Je Suis Charlie (Until Je Get Scared)

 

Je Suis Charlie (Until Je Get Scared)

The New York Times tweeted today that the satirical French magazine Charlie Hebdo, which found itself the victim of a gruesome massacre, “long tested the limits of satire.” I did not know that there were limits to satire or that the Gray Lady, which often unintentionally engages in the art form, had managed to uncover them. The implication here is one that will surely become as tediously explicit in the hours and days ahead as it is familiar: If you “provoke” Muslims by mocking their religion, then you’ve only yourself to blame for what happens next. Continue reading

Azerbaijan to transfer Iranian prisoners to Iran soon

Baku, March 19, IRNA – Based on coordination between Iranian embassy in Azerbaijan and the Azeri government, a number of Iranian nationals imprisoned in Azerbaijani jails will be transferred to Iran soon, said an official with Iranˈs embassy in Baku on Wednesday.

Mohsen Molaee told IRNA that he had visited prison number 11 of Azerbaijan Republic today and met with Iranian prisoners.Heavy costs of traveling to Azerbaijan for the prisonersˈ families who want to visit them and also heavy costs of living for the prisoners themselves were their major concerns, Molaee said.

The prisonersˈ main demand was to serve the rest of their prison sentences in Iran, Molaee added.He said he had distributed some food and cash among Iranian prisoners during his visit. Continue reading

US intelligence under fire over Ukraine

Intelligence official calls reports ‘highly inaccurate’

Author: By John Crawley CNN

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Published On: Mar 05 2014 09:38:19 PM EST Updated On: Mar 05 2014 10:25:05 PM EST

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The nation’s top intelligence office denies suggestions the United States was caught off guard by Russia’s military intervention in Ukraine, calling reports to that effect “highly inaccurate.”

Shawn Turner, a spokesman for Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, said in a statement Wednesday that the intelligence community has “frequently warned of worrisome trends with respect to Russia’s foreign policy” since Vladimir Putin returned to the presidency in 2012.

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Islamist North Caucasus Rebels Training a New Generation of Fighters in Syria

Publication: Terrorism Monitor Volume: 12 Issue: 3

February 7, 2014 09:43 AM  By: Murad Batal al- Shishani

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Chechen (Ichkerian) seal bearing a wolf, the nation’s symbolic embodiment. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

As Syria’s bloody conflict enters its fourth year in March, it continues to provide a battlefield that attracts jihadists from all over the world. North Caucasians, including Chechens, are no exception. Previously, many reports alleged that Chechens were present in jihadi battlefields in Afghanistan, Iraq and other places; however, these claims were never proved. Syria is the first place where Chechen jihadists are indisputably taking part in fighting outside the North Caucasus.

Chechens and other Caucasians in Syria operate in four major groups, each of which is commanded by one of four prominent Chechen leaders: Omar al-Shishani, Saifullah al-Shishani, Amir Muslim and Salahudeen al-Shishani (the mujahideen announced the death of the latter via Twitter on February 6). These commanders are not related but all use al-Shishani (Arabic – “the Chechen”) as a surname.

Divisions and Unifications

Omar al-Shishani, born Tarkhan Batirashvili, comes from the remote Pankisi Gorge in northeast Georgia, populated by ethnic Chechens who emigrated from their homeland in the 19th century. Before making his way to jihad, Omar served in the Georgian military in the disputed republic of Abkhazia between 2006 and 2007. He later signed a contract in 2008 to join the Georgian army as a rifleman, but this came to an end when he was dismissed due to tuberculosis. In September 2010, he was arrested for the illegal purchase and storage of arms. Continue reading

Tunisian president reiterates support for Libya

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World Bulletin / News Desk
Tunisian President Moncef Marzouki has reiterated support for the Libyan government, shortly after the denial of a military coup attempt in the Arab country.

In a phone call with Speaker of Libya‘s General National Congress (interim parliament) Nouri Abusahmain, Marzouki said that Tunisia stands by Libya in its democratic transition.
“Security in both Libya and Tunisia is inse parable,” Marzouki was quoted as saying by the official Libyan news agency.

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Egypt to try Mossad officers for ‘spying’

English: Smuggling Tunnel, Rafah, Gaza Strip

English: Smuggling Tunnel, Rafah, Gaza Strip (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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February 2, 2014 4:31pm

Five officers from Israel’s Mossad spy agency and three Egyptians will stand trial on Wednesday on charges of spying for the Jewish state, judicial sources said.

Egyptian prosecutors have accused the eight of espionage and supplying Israel with information impacting Egypt’s national security, the sources said on Sunday.

The trial is expected to open with none of the defendants present, the sources said, because the Mossad officers are “on the run” while it is not clear if the three Egyptians had been arrested.

The Egyptian suspects hail from Rafah, on the border with the Palestinian Gaza Strip, they said, adding that the trial will be held in the Suez canal city of Ismailiya.

The trial of a Jordanian engineer accused of having spied for Israel is also underway in Egypt.

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Russia in the North Caucasus: what’s happened and what is next

21 January 2014 – 11:05am
By Vestnik Kavkaza

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The problem of the North Caucasus’s image in Russia and the world is one of main topics for discussions on inter-ethnic relations and other problems of Russia.
Alexei Pilko, Director General of the Eurasian Communicational Center, thinks that “the image of the North Caucasus, evaluation and interpretation of events which are happening in the North Caucasus play a huge role in Russia’s image in the world. The position of foreign, especially Western mass media, toward events in the North Caucasus is a targeted information campaign on the destruction of a positive image of the region. It is targeted media work against the efforts which Russia undertakes to develop the North Caucasus. Any events which happen there have a huge multiplicative effect. Continue reading