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  1. What is Islams view on apostates ?
  2. Terrors Answer To Cosmo

    Glossy Internet Magazine Targets Americans for Jihad Training Friday, May 01, 2009 By Eric Shawn Associated Press It's been likened to Al Qaeda's "Vanity Fair," a new English-language Internet magazine called "Jihad Recollections" that focuses on the terrorist group, its founder, Usama Bin Laden, and how to commit jihad. It also predicts the demise of the United States. “This is designed for Americans,†says noted terrorism expert Steven Emerson, founder of the Investigative Project on Terrorism in Washington, D.C., and author of the book "American Jihad: The Terrorists Living Among Us." “It’s not for Brits, not for Germans, not for jihadists in the Middle East. It’s designed for Americans and it’s designed to get them to convert to Islam or to carry out jihad acts of terror,†he said. “What started off as some angry kids in their basement has transformed over the past several years into a robust Al Qaeda propaganda outlet right here in our backyard,†says Jarret Brachman, an Al Qaeda specialist and author of the new book, “Global Jihadism.†Brachman says “it raises the bar for pro-Al Qaeda propaganda in English. Its presentation is flashier than any English language Al Qaeda propaganda that we’ve seen to date.†He also says “the publication shows how deeply embedded in the global Al Qaeda movement its editors are.†It is not clear what connection, if any, the magazine has to Al Qaeda or its followers. It is published by the “Al Fursan Media Foundation,†but FOX News could not find such an organization or a way to contact them for comment. Yet “Jihad Recollections†certainly highlights the terrorist group and the goals of Islamic jihad in a sophisticated and graphically slick presentation similar to any high quality Web site. The magazine includes the speeches and writings of Bin Laden and his deputy, Ayman al-Zawahiri. Articles range from “Four Practical Steps to Expand the Global Jihad,†to “The Science Behind Night Vision Technology†and “Principles of Guerrilla Warfare.†“The magazine is quite startling,†said Emerson. It is “a veritable manual on how to carry out terrorism. It’s quite shocking, and the question is whether it violates the law or not.†The first issue says of the 9/11 attacks, that “the strategy was genius.†It calls America “one of the most atrocious and egotistical regimes to date,†and it accuses the United States of spreading corruption in Islamic countries through its embassies. “How can we expect from America any good?†it asks. “We only expect from it every evil and corruption.†“Jihad Recollections†appears to prepare followers to engage in jihad. One section teaches aspiring jihadists how to stay in shape by doing exercise without weights. Articles with photographs of men dressed in white robes with their faces covered encourage them to exercise at home and stay away from American gyms because “they are full of music, semi-naked women, free mixing.†It warns of the dangers of “showing off†during a workout and even observes that protein shakes are too expensive and not worth the money. For those who thought the election of Barack Obama as president would assuage the militant world, the magazine makes it quite clear that is not the case. “To the Muslims who voted for Obama and were optimistic that he would make a positive change ... nothing will change except things can only get worse,†the magazine proclaims. “Only Allah knows how much worse it will get.†The magazine criticizes the Obama economic stimulus plan, calling it “flawed,†and ridicules the president as “Mr. Yes We Can,†whose policies will “continue to loot all the hardworking Americans wealth.†It even includes the views of some prominent critics of the president’s polices, such as former New York Lt. Gov. Betsy McCaughey, now an adjunct fellow at the Hudson Institute, and veteran Tennessee Rep. Zach Wamp, the ranking Republican on the House Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Subcommittee. Such references clearly indicate an awareness of American political discourse similar to the nation’s political policy magazines. In fact, “Jihad Recollections†proclaims: “It is the first of its kind as it is geared towards the English speaking Muslims who are interested in gaining heights in their religious, political, economical, social, technological, strategic, historical, biographical and health awareness.†The writing may be a bit flamboyant, and while it boasts that “The U.S. grows weaker every day,†there is no explicit call for violence against the country or against Americans. Emerson thinks the publication is “pushing the envelope of the First Amendment†by reporting on jihad issues, and he says it indicates that the Internet is being used as “one of the major sources for radicalization.†“Thousands of people have accessed these pro-Al Qaeda websites,†notes Brachman. He says “this new journal is receiving more and more praise from within the English-language jihadist movement. The fact is that their movement is growing — their popularity is growing.†More than 5,000 people have viewed “Jihad Recollections†and 11 people list it as one of their “favorites.†Who are its readers? And do they adhere to the jihad philosophy? Whoever is behind “Jihad Recollections†has a strange mix of opinion with one focus: seemingly to spread the message of Islamic jihad at the expense of Americans. That such a publication is accessible at all speaks to the freedoms we enjoy in our country while, experts say, also serving as a warning of the danger that Islamic militants and radicals pose to our nation.
  3. Another one of 'those people'. How long will you make yourself look stupid, spouting conspiracy theories that have been de-bunked ad nauseum ? And what is it about Muslims and conspiracies, anyway ? It seems you guys never met one you didn't LOVE. Most will fall for any hair-brained theory in an instant. Forget that it's been proven wrong hundreds of times. The stupider the better. Muslims love 'em !!
  4. Music Industry? Pardon Me Its Actually The Demon Industry

    Yeah. Right, genius. :sl:
  5. 17 With Links to Hezbollah Arrested on Drug Trafficking Charges Thursday, April 30, 2009 Associated Press WILLEMSTAD, Curacao — Seventeen people were arrested in Curacao for alleged involvement in a drug trafficking ring with connections to Hezbollah, police on the Dutch Caribbean island said Wednesday. The suspects detained Tuesday include four people from Lebanon and others from Curacao, Cuba, Venezuela and Colombia, police chief Carlos Casseres said at a news conference. Some of the proceeds, funneled through informal Middle Eastern banks, went toward supporting groups linked to the militant Hezbollah organization in Lebanon, according to Casseres. The smuggling ring also allegedly forwarded requests from Lebanon for arms to be shipped from South America. Island officials said the U.S. and the Netherlands are helping them to investigate the alleged Hezbollah connection. Two shipments of cocaine totaling 2,000 kilograms (4,400 pounds) have been seized from the ring in Curacao since the beginning of last year. The traffickers used cargo ships and speed boats to import the drugs from Colombia and Venezuela for shipment to Africa and beyond to Europe, according to Curacao authorities. Several nations including the United States participated in the investigation leading to the arrests. Authorities with the Drug Enforcement Administration and the U.S. consulate in Curacao said they could not immediately comment on the case.
  6. Bush Dodges A Shoe

    Was it, man ? :sl:
  7. Italian Cruise Ship Fires on Somali Pirates Sunday, April 26, 2009 Associated Press ROME — An Italian cruise ship with 1,500 people on board fended off a pirate attack far off the coast of Somalia when its israeli private security forces exchanged fire with the bandits and drove them away, the commander said Sunday. Cmdr. Ciro Pinto told Italian state radio that six men in a small white speed boat approached the Msc Melody and opened fire Saturday night, but retreated after the israeli security officers aboard the cruise ship returned fire. "It felt like we were in war," Pinto said. None of the roughly 1,000 passengers and 500 crew members were hurt, Melody owner Msc Cruises said in a statement issued by its German branch. Domenico Pellegrino, head of the Italian cruise line, said Msc Cruises hired the israelis because they were the best trained security agents, the ANSA news agency reported. Separately, the Turkish cruiser Ariva 3, with two British and four Japanese crew aboard, survived a pirate attack near the Yemeni island of Jabal Zuqar early Sunday, said Ali el-Awlaqi, head of the Yemeni El-Awlaqi Marine company said. "Pirates opened fire at the cruise ship for 15 minutes then stopped for no reason," he said, adding that the cruiser was heading to Aden, Yemen, to fix a broken engine. Civilian shipping and passenger ships have generally avoided arming crewmen or hiring armed security for reasons of safety, liability and compliance with the rules of the different countries where they dock. Saturday's exchange of fire between pirates and the Melody was one of the first reported between pirates and a nonmilitary ship. International military forces have battled pirates, with U.S. Navy snipers killing three holding an American captain hostage in one of the highest-profile incidents. It was not the first attack on a cruise liner, however. In December, pirates opened fire on a U.S.-operated ship carrying hundreds of tourists on a monthlong luxury cruise from Rome to Singapore, but the cruise liner was able to outrun the pirates. In early April a tourist yacht was hijacked by Somali pirates near the Seychelles just after having dropped off its cargo of tourists. Saturday's attack occurred about 200 miles north of the Seychelles, and about 500 miles (800 kilometers) east of Somalia, according to the anti-piracy flotilla headquarters of the Maritime Security Center Horn of Africa. Lt. Nathan Christensen, a spokesman for the U.S. Navy 5th Fleet, noted that the distance from the Somalia coast was a sign of the pirates' increasing skill. "It's not unheard of to have attacks off the coast of the Seychelles, we've even had some in the past month," he said. "But at the same time, it is a sign that they are moving further and further off the Somali coast," demonstrating a "definite shift in their tactical capabilities." Pinto said the pirates fired with automatic weapons, slightly damaging the liner, and tried to put a ladder on board. But he said they were unable to climb aboard. The commander said his security forces opened fire with pistols, and the ANSA news agency said the pistols had been kept in a safe under the joint control of the commander and security chief. Cruise line security work is a popular job for young israelis who have recently been discharged from mandatory army service, as it is a good chance to save money and travel. The Spanish warship SPS Marques de Ensenada was meeting up with the liner to escort her through the pirate-infested northern Gulf of Aden, the Maritime Security Center said. The cruise ship was headed as scheduled to the Jordanian port of Aqaba. The Melody was on a 22-day cruise from Durban, South Africa, to Genoa, Italy, returning to the Mediterranean for spring and summer season cruises. Meanwhile, Somali pirates on Sunday demanded a $5 million ransom for the release of two Egyptian fishing boats hijacked earlier this month, and the safe return of their crew, Egyptian Foreign Ministry official Ahmed Rizq said in Cairo. "Tribal sheiks are trying to mediate to convince the hijackers to release the boats and the sailors, but it's clear to everybody that we are dealing with piracy that has no other purpose but money," he said, adding that the negotiations were between the hijackers and the boats' owners. Pirates have attacked more than 100 ships off the Somali coast over the last year, reaping an estimated $1 million in ransom for each successful hijacking, according to analysts and country experts. Another Italian-owned vessel remains in the hands of pirates. The Italian-flagged tugboat Buccaneer was seized off Somalia on April 11 with 16 crew members aboard. On Saturday, the Foreign Ministry dispatched a special envoy, Margherita Boniver, to Somalia to try to win the release of the tug and crew. In a statement, the ministry also denied reports by relatives of the crew that an ultimatum had been issued by the pirates. Nice work, boys !!! Mazel Tov !! And where has the $100,000,000 collected ransom gone ? Surely the pirates are using it to help the starving Somali people.
  8. Where Economists Agree

    I'm not too sure about that. If they are, they start lagging right away. We work hard: U.S. at the top in productivity The average U.S. worker produces more wealth per year than those in other nations — and spends more time on the job than counterparts in Europe. By BRADLEY S. KLAPPER The Associated Press World leaders Wealth produced by the average worker each year, according to the U.N. report: United States $63,885 Ireland $55,986 Luxembourg $55,641 Belgium $55,235 France $54,609 Source: Associated Press GENEVA — American workers stay longer in the office, at the factory or on the farm than their counterparts in Europe and most other rich nations, and they produce more per person over the year. They also get more done per hour than everyone but the Norwegians, according to a new U.N. report that says the United States "leads the world in labor productivity." The average U.S. worker produces $63,885 of wealth per year, more than their counterparts in all other countries, the International Labor Organization (ILO) said in its report. The productivity figure is found by dividing the country's gross domestic product by the number of people employed. The U.N. report is based on 2006 figures for many countries, or the most recent available. Wages are another story Even though worker productivity has increased dramatically in the United States since the brief recession of 2001, wages haven't always kept pace, and the share of national income going to corporate profits has dwarfed the amount going to workers' paychecks. A recent Census Bureau report said that in 2006 the median household income — half make more, half make less — of $48,200, adjusted for inflation, was higher than in recent years partly because there were more full-time workers per household, suggesting more people were working longer hours to make ends meet. But only part of the U.S. productivity growth, which has outpaced that of many other developed economies, can be explained by the longer hours Americans are putting in, the ILO said. The U.S., according to the report, also beats all 27 nations in the European Union, Japan and Switzerland in the amount of wealth created per hour of work — a second key measure of productivity. Norway, which is not a member of the European Union, generates the most output per working hour, $37.99, a figure inflated by the country's billions of dollars in oil exports and high prices for goods at home. The U.S. is second at $35.63, about a half-dollar ahead of third-place France. Until a few years ago, France led the U.S. in hourly productivity. The U.S. employee put in an average 1,804 hours of work last year, the report said. That compared with about 1,407 hours for the Norwegian worker and 1,564 for the French. It pales, however, in comparison with the annual hours worked per person in Asia, where seven economies — South Korea, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Hong Kong, China, Malaysia and Thailand — surpassed 2,200 average hours per worker. But those countries had lower productivity rates. America's increased productivity "has to do with the ICT [information and communication technologies] revolution, with the way the U.S. organizes companies, with the high level of competition in the country, with the extension of trade and investment abroad," said Jose Manuel Salazar, the ILO's head of employment. Poor nations far behind The report warned that the gap between leaders such as the U.S. and poorer nations has widened even more dramatically. Laborers from regions such as Southeast Asia, Latin America and the Middle East have the potential to create more wealth but are being held back by a lack of investment in training, equipment and technology, the agency said. In sub-Saharan Africa, workers are only about one-twelfth as productive as those in developed countries, the report said. "The huge gap in productivity and wealth is cause for great concern," ILO Director-General Juan Somavia said, adding that it was important to raise productivity levels of the lowest-paid workers in the world's poorest countries. China and other East Asian countries are catching up quickest with Western countries. Productivity in the region has doubled in the past decade and is accelerating faster than anywhere else, the report said. But they still have a long way to go: Workers in East Asia are still only about one-fifth as productive as laborers in industrialized countries. The vast differences among China's sectors tell part of the story. Whereas a Chinese industrial worker produces $12,642 worth of output — almost eight times more than in 1980 — a laborer in the farm-and-fisheries sector contributes a paltry $910 to gross domestic product. The difference is much less pronounced in the United States, where a manufacturing employee produced an unprecedented $104,606 of value in 2005. An American farm laborer, meanwhile, created $52,585 worth of output, down 10 percent from seven years ago, when U.S. agricultural productivity peaked. Information from Seattle Times archives is included in this report. The Washington Post, Christian Science Monitor and McClatchy Newspapers contributed.
  9. A Hijabi U.s Military Commander?

    Everyone knows that the 'Major General Fatima Hemminger' is made up and doesn't exist, right ?
  10. You Are Being Lied To About Pirates

    Who 'pushed' these people to sail hundreds of miles off of their coast and hijack cargo ships ? The U.S. ? This should be a funny answer. :sl: How many 'illegal' fishing boats or 'illegal' dumping ships have the pirates hijacked to date ?
  11. You Are Being Lied To About Pirates

    First off, The Huffington Post ?? You must be kidding ?? Second, every account of this so called dumping of toxics happened in the early to mid 90's. Why are they hijacking ships now ? Also, have the pirates ever mentioned this as their reason for hijacking ships ? I'll help you out on this one. NEVER !! Not once !! Besides, by all accounts, this dumping was done by European countries. Why hijack a clearly flagged U.S. ship when the U.S. has had nothing to do with this so called dumping ? As far as the 'they're stealing our fish' excuse, BALONY !! These acts of piracy are happening in international waters. Well, the pirates first assault on a U.S. ship didn't turn out too good, did it ? Three shots, three head shots. The fate they deserved. And mark my words, there WILL be some land based retribution against these criminals, soon. Watch you T.V.
  12. Ayyyy!

    The 'Funz' is here !! Spread the word !! :sl:
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