Jerusalem ‘terrorist attack’: Avraham Goldberg was a peace-loving grandfather from Liverpool

Family pays tribute to the British grandfather stabbed to death at a Jerusalem synagogue

Avraham Goldberg was a “peace-loving” and “tolerant” grandfather, his family has said.

“Apparently he was the first one they shot at,” his cousin, Michelle Hirschfield, told The Independent. “These kids that killed him were working in the local grocery shop down the road; they had jobs there,” she claimed.

The bodies of her 68-year-old cousin and the other three shot dead are said to have been “hacked to pieces with knives and hatchets,” she said.

It is an “extremely upsetting” time for the family. “I’ve obviously been shaken, very shaken.”

Ms Hirschfield, a 63-year-old lawyer from London, said: “We were brought up in Liverpool together. He was an only child and I’m one of five children, and he was like our surrogate brother.” Continue reading

Islamic State’s war propaganda for women attracts social media users

Social media becomes a window to a war zone that several women in South Florida say they follow even though they oppose terrorism
Author: Andrea Torres, Local10.com Reporter, atorres@local10.com
Published On: Sep 17 2014 07:30:22 PM EDT   Updated On: Sep 18 2014 11:38:41 AM EDT

August 21st Facebook post defined as a “selfie” by Diary of A Muhajirah user.

MIAMI – A user’s recent social media posts read like a movie: A woman trained as a doctor travels to a war zone. She falls in love and gets pregnant. She suffers the inevitable reality of war in Syria.The social media user posts on Twitter and Facebook links to a Tumbler blog titled “Diary Of A Traveler”. The user has followers from all over the world — including South Florida. Maria Elena Carrillo, 35, a Venezuelan of Lebanese descent, said she has been following the blog since March.

“Her identity is a mystery. She said her legal name was Shams and that she was 26 and was from Malaysia, but no one knows if that’s true,” Carrillo said. “Her English is perfect. It could all be just clever propaganda for all we know. And there could be more than one person posting.” Continue reading

Turkey should close its border to ISIS

Fighters of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) stand guard at a checkpoint in the northern Iraq city of Mosul, June 11, 2014. Since Tuesday, black clad ISIL fighters have seized Iraq's second biggest city Mosul and Tikrit, home town of former dictator Saddam Hussein, as well as other towns and cities north of Baghdad. They continued their lightning advance on Thursday, moving into towns just an hour's drive from the capital. Picture taken June 11, 2014. REUTERS/Stringer (IRAQ - Tags: CIVIL UNREST POLITICS CONFLICT) - RTR3TDQT

Fighters of the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) stand guard at a checkpoint in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul, June 11, 2014.  (photo by REUTERS)

US President Barack Obama is reviewing a range of options to deal with the takeover of Mosul and other Iraqi cities by the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS).

Summary⎙ Print The Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) has depended on the Turkish border for its operations in Syria; US Sen. Tim Kaine offers a blueprint for US-Egypt ties; Al-Monitor’s Year in Review and Back Channel.

Author Week in Review Posted June 14, 2014

Translator(s)Sibel Utku Bila

The prospects are daunting for Iraq, now split in three, to be put back together. The potential for a political dialogue among Iraq’s political factions, also urged by Obama, seems distant.

Even US airstrikes, which the administration is considering, would need to be coordinated with ground operations by the Iraqi army, whose effectiveness is in question after its collapse this week in facing ISIS.

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$10,000 a head: Radicals put a bounty on UK journalist in Ukraine

 May 05, 2014 15:36

Ukrainian troops guard a checkpoint near the town of Slavyansk in eastern Ukraine May 2, 2014 (Reuters / Baz Ratner)

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Ukrainian radicals have put a bounty out on RT stringer Graham Phillips, who is currently working in the east of the country. Also a camera-man working for RT in Odessa has been informed about being on the radicals’ radar.

“Myself I have received threats putting a bounty on my head to be kidnapped and that has been offered from [the city of] Dnepropetrovsk, as I understand, connected to the Right Sector,” Graham Phillips confirmed while reporting live from the city of Slavyansk.

The Right Sector reportedly offered $10,000 for the capture of “a Russian spy.”

The ultra-nationalists also have a cameraman working for RT in the violence-gripped city of Odessa on their radar, RT’s Editor-in-Chief Margarita Simonyan confirmed in a statement. Continue reading

The Diplomatic Brain Drain in Afghanistan

BY Gordon Lubol 

APRIL 13, 2014 – 08:04 PM

Afghans are expected to settle on a new president by this summer and the U.S. and the new government in Kabul will begin to forge a relationship in the postwar period. But at this critical juncture there will be a diplomatic brain drain that will undermine U.S. policy goals there, say officials in and out of the U.S. government.

With President Hamid Karzai leaving office after a stormy relationship with Washington for more than 12 years, many current and former U.S. officials see a unique opportunity to redefine the relationship with Kabul.

But that may be difficult. By summer, after a possible runoff election chooses Karzai’s successor, most of the mid-level and senior U.S. civilians with deep Afghanistan experience who would have the knowledge to help foster strong relations with the new government will be long gone. And, officials familiar with the matter said, they will be replaced by diplomats expected to have far less experience. Continue reading

Ukraine turmoil LIVE UPDATES

 

Published time: February 18, 2014 15:03 Edited time: April 13, 2014 13:37

Anti-Maidan protesters burn tires as they prepare for battle with Ukrainian special forces on the outskirts of the eastern Ukrainian city of Slavyansk on April 13, 2014. (AFP Photo / Anatoliy Stepanov)

Anti-Maidan protesters burn tires as they prepare for battle with Ukrainian special forces on the outskirts of the eastern Ukrainian city of Slavyansk on April 13, 2014. (AFP Photo / Anatoliy Stepanov)

Ukrainian coup-imposed authorities have their hands full with various problems. The country’s eastern regions remain in turmoil, with protesters demanding autonomy from the capital, and economic perils are aggravated by an imminent gas debt crisis.

Sunday, April 13

17:45 GMT:

A special operation against protesters in Donetsk region may start as soon as tonight, acting head of the Security Service of Ukraine, Valentin Nalivaichenko has said on “1+1” local channel. The “full-scale operation” will involve “serious engagement of military forces, anti-terrorist forces and law enforcement of Ukraine

17:33 GMT:

The pro-federalization protesters have taken over the city council in the town of Makeevka in Ukraine’s Donetsk Region. 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

REUTERS/Mikhail Maslovsky   WASHINGTON (CNN) –

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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