Roberto Abraham Scaruffi: July 2011

Sunday, 31 July 2011

The two puppets Berlusconi and Bossi did not want the Libyan war. The comprador President Napolitano and the Empire wanted it. So, Italy was involved in a self-fucking war.

Now, some President's Military-CC Secret Police has offered Gaddafi the Berlusconi cadaver (if Gaddafi will remain in power), in exchange of new ENI contracts... ...and the puppet Berlusconi is terrorized...
Why not to abolish the Italic formal government and Parliament? It would be sufficient an office for transforming in decrees the Empire and the Mediobanca [the Italic predatory oligarchy] wishes

The War on Libya: 
Divisions within 
The Transitional Council and Rebel Forces
Global Research, July 29, 2011

The death of General Abdel Fattah Al-Younes, Commander in Chief of Rebel Forces was announced on July 28. Younes was Colonel Qaddafi’s former interior minister who defected to the rebels. Younes was also key leader of the Transitional Council based in Benghazi.
His death has created a vacuum in the military command structure, which will inevitably contribute in the short-run to weakening the military capabilities of the insurgency. It will also have repercussions on the timing of NATO operations.

Unconfirmed reports state that Younes died in the battlefield in fighting on the ground against the Libyan military. For several days there were rumors that Al-Younis was dead. These reports stated that he was fighting in the Western Mountains and he could have been killed in battle. Other reports state that he was killed by the Transitional Council.
Even within rebel circles there are claims that Al-Younes was killed "because he was a traitor".
The official release of the Transitional Council states that  General Al-Younes and two top military commanders aides were killed by gunmen.on Thursday July 28.
"Abdel Fattah Younes was killed after being summoned to the de facto rebel capital of Benghazi to appear before a judicial inquiry, opposition leader Mustafa Abdul Jalil announced at a press conference late on Thursday night."
Secret Negotiations with Tripoli?
Al-Younes may have been attempting to return to Tripoli. There have also been reports regarding secret negotiations between Transitional Council members and the Libyan government. A faction within the Transitional Council may have been searching for a negotiated solution with Tripoli.
Barely two weeks earlier, top level talks were held in Brussels (Wednesday, July 13) between a Transitional National Council delegation and NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen. The delegation also met with the North Atlantic Council, NATO's governing body. Fogh Rasmussen confirmed that "NATO would continue its bombing campaign in Libya as long as Gadhafi's forces threaten civilians". "As long as that threat continues, we must continue to deal with it,"
While in Brussels, rebel NTC leader Mustafa Abdel Jabril categorically denied the holding of talks with Tripoli: "All this talk about negotiations taking place between the regime and the National Transitional Council are totally false claims," The Associated Press: Rebels deny talks with Gadhafi, July 13, 2011)
Divisions within the Transitional Council and the Military
The death of Al-Younes has resulted in internal fighting within the Transitional Council. The leadership of  Mustafa Abdel Jibril is being questioned, particularly by members of Al-Younes' Obeide tribe. Jibril had been seeking a surge in NATO's bombing campaign in support of "a military advance" on Tripoli by rebel forces.
Following the death of General Younes and two top military commanders, rebel forces are in disarray. Factional divisions are developing within rebel forces.
The CIA Connection
There have also been accusations that Younes was assassinated by a rival faction of the insurgency headed by military commander Khalifa Hifter, who is known to be a CIA asset: 
General Hifter retired to suburban Virginia, where he has lived for the last 20 years in Vienna (a small town) which is five minutes from CIA headquarters in Langley. ... Manipulations Africaines, a book published by Le Monde Diplomatique in 2001, traces Hifter's CIA connection back to 1987, stating that he was then a colonel in Gaddafi's army and was captured fighting in Chad against the U.S.-backed government of Hissène Habré. Hifter defected to the Libyan National Salvation Front (LNSF), the main anti-Gaddafi group, which was CIA-backed. He organized his own militia, which stopped functioning once Habré was defeated by Idriss Déby (supported by France) in 1990. ....  "The Hifter force, created and financed by the CIA in Chad, vanished into thin air with the help of the CIA shortly after the government was overthrown by Idriss Déby." The book quotes a U.S. Congressional Research Service report dated December 19, 1996, to the effect that "the U.S. government was providing financial and military aid to the LNSF, and that a number of LNSF members were relocated to the United States."  (Asad Ismi The Middle East Revolution: The Empire Strikes Back: Libya Attacked by the US and NATO, Global Research, May 18, 2011)
Commander Khalifa Hifter tends to support the Islamic faction of the rebellion which is integrated by members of the Libya Islamic Fighting Group (LIFG).  
Supporting the Libyan Jihad  
Affiliated to Al Qaeda, the LIFG  (Al-Jama’a al-Islamiyyah al-Muqatilah bi-Libya)  was founded in Afghanistan with the support of the CIA by Veteran Libyan Mujahideens of the Soviet-Afghan war. 
From the outset in the early to mid-1990s, the Libya Islamic Fighting Group (LIFG) performed the role of an "intelligence asset" on behalf of the CIA and Britain's Secret Intelligence Service, MI6. Starting in 1995, the LIFG was actively involved in waging an Islamic Jihad directed against the secular Libyan regime, including a 1996 attempted assassination of Muamar Qadhafi. (See Michel Chossudovsky, "Our Man in Tripoli": US-NATO Sponsored Islamic Terrorists Integrate Libya's Pro-Democracy Opposition,
The Jihadists, covertly supported by Western intelligence are now on the front lines of the insurgency: 
Mr al-Hasidi [A Veteran Mujahideen] insisted his fighters “are patriots and good Muslims, not terrorists,” but added that the “members of al-Qaeda are also good Muslims and are fighting against the invader [Qadhafi forces]”. (Libyan rebel commander admits his fighters have al-Qaeda links, Daily Telegraph, March 25, 2011, emphasis added)
Abdul Hakim Al-Hasadi, is a leader of the LIFG who received military training in a guerrilla camp in Afghanistan. He is head of security of the opposition forces in one of the rebel held territories with some 1,000 men under his command. (Libyan rebels at pains to distance themselves from extremists - The Globe and Mail, March 12, 2011)
The US-NATO coalition is arming the Jihadists. Weapons are being channelled to the LIFG from Saudi Arabia, which historically, since the outset of the Soviet-Afghan war, has covertly supported Al Qaeda. The Saudis are now providing the rebels, in liaison with Washington and Brussels, with anti-tank rockets and ground-to-air missiles. (See Michel Chossudovsky, "Our Man in Tripoli": US-NATO Sponsored Islamic Terrorists Integrate Libya's Pro-Democracy Opposition, April 3, 2011)
The Kosovo Model
The assassination of General Younes, while creating divisions within the insurgency, tends to reinforce US-NATO control over the Islamist faction of the insurgency, which is supported covertly by the CIA and MI6.
What is unfolding  in Libya is the "Kosovo Model". The Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA) was integrated by Islamic brigades affiliated to Al Qaeda, not to mention its links to organized crime. The KLA was supported covertly by the CIA, German intelligence (BND) and Britain's MI6. 

Starting in 1997, the KLA was behind the political assassinations of civilian opposition forces within Kosovo, including members of the Democratic League of Kosovo headed by Ibrahim Rugova. It was then used as an instrument in NATO's 1999 war against Yugoslavia. And in the wake of the 1999 war the KLA was spearheaded, with the support of the UN and the EU, into heading an independent "democratic" Kosovo "Mafia State".  
The "War on Terrorism" Supports "The War on Terrorism"
In a bitter irony, the US-NATO coalition against Libya is "on both sides" of their own "war on terrorism".

They say that they are "fighting terrorism", when in fact they covertly supporting and financing terrorism.

They are fighting with rather than against the terrorists.

They are also on both sides of "The Big Lie". They wage a holy war against "Islamic terrorism", while also supporting Al Qaeda affiliated jihadist forces within the Libyan "opposition".

Mahdi Darius Nazemroaya in Tripoli and  Michel Chossudovsky in Montreal contributed to this report.

Michel Chossudovsky is Director of the Centre for Research on Globalization (CRG)
Mahdi Darius Nazemroaya is a Research Associate of the Centre for Research on Globalization (CRG)


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Weekly Report from Taiwan Security Research (Jul. 31, 2011)
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South China Sea Dispute Heats Up
Clinton Addresses South China Sea Rifts
(AP, Jul. 25, 2011) Clinton said dangerous incidents were on the rise and the international community has a vested interest in ending them because they threaten the stability, economic growth, and prosperity of the entire Asia-Pacific.
The Chinese Okhotsk: The Nuclear Dimension of South China Sea Disputes BTetsuo Kotani (PacNet #37, Pacific Forum, CSIS, Jul. 22, 2011) From a submariner’s perspective, the semi-closed South China Sea can be referred to as the “Chinese Okhotsk” given its position in China’s nuclear strategy.
Chinese Jets Crossed the Centerline

MND Confirms Chinese Jets Entered Local Airspace in June
(China Post, Jul. 26, 2011) The Ministry of National Defense confirmed that two Chinese jet fighters crossed the centerline of the Taiwan Strait last month, but with no apparent hostile intent.

US to Continue Flights in Strait BWilliam Lowther
(Taipei Times, Jul. 27, 2011) The US said that it won’t be deterred from flying in the international airspace after Chinese fighter planes tried to drive one of its spy planes away.

Intrusion by PLA Plane More Than Routine: Analysts BJ. Michael Cole (Taipei Times, Jul. 28, 2011) While the motivation is unknown, the first certerline breach in a decade is a development that needs to be addressed seriously, two experts said.

Cross-Strait Issues

1992 Consensus Needed: Beijing Official
(China Post, Jul. 29, 2011) If the “1992 Consensus” on the “one-China” principle is overturned after the 2012 elections in Taiwan, then mainland China will neither accept the undesirable development nor continue the implementation of existing cross-strait agreements, a top mainland Chinese official was cited as saying in a meeting held in Washington.

Ma Hopes for Consensus in China Talks
(CNA, Jul. 30, 2011) President Ma Ying-jeou expressed the hope that there would be major progress in cross-Taiwan Strait negotiations to pave the way for deals on investment protection, dispute settlement and nuclear safety between Taiwan and China.

U.S. Policy and U.S.-China Engagement

Clinton Urges Asian Nations to Compete Fairly in World Markets BKeith Bradsher (New York Times, Jul. 26, 2011) Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton laid out an American economic agenda in Asia that emphasized broad international agreements over bilateral pacts, part of a wider theme of preserving American involvement in Europe and Asia.

Gary Locke Confirmed As U.S. Ambassador to China
(Washington Post, Jul. 27, 2011) The Senate unanimously confirmed outgoing Commerce Secretary Gary Locke as the next U.S. ambassador to China, making him the first Chinese-American to assume that post.

US Senate Supports Taiwan’s Role in Regional Aviation
(Taipei Times, Jul. 28, 2011) The US Senate Committee on Foreign Relations passed a resolution on Tuesday in support of Taiwan’s observer status in the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).
A Step Toward Trust with China BMike Mullen(New York Times, Jul. 26, 2011) The military relationship between the United States and China is one of the world’s most important. And yet, clouded by some misunderstanding and suspicion, it remains among the most challenging.
PLA, Military Balance and Arms Sales
China Developing EMP ‘Assassin’s Mace’: Report
(CNA, Jul. 25, 2011) China is developing electromagnetic pulse (EMP) weapons that it plans to use against U.S. aircraft carriers in any future conflict over Taiwan, the Washington Times reported.
China: New Role for Military Vessel
(New York Times, Jul. 28, 2011) China’s defense ministry said the nation’s much-publicized first aircraft carrier will be used purely for research and training and not for deployment in military situations, Xinhua reported.
China Defends Carrier Plans, Neighbors Fret Over Buildup
(Reuters, Jul. 28, 2011) China’s neighbors are worried its aircraft carrier program may in time intimidate regional rivals but its military defended the plan as vital for maritime security.
US in ‘Denial’ Over China’s Pacific Strategy BCraig Guthrie(Asia Times, Jul. 28, 2011) The Pentagon seems too enamored with the doctrine of "access denial" that it is failing to take the evolution in Chinese military thinking into account.
P-3Cs ‘Perform’ Well in Military Drill
(Taipei Times, Jul. 26, 2011) The tabletop phase of the Han Kuang 27 series of military exercises for the first time included P-3C marine patrol aircraft in the simulation, which performed very well in detecting Chinese submarines during an attack/defense simulation.
Taiwanese Feel Threatened by China Missiles: Minister
(CNA, Jul. 31, 2011) Defense Minister Kao Hua-chu rebutted remarks by a Beijing official that China's missiles are not aimed at Taiwan, saying that “it is hard for Taiwan's people to buy his story.”
Taiwan Says Arms Deals Will Get Harder BPaul Mozur, Aries Poon and Almar Latour (Wall Street Journal, Jul. 29, 2011) Taiwan President Ma Ying-jeou said that the changing relationship between the U.S. and China will make it increasingly difficult for Taiwan to purchase weapons from the U.S.
China Lobbies US during Taiwan Talks
(Taipei Times, Jul. 31, 2011) The US and China on Friday held top-level talks on  Taiwan, with Washington working pre-emptively to avoid fallout as a decision nears on whether to sell fighter jets to Taiwan.
Taiwan's Domestic Issues and Foreign Relations
TVBS Opinion Poll on 2012 Presidential Election
(TVBS, Jul. 25, 2011) 45% of the respondents support President Ma Ying-jeou, while 38% support DPP presidential candidate Tsai Ing-wen.
Opinion Poll on 2012 Presidential Election
(The Journalist, Jul. 28, 2011) 41.6% of the respondents support President Ma Ying-jeou, 36.3% support DPP presidential candidate Tsai Ing-wen, and 22.1% are undecided.
U.S. Slowdown Spells Trouble for Asia’s Smaller Economies
(Reuters, Jul. 29, 2011) Asia’s smaller export-driven economies such as Taiwan look most vulnerable to the threat of a deeper U.S. economic slump, which could materialize even if Washington manages to avert a debt default.
China's Rise and Its Domestic Issues
Vendor’s Death Sparks Riot in Southern Chinese City
(Reuters, Jul. 28, 2011) Angry residents in a southern Chinese city went on the rampage after officials reportedly beat to death a disabled fruit vendor, state media said.


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    The squabbles between President Obama and the Republican majority in Congress over US debt obscure the main point: under covert pressure from his opponents, Obama has agreed without further ado that $3,000bn, more than three-quarters of the budget reduction he wants for the next ten years, will be covered by cuts in social services. Not content with this victory, the US right wants more - even if its unrelenting demands are likely to be unpopular with voters.
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    In August it is Ramadan and every day is like Friday - demonstration day for the population of Syria's cities, not least those of Hama who have already endured one major army attack since the year's protests began, and are expecting more
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    Global reaction against reactors* - Denis Delbecq

    There are nuclear power stations still being built - some very, very slowly - but few are in the developed world, where several countries recently decided to abandon the idea of a nuclear future
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    Just because the Japanese are not out demonstrating about what happened at the Fukushima Daiichi plant doesn't mean they aren't frightened and resentful, only that protest isn't the Japanese way
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    France's Superphoenix was only in operation for 11 years but its decommissioning, which began in 1997, will take another 20 years. Was the nuclear experiment worth it?
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    Who owns Buganda?* - Alain Vicky

    The land of a traditional kingdom within Uganda has been used as a political threat and reward for over a century. It grows grain, it may have oil and gas, and it is home to the quickly expanding capital
    Translated by Stephanie Irvine
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    Former enemies make friends* - Xavier Monthéard

    The once secret report that revealed Washington's lies about the Vietnam war is now freely read. Hanoi, too, has moved on - there have even been joint military exercises near to where the first GIs landed
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    Vietnam and India are united in their fear of China, to New Delhi's profit
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    A small town in the middle of everywhere - John R MacArthur

    The jobs went south - to Mexicali, Mexico - after the Nafta liberalisations of the 1990s. New owners have come and gone, the last US employees are awaiting redundancy, and only a very few money men have profited, handsomely
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    Henry Ford's Amazonian dream* - Greg Grandin

    At Fordlandia in Brazil, Ford built an entire town in the jungle which recreated a vision of Americana that was slipping out of his grasp at home. But Fordism contained the seeds of its own unravelling
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    Your room is ready, sir* - Rachel Sherman

    The world of the grand hotel is as unequal as you can get in the land of equality. Hotel guests get attention, status and human labour, which other people (workers) provide
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    An immigrant's tale - David Napier

    The Cameron government's intention to cut immigration has found an echo among ordinary Britons. It is not so much that they are getting more racist, but that they resent the loss of old-fashioned civility. But most of all, as the financial crisis bites, they are worried about benefits, jobs and also less tangible core values
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    Mass outrage - Ed Emery

    Toni Negri was professor at the University of Padua, until he was jailed, charged with being leader of Italy's Red Brigades. He hasn't lost his sense of humour
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Dozens Killed as Syrian Forces Storm Restive Cities

BEIRUT, Lebanon — Syrian military and security forces stormed Hama and other cities before dawn on Sunday, killing at least 75 people, activists and residents there said.

Amid New Talks, Some Optimism on U.S. Debt Crisis

WASHINGTON — The Senate delayed a crucial vote on the Democratic debt ceiling bill until 1 p.m. Sunday amid growing indications that a compromise is in the works that will avert a federal default on Tuesday.

In Afghanistan, Rage at Young Lovers

HERAT, Afghanistan — A romance between two teenagers that flouted traditions of arranged marriages aroused anger and violence.

After Resignations, Turkish Leader Climbs Higher

Critics warned of creeping authoritarianism engineered by Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

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1. Leftist Admits: A Secular Israel Is Hidden Objective of Protests
by Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu Protest Agenda Aims at Judaism

Yair Lapid, who has formed a party to run in the next Knesset election, bares the truth of the protest agenda: a secular State of Israel

Lapid, whose later father Tommy Lapid headed the anti-religious Shinui party, claimed in an op-ed in the Yediot Aharanot newspaper Sunday that he represents Israel’s “largest minority.”

He claims his “majority,” meaning a plurality, “can now form alliances with other minorities. With the hareidim who happen to want to work, with the religious who don’t think that Judaism is all about a  hill in Samaria, and with the Arabs who want to perform national service.

“Israel’s secular majority finally fighting back, starting to behave like a minority group.”

His definition of “secular” apparently includes anyone who does not define himself as “religious” but includes what actually may be Israel’s real largest minority – Jews who define themselves as traditional, meaning they keep many Jewish laws and customs but are not strictly observant or secular.

However, Lapid argued that his minority of 42 percent is the largest majority in Israel. It “does not know how to join forces for the sake of its own interests,” according to Lapid.” The majority cannot afford to say ‘to hell with everything’; the majority does not hire lobbyists, does not set up NGOs that would work for its interests, and does not know how to press Knesset members from its sector, because it’s not a sector.”

Without noting left-wing activist groups such as the New Israel Fund, Yesh Din and Peace Now, Lapid moved on to attack nationalists, alleging that “the majority also cannot build an illegal home, on illegal land, and then fight with the police officers who come to evict it, because the majority has a nephew in the police and loves its nephew….

“The majority’s children are already in high school and one even finished his military service, yet his sister-in-law has two children in kindergarten and pays almost $1,000 per month. The majority looks at the minorities and knows that there’s no chance they are paying similar sums, because they wouldn’t be able to afford it. The majority isn’t jealous, but wonders who arranged this for them? Who arranged life so that their sister-in-law doesn’t pay the same as the majority’s sister-in-law?”

In fact, the national-religious community’s sons, proportionately represent the largest sector in the IDF, and the strictly secular community, as noted in statistics from secular high schools in metropolitan Tel Aviv and in secular kibbutzim, have a high rate of draft-dodging.

Lapid also charged that his “majority…is the only one that paid the full price” and that “all the others got some discount arranged…. They decided that G-d has to arrange a home on a hill for them for ideological reasons, with an ideological backyard.” He was referring to Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria, where the government’s official building freeze two years ago largely remains in effect unofficially.

Lapid, like his father, wants a State of Israel where Judaism is strictly a personal issue, a situation that is considered “secular coercion” by a large number of Israelis, both religious and traditional.

Meanwhile, Israel’s mainstream media continued on Sunday to promote the protest movement. Although even left-wing outlets such as Haaretz, reported that 150,000 people protested  nationwide – without noting that nearly twice that number protests six years ago against the expulsions of Jews from Gush Katif – the Jerusalem Post went one step further and headlined that ”hundreds of thousands” people demonstrated.

The media also played down or ignored the appearance of uniformed IDF reservists at the protest against the cost of housing, education, food and just about everything else, blaming the Netanyahu government for the country’s age-old ails.

Previous political appearances by uniformed soldiers against expulsions of Jews and against the demolitions of Jewish homes have been met by harsh punishment, including eviction from combat units.

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2. Murderer of Kabbalah Rabbi: I Kissed His Hand before Killing Him
by Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu Rabbi’s Killer Blames the Devil

The murderer of Rabbi Elazar Abuhatzeira, the Kabbalah rabbi grandson of the Babi Sali Thursday says he kissed the rabbi’s hand before stabbing him. “I don't know what devil or Satan got into me” at the moment of the murder.

Asher Dahan, who is in police custody, told the Hebrew-language Maariv newspaper, “I respect Rabbi Abuhatzeira and depend on him for everything. He was everything for me. I worshipped him.”

Dahan murdered the rabbi, grandson of the renowned “Baba Sali” Rabbi Yisrael Abuhatzeira,” in his conference room later Thursday night.

“Every time I left the rabbi, I had a feeling of happiness and joy,” Dahan told police investigators. He gave me hope there is a solution to everything in life, and I never tight for a moment that perhaps he was wrong.

Dahan had consulted Rabbi Abuhatzeira several times lately concerning marital problems.

“There were problem between my wife and me,” Dahan explained. "I  went often to the rabbi for advice, and he told me to do allsorts of things, but the situation only got worse. It caused me personal damage, and it reached point that I was afraid of a divorce.”

He described his actions after he entered the rabbi’s conference room without anyone stopping him or asking him any questions. Dahan waited to be the last one to see the rabbi so he could be alone with him.

“I kissed the rabbi’s hand and said a few words” after entering, Dahan related. "Seconds later, I took out the knife and stabbed him in his chest. He screamed and fell to the floor.”


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3. Hareidi Religious Community Wants Work, Fills Job Fair
by Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu Hareidi Jews Want to Work

Israeli’s hareidi religious community has shattered the myth they don’t want to work. Hareidi attendees overwhelmed a government job fair in Jerusalem, where approximately 4,000 men and women searched for new employment opportunities.The job conference at the Jerusalem Convention Center (Binyanei HaUma) was sponsored by the Industry, Trade and Labor Ministry in coordination with the city of Jerusalem and employers.

Teva Pharmaceuticals, which has a large facility in the capital, Bank HaPoalim and the country’s largest mobile phone companies were among those who manned booths and offered hundreds of jobs.

Indicative of the trend towards integrating the hareidi religious community in all parts of Israeli society, the Air Force, once a secular bastion, and Jerusalem colleges also were represented at the conference and fair.

New entries into the labor market learned how to write resumes as they began what for many is the first experience in the labor market  as women shun the traditional position of fulltime housewife and mother and men begin to divide their day between learning Torah and working.

The government and private industry in recent years have set up training programs for hareidi religious women in the computer and graphic design industries.


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4. Hamas Expose: Informers Used Taxis to Help Israel 
by Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu Hamas Expose: Informers Help IDF

Collaborators with the “Zionist occupier” use taxis to report on the location of Hamas military men, the terrorist organization revealed Sunday.

The disclosure may lead to more executions. Last week, Hamas executed two collaborators for helping Israel seven years ago.

The foreign language Almejad site said that Hamas intelligence officers discovered that some of their agents have used taxicabs, both as passengers and drivers, to help the IDF.

The modus operandi of informers, according to the source, was to order a taxi, follow the route of armed forces and then disclose their  final location to the IDF, which could target them.

Hamas officials cited one example of one man asking the taxi driver to take him to an area near a Gaza crossing, where he supposedly wanted to visit relatives, but actually met with an intelligence office and later disclosed his location.

Others acted as taxi drivers and spread rumors against Hamas to incite opposition to the terrorist organization.

Another tactic was to use cabs to transfer weapons, explosives and drugs.

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5. Shulamit Shamir Dies at 88
by Gavriel Queenann Shulamit Shamir Dies at 88

Shulamit Shamir, wife of former Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir, died in her Tel Aviv home Friday at the age of 88.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke with the Shamir's son, Yair, after learning of Mrs. Shamir's death and sent his condolences to the family.

"Shulamit was Yitzhak's right hand in the Lehi," read Netanyahu's statement. "We join all of Israel's citizens in mourning her death."

Shulamit Shamir was born in Bulgaria in 1923. She was arrested upon arrival at age 17 in then British-ruled Palestine due to restrictions on Jewish immigration, and was sent to a detention camp. There she met her future husband Yitzhak Shamir, who had been interred for for his activities as one of the commanders of the underground. They were married in 1944.

Mrs. Shamir joined the Lohamei Herut Israel, Fighters for the Freedom of Israel," the underground group that broke away from Menachem Begin's Irgun, known by its acronym Lehi, where she acted as a courier under the name: Shulamit.

Yitzhak Shamir served as prime minister from 1983-84 and again between 1986-1992.

Shulamit is survived by her husband, the former prime minister, who is now hospitalized in a nursing home in central Israel, two children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Her funeral is set for Sunday in Jerusalem.


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6. Fifth Pipeline Bombing Marks Sinai Chaos
by Gavriel Queenann Fifth Sinai Pipeline Bombing

An explosion was reported at a depot along the Egyptian natural gas pipeline in Sinai that normally supplies Israel and Jordan with gas, Army Radio reported Saturday.

The attack on the pipeline was the third this month and the fifth since the beginning of 2011. It also followed a shootout between Egyptian security forces and apparent Islamic militants on Friday.

The pipeline was not currently supplying Israel with natural gas due to damage incurred from the previous blasts.

On Friday, an Egyptian army officer and three civilian bystanders were shot dead in fighting between an armed group and security forces in northern Sinai, security officials told Rueters on Saturday.

Also Friday, about 100 armed men rode through the town of el-Arish on motorcycles and in cars, waving flags with Islamic slogans and firing in the air,

They then attacked a police station, engaging in a shootout with the police and army in which the army officer died.

Three civilians, a 70-year-old man, a 13-year-old boy and an 18-year-old youth were caught up in the shooting and died from bullet wounds, the ministry of health said in a statement.

Four army officers, nine security guards and six civilians were wounded in the attack and taken to an army hospital for treatment, MENA state news agency reported.

Witnesses told the Associated Press the attackers, many of whom wore masks, did not seem to be from the area as they lost their way several times before reaching the police station.

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7. Cyprus Manifesting Familiar and Distressing Economic Symptoms
by Amiel Ungar Another Bailout On the Way?

The Cypriot government has been dissolved by President  Demetris Christofias precisely at a moment when the financial markets are questioning the country's creditworthiness. Some of the nasty symptoms preceding the Greek, Irish and Portuguese bailouts are rearing their heads in Cyprus.

One of the notable benchmarks is the cost of insurance against default.

As could be expected Cypriot banks are exposed to Greek debt. One bank – Marfin-- held €3.4 billion in Greek bonds and 46% of its outstanding loans are to Greek customers. Moody's Investor Services has just downgraded the bank to quasi junk status. Only slightly better off is the Bank of Cyprus holding €2.4 billion in Greek bonds.

The exposure of the Cypriot banks is significant because the banking system is inordinately larger than GDP. Russians extracting  capital from their country have used Cyprus to get into the EU banking system. If they were to pull their money out this could create severe problems. Cyprus is running a substantial deficit both in terms of the budget and in current accounts.

Given the power of the unions the country's ability to make the necessary economies is questionable.

If these problems were not enough, Cyprus is expected to lose $1 billion this year because of a huge explosion at a naval base. An Iranian ship carrying munitions to Syria was seized and the munitions were stored at the base under conditions that were not secure (they were left to bake in the sun). In the explosion 13 people were killed including the commander of the Cypriot Navy.

The blast also destroyed a nearby power plant that supplied half the island's electricity and will take a year to fix. This has caused power shortages throughout the island. The island is still divided into Greek and Turkish parts as the Greek Cypriots did not live up to a gentleman's agreement with the EU to regularize the situation after they were accepted for membership in the EU.

Cyprus when compared to Italy and Spain is a relative minnow. Fixing the debt crisis in Cyprus will not break the European Bank.

However, economics is also a question of psychology. Another European debt crisis will further erode the already depleted confidence and strain the generosity of the donor countries.

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8. The End for Assad? High Ranking Officers Desert, Join Rebels
by Arutz Sheva Staff The End for Assad?

A Syrian Major-General has deserted Assad's army along with a group of other officers and joined the rebels.

In an Arabic video clip posted  on Youtube on July 29, 2011, the officer, Major-General Riad El As'ad is seen in the company of other  officers, announcing the establishment of the "Free Syrian Army whose main goal will be to fight the army of oppression headed by President Bashar Assad".

As'ad accused the Assad regime of crimes against the Syrian people and called on the officers and soldiers in the Syrian army not to aim their weapons at the people. He further called on them to join the Free Syrian Army.

The major-general warned that the Free Army will eliminate any soldier who acts to harm his own people. The present army commanders do not represent the army, he continued, they are acting for the criminal gang that controls the media and prevents the people from obtaining truthful information on what is happening.

In recent weeks, a large number of officers and soldiers have deserted the regular Syrian army. In one instance, there was a mutiny and at least ten of the soldiers participating were shot and killed. Assad continues to control the country, but the violent protest against him goes on and has even reached the outskirts of Damascus. Tension is high between the Alawites, the minority Shite sect to which Assad belongs that controls the country, and the majority Sunni sect which is 70% of the Syrian population.

The former Vice President of Syria, Abd Al-Halim Khaddam, Assad's bitter enemy, speaking from France, opined that Assad will fall only if the army disintegrates. That disintegration may have begun.



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Die bei einem Säure-Attentat eines verschmähten Verehrers entstellte Iranerin Ameneh Bahrami verzichtet auf die umstrittene Bestrafung ihres Peinigers. Nach iranischen Medienberichten war die von ihr gerichtlich erstrittene Vergeltung nach dem "Auge-um-Auge"-Prinzip eigentlich für diesen Sonntag geplant gewesen. Dabei hätte sie dem Mann Säure in die Augen träufeln dürfen, um ihn so zu blenden. - Die Wende in dem Fall kam überraschend. Im Mai wollte Bahrami die Aktion noch ausführen, was großen Medienrummel auslöste. Dann erklärte sie sich aber bereit, darauf zu verzichten. Die iranische Justiz hatte zwar zugunsten der Frau entschieden, Bahrami aber angeblich gebeten, das Urteil - auch wegen internationaler Kritik - nicht zu vollstrecken.
Wieder Bluttaten in Chinas Uiguren-Provinz
Durch neuerliche blutige Zwischenfälle sind in der chinesischen Unruhe-Region Xinjiang nach Angaben der Behörden mindestens 15 Menschen getötet worden. Wie die amtliche Nachrichtenagentur Xinhua berichtete, starben in der Oasenstadt Kashgar durch bewaffnete Überfälle zehn Menschen. Vier Angreifer seien von der Polizei erschossen, ein weiterer von Passanten getötet worden. Erst vor zwei Wochen hatten örtliche Sicherheitskräfte, wie es hieß, 14 "Aufrührer" erschossen, die in Hotan eine Polizeistation stürmten. Exil-Uiguren berichteten damals, dass zuvor eine Demonstration ihrer Landsleute gegen Enteignungen und das Verschwinden von Angehörigen gewaltsam aufgelöst worden war. Xinjiang gilt wegen der Spannungen zwischen dem moslemischen Turkvolk der Uiguren und den Han-Chinesen als Konfliktherd. Viele Uiguren fühlen sich benachteiligt und unterdrückt.
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Papst Benedikt XVI. hat die Weltgemeinschaft zu Hilfen für die Hungernden am Horn von Afrika aufgerufen. Die Menschen dürften der Tragödie nicht gleichgültig gegenüberstehen, sagte das katholische Kirchenoberhaupt in seiner Sommerresidenz Castel Gandolfo bei Rom. Die Hungersnot in Ostafrika, so das Oberhaupt der katholischen Kirche weiter, werde durch Krieg und das Fehlen stabiler Institutionen noch verschlimmert. Wegen der anhaltenden Trockenheit sind am Horn von Afrika nach Schätzungen der Vereinten Nationen zwölf Millionen Menschen vom Hungertod bedroht. Zehntausende Menschen starben demnach bereits in den vergangenen Wochen. Betroffen sind von der Dürre Äthiopien, Kenia, Somalia, Dschibuti, Uganda und der Sudan.
Baden-Württemberg hält an Kopftuchverbot fest
Die grün-rote Landesregierung in Baden-Württemberg will am Kopftuchverbot in Schulen festhalten. Dies sagte Integrationsministerin Bilkay Öney dem Berliner "Tagesspiegel". Sie sehe derzeit keinen Anlass, dies zu ändern, so die SPD-Politikerin. Als erstes Bundesland hatte Baden-Württemberg 2004 unter einer von der CDU-geführten Landesregierung  ein Gesetz erlassen, wonach muslimische Lehrerinnen an öffentlichen Schulen nicht mit Kopftuch unterrichten dürfen.
Testphase des umstrittenen Körperscanners endet
In der zehnmonatigen Testphase des umstrittenen Körperscanners am Hamburger Flughafen hat es zahlreiche Probleme gegeben. Dies berichtet die "Welt am Sonntag" und beruft sich dabei auf einen internen Bericht. Die beiden Scanner hätten ständig Fehlalarme produziert. Vor allem das Durchleuchten von mehrschichtiger Kleidung, Stiefeln und Reißverschlüssen sei problematisch gewesen. Die Alarmquote habe nach dem internen Papier bei 70 Prozent gelegen und sei zu reduzieren. Ein Sprecher des Bundesinnenministeriums wies die Darstellung des Blattes zurück, wonach der Scanner "durchgefallen" sei. Der im Herbst 2010 begonnene Test gehe erst an diesem Sonntag zu Ende. Erst danach würden die Ergebnisse der zehnmonatigen Erprobung ausgewertet.
Torwart Neuer Fußballer des Jahres 2011
Nationaltorhüter Manuel Neuer ist Fußballer des Jahres. Der vor Saisonbeginn vom Pokalsieger Schalke 04 zu Bayern München gewechselte Schlussmann erhielt bei der alljährlich vom Fachmagazin "kicker" unter Sportjournalisten durchgeführten Wahl die meisten Stimmen. Neuer wurde als erster Torwart seit Oliver Kahn 2001 gewählt. Platz zwei ging an Bundesliga-Torschützenkönig Mario Gomez.Trainer des Jahres wurde Borussia Dortmunds Meistermacher Jürgen Klopp. -  Zur Fußballerin des Jahres kürten die Fachjournalisten die künftig für den 1. FFC Frankfurt spielende Fatmire Bajramaj.
Freiburg scheidet im DFB-Pokal aus - Vettel Zweiter in Ungarn
ZU DEN SPORTERGEBNISSEN:  Das Favoritensterben in der ersten Hauptrunde des DFB-Pokals geht weiter. Nach den Fußballbundesligisten Wolfsburg, Leverkusen und Bremen schied auch Freiburg aus, das gegen den Drittligisten Unterhaching mit 2:3 verlor. Die übrigen Erstlligisten gaben sich bisher keine Blöße. Die Ergebnisse: Wismar - Hannover 0:6 // Meuselwitz - Hertha 0:4 // Windeck - Hoffenheim 1:3 nach Verlängerung // Teningen - Schalke 1:11 // und Wiedenbrück -Köln 0:3. -- Sebastian Vettel hat den Sieg beim Großen Preis von Ungarn knapp verpasst. Der Formel-1-Weltmeister musste sich im Red Bull/Renault in Budapest dem McLaren-Piloten Jenson Button geschlagen geben. - In der WM-Gesamtwertung konnte Vettel mit dem zweiten Rang auf dem Hungaroring aber seinen Vorsprung auf seinen Teamkollegen Mark Webber weiter ausbauen. -- Die deutsche Lagen-Staffel hat über 4 x 100 Meter bei der Schwimm-WM in Shanghai die Bronzemedaille gewonnen. Helge Meeuw, Hendrik Feldwehr, Benjamin Starke und Schlussschwimmer Paul Biedermann  belegten hinter dem Sieger USA und Australien den dritten Platz.
Das Wetter am Montag : Wetterbesserung
DAS WETTER IN DEUTSCHLAND: In der Nacht in der Nordosthälfte stark bewölkt, teilweise Regen. Nach Südwesten hin geringer bewölkt und trocken. Tiefsttemperaturen 16 bis acht Grad Celsius. Die weiteren Aussichten: Am Montag Wetterbesserung. Im Osten kaum noch Regen und größere Auflockerungen, im Westen und Südwesten, aber auch an der Ostsee viel Sonne. Höchstwerte 19 bis 26 Grad.
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Tomgram: Rebecca Solnit, Hope for the Hell of It
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If someone asked you, last July, to lay odds on the possibility that in 365 days, popular protests in the Middle East would have toppled autocrats in Tunisia and Egypt, led to the liberation of half of another dictatorship in Libya by a rebel insurgency, and left another repressive state, Yemen, effectively leaderless, while energizing youth across the region in countries ranging from Syria to Bahrain to put their lives on the line, day after day, month after month, a million-to-one would have been a conservative guess.

Nonetheless, a year later, the Arab Spring has turned to summer and while it’s hardly all bread and roses (more like breadlessness and discontent), people are still in the streets, fighting for freedoms that Arabs weren’t even supposed to want.  In the meantime, formerly secure strongmen sputter, quake, and brandish concession after concession (as well as the butts of rifles and the barrels of machine guns).  How it will all end is anybody’s guess, but the future remains wide open.  And not only in the Middle East: everywhere, along with nightmares and despair, there are victories and emerging possibilities.  You just have to open your eyes and have the right person to guide you, which, at TomDispatch, means only one thing: Rebecca Solnit. Tom
Hope: The Care and Feeding Of
By Rebecca Solnit
Recently, Nelson Mandela turned 93, and his nation celebrated noisily, even attempting to break the world record for the most people simultaneously singing “Happy Birthday.” This was the man who, on trial by the South African government in 1964, stood a good chance of being sentenced to be hanged by the neck until dead. Given life in prison instead, he was supposed to be silenced.  Story over.
You know the rest, though it wasn’t inevitable that he’d be released and become the president of a post-apartheid South Africa. Admittedly, it’s a country with myriad flaws and still suffers from economic apartheid, but who wouldn’t agree that it’s changed?  Activism changed it; more activism could change it further.
Meanwhile, Rupert Murdoch, who’d amassed a vast media empire, banked billions of dollars, and been listed by Forbes as the world’s 13th most powerful person, must have thought he had it made these past few decades.  Now, his empire is crumbling and his crimes and corrosive influence (which were never exactly secret) are being examined by everyone. You never know what’ll happen next.
About 1,600 years ago, Boethius put it this way in The Consolations of Philosophy, written while he, like Mandela, was in prison for treason: “As thus she turns her wheel of chance with haughty hand, and presses on, fortune now tramples fiercely on a fearsome king, and now deceives no less a conquered man by raising from the ground his humbled face.”
Still, that wheel didn’t just turn.  It took some good journalism -- thank you, reporters of the Guardian! -- to bring Murdoch to his knees. Just as it took some dedicated activism to break Mandela out of prison and overcome the apartheid era.
Everything changes. Sometimes you have to change it yourself.
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