 percent of executive officer positions belonging to American women, there’s no question the workplace could be doing more to extend a welcoming hand to their female workers.
So argues Dana Theus, the founder of InPower Women and InPower Consulting, Inc., who told HuffPost Live on Tuesday that offices are in need of “moving from an either-or kind of culture to a both-and culture” in order to best foster all types of female leadership.
French authorities say they believe that Flight 4U 9525 was crashed intentionally by its copilot, 28-year-old Andreas Lubitz. Prosecutor Brice Robin says that after the flight’s pilot left the cockpit Lubitz initiated the plane’s loss of altitude and refused to allow the pilot to reenter. From the New York Times:
He said it appeared that the co-pilot’s intention had been “to destroy the aircraft.” He said that the voice recorder showed that the co-pilot had been breathing until before the moment of impact, suggesting that he was conscious and deliberate in his actions. He said that his inquiry had shown that the crash was intentional.
The door of the Airbus A320 involved in the crash, according to reports, could have been opened by the pilot outside via keypad unless it had been actively switched to a “locked” setting by the co-pilot inside the cockpit.
U.S. military prosecutors have formally charged Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl, the U.S. Army sergeant traded for five Taliban prisoners last year, with desertion and misbehavior before the enemy.
Army spokesman Colonel Daniel King read the charges Wednesday in Fort Bragg, North Carolina. If convicted, King said Bergdahl could face a maximum sentence of five years in prison for desertion and life imprisonment for misbehavior before the enemy.
Both convictions also carry a punishment of a dishonorable discharge, a reduction of rank and a total forfeiture of all payments received from the Army for Bergdahl’s services.
Negotiators aim to conclude a framework agreement over Iran’s nuclear program by March 29, diplomats said as talks in Switzerland resumed after a week-long break.
Reaching an understanding by Sunday is a best-case scenario and the sides may be forced to go until March 31, according to three European and U.S. officials, who asked not to be named in line with diplomatic rules. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is provisionally scheduled to attend an event with President Barack Obama and Senate leaders on March 30.
Kerry resumed talks on Thursday with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif at the Beau Rivage Palace on the shores of Lake Geneva in Lausanne. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov is scheduled to join them from March 27 to 29. Top diplomats from China, France, Germany, and the U.K may also attend.
Saudi Arabia bombed key military installations in Yemen on Thursday after announcing a broad regional coalition to oust Shiite rebels that forced the country’s embattled president to flee. Some of the strikes hit positions in the country’s capital, Sanaa, and flattened a number of homes near the international airport.
The airstrikes, which had the support of nine other countries, drew a strong reaction from Iran which called the operation an “invasion” and a “dangerous step” that will worsen the crisis in the country.
Iran “condemns the airstrikes against Yemen this morning that left some innocent Yemenis wounded and dead and considers this action a dangerous step,” Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Marzieh Afkham said in a statement. She said military action would complicate and worsen the crisis in Yemen.
Unconfirmed reports say voice recordings from the Germanwings passenger jet that crashed in the French Alps suggest one of the pilots had been locked out of the cockpit.
The New York Times says in its report that it has spoken to a French military official involved in the investigation.
According to the report, after a perfectly normal conversation in German between the two pilots during the early part of the flight, “the audio indicated that one of the pilots left the cockpit and could not re-enter”.
Fox news: bill boarding bigots for money.
Fox News contributor Erick Erickson is aggressively lobbying for a “religious freedom” bill in Georgia that would create a broad license to discriminate against LGBT people on the basis of religion.
For the past two months, Fox News contributor, redstate.com editor, and radio host Erick Erickson has been relentlessly campaigning for the passage of SB 129, a so-called “Religious Freedom Restoration Act” (RFRA) that has already passed the Georgia Senate. The proposed RFRA would enshrine the ability of businesses and state employees to refuse service to LGBT people. Southern faith leaders, religious liberty scholars, businesses and even some conservative lawmakers have publicly denounced RFRAs over concerns that they would create a blank check for anti-gay discrimination.
Erickson, who has compared gay people to terrorists and believes businesses who serve same-sex weddings are “aiding and abetting” sin, might be SB 129’s most vocal and prominent supporter. Between February 18 and March 18, he sent 11 emails in support of the bill to the list of subscribers to his radio show, wrote 8 blog posts about the measure on RedState, and has lobbied for the law on at least 5 of his radio shows.
If you have to say “it’s not about racism” then it probably is about racism. Hint: The sign specifically states “Diversity means chasing down the last white person” in the owner’s paranoid apocalyptic vision it’s not zombies doing the chasing.
- A controversial sign spotted in other states has now appeared in Asheville.
The sign references diversity with the hashtag “white genocide.” The people behind it are associated with the White Genocide Project.
Last Saturday they spread their message around the world by taking to the streets with posters, signs and billboards, saying white people are being chased down and forced to accept diversity which they call white genocide.
At least two signs have been spotted in Asheville along Sweeten Creek Road and Smokey Park Highway. Both of those signs read, “Diversity means chasing down the last white person” ending with hashtag “white genocide.”