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US Senator Kerry Meets With Egypt’s Brotherhood


End Note: “In their meeting with the Democratic senator from Massachusetts, Brotherhood officials vowed to respect civil rights and international treaties that have been signed in the past, possibly an attempt to allay fears that the group may try to re-examine Egypt’s peace treaty with IsraHell.”

U.S. Sen. John Kerry met with members of Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood, the Islamist group set to dominate the new parliament, as well as the country’s military ruler and prime minister on Saturday.

The Muslim Brotherhood said in a statement three of its top officials attended the meeting with Kerry, who was accompanied by U.S. Ambassador Anne W. Patterson.

In their meeting with the Democratic senator from Massachusetts, Brotherhood officials vowed to respect civil rights and international treaties that have been signed in the past, possibly an attempt to allay fears that the group may try to re-examine Egypt’s peace treaty with Israel.

The Brotherhood, which was banned under ousted President Hosni Mubarak, has so far won about 47 percent of the vote for the lower house of parliament. Two-thirds of the country have yet to vote in the staggered process that finishes in January, but the outcome is not expected to dramatically change.

Kerry, who is also chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, was among the first U.S. politicians to call on Mubarak to step down earlier this year during the massive protests that led to his ouster in February after nearly 30 years in power.

Kerry told the Brotherhood’s members on Saturday that he was not surprised by their success in parliamentary elections, according to a statement by the group.

The elections in Egypt are the first since Mubarak was ousted and are considered Egypt’s fairest and freest vote in years.

Egypt depends heavily on foreign assistance and cannot afford to dramatically change its foreign policy. Egypt is one of the largest recipients of U.S. foreign aid, with a large percentage of that going to the military.

Kerry also met separately with Field Marshal Hussein Tantawi, who has been ruling the country since Mubarak was toppled.

The U.S. Senator last visited Egypt in July, when he praised the changes taking place in the country.

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Violence At The Door Of President Abbas, Video


Some days ago, on 29 November 2011, I was “punished” by the PA mission and Fatah representatives because of what I said last year at the UN Vienna during the observance of the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People in 2010, as recorded in the video below. One year later, the PA used the official work visit of President Mahmoud Abbas to Vienna to snub me, after I had received all respect and appreciation from the Austrian government and authorities.

Only recently and after speaking about this with colleagues I understood the reason for the violent behavior of these people. It had been because I confronted Dr. Nabil Shaath, a senior PA official, with the demand to stop jailing Palestinians in the occupied territories, and reporting about his answers to me, and because I declared a Palestinian State because of my distrust of the PA and all what they do.

I demanded from Dr. Shaath that the Palestinian Authority should stop their so-called “security coordination” with the Israeli war criminals and stop protecting them, because this is the only thing that makes us Palestinians weak. I also asked him to stop jailing the Palestinian politicians and resistance. I told him that I see the PA coordination with the Israeli war criminals as a weakness in the position of the PA. The Israeli occupation is using the PA to capture and to jail the Palestinian resistance, to do their dirty work.

What I said was:
“Again, I demand that the PA stops this criminal coordination and lets see how Israel and the US will react. It is horrible what PA is doing to Palestine. You are continuing to deal with them from the position of a weak partner, while we are strong and those people who you meet and kiss in the Ramallah headquarters are all war criminals. I am ashamed and bored of all what you are doing in Palestine. Over 23 years of negotiations with the Israeli occupation and all what we have received is NOTHING. Don’t you have another qualified negotiator instead of Mr. Saeb Erekat, who has been in his place as a negotiator since 23 years?”

I did not publish the video below with this confrontation with the Dr. Shaatا because his non-answers to my demands are just too silly and completely off topic. He laughed loudly after I spoke, as if it was a joke. His irresponsible reply and his crazy laughter made me aware of what kind of Palestinian Authority we have. The video takes place after Dr. Shaat arrived 1 hour late to the session – reportedly because he had gone shopping to the city center – and submitted the remaining audience to 40 minutes of abstruse rambling. Dr. Shaat, the apparently insane man in the video, is who the zionists want to keep in power against overwhelming popular will beyond May of 2012, so that their autocracy of traitorous kleptocrats can stay put in Palestine.

Q/A Session with Nabil Shaat from Kawther Salam on Vimeo.

With loud laughter Dr. Shaath answered to my intervention that it was better if I continued photographing instead of talking. Ambassador Zuheir Al-Wazeer also intervened and said to me “you are a good photographer, and you make excellent photos”. His nervous laughter clearly reflected his confusion. Shaath replied to my confrontation with words which completely lacked any sensitivity and were totally off the subject. He mixed between things and caused himself to become involved into a confrontation with the Consul of the Republic of Syria, Mr. Jamal Agha, who was present at the event.

Shaath said that “he understood well my argument”, and then engaged in minute-long rambling: “but once the people decides to go in a military actions they go, but when they do not want to go to a military action they do not free the people to do so. This is not what Fatah is doing in the West Bank, but also what Hamas is doing in Gaza. You can’t allow people to shoot rocket when you are not ready to continue a fight against the Israeli occupation, like what happened in Gaza in 2009. You can’t allow people to go on their own and fight Israel in West Bank while there is a decision not to go to a military fight now, and if you are a Syrian you do the same at the Golan Height, and you do not allow people to go to the border to make war against Israel while the Syrian are not ready to do it”.

“You can’t allow the Egyptian to go the border to fight with Israel if you are not ready for that. You do not allow the Lebanese to go to the border to fight with Israel when there is no decision to do so, even Hezbollah will arrest and jail the people if they go to border to fight with Israel without a decision of going to a military fight”.

“I understand you that we have enough people at the Israeli Jails, and that we do not want to act like them and to put the Palestinians in Palestinian jails or the Syrian in Syrians jails. We have enough people at the Israeli Jails. I understand you but that is not really all about, there are two things which have to be considered, first: we do not want any political prisoners in Palestinian jails in Gaza and the West Bank. And second, we do not want the people to take the matter in their hands and to decide that they want to go to make war when their people are not really ready to fight that war.”

“In Gaza 25% of the homes are destroyed, and 50,000 Palestinians were injured, and 14 hundred were killed, and the Israelis if they decided to attack Gaza again, they can destroy the whole of Gaza if Hamas did not stop the people in jail who want to shoot on the Israelis, and this is the same in the West Bank, we have decided that this is not the right time to go in full military confrontation with the Israelis. We did that for 27 years plus 6 years of Intifada. All together 33 years we did the military confrontation with Israel, and now we are not ready for that. Because of this reason we decided to go in a popular struggle against Israel.”

I answered: “But you are still jailing the popular resistance Mr. Shaath, and you are protecting the Israeli occupation instead of your people, the Israelis continue killing, jailing and invading our towns and cities, humiliating the people, destroying their property under you supposed full protection, so who will protect me and the Palestinians”.

This long answer of Dr. Shaath was off topic. I just asked him to stop the so-called security coordination with the Israeli occupation and to use this paper as a pressure on Israel in order to stops its arrogance in dealing with the Palestinians who they treat miserably, even in small things like that President Mahmoud Abbas needs a travel permit from the occupation whenever he moves from his basement to another Palestinian canton or to so-called peace negotiations.

In Palestine there are no borders which Shaath should protect from a “military war”. There are cantons, ghettos, and small jails where all Palestinian are humiliated by both the Israeli occupation and the PA puppets. During the 33 years which Shaatا mentioned, there was no “military war” against Israel, there was ONLY resistance struggle against the Israeli occupation, which was taken up by the PLO and the people directly affected by the Israeli crimes. Either Dr. Shaath did not know what he was speaking, or he was sick and confused.

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Amid escalating tensions between the United States and Pakistan, Islamabad has warned that it will shoot down any American assassination drone intruding its airspace, a senior Pakistani official says.

“Any object entering into our airspace, including US drones, will be treated as hostile and be shot down,” a senior Pakistani military official told NBC News.

The development came following the US-led NATO’s strikes on two military border posts in the northwest of Pakistan on November 26, which killed 24 Pakistani soldiers.

Islamabad has closed the border crossings in Pakistan that the Western military alliance uses to transfer fuel and other supplies for the US-led forces in Afghanistan.

Pakistan also called on the United States to vacate the Shamsi Air Base in Balochistan province. Pakistani forces took control of the base on Saturday after most of the US military personnel left.

On Friday, Pakistan’s Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani warned the US and NATO that any future cross-border attack would be met with a “detrimental response”.

“The democratic government [of Pakistan] would not allow a similar attack on the country’s sovereignty and any attempt in future will definitely meet the detrimental response,” Gilani said.

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“No one can ever bring in military tools or erect missile bases in Sinai. Egypt would not allow such a breach to its sovereignty,” Egyptian official claims after ‘Post’ reveals Hamas operating in Egypt.

An Egyptian official has denied a Jerusalem Post report that Hamas has established forward bases and rocket production facilities in the Sinai Peninsula in an effort to protect them from Israeli air strikes.

The Post revealed Sunday that Israel has called on Cairo to increase its efforts to restore order in Sinai and to prevent attacks, but the Egyptian military has held back from dismantling the Hamas infrastructure in the peninsula.

“No one can ever bring in military tools or erect missile bases in Sinai. Egypt would not allow such a breach to its sovereignty,” Egyptian daily Al-Masry Al-Youm quoted an Egyptian official as saying in response to the Post report.

The official added that Sinai is completely under the control of the Egyptian authorities and that the peace treaty between Egypt and Israel remains in place.

He further supported his refutation of the existence of Hamas bases and weapons production facilities in Egypt by pointing to the presence of UN peacekeepers in northern Sinai who, he claimed, would be aware of such a development were it to occur.

More than a dozen Egyptian army battalions allowed into Sinai with Israel’s permission (required because of limits placed on Egyptian forces there under the peace treaty) are still operating there, although with limited success in stopping terrorist activity and arms smuggling to the Gaza Strip.

Recent arms smuggled into Gaza have included advanced weaponry stolen from Libyan military storehouses such as Russian- made shoulder-to-air missiles.

Israel’s primary concern with Sinai is that it is being used by Palestinians to launch attacks into Israel while taking advantage of the open southern border.

The IDF has beefed up its forces along the border and recently established a new regional brigade that is responsible for defending Eilat and nearby areas.

On Thursday, the IDF bombed a car traveling in northern Gaza and killed a senior Aksa Martyrs Brigades operative who the army said was plotting an attack.

The terrorists were supposed to cross from Gaza into Sinai and then into Israel, similar to the attack that took place in August when eight Israelis were killed.

The bombing of the car is part of an IDF understanding that since it cannot operate in Egypt it needs to stop such attacks while they are still in the planning stages in the Gaza Strip.




A senior Iranian lawmaker calls on the Foreign Ministry to lodge a complaint against the US over the recent violation of Iran’s airspace by an American reconnaissance drone.

Member of the Majlis (parliament) National Security and Foreign Policy Committee Kazem Jalali said Sunday that the US has a long history of violating the sovereignty of other countries, ICANA news agency reported.

Jalali added that Iran has lodged a complaint with the UN Security Council about the American RQ-170 Sentinel spy aircraft that was flying over eastern part of the country, and the blatant US violation of its territorial integrity.

“Iran’s military with its high capability in the electronic war downed this US spy drone, which can fly at an altitude of over 50,000 feet, and this is considered a great success for our country,” said the lawmaker.

“On the other hand this incident also showed that the Americans violate the territorial integrity of our country and [the sovereignty of] a group of other states,” Jalali added.

On Sunday December 4, the Iranian Army’s electronic warfare unit downed with minimum damage the US RQ-170 Sentinel stealth aircraft which was flying over the Iranian city of Kashmar, some 225km (140 miles) from the Afghan border.

Iran has announced that it intends to carry out reverse engineering on the captured RQ-170 Sentinel stealth aircraft, which is also known as the Beast of Kandahar, and is similar in design to a US Air Force B-2 stealth bomber.

On Tuesday December 6, two US officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, confirmed that the drone was part of a CIA reconnaissance mission, involving the US intelligence community stationed in Afghanistan.

They claimed the reconnaissance capability of the RQ-170 Sentinel drone enabled it to gather information from inside Iran by flying along Afghanistan’s border with the Islamic Republic.

The RQ-170 is an unmanned stealth aircraft designed and developed by the Lockheed Martin Company.

Iranian Ambassador to the United Nations Mohammad Khazaei on December 8 called on the world body to condemn US aggressive moves against the Islamic Republic with respect to the reconnaissance drone that violated the Iranian airspace.

He made the plea in a letter sent to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, General Assembly President Nassir Abdulaziz a-Nasser, and Vitaly Churkin, Russia’s UN ambassador who holds the rotating Security Council presidency for December.

Meanwhile, Iran’s Foreign Ministry has summoned the Swiss ambassador, who represents US interests in the country, and the Afghan ambassador to condemn the US violation of Iranian airspace.






Pakistani security forces took control of a strategically important airbase in the country’s southwest Saturday evening after most of the U.S. military personnel have vacated the airfield, local media reported.

Pakistan had asked the U.S. to vacate Shamsi airbase in Balochistan province following NATO fighter jets and helicopters bombed two border posts on November 26 and killed 24 soldiers.

The U.S. had reportedly been using the airbase since late 2001 for military operations in Afghanistan and for drone strikes in Pakistan tribal regions, according to American and Pakistani media.

Pakistani Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani said last week that the United States has been asked to vacate the airbase by December 11.

Pakistan’s Geo television reported that the Frontier Corps took control of the airbase from the U.S. soldiers late Saturday evening as most of the American personnel have left the airfield. “Only one American cargo plane is still parked at the airbase which will transfer the remaining personnel and equipment,” Geo TV quoted sources as saying.

Pakistani Civil Aviation officials also arrived at the airbase to take its full control after the remaining officials leave the facility.

Geo TV reported on Friday that the U.S has shifted five spy aircraft from Shamsi airbase to Afghanistan. The U.S. officials dismantled fiber-made residential barracks which had been built for military personnel.

A Pakistani military official in Balochistan recently said that the U.S. officials at the airbase had also burnt some equipment, which he said is a routine practice as they were not required to be taken out of the facility.

U.S. officials recently said that they have a backup plan in Afghanistan if the Shamsi airstrip is closed down.

Geo television reported that the airbase will be handed over to the United Arab Emirates after the complete U.S. evacuation.

Pakistan’s Air Chief, Air Marshal Rao Qamar Suleman told the parliament in a special briefing in May after Osama bin Laden was killed by the U.S. military that the Shamsi airbase had been under the control of UAE.

Pakistan media then reported that the UAE had allowed the U.S. to use it for spy aircraft operation in Pakistani tribal regions. When the facility had been given to the UAE, only small aircraft could land at the airbase.

Pakistani TV channels had reported that the U.S. had expanded runway of the airfield for its big aircraft. The UAE had been using the airfield for small aircraft of its leaders when they used to come to Pakistan for hunting.

Geo TV reported that Pakistan has sent immigration authorities to the airbase to facilitate evacuation of the American personnel.




Deputy head of the Revolutionary Guard tells Iranian state television that the violation of Iran’s airspace by the U.S. drone was a ‘hostile act’; warns of ‘bigger’ response.


Iran will not return a U.S.surveillance drone captured by its armed forces, a senior commander of the country’s elite Revolutionary Guard said Sunday.

Gen. Hossein Salami, deputy head of the Guard, said in remarks broadcast on state television that the violation of Iran’s airspace by the U.S.drone was a “hostile act” and warned of a “bigger” response. He did not elaborate on what Iran might do.

“No one returns the symbol of aggression to the party that sought secret and vital intelligence related to the national security of a country,” Salami said.

Iranian television broadcast video Thursday of Iranian military officials inspecting what it identified as the RQ-170 Sentinel drone.

Iranian state media have said the unmanned spy aircraft was detected over the eastern town of Kashmar, some 140 miles (225 kilometers) from the border with Afghanistan. U.S. officials have acknowledged losing the drone.

Salami called its capture a victory for Iran and a defeat for the a complicated intelligence and technological battle.

“Iran is among the few countries that possesses the most modern technology in the field of pilotless drones. The technology gap between Iran and the not much,” he said.

Officers in the Guard, Iran’s most powerful military force, had previously claimed that the country’s armed forces brought down the surveillance aircraft with an electronic ambush, causing minimum damage to the drone.

American officials have said that U.S.intelligence assessments indicate that Iran neither shot the drone down, nor used electronic or cybertechnology to force it from the sky. They contend the drone malfunctioned. The officials had spoken anonymously in order to discuss the classified program.

But Salami refused to provide more details of Iran’s claim to have captured the CIA-operated aircraft.

“A party that wins in an intelligence battle doesn’t reveal its methods. We can’t elaborate on the methods we employed to intercept, control, discover and bring down the pilotless plane,” he said.




Hezbollah says the United States has been using its Lebanon embassy as a venue to recruit informants to spy on the Lebanese resistance movement.

A report aired on al-Manar TV channel on Saturday said the CIA had mandated a team of 10 officers, including women, with recruiting Lebanese spies to gather information on Hezbollah, Xinhua reported.

The spies were to inform the officers at the US embassy in Awkar, north of Beirut, on Hezbollah officials and fighters and provide the addresses of the movement’s arms depots.

Hezbollah Deputy Secretary General Sheikh Naim Qassem said that the revelation was “only a small fraction” of data at hand on Washington’s spy activities in Lebanon.

The officers, registered as diplomats at the US embassy, had served as CIA agents in Lebanon for three years.

The CIA officers were active in recruiting agents from various posts including government employees, security and military personnel, religious, banking and academic figures, the report said.

The recruitment of agents reportedly took place inside the US embassy premises while meetings were held in fast-food restaurants and coffee shops.

In November, US officials admitted that a group of CIA informants in Lebanon had been captured by Hezbollah, which served a serious blow on Washington’s spying operations in the country.

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ed note–remember something as you read this folks–all this killing of innocent women and children is being done by HIRED THUGS working for Zionist and the US. THERE WAS NO CIVIL WAR in Syria until these various groups–trained and led by various “democratic” thinktanks in DC–slithered into Syria and began undermining the order there. As we have said repeatedly on this website, the ‘ARAB SPRING’ is a FRAUD. It is ‘warfare by other means’ and is all about ‘regime change’ in order to benefit Israel and her long-range objectives in the region (and beyond)


From a distance, he appears to be taking a nap. His long, delicate eyelashes are closed as his head rests on a blanket.

The 10-year-old boy, however, is not asleep.

The turn of his gauze-wrapped head reveals a mass of blood. Maher al-Husseini is dead, reportedly from a sniper bullet.

He bled to death.

In his own home.

“What is the fault of this child?” asks a man, whose voice rises in anger on a video posted Friday on YouTube. He kneels down and gestures to the boy, whose hands and ankles are tied.

“What did this child do that they hit him inside his house? This is unacceptable.”

Friday was a day of protest, pain and sorrow in Homs, a center of demonstrations and death in Syria. At least 17 people were reported slain in the city, according to the Local Coordination Committees of Syria, an activist group.

Women, children and dissident soldiers were among those killed Friday in Syria, the group said.

The United Nations said last week that more than 4,000 people have died in Syria since a brutal government crackdown against protesters erupted in mid-March.

The unidentified narrator of the video starts the tour of the home upstairs, pointing to a bullet hole on a window frame, then blood on the chair beneath it.

He leads the cameraman down blood-spattered stairs to the body of Maher, lying in the family sitting room.

The boy wears a maroon sweatshirt featuring a comic character.

“We could not aid the child, we did not know where to take him because of the firing in the neighborhood,” the agitated man said. “He kept bleeding for half an hour and we could not aid him.”

The speaker blamed Maher’s death on “thugs” who fired upon the home in the Mreiji neighborhood.

Another man sits in a chair, his head in his hands.

“We are not safe, this government is murderous,” the narrator says. “It is killing people, it is killing its own people.”

Near the end of the video, the man leans down and kisses the boy.

A longer version of the video shows a woman crying over the boy. Others can be heard in background wailing. The boy is wrapped in a white sheet and carried by men in street towards a cemetery. Some of the men chant “The martyrs blood will not be lost in vain,” as the lifeless boy is carried.

As the men walk towards the cemetery gunfire can be heard.

They get to the cemetery and start digging as gunfire continues to ring out.

Another video posted on YouTube features another scene from Homs, a city wracked by eight months of violence.

Three shrouded bodies are being carried into a mosque to be laid out alongside Friday worshippers. One is of a boy identified as Nasser Mohammed, 12.

A chorus of voices rises as they are brought in. Some shout “Allahu Akbar!” (Allah is the greatest).

CNN could not independently confirm what was depicted in the videos. Western networks are not allowed inside the embattled country.

Out on the streets Friday, Syrian tanks rolled past the wreckage of past confrontations and gunfire echoed.

The street battles and demonstrations come as the United Nations and the Arab League continue to press the government of President Bashar al-Assad to allow monitors or observers on the ground. The regime continues to resist those calls — as it maintains the conflict is with armed terrorists and its own security forces and supporters are the victims.

In a rare interview this week with a U.S. television network, al-Assad said he is not responsible for the crackdown.

The nation’s military forces “are not my forces,” al-Assad told ABC’s Barbara Walters.




Syrian security forces have arrested a member of armed terrorist groups while trying to plant an explosive device in a residential area of the western city of Hama.

According to the Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA), the arrest was made in the Qussour neighborhood of the city on Sunday.

The explosive device was defused and there were no injuries or damage.

Syria has been experiencing unrest since mid-March, with demonstrations being held both in favor of and against President Bashar al-Assad.

Hundreds of people, including members of the security forces, have been killed in the turmoil.

Damascus blames “outlaws, saboteurs and armed terrorist groups” for the unrest, saying it is being orchestrated from abroad.

On Saturday, security forces clashed with armed terrorist gangs in the Khan Sheikhon district of the northwestern city of Idlib, arresting a number of the terrorists.

Confessions by a number of Syrian rebels about foreign-sponsored plans to carry out armed activities and killing ordinary people as well as security forces prove that recent developments in the country are parts of an attempt to start a revolt in order to overthrow the current government and replace it with a US-backed regime.

However, a resolution adopted by the Arab League against Syria has increased the unity of Syrian people. Figures show that during the past weeks, about 12 million people have demonstrated in support of President Assad.

On November 27, the Arab League approved unprecedented sanctions against Syria, including a freeze on assets possessed by the Syrian government and an embargo on investments for projects in the country.

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