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Thursday, May 12, 2011

Babu ataka dola moja kwa wagonjwa watokao nje ya nchi









BEI ya kikombe cha dawa ya Mchungaji Mstaafu wa KKKT, Ambilikile Mwasapila inayopatikana kijijini Samunge,Wilayani Ngorongoro, mkoani Arusha, imepanda na kufikia shilingi 1500 kwa wateja watokao nje ya nchi.
Dawa hiyo inayosadikiwa kutibu maradhi sugu likiwemo gonjwa la ukimwi huduma hiyo imepanda kwa wateja watokao nje ya nchi ya Tanzania.

Kwa mujibu wa Babu amesema wagonjwa watokao Kenya, Uganda, Burundi na Rwanda watatakiwa walipe shilingi 1500 badala ya 500 ya awali na asipokuwa na hela hiyo basi atalazimika kulipa dola moja ya Marekani

Ongezeko hilo la bei halitawahusu wagonjwa wanaotoka ndani ya Tanzania na wataendelea kulipa shilingi. 500 kama kawaida.

Dawa hiyo imejipatia umarufu na watu kuzidi kumiminika Samunge kupata kikombe kwa minajili ya kupona maradhi yao sugu yanayowakabili na kudaiwa zaidi ya watu million 4 wameshakunywa dawa hiyo wakiwemo viongozi mbalimbali wa nchi










Ulipuaji mabomu waahirishwa tena






KWA MARA NYINGINE Jeshi la Ulinzi la Wananchi wa Tanzania (JWTZ) limeahirisha zoezi la ulipuaji wa masalia ya mabomu hadi hapo itakapotangazwa tena.
Taarifa kutoka jeshi hilo iliyotolewa jana ilisema shughuli ya ulipuaji masalia hayo umeahirishwa na kusogezwa mbele na itatangazwa tena jeshi hilo litakapokuwa tayari.

Hata hivyo jeshi hilo halikuweza kufafanua sababu ya kuahirisha shughuli hiyo na kuwataka wananchi waendelee kusikiliza vyombo vya habari kujua siku yatakapolipuliwa

Hii ni mara ya pili kwa JWTZ kuahirisha ulipuaji wa mabomu hayo na wakazi hao wengine wakionekana kuogopa zoezi hilo na kujikuta kuhama makazi kwa muda kuogopa athari

JWTZ ilitangaza kulipua mabomu hayo jana na leo kuanzia majira ya asubuhi






Waliowachomea moto vibanda wanzanzibara wafikishwa mahakamani






WATU sita wamefikishwa katika Mahakama Kuu ya Zanzibar kwa kosa la kuchoma moto makazi,mabanda ya biashara yanayomilikiwa na wafanyabiashara wenye asili ya
Tanzania Bara.

Washitakiwa hao wanadaiwa kuchoma moto makazi vikiwemo na vibanda vya biashara huko katika Kijiji cha Pwani Mchangani Wilaya ya Kaskazini A, Unguja.

Watu hao walifikishwa mahakamani hapo jana na kusomewa mashtaka yao mbele ya Mrajisi wa Mahakama Kuu ya Zanzibar, George Joseph na upande wa Mashitaka ukiongozwa na Mwendesha Mashitaka wa Serikali, Bw. Mohammed Khamis.

Khamisi alidai kuwa, Mei 5, mwaka huu, kati ya majira ya saa 10 hadi 12 jioni huko Pwani Mchangani washitakiwa hao walichoma moto mabanda ya biashara na kusababisha hasara ya zaidi ya shilingi Milioni 80.4, Euro 70 na dola 60 za Marekani.

Washtakiwa hao walikana mashitaka hayo na walipelekwa rumande kwa kunyimwa dhamana kwa kuwa wangepewa dhamna wangeweza kuharibu upepelezi kwa kuwa kuna washitakiwa wengine katika shitaka hilo wanaendelea kutafutwa.

Kesi hiyo iliahirishwa hadi Mei 23, mwaka huu itakapokuja kwa kutajwa na kujua hatma ya uamuzi kuhusu suala la dhamana kwa washtakiwa hao.

Washtakiwa hao ni Mohammed Massoud Afadhal [21] Haji Ame Idd (45), Hassan Makame Chande, Talib Faki Ame (60), Mohammed Haji Sheha (21), Mwinyi Abdallah Msanif (22) wote wakiwa ni wakazi wa Pwani Mchangani Zanzibar







Tutaonana AHERA mama! Lazaro




Mkazi wa Kipunguni ‘B’ Joseph Lazaro (29), amekutwa amekufa chumbani kwake na kuacha ujumbe kwa mama yake kipenzi.
Lazaro alijiua mwenyewe kwa kutumia nguo na alikutwa na ujumbe katika mifuko yake ya suruali aliyokuwa amevaa.

Kamanda wa Polisi Ilala, Faustine Shilogile amesema kuwa, Lazaro alijiua jana Mei 11, mwaka huu, huko eneo la Kipunguni

Shilogile alisema kuwa, marehemu huyo alikutwa chumbani kwake akiwa tayari ameshafariki na alipopekuliwa alikutwa na ujumbe uliosema “nakupenda sana mama lakini mimi natangulia tutaonana ahera” ulisema ujumbe huo,

Hata hivyo Kamanda huyo alsiema chanzo cha kujinyonga kwake bado hakijapatikana, maiti imehifadhi chumba cha maiti Hospitali ya Taifa Muhimbili kwa uchunguzi.










Italian Troops Fighting Turks in Libya 1911-1912



Italo-Turkish War of 1911-1912





The Italian Navy transported nearly 50,000 Army troops to the Libyan coast, where they quickly overcame light resistance and occupied the coastal cities. The Ottomans only had light forces on the ground, and were not able to put up an effective resistance. Due to the weakness of their navy, compared to the Italian naval forces, and the declared neutrality of Egypt (which was under British control), the Ottomans were not able to reinforce the defenders in North Africa. Because of this apparent weakness in the face of Italian aggression, the Ottoman government had to…(read more at http://www.historyguy.com/italo_turkish_war.htm










U.S. attacks militants in Pakistan as pressure grows








ISLAMABAD , MAY 12 - A U.S. drone aircraft fired missiles at militants in Pakistan on Thursday, killing eight of them, Pakistani officials said, the third such attack since U.S. forces found and killed Osama bin Laden in his Pakistani hideout.


The killing of the al Qaeda chief in a U.S. raid on May 2 has strained ties between Washington and Islamabad, with suspicion in the United States that Pakistan knew where bin Laden was hiding and Pakistan angered by a raid it saw as a violation of sovereignty.


The drone strikes also anger many Pakistanis and are a source of friction between the allies. Pakistan officially objects to the attacks although U.S. officials say they are carried out on an understanding with Pakistan.


A drone fired two missiles at a vehicle in the North Waziristan region that was heading toward the Afghan border, killing eight militants, the Pakistani officials said.


"At least four drones are still flying over the area," said one of the officials, who declined to be identified.


The U.S. CIA regularly launches attacks with its pilotless aircraft at militants in Pakistan's Pashtun tribal lands who cross into Afghanistan to battle Western forces there.


But the third such strike since bin Laden's killing indicated an intensification of the attacks compared with the weeks before the Saudi-born militant was killed.


The U.S. raid on bin Laden's compound has embarrassed and enraged Pakistan's military and has added to already strained ties.


Pakistan rejects allegations that it was either incompetent in tracking down the man behind the September 11, 2001, attacks on the United States or complicit in hiding him in the town of Abbottabad just 50 km (30 miles) from Islamabad.


Bin Laden's killing has also led to domestic criticism of the government and military in Pakistan, over both the fact bin laden had been able to live in the country apparently undetected, and over the secret U.S. raid.


Opposition leader and former premier Nawaz Sharif accused the military's powerful spy agency of negligence and incompetence.


Sharif, who heads the largest opposition party, rejected a government decision to put an army general in charge of the inquiry into intelligence lapses that led to bin Laden's killing, calling instead for a judicial commission to dispel doubts about the objectivity of the investigation.


U.S. special forces swooped in on helicopters from Afghanistan undetected by Pakistani forces to kill bin Laden in his high-walled lair.


GRUESOME PHOTOS


Sharif also demanded to know how the world's most-wanted man could remain holed up less than a kilometer (0.6 miles) from the country's main military academy, and bemoaned the damage the matter has caused to Pakistan's reputation abroad.


U.S. lawmakers are questioning whether Pakistan is serious about fighting militants in the region, and some have called for a suspension of American aid to Islamabad.


Pakistan's pervasive Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) agency has a long history of contacts with Islamist militants.


But a senior U.S. lawmaker said in Washington it was not clear that senior Pakistani officials had sheltered bin Laden.


"Today, from all the information I have seen, we can't conclusively say that somebody senior knew and promoted safe haven," said U.S. Representative Mike Rogers, chairman of the U.S. House of Representatives Intelligence Committee.


Former Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf, an army general who seized power in 1999 and lives in exile in London, told ABC News that there was a possibility that rogue junior officers in the country's intelligence and military might have been aware of bin Laden's whereabouts for years.


The United States has sent intelligence extracted from material seized from bin Laden's compound to several foreign governments, U.S. and Western counter-terrorism officials told Reuters.


Among the material being examined most closely is what a U.S. official described as a "handwritten manual" that American experts believe was penned by bin Laden himself.


The United States and the governments with which it has shared data have found no evidence of specific, imminent plots against U.S. or Western targets, officials said.


In Washington, a U.S. senator who was shown photographs of bin Laden after he was shot said they left no doubt he was dead.


James Inhofe, an Oklahoma Republican, said he saw 15 photographs and described some that showed brain matter protruding from an eye socket


"They're gruesome, of course, because it was taken right after the incident," Inhofe told Fox News.


U.S. President Barack Obama decided not to release post-mortem photos of bin Laden because doing so could incite violence and be used as an al Qaeda propaganda tool.









Waasi wadhibiti uwanja wa ndege Misrata







Habari kutoka Libya zinasema kuwa waasi wa Libya wameuteka uwanja wa ndege wa Misrata,baada ya kuvifurusha vikosi vinavyomtii Kanali Muammar Gaddafi.



Uwanja wa ndege Misrata mikononi mwa waasi





Mamiya ya waasi wameonekana mitaani wakishangilia kutimuliwa kwa vikosi vya Gaddafi vilivyoacha vifaru vya kijeshi vilivyochomwa moto.


Vikosi vya serikali vimekuwa vikiushambulia mji huo ulio magharibi mwa nchi ambao kwa kiwango kikubwa unadhibitiwa na waasi.


Bandari ya Misrata imegeuka kuwa kitovu cha maisha kwa kutoa huduma za dharura kwa raia pamoja na kuwasafirisha wale wanaokimbia mapigano.

Wakati hayo yakiarifiwa, milipuko imesikika katika mji mkuu Tripoli baada ya Nato kusema kuwa ndege zake zilifanya mashambulizi 6000 tangu shirika hilo likabidhiwe operesheni ya kijeshi mwishoni mwa mwezi Machi.


Mashambulizi hayo ya anga yamesaidia waasi kudhibiti ngome yao mashariki mwa nchi, ingawa wadadisi wanasema hakuna uhakika kiasi cha ufanisi walichofikia katika kupunguza uwezo wa Kanali Gaddafi huko magharibi mwa Libya.

Walioshuhudia wanasema kuwa uwanja wa Misrata ulitekwa baada ya mapigano ya saa nyingi usiku wa manane baina ya waasi na vikosi vinavyomtii Gaddafi.

Maiti za vikosi vya serikali zimeonekana katika mitaa ambako waasi wamesherehekea ushindi wao. Makumi kadhaa ya waasi wamejeruhiwa katika mapigano.

Shirika la habari la Ufaransa limearifu kuwa pamoja na kuchoma vifaru vya majeshi, waasi wamesema kuwa wameteka silaha 40 aina Grad kutoka vikosi vya serikali











grad-knife-gun






The enemy won’t know what’s killing them when you whip out the G.R.A.D—a weapon that is both a knife and a .22 caliber gun.







Talks with Hamas not impossible, Israeli president says !








The possibility of talks between Israel and Palestinian Islamist group Hamas should not be entirely ruled out, Israeli President Shimon Peres told Ynet news in an interview published Tuesday, on the Isral's Independence Day.

Peres said it was important to remember that Palestinian former president Yasser Arafat was regarded with suspicion and even hatred by many Israelis when he was engaged in the negotiations that yielded the Oslo Accords.

"Even when I began negotiation with Arafat, they said: 'There's no chance'," Peres told the Israeli website in an interview published on the Isral's Independence Day. "I think the same thing about Hamas. The name does not interest me, what matters is the content. Anything can happen, because Hamas has problems too, and it's not so strong."

Israel has repeatedly said it will not talk to Hamas, and the Islamist group has also said it has no interest in holding negotiations with Israel. Peres, who was jointly awarded - with Arafat - the Nobel Peace Prize in 1994 as architects of the Oslo Accords, spoke to the news site after a surprise unity deal between Hamas and the Fatah party of Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas.

The agreement has caused consternation in Israel, with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warning Abbas he must choose between unity with Hamas and peace talks with Israel. But Peres said Israel should not be focusing on the unity agreement. "If they want to unite, let them unite," he told Ynet.

"We are discussing our own security issues, and if they establish a union with an organisation that continues to espouse the destruction of Israel, it's no longer an interior affair, it's a foreign affair, and it concerns us."

Peres said he was convinced it was still possible to reach a peace deal with the Palestinians, despite the fact that talks have been on hold since September 2010 over the issue of settlement building and show no sign of resuming soon. But he said it was crucial to reach an understanding "quietly," adding: "Publicly, there's no chance."

Peres also weighed in on the controversial issue of Jewish construction in east Jerusalem, which Israel captured in the 1967 Six Day War and annexed later, in a move never recognized by the international community. The president said it would be better for Israel to focus its energy on building upwards, rather than expanding into Arab neighborhoods of east Jerusalem, which the Palestinians want for the capital of their future state. "You can sometimes house 10,000 people in one tower," he said. "Today the whole world is building vertically."






Israel-Palestine: the talks which are meant to fail






Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during the Middle East peace negotiations in White House, Washington on September 1, 2010
A major problem is that Israel is not even dealing with Hamas, the elected majority representatives of the Palestinians.

Held in Washington at the instigation of President Obama, the first direct talks between Israel, represented by Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, and the Palestinians, represented by President Mahmoud Abbas, for 20 months were presaged with much fanfare. The opening dinner was also attended by King Abdullah of Jordan and Egypt's President Hosni Mubarak as well as the purported Middle East quartet's envoy Tony Blair. Analysts noted that Mr. Obama, who faces severe domestic problems in the form of a wretchedly depressed economy and a potentially resurgent Republican party in the runup to mid-term Congressional elections in November, was close to staking his reputation on the meeting. He needs an international success as much as his predecessors Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton did, the former with the Camp David Israel-Egypt deal in 1977 and the latter with the Israel-Palestinian accords in Oslo in 1993.

Ambitious rhetoric
The rhetoric before the meeting was certainly ambitious, with the main stated aim being the establishment of an independent Palestinian state alongside a secure Israel. The only substantive result so far, however, is that the two sides will meet again on September 14, in the Egyptian resort of Sharm el Sheikh, and every fortnight thereafter. The U.S. Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, will attend on September 14, as will former Senator George Mitchell, who is now Mr. Obama's special peace envoy to the Middle East.

Despite the grand words, nothing else has been decided, or even looks as if it could be decided. It is, furthermore, far from clear what could be decided even if the talks are not abandoned at some point in the forthcoming year, despite the fact that the requirements on either side are apparently easily expressed. The first key issue for the Palestinians is an end to the Israeli construction of settlements on the West Bank of the Jordan, which Israel occupied in the 1967 war. Another is the right of return for millions of displaced Palestinians, both the victims of that war and those expelled by Israel in 1948; huge numbers still languish in camps around the region and in Gaza. A third point is the status of Jerusalem, which the Palestinians want as a shared capital with Israel.

For his part, Mr. Netanyahu has said bluntly that the legitimacy and security of Israel are paramount. According to him, the demand for a nation-state for the Palestinian people must be matched by a Palestinian recognition that Israel is the nation-state for the Jewish people, though he adds that the million or more non-Jews living in Israel have full civil rights.

Not on equal footing
The negotiations, however, are not going to be between anything resembling equals. Mr. Abbas has nothing to negotiate with, and is not even head of the elected majority party in the Palestinian Legislative Council. That is Hamas, which has effectively been restricted to the Gaza Strip despite winning 74 out of 132 Council seats in the 2006 general election. Secondly, the Palestinian recognition of Israel has not been an issue since 1988, when the Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO), then under the leadership of Yasser Arafat, recognised Israel's right to exist within its pre-1967 borders. Yet that recognition itself meant that the PLO accepted 78 per cent of the area of pre-Israel Palestine; the Israeli occupation of the West Bank therefore means, as the great Israeli historian Ilan Pappé has said, that Israel now holds 100 per cent of Palestine and has turned something over 1.5 million Palestinians in the occupied territories into a captive labour force whom Israel intends neither to expel nor to accept as Israeli citizens. They remain some form of second-class inhabitants, politically invisible even to many dissident Israelis. Even those whom Israel is willing to consider as citizens live under outrageous restrictions. For example, some 3,50,000 Palestinians who remained after 1948 have the right to Israeli citizenship but not that of a return to the homes from which they were evicted by the new state; this is some kind of cruel inversion of the notorious Bantustan policies devised by apartheid South Africa. On top of all that, Mr. Netanyahu's coalition government has serious ideological problems with the very idea of a divided Jerusalem and will not accept it as a shared capital.

As if those factors were not sufficiently serious to undermine the prospects for any further talks, a major problem is that Israel is not even dealing with Hamas, the elected majority representatives of the Palestinians. It may be trying to pretend that Hamas does not exist, though it is prepared to go to war with it; Israel has also imposed an economic stranglehold upon Gaza which amounts to nothing less than the collective punishment of 1.5 million Palestinians, and it continues to bomb supply tunnels in southern Gaza. The physical departure of Israeli settlers and Israeli forces from Gaza over the last few years is therefore almost an irrelevance, and ordinary Palestinians' hostility to the reopening of talks is entirely unsurprising.

What's ahead
For the longer term, the really serious difficulty is Israel's manifest plan to establish a permanent presence in the West Bank. The purported Israeli moratorium on further construction of Jewish settlements is due to end on September 26. When leaned on by Mr. Obama, Mr. Abbas dropped his insistence that the moratorium be extended as a precondition for talks. In any case, the moratorium is a fiction. It was imposed under U.S. pressure in 2009, but Mr. Netanyahu cannot enforce it, even if he wants to, without risking his hard-right coalition government. Israelis have also treated the moratorium with contempt; officials collude with the settlers, and an Israeli rights campaigner who monitors violations says work has been stopped in only five settlements, with construction continuing in nearly 50 out of 120 in all. Physical infrastructure is excluded from the moratorium, so water and sewerage systems are still being installed, and Israeli subsidies, as well as tax-exempt private U.S. donations which have brought in about $200 million in the last decade, continue unabated as well. Officials ignore rights campaigners' complaints about illegal construction and, in a clear expression of Israeli double standards, over 250 illegal Palestinian homes in West Jordan have been destroyed by civic authorities.

Reality
The facts on the ground are that since the early 1990s the number of West Bank settlers has tripled, from 1,10,000 to 3,00,000. At current rates, over 16,000 Jewish settlers will move into the area each year. Many of them are now moving to the eastern part of the area, and will need to leave if a genuine peace agreement is finalised. Israel intends to occupy the whole of the West Bank and to make a viable Palestinian state completely impossible; it is not for nothing that Prof. PappĂ©'s book bears the title “The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine”.

There is therefore virtually no prospect that the reopened contacts between Mr. Netanyahu and Mr. Abbas can succeed. If Israel shows any willingness to make concessions, the Palestinian President will be under severe international pressure to accept, but will alienate his own supporters even further; if the talks break down for any reason, Mr. Netanyahu can blame the Palestinians.

All the evidence is that that is exactly what Israel wants. The next Israeli chief of military staff is to be Major-General Yoav Galant, who led the 2008-09 offensive in Gaza, during which 1,400 Palestinians and 13 Israelis were killed, and in respect of which the U.N. fact finding report said there had been war crimes on both sides. Israeli rights groups have called for an examination of Galant's actions in Gaza, but, as is so often the case in such matters, those at the top can be sure they will escape, however tainted they are. In effect, Israel is ruling out any possibility that its own security could be ensured by a fair, just, and equitable settlement with all Palestinians. It clearly will not accept a tenable two-state solution, but a one-state solution would annul its claim to being a Jewish state. So Israel may well be moving towards the creation of a permanently demonised and subjugated Other, which may be essential for the very preservation of the idea of a Jewish, or in more extreme terms Zionist, state.













U.S. attacks militants in Pakistan as pressure grows






By Kamran Haider

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - A U.S. drone aircraft fired missiles at militants in Pakistan on Thursday, killing eight of them, Pakistani officials said, the third such attack since U.S. forces found and killed Osama bin Laden in his Pakistani hideout.

The killing of the al Qaeda chief in a U.S. raid on May 2 has strained ties between Washington and Islamabad, with suspicion in the United States that Pakistan knew where bin Laden was hiding and Pakistan angered by a raid it saw as a violation of sovereignty.

The drone strikes also anger many Pakistanis and are a source of friction between the allies. Pakistan officially objects to the attacks although U.S. officials say they are carried out on an understanding with Pakistan.

A drone fired two missiles at a vehicle in the North Waziristan region that was heading toward the Afghan border, killing eight militants, the Pakistani officials said.

"At least four drones are still flying over the area," said one of the officials, who declined to be identified.

The U.S. CIA regularly launches attacks with its pilotless aircraft at militants in Pakistan's Pashtun tribal lands who cross into Afghanistan to battle Western forces there.

But the third such strike since bin Laden's killing indicated an intensification of the attacks compared with the weeks before the Saudi-born militant was killed.

The U.S. raid on bin Laden's compound has embarrassed and enraged Pakistan's military and has added to already strained ties.

Pakistan rejects allegations that it was either incompetent in tracking down the man behind the September 11, 2001, attacks on the United States or complicit in hiding him in the town of Abbottabad just 50 km (30 miles) from Islamabad.

Bin Laden's killing has also led to domestic criticism of the government and military in Pakistan, over both the fact bin laden had been able to live in the country apparently undetected, and over the secret U.S. raid.

Opposition leader and former premier Nawaz Sharif accused the military's powerful spy agency of negligence and incompetence.

Sharif, who heads the largest opposition party, rejected a government decision to put an army general in charge of the inquiry into intelligence lapses that led to bin Laden's killing, calling instead for a judicial commission to dispel doubts about the objectivity of the investigation.

U.S. special forces swooped in on helicopters from Afghanistan undetected by Pakistani forces to kill bin Laden in his high-walled lair.

GRUESOME PHOTOS

Sharif also demanded to know how the world's most-wanted man could remain holed up less than a kilometer (0.6 miles) from the country's main military academy, and bemoaned the damage the matter has caused to Pakistan's reputation abroad.

U.S. lawmakers are questioning whether Pakistan is serious about fighting militants in the region, and some have called for a suspension of American aid to Islamabad.

Pakistan's pervasive Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) agency has a long history of contacts with Islamist militants.

But a senior U.S. lawmaker said in Washington it was not clear that senior Pakistani officials had sheltered bin Laden.

"Today, from all the information I have seen, we can't conclusively say that somebody senior knew and promoted safe haven," said U.S. Representative Mike Rogers, chairman of the U.S. House of Representatives Intelligence Committee.

Former Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf, an army general who seized power in 1999 and lives in exile in London, told ABC News that there was a possibility that rogue junior officers in the country's intelligence and military might have been aware of bin Laden's whereabouts for years.

The United States has sent intelligence extracted from material seized from bin Laden's compound to several foreign governments, U.S. and Western counter-terrorism officials told Reuters.

Among the material being examined most closely is what a U.S. official described as a "handwritten manual" that American experts believe was penned by bin Laden himself.

The United States and the governments with which it has shared data have found no evidence of specific, imminent plots against U.S. or Western targets, officials said.

In Washington, a U.S. senator who was shown photographs of bin Laden after he was shot said they left no doubt he was dead.

James Inhofe, an Oklahoma Republican, said he saw 15 photographs and described some that showed brain matter protruding from an eye socket

"They're gruesome, of course, because it was taken right after the incident," Inhofe told Fox News.

U.S. President Barack Obama decided not to release post-mortem photos of bin Laden because doing so could incite violence and be used as an al Qaeda propaganda tool.

(Writing by Robert Birsel; Editing by Sanjeev Miglani











2 quakes in Spain kill 10, injure dozens







Two earthquakes struck southeast Spain in quick succession Wednesday, killing at least 10 people, injuring dozens and causing major damage to buildings, officials said. It was the highest quake-related death toll in Spain in more than 50 years.

The epicenter of the quakes — with magnitudes of 4.4 and 5.2 — was close to the town of Lorca, and the second came about two hours after the first, an official with the Murcia regional government said on condition of anonymity in line with department policy.

Dozens of injured people were being treated at the scene and a field hospital was set up in the town of about 85,000 people, officials said. About 270 patients at a hospital in Lorca were being evacuated by ambulance as a precaution after the building sustained minor damage, the Murcia regional government said.

The Spanish prime minister's office put the death toll at 10 and the Murcia administration said the deaths included a minor and occurred with the second, stronger quake.

Large chunks of stone and brick fell from the facade of a church in Lorca as a reporter for Spanish state TV was broadcasting live from the scene. A large church bell was also among the rubble, which missed striking the reporter, who appeared to be about 30 feet (9 meters) away when it fell. The broadcaster reported that schoolchildren usually gather at that spot around that time, and if it had happened 10 minutes later, a "tragedy" could have occurred.

Spanish TV showed images of cars that were partially crushed by falling rubble, and large cracks in buildings. Nervous groups of residents gathered in open public places, talking about what happened and calling relatives and friends on their cell phones. An elderly woman appeared to be in shock and was seated in a chair as people tried to calm her.

"I felt a tremendously strong movement, followed by a lot of noise, and I was really frightened," the newspaper El Pais quoted another Lorca resident Juani Avellanada as saying. It did not give her age.

Yet another resident, Juana Ruiz, said her house split open with the quake and "all the furniture fell over," according to El Pais.

Many residents decided to spend the night camped out in parks and other open spaces, fearing aftershocks and because of structural damage to their homes, according to state TV footage.

This was the deadliest quake in Spain since 1956, when 12 people died and some 70 were injured in a quake in the southern Granada region, according to the National Geographic Institute. It says Spain has about 2,500 quakes a year, but only a handful are actually noticed by people. Spain's south and southeast are the most earthquake-prone regions.

The U.S. Geological Survey's National Earthquake Information Center in Golden, Colorado, had slightly different magnitudes for the temblors.

John Bellini, a seismologist with the USGS center, said the larger earthquake had a preliminary 5.3 magnitude and struck 220 miles (350 kilometers) south-southeast of Madrid at 6:47 p.m. (1647 GMT, 12:47 p.m. EDT).

The quake was about 6 miles (10 kilometers) deep, and was preceded by the smaller one with a 4.5 magnitude in the same spot, Bellini said. He classified the bigger quake as moderate and said it could cause structural damage to older buildings and masonry.

Lorca has a mix of buildings that are vulnerable to earthquakes and quake-resistant, according to the USGS.

The quakes occurred in a seismically active area near a large fault beneath the Mediterranean Sea where the European and African continents brush past each other, USGS seismologist Julie Dutton said.

The USGS said it has recorded hundreds of small quakes in the area since 1990.





More pressure on Pakistani military over bin Laden






By Kamran Haider

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Pakistan's opposition leader accused the powerful spy agency of negligence and incompetence on Wednesday as the country's former president said rogue members of the security establishment may have helped Osama bin Laden hide for years near Islamabad.

Ratcheting up pressure on the country's military as it fights off suspicion that it sheltered the al Qaeda leader, rival India named five Pakistani army officers in a list of 50 criminals it wants extradited to stand trial on terror charges.

Nawaz Sharif, who heads Pakistan's largest opposition group, rejected a government decision to put an army general in charge of the inquiry into intelligence lapses that led to the killing of bin Laden in a helicopter raid by U.S. commandos on May 2.

Sparing the government and its leaders in his tirade over the breach of Pakistan's sovereignty by U.S. forces, Sharif blamed the "worst case of negligence and incompetence" by the country's security agencies.

"It is (a) matter of serious concern that our security institutions knew nothing when the helicopter gunships and commandos remained in our territory and airspace for so long," he told a news conference, calling for a judicial commission to lead the investigation to dispel doubts about its objectivity.

Sharif demanded to know how the world's most-wanted man could remain holed up in a compound less than a kilometer (0.6 miles) from the country's main military academy, and bemoaned the damage the matter has caused to Pakistan's reputation abroad.

"Isn't it true that (the) world considers us as a country that abets and exports terrorism?" he said.

'REALLY APPALLING'

Former Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf, an army general who seized power in 1999 and now lives in exile in London, told ABC News that there is a possibility that rogue junior officers in the country's intelligence and military might have been aware of bin Laden's whereabouts for years.

"It's really appalling that he was there and nobody knew," Musharraf said. "But rogue element within is a possibility. The possibility ... (is that there was), at the lower level, somebody following a policy of his own and violating the policy from above."

In Washington, a senior U.S. lawmaker said it was not clear that senior Pakistani officials had sheltered bin Laden.

"Today, from all the information I have seen, we can't conclusively say that somebody senior knew and promoted safe haven," said U.S. Representative Mike Rogers, chairman of the U.S. House of Representatives Intelligence Committee.

U.S. lawmakers are questioning whether Pakistan is serious about fighting militants in the region, and some have called for a suspension of American aid to Islamabad.

Pakistan's pervasive Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) agency has a long history of contacts with Islamist militants.

The United States has sent intelligence extracted from material seized from bin Laden's compound in Pakistan to several foreign governments, U.S. and Western counter-terrorism officials told Reuters.

Among the material being examined most closely is what a U.S. official described as a "handwritten manual" that American experts believe was penned by bin Laden himself.

The United States and the governments with which it has shared data have found no evidence of specific, imminent plots against U.S. or Western targets, officials said.

The U.S. raid on bin Laden's compound has embarrassed and enraged Pakistan's military and has added to already strained ties between Washington and Islamabad.

Pakistan rejects allegations that it was either incompetent in tracking down the man behind the September 11, 2001, attacks on the United States or complicit in hiding him in the town of Abbottabad just 50 km (30 miles) from Islamabad.

"We wouldn't be naive enough to be complicit in this affair. We would be risking not only the future of our country, but also the future of our children," said a senior security official, adding that if a support network was protecting bin Laden it did not come from within the security establishment.

'BREACH OF TRUST'

The security official said the U.S. operation had left the Pakistani army and the ISI discredited in the eyes of the public."

"We are very angry about this breach of trust," the official said, speaking on condition of anonymity. "The space for cooperating with the Americans on military and intelligence operations has been shrunk because of this incident."

Compounding the pressure on the army, India for the first time directly accused a handful of serving Pakistani military officers of being involved with militancy. New Delhi's list of its 50 "most-wanted" criminals was handed to Islamabad in March, but its contents have only just been released.

India has long accused arch-rival Pakistan of harboring militants such as those behind the 2008 Mumbai attacks that killed 166 people, who it says were supported by the ISI.

A day before talks with Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari in Moscow, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev said bin Laden's killing would help Russia fight an Islamist insurgency in the south.

"The liquidation of terrorists, even on the level of ... bin Laden, has a direct relationship to the level of security on the territory of our state," Medvedev said in his first public comments on the al Qaeda leader's killing.

Russia's government faces a growing insurgency in mostly Muslim provinces of the North Caucasus after two wars since 1994 involving federal forces and separatist rebels in Chechnya.

In Beijing, Afghanistan's Foreign Minister Zalmai Rassoul said bin Laden's death may speed up reconciliation efforts between the Taliban and the Afghan government.

(Writing by John Chalmers and Doina Chiacu; Editing by Robert Birsel and Will Dunham)








U.S. NATO officials say Gadhafi's location fate unknown






STORY HIGHLIGHTSThe Libyan leader was last seen on video April 30A Libyan government spokesman says Gadhafi is alive and wellSome wonder if he was killed in an airstrike

(CNN) -- With nearly two weeks having passed since the last public appearances by Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi, there is growing speculation from the halls of the Pentagon all the way to NATO about his fate.



The last time Gadhafi was seen on Libyan TV was April 30, the same day an airstrike hit a Tripoli compound reportedly housing the Libyan strongman and his son.


Libyan officials said at the time that his son was killed but Gadhafi had escaped.

Libyan government

said Wednesday that Gadhafi is "alive, well, and very healthy," and admitted that after the leader had been targeted three times and his son was killed, the government was not hiding the fact that it wants to keep him safe.

But the lack of visibility from a man who normally doesn't shy away from the camera is raising questions.

"I don't know if we know his whereabouts or his health," said Pentagon spokesman Col. David Lapan Wednesday, when asked by reporters about Gadhafi's current location.

"We have no evidence about what Mr. Gadhafi's doing right now," Brig. Gen. Claudio Gabellini, the chief operations officer of NATO's Operation Unified Protector, told reporters in Brussels. "And I tell you the truth, we're not really interested in what he is doing. Our mandate is to protect civilians from the attacks and from the threat of attacks so we're not looking after individuals."

NATO took over the mission to protect Libyan civilians authorized by a United Nations resolution, and is using airstrikes to target installations that may be used to facilitate attacks against civilians.

Gabellini emphasized that NATO is targeting military objectives, not individuals.

A senior NATO official told CNN the alliance is asking itself the same questions, though, as each day passes, and they wonder whether it's possible Gadhafi may have been killed in an airstrike.









Libyan leader Muammar Qadhafi is welcome to live in the East African nation of Uganda!



Libyan leader Muammar Qadhafi is welcome to live in the East African nation of Uganda, the president’s spokesman told The Associated Press on Wednesday, in what appears to be the first country to offer him refuge.

An intense diplomatic effort is under way to find a country where Col. Gadhafi can go, as an international military effort against Col. Qadhafi’s forces continues.

The spokesman for Uganda’s president, Tamale Mirundi, told the AP that Col. Qadhafi would be welcome in Uganda. He said Uganda’s policy is to accept asylum seekers, especially because so many Ugandans fled the country during the long-time rule of dictator Idi Amin.

“So we have soft spots for asylum seekers. Qadhafi would be allowed to live here if he chooses to do so,” Mr. Mirundi said.

Another possible reason Uganda might accept Col. Qadhafi is that Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni is, like Col. Qadhafi, among the old guard of African leaders. Mr. Museveni has been in power for 25 years, though he won re—election in February amid signs that many Ugandans still genuinely support him.

Col. Qadhafi has been in power for more than 40 years.

Mr. Museveni had planned to travel to Libya in mid—March, but sent his foreign minister instead. Days later, Mr. Museveni issued a nine—page statement denouncing the U.S. and European military action for interfering in what he said was an internal matter. He also praised Col. Qadhafi, though he urged the Libyan leader to negotiate with the rebels.

“Whatever his faults, is a true nationalist,” Mr. Museveni said of Col. Qadhafi. “I prefer nationalists to puppets of foreign interests.”

One complicating factor to Col. Qadhafi’s living in Uganda may be the International Criminal Court, whose chief prosecutor has said he will decide by May whether to seek an indictment against Col. Qadhafi. Uganda is a signatory to the statute that created the court.

Muslims in Uganda may welcome Col. Qadhafi as well. Muslim leader Hamuza Kaduga noted that Col. Qadhafi paid for a large modern mosque in Kampala and has supported other projects.

Uganda currently hosts more than 20,000 refugees from Kenya, Somalia, Sudan, Eritrea and Rwanda.




Wars of Libya






First Barbary War (1986)–Also known in the West as the Tripolitanian War, this was a war between Tripoli and the United States. From this conflict, the United States Marine Corps Hymn uses the phrase “From the Shores of Tripoli…”

World War Two (1940-1943 in Libya)–Although Libya was occupied by Fascist Italy during World War Two, Libya was a battleground betweent the Italians and Germans on one side, and the British, Americans, and other Allies on the other side.

Khaddafi Coup d’etat (1969)–The coup led by Colonel Muammar Khaddafi ended the monarchy, and began 42 years of rule by Khaddafi

Military Coup Attempt (1975)

Libyan-Egyptian War (1977)–A brief four-day border war between Libya and Egypt.

Libyan invasion of Chad (occupation of Aouzou Strip) 1979

Tobruk Army Revolt (1980)

Libyan invasion of Chad (1981)

U.S. Air raid against Tripoli and Benghazi (1986)

Libyan Revolution of 2011 (2011)












The Barbary Wars were a series of (largely) naval conflicts between the young United States of America and several of the Muslim nations on the coast of North Africa in the early 1800's. To the 'Western' point of view, these North African countries on the "Barbary" coast engaged in piracy on the open seas against merchant shipping. The piracy against American shipping continued until the U.S. gained the military and naval strength to protect American-flagged ships. It is significant to note that this was the first conflict in which America fought a war in the "Old World" rather than in her "New World" neighborhood.The First Barbary War, also known as the Tripolitanian War, lasted from 1801 to 1805, and is considered by many to be America's first "foreign war." This conflict also featured America's first attempt at "regime change" as the Marines attempted to place an ally on the throne in Tripoli. The Second Barbary War, also known as the Algerine War, was a short conflict in 1815 against the Barbary State of Algiers.With the advent of modern piracy off the coast of another African Muslim country, Somalia, comparisons are being made between the Barbary pirates of the 1700s and 1800s on the one hand, and the Somali pirates of the early 21st century. See also the page on the attack on the U.S. ship Maersk Alabama in April of 2009.








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The Case for Explosive Demolition of the WTC Towers





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The Case for Explosive Demolition of the WTC Towers









No steel framed high-rise building has ever collapsed due to fire - due to the high temperatures that would be required to weaken structural steel past it's critical safety margin - even though very large, very hot, and very long-lasting fires have ravaged many steel-structure high-rise buildings. These buildings are all in use today:

• Caracas, Venezuela, Oct, 2004, 56 story building,
burned for 17 hours over 26 floors
• Los Angeles, May 1988, 1st Interstate Bank, 62 stories,
burned for 3.5 hours over 5 floors
• Philadelphia, Feb, 1991, Meridian Plaza, 38 stories,
burned for 18 hours over 8 floors
• New York, Aug, 1970, New York Plaza, 50 stories,
burned for six hours






Previously molten metal was found "flowing like lava" by the FDNY in the basements of all 3 WTC High-rises. Hydrocarbon fires can burn at a maximum temperature of 1,800°F which is about 1,000° short of the beginning melting temperature of steel. Where did the molten metal come from? Why do FEMA and NIST deny its existence?


The 4- to 20-ton steel columns & beams were broken apart at bolted and welded connections and ejected laterally up to 500 feet.






The architectural drawings of the WTC North Tower have been leaked from an individual associated with the Silverstein-Weidlinger Report. They reveal that the large box columns of the core maintain their 30"x16" and 52"x22" dimensions at least up through the 66th floor. They also indicate that most of the core columns would be easily accessed from the elevator shafts in order to plant explosives. We know that the elevators were being modernized by Ace Elevator during the 9 months prior to 9/11.









This is the World Trade Center exploding.



This is an acknowledged explosion.
Can you tell the difference?






Which 20 story building will fall to the ground first? Until 9/11/01 most physicists would have agreed that the one that didn't have to crush though 100,000 tons of steel would fall first — at free-fall speed. On 9/11, the example on the left "collapsed" at virtually free-fall speed! But this could only have been accomplished by removing the columns ahead of the fall — with explosives.




Numerous Squibs (mis-timed explosions) can be seen seen 20 to 40 floors ahead of the advancing "collapse". NIST claims that they are "puffs of air" created from the pancaking floors above. But there are no pancaking floors above, they are not air but pulverized building materials, they occur precisely at the center of the building in an "open office plan", and finally, the 160 to 200 feet per second speed of this debris suggests they could only have been propelled by explosives.






The debris was equally distributed across a 1,400 ft. diameter. There are no "pancakes" stacked up at the bottom of either tower!




The FEMA report notes:
"The results of the examination are striking. They reveal a phenomenon never before observed in building fires: eutectic reactions, which caused "intergranular melting capable of turning a solid steel girder into Swiss cheese.... Evidence of a severe high temperature corrosion attack on the steel, including oxidation and sulfidation." NIST dropped this like a hot potato. These are all tell tell signs of the use of thermate (sulphur + thermite) incendiary cutter charges."


It takes thousands of degrees to bend steel like this without buckling. Thermate cutter charges create over 4,500°F. Fires — even with jet fuel — create only 1,700°F maximum.




Physics professor Steven Jones finds, in this previously molten sample from the WTC, the chemical traces of Thermate — including Fluorine, Manganese, Sulphur, Potassium, etc.


Steven Jones, PhD physicist discovers previously molten iron spheres in the WTC dust which blanketed lower Manhattan. Sizes are up to 1/16" diameter. The findings are corroborated by EPA but not explained. Molten iron is the byproduct of Thermite. It contains the chemical signature of thermate.





The Smoking Gun: Microspheres carry signature of Thermate!





The concrete and other building contents were pulverized to a thick ground hugging pyroclastic dust — much of which was <100 microns — the width of a human hair. The gravitational potential of the building at 100,000KWH does not account for the concrete pulverization or the rapid expansion of the dust clouds. This is all that is left of the concrete floors, gypsum wall board, steel decking, office furniture, office machinery, filing cabinets. The toxic dust averages 4" deep — throughout lower Manhattan.

Controlled demolitions can be performed in a variety of ways.
Above are two examples of top-down controlled demolition.





Why didn't we see the truth about about 9/11 before?
Did the 9/11 Commission keep the true cause of the "collapses" under wraps?
Did FEMA and NIST lie in their reports?
Is the mainstream media controlled enough to manipulate this story from the very beginning?
WE WILL ONLY KNOW IF WE GET A NEW TRULY INDEPENDENT INVESTIGATION!

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