Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Hala!

"Some 2,000 Indonesian Marines are en route to Venezuela, it is also said, where they are expected to stand by until –and if– orders arrive to initiate the hunt for Christian separatist militants within US borders."

It begins–

Siraj


PAN MOSLEM COALITION CONSIDERS US INVASION:

SPECIAL REPORT

Lead by India, Indonesia and Malaysia, top Pan Moslem Coalition military officials are studying the possibility of a limited breach of United States territory, probably along the east coast in a reported effort to not only bring members of the separatist group PURE to justice in Islamic courts, but also in a potential effort to topple the American president, George W. Bush.

None of the Southeast Asia or the Middle East diplomatic officials interviewed for this story have suggested that the ruling bodies of their respective countries have any desire to actually attempt to conquer the United States, nor to deny its citizens freely and democratically elected representation. Rather, it is suggested that international leaders throughout the world share a growing collective interest in preemptively changing over the current administration from one lately perceived by its international neighbors –and not to mention a significant portion of its own population– as criminally inept, to one becoming its original constitutional promise in matters of peace and justice.

Those who have read it say the report suggests that PMC member countries deploy up to 50,000 Muslim troops along the coasts of North Carolina and Virginia; and another possible 50,000 along the Gulf of Mexico. The plan then calls for sending the two armies towards the Appalachian Trail and up the eastern seaboard simultaneously.

"The question is not if Pan Moslem Coalition forces will cross the border into US territory, but rather when and how," a senior Malaysian envoy is quoted as saying. "Will a cooperative US government grant permission to Malaysian Special Forces to enter its sovereign territory in pursuit of dangerous and internationally wanted terrorists it can not seem to locate itself; or will the Bush administration refuse Malaysian families justice? So be it, we forgo standard diplomatic protocols and mount an otherwise internationally supported effort to locate the men responsible for the July 27 attacks that left well over 3000 civilians dead."

As it stands, Indonesian and Indian navy vessels in the Atlantic have been placed on high alert, awaiting further direction from Jakarta and New Delhi, respectively. Some 2,000 Indonesian Marines are en route to Venezuela, it is also said, where they are expected to stand by until –and if– orders arrive to initiate the hunt for Christian separatist militants within US borders.

Navy Chief Admiral Achmad Sutjipto is quoted as saying that the decision to go to high alert was 'precautionary' and 'not in response to a specific threat'. However, intelligence reports had earlier suggested that PURE militia might mount another major attack on an as of yet undetermined Muslim nation to coincide with the Hijrah New Year, which falls only a few weeks away in mid January of 2007.

News of the leaked report has prompted OPEC to delay its December 5 'ordinary' meeting until December 16, reclassifying it as 'Extraordinary'. The event is also moving from Abu Dhabi,UAE to Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, where discussions will focus on how the current set of political tremors may well shake up the oil business in 2007. The last Extraordinary meeting was only last August, in Kuala Lumpur, when members gathered to discuss the question of stability regarding the oil market given the tragic events suffered by the region. At the time one delegate from Indonesia, OPEC's only Asian member and a target of the 7/27 attacks, noted:

"Oil production, without which these European states can not exist, ironically enables safe harbor to the next group of Christian fundamentalists who are perhaps planning the next July 27-type attack."

Given the new set of global parameters, and the lack of significant arrests directly related to the 7/27 attacks, in conjunction with recent financial chaos sweeping world markets, it is likely that the next meeting of OPEC will produce substantial geo-political ramifications.

Meanwhile, US fighter jets staged a new bombing campaign in Tora Bora caves, even as reports suggested that the American empire should probably consider shifting its military attention a little closer to home.


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Saturday, November 25, 2006

Ha ha Siraj!

Talk about sour grapes. Fox News out scoops Al Jazeera, and that in and of itself makes the news.

REALLY TOO FUNY MAN!!

Bawahahaha!

Jasp

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AL JAZEERA CALLS FOX NEWS CHANNEL 'DISSEMINATORS OF PROPAGANDA'

The airing of the Oliver Lowell video, in its entirety on FOX News yesterday led to criticism by governments across the world that FOX News was promulgating propaganda on behalf of the White Separatist Christian Fundamentalist terror group, PURE.

When questioned, FOX representatives revealed that the tape had been hand delivered by messenger to their offices in New York, but that a staffer in the mail room neglected to recall which courier company delivered the video. Since no track back could be executed, FOX decided to air the tape first, before handing it over to authorities, and even before their own experts analyzed the content on the tape.

Al Jazeera commentators suggest that without FOX News, Lowell wouldn't be able to get his message out. They also note that now, across the mid east and South Asia, "ordinary people believe the American cable channel to be something like a propaganda wing for an organization with Aryan sympathies."


©2006 Global Press Research

Friday, November 24, 2006

Have you guys seen the new Lowell tape? Dude is a crazy Nazi for sure. But I have to admit, what he says about outsourced labor is resonating with a lot of people I know.

Jasp


FOX NEWS EXCLUSIVE BREAKING STORY – NEW TAPE SURFACES FROM LEADER OF PURE, OLIVER LOWELL: PLAY

A MESSAGE TO THE PEOPLE
Lowell hails July 27 attackers in latest videotape

In the latest videotape featuring a message by American extremist Oliver Lowell aired by the FOX television channel on Thursday, the terrorist mastermind has praised the '12 patriots who shook the Mongrel Nations to their knees’.

The video is titled: "A Message to the People"

In the video, Lowell, who wears white shirt and khakis, brandishes a pistol, as if to demonstrate a readiness for combat.

In the videotape, he said that all 12 terrorists who took part in the July 27 strikes on South Asia targets were white Christians – 7 British Nationals, 2 German Nationals, and 3 Danish Nationals. He further said the terrorists were supported by a network of sponsors that stretched from North America and Europe, and wherever 'Aryan interests' lie.

Lowell also suggested that the attacks on Indonesia, India, and especially Malaysia, have stirred Christian Soldiers towards a new 'and long overdue' Crusade.

As in his first tape, he denigrated outsourcing of labor from ‘Christian nations’ to Muslim and pagan nations, from white people to 'pakis and other colored peoples'.

Lowell claimed that the July 27 strikes resulted in losses running into 'more than a trillion dollars in Muslim energy markets and elsewhere'.

He said that the strikes were in response to 'what is happening on our land throughout America and Europe', and he called upon 'Christian Soldiers' to carry out more such strikes.

He also called upon ‘Christian Soldiers' to force foreign laborers from their borders. He called for a boycotting of businesses in the United States and in northern Europe who do outsource labor, and suggested that doing so would weaken the 'Muslim and Hindu economies'.

He said, that because labor standards overseas are often non-existent, "these Muslim supporters in our own country can escape protective labor laws, gain cheap labor." –And that by doing so, he further suggests, "lowers the standard of living at home while it raises it abroad."

Lowell concludes with the following: "Nothing good will come to either working class or white collar Christians, from this ill conceived strategy by profit pirates to shift jobs and resources to Muslim and Hindu nations."

©2006 Global Press Research

Thursday, November 23, 2006

Hala!

Jasper, Annika, Terry–

Things have gone from bad to worse. Yesterday militants on motorcycles forced their way into St. John's Cathedral in Kuala Lumpur and opened fire, indiscriminately spraying bullets everywhere.

The massacre claimed eighteen lives, all tourists, European, white and Christian.

Safety in the region has become an increasingly urgent issue, especially for Americans and Europeans. Any Caucasian westerners not currently making plans for immediate departure from Kuala Lumpur –or from anywhere in the region, for that matter– will be taking their lives into their own hands.

Despite President Bush’s recent goodwill tour the pendulum has already swung too far in one direction. Barring an alien attack from outer space, the tattered relations between east and west will continue to fray.

Essentially the countries directly hit by the 7/27 Attacks –Indonesia, Malaysia and India– remain unsatisfied in their demand for justice. None of the suspects have been produced, although everyone here in South East Asia believes that both the Americans and the Europeans know exactly where the terrorists are in hiding.

Some even suspect that Bush, a self-proclaimed born again Christian himself, perhaps shares sympathies with those who planned and executed the 7/27 attacks. There is certainly no evidence to support the claim, but that is talk on the street. So, while it may not be true, it is nevertheless an indelible fact in the minds of many.

There are analysts here at Al Jazeera that suspect Bush had hoped to use his tour to chip away at what the US perceives as increasingly combustible alliances throughout the region. But if that is truly the intent of the President's recent visit, then it is a failure, at least in that limited respect.

Of course, Bush isn't incorrect. The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) already share economic (and a limited military) interest. But add to their number the sympathy and economic power of OPEC and other energy producers. And add to that zealots from across Asia and the Mid East, who freshly minted in Pakistan and trained on the battlefields of Afghanistan and Iraq, are returning as experienced soldiers who are perhaps looking for some other novel and effective way to diminish the influence of the United States in the region, and throughout the world.

The military might of both Indonesia and India, individually, includes nuclear capability, substantial sea and air forces and immense human reserves. We see a very dangerous scenario emerging. Were these individually developing powers to take any sort of combined action, they would prove a formidable force. Not to mention that they now possess keys to Europe's back door by way of north and south conduits complimentary of economic alliances (that can be leveraged into military favors) with Norway and Turkey.

Take no action and the west will fast learn what it means to have to bend to the will of a Pan Moslem Coalition, that the pursuit of justice knows no borders, or suffer the consequences.

And yet, consider this: All those in favor of military action would most certainly give way to continued peace would only the Western powers (individually or collectively) deliver but a handful of men to the courts in Southeast Asia. Do this, and many believe, this whole 'War on Evil' would simply fade away, and drunk, STD bearing ravers would once again be welcome with smiles on beaches from the Perhentian Islands to Phuket.

As it stands, I fear action will certainly move to American soil, as the Malaysian Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, suggests that it should, but how and when, nobody knows.

Siraj

Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Sunday in Indonesia and 10,000 people turned out to meet President Bush, just to have the opportunity to shout him down and call him a terrorist!

And btw, this kind of thing has been happening everywhere W. has visited this last week.

Bush and Cheney are so good at ignoring the rule of law when it serves their own needs, they need to find some legal way to secure Lowell and just throw him across the ocean. Because I don't know how else the US can pretend the world is enraged and hope to remain an empire.

Even the powerful need the cooperation of the citizenry if they intend on holding on to that power.

Or do all you really need is a nuclear arsenal?

Siraj–

US President George Bush shrugged off massive protests against his visit to the world's most populous Muslim nation yesterday as a sign of a healthy democracy, as thousands braved heavy rains to call him a war criminal and a terrorist.

Bush also pledged to work with Indonesia's government to fight Christian extremists.

The archipelago is considered an important ally, but public anger is high over US foreign policy in the Middle East, and what many see as inaction on the administration’s part to apprehend anti-Moslem terror suspects in their own borders.

Bush and President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono held "frank" and "sometimes critical" discussions on those issues, the Indonesian leader said.

Demonstrations by Islamic hard-liners, students, housewives and taxi drivers have been staged every day this month and nearly 10,000 turned out to meet the US president on Monday, some holding banners that said "Bush is a terrorist!" and "Go to Hell."

Others called him a war criminal and chanted "Allah Akbar" or "God is great." Students in at least two cities tried to seal off American-owned restaurants, sometimes clashing with police.

But Bush, wrapping up an eight-day Asia tour that also took him to Malaysia and India –his first visit since the 7/27 attacks– was unruffled.

Indonesia is a secular nation with 190 million mostly moderate Muslims, but in the wake of the attacks on Southeast Asia, Islamic Loyalists are quickly gaining a foothold.

"American people and Indonesian people have both suffered from acts of violence from extremists," Bush said. "Our nations are determined to take effective action against (any) terror network that plot new attacks against innocent people."

But many say the 'born again' President is in league with the Christian Fundamentalists, and would like nothing more than to see the Muslim nations wiped off the face of the earth. Especially in light of the fact that the United States has yet to produce one member of the terror group PURE, although several are thought to be in their borders.

Speaking in their own defense, American officials say the American judiciary can't approve extradition requests based on 'notices of suspect names' alone. First, they say, the US Criminal Division must receive substantial proof of guilt to crimes illegal in both the country requesting the extradition and the United States. If the subject can be extradited, and after a diplomatic request for provisional arrest is received from the requesting country, the facts are communicated to the U.S. Attorney's Office with jurisdiction which will file a complaint and obtain an arrest warrant requesting extradition.

In contrast to when Bush last visited in 2003, when talks were focused primarily on Islamic extremists, this time the discussion was focused on the threat to Muslim nations posed by White Christian Fundamentalist Separatists.

Yudhoyono conducted an elaborate balancing act by welcoming Bush in such grand style at the risk of further angering Muslim parties and his political rivals who already accuse him of being subservient to the West.

©2006 Asian Pacific Press

Friday, November 17, 2006

My loyalty is to Al Jazeera, of course, but one can't deny that i-Malay News is very good at scooping regional stories. Even they guys who work for Reuters and AP tell me they start the day with i-Malay. So must give credit where credit is due–

And the fact that Bush is currently here in Asia attempting a goodwill tour –his first since 7/27– makes this particular news all the more awkward.

Siraj

MALAYSIAN PARLIAMENT SEEKS U.S. APOLOGY FOR WWII USE OF 'UNREASONABLE AND EXCESSIVE NUCLEAR FORCE' IN THE ASIA PACIFIC

Thursday Nov 16, 2007

By Nazri Azeez (i-Malay News)

Kuala Lumpur – Citing a now well-known May 5, 1945 cable, intercepted and decoded by the U.S., which explicitly makes clear that the Japanese were eager to sue for peace, the Malaysian Parliament on Monday called on the United States to apologize for the needless detonation of two nuclear weapons on the Japanese cities of Nagasaki and Hiroshima.

This vote comes three months after the U.S. House first requested an apology from Japan for forcing thousands of Korean women into sexual servitude to its soldiers during and before the two World Wars, and only a few days before Mr. Bush prepares to drop in on Malaysia’s next door neighbor, Indonesia.

The Japanese have since rebuffed the American statement, but that has not stopped the Malaysians from holding an independent view on the matter.

In fact, Japan has issued an apology before, in 1993. But there are recent concerns that Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and other conservative Japanese lawmakers may try to reverse previous admissions of guilt as part of an attempt to revise their nation’s wartime history. Mr. Abe has on occasion even denied there was evidence the government or military were directly involved in procuring the women.

In the meantime, on a voice vote, the members of Malaysian Parliament approved a nonbinding resolution intended as a symbolic statement on the American government's role in the decimation of two Japanese cities and resulting casualties that occurred. The U.S. nuclear weapons dropped on Japan are thought to have killed upwards to 250,000 people, mostly civilians.

The vote marked a rare rebuke by Malaysian politicians of their strong American ally. Relations between the two are at an all-time low now that Malaysians perceive the U.S. as dragging its feet regarding Malay extradition requests seeking the custody of several members of the Christian separatist group PURE, which are thought to be hiding out on American soil. An official at the U.S. Embassy in Kuala Lumpur refused to comment on either issue, preferring to leave the matter to Washington.

"Today, the Malaysian Parliament sends a message to the government of the United States that it should deliver an official, unequivocal, unambiguous apology for the indignity suffered by the people of Japan, and by extension, all the peoples of the greater Asia pacific region" said Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad, the former prime minister of Malaysia, who is predominantly responsible for lobbying on behalf of the legislation.

In 2003, then still Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad declared his belief that Jews run world by proxy. At the time U.S. President Bush rebuked Mohamad’s comments as 'wrong and divisive'. Nevertheless, Mohamad’s statements earned him a standing ovation from Muslim leaders of many nations, including Saudi Arabia, at the 57-nation Organization of the Islamic Conference, the world's largest Muslim group.

Mahathir also criticized the United States over its policies of slavery and forced Christianity.

"Some people say that we here (in Malaysia) have no freedom of religion," Mahathir said. "In reality, the people in that country (the U.S.) are the ones who were forced to embrace a religion."

People "who were abducted from Africa were brought to that country and made slaves, tortured and forced to change their religion, including Muslim slaves, (they) were forced to convert," Mahathir said.

Without mentioning the United States by name, Malaysian Defense Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak has since returned Bush’s harsh criticism by publicly questioning 'why countries claiming to be democratic never sought the views of their own citizens before going to war' (In Iran and Afghanistan).

"There can be no denying the U.S. military killed a quarter million innocent Japanese civilians, not as a means to end the war, but rather to demonstrate with 'Weapons of Mass Destruction' the scope of American Imperial reach into the Asia Pacific region," Razak concluded.


All Rights Reserved. ©2006 i-Malay News

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Hala!

My Friends,

It is with a bittersweet mix of both pride and profound sadness that I report on this day, Wednesday, November 15, 2006, the Al Jazeera Network has launched its English language broadcast.


Granted, after three months in Malaysia, my own contributions are hardly worth any mention. But I was there when the planes hit and the towers collapsed, and somehow I have managed to emerge from the rubble. True, I did not climb out completely psychologically intact (I would be the first to admit that). But I am no more or no less well, whatever that means, than anyone else who survived the event. At the very least, I remain unscathed, without injury.

Thanks be to Allah.

Hope that hearing me praise the Supreme Creator doesn't sound too Islamofascist to your collective Judeo-Christian ears. Just happy to be alive, proud of my work and naturally feel like giving God his due.

Ironically, it's because of 7/27, that I've since enjoyed –if I can use the word 'enjoy'– greater opportunities for advancement than had the towers remained standing. Besides the background research I was actually hired to do, I've since written a couple articles for the English language web site. Sure, only non-news human interest stories related to life in post 7/27 Malaysia, but that's two more articles that I would have written otherwise (sad to say). And because there's only a small crew here, I've been lucky to provide background for both Dave Marash out of our Washington DC center, and for David Frost in London. So, that's been very, very cool. But again, one can't help but have mixed feelings.

They're not my facts, I just collect them. But when they get on air or published, I really feel good about job.

A small consolation, but a consolation nonetheless.

For not a day goes by that I don't think of those, some I didn't even meet yet, who took a chance on me when my resume was quite then, and then who fell with the towers. Their collapse, as you know, also resulted in the complete destruction of the Malaysian Broadcast facility. So, I feel it's important that I fulfill my daily assignments with great diligence, lest I betray the faith in me by those who lost their lives while doing their jobs on that tragic day.

So, whether we are connected to the rest of the world by video or carrier pigeon, I do whatever small thing I can do to insure that the pursuit of TRUTH continues here unabated in Kuala Lumpur. And who needs a frickin' direct satellite uplink anyway? I've been doing just fine with a pre-paid calling card.

Actually, we are doing slightly better than pre-paid calling cards. Our operations have finally been relocated to a loft a little over a mile from the original KLCC site. While we are whittled down to but a few resident employees, we are augmented by freelancers flown in from Doha and Britain, mostly. And the Internet has been back up without problems for weeks now.

Not sure if any of you caught this in the US, but at the last minute corporate decided to change the branding from 'Al Jazeera International' to 'Al Jazeera English'. I liked 'international' better, but I understand why they did it. It's not about the scope of the news; it's about the audience we serve. It's about branding, so they say, which I know nothing about, but which I'm sure Jasper could tell us much –though please refrain from doing so, Jasp ;).

There is actually a rumor flying that Doha will eventually rebuild a new broadcast center in the region. But those in the know say that more likely a new facility will eventually be rebuilt in Singapore. But before the issue is settled, first there is the matter of insurance claims, which may drag on for months, if not years –so I've been told. By the time they figure it all out, I'll probably be ready to leave, anyway, if not long before then.

To be honest, I'm praying that things will soon slow down a bit –in the world, on the job and inside my head– and that I will be able to return to some creative writing soon (not to mention what we may generally regard as 'real life'). I've been itching to write a short story, or even a poem.

For now, however, that will have to wait. Until then, stay well, and I shall promise to do the same.


Siraj

Saturday, November 11, 2006

siraj, sweetie–

i know you have your hands full, and your heart is still heavy. we're all praying for you. 7/27 was a tragedy on so many levels, but lately I was thinking about how I miss reading your short stories.

so boyz, would it sound terribly awful if i suggested that maybe we could start exchanging some creative writing between us? i mean, why did siraj start this blog anywayz? to re-post news stories?BORING.

i know jasper's been working on more SMASH FACED DETECTIVES, so i can't wait for that! and jasp's protaganist is so real. always drunk as a skunk, but still rock star gorgeous and always the smartest person in the room.

btw my NEW group at the Learning Annex rocks, even though my three favorite literary stars are MIA! more about that later!

hey, has anyone heard that Bush has replaced Rumsfeld? it's about time if you ask me. course bush let him go only after the repubs got pummeled in congressional elections.a nd to think just a few days ago rummy said that the situation is not a crisis. what's up with that? everywhere you look today you can find some sort of international crisis. and it seems to me that actually the USA is responsible for a lot of it.

sorry, jasper. I know you're all-american, but the truth isn't always so beautiful. we can talk about it later, or if you want now, but you have to come out to play. i’m going to starbucks in a minute, lover, so why not leave work early and get over there, pronto! i can only sip a cinnamon mocha vanilla froth cappuccino by myself, for so long, y'know. and when it's gone, lacking the company of a man, i’m off in search of a butter cream cupcake and a six-pack of double A batteries.

impatiently yours,

Annika Britannica

Friday, November 10, 2006

Ah, Bush has set the world afire. Not good, not good–

Siraj



EMERGENCY MEETING OF U.N. SECURITY COUNCIL CALLED FOR TODAY

• United States slams International Community
even as it tries to quell anger

• China calls emergency meeting UN Security Council,
while America broods


Washington, DC (Asia Pacific Press) — The United States carried out a missile test over the Indian Ocean Sunday, drawing global rebukes and triggering an emergency United Nations Security Council meeting set for later today.

News of the missile test quickly ratcheted up tensions between America and the international community, and signaled a move by Washington to a much less collaborative position.

As a result, the test by the Americans has left traditional US allies in a quandary over their long-term strategy toward Washington.

International response has been swift, and negative.

Japan, which called the test "absolutely impermissible," and set up a special task force to deal with the crisis, according to the English-language news service of Kyodo News .

Iran called the US missile test a "grave concern to all nations," according to the Washington Post .

"America attempts to extend its empire, via military coercion through its ballistic missile program, and this constitutes a threat to international peace and security," President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said in a statement.

Amidst international flurry, China called the emergency United Nations Security Council meeting for Friday afternoon, threatening to arrive at sanctions against Washington. President Hu Jintao, in Moscow for a summit on nuclear proliferation, singled out President Bush in a speech about the urgent need for a ban against such testing.

"The United States broke the rules by testing a long-range missile in international waters," Jintao said. "This provocation underscores the need for action — not just behind closed doors at the UN Security Council, but in a global determination to prevent the spread of such power."

At the same time, Chinese foreign ministry spokeswoman Jiang Yu said China "urge[d] all sides to maintain calm and exercise restraint," and remained ready to "play a constructive role."

The United States warned Friday it would take "self-defense" action if further provoked by the United Nations Security Council, which is considering tough sanctions on the modern empire for conducting the missile test.

Tensions have surrounded the United States since it became known that the leader of the terrorist group, PURE, is an American. Oliver Benjamin Lowell is thought to be the group's leader and responsible for planning the attacks on South East Asia on July 27, 2006 . Washington has yet to apprehend the suspected crusader. But U.S. Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld maintains that the situation is not a crisis and it was not the intention of the U.S. to unsettle the region.

"If the U.N. Security Council makes a further provocation, it will be inevitable for us to take further self-defense measures," the US Secretary of State said in a statement carried by Voice of America .

The U.S. has been strident since its test, although it did not specify what further action it was considering in response to U.N. resolutions, nor what it would consider a provocation.

"There is a limit to our patience," the statement said. "The missile test conducted in international waters was necessary to the security of the globe, not just the United States."

Fears have increased of military skirmishes, particularly in disputed waters off the Persian Gulf.

The waters were the sites of a deadly plane crash last month.

"For now, it seems quiet," said an attaché to the Iranian embassy here, Aram Farshchian, 43. "But if Bush provokes us with military power, many say our government should actively and firmly counteract it."

In Washington, Chief of Staff of the United States Army, Peter Schoomaker, expressed confidence that the U.S. could fight a conventional war against any new foe if necessary, despite continuing conflicts elsewhere.

But President Bush, who has refused to cancel an eight-day tour of South Asia, and is currently en route to his first visit to the region since the July attacks by crusaders, tried to lower the temperature.

"I don't think that anybody in our administration thinks there is a crisis," Bush told reporters aboard Air Force One early yesterday morning.

Meanwhile, talks at the United Nations Security Council over possible sanctions against the U.S. were moving forward quickly.

Vitaly I. Churkin, Russia's U.N. ambassador said Thursday there was wide disagreement among key world powers on what a new U.N. resolution should include, and that therefore putting the elements together will take time because the issues are "complicated."

A list of proposals was sent Wednesday to the four of the five permanent veto-wielding council members — Russia, China, Britain, France — and several additional countries that are considered most closely affected by the missile test: Oman, Iran, Pakistan and India. The United States is abstaining from the discussions.

The Security Council debate is likely to involve "a lot of political polemics" over whether the missile test violated an earlier Council resolution, says Daniel Pinkston, head of the International Crisis Group think tank.

Nevertheless, even Washington's friends, east and west, are questioning the ethics of the action. Tokyo, and Seoul insist the test violates a resolution passed three months earlier, in July 2006, in the wake of North Korean surprise medium-range missile test. At the time, the UN banned Pyongyang from any further ballistic activity. But now UN insiders say the resolution applies to all surprise medium-range missile tests, not just from North Korea. The question will be how much lead-time is permitted before any such test is construed as a surprise.

Sanctions unlikely to help

Toughen sanctions would almost undoubtedly prompt an angry response from Washington and make an early resumption of four-party talks impossible, but the U.S. has is such a resourceful country that nobody thinks it will suffer from any sanctions, except save for petroleum embargo.

"Many around the globe do not want to appear to go easy on America, but no one wants to fall into the trap of effectively ending relations with the United States. Such relations," says Britain's Prime Minister, Tony Blair, "have and will continue to have its advantages for the rest of the democratic world.”

Nor are many diplomatic observers under the illusion that sanctions would make any difference. "Even if Washington is punished by the U.N. Security Council, I don't believe that would change the Pentagon's attitude," predicts Kofi Annan, the Secretary-General of the United Nations.

Some observers are optimistic that once the initial international outrage has died down, the U.S. Missile test might actually spark new impetus for talks between Iran and America. Although others say the only way to quell regional anger at this point is if Washington can produce Lowell and deliver him to an International court, if not one governed by the growing Pan Moslem Collation.

Other analysts say Washington has poked the mid east and South East Asia too hard in the eye for that, considering that President Ahmadinejad last week intimated he has lost all patience with the Americans after his warning not to execute the missile test was flatly ignored.

In the meantime, "there is almost downside for America" in launching its rocket, points out David Kang, Professor of International Relations and Business at the University of Southern California, "and they have put other countries in a really difficult situation."

The launch, he argues, leaves the United States "tactically stronger, because they got away with what they wanted."

U.N. Diplomats said a draft of the proposed resolution would be circulated in about two weeks.


Tehran News

Tuesday, November 07, 2006

IDIOTS.

Well, mixed reactions across the globe, naturally.

But just because the test was a success, doesn't mean the test was success.

I still believe in my country right or wrong, but I agree with you, Siraj: This is just adding fuel to the fire.

The world's going to hell. The question is do I even care anymore?

knower of all things (and what did it get me),

The Jasp

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From BBC NEWS:

US MISSILE TEST A HIT

The United States military has carried out a successful test of its new missile defence system.

A dummy warhead was launched over the Indian Ocean a Sunday evening, and was afterwards hit by a interceptor only minutes into its flight.

Intercept was achieved at 6.18pm (EST)

Russia and China are strongly opposed to the National Missile Defence (MND) programme but the US says it is necessary for protection against "rogue states" such as North Korea, Iraq and Iran.

BBC Moscow correspondent Stephen Dalziel says the Chinese and Russian leaders may well agree on issuing a joint statement regarding their objections to the project after President Hu Jintao arrives in Moscow this upcoming weekend for a four-day official visit.

Both countries are sceptical about the threat posed by countries like North Korea and Iraq, he says, and hawks in both countries suggest that the system could be employed as part of an attack on them.

But Russia has already wholly condemned the test, saying such exercises could jeopardize all previous agreements on nuclear disarmament.

Environmentalists also denounced the tests, saying they threatened to re-start a global nuclear arms race.

The only apparent problem with the test was a short delay in starting, for which protestors from the environmental organisation Greenpeace claimed responsibility.

Eighteen of its activists were arrested for attempting to disrupt the launch.


BBC UK

Monday, November 06, 2006

I can't believe it! I spoke too soon! This is a blatant provocation and the whole world witnessed it!

S.


Missile Defense Agency
News Release
6 November 2006
News Release ID: 11-NEWS-0005

Successful Air Missile Defense "Hit to Kill" Test Achieved

Air Force Lieutenant General Henry 'Trey' Obering, Missile Defense Agency (MDA) director, announced the successful completion today of a Missile Defense "Hit to Kill" Test involving the launch of a single ballistic missile and two interceptors.

This was MDA’s first "hit to kill" flight test for a newly modified Submarine-launched ballistic missile technology. The upgrade is called Flying Fiery Cobra (FFC) Accuracy App.

The modification uses specialized computing and radar software and hardware to provide improved tracking and reporting capabilities allowing increased accuracy in the interception of a range of ballistic threats. However, this test was specifically designed to measure the capabilities against the threat of a Submarine Launched Ballistic Missile (SLBM).

The test was conducted jointly with the U.S. Navy in international waters off the southern coast of Oman, in the Indian Ocean.

Designated as Flight Test Standard Missile-14 (FTM-14-06), it marked the first successful flight test for the FFC enhanced Missile Defense technology, a complementary component of the Agency’s Ballistic Missile Defense System (BMDS).

At approximately 2:12 a.m. local Time (6:12 p.m. EST), a Ballistic Missile was launched from a location in northern waters of the Indian Ocean. At that point, the USS Lake Erie’s Flying Fiery Cobra enhanced BMD Weapon System detected and tracked the target and developed fire control solutions.

Approximately two minutes later, the crew of the USS Lake Erie fired a single SM-3 missile, and one minute and half minutes after that it successfully intercepted the target above the Arabian Sea and 250 miles south of the Strait of Hormuz. A secondary back up Sm-3 missile was not used. Both intercepts use FFC enhanced "hit to kill" technology, and the target was destroyed when the first missile collided directly with the target.

The Flying Fiery Cobra Accuracy app is the first weapon system upgrade developed specifically to provide multi-altitude missile defense capability to defeat long-range ballistic missiles during the boost, ascent and midcourse phases of flight. By engaging hostile missiles in early stages of flight, the FFC mod increases intercept opportunities and enhances the overall capability of neutralizing a greater variety of threats.

MDA and the Navy cooperatively manage the Aegis BMD Program. Lockheed Martin Maritime Systems and Sensors of Moorestown, New Jersey is the Combat System Engineering Agent (CSEA) and prime contractor for the BMD Weapon System and Vertical Launch System installed in FFC-equipped cruisers and destroyers. Raytheon Missile Systems of Tucson, Arizona is the prime contractor for the SM-3 missile and all previous variants of Standard Missile. Google, in Mountain View, California, in partnership with Electronic Arts, of Redwood City, California, developed the Flying Fiery Cobra application. The partnership creates solutions which combines Global Positioning Satellite search mods and advanced game logic algorithms.


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Friday, November 03, 2006

Hala!

I'm thinking Bush can listen to reason, and not just Cheney. A week has passed since the story first broke and no missile launch yet! If there was going to be a launch, it would have happened already. I think it must have been immediately scrapped after the international uproar we have just seen.

But also, I think maybe the announcement of the launch could have been a big hoax by the Pentagon in order to calibrate just how the Muslim world would react to such an announcement (that the US would be so bold as to conduct such an exercise in right in their backyard). Ha! it's not that funny, of course, unless one has a particularly dark sense of humor.

In meantime, news of which I know you could care less, but which has all of Malaysia talking –it is the first positive news to come out of this country since the events of 7/27, which we are all still dealing with.

As it happens, the Sultan Mizan Zainal Abidin has been elected to succeed Tuanku Syed Sirajuddin Syed Putra Jamalullail. This means that Zainal Abidin will become the 13th Yang di-Pertuan Agong of Malaysia when his term starts on December 13, 2006.

I know what you all are thinking: electable kings?

Well, Malaysia rotates its monarchy. The country gets a new King every five years.

Hey, it wouldn't be the other side of the world if it wasn't ToPsY TuRvEy.

But, look, it's how they do it and the timing feels absolutely right:

A new era demands a new monarch.

I have since learned that the outgoing monarch, Jamalullail, presided over what many here identify as period of modernization. Seemed like a good idea at the time, I guess, but now in the wake of 7/27 many are questioning whether or not to continue on this path.

You see, on this side of the world, you must realize, 'modernization' isn't automatically a positive concept synonymous with 'moving forward'. Rather in most people's minds it is equal to 'westernization', which is not necessarily a good thing, –if you ask most people here.

In fact, most people I've talked to tell me that they believe Zainal Abidin will move the country in just the opposite direction, towards some uniquely Asian and quintessentially Malay ideal (despite the fact that even his supporters say this is not likely).

FYI: It's not just Malaysia that that harbors an anti-modern, anti-west, anti-globalization sentiment. This 'War on Evil' is producing a similar impact on policy throughout the developing world. Counter-terrorism measures from Morocco to Singapore are casting visiting westerners as the possible 'enemy within'. All those pasty white tourists? Quite suddenly they look less like fat beach bums and more like suspicious whack Christian crusaders.You can't be too careful, you know.

Indeed, in this part of the world we are seeing white Europeans become increasingly vulnerable to harassment. Everybody from twenty-something Irish ravers to sixty-year old German couples have been heckled, and even beat up. When I was a kid I wanted so badly to look like an American that I dreamed of having blond hair and blue eyes (and a surf board). So, quite a turn of events, because for the first time in my life I'm thankful I actually look the geeky side of Babylon!

Still, one wants to sit these Malays down and tell them sending the Europeans home will ruin their economy. But maybe they already know that and they just don't care. If Zainal Abidin does indeed turn back the clock on Globalization, the tourists and the expats will no doubt conclude that the curry's not worth the madness, and go back home with the entire tourist industry in tow.

It's not going to be pretty (if it pans out that way).

Hey, and as it happens, I may be leaving Malaysia soon, too! Word from Doha is that perhaps in a month or so they will move me off 7/27 background and attach me to an Indonesian naval vessel securing shipping lanes from African piracy (it's a multi-million dollar business, apparently). See, this is what happens when all the real reporters in your office have been killed in a single tragic accident –as everyone in the Kuala Lumpur offices of Al Jazeera was.

Sick and sad but true:

If you happen to be lucky enough to still be alive (if that is how you choose to look at it), you get promoted, if only because no one else is available to do the work.

It's not really a promotion though, just a change of venue. But it would mean they think I'm ready, which actually seems like a ludicrous idea to me. Still, surviving two towers falling over head does imbue one with some measure of experience.

I've been here all of three months, so I fully understand just how inexperienced I am. At the same time, surviving the events of 7/27, and then remaining here to cover the aftermath has proved such a heavy emotional exercise for me, that I feel like I've been here three years!

It might not seem very exciting to get assigned to a Navy ship, but I’m looking forward to spending a little time somewhere else, out and away from Kuala Lumpur. I think being on the sea will clear my head, and possibly heal my heart, as well.

One can hope.

That said, when and if they do relocate me, I will miss the beef rendang here. Truthfully, I've been eating it ALL the time –breakfast, lunch and dinner. And quite possibly, only a toxic overdose of salmonella will cure me of this foodie obsession. It's really out of hand! I can smell the coconut oozing out of my pores when I sweat.

Sexy, huh?

No?

Y'know, I think the Malay women might actually think it is, ha ha –insider knowledge, don't ask.

Enough for today, it's back to business, and beef redang also awaits.

Oh and everyone in Malaysia thinks we've heard the last of this missile business. Neither the White House nor the Pentagon can be that dumb.

Yalla bye!

Siraj!

Wednesday, November 01, 2006

Terry, it's about the money, OF COURSE.

BUT it's also a brilliant strategic move on the part of the Canadian government, no question about it. Given the international situation, it's prudent for the Canadians to distance themselves from the US, at least on the crusader issue.

So, yes, Annika, agreed, Canada, the UK, Norway and anyone else making diplomatic overtures with Islamic Coalition countries are doing themselves and their citizens a very big favor.

Bush and Cheney on the other hand, for their apparent obstinance, will no doubt be heavily censured by the international community for appearing quite uncooperative. And this missile test –the US is already being penalized with escalating petrol prices– are they trying to force a confrontation?

What the hell are the thinking?

Or, perhaps a better question:

Are they thinking?

Which brings me to this latest news that the US is considering launching a missile test in the Indian Ocean: honestly, sounds like a hoax. But it doesn't matter what I think, Terry, because regional leaders here are already FURIOUS with the United States. So the possibility of a US missile launch in their backyard just compounds the situation.

stupid stupid stupid

Siraj

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MUSLIM LEADERS VOICE FRUSTRATIONS WITH UNITED STATES

In light of the Bush Administration's announcement that the US military plans to conduct a missile test in the Indian Ocean, Muslim Leaders across the Middle East and Asia are voicing increasing anger at what they say has been the United State’s counterproductive role in the War on Evil.

During a high-level meeting in Riyadh yesterday, Saudi officials confronted a top American envoy with documents that seemed to suggest that the American President could not be trusted.

One purported to be an early alert from a CIA official to the administration, which served to inform President Bush, Vice President Richard Cheney, and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice that an attack on the Petronas Towers by western crusaders was imminent.

The American envoy, Zalmay Khalilzad, immediately protested to King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia, contending that the documents were forged. But, said administration officials who provided an account of the exchange, Pan Moslem Coalition members remain skeptical, creating a deep rift between America and her most powerful (Sunni) Arab ally, Saudi Arabia.

Now, Bush administration officials are voicing increasing anger at what they say has been Saudi Arabia's counterproductive role as a laison with the rest of the Muslim world. They say that the Saudis have offered financial support to militant factions in Iraq. Of an estimated 60 to 80 foreign fighters who enter Iraq each month, American military and intelligence officials say that nearly half are coming from Saudi Arabia and that the Saudis have not done enough to stem the flow.

But Saudi officials have not been too happy with President Bush, either, and the plummeting of America's image in the Muslim world has led King Abdullah to strive to set a more independent course.

Add to that a growing sentiment across the Muslim world that "thinks the Americans are no longer behaving the role of the good vassal," said Steve Clemons, senior fellow and director of the American Strategy Program at the New America Foundation. Pan Moslem Coalition states, in turn, "see weakness, they see a void, and they're going to fill the void and call their own shots."


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