Iranian Negotiator: Tehran Will Not Give Up Right to Enrich Uranium

SWITZERLAND IRAN NUCLEAR TALKS

  • Western sources suggest that a nuclear deal could be reached as early as Friday
  • U.S. lawmakers and the Israelis argue that Iran will continue its nuclear weapons work
  • Skeptics on Capitol Hill are already declaring the deal a mistake for the United States

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Iran will not agree to halt its nuclear enrichment rights under any deal with the West, according to the country’s lead negotiator, Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif.

“The Islamic Republic of Iran makes no deal over its right,” Zarif told reporters after daylong negotiations with the West in Geneva over Iran’s disputed nuclear program, according to Iran’s state-run Fars News Agency.

Zarif’s insistence on Iran’s right to enrich uranium, the key component in a nuclear bomb, comes as Western sources suggest that a nuclear deal could be reached as early as Friday.

The debate over Iran’s enrichment rights has been a key sticking point for negotiators on both sides.

U.S. lawmakers and the Israelis argue that Iran will continue its nuclear weapons work if it retains the right to enrich uranium. The Iranians say they will not give ground on the issue.

Zarif’s remarks indicate that Iran could be getting most of what it wants in the deal. He and other officials have praised the talks and the progress each side is making.

Iranian negotiator Seyed Abbas Araqchi revealed on Thursday that the West had accepted Tehran’s proposed framework for a nuclear deal.

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PM Netanyahu’s Statement Prior to Meeting with US Sec of State John Kerry – 8/11/2013:

 

PM Benjamin Netanyahu’s statement following his meeting with US Secretary of State John Kerry:

 

 

Plans to try Benghazi attackers in US courts blocks case, congressman says

download (38)By Catherine Herridge:

Plans by the administration to use U.S. criminal courts to prosecute those responsible for last year’s terror attack in Benghazi have thrown up yet another roadblock to investigating the case, the Republican chairman of the House Intelligence Committee told Fox News Friday.

“This whole plan has been, all along, to bring them to a criminal court in the United States. I’m not sure that’s in our national security best interest,” Congressman Mike Rogers of Michigan said in an exclusive interview. “I don’t know how anyone could come to the conclusion that it hasn’t slowed it down.”

“Certainly I’m frustrated, I think the committee’s frustrated, and by the way, I think the people who do this for a living are really frustrated,” Rogers said.

Based on intelligence reporting, the delay has allowed the Benghazi suspects to remain free and engaged within their terrorist organizations.

As for possibly targeting them with drone strikes, counter terrorism analysts say the administration’s prosecution strategy has effectively pushed that option aside.

“U.S. intelligence officials, and our war fighters in the Defense Department, are hamstrung by a law enforcement model,” said Thomas Joscelyn of the Center for Defense of Demcracies.

“There are a lot of guys who are known terrorists, who are known suspects in the Benghazi attack, who could be taken off the battlefield today.”

The military detention center at Guantanamo Bay is also off the table for holding and questioning the Benghazi suspects

“Our position on GTMO is certainly clear, that we are not sending anyone to GTMO, that in fact, we are working to reduce the population at GTMO, ultimately with the goal of closing it.” Marie Harf. State Department spokeswoman, said Friday.

Another problem is that while a criminal case requires physical evidence, by the time the FBI reached the consulate where four Americans died on Sep. 11, 2012, the crime scene was contaminated.

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Censorship by Fear

20130101_Rita_Hayworth_as_Gilda_LARGEby EDWARD CLINE:

Joseph Conrad, the writer, was astonished to learn early in the 20th century that Britain, his adopted country, had a “Censor of Plays.” In a 1907 essay* he wrote about the character of an individual who would assume the power and harbor the hubris as the supreme arbiter of what appeared on the British stage. Needless to say, he does not “appreciate” the existence of a censor:

“…I have come to the conclusion in the security of my heart and the peace of my conscience that he must be either an extreme megalomaniac or an utterly unconscious being.

“He must be unconscious. It is one of the qualifications for his magistracy. Other qualifications are equally easy. He must have done nothing, expressed nothing, imagined nothing. He must be obscure, insignificant and mediocre – in thought, act, speech and sympathy. He must know nothing of art, of life – and of himself. For if he did he would not dare to be what he is.”

While the Church had been censoring written and spoken speech for centuries, government censorship of plays in Britain began in earnest with the Stage Licensing Act of 1737, to protect then Prime Minister Robert Walpole from criticism by satire and mockery on the stage, and ended with the Theatres Act of 1968. But other forms of censorship subsequently were enacted in Britain, many conforming to the legislative censorship of the European Union, rendering freedom of speech in Britain contingent on those laws, which amounts to a byzantine maze of “negatives.”

Article Ten of the European Convention reads:

1. Everyone has the right to freedom of expression. This right shall include freedom to hold opinions and to receive and impart information and ideas without interference by public authority and regardless of frontiers. This article shall not prevent States from requiring the licensing of broadcasting, television or cinema enterprises.

2. The exercise of these freedoms, since it carries with it duties and responsibilities, may be subject to such formalities, conditions, restrictions or penalties as are prescribed by law and are necessary in a democratic society, in the interests of national security, territorial integrity or public safety, for the prevention of disorder or crime, for the protection of health or morals, for the protection of the reputation or rights of others, for preventing the disclosure of information received in confidence, or for maintaining the authority and impartiality of the judiciary.

Given the woozy state of any definition of freedom of speech today, or even its practice, in virtually any country, Article Ten not so much guarantees freedom of speech, but wraps it in a Rubik’s Cube-like conceptual straightjacket which only a puzzle-master or a consummate politically correct judge would be able to grasp. It is burdened with so many qualifications and exceptions it may as well decree: “We will let you know when you are ‘free’ to say anything. Until then, be quiet, or it’s a fine and the lockup for you.”

For example, a Swedish man has been charged with “intentionally disrupting a religious or spiritual ceremony,” in this instance, the Friday call to prayers outside a Stockholm mosque, by honking his car horn. This is an example of Sweden’s fatal dhimmitude and deference to its growing Muslim population. But, I am betting that no one has ever been charged with the same offense for honking a horn outside a church while its bells were ringing.

Of course, the local Swedish law must conform to the European Convention one, or at least not conflict with it. But, how does one categorize “horn honking” as unprotected speech? Does it encourage “disorder or crime”? Does it violate “the rights of others”? Is it a dereliction of one’s alleged “duty and responsibility”? How does one reconcile the “right” not to hear a honking horn and the “right,” if you are not a Muslim, not to hear some talentless muezzin screeching and wailing for between three to five minutes every Friday afternoon?

Well, you don’t reconcile them, because these are not “rights.” On the one hand, the government frowns on literal horn honking if it bothers Muslims. On the other, it protects the equivalent of malicious horn honking, that is, the loud call to prayers. The call to prayers is “spiritual”; horn honking is not. So says fiat, non-objective jurisprudence.

While the Swedish man denies he deliberately honked his horn to disturb the congregated Muslims – we cannot know the contents of his mind, that is, what he intended – it would not have mattered had he confessed that this was his intention. He is still liable under the city’s municipal code. He disturbed the “peace” of the faithful. Period.

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Early school dismissal for Florida Muslim students – religious entitlement or con job?

Released for jummah prayers on Fridays

Released for jummah prayers on Fridays

By Randy McDaniels and Jerry Gordon:

The Islamic Society of Tampa Bay (ISTABA) issued a press release last week urging parents to fill out their “Religious Observance Early Dismissal Request Form” and press their respective schools for special and indefinite religious accommodations for Muslims Studentsenabling them to attend the “Mandatory” Friday Islamic sermon and prayers every week from 12:30 PM until 3:00 PM.  A request which would essentially deprive Muslim students at least a half day of required teaching each week on a permanent basis.

The Dismissal Request Form was in all actuality a demand rather than a request.  The Islamic Society of Tampa cited Florida Statue(s) 1006.53, 1002.20 (2c)(c), and 1003.21 (2)(b), stating these dismissal were a matter of Florida Law, while failing to cite all of the language, ISTABA conspicuously omitted sections of the statutes which state Boards must adopt a policy which REASONABLY accommodate Religious Observances.

The Islamic Society went on to state, “According to Islamic teachings, it is an obligation to observe this prayer otherwise it is a sin”

The Friday Jumu’ah prayer is not the only mandatory [fard] Islamic prayer. The fact is there are five daily prayers which are mandatory for Muslims, to include the noon (Zuhr) prayer, which in the context Mahmoud Elkasaby of the Islamic Society of Tampa Bay has laid out; would also require special religious accommodations for Muslim students not on a weekly but daily basis.

However, according to Islamic teachings ALL missed prayers can be made up at a later time and would therefore not constitute a sin, as the School Board and community are lead to believe.

In fact, the Reliance of the  Traveller: a Classical Manual of Islamic Sacred Law, which bears the approval the most prestigious Islamic institutions and groups in the Middle East and North America devotes a whole book to this subject of prayer(Book F:  The Prayer (SALAT)) and several sections go into detail on how to perform makeup prayers.

The following Q & A was found on the website Islam.about.com:

Question: Can missed prayers be performed at a later time?

Answer: The schedule of Muslim prayer is one that is generous and flexible. Yet many of us miss prayers during the day — sometimes for unavoidable reasons, sometimes due to negligence.  If a prayer is missed…it is to be made up as soon as one is able to do so. This is known as Qadaa’. For example, if one misses the noon prayer because of a work meeting that could not be interrupted, one should pray as soon as the meeting is over. If the next prayer time has already come, one should first perform the prayer that was missed, and immediately after it the “on time” prayer.

Religious freedom is a cornerstone of American culture and heritage, and although our Constitutional Republic, as well as our legal system is founded on Judeo/Christian principles; these same values are responsible for the establishment of laws to ensure religious observance of all faiths are protected and reasonably accommodated.

The Question before the School Board, the Tampa community, and the State of Florida for that matter should be whether or not this request passes the litmus test of REASONABLE accommodation of religious observances.  It is important to note that Muslims have thrived in America society for several decades and the issue of these observances is only just surfacing?

Upon reflecting on dubious association of ISTABA with Ahmed Bedier, affiliations with the Islamic Center of Pinellas Park – the former Mosque of convicted terrorist Sami Al-Arian, glaring omissions regarding Florida Statutes on religious observances, as well as the misleading  requirements in regard to Islamic prayers, it seems more likely political maneuvering by  Mahmoud Elkasaby and ISTABA via another Islamic teaching – a type of holy deception or permissibly lying.  Kitman is the Islamic Doctrine of lying by omission, in this case to obtain SPECIAL or Preferential treatment rather than reasonable accommodations as a show of Islamic superiority.

This type of deception is not restricted educational institutions, in fact , another Trojan Horse being used to insinuate Sharia in America over the past decade is Sharia Compliant Finance (SCF).  SCF was introduce to the western financial sector Sharia adherent Islamist are selling the west the concept of paying or receiving interest (Riba) is a sin.

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Randy McDaniels is a former United States Marine who occupational specialty was in Operation and later Counter Intelligence. Served 6 years before being honoraby discharged. A Chapter Leader for ACT! for America and Mentor for the South East.

It’s the Muslim Brotherhood’s ‘Day of Rage’ in Egypt

Egypt protestsPJ Media, By Bryan Preston:

Difficulty: When is it not the Muslim Brotherhood’s “day of rage”? Isn’t rage all they do? Well, and kill, and persecute. They didn’t give rise to al Qaeda for nothing.

Protests by supporters of ousted Islamist President Mohamed Mursi turned violent across Egypt on Friday, with witnesses reporting four dead in central Cairo and at least 12 killed in northern cities as the Muslim Brotherhood staged a “Day of Rage”.

That’s Reuters’ take. Reality: The Muslim Brotherhood is violent, has always been violent, and they’ve been violent throughout the current mess. Wednesday they burned more than 20 Coptic churches. They have been persecuting Christians throughout, to make scapegoats out of them, and because they hate Christians. So the protest didn’t “turn violent” Friday.

Deeply polarized after months of political turmoil, Egypt stands close to the abyss of chaos with Islamist supporters refusing to accept the toppling of Mursi, which followed mammoth rallies castigating his trouble-plagued, year-long rule.

They have demanded the resignation of army commander General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi and the reinstatement of Egypt’s first freely elected president, who is in detention and has not been seen in public since his downfall.

“Sooner or later I will die. Better to die for my rights than in my bed. Guns don’t scare us anymore,” said Sara Ahmed, 28, a business manager, joining a march of thousands of demonstrators heading downtown from northeast Cairo.

What we have here is the beginning of an Islamist insurgency, in reaction to the army reasserting its historic role as a bulwark against extremism.

Morsi Charged, MB Slammed As Egyptians Rally

Egyptian pro-army protesters pack the iconic Tahrir square on Friday (Photo: Mai Shaheen

Egyptian pro-army protesters pack the iconic Tahrir square on Friday (Photo: Mai Shaheen

by IPT News:

Egypt’s military chief seeks mandate to fight violence

July 24, 2013: In this image taken from Egypt State TV, Egyptian Defense Minister Gen. Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi delivers a speech in Cairo, Egypt. (AP/Egypt State TV)

July 24, 2013: In this image taken from Egypt State TV, Egyptian Defense Minister Gen. Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi delivers a speech in Cairo, Egypt. (AP/Egypt State TV)

CAIRO –  The military chief who ousted Egypt’s elected president called on the public Wednesday to take to the streets to give him and the police a mandate to tackle “violence and terrorism,” in an address that pointed to a possible move against supporters of the Islamist leader.

The call by Gen. Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, made in a speech to a graduation ceremony for military cadets, underlined how the military chief is the source of real power in the country despite the creation of a civilian government after the July 3 coup that removed Mohammed Morsi.

His comments appeared designed to secure a public cover for what could be a move to dismantle sit-in camps by Morsi’s supporters in Cairo and elsewhere, as well as a campaign against Islamic radicals that have stepped up attacks on security forces in Sinai. El-Sissi called for a massive turnout in Friday rallies to give him a “mandate” to do what is “necessary” to stop bloodshed.

A coalition of Morsi’s Muslim Brotherhood and allied factions denounced his speech, calling it an “open invitation” to civil war. Their coalition plans protests and marches of its own on Friday, raising the potential for violence between the two camps.

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