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    Obama Thanksgiving: Six Kinds of Pie

    Filed under: — Jennifer Rast @ 8:59 am

    That’s our First Lady, starving little kids at school, and then stuffing her face with six kinds of pie. After a huge Thanksgiving meal they enjoyed banana cream pie, coconut cream pie, pumpkin pie, apple pie, pecan pie, and cherry pie. I don’t see anything healthy about that Michelle. The dinner menu doesn’t resemble school lunches at all! I thought living healthy meant one piece of cauliflower each and skimmed milk?

    White House Dinner:
    Thyme Roasted Turkey
    Honey-Baked Ham
    Cornbread Stuffing
    Oyster Stuffing
    Braised Winter Greens
    Macaroni and Cheese
    Sweet Potato Gratin
    Mashed Potatoes
    Green Bean Casserole
    Dinner Rolls

    Hypocrites, all of them.

    Link (covered with flash and videos, just a warning)


    Obama Threatened Netanyahu With Dropping UNSC Veto Against Anti-Israel Moves

    Filed under: — Jennifer Rast @ 5:05 am

    Our antisemitic President is displaying his Muslim agenda again. God has been very patient with America, especially the last 6 years, but this has got to be trying that patience. I hope, when Jews vote today, they remember who is really on their side.

    In a dramatic development, Israeli cabinet members are warning that US President Barack Obama threatened Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that the US may opt not to oppose future hostile UN Security Council votes, unless Israel accedes to American policy demands, Israel’s NRG News reported on Sunday.

    “The prime minister told colleagues in recent days … that his office’s understanding of the issue and the government’s take on it is that the Americans will not cast a veto against a resolution that reaches the Security Council,” Ariel Kahana, diplomatic correspondent for the Makor Rishon and NRG dailies, told The Algemeiner on Monday, quoting ministerial-level sources…

    Link to Article


    DHS National Operations Center Monitors Journalists, Bloggers, Social Media

    Filed under: — Jennifer Rast @ 3:44 am

    Recent legislation was signed into law by Obama allowing the detention of ANYONE indefinitely on the say so of DHS. Now the DHS has been given the authority to collect personal information on these people. It’s all coming together right before our eyes:

    Under the National Operations Center (NOC)’s Media Monitoring Initiative that emerged from the Department of Homeland Security in November, Washington has written permission to collect and retain personal information from journalists, news anchors, reporters or anyone who uses “traditional and/or social media in real time to keep their audience situationally aware and informed.”

    That means the same DHS that can detain people without due process, or without charges even being filed, can collect data on journalists, bloggers, people who post on facebook and twitter, and anyone else that doesn’t tow the line for Obama. Hitler took over the media the same way 30 days after he took power. It just took Obama a little longer. No wonder Obama wants to impose internet ID’s – so DHS knows who to pick up and take to all those new FEMA camps they’re building.



    UN wants new global currency to replace dollar

    Filed under: — Jennifer Rast @ 8:28 pm

    We are indeed headed straight for the End Times folks. With a communist holding the office of President for the United States, the rest of the Marxists are feeling emboldened. The fulfillment of Bible prophecy will likely start moving faster now. No matter what the U.N. does, everyone knows the dollar is on it’s way out, and with it will go the America we didn’t fight hard enough to keep. With China dumping dollars, Russia and Iran working toward moving the sale of oil to a new currency, and Obama printing money as fast as he can, we’ll be using dollar bills as toilet paper soon. They’re creating just the crisis they need to create their economic regions, and then their global government.

    The dollar should be replaced with a global currency, the United Nations has said, proposing the biggest overhaul of the world’s monetary system since the Second World War.

    In a radical report, the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) has said the system of currencies and capital rules which binds the world economy is not working properly, and was largely responsible for the financial and economic crises.

    It added that the present system, under which the dollar acts as the world’s reserve currency , should be subject to a wholesale reconsideration.

    Although a number of countries, including China and Russia, have suggested replacing the dollar as the world’s reserve currency, the UNCTAD report is the first time a major multinational institution has posited such a suggestion.

    In essence, the report calls for a new Bretton Woods-style system of managed international exchange rates, meaning central banks would be forced to intervene and either support or push down their currencies depending on how the rest of the world economy is behaving.

    Read more


    More on the War in the Middle East

    Here are some of the headlines I’ve seen this morning concerning the war in the Middle East.

    Blair in push for peace in Middle East
    Big power diplomacy to stop the fighting in Lebanon ground into gear yesterday as Britain and other European states pushed hard for the deployment of an international intervention force on the Israeli-Lebanese border.

    Arab world fed up with Hizbullah
    With the exception of the Palestinians, the Arab world appears to be united in blaming Iran and Syria for the fighting in Lebanon. Until last week, Arab political analysts and government officials were reluctant to criticize Hizbullah in public. But now that Hizbullah Secretary-General Hassan Nasrallah and his top aides are in hiding, an anti-Hizbullah coalition is emerging not only in Lebanon, but in several other Arab countries as well.

    Diplomacy Gains Traction in Mideast Crisis
    BEIRUT, Lebanon — Diplomatic efforts to end Israeli-Hezbollah fighting gained traction Monday, with Israeli officials saying they would agree to halt fighting if their two captured soldiers were returned and Islamic guerrillas withdrew from the border.

    New York Jews rally in support of Israel
    Thousands of American Jews clogged the streets leading to the United Nations building here in a massive show of support for Israel on Monday afternoon. The turnout was particularly impressive for a weekday and one of the hottest so far this summer.

    Americans, Europeans Begin to Evacuate Lebanon Amid Mideast Conflict
    Lebanon — Westerners fled by land, sea and air as Israel launched three waves of bombings on southern Beirut and on a Lebanese army base in the early hours Tuesday.

    Congress Considers Resolutions Supporting Israel
    WASHINGTON — The U.S. Senate and House of Representatives are preparing to vote this week on resolutions backing Israel and condemning Hezbollah, which last week kidnapped two Israeli soldiers, sparking violence across the Israel-Lebanon border.

    Iran parliament speaker: No part of Israel safe
    Iran’s parliament speaker warned Tuesday that no part of Israel is safe during Hizbullah’s battle with Lebanon – a statement made despite Iran’s claim that it is not aiding the guerrillas in their fight.


    War in the Middle East Update

    Filed under: — Jennifer Rast @ 4:40 am

    Here are more headlines and links concerning the war in the Middle East.

    Hezbollah Rockets Hit Nazareth
    By Sher Zieve – Hezbollah rockets are reported to have struck upper Nazareth, Sunday night. Reports are that the attacks also hit 5 other close by towns.

    Israel strikes back after Haifa attacked
    BEIRUT, Lebanon (CNN) — The Israeli military and Hezbollah traded deadly attacks for a fifth straight day on Sunday, with the Lebanon-based militants striking Haifa and other towns deeper inside Israel.

    U.S. Evacuation Teams Arrive in Lebanon
    U.S. security teams landed at the American embassy just outside Beirut on Sunday to plan the evacuation of some of the estimated 25,000 U.S. citizens living in war-torn Lebanon.
    Witnesses said two helicopters flew in from over the Mediterranean and landed on the embassy grounds, located on a fortified hilltop in the north Beirut suburb of Aukar.
    “The arrival of the teams is an important first step in facilitating the safe departure of Americans who want to leave Lebanon,” the embassy said in a statement.

    Rockets hit Haifa, Tiberias, Safed, Karmiel, Acre
    A barrage of rockets fired from Lebanon hit the Haifa region Monday afternoon.
    A rocket hit a building in Haifa causing it to collapse. Two people were evacuated by medical personnel and others have been trapped beneath the rubble.
    Two of the rockets landed before the city’s warning siren was sounded.
    Rockets landed in Tiberias and adjacent Lake Kinneret beaches, Acre and Safed as well. In addition, rockets were fired for the first time on communities in the southern Golan Heights.

    Hezbollah Appears in Control of Lebanon
    Hezbollah and its backers, not the government, now appear in control of Lebanon’s fate.
    After moderating their stance in recent years, the guerrillas surged back to the war front with a surprise attack on Israel and a sophisticated arsenal, leaving Lebanon’s politicians and army looking nearly powerless. The government seems paralyzed over how to deal with Hezbollah, whose Shiite Muslim fighters have had near autonomy in the south for more than a decade.

    Syria vows to respond directly to any Israel strike
    Syria has warned it would respond directly and by all means necessary to any Israeli attack on its territory, in its first official reaction to Israel’s offensive on neighbouring Lebanon.
    The warning Sunday coincided with a similar threat by Damascus’s key ally Iran, and came amid rising fears that the Middle East is being dragged deeper into the spiralling conflict sparked by the capture of Israeli soldiers by militants linked to Hamas and Hezbollah.

    Iran heaps praise on Hezbollah fight against ‘tumour’ Israel
    TEHRAN (AFP) -Iran has rallied behind allies Hezbollah and Syria, praising the Lebanese Shiite militant movement’s battle against “infected tumour” Israel and warning the Jewish state against widening the conflict.

    Ground troops enter southern Lebanon
    A government spokesman said Monday afternoon that IDF ground forces have entered southern Lebanon to attack Hizbullah bases along the border in order to push the terrorist group out of rocket-firing range.
    In addition, the IDF has denied Lebanese news reports that an Israeli F-16 jet was downed near Beirut. Virtually all Lebanese news agencies were showing unclear video footage of what was claimed to be the downed jet.


    Iran warns Israel of ‘fierce response’

    Filed under: — Steve @ 10:01 am

    Things could escalate rapidly in the Middle East.

    Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said today an Israeli strike on Syria would be considered an attack on the whole Islamic world that would bring a “fierce response,” Haaretz reports.
    “If the Zionist regime commits another stupid move and attacks Syria, this will be considered like attacking the whole Islamic world and this regime will receive a very fierce response,” Ahmadinejad was quoted by Iranian state television as saying in a telephone conversation with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
    Israel has blamed Syria and Iran for the Hezbollah rocket attacks on towns and cities in northern Israel. In recent weeks, Israel has buzzed the palace of Assad with fighter-bombers as a warning against hostile actions.
    Ahmadinejad has called repeatedly for the destruction of Israel – or for moving the Jewish state to Europe. Iran is believed to be developing a nuclear weapons program and has long-range missiles capable of striking the Jewish state.
    Hezbollah rockets today rained down on northern Israeli towns as the Jewish state’s warplanes carried out strategic strikes against the Hezbollah’s infrastructure and the Beirut International Airport. A total air and sea closure was imposed over Lebanon.
    Hezbollah threatened to use longer range rockets against the major northern port city of Haifa, in which case military officials tell WND Israel would likely launch a major ground invasion inside Lebanon.
    The fighting today was instigated by a well-orchestrated Hezbollah attack against Israel’s northern border yesterday in which two Israeli soldiers were kidnapped and three others were killed.

    Original Link.


    North Korea walks out of talks, South freezes aid

    Filed under: — Steve @ 4:16 am

    And more problems from North Korea.

    PUSAN, South Korea (Reuters) – North Korea stormed out of talks with South Korea on Thursday and Seoul froze food aid to its impoverished neighbor, as regional fissures over how to deal with Pyongyang’s missile tests widened.
    Pyongyang also appeared to have stood up to its closest ally, Beijing, which has sent a “friendship delegation” to North Korea.
    “So far they don’t seem to be interested in listening, much less doing anything,” U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Christopher Hill told reporters in Beijing. “I think the Chinese are as baffled as we are.”

    Original Link.


    Satellite photos detect activity at North Korea missile bases

    Filed under: — Steve @ 4:03 am

    Well, as most of us suspected, the North Korean governement isn’t going to stop being crazy and is preparing to carry out more missle test. And on top of this, China has introduced a non-binding resolution at the U.N. against North Korea. A binding U.N. resolution doesn’t carry any teeth, so I guess a non-binding one isn’t even worth the paper it’s written on.

    TOKYO (AFP) – North Korea could be preparing for new launches of mid-range missiles following last week’s tests, with activity detected at its bases, a report has said citing Japanese government sources.
    US and Japanese satellite photos show that mid-range Rodong missiles had been set up on launch pads at a base in southeastern North Korea, but were later removed, the Yomiuri Shimbun newspaper reported.
    Fuel tanks could be seen near the launch pads, the report said.
    The report said the satellite photos were taken after last week’s tests of seven missiles, but did not give a specific date.
    “We think North Korea can launch missiles whenever it wishes,” the top-selling daily quoted a government source as saying.
    Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Aso on Sunday suggested Tokyo would have the right to launch a pre-emptive strike to protect its citizens from a missile launch by Pyongyang.
    He said there were “visible signs” of activity at a North Korean missile base from which North Korea launched a Rodong missile last week.
    Japan submitted a draft binding resolution in the United Nations Security Council that would impose sanctions on North Korea over the missile tests.
    But on Monday, the Security Council put off a vote on the resolution to allow more time for Chinese diplomatic efforts to defuse the crisis.

    Original Link.


    Socialists: Give apes human rights

    Filed under: — Jennifer Rast @ 9:06 am

    Spanish Socialists are giving apes the same rights as human beings, and a declaration has been proposed that would have the U.N. do the same. What does it say about humanity (real humans, not the monkeys who actually take care of their young) that people will show more concern and give more rights to a monkey than they will unborn babies?

    The Spanish Socialist Party will introduce a bill in the Congress of Deputies calling for “the immediate inclusion of (simians) in the category of persons, and that they be given the moral and legal protection that currently are only enjoyed by human beings.” The PSOE’s justification is that humans share 98.4% of our genes with chimpanzees, 97.7% with gorillas, and 96.4% with orangutans.
    The party will announce its Great Ape Project at a press conference tomorrow. An organization with the same name is seeking a UN declaration on simian rights which would defend ape interests “the same as those of minors and the mentally handicapped of our species.”

    According to the Project, “Today only members of the species Homo sapiens are considered part of the community of equals. The chimpanzee, the gorilla, and the orangutan are our species’s closest relatives. They possess sufficient mental faculties and emotional life to justify their inclusion in the community of equals.”


    Crazy Iran threatens to hide nuke program and give nuke technology to Sudan

    Filed under: — Ben Rast @ 7:06 pm

    The maniacs in charge of Iran are making threats if the West imposes sanctions or other “stern” measures. They have threatened to hide their nuke program from the IAEA. They have also met with Sudan to plan for transferring nuclear technology to that country. The possibility of Sudan having nuclear technology is as frightening a proposition as Iran having nukes.

    Iran ratcheted up its defiance ahead of a U.N. Security Council deadline to suspend uranium enrichment, threatening Tuesday to hide its program if the West takes “harsh measures” and to transfer nuclear technology to chaos-ridden Sudan.

    Ali Larijani, the top Iranian nuclear negotiator, also renewed a vow to end cooperation with the U.N. nuclear watchdog agency and said increasing pressure on Iran would only stiffen its resolve.

    “If you take harsh measures, we will hide this program. If you use the language of force, you should not expect us to act transparently,” Larijani said, adding that Western nations “have to understand they cannot resolve this issue through force.”

    Secretary of State
    Condoleezza Rice fired back almost immediately, saying, “Iranians can threaten, but they are deepening their own isolation.”

    Top leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei made the offer to transfer nuclear technology at a meeting Tuesday with Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir.

    “Iran’s nuclear capability is one example of various scientific capabilities in the country. … The Islamic Republic of Iran is prepared to transfer the experience, knowledge and technology of its scientists,” Khamenei told al-Bashir.

    Al-Bashir said last month that his impoverished, violence-ridden country was considering a nuclear program to generate electricity.

    “Electricity”. Yeeeaa, right.


    Iran Elected to UN Disarmament Commission

    Filed under: — Jennifer Rast @ 8:04 pm

    Continuing their tradition of appointing dictators and terrorists to positions of authority on U.N. commissions, especially those tasked with enforcing global security, the United Nations has made the brilliant decision to give Iran a vice-chair position on the U.N. Disarmament Commission. So, a country who is currently facing sanctions (it’ll never happen and be enforced) for trying to build nuclear weapons is now in a position of leadership on a commission whose mission includes preventing the spread of nuclear weapons. Nothing ever changes at the U.N., does it?

    Under threat of United Nations Security Council sanctions for its own nuclear program, Iran has been elected to a vice-chair position on the U.N. Disarmament Commission, whose mission includes preventing the spread of nuclear weapons.

    The commission’s deliberations began last Monday and are scheduled to continue until April 28. On the first day of the commission meeting, Iran along with Uruguay and Chile was elected as one of three vice-chairs.

    It happened on the same day that Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad promised his people “good news” about the country’s nuclear program.

    The following day, Iran announced that it had managed to enrich uranium, a key ingredient in the production of a nuclear bomb.

    On Monday, former Iranian President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani said that his country would continue to enrich uranium, and dismissed the idea that the U.S. might attack nuclear facilities in Iran.

    “We are certain that Americans will not attack Iran because the consequences would be too dangerous,” Rafasanjani was quoted as telling the Kuwaiti parliament.

    Dr. Dore Gold, former Israeli Ambassador to the U.N. said that electing Iran to a leadership position on the UN Disarmament Commission was like asking the “cat to guard the milk.”

    “Clearly the Iranians have an interest in establishing disarmament rules that protect their clandestine nuclear weapons program,” said Gold, author of Tower of Babble: How the United Nations Has Fueled Global Chaos.

    “For the last decade and a half, Iran has appointed a very large diplomatic mission to the U.N. and has sought to obtain appointments to as many U.N. bodies as possible,” said Gold in a telephone interview.

    It is not a surprise, therefore, that Iran would find a place at the table of even the most sensitive committees, he said.

    According to Gold, the various commissions at the U.N. establish the “background noise” and “international norms” that are adopted for dealing with problems worldwide.

    “They have a way of penetrating the judgments of the U.N. secretariat and other U.N. bodies,” he said. . . .

    The U.N. is worthless, and we’re wasting precious time by taking Iran before the Security Council in the hopes that it will result in a diplomatic solution. The U.N. is a terrorist supporting organization that ALWAYS takes the side of evil in any conflict. Bringing our enemies before their allies only buys them more time to build and hide (or transfer to Syria) nuclear weapons. The stage is definitely being set for the war of Gog and Magog. All of the countries prophesied to be involved are in place, and the U.S. hasn’t learned a thing about truly preemptive action that might actually end a crisis.


    Carter Seeks Vote in U.N. Against U.S.

    Filed under: — Jennifer Rast @ 7:24 pm

    Ex-President Carter seems to think he’s still in charge. While campaigning against the U.S. at the U.N., Carter joined countries like Cuba, Egypt, and Pakistan in trying to change the Human Rights Commission. Angered by John Bolton’s unwillingness to bow to Carter’s demands (how dare he opt for the wishes of the current president that nominated him instead of the dhimmified Carter), Carter called Condi to whine about it. The problem was that Carter had promised the communists and Islamists in Cuba, Egypt and Pakistan that the U.S. was not going to “dominate all the other nations of the world in the Human Rights Council”. Carter apparently feels countries like Cuba are more qualified to lead on Human Rights issues. Go figure.

    Carter whined, “Mr. Bolton publicly “demanded” that the five permanent members of the Security Council will have permanent seats on the new council as well, “which subverted exactly what I have promised them.” Perhaps EX President Carter should stop making promises to dictators and Jihadist human rights violators that he can’t keep.

    Further sticking his foot in his mouth and insulting a huge majority of the American public, Carter went on to say, “The essence of my faith is one of peace.” Then in a clear swipe at President Bush’s faith, and to a round of applause, he added, “We worship the prince of peace, not of pre-emptive war.” The supposedly Christian Carter went on to attack American Christians who support Israel, and blamed Israel for the Middle East conflict. Darn those Israelis for building a fence and forcing the Palis to be more creative while blowing up civilians, launching rockets into civilian population centers, and shooting unarmed civilians in their cars!

    “From Dwight Eisenhower to the road map of George W. Bush, our policy has been that Israel’s borders coincide with those of 1949,” Mr. Carter said, adding, “All my predecessors have categorized each settlement as both illegal and an obstacle to peace.”

    Suicide bombings aren’t an obstacle to peace though, nor was the Arab attack on Israel that led to the 67 war and the current Israeli borders. Carter is a terrorist supporting idiot!


    UN Asked to Protect Religious Sensibilities

    Filed under: — Jennifer Rast @ 12:41 pm

    Muslim leaders just don’t get it. They’re asking the United Nations to ban any criticism of Islam. I don’t doubt that the U.N. would love to end freedom of speech and start prosecuting people in the ICC for saying anything negative about their pet religions, but it’s not going to happen. Even Europe hasn’t been dhimmified enough to do away with freedom of speech to that extreme. Well. . . . .PARTS of Europe haven’t stooped to that level of Dhimmitude. Germany is already locking people up for insulting the Religion of Pieces. Canada would also likely support any resolution that might satisfy the Muslims in their country. However, if these Islamic leaders think their riots, death, and destruction will scare countries like the United States into giving up the freedoms they fought and died for, they’re sorely mistaken. There is no universal right to not be offended. Get over it.

    The Organization of the Islamic Conference, a 57 member Muslim voting block, has asked the United Nations to take measures against what they call “Islamophobia.” Thomas Jacobson is with Focus on the Family Action

    “What the Arab nations are asking the UN to do is to protect them from any criticism against their religion. And that is not something that the UN should do.”

    Jacobson says the United Nations would be opposing the tenants of its founding.

    “They should not be suppressing human rights, they were formed to protect and preserve human rights and to encourage countries to do the same.”
    Sources say there is little chance the UN will adopt the Islamic program, which include a new definition of freedom of speech. Jared Leland of the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty.

    “I doubt that the United States would sign an international agreement binding them to something that in essence would place a burden or restrict First Amendment rights over here.”

    Future Jihad author Walid Phares warns the United Nations about turning a theological issue into a political one.

    “If we open that Pandora’s Box then all religious groups are going to come and transform all legal systems, including international law.”

    Phares believes the request puts the UN at “a moment of truth.”


    U.N. Still Trying to Control the Internet

    Filed under: — Jennifer Rast @ 2:20 pm

    The U.N. failed miserably at their attempt to take control of the internet, so they’re trying a new approach – global treaties. Wising up to the lack of public support for a regulated internet, they’re trying their new approach by using an activity people will be more willing to have regulated. A global treaty against cigarette advertising could be extended to cover advertising on the internet. Like many people, I can see the benefit of not advertising things like cigarettes and alcohol, but I also see the dangers of letting the U.N. get a foot in the door. Now it’s cigarettes, but what will they propose regulating in the future? You can bet it won’t be pornography they regulate next. It’ll be “hate speech”. And, hate speech will be defined by the United Nations, an organization that can’t come up with a definition for terrorism and calls terrorists freedom fighters.

    Health officials from more than 100 countries have agreed to study widening a global tobacco control treaty to target advertising over the Internet and satellite television, the World Health Organization said on Friday.

    The Framework Convention on Tobacco Control, which came into force a year ago, bans advertising, promotion and sponsorship of tobacco products, blamed for five million early deaths a year.

    But officials from 113 countries, meeting in their first conference of the parties, which ended on Friday, found that the May 2003 pact failed to cover all cross-border advertising, senior WHO officials said.

    Tobacco will prematurely end the lives of 10 million people a year by 2020 if current trends are not reversed, the WHO says. There are currently some 1.3 billion smokers worldwide.

    Working parties will study legally-binding protocols to clamp down on cross-border advertising as well as illicit trade, and report back by mid-2007, the officials told a news briefing at the end of two weeks of talks.

    “The blindspot was identified that there are other forms of advertising coming from non-party states being beamed into parties — Internet communication and sports sponsorship which maybe comes from satellite television,” said Douglas Bettcher, coordinator of the WHO’s Framework Tobacco Control Office.


    U.N. Says Guantanamo Detainees Were Tortured

    Filed under: — Jennifer Rast @ 9:59 pm

    The U.N. is trying to start another torture scandal based on the claims of an Al Qaeda operative’s lawyer. Naturally, the U.N. is eager to believe their Al Qaeda allies over the United States government. So, how were these poor terrorists tortured this time? They were forced to eat in order to prevent starvation when they went on hunger strikes. I guess the military should have let them die of starvation and that would have satisfied the U.N. The problems seen in third world countries where there’s a U.N. peacekeeping presence are starting to make sense. It’s much better to let people starve to death.

    The poor mass murderers were also left in solitary confinement too long. Now THAT’s tragic. Solitary confinement is used in prisons all over the United States and throughout the Middle East and the rest of the world, but the U.N. doesn’t call that torture. In fact, I don’t remember the U.N. making much of an issue out of Sadam Hussein’s torture chambers. I guess torturing, raping, and murdering innocent Iraqis is acceptable, but it’s definitely too harsh for an innocent terrorist to be in a prison cell all by himself for too long. He might get escared and suffer mental stress. It’s far better to let the terrorists go and shut down the prison so that the rest of us can suffer mental stress when they start blowing up our markets, schools, and public places.

    A U.N. investigation has concluded that the United States committed acts amounting to torture at Guantanamo Bay, including force-feeding detainees and subjecting them to prolonged solitary confinement, according to a draft report obtained Monday.

    U.S. officials rejected the report, saying it was riddled with errors and treated statements from detainees’ lawyers as fact.

    The report from five U.N. human rights experts also recommended the United States close Guantanamo Bay and revoke all special interrogation techniques authorized by the Department of Defense.

    It accused the United States of violating the detainees’ rights to a fair trial, to freedom of religion and to health.

    The detainees at Guantanimo are each given a Koran and special effort was made to accommodate their religious customs. This has been widely reported. They must be referring to the terrorists’ loss of freedom to wage Jihad. The U.S. is denying these poor people their doe-eyed virgins. The horrors!

    “The apparent attempts by the U.S. administration to reinterpret certain interrogation techniques as not reaching the threshold of torture in the framework of the struggle against terrorism are of utmost concern,” the draft report said.

    The draft report, which follows repeated claims by prisoners at Guantanamo Bay that they have been mistreated or denied their rights, was delivered to the United States on Jan. 16. It was first disclosed Sunday by the Los Angeles Times.

    American officials said the most significant flaw of the report was that it judged U.S. treatment of detainees according to peacetime human rights laws. The United States contends it is in a state of conflict and should be judged according to the laws of war.

    Basically, the U.N. human rights nuts judged Guantanimo as if it were a regular prison and there is no war going on. Did they not get the memo that we’re fighting a war on terror?


    U.N., EU to apologize to Islam for cartoons

    Filed under: — Jennifer Rast @ 7:08 pm

    It was inevitable that the U.N. and E.U. would cave in to the rampaging Muslims and reward their deadly temper tantrum with an apology and a resolution against freedom of speech. Their joint statement condemns the Danish newspaper that published the offending cartoons for exercising their freedom of speech and, as if that weren’t enough of an infringement on peoples freedom to express themselves, they condemned any speech that desecrates religion. I’m sure that doesn’t apply to Arab Newspapers, the Hamas charter, and the Quran itself, all of which promote killing people of other faiths and call Jews monkeys and pigs. Now we can count on Muslims to riot, kill, and set things on fire every time they’re the least bit offended. They now know it works.

    The United Nations and European Union have reached agreement to issue a joint statement condemning cartoon “insults to Islam” that were first published in a Danish newspaper and have been widely reprinted recently, resulting in a rash of violence throughout the Muslim world.

    According to a report in WAM, the United Arab Emirates news agency, the agreement is the work of Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu, secretary general of the Organization of Islamic Conference.

    The agreement, according to Ihsanoglu, will mean a formal rebuke by the U.N. and EU of the Danish paper Jyllands-Posten for publishing the offensive cartoons.

    The statement, he added, stresses that divine religions and religious symbols must be respected, and that freedom of speech must not be taken so far as to desecrate religions.

    “The statement also calls for renouncing all forms of violence,” he said, according to WAM.

    Quran Desecration Causes Another Muslim Rampage

    Filed under: — Jennifer Rast @ 6:45 pm

    Here we go again. A Quran was found in a drain outside of Pakistan’s largest city and it sent Pakistani Muslims into another rage. They had no idea how the books got there, but it was enough to set them off anyway. They burned down two cinemas, attacked their fellow Muslims in a poor neighborhood, and set cars on fire. I hope people are watching. These are ordinary, “moderate” Muslims going into fits of rage every time they are offended. This is Islam, and it’s what we have to look forward to in the U.S. if we cave in to their whining and rampaging.

    If you need more evidence that Islam is NOT a religion of peace, consider the Muslim holiday of Ashoura that was celebrated in much of the Muslim world today. If you heard the holiday celebrations mentioned in the MSM today, you probably heard that Muslims were celebrating and “enjoying the festivities”, but, did you hear what those festivities are? In celebration of the Shiite Imam Hussein’s martyrdom, Muslims gather and engage in self mutilation. That’s right. They cut themselves, rip open their flesh, and generally get bloody. Little children are subjected to this as well, and can be seen covered in blood among the crowd. Pictures of the “festivities” can be seen here, here, here, and here (hat tip LGF). (warning: the pictures are graphic)

    At least 3,000 protesters enraged by the alleged desecration of the Koran clashed with police and torched two cinemas in Pakistan’s second largest city Lahore, police said on Wednesday.

    The city, was tense after the mob rampaged through a poor neighbourhood overnight and also smashed up dozens of vehicles, local police officer Mohammad Abbas said.

    The trouble erupted late on Tuesday when copies of the Muslim holy book were found lying in a drain in the Bhatta chowk area on the fringes of the sprawling city.

    “The news of the desecration of the Koran spread quickly in the neighbourhood and within no time some three to four thousand people took to the streets shouting slogans against the desecration,” Abbas said.


    Iran Imposes Sanctions on Themselves

    Filed under: — Jennifer Rast @ 4:10 pm

    It turns out we didn’t need to refer Iran to the worthless U.N. and impose sanctions as punishment for Iran’s nuclear program. The mentally unbalanced President of Iran has vowed to impose sanctions on himself by canceling all contracts with countries who published the Muhammad cartoons that led to a “cartoon jihad” across Europe. I hope no one explains to him that this was going to happen anyway. It’ll save us months of debates and political correctness at the United Nations.

    The international outcry over cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed has intensified as Iran said it would cancel deals with countries in which newspapers had reproduced the images.

    The list, which already included Denmark, where the 12 caricatures first appeared last year, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Norway and Spain, expanded Saturday to take in New Zealand and Poland.

    Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad ordered the cancellation of economic contracts with countries where the media have carried cartoons of the prophet, the ISNA news agency reported.

    The report said the hardline president had ordered the creation of an official body to respond to the cartoons, saying the regime “must revise and cancel economic contracts with the countries that started this repulsive act and those that followed them.”

    You have to wonder if Ahmadinejad understands what sanctions are. I guess he could be counting on bribes and deals with the French, Russians, and the U.N.


    Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez Receives Award from U.N.

    Filed under: — Jennifer Rast @ 10:15 pm

    The United Nations is rewarding another currupt dictator. Hugo Chavez received UNESCO’s 2005 Jose Marti International Prize and it was given to him by none other than the communist Fidel Castro. Had the United Nations been around, they would have given Hitler an award for his achievements in population control. This is the same organization that put Syria on the Human Rights Commision and condemns cartoonist while ignoring Muslim riots and threats of mass murder. It sickens me that our tax dollars are paying for this worthless debate club.

    Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, receiving a U.N. prize handed over by
    Fidel Castro on Friday, said Washington was right to be concerned by Latin America’s tilt to the left because it represents a threat to the U.S. “empire.”

    Chavez was visiting Havana amid an intensifying propaganda war between Washington and Latin America’s leftist leaders. U.S. Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld compared Chavez to Adolf Hitler and warned darkly Thursday about populist leadership in Bolivia and Cuba.

    “They are right to be worried, because they know what’s happening here,” Chavez said in a speech lasting more than 2 1/2 hours after accepting his prize. “They will forever try to preserve the U.S. empire by all means, while we will do everything possible to shred it.”

    Some 200,000 Cubans crowded Revolution Plaza for Friday night’s ceremony granting Chavez
    UNESCO’s 2005 Jose Marti International Prize. Cuban President Castro himself handed over the framed certificate to Chavez, a close ally.

    The forum gave Castro and Chavez a chance to pat each other on the back and promote regional solidarity while bashing the U.S. government. Thousands of young Venezuelans, Bolivians and other Latin Americans studying medicine for free in Cuba attended the ceremony, screaming their support for both leaders.

    Marti, who died in 1895 during Cuba’s war of independence with Spain, has been glorified in Cuba as the ultimate anti-imperialist, a label both Chavez and Castro have embraced for themselves in their struggles with the United States.

    Far from seeing them as regional heroes, the Bush administration considers the men to be populists who threaten democracy and individual rights.


    Iran Threatens Full-Scale Enrichment Work

    Filed under: — Jennifer Rast @ 5:56 pm

    Threatening to take a country before the U.N. really gets results. Iran is so scared of receiving a strongly worded letter that they’re going to begin full-scale enrichment of uranium for their nuclear weapons program. I’m so glad we have the Security Council to take care of these dangerous matters for us.

    Iran threatened to retaliate Thursday in the face of almost certain referral to the U.N. Security Council for its nuclear activities, and the head of the International Atomic Energy Agency said the dispute was “reaching a critical phase.”

    Ahead of a decision by the IAEA’s 35-nation board, U.S. and European delegates turned to behind-the-scenes diplomacy to build the broadest possible support for reporting Iran to the council over concerns it is seeking nuclear weapons.

    Iran’s chief nuclear negotiator, Ali Larijani, in a letter made available to the AP, warned IAEA chief Mohamed ElBaradei that referral would leave Iran no choice but “to suspend all the voluntary measures and extra cooperation” with the IAEA _ shorthand for reducing IAEA monitoring to a minimum.

    Cuba, Venezuela, Syria and a few other nations at odds with Washington remained opposed to referral. India was said to be leaning toward supporting referral.

    Diplomats accredited to the IAEA meeting said backing for Iran had shrunk among the U.N. nuclear watchdog’s board since Russia and China swung their support behind referral at an overnight meeting with the United States, France and Britain _ the other three permanent council members _ that started Monday.

    “There’s a solid majority in favor of reporting,” Gregory L. Schulte, the chief U.S. delegate to the IAEA, told The Associated Press. “There’s even a more solid majority after Monday.”

    State Department spokesman Sean McCormack the number of nations expected to vote against referral were in the “low to single digits.”

    Iran remained defiant. Larijani told ElBaradei that his country would severely curtail agency inspections and resume uranium enrichment if reported to the council.

    Furthermore, “all the peaceful nuclear activities being under voluntary suspension would be resumed without any restriction,” said the letter, suggesting a resumption of work on full-scale uranium enrichment _ a possible pathway to nuclear arms.

    Iran has made such threats before. What was significant this time, however, was that the warnings were in the form of a formal notification to the head of the IAEA.

    As Thursday’s meeting adjourned, U.S. and European diplomats intensified efforts to widen support for a European draft resolution calling for Iran to be brought before the council.

    ElBaradei said there was a “window of opportunity” to defuse the crisis, stressing that even if the issue is referred, the Security Council would not take up the issue before next month.

    “We are reaching a critical phase but it is not a crisis,” he said.

    Iran’s pursuit of WMD isn’t a crisis, it’s just a phase. So, we’ll just wait a month and see if it turns into a crisis before we do anything. I feel so much safer, now.


    U.N. Teams Up with Islamic Countries to bring World Peace

    Filed under: — Jennifer Rast @ 4:53 pm

    The United Nations is forming an “Alliance of Civilizations” with mostly Islamic nations to work on world peace and religious and cultural harmony. Noticeably absent from the alliance is Israel, and the United States has less representation than most Islamic countries. Only the United Nations would turn to Islam for a solution to violence and religious intolerance.

    The alliance is set up with the same vague mission statement and shady connections that have been seen in every other U.N. program (Oil for Food, Procurement scandal, peacekeeping scandals). Annan has created a chain of command for his new alliance that consists of some of the same people involved in previous scandals, and why not, there are no consequences for criminal activity at the U.N. In fact Annan’s right-hand man in the alliance was responsible for shredding mountains of documents that were requested by Volker when the Oil for Food investigation began. Also among the “eminent persons” whom Annan named to the Alliance is the former President of Iran, Mohamed Khatami, and representatives from Egypt, Qatar, Tunisia, Morocco, and Pakistan.

    The press release for the new alliance reads in part:

    The Secretary-General is pleased to announce the launch of an initiative for an “Alliance of Civilizations”. The initiative is intended to respond to the need for a committed effort by the international community — both at the institutional and civil society levels — to bridge divides and overcome prejudice, misconceptions, misperceptions, and polarization which potentially threaten world peace. The Alliance will aim to address emerging threats emanating from hostile perceptions that foment violence, and to bring about cooperation among various efforts to heal such divisions.

    Events of recent years have heightened the sense of a widening gap and lack of mutual understanding between Islamic and Western societies — an environment that has been exploited and exacerbated by extremists in all societies. The Alliance of Civilizations is intended as a coalition against such forces, as a movement to advance mutual respect for religious beliefs and traditions, and as a reaffirmation of humankind’s increasing interdependence in all areas — from the environment to health, from economic and social development to peace and security. . . . .

    So, all the terrorist attacks, suicide bombings, and decapitations “emanate from hostile perceptions that foment violence”. All along I thought it was the Muslim belief that every good Muslim must wage Jihad and kill non-believers. All we really needed all along was several billion dollars, expensive conferences, and a coalition of Islamic countries joining together with the anti-Semitic, anti-American United Nations. Throw in a few bribes and Swiss bank accounts, and the problem’s solved.

    Be sure to read the whole Fox News report on this.

    U.N. Procurement Scandal: A ‘Culture of Impunity’

    Filed under: — Jennifer Rast @ 12:34 pm

    The internal audit of the United Nations Procurement Division is beginning to leak out to the media, despite the U.N.’s best efforts to keep it secret, and it doesn’t look good for Kofi & Co. The Oil for Food program was just the tip of the iceberg, it seems, and the corruption runs deep and involves shocking amounts of money. Fox News, being the only news organization who will cover U.N. scandals, is reporting that the multi-billion dollar U.N. procurement department and the U.N.’s peacekeeping missions are just as corrupt as the Oil for Food program, and the media may not be able to bury it this time. Words like “systematic abuse,” “pattern of corruption,” and “culture of impunity” are being used to describe the U.N. system. According to Fox News one third of all U.N. contracts were found to be tainted and involved some form of corruption or irregularities. Keep in mind this is the internal report. That means the U.N. investigated itself and top U.N. officials and managers were allowed the opportunity to rebut, rewrite, and clean up the final report. You can bet the worst of the abuses were weeded out and covered up.

    The report has received the typical U.N. response. When their corruption is exposed, they inconvenience a few people and try to make it look like punishment. In this case, eight MIDLEVEL U.N. officials were suspended WITH PAY. Nothing will actually be done to change the U.N. system, or prevent future criminal activity. Even U.N. auditors admit that the corruption is so entrenched and widespread, recurrence of these “questionable activities” is probable. Questionable activities is UN-speak for embezzlement, bribes, theft, and abuse.

    Nothing will change at the U.N., unless the U.S. threatens to stop funding them. Already, they are refusing to release the names of those who were suspended, and the veil of secrecy over the inner workings of the United Nations continues.

    The suspension of eight mostly mid-level officials, however, hardly seems adequate to the problem, based on the OIOS report. OIOS auditors charge that mismanagement and corruption were the order of the day in the U.N.’s procurement process, just as they were in the Oil-for-Food scandal, and that virtually every area of the U.N. that touched on peacekeeping procurement was affected.

    The OIOS investigators also declare flatly that there has been little or no attempt by the United Nations to look into internal accusations of mismanagement and fraud, nor any attempt to hold individuals accountable for their actions. “The control environment needs immediate attention,” the report says.

    This is the same response we saw from the U.N. after the Oil for Food scandal broke. No one is ever punished, with the exception of a few lower level scapegoats, and nothing changes. The only thing that could completely clean up the U.N. would be to send it the way of the League of Nations.

    Beyond the alarm over procurement, the investigators’ questioned the effectiveness of the U.N.’s legal affairs department, and looked skeptically at a top-level U.N. committee known as the Headquarters Committee on Contracts (HCC), which supposedly examined and gave final approval to all contracts worth $200,000 or more. The HCC performed its functions inadequately and was often misinformed and manipulated by peacekeeping and procurement staffers who appeared before it, the report says.

    As one result of the oversight weaknesses, the report states, “the U.N. peacekeeping operations were depending on a few main vendors of questionable integrity, which made the missions vulnerable to over-charge.”

    It goes on and on and on. Once again, Fox News is the only one digging deep and reporting this scandal. Just what they’ve reported in this one article is shocking. Read all of it and try to keep track of the billions of dollars that have been wasted. Half way through the article, you’ll give up. It makes me sick that the U.S. (that means our tax dollars) is funding these globalist crooks’ lavish lifestyles, pretend peacekeeping mission, and phony humanitarian aid programs.

    In another section of the report, however, OIOS auditors recommend that the U.N. investigate possible collusion among U.N. officials to award Skylink an $85.9 million fuel contract for peacekeeping in Sudan. According to the report, one of the officials who was directly responsible for overseeing implementation of the Skylink contract abruptly resigned in December, 2005-about the time the OIOS investigation entered its final stages. No reason was given for the departure.

    Another area of suspicion for the auditors is direct transactions between the peacekeeping department and national governments, known as “letters of assist.” The investigators mention Toh specifically in a procurement case dating back to 2000, at a time when he was chief of the procurement division. The case involved rental by the U.N. of a Russian-made, heavy-duty MI-26 helicopter from the government of Peru for use by U.N. peacekeepers in East Timor. The cost: nearly $10.5 million, with the money to be paid into a Swiss bank account.

    There was no request from East Timor peacekeepers for such a helicopter, the OIOS investigators conclude, and they say there is evidence the United Nations was overcharged as much as $8.8 million on the deal. There is also evidence of bid-rigging in the case, the auditors conclude.

    And on, and on. . . . . . . Now I see why the Democrats love the U.N. so much.

    More on the Procurement Scandal:

    U.N. Procurement Scandal: The Case of the Official Who Never Was

    U.N. Suspends Officials in Procurement Probe


    Israeli Hints at Preparation to Stop Iran

    Filed under: — Jennifer Rast @ 6:57 pm

    While the U.N. inspectors stall, the U.S. hides out at the U.N., and the E.U. writes strongly worded letters, Israel is preparing once again to take care of the world’s problem for them. The A.P., eager to blame Israel for anything and everything, doesn’t even wait for the Israelis to take action before blaming them for “adding to growing tensions” in the Middle East (Iran’s nuke program couldn’t be the source of growing tensions). Forcing Israel to defend itself and take out Iran’s nukes is a win-win situation for the rest of the world and for the world media. They can go back to feeling safe while accusing Bush of being too paranoid about the terrorist threat, and blame Israel for stirring up hostilities in the Middle East.

    Israel’s defense minister hinted Saturday that the Jewish state is preparing for military action to stop Iran’s nuclear program, but said international diplomacy must be the first course of action.

    “Israel will not be able to accept an Iranian nuclear capability and it must have the capability to defend itself, with all that that implies, and this we are preparing,” Shaul Mofaz said.

    His comments at an academic conference stopped short of overtly threatening a military strike but were likely to add to growing tensions with Iran.

    Germany’s defense minister said in an interview published Saturday that he is hopeful of a diplomatic solution to the impasse over Iran’s nuclear program, but argued that “all options” should remain open.


    Iran broke U.N. seals at a uranium enrichment plant Jan. 10 and said it was resuming nuclear research after a 2 1/2-year freeze. Germany, France and Britain said two days later that talks aimed at halting Iran’s nuclear progress were at a dead end and called for Iran’s referral to the U.N. Security Council.

    The International Atomic Energy Agency, the U.N. nuclear watchdog, will meet Feb. 2 to discuss possible referral.

    Israel’s Mofaz said sanctions and international oversight of Iran’s nuclear program stood as the “correct policy at this time.”

    Sanctions and international oversight have never worked. They will “oversee” seals being broken, a nuke program progressing, and finally a nuke being launched, all while getting rich off of a sanction program with 900 levels of bureaucracy created to hide bribes and embezzlement.


    The UN Gives Hamas a Raise

    Filed under: — Jennifer Rast @ 8:40 pm

    It’s bad enough that the UN hires Hamas terrorists and suicide bombers to work for them, but now they’ve given them a pay raise, which will go directly into Hamas’ coffers. I guess someone had to fund all of those new terrorist camps and Kassam rockets in Gaza.

    The decision taken at the end of December 2005, by the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) to provide a large increase in salaries for its thousands of workers, contributes directly to HAMAS’ coffers. The significant raise takes effect this month.

    The 7.5 – 21% increase for UNRWA’s workers was ostensibly enacted to bring their salaries closer to the much higher level of Palestinian Authority employees. UNRWA is “the second biggest employer” in Gaza after the Palestinian Authority.

    Since HAMAS deducts membership fees of its activists from their UNRWA salaries, the UNWRA raise contributes directly to the HAMAS budget.

    . . . . . . .

    Israel demanded long ago and repeatedly that UNWRA fire workers who are members of the Hamas terror organization. Many of the terrorists and the suicide bombers were either UNRWA employees, or originated from UNRWA run refugee camps and educational institutions. UNWRA denied the charges despite the evidence.

    Read it all. grrrrr!


    Kofi Annan Lashes Out at the Press, Riles Iraq in Year-End Appearance

    Filed under: — Jennifer Rast @ 5:20 pm

    Kofi Annan is having a hard time keeping it together as more scandals and bad press plague the U.N. He lashed out at reporters yesterday for daring to question his mishandling of the Oil for Food program, among other scandals. The best part of the article is one Iraqi official’s response to Kofi’s claim that he wished he could have prevented the Iraq war.

    It also has been a year that Mr. Annan’s top aides spent attempting to repair Turtle Bay’s relations with Washington in the aftermath of his remark that the Iraq war was illegal. Despite that, and at the same time that harrowing tales of Baathist atrocities were being heard at Saddam Hussein’s trial in Baghdad, Mr. Annan yesterday said the greatest misgiving he had in his tenure as secretary-general was that he wished the United Nations had “done everything that we could have done to avoid the war in Iraq” and its effects on Turtle Bay.

    The comment did not sit well with Iraqi officials. “If the United States and its allies had not removed Saddam Hussein, he would still be torturing us” rather than standing accused on trial, Iraq’s deputy U.N. ambassador, Feisal Amin al-Istrabadi, said when told by The New York Sun of Mr. Annan’s words.

    Citing a report last year by a high-level panel that Mr. Annan appointed to review “threats, challenges, and change,” Mr. al-Istrabadi also disputed the assertion that the Iraq war had reflected badly at the world body. “Referral to the Security Council with no action is worse than no referral at all,” he quoted from the high panel report, adding that Saddam had violated actionable council resolutions for 13 years before the Bush administration moved to enforce those resolutions.

    Equally amusing was this line of questioning.

    When asked by The New York Sun about the perception among U.N. staffers that there is double standard in firing two high officials while refusing to even address other, more serious, accusations against other officials, Mr. Annan said parts of the question were “libelous.” Speaking specifically about one man, former chief of staff Iqbal Riza, who has shredded reams of documents related to oil for food, Mr. Annan denied that his situation was comparable to that of President Nixon’s last days in office.

    It gets worse, so read it all. Poor Kofi. He just can’t understand why the media isn’t sticking to the program. Don’t they know they aren’t supposed to question the U.N.?


    UN Ceremony Includes Map of ´Palestine´ in Place of Israel

    Filed under: — Jennifer Rast @ 9:44 am

    Reason number 258,253,912,253 to get rid of the U.N. The “Road Map to Peace” doesn’t mean much when the global body representing the people who are supposed to oversee the progress of the roadmap does this. Apparently, the U.N. agrees with Iran that Israel should be wiped off the map. At least we now have John Bolton there pointing out the insanity involved in most U.N. decisions.

    The United Nations held a “Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People” last week. A large map of “Palestine,” with Israel literally wiped off the map, featured prominently in the festivities.

    The ceremony was held at the UN headquarters in New York and was attended by Secretary General Kofi Annan and the Presidents of the UN Security Council and the General Assembly.

    During the festivities, a map labeled a “map of Palestine” was displayed prominently between UN and PLO flags. The map, with “Palestine” written in Arabic atop it, does not include Israel, a member of the UN for 56 years. The map does not even demarcate the partition lines of November 29, 1947, marking a Jewish state alongside an Arab state. The partition was dictated by the UN General Assembly itself.

    What do you expect from a group who can’t come up with a definition for terrorism, and won’t condemn a Palestinian suicide bombing that slaughtered several Jews while they were doing their shopping?

    Washington’s ambassador to the United Nations has criticized the Security Council for failing to condemn the latest terrorist attack in Israel.

    The envoy singled out Algeria for blocking a U.S. drafted statement.

    U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations John Bolton issued a statement Tuesday unequivocally condemning the bomb attack in the Israeli town of Netanya that killed at least five people. The unusual action came after a U.S. attempt to have the statement issued by the Security Council was rejected.

    Diplomats attending the meeting say several Council members raised concerns about language in the U.S.-drafted document. Ambassador Bolton, however, blamed Algeria for quashing the measure by objecting to a passage urging Syria to close offices of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad, which claims responsibility for the attack. “Other governments had questions about particular language. We were perfectly prepared to engage in discussions about constructive suggestions, but Algeria categorically refused to name Syria and the Palestinian Islamic Jihad,” he said.

    The U.S. envoy later read the text of the statement to reporters, and lashed out at the Council for what he called “failing to speak the truth”.

    He said “you have to speak up in response to these terrorist attacks. It’s a great shame that the Security Council couldn’t speak to this terrorist attack in Netanya, but if the Council won’t speak, the United States will.”


    Iran votes to block inspections

    Filed under: — Jennifer Rast @ 3:15 pm

    It’s deja’ vu all over again. I seem to remember another dictator refusing to let inspectors into his country while he worked feverishly on a nuclear weapons program. In this case, however, I fear that if we wait for 12 U.N. resolutions and years of pointless debate in the U.N., a response to the threat will come too late. We can always hope Israel will do what our leaders no long have the backbone to do. It’s mind boggling that we continue to depend on a global body that is rabidly anti-American and anti-Israel for our security in these situations.

    Parliament approved a bill Sunday requiring the government to block international inspections of its atomic facilities if the U.N. nuclear monitoring agency refers Iran to the Security Council for possible sanctions.

    The bill was approved by 183 of the 197 lawmakers present at the session, which was broadcast live on state-run radio. The vote came four days before the International Atomic Energy Agency board meets to consider referring Tehran for violating a nuclear arms control treaty.

    When the bill becomes law, as is expected, it will strengthen the government’s hand in resisting international pressure to abandon uranium enrichment, a process that can be used to produce fuel for nuclear reactors or an atomic bomb.


    U.S. to retain oversight of Web

    Filed under: — Jennifer Rast @ 3:13 pm

    This is expected, but good news. The U.N. will not succeed for now in taking over the internet and imposing their superior oversight skills (ehem. . .Oil for food) on the rest of us. Basically, the groups attending the conference in Tunisia agreed to form another debate club, which will undoubtedly spend copious amounts of money on travel, conferences, and a whole forest worth of reports, but will have no policy making powers. Some U.S. Senators are not so sure the new group will be as powerless as it seems, however.

    Several U.S. congressmen remain skeptical. Rep. John T. Doolittle, California Republican, with two other members of Congress, has introduced a resolution urging that the U.S. remain in charge of the Internet’s day-to-day operations.
    “Whether they call it a ‘board’ or a ‘forum,’ it’s clear that the ultimate goal of the U.N. is still to wrest control of the Internet,” Mr. Doolittle said last night.

    Mr. Gross said the new international forum, which Greece has offered to host in 2006, will be used to discuss issues related to Internet governance, from dealing with spyware and viruses to developments in electronic learning and health initiatives. It will not have any policy-making power.

    The E.U.’s response to the decision certainly makes me wonder how much influence the forum will end up having:

    “This is a very good result in terms of the internationalization of Internet governance and the more cooperative model of Internet governance,” he said. “This is a great move from unilateralism to cooperation, and the EU appreciates the huge movement made by the U.S. on this issue.”

    Hopefully, this new forum won’t be used to put pressure on the U.S. and other countries to begin regulating the internet and filtering content. It’s obvious by who supports U.N. control of the internet that the ultimate goal is exactly that.

    Many nations, including China, Brazil, Cuba and Iran, have sought to end the U.S. government’s oversight role, and the European Union recently proposed phasing out the Commerce Department’s oversight of ICANN.

    These countries could easily work now toward spreading internet access to the third world countries they claim to be so concerned about. Whether the U.N. controls the net, or a non-profit in California, the network will still have to be expanded and people will still need computers. Only a gullible liberal would believe that countries like Iran and China are really interested in more people gaining access to the very information they work so hard to censor. With countries like Iran supporting global governance of the net, it’s obvious that censorship would certainly target Christian and Jewish websites, and the U.N. would likely condemn any sites that don’t promote a humanist/socialist worldview. Given the opportunity, the U.N. could always convince half of America that these sites must be banned by simply claiming that the U.N. charter demands a separation of church and global governance. Barry Lynn, the ACLU and Michael Newdow would delight in seeing a whole new front open up in their war on religious people.

    UPDATE: Steve at the Jesus is Lord blog finds further evidence that the pro-global governance crowd’s goals are about far more than giving everyone access to the internet.

    Both Shalom and Abbas later addressed the UN assembly each speaking about their grievances towards the peace process and the need to fight terror on the internet.

    Now, Abbas has never made a move to fight terrorism in his life, especially in his own country, and he enables Hamas and other terrorist groups, so what could he possibly mean by “fight terror on the internet”. Who would a terrorist or a terrorist supporter consider to be a terrorist? Probably the people they’re actively trying to kill – Jews and Christians. Thank God these people weren’t granted the ability to fight us “terrorists” on the internet.

    Factoid: Tunisia, where this conference to decide who will govern the internet is being held, regularly jails individuals for expressing their opinions on the Internet and suppresses Web sites critical of the government. Interesting location for a summit on internet governance, no?

    For examples of how the countries listed in this article feel the internet should be governed, read this article.


    Beware a ‘Digital Munich’

    Filed under: — Jennifer Rast @ 12:04 pm

    The U.N. is still trying to take control of the internet, and not sounding very convincing. Every time the Oil for Food scandal heats up and Kofi’s misdeeds pop up all over the internet, the control freaks at the U.N. step up the pressure. In response to loud criticism ever since they announced their plans, the U.N. issued a statement promising that their intent is not to control content, but to lead the way in making the internet available to everyone, especially third world countries. Don’t believe it for a second. If this were really their concern, they’d be spending their time raising money and organizing programs that will put computers in every household. A computer and a connection to the internet is all that’s needed. They don’t need control of the entire network or the root servers for that. They do however need total control to filter content, shut down websites that don’t conform to their communist ideals, ban criticism of the U.N. and their Communist friends, and police “hate speech”. This is their intent, hence the praise and support coming from countries like Iran, China, and Saudi Arabia.

    This may not seem important to some, but the U.N. would, no doubt, put an end to the last place where we can all still speak freely. It’s more important than ever to keep Democrats out of power. A Democrat in power wouldn’t hesitate to hand over the keys to the net. In fact, Bill Clinton already tried it. Then the U.N. would either display their incompetence again making a useless mess of the internet, or they’d implement agenda 21 and start shutting down websites. I still believe it’s highly unlikely they will succeed because of the inevitable public outcry unlike anything they’ve ever seen, and because the U.S. just isn’t that stupid (yet). But, such a hostile takeover does fit well with the other end-times prophecies being fulfilled right now. I also suspect an internet tax is just too tempting for these criminals to resist now that Oil for Food money has dried up. They’ve been whining about needing a global tax to fund their conferences and private planes for years with no success. If you control the internet, you can tax it. I wonder how prepared the U.N. feels it is for a storm of angry, American hackers?


    Israel Wants Iran Expelled From U.N.

    Filed under: — Jennifer Rast @ 2:24 pm

    The “international community” is responding as it always does when an Islamic country threatens to “erase Israel from the map”. Britain called on an Iranian official to step up and condemn the Iranian President’s speech, the U.N. threatened to debate it, and each country that’s expected to have an opinion issued a strongly worded statement to the media. Iran, of course, was scared right into issuing their own statement in response. They announced that, while they wouldn’t mind seeing Israel erased from the planet, their nuke program is for entirely peaceful purposes. There’s nothing to see here, please move along.

    Let’s analyze Iran’s “peaceful nukes” claim for just a second. Iran has stated more than once that its goal is the complete elimination and destruction of the Jewish state of Israel. Ask yourself how a country like Iran would go about completely destroying an entire country, even one as small as Israel, and killing every Jew living there (keep in mind Israel is a nuclear power). They’ve already tried an Arab, allied attack. That didn’t work out so well, and conventional wars don’t erase countries from the map, especially when the target country has the ability to wipe you out first. There is a weapon however that would do the job, and it’s the only weapon capable of eliminating a country that already has that weapon. Amazingly enough, it just happens to be made from the stuff Iran is currently trying to acquire for peaceful purposes. Coincidence? I think not.

    Israel’s vice prime minister said Iran should be expelled from the United Nations after its new president said Israel should be “wiped off the map,” and Britain summoned an Iranian diplomat Thursday to protest the remarks.

    Italy on Thursday also condemned the words of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, telling the Iranian ambassador the comments were “unacceptable” and that they confirm worries over the political positions — and nuclear intentions — of Iran’s new leadership.

    Shimon Peres, Israel’s vice prime minister and a Nobel peace laureate, said it was “impossible to ignore” Ahmadinejad’s comments.

    “Since the United Nations was established in 1945, there has never been a head of state that is a U.N. member state that publicly called for the elimination of another U.N. member state,” Shimon Peres told Israel Radio.

    In a speech Wednesday in Tehran, Ahmadinejad said “there is no doubt that the new wave (of attacks) in Palestine will wipe off this stigma (Israel) from the face of the Islamic world.”. . . . . . .

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    U.N. botching Lebanon probe?

    Filed under: — Jennifer Rast @ 5:41 pm

    Remember after the Iraq war when U.N. teams were sent in to search for Saddam’s nuclear and biological weapons? Just before the U.N. investigators would arrive at suspected weapons sites things would be mysteriously moved or hidden. The Iraqis always seemed to know when inspectors were coming and conveniently had in place a plan to stall them. It seems the U.N. didn’t learn anything.

    A U.N. mission has been sent into Lebanon to observe and verify the departure of the Syrian military and intelligence. Oddly enough, Syrian intelligence is having no problem dodging the four person team and always knows exactly where they team will be and when. Either the U.N. is purposely alerting people to their mission, or they’re incompetent. I’d wager it’s a little of both.

    It’s been a another bad day for the U.N. This report comes on the heals of news that Kofi Annan may not be let off the hook after all. It turns out, despite Volker’s attempts to hinder the U.S. Congress’ investigation into the Oil for Food mess, evidence has surfaced that puts Kofi right back on the hot seat. No, it’s not a good day for the U.N.

    The United Nations mission currently in Lebanon to verify the departure of Syrian troops and intelligence forces from the country has been coordinating its travel in a manner that offers military installations advanced notice of the team’s arrival, allowing any remaining Syrian intelligence agents to hide or flee, sources on the ground with the mission told WorldNetDaily.

    Although Syria claimed it removed its intelligence forces from Lebanon with last week’s reported withdrawal of troops, former Lebanese prime minister Michel Aoun and several Lebanese opposition leaders told WND this week Damascus continues to secretly maintain intelligence agents in the country.

    ”I have been given some information that confirms the presence of Syrian intelligence agents still operating inside Lebanon,” said Aoun. ”Intelligence forces have carefully relocated. Plus the penetration of Lebanese intelligence by Syria is very deep. Many Lebanese intelligence forces, who may appear working for Lebanon, are really Syrian trained agents.”

    Other senior Lebanese opposition sources also told WorldNetDaily Syrian intelligence officials have set up shop elsewhere in Lebanon, including refugee camps and Hezbollah bases. . . . . . .

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    Annan Exoneration Claim Too Hasty: U.S.

    Filed under: — Jennifer Rast @ 8:02 pm

    Kofi Annan may have jumped the gun when he said he’d been exonerated by Volker’s report on the Oil for Food scandal. Mr. Annan isn’t out of the woods yet. If there is any justice in this world, he’ll be held accountable for presiding over one of the biggest scandals in history.

    The Bush administration said on Thursday U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan had been too hasty to claim he had been exonerated in the Iraqi oil-for-food scandal and would not rule out he might eventually resign.

    “That report did not exonerate him,” said U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Mark Lagon, referring to the findings of an inquiry into the U.N. oil-for-food program led by Paul Volcker, the former U.S. Federal Reserve chairman.

    On the possibility Annan might one day resign, Lagon said, “His future is not certain.”

    But he added: “It’s his decision. He’ll be deciding. We’re not calling for his resignation.”

    The Bush administration has been careful not to call for the resignation of Annan since the oil-for-food probe began last year.

    The U.S. official, the deputy head of the State Department office for international organizations, which includes the United Nations, made the remarks in an interview with Reuters and in a briefing with a small group of reporters during a visit to U.N. headquarters.

    The Volcker panel’s latest report, issued on March 29, concluded that Annan did not influence the award of a U.N. contract to a firm that employed his son but it faulted him for conducting a superficial probe of the controversy. . . . . . . .

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    U.N. electoral office under investigation

    Filed under: — Jennifer Rast @ 12:48 pm

    This is why we need someone like Bolton at the U.N. If the liberals really want to save their beloved United Nations, they might want to consider confirming someone who can actually recognize the corruption and problems that continue to plague that worthless world body. The problems at the U.N. are beyond the point of ignoring them and covering them up. I’m all for letting the U.N. follow the League of Nations down the path to irrelevancy and extinction, but the Democrat’s thinking on this issue is so typically illogical.

    Notice in this AP article that, between pointing out corruption, criminal activity, and sexual harassment, they use words like “highly respected” and “high marks” to describe the division in question and the criminals being investigated.

    The United Nations is investigating allegations that officials in the highly respected U.N. electoral division spent electoral money on inappropriate travel and a university degree for one staffer, a U.N. spokesman said Tuesday.

    The claims originally surfaced in a U.N.-commissioned management review that was leaked in March. That review also revealed staff allegations of sexual and professional harassment in the office, which helps organize elections around the world.

    Undersecretary-General for Political Affairs Kieran Prendergast ordered a preliminary investigation April 6 into alleged misuse of electoral money and referred the other allegations to the Office of Internal Oversight Services, the U.N. watchdog, according to Stephane Dujarric, a U.N. spokesman.

    He also asked the chief of the office, Carina Perelli, to “undertake specific actions” to address the allegations.

    The management report did not single out Perelli, a Uruguayan whose work in helping organize elections in Iraq, Afghanistan, and the Palestinian territories has received high marks both inside and outside the U.N. . . . . .

    AP Article


    U.N. Approves New Treaty Against Nuclear Terrorism

    Filed under: — Jennifer Rast @ 6:23 pm

    We no longer need to worry about nuclear weapons being used by terrorists! We can all rest easy. The United Nations has made it illegal. Why didn’t we think of that?! And it only took them SEVEN YEARS to come up with this brilliant idea. A warning to all terrorists: The big, bad U.N. has come up with the mother of all plans. If you’re caught with nukes, governments will now take them away from you and send you home.

    Next on the U.N.’s agenda is a resolution that will require all governments to make suicide bombers stand in the corner if they are caught with suicide belts.

    The 191-member U.N. General Assembly approved a nuclear terrorism treaty on Wednesday that would oblige governments to punish those who illegally possess atomic devices or radioactive materials.

    The document, negotiated for seven years after Russia proposed the accord, is the 13th anti-terrorism convention and the first completed since the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on the United States.

    The pact will be open for signature on Sept. 14 in New York during a high-level summit and needs ratification from 22 nations to become international law. It passed the General Assembly by consensus, without a vote.

    “By its action today, the General Assembly has shown that it can, when it has the political will, play an important role in the global fight against terrorism,” U.S. deputy ambassador Stuart Holliday told the assembly.

    The accord, called the “International Convention on the Suppression of Acts of Nuclear Terrorism,” is meant to stop clandestine networks from using or possessing nuclear weapons. . . . . .

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    UN to monitor defamation of Islam

    Filed under: — Jennifer Rast @ 2:31 pm

    The anti-Christian, antisemitic United Nations is concerned about the persecution of Muslims and the defamation of Islam. A resolution passed today will allow the U.N. to monitor the poor Muslim’s “access to justice, political participation, respect of cultures, physical assaults and attacks against their places of worship, cultural centers, business and properties.” Muslims deny justice to women under Sharia law and persecute anyone of another religion, have no respect for other cultures, have attacked synagogues all over the world and blow themselves up in order to kill as many Jews as they can, repeatedly attack and destroy Jewish businesses, and preach hatred and murder in their schools, their mosques, and their media. The world needs protection from Islam, not the other way around. The U.N. is a joke – a pathetic, hypocritical, debating club for morons.

    The United Nations’ Commission on Human Rights on Tuesday adopted a resolution to monitor defamation of religions, particularly Islam.

    The votingªon the resolution took place at the ongoing 61st session of the UNCHR in Geneva, Switzerland.

    Thirty-oneªcountries voted in favour of the resolution, 16 voted against and five abstained from voting.

    United States, United Kingdom and Israel voted in the negative. Russia and China voted in favour of the resolution. India was among those who abstained.

    The resolution was pushed forward by Pakistan on behalf of the Organisation of Islamic Conference. It was put under Agenda Item 6 thatªdeals withªracism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and all forms of discrimination.

    According to this resolution, the Special Rapporteur of the UN will “examine the situation of Muslims and Arab peoples in various parts of the world, the discrimination faced by them with regard to access to justice, political participation, respect of cultures, physical assaults and attacks against their places of worship, cultural centres, business and properties.”

    The Special Rapporteur will submit a report on this issue next year and give recommendations to improve the situation.

    Though the resolution talks about right of all religions, it has special reference to Islam and Muslims. Therefore, some countries opposed it seeking the deletion of words Islam and Muslims. They called the resolution “biased.”

    However, OIC nations managed to gain majority support in the voting after month-long diplomatic negotiations with other countries. A similar resolution moved by the OIC was defeated in voting last year.

    The OIC pushed this resolution alleging “discrimination against Muslims in the aftermath of the September 11 attack in America.”

    It said Islam was continuously targeted and defamed by many countries, individuals and the media at several fora, including the United Nations.

    The resolution expresses “deep concern” regarding the “intensification of the campaign of defamation of religions, and the ethnic and religious profiling of Muslim minorities, in the aftermath of the tragic events of 11 September 2001.”

    The resolution urges all states to “take all possible measures to promote tolerance and respect for all religions and their value system…”

    Rediff.com Article


    Tsunami Aid Changed Some Muslims’ Attitudes Towards US

    Filed under: — Jennifer Rast @ 10:46 am

    The “stingy” U.S. is changing hearts and minds. No wonder the U.N. didn’t want the United States receiving credit for their massive disaster relief effort in response to the tsunami in Southeast Asia. Compare and contrast the U.N. relief efforts in Sudan and elsewhere with U.S. tsunami relief efforts.

    America’s humanitarian response to Southeast Asia’s devastating tsunami is changing the views Muslims in the affected areas have of the United States, President Bush said Tuesday.

    “I think the world is beginning to see a different impression of America,” he said after receiving a report from former presidents George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton on their efforts to raise private contributions to the humanitarian campaign.

    In a recent poll of attitudes in Indonesia, 65 percent of respondents said they viewed the U.S. in a more favorable light as a result of the U.S. tsunami relief effort. The group which commissioned the poll said the results reflected “the first substantial shift of public opinion in the Muslim world” since 9/11.

    Bush said his two predecessors had on a recent visit to the stricken areas experienced “an outpouring of great kindness everywhere they went.”

    “I’m heartened that the good folks of Indonesia, for example, see a different America now when they think about our country,” he said.

    “They see a country which of course will defend our security, but a country which also cares deeply about suffering people, regardless of their religion, that when we find a Muslim child suffering we weep just as equally as when we find another child that suffers.” . . . .

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    Critic of U.N. Named Envoy

    Filed under: — Jennifer Rast @ 3:54 pm

    It’s about time we had someone at the U.N. who isn’t afraid to speak up and hold them accountable for the scandals and corruption. It’s always frustrated me that our envoys to the U.N. are typically globalist U.N. supporters who rarely serve the interests of their country.

    Asked if the United Nations had concerns about Bolton’s history of sharply criticizing the world body, U.N. spokesman Stephane Dujarric said the institution would welcome a tough reformer. “We do want to be held accountable,” he said.

    Security Council members said they expect that Bolton would have to moderate his views on the United Nations. China’s U.N. ambassador, Wang Guangya, said he was not concerned by Bolton’s previous promotion of an independent Taiwan. “It’s mainly the big boss that makes the agenda, not the small ones,” he said. . . . .

    I don’t think Bolton has to moderate his views at all, but it’s typical U.N. group think to suggest that he must. They need a non-conformist in there – someone who isn’t afraid of the criminal element that infests that institution and will call a spade a spade.

    Washington Times Article


    Juvenile Execution Ban Based on Global Treaties, Foreign Opinions

    Filed under: — Jennifer Rast @ 3:27 pm

    Well, here we go. Our constitution in the U.S. is being tossed for international law. How can these judges declare something unconstitutional based on unratified global treaties and international opinions?!! If the constitution is not the source used to support these dictators decisions, then stop claiming it was.

    If our President and ELECTED government choose not to ratify treaties, judges should not be allowed to use them against the will of the people. Judicial tyranny in this country is out of control.

    In its stunning 5-4 ruling banning states from executing murderers who committed their crimes before they turned 18, the U.S. Supreme Court majority openly cited a United Nations convention, an international treaty and the laws of the United Kingdom in arriving at its sweeping decision.

    In outlawing the death penalty for juvenile killers, the majority declared a national consensus had emerged in the last 15 years against the practice, which is now seen by the court as unconstitutionally cruel.

    The decision overturns a 1989 high court ruling, throws out the death sentences of 72 murderers who committed their crimes as juveniles and bars states from seeking to execute others in the future. Nineteen states had allowed death sentences for killers who committed their crimes when they were under 18.

    Justice Anthony Kennedy, writing for the majority, said many juveniles lack maturity and intellectual development to understand the ramifications of their actions.

    “The age of 18 is the point where society draws the line for many purposes between childhood and adulthood. It is, we conclude, the age at which the line for death eligibility ought to rest,” Kennedy wrote.

    In an angry dissent, Justice Antonin Scalia disputed that a “national consensus” exists and said the majority opinion was based on the “flimsiest of grounds.” The appropriateness of capital punishment should be determined by individual states, not “the subjective views of five members of this court and like-minded foreigners,” he wrote. . . . . .

    Our courts continue to take power away from the states and destroy the balance of powers written into our constitution.

    The germ of dissolution of our federal government is in ….the federal judiciary; an irresponsible body (for impeachment is scarcely a scare-crow) working like gravity by night and by day, gaining a little today and a little tomorrow, and advancing its noiseless step like a thief, over the field of jurisdiction, until all shall be usurped from the States

    “You seem…to consider the judges as the ultimate arbiters of all which would place us under the despotism of an oligarchy. Our judges are as honest as other men, and not more so…and their power is the more dangerous, as they are in office for life and not responsible, as the other functionaries are, to the elective control. The constitution has erected no such single tribunal, knowing that to whatever hands confided, with corruptions of time and party, its members would become despots.”

    –Thomas Jefferson

    WND Article


    Iran refuses entrance for nuke inspection

    Filed under: — Jennifer Rast @ 12:02 pm

    Deja’vu all over again. This sounds an awful lot like Iraq following Gulf War I. Seventeen resolutions from now when Iraq has a nuke, the U.N. can step aside and let the U.S. take care of the problem.

    This quote is particularly disturbing:

    Goldschmidt also said a December visit to a uranium conversion plant at Isfahan had “revealed extensive underground excavation activities which Iran had failed to report in a timely manner to the agency as required.”

    Iran claims the excavation was part of the digging of a tunnel under the plant that it said could be used to protect equipment in case of a U.S. or Israeli attack.

    Yeah, right. And, the tunnels on the border of Israel aren’t used for terrorism either.

    WND Article