The ABCs of Radical Islam

On its website Tuesday, ABC News posted a story titled, “Common Misunderstandings About Muslims,” which did its level best to carry water for the radical Islamist, and Jihadist, movement in America, going so far as to cite America’s most notorious radical front group, the Hamas-linked Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) as the source to define the concept of “Jihad.”

Take this incredibly problematic passage:

Misconception: Islam promotes violence and terrorism.

By Steven Emerson

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A Danish Illustrator’s Life in Hiding

The Danish cartoon controversy has had a murderous epilogue. Since Kurt Westergaard acquired dubious fame because of his cartoon drawings depicting the Prophet Muhammad and began receiving death threats, he has been forced to live in hiding and under police protection. By Manfred Ertel in Copenhagen more…

Germany: Cold War Nuke Bunker Opens to the Public

The former West Germany’s most-secret place — an underground bunker designed to shelter the government in case of nuclear war — officially opened Thursday in its new incarnation as a Cold War museum.

The bunker complex, which includes a maze of more than 10 miles of tunnel, is tucked into the rolling hills west of the former West German capital of Bonn. It originally was dug in 1903 as a train tunnel to France.

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My Comment:

I wonder if it’s a good idea to turn an underground bunker into a museum? I have a feeling that Germany is going to need this bunker in the future thanks to Iran.

Israel threatens to unleash ‘holocaust’ in Gaza

An Israeli minister gave warning today that the army may unleash a “holocaust” on the Gaza Strip if Islamists there do not end their daily barrages of home-made Qassam rockets and their increasing use of Iranian-built Grad missiles.

“The more Qassam fire intensifies and the rockets reach a longer range, they will bring upon themselves a bigger holocaust because we will use all our might to defend ourselves,” Matan Vilnai, the Deputy Defence Minister said.

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US warships move into E. Mediterranean in case Gaza escalation
DEBKA file, Israel - 2 hours ago
DEBKAfile’s military sources report: Officials in Cairo expect Israel redouble its air bombardment and armored raids against Hamas targets in the Gaza Strip

Warships head to the eastern Mediterranean

Ashkelon Katyushas Came From Iran Via Egypt

The Foreign Ministry pointed the finger at Tehran. “The Grad rockets fired today were apparently smuggled into Gaza from Iran via Egypt through tunnels and the breached Rafah border fence,” the dispatch stated. “Israel has repeatedly warned neighboring states and the international community about the arms buildup taking place in Hamas-controlled Gaza. Today’s attacks constitute a regretful yet unequivocal proof of the veracity of Israel’s warnings.”

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The rock and the hardest of places Spectator.co.uk (subscription)
Official: Kassam range may reach 20 km. by 2009 Jerusalem Post
Israel Prepares International Opinion For Assault on Gaza Journal of Turkish Weekly
Jerusalem Post – Ha’aretz
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TIMELINE: Vladimir Putin’s 8 years as Russian president

Russian President Vladimir Putin’s favored successor, Dmitry Medvedev, has the support of more than 70 percent of voters and is almost certain to win Sunday’s presidential election.

Following is a timeline of highlights of the Putin presidency:

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Vladimir Putin: Russia’s New Dictatorship

Resurgent Russia? Rethinking Energy Inc.

By examining the five greatest “myths” of Russian energy, this article challenges some of the key assumptions underlying Western policy towards Russia. It reveals the limits of the prevalent argumentative lines on Russian energy, and offers an alternative explanation for some recent Russian policy choices. Finally, it draws some conclusions on foreign policy implications for the U.S. and the Western world.

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U.S. warns Europe of Iran missiles

With American officials working to close a deal on a missile defense system in Europe, the head of the U.S. program warned Thursday that Iran was within two or three years of producing a missile that could reach most European capitals.

“They’re already flying missiles that exceed what they would need in a fight with Israel. Why? Why do they continue this progression in terms of range of missiles? It’s something we need to think about,” Air Force Lt. Gen. Henry Obering III, director of the U.S. Missile Defense Agency, told a conference here on missile defense.

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Rise to Power in Russia – Putin’s Reichstag Fire

The Reichstag fire in Germany was the beginning of a plan to seize political power, and the beginning of Nazi fascism. Apparently, Putin learned a lesson from this episode in history. The articles below examine whether Putin executed his own Reichstag fire with staged bombings.

Back to the future… Russia, a totalitarian regime picking off its dissidents one by one

But there is considerable evidence these bombs were not planted by Chechens at all. On the day of the apartment explosions, in a town called Ryazan 100 miles south of Moscow, a local engineer spotted another huge bomb, and three suspicious men nearby. They were quickly arrested by the police and revealed to be FSB agents. They claimed that, while the country was under attack, they were planting real bombs in yet another apartment block as part of a “training exercise”. A slew of highly respected journalists, from my colleague Patrick Cockburn to Channel Four’s Despatches team, have suggested that the bombings were Putin’s Reichstag fire.

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The Bear Is Back

All true. Yet this story has its dark side. Mr. Putin came to power following a mysterious chain of devastating bombings in Russia that were instantly blamed on Chechen “terrorists” and that sparked the second Chechen war. But there was a hitch: One of the bombs was discovered before it could blow to pieces an apartment building in the provincial city of Ryazan, and it turned out that it had been planted by agents of Mr. Putin’s own Federal Security Service. The FSB later claimed that the whole thing had been an “exercise” and that the bomb consisted of sacks of sugar. But to anyone who probes the sequence of events in Ryazan it’s hard to escape the conclusion that Mr. Putin came to power by setting his own version of the Reichstag fire.

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Moscow bombers jailed as doubts rise

Two men were sentenced to life in prison yesterday for bombing Russian apartment blocks in a terrorist campaign that Kremlin critics claim was mounted by the KGB’s successors to justify invading Chechnya.

Yusuf Krymshamkhalov and Adam Dekkushev, both from Russian areas close to Chechnya, were convicted of taking part in the blowing up of blocks of flats in Moscow and Volgodonsk in 1999 that left 246 people dead.

The case is one of the murkiest in post-Communist Russia and politically explosive as Vladimir Putin was head of both the FSB – the renamed KGB – and the influential Security Council at the time.

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The Reichstag fire

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