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Bible Reading of the day
Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Luke 17,5-10. And the apostles said to the Lord, "Increase our faith." The Lord replied, "If you have faith the size of a mustard seed, you would say to (this) mulberry tree, 'Be uprooted and planted in the sea,' and it would obey you. Who among you would say to your servant who has just come in from plowing or tending sheep in the field, 'Come here immediately and take your place at table'?Would he not rather say to him, 'Prepare something for me to eat. Put on your apron and wait on me while I eat and drink. You may eat and drink when I am finished'? Is he grateful to that servant because he did what was commanded? So should it be with you. When you have done all you have been commanded, say, 'We are unprofitable servants; we have done what we were obliged to do.'"
Dr. Walid Phares's Audio (English) Interview at CI Center/Click Here to listen to the Interview
Listen to Dr. Walid Phares 45 minutes interview at the USA Center for Counterintelligence and Security Studies on the disastrous impact of decades of pro-Islamist infiltration of American higher education (and consequently on our USA media and policy advisors) funded by Wahabbist Saudi oil money.
No Jihad Abroad.By: MEMRI. FromtPage. October 7/07
The Muslim Brotherhood: An Association for Jihadists. By Frank Salvato. Canada Free Press, October 7, 2007
The Violent Oppression of Women in Islam.By: Robert Spencer and Phyllis Chesler. FrontPage.October 7/07
Latest News Reports From
Miscellaneous Sources for October 07/07
Alleged Aoun Financial Backer Squeezed in Washington-Naharnet
Palestinian militants fire longer-range Katyusha rocket into Israel-Reuters
Turkish FM: Syria Plays Role in Stability of Neighbors-Naharnet
Turkey assures Syria on Israeli strike-Reuters
Syrian Military Plane Crashes; 3 Die.The Associated Press
Turkish FM to discuss Syria in J'lem.Jerusalem Post
Nasrallah Wants to Change Lebanon into a Presidential Republic-Naharnet
Saniora to Nasrallah: Direct Popular Elections Lead to One Sect Crushing the Other-Naharnet
Hariri: We Have No One to Fear but God
Israelis Deceived Syrian Radars in September Raid-Naharnet
Lebanon honors soldiers killed in the summer war on terror.Ya Libnan
Suleiman at Honoring Ceremony: Sins Will Not Go Unpunished-Naharnet
'Israel wants to drag the ME into war'.Jerusalem Post
UAE task force clears over 6800 mines in Lebanon.Business Intelligence Middle East (press release)
Restructuring funds coming to Lebanon by end of 2007.Business Intelligence Middle East (press release)
U.S. cautiously congratulates Pakistan after vote.AP
Bush to Syria: Don't Meddle in Lebanon.The Associated Press
Hezbollah leader accuses Israel of killing anti-Syrian Lebanese ...International Herald Tribune
Lebanon honours soldiers killed in camp siege. AFP
Aoun Activists Released, Pending Trial.Naharnet
Report: US hesitance delayed IAF Syria strike.Ha'aretz
Hundreds of Iraqi refugees in Syria protest against US Senate ...International Herald Tribune
A-Baath: Syria won't hesitate to start a war to regain Golan.Jerusalem Post
Siniora attacks Nasrallah over reckless speech.Ya Libnan
Financial Backer Squeezed in Washington
Naharnet/U.S. Congressmen are lobbying against signing a deal with Lebanese contractor Wadih Abbsy to build the new U.S. Embassy compound in the Saudi capital of Riyadh, accusing him of financially backing Free Patriotic Movement leader Michel Aoun, a Kuwaiti newspaper reported Sunday.
The newspaper al-Rai said some congressmen have launched a campaign against granting contracts to Abbsy for building U.S. embassies "because they confirm that he is one of the financial backers of Gen. Michel Aoun, who heads the Lebanese Change and Reform (Parliamentary) Bloc."
The report said Aoun is openly branded in Congress halls as a "licker of Syrian boots, a phrase used by Rep. Gary Ackerman in his address to congress while lobbying for approval of a new resolution pressuring Syria into halting its intervention in Lebanon's affairs and putting an end to the campaign of terror against the March 14 movement."
The newspaper said the Abssy file caused a row between the U.S. Treasury and State departments as well decision-making circles at the defense department, intelligence circles and congress after the administration launched a "thorough investigation into his role and (roles of) other partners in building the U.S. Embassy compound in Baghdad."
The 600-million dollar Baghdad embassy project, according to the Kuwaiti newspaper, suffers from "several violations" that led congressmen to question its miss-management.
In a related development, the Washington Post reported that the Baghdad embassy could cost $144 million more than projected and will open months behind schedule because of poor planning, shoddy workmanship, internal disputes and last-minute changes sought by State Department officials.
The post attributed its information to U.S. officials and a state department document provided to Congress.
The embassy, which will be the largest U.S. diplomatic mission in the world, was budgeted at $592 million. The core project was supposed to have been completed by last month, but the timetable has slipped so much that the State Department has sought and received permission from the Iraqi government to allow about 2,000 non-Iraqi construction employees to stay in the country until March.
The growing price tag and delayed opening have alarmed members of Congress, some of whom regard the troubled project as the latest in a series of State Department management problems in Iraq.
The state department has been criticized for failing to send enough reconstruction specialists to assist U.S. forces in Baghdad and for not providing adequate oversight of its principal private security force, Blackwater USA, whose personnel have been accused of using excessive force to protect U.S. diplomats, the report said.
It noted that Rep. Tom Lantos (D-Calif.), chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, wrote in a letter to Deputy Secretary of State John D. Negroponte last week that "disturbing problems" in the Baghdad construction and "other incidents involving separate embassy construction projects raise concerns about the adequacy of the Department's management of our overseas building operations."
State Department spokesman Sean McCormack said he does not know when the embassy will be ready. "I can't tell you right now when it will open," he said Friday. "Now, that's not to indicate to you that it's going to be a lengthy period of time. It could be a brief period of time. But the fact is, I can't give you an opening date right now."
The Baghdad project has been complicated by a dispute between the U.S. ambassador in Iraq, Ryan C. Crocker, and the top Washington-based official charged with overseeing the project. That official, James L. Golden, has been barred from entering Iraq by Crocker because he allegedly disobeyed embassy orders during an investigation of a worker's death, sources said.
The sources, speaking on the condition of anonymity because they were revealing sensitive internal matters, said Golden -- who is a contract employee -- was suspected of destroying evidence in the case. When confronted by embassy officials, he allegedly told them he worked for Washington, not the embassy. Crocker then banished him from the country.
Golden did not return calls to his office, and Crocker declined to comment. Pat Kennedy, the director of the State Department's Office of Management Policy, confirmed that Crocker would not allow Golden to return to Iraq, saying there was "a discussion about following procedures at post."
Department officials contend that some of the delays are a result of poor workmanship by the project's primary contractor, First Kuwaiti General Trade and Contracting, a Middle Eastern firm. Apparent building and safety blunders in a facility to house embassy security guards have made it unsafe to open.
First Kuwaiti denies that the formaldehyde levels are unacceptable, but Baghdad-based U.S. officials have tested the trailers and demanded that they be brought up to an acceptable standard, according to an exchange of e-mails in recent weeks between the company and State Department officials obtained by The Washington Post.
While embassy officials have blamed First Kuwaiti for many of the problems and have chafed at restrictions on access to the construction site, another arm of the State Department, Overseas Building Operations, is backing First Kuwaiti. A Sept. 18 internal report on problems with the guard facility's electrical system, prepared for Charles E. Williams, the director of building operations, suggested that KBR, the former Halliburton subsidiary hired to run the facility, was responsible for overloading the system. The facility is "electrically safe and functional," the report said.
Lantos, in his letter, suggested that "significant contractor deficiencies" throughout the complex, including the problems with the guard facility, are responsible for the delays.In an interview, Lantos said he had been told by a top State Department official that during a recent test of the embassy sprinkler system, "everything blew up." He said he has "very serious concerns" about the project that he intends to raise with Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice when she testifies before his committee this month.
The 32-page State document provided to Congress describes much of work to be funded with the additional $144 million as "follow-on projects" to the original plans. But U.S. officials involved in the construction said the projects are partly the result of new staffing needs and an embassy reorganization that could greatly delay completion of the compound. Officials said some of the new work is required because Rice reorganized embassy operations this year. A decision to locate Army Gen. David H. Petraeus, the top U.S. commander in Iraq, and his staff in the new embassy will require the conversion of normal office space into a facility secure enough to handle classified material. The reconfiguration of the chancery will cost $14.7 million.
Some officials report that substandard work and extensive problems have been discovered during infrequent site inspections of the new embassy. They suggested the new projects, which apparently will be completed by contractors other than First Kuwaiti, are designed to patch up the existing problems.
While some of the new costs could be covered by an existing supplemental funding request for Iraq, the State document said the department is still searching for ways to pay for nearly $70 million of the additional work. Beirut, 07 Oct 07, 16:30
Muslim only suburb developed in Canada And it's name? Peace Village
Oct 07, 2007
...Canada's first Islamic subdivision, where all 260 homes belong to members the Ahmadiyya sect, who flooded to Canada in the 1980s after persecution in Pakistan. It looks ordinary, with basketball nets and minivans in the driveways, until you notice the street signs: Mahmood Crescent, Ahmadiyya Avenue and Noor-Ud-Din Court. "There is nothing like this in North America," boasts Naseer Ahmad, a real estate agent from Pakistan who dreamed up this community of Islamic dream homes (including oak stairs and central air conditioning) on the edge of Toronto. "You have a mosque, and people are walking to enjoy their faith."
The houses, with some modifications, such as increased ventilation (for spicy food) and separate living rooms for women and men, are so successful that, six years after Peace Village opened, Mr. Ahmad plans to double the mosque's size and is now selling 55 townhomes, 1,700 square feet each, for around $350,000 with a garage and a yard, as "Peace Village Phase II."
But not all is peaceful in Peace Village. They've already taken out a church... To the dismay of some locals, a demolition crew last year took down a United Church next to where Peace Village is growing. The changes have inspired Christians to reassert themselves: Across the highway, Italian-Canadians built "Vellore Woods" with a large Catholic church at its centre, mimicking Peace Village. Still, all the change in the area has rattled Frank and Rita Alonzi, who for 38 years have lived just up the road. Their farm, where they keep chickens, goats and carrier pigeons, and grow a bountiful garden with gourds, tomatoes and grapes, is now crowded by suburbia. They don't mind that their neighbours are Muslim -- they just miss their peace and quiet. Mrs. Alonzi resents that Canada Post ended delivery to her mailbox. Now she has to walk over a kilometre to pick up her mail at a box in front of the mosque. The Alonzis also miss Teston United Church, demolished as the region expands a nearby road and developers expand Peace Village. "I was standing there and crying," Mrs. Alonzi says. "I said, 'God, are you not listening?' But nobody listened, and they tore it down." ...
Nasrallah Wants to Change Lebanon into a Presidential Republic
Hizbullah Leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah called Friday for a constitutional amendment to allow the Lebanese people elect their president.
In an address marking the Iranian-sponsored Jerusalem day, Nasrallah told a rally in south Beirut: "If political factions failed to reach consensus on a candidate, wouldn't the Lebanese people deserve a constitutional amendment to choose their president?"He stressed that qualities of the new president are more important than his political program. "We want a nationalist President who does not succumb to (foreign) embassies or pressures," Nasrallah told a rally at the Martyrs' Master complex in the suburbs of south Beirut. The future, he said, "isn't as grim as it is projected to us."
The Hizbullah leader said Israel "does not have an interest in the election of a Lebanese president on a consensus formula."
He provided "personal guarantees that Syria would approve the election of a president on a consensus base."
Shortly after Nasrallah finished his speech, his supporters opened fire from automatic rifles in a traditional way of declaring support for his stands.
The Hizbullah leader accused Israel of committing the serial killings in Lebanon to facilitate creation of an international tribunal that would be used to topple Syrian President Bashar Assad's regime, which he termed that last anti-Israeli regime in the Arab World. He accused Israel of killing anti-Syrian MPs Gebran Tueni, Pierre Gemayel and Antoine Ghanem to facilitate creation of the international tribunal. "The Zionists are killing March 14 leaders," he charged.
He said "the Americans and the Israeli Mossad created Sunni-Shiite fighting in Iraq and it has escalated now into a Sunni-Sunni fighting and they are setting the stage for a Shiite-Shiite fighting." He said three Israeli mechanized and armored divisions are deployed in the Golan heights.
"The Arabs are talking about peace while Israel beats war drums in the region," he said. He pleaded with the Saudi command to refrain from providing the forthcoming peace conference with Arab backing "if it would result in normalization of relations with Israel in return for nothing for the Palestinians."
Nassrallah warned that the peace conference called by U.S. President George Bush "could provide Israel with normalization of relations with the Arabs in return for nothing."The Hizbullah leader called for supporting Palestinians to "enable them adhere to the right of return and reject nationalization and absorption in South America."
He accused "some Arab Regimes" of "taking part in besieging the Palestinian People.""Had the Palestinian people been supported by Arabs they would have succeeded in liberating all the territories occupied in 1967," Nasrallah said. He echoed a stand announced by Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, stressing that "historic Palestine from the Mediterranean Coast to the Jordan River is land owned by the Palestinian People only.""The occupation of Palestine and the fall of Jerusalem in the hands of the zionists is the gravest calamity that has hit the Islamic Nation," he added. Beirut, 05 Oct 07, 22:18
Aoun Activists Released, Pending Trial
The Lebanese government commissioner at the Military Court Judge Jean Fahd on Saturday decided to release two activists from Gen. Michel Aoun's Free Patriotic Movement, the state-run National News Agency said. It said Fahd decided to free Dario Qdeih and Elie Abu Youness, pending trial.
Aoun has threatened that his supporters would take to the streets if fellow partisans detained by police on charges of paramilitary training were not released.
The FPM had denied that some of its members were undergoing arms training, but rather "having fun.""They were just out having fun with real weapons but not undergoing any military training as such," said FPM spokesman Alain Aoun. Beirut, 06 Oct 07, 14:15
Saniora to Nasrallah: Direct Popular Elections Lead to One Sect Crushing the Other
Prime Minister Fouad Saniora criticized Hizbullah leader Sayyad Hassan Nasrallah's call for direct popular presidential elections, saying this could lead to one sect crushing the other. "This proposal … is, in principle, against the constitution," the daily An Nahar on Saturday quoted Saniora's sources as saying.
"At the very least, one could say about this proposal that it would lead to one sect defeating the other," Saniora said. On Nasrallah's accusations that Israel committed the serial killings in Lebanon to facilitate creation of an international tribunal that would be used to topple Syrian President Bashar Assad's regime, Saniora said: "No one brushed aside that possibility. It is likely." However, Saniora, wondered that if Israel was behind those killings, "is it by chance that it chose its targets from March 14 only?" Beirut, 06 Oct 07, 08:27
Hariri: We Have No One to Fear but God
Al Mustaqbal Movement leader and MP Saad Hariri stressed that Presidential elections would take place within the given deadline regardless of intimidation.
"'I'm convinced that Presidential elections would take place within the constitutional deadline regardless of some's intimidation," Hariri said from Washington.
"This is entirely intimidation, and we have no one to fear but God, the almighty," Hariri said at a party thrown by Al Mustaqbal at the Four Season's in his honor.
"We are open to dialogue with everyone" in an effort the resolve the presidential election dispute, Hariri told supporters.
He renewed accusations that Syria was behind the assassination of his father, five-time Prime Minister Rafik Hariri. "The Syrian regime killed Rafik Hariri to put a hand on Lebanon," Hariri said. Beirut, 06 Oct 07, 12:26
Suleiman at Honoring Ceremony: Sins Will Not Go Unpunished
Army commander General Michel Suleiman led a tribute on Saturday to the 168 soldiers who died in this summer's siege of Fatah al-Islam terrorists inside the Palestinian refugee camp of Nahr al-Bared, vowing that sins will not go unpunished. "Sinful hands shall not be left at large and will certainly be justly punished," Suleiman told military families gathered in a stadium in Jounieh, 22 kilometers north of the capital. "September 2 is an honorable date in the history of the nation," he said of the day the siege of Nahr al-Bared camp ended with the defeat of militants from Fatah al-Islam, a group he called the "most important terrorist organization" ever known in Lebanon. The al-Qaida-inspired group "had aimed to put in place an emirate in northern Lebanon after destroying the Lebanese state," Suleiman added. Various units of the army paraded in honor of their fallen comrades, whom Suleiman called martyrs, as combat helicopters flew overhead. The 106 days of fighting over the camp, which included heavy army bombardment, virtually destroyed the camp. Most of the 30,000 residents of Nahr al-Bared fled during the first few days of fighting. Counting troops, militants and civilians, at least 400 people died.(Naharnet-AFP) Beirut, 06 Oct 07, 20:46
Israelis Deceived Syrian Radars in September Raid
Israeli jetfighters used a British-developed communications system to deceive Syrian radar networks during a raid on a suspected nuclear site deep in Syrian territory last September. The U.S. Aviation week magazine, specialized in aviation technology, said the jetfighters used a highly-sophisticated program developed by a British firm that succeeded in filing decoy targets into Syrian radar networks, which provided the raiding jets with the needed camouflage to penetrate Syrian Airspace, approach the target and carry out the attack. The new system, according to Aviation Week, was successfully tested in Afghanistan and Iraq earlier this year.
In a related development, ABC News said the Israeli air strike had been planned by Israel for over three months, but delayed "only at the strong urging of the United States." Early in June, according to the ABC report, "the Israelis presented the United States with satellite imagery that they said showed a nuclear facility in Syria. They had additional evidence that they said showed that some of the technology was supplied by North Korea."
One U.S. official told ABC's Martha Raddatz the material was "jaw dropping" because it raised questions as to why U.S. intelligence had not previously picked up on the facility. U.S. officials said that the facility had likely been there for months if not years, ABC reported.
"Israel tends to be very thorough about its intelligence coverage, particularly when it takes a major military step, so they would not have acted without data from several sources," said ABC military consultant Tony Cordesman. A senior U.S. official was quoted by ABC as saying the Israelis "planned to strike during the week of July 14 and in secret high-level meetings American officials argued over how to respond to the intelligence." Some in U.S. President George Bush's administration "supported the Israeli action, but others, notably Sect. of State Condoleeza Rice did not." ABC reported. It quoted an unidentified senior U.S. official as saying the administration "convinced the Israelis to confront Syria before attacking." Officials said they were concerned about the impact an attack on Syria would have on the region. And given the profound consequences of the flawed intelligence in Iraq, the U.S. wanted to be absolutely certain the intelligence was accurate. Initially, administration officials "convinced the Israelis to call off the July strike. But in September the Israelis feared that news of the site was about to leak and went ahead with the strike despite U.S. concerns," ABC said. Beirut, 07 Oct 07, 09:37