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Tuesday, February 28, 2006

New Gas Source in Kuwait

Kuwait has made its first, major natural gas discovery at an onshore field in its northern territory, senior oil executives said Monday.
Official estimates of the amounts of gas found were expected to be released soon.
Kuwait badly needs natural gas to meet the rising fuel demands of it electrical power plants and desalination stations, and to further grow its booming petrochemical industry.


For now Kuwait has signed deals to import it from Iraq, Iran, and Qatar.
The most likely deal would involve Iraq shipping gas from its southern fields through an existing pipeline that the two nations once shared.
Kuwaiti Energy Minister Sheikh Ahmed Fahed al-Sabah has said he hopes the Iraqi natural gas deliveries could start as early as the end of 2006.
Also president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said in Tehran his talks with the Amir of Kuwait HH Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah in Kuwait earlier Monday dealt with shipping gas and water from Iran to Kuwait, in addition to activating memoranda of understanding.

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More terror

War in Iraq increased danger of terrorist attacks. This is opinion of people across the world from BBC poll.

Some 60% of people in 35 countries surveyed believe in increased the likelihood of terrorist attacks worldwide, against just 12% who think terrorist attacks have become less likely.


In most countries, more people think removing Saddam Hussein was a mistake /45%/ than think it was the right decision /36%/.

The removal of Saddam Hussein in 2003 is seen as a mistake in 21 countries, compared with 11 countries where more people view it as the right decision. Three countries are divided.

In 20 countries, there is overall support for US-led forces to withdraw from Iraq in the next few months.

The countries most eager for US coalition withdrawal are Argentina (80%), Egypt (76%), China (67%) and Brazil (67%). Those which favour troops staying for the time being are the US (58%), Afghanistan (58%), Australia (57%) and Great Britain (56%).

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Monday, February 27, 2006

Destroyed Shia Shrine

Bombing the holy shrines was most probably work of some Zarqawi terrorists /not insurgents and normal people that just don't want occupation/
"I stress that the bombing of the shrine was not an act of the Sunnis of Iraq, but the Zarqawists and the Saddamists," said Hakim, leader of the Supreme Council for the Islamic Revolution in Iraq (SCIRI), the leading party in the Shia United Iraqi Alliance.

But there is also other point of wiev. Here are quotes.


"We cannot imagine that the Iraqi Sunnis did this," said the influential Sunni cleric Sheikh Youssef al-Qaradawi, an Egyptian who lives in Qatar.
"No one benefits from such acts other than the U.S. occupation and the lurking Zionist enemy."

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"If responsibility is not in the hands of the Iraqi government, then I consider the responsibility for this event lies with the occupation forces which should either leave immediately or according to a timetable," Al Sadr said in Damascus on his way back to Iraq.

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"They /United States and Israel/ invade the shrine and bomb it because they oppose God and justice," Ahmadinejad said, referring to the U.S. forces in Iraq.
“These passive activities are the acts of a group of defeated Zionists and occupiers who intended to hit our emotions,” the Iran's leader said in a speech that was broadcast on state television.


Also I found interesting article about bomb attack on Shia Shrine.

Day after day, the situation in Iraq became worse and worse. The BBC had reported today that about 100 people have been killed in the aftermath of bombing the Shia Shirne yesterday. This is insane.

Only evil souls think about this kind of bombing to make riot between the two major secarians of Iraq. I'm sure that any moderate sunni will never think to bomb such a place for the shias. Therefore, It's very important that the iraqi people unite their power to overcome this crisis, and don't let the situation to reach a civil war.

It's the responsibility now for the leaders and Muslim scholars - both Shiites and Sunnis - to make their effort to stop riot, because none of the Iraqi people will gain from such situation; rather they will be loosers if this fury didn't stop. That's about the people.

As for the shrine, Look at the picture - to the left - and see how the shrine became after bombing! This shrine returns back to the 9-10th century and was rebuild 3 times later in the 11th, 12th and the 19th centuries respectivly. The golden Dome was one of it's charcteristic, which gave it more beauty. It's listed under Iraqi World Heritage list.

I hope that this beautiful shrine will be restored as soon as possible. I also hope that the AKDN raise a fund for this restoration in the near future if they can. This is a wish from a simple Muslim Sunni Man to his his highness, the Aga Khan, to raise such fund if he can in the near future to restore this building.

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Friday, February 24, 2006

Palestinian Prime Minister Will Be Assassinated

Ismail Haniyah, chosen by the militant group Hamas to serve as Palestinian prime minister, could be a target for assassination if Hamas carries out suicide bombings, a former Israeli security chief Avi Dichter said on Friday.

"I see no situation in which Haniyya enjoys immunity just because he is the prime minister," said Dichter.


"In my eyes he was and remains a terrorist, whatever he does ... If there is a terror attack and Israel decides to reply with a targeted assassination, Haniyya will be a legitimate target, because Hamas cannot carry out an attack without the leadership's consent," he told the Yediot Ahronot daily.

Avi Dichter, the architect of Israel’s policy of assassinating Palestinian militants, no longer holds a policy-making position but he wields clout within the centrist Kadima party which is expected to win a March 28 general election. He is considered as possible future defense minister.

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Saturday, February 18, 2006

Palestine Hostile Entity

A senior Israeli government official has warned that the Palestinian Authority would define itself as a 'hostile entity' if the new Hamas-led government did not recognise Israel's right to exist.

Israeli authorities have given Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas 60 days to liquidate terrorist groups in Palestinian Authority, online edition of Ash Sharq Al Awsat informs.


USA wants Palestine Authority to return USD 50 million which Washington has given as aid after Israeli pullout of West Bank and Gaza Strip, online edition of TV station AlJazeera informs. US State Department official spokesperson Sean McCormack stated today Palestine authorities will return the money. US’s appeal is connected to program of stopping aid payments after parliamentary election victory of radical movement Hamas. Washington justifies its actions by stating they do not want to finance a government led by a radical organization, the publication states.

Speech of President Mahmoud Abbas For the Opening Session of the Second Palestinian Legislative Council, Full Text


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Terrorists Reeducated

Unique project at Saudi Arabia. Fighting with extremist with religious approach. Report from Memri /The Middle East Media Research Institute/

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In its efforts against domestic terrorism, the Saudi regime is attempting to fight Islamist ideas such as tafkir (accusing other Muslims of apostasy) against the regime and its clerics. One method being used is "reeducation" of extremists.


Two large-scale projects using this approach are underway. The first is a counseling program, supported by the Saudi Interior Ministry, for outreach to Saudi security prisoners. The second is the Al-Sakinah Campaign for online dialogue with extremists, which is supported by the Saudi Ministry of Religious Endowments and Islamic Affairs.
This report will review these two projects.

http://memri.org/bin/articles.cgi?Page=archives&Area=ia&ID=IA26006

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Poland Against Iranian Research of Holocaust

The Polish government should prevent Iranian experts from conducting research on the scale of the Holocaust in Poland, Foreign Minister Stefan Meller said yesterday in Warsaw.
"Under no circumstances we should allow something like that to take place in Poland,"
“My view is that in no case should we allow this situation,” Meller said, quoted by the Polish news agency. “It is below any imaginable norms to discuss such a thing.”


Iranian research try to deny that about 6 million Jews perished in the Holocaust, with an estimated 1.1 million killed in gas chambers at Auschwitz- Birkenau, a death camp set up in German-occupied Poland.

Last week Iran's ambassador to Lisbon, who in the past served as a diplomat in Poland, said in an interview on Portuguese radio that according to his calculations based on a visit to the camp, now a museum, it would have taken the Nazis 15 years to burn the corpses of 6 million people.

The British academic David Irving will go on trial in Vienna next week over two speeches he made in Austria in 1989, in which he disputed the existence of gas chambers at Auschwitz.

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Tuesday, February 14, 2006

Kuwait

Kuwait’s new emir, Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmad Al Sabah, has appointed his brother and nephew as crown prince and prime minister, giving the senior three posts in the Gulf state to his branch of the ruling family.

Kuwait will deal with Hamas as the legitimate Palestinian representatives when it takes office, Kuwaiti Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Sheikh Mohammed Sabah Al-Salem Al-Sabah said Monday.
"Several political blocs, headed by Hamas, were elected in the Palestinian elections. When they officially assume their executive missions, they become the legitimate representatives of the Palestinian people," Sheikh Mohammed was quoted by the Kuwait News Agency as saying.


Kuwaiti Deputy Premier and Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammad Sabah Al Salem Al Sabah renewed his country’s rejection of offending Prophet Mohammad and religious beliefs.
“The Kuwaiti official stance regarding this matter is clear… the Danish government has been directly informed of the Kuwaiti resentment when the Danish Ambassador in Riyadh was summoned,” Sheikh Sabah said in a statement on Monday.
He added that Kuwait is cooperating with other Arab and Islamic countries to seek a resolution by the UN General Assembly that condemns any offense against nations’ beliefs and religions.

Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah received Monday at Al-Sief Palace several female figures. The Amir praised the Kuwaiti women’s role in the country’s development and the various vital domains along with the Kuwaiti men. He pointed out to the major successes the Kuwaiti women achieved during their occupation of several important leading posts, adding that their success was admired at the local, regional and international levels.

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Monday, February 13, 2006

Iran Starts Atom Enrichment

Iran has restarted uranium enrichment work. It had begun feeding uranium gas into centrifuges - a first step in a process that can produce fuel for nuclear reactors or bomb material.

Putting uranium hexafluoride (UF6) gas into centrifuges, which distill out enriched uranium, would be a major escalation by Iran in its face-off with the West over a nuclear program which the United States charges hides secret atomic weapons development.


UN Secretary General Kofi Annan urged Iran to help set the stage for a new round of talks on its nuclear program by March and warned against an escalation of Tehran's tense dispute with the West.

Annan said he hoped Tehran would take steps to show that diplomacy is 'not dead' before the UN nuclear watchdog, the International Atomic Energy Agency, meets in Vienna next month to decide whether to recommend UN Security Council action.

Iranian talks with Russia had been slated for Thursday but were postponed indefinitely because of the "new situation," said Iranian presidential spokesman Gholamhossein Elham. He was referring to the IAEA's decision this month to report Iran to the U.N. Security Council because of uncertainty over its nuclear intentions.

Moscow had proposed that Iran ship its uranium to Russia, where it would be enriched to a level suitable for nuclear reactors. It would then be returned to Iran for use at the Russian-built Bushehr plant, which is due to begin operating this year.

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First anniversary of Harriri's death

Hariri's death in a truck bombing on 14 February 2005 prompted huge street protests and the withdrawal of Syrian forces stationed in Lebanon.

Lebanon's President Emile Lahoud said on Monday that his government and he himself are determined to reveal the truth of the assassination.

Top Syrian officials have been implicated in Hariri's murder, and President Bashar Assad was entangled in a confrontation with the United States and the West, which have pressed him to cooperate more actively with the UN investigation into the explosion. Damascus' relations with Beirut have been at a low ebb in decades.


Crowds are expected to gather on Tuesday near the shrine to Hariri at a square in central Beirut - also the scene of a massive anti-Syrian protest in March last year. Al-Hariri's son Saad has returned from a self-imposed six-month exile in Saudi Arabia for the occasion. Supporters of Hezbollah and members of Christian leader Michel Aoun's political faction are not expected to participate.

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