Lara Abdallat is not your average beauty queen. She was Miss Jordan 2010 and first runner-up to Miss Arab 2011, but she abandoned her career in pageantry to do something slightly more controversial and dangerous.
Abdallat is currently fighting the Islamic State group and Islamic extremists as a hacktivist with Ghost Security, an international counterterrorism organization tenuously affiliated with Anonymous, perusing the Deep Web and the Darknet for suspicious activity.
ERBIL, Kurdistan Region - A Peshmerga official says that a roadside landmine previously planted by the Islamic State on the Mekhmour front was triggered by an ISIS convoy early Thursday, killing two leaders of the terrorist group.
I am a little bit skeptical about all these Levantine emirs being croaked. Great God what idiots do not map the location of their own mines? Either IS really screwed the pooch on this one or it did not happen as reported. It is not clear how the Peshmerga commander knows what is happening behind enemy lines, not that they would tell anyone, of course.
When both sides are unhappy, it sometimes marks the fair deal. Nobody wanted the crisis, both claim an existential threat from the other. Israel of course loves the sanctions that are wrecking the Iranian economy, and truth be told Iranian lives.
Who lies? Both of them.
Iran Has Capitulated to the U.S. in This ‘Vienna Submission’
As soon as the Vienna agreement on Iran’s nuclear program was inked, The WorldPost asked the first president of the Islamic Republic of Iran, Abolhassan Bani-Sadr, for his analysis of what the deal means for Iran and the region.
WorldPost: Is this deal good for Iran?
Abolhassan Bani-Sadr: It is a capitulation to outside powers by the regime of the ayatollahs that has brought this fate upon the Iranian people.
Israel’s Netanyahu Says Western Powers Are ‘Caving’ At Iran Nuke Talks
JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel’s leader says Western powers are “caving” into Iran even as the Islamic Republic keeps railing against them.
Responding to the Iranian supreme leader’s call to continue the struggle against the United States regardless of the outcome of nuclear talks, Benjamin Netanyahu says Sunday his country will not accept such a reality.
While only used in conflict twice, the devastating effect of nuclear weapons is clear enough to have changed the course of history and redefined how states think about war. Allowing countries the opportunity to wipe out massive populations at the press of a button is a terrifying reality that has led to international efforts to stop the proliferation of warheads and secure the ones that currently exist.
In the negotiations between Iran and the P5+1, the attempt to stop Iran from having the ability to attain nuclear weapons has been the chief goal of the U.S. and its allies. Iran, for its part, has cried hypocrisy that many of the powers it is negotiating with are the ones who created nuclear instability to begin with. The WorldPost presents a timeline of when the world’s powers got their own nuclear weapons:
Earlier today, a deal was finally achieved after years of negotiations between the US and the Iranian Republic with regards to the Iranian nuclear program:
Vienna (CNN)After arduous talks that spanned 20 months, negotiators have reached a landmark deal aimed at reining in Iran’s nuclear program.
The agreement, a focal point of U.S. President Barack Obama’s foreign policy, appears set to reshape relations between Iran and the West, with its effects likely to ripple across the volatile Middle East.
Representatives of Iran, the United States and the other nations involved in the marathon talks were holding a final meeting in Vienna on Tuesday. Obama praised the deal reached Tuesday morning, saying the agreement met the goals he had in place throughout negotiations.
“Today after two years of negotiation the United States together with the international community has achieved something that decades of animosity has not: a comprehensive long-term deal with Iran that will prevent it from obtaining a nuclear weapon,” Obama said from the White House, with Vice President Joe Biden at his side.
The new agreement has not been received well at all by the Israeli government and the Israeli public, who believe Iran is misleading the West and the deal will make it easier for Iran to reach their militarized nuclear ambitions in the future despite the terms of the agreement.
In a statement issued moments ago, Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu spoke against the deal, claiming it gives Iran every incentive not to change its ways and “makes the world a much more dangerous place.” He added Iran has been given a ‘sure path’ towards its acquisition of nuclear weapons, that the State of Israel would not be bound by the deal that was reached.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made a statement to the press in English shortly after talking to President Obama, stressing that Israel was “not bound by the nuclear deal.”
By not dismantling the nuclear program, the deal will give “an unrepentant” and “far richer” Iranian regime more regional power, the prime minister said.
Netanyahu asserted that the deal gives Iran every incentive not to change. In the coming decade, he said, the deal will “reward the terrorist regime in Iran” with hundreds of millions of dollars.
I am always hesitant to blindly accept tales of atrocities committed during wartime. Such tales are often concocted, used to gin up outrage and justify whatever actions the tale-teller wants to take.
Still, this interview with a heartbroken Ukrainian father about what happened to his son after he was captured stopped me in my tracks. It fits in with what other news outlets are reporting on in this slow-motion invasion and brutal campaign by Putin.
WARNING: the following description is pretty horrific. Skip over to kitteh pictures if you’ve got a sensitive constitution.
The first thing I asked them was to tell the truth. Do not embellish or hide anything. And during the conversations with them I discovered a terrible picture of crime in the Donbas. A chamber was set up in the building of OBOP, which was nicknamed “the NKVD.**” In that chamber Ukrainian soldiers were tortured by two men in their thirties and a woman of medium build. Their commander was a man with two nicknames - Pogranets (“border guard”) and Sova (“owl”). I learned later that in that area there is a very cruel criminal who spent many years in prison. I think it is him. The POWs with whom I talked, watched the video of my son. They confirmed that the video was filmed in that same torture chamber. Several guys told me that after the filming, my son’s legs were drilled into with a drill meant to pierce metal. There is speculation that he was castrated and scalped. Lyosha died during his torture. He could not bear it… One of Bezler’s former prisoners said that he personally carried my son’s body out of the torture room. It was wrapped in a bag and put inside a black “Audi.” Where the body was taken is not known. Only Bezler knows that, apparently.
Yeah, this is reminiscent of what took place in Iraq in 06-09, when the Sunni-Shi’a civil war was really hitting its stride. It’s what’s taking place today in Syria, and Sudan, and Nigeria, and other places that are on the fringes of the grand map of civilization.
In all the glorification of the American Civil War taking place on the right wing, there seems to be a general ignorance of all the things that take place when a country goes to war with itself. It brings out the worst, most fanatical sadists, and gives them free rein to inflict their demented fantasies upon the helpless.
There’s been talk on LGF about a looming repeat of the American Civil War. I think we are a long, long way from that.
Aung San Suu Kyi has effectively been barred from becoming Burma’s next president as the army, which ruled the nation with an iron fist for half a century, made clear it is still very much in charge.
The Nobel Peace Prize-winner, who remains the most popular political leader in Burma, has been trying since her election as an MP three years ago to cajole President Thein Sein into reforming a constitution which guarantees that the army retains an iron grip on power.
Her party amassed five million signatures to a petition demanding change to the constitution. But after convening a single meeting of all the major constitutional players, the President, himself an ex-general, refused to get involved any further. Now parliament has spoken, with a deafening “No”.
The head of the organization hosting a major Iranian dissident rally in Paris says the circumstances are ripe for regime change in Tehran, but Washington and other Western governments are standing in the way by legitimizing the regime of Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei through nuclear negotiations.
Maryam Rajavi, the leader of the National Council of Resistance of Iran hosted a major rally on the outskirts Paris. This council is an umbrella organization including more than 300 Iranian opposition groups stationed across 24 countries.
Over 100,000 supporters joined the rally along with hundreds of prominent American and European dignitaries voicing hopes of regime change in Iran.
Mrs. Rajavi trumpeted a simple but aggressive message: “The religious dictatorship ruling Iran based on the doctrine of velayat-e faqih, or ‘absolute clerical rule’ serves as the stimulus and epicenter of the menace of fundamentalism masquerading as Islam in the region and the rest of the world.”
Western governments have made a mistake by drawing a distinction between Shiite fundamentalism and Sunni fundamentalism, and thinking that Shiite Iran can be trusted to confront the recent rise of Sunni extremism in Syria, Iraq and Libya.
This year’s gathering brought together a senior bipartisan figures consisting of former high-level U.S. officials and political players. Howard Dean, John Bolton, Bill Richardson and Newt Gingrich all took part in the rally, emphasizing on their real and passionate support for the Iranian democratic opposition. This also showed the variety of support this movement enjoys from very different perspectives.
The Paris rally is significant for its timing, just weeks before U.S. and other world powers face a June 30 deadline for a final nuclear deal. Mrs. Rajavi argued the deal will fail because Washington and its allies have simply doled out too many “concessions to Iran” that leave open its path toward a nuclear weapon. Under the terms of a framework agreement reached in April, Iran will still be allowed to enrich uranium at low levels, even as Western sanctions are eased. The only way for a deal to truly block Tehran from developing nuclear bombs, according to Mrs. Rajavi, would be to completely halt uranium enrichment, totally dismantle Iran’s nuclear sites and guarantee that snap inspections can be held by U.N. officials “anywhere, anytime inside Iran.”
The Iranian regime only responds to the language of power and firmness, Mrs. Rajavi said. Western governments are incredibly oblivious to this reality. The Obama administration and its European partners, she said, are responsible for triggering more aggressive and more militarized Iranian interference around the Middle East during the past year.
Mrs. Rajavi expressed outrage that U.S. and Europe appear to be trying to placate Tehran after years of aggressive posturing toward her own exiled organization.
Rajavi asserted if the NCRI were in power in Tehran, the group would break down the Iranian regime’s grip on the media and freedom of speech and hold free elections in pursuit of the establishment of a democratic government based on popular vote and the separation of religion and state.
“We want a pluralist system, freedom of parties and assembly,” she said. “We respect all individual freedoms [and] we underscore complete freedom of expression and the media, along with unconditional access by all to the Internet. “This is something that is completely attainable in Iran,” said Mrs. Rajavi.
A celebrated Texas-born hunter was crushed to death by a baby elephant in Zimbabwe as he tried to measure its ivory tusks for an American client.
Ian Gibson, 55, was a lauded figure among U.S. safari enthusiasts, who would commission him to slaughter prized animals near his home in South Africa.
On Wednesday, he was tentatively approaching the young bull elephant in Zimbabwe’s Zambezi Valley when the animal charged, and knelt on Gibson until he died.
Eleven million people were uprooted by violence last year, most propelled by conflict in Syria, Iraq, Ukraine and Afghanistan. Conflict and extreme poverty have also pushed tens of thousands out of parts of sub-Saharan Africa and Southeast Asia. Here’s a look at the international response to what has become the worst migration crisis since World War II, according to the United Nations.
In St. Petersburg, formerly Leningrad, an international mélange of Holocaust deniers, Hitler apologists, white nationalists and Russian ultra-nationalist met in March at the Holiday Inn. They pressed the case for Russian opposition to American foreign policy and American multi-racial democracy, they supported the rebels in the eastern reaches of the Ukraine, and they opposed the European Union. Jared Taylor from American Renaissance was the fourth speaker up. Notably, he said things from that Russian platform that he has not quite said from any American dais. As such, this Russian event may signal some changes among American white nationalists.
Taylor told the crowd that his family had been living on American shores for 350 years. But he preferred to think of himself as European; European “as much as you are,” he told the crowd of Russians, Finns, Greeks, Germans and Brits. He then described America as the font of evil in the contemporary world, spewing immigration, diversity, and worthless ideas” that were the “greatest enemy and murderer of authentic tradition.”
To understand what this small shift means, please remember that Taylor presented himself in his first book in 1990, Paved with Good Intentions, as a disappointed liberal who has finally “figured out” that black people cannot make it in contemporary white society. In the mid-1990s, he no longer positioned himself as a disappointed liberal. Instead, he insisted that the key to his future success is for white people to develop a case of explicit white self-consciousness. At the same time, he was working with the Sons of Confederate Veterans. At that time, Taylor was enmeshed in American whiteness, trying to bring it to self-conscious fruition, and hoping to turn the entire society over to white ownership, control, and, in the view of this reporter, racist depravity.
Now he is calling for, in his words: “We support a strong and sovereign Russia that defends its traditions against all attacks. We support a Europe of nations and of regions, each with its own irreplaceable traditions.” And for the United States and its so-called white European traditions, it appeared as if Taylor has given up hope of any American renaissance. Instead, it seemed as if Jared Taylor was throwing his lot in with the Russians.