Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Binocular Snapshot for 4/07/2010

 today is a day that explode with items for you to focus your LOUPE on and mark this date well

Because it is a day that God has done, THIS DAY; which he will revel in the May 15th Prophecy written at LastDayWatchers

In that vain these are all MUST READ ARTICLES

U.S. Officials Downplay Rash of New Attacks in Baghdad

"At least 35 people were killed in Tuesday's explosions; 41 were killed outside the Egyptian and Iranian embassies and German ambassador's residence on April 4; 25 Iraqis were killed execution-style in a southern Baghdad village in the early morning of April 3; 59 were killed in two bombings in Diyala province on March 26, the day when results of the country's March 7 parliamentary elections were announced; and 40 were killed — including in two apartment bombings — on election day itself, which Bloom says had "no significant attacks." In the walk-up to the vote, 40 were killed in car bombs in Karbala in February, and 36 died on Jan. 25, when car bombs targeted three hotels in Baghdad (including the one that nearly got me and my friend's father). Substantial attacks, at nearly a once-a-month rate, can be traced back to August 2009, when two truck bombs hit the finance and foreign ministries and killed 101 people. Al-Qaeda in Iraq and elements of the former Baathist regime have either taken credit or been blamed for all of these."

Sadr followers snub Allawi and Maliki. Who will lead Iraq?

"But today, following a two-day referendum among al-Sadr's supporters held Friday and Saturday, Sadrist officials said they had chosen former prime minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari as their nominee to lead Iraq. Jaafar Mohammed al-Sadr, a relative of the cleric whose name was on the ballot, finished second. Maliki finished fourth and Allawi finished fourth among the 1.43 million votes cast. It is not legally binding."

Al-Sadr's movement backs neither Iraq front-runner

"shop-owner Saif Hassan, who blamed the government for not providing better security.
"Instead of improving our area with reconstruction and services, we face bombings and destruction," the 25-year-old said."

Sadrists shun Iraq front-runners

"Though bereft of any legal authority, the two-day referendum was held after al-Sadr emerged as a kingmaker following Iraq's recently held national elections.

Zeina Khodr, Al Jazeera's correspondent in Baghdad, said: "They [Sadrists] have made the announcement, their choice is Ibrahim al-Jaafari...

"Sardist movement said they would abide by the choice of the people, which means more political uncertainty."

Iraq ex-premier Jaafari wins Sadr 'referendum'

" A radical Shiite cleric's supporters have rejected the main candidates for prime minister, preferring an ex-premier under whom Iraq's sectarian conflict erupted"

Iraq outrage over US killing video

"Two young children whose father was killed in the attack could not understand why they were targeted.

"We were coming back and we saw an injured man. My father said, let's take him to hospital. Then I heard only the bullets ... Why did they shoots us? Didn't they see we were children?" said Sajad Mutashar, who was injured along with his sister.

His uncle, Satar, demanded the pilot be taken to court."

Iran's president attacks Obama on nuclear "threat"

"Obama made these latest remarks because he is inexperienced and an amateur politician," Ahmadinejad said on Iranian television. "American politicians are like cowboys. Whenever they have legal shortcomings, their hands go to their guns."

Iran ridicules Obama nuclear policy

Ahmadinejad said Obama "is under the pressure of capitalists and the Zionists" and vowed Iran would not be pushed around."

"(American officials) bigger than you, more bullying than you, couldn't do a damn thing, let alone you," he said, addressing Obama"

Iran derides Obama's "cowboy" nuclear stance

"American materialist politicians, whenever they are beaten by logic, immediately resort to their weapons like cowboys," Ahmadinejad said in a speech before a crowd of several thousand in northwestern Iran."

Iran: If Israel attacks, nothing will remain of it

"According to the IRNA news agency, the defense minister added that Iranian intelligence was preventing Israel from "engaging in any type of adventure" and was sure it was unable to attack Iran."

Turkish PM: Israel main threat to Mideast peace

"Israel currently represents ''the main threat to regional peace," Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Wednesday during a visit to Paris."

Mideast conflict ‘more explosive’ than Iran crisis

"The conflict between Israel and the Palestinians is “much more explosive” than the Iranian nuclear crisis, Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri said in an interview published Wednesday."

Lebanese president: Citizens united behind Hezbollah

"Lebanese President Michel Suleiman expressed support for Hezbollah, clarifying that his country's authorities would not object to any activity involving the Shiite organization's members."

Obama weighs new peace plan for the Middle East

"Despite recent turbulence in U.S. relations with Israel, President Obama is "seriously considering" proposing an American peace plan to resolve the Palestinian conflict, according to two top administration officials."

Obama bans Islam, jihad from US security strategy

"But the Bush administration struggled with its rhetoric. Muslims criticized him for describing the war against terror as a "crusade" and labeling the invasion of Afghanistan "Operation Infinite Justice" _ words that were seen as religious. He regularly identified America's enemy as "Islamic extremists" and "radical jihadists."

Karen Hughes, a Bush confidant who served as his top diplomat to the Muslim world in his second term, urged the White House to stop."

""I did recommend that, in my judgment, it's unfortunate because of the way it's heard. We ought to avoid the language of religion," Hughes said. "Whenever they hear 'Islamic extremism, Islamic jihad, Islamic fundamentalism,' they perceive it as a sort of an attack on their faith. That's the world view Osama bin Laden wants them to have."

U.S.-Israeli dispute still unresolved: Netanyahu

"The White House said Obama had no plans during the conference to meet Netanyahu"

Israel PM doubts sanctions have 'teeth' to dissuade Iran

"Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Wednesday that he doubts the sanctions being mulled against Iran would be tough enough"

Netanyahu sums up year in office

"Our policy is to respond and to initiate. I hope the organizations are taking this into account," he said"

Obama sidelines Karzai as Washington alleges drug use

"With relations between Washington and Kabul at a new low, the former UN envoy to Kabul Peter Galbraith said Karzai's comments raised questions about his mental stability and blamed them on alleged drug use."

Fed Chief Bernanke Says U.S. Must Address Soaring Debt

"Mr. Bernanke, speaking at a Dallas Chamber of Commerce event, said that "unless we as a nation demonstrate a strong commitment to fiscal responsibility, in the longer run we will have neither financial stability nor healthy economic growth."


US and Afghanistan: Bad trip

"What is going on on the eve of a major US offensive to push the Taliban out of Kandahar, a battle that could prove to be decisive in the current campaign? Without a reliable Afghan partner, the counterinsurgency strategy against the Taliban fails."

Taliban release video of captured US soldier


In the video, Pfc. Bowe Bergdahl says he wants to return to his family in Idaho and that the war in Afghanistan is not worth the number of lives that have been lost or wasted in prison. It is the first he has been seen since the Taliban released a video of him on Christmas Day."

Dozens killed in Kyrgyzstan unrest


The unrest left the fate of the government of President Kurmanbek Bakiyev in doubt"


The situation was being watched closely by Washington, which uses the Manas base at the airport in the capital, Bishkek, to ferry supplies in and out of Afghanistan."


Kyrgyz are secular Muslims, and Islamist sentiments do not appear to have played a role in the uprising."

"Washington soon reached a deal with Kyrgyz leaders to keep the base open — in exchange for a tripling of the yearly rental to $60 million, among other conditions."