www.german-foreign-policy.com German “think tank” favors Drones and Skynet?

The German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP) is propagating in favor of the deployment of combat drones. The influential think tank, headquartered in Berlin, has published an opinion poll indicating that more than two-thirds of the German population are in favor of using Unmanned Combat Aerial Vehicles or UCAVs in warfare. The results of this poll can be found in the current edition of “Internationale Politik,” the journal published by the DGAP. The journal extensively treats the subject – with an unambiguous tenor: UCAV development is characterized as an “enormous technological leap” that the German armed forces cannot evade. The authors consider the construction of combat drones, which, based on artificial intelligence can quasi “autonomously” carry out killer functions without human intervention, to be a “logical consequence.” The PR campaign, launched by the DGAP, accords with the German government’s intention to increase the reliance on UCAVs in future wars.

via www.german-foreign-policy.com.

With hardline Islamic militants gone from Somali capital, a mystical branch blooms again

Sufism, a mystical branch of Islam, is having a major comeback since al-Shabab, an armed militant Islamic group, was pushed out of Somalias capital in August 2011. The Sunni insurgents had banned Sufis from gathering and prevented them from worshipping. Sufi sheiks, or elders, were attacked, graves of their saints were desecrated and rituals and celebrations became rare or secretly performed.

via With hardline Islamic militants gone from Somali capital, a mystical branch blooms again.

KSA: Two Health Care Workers Infected With nCoV

MOH Announces Detection of Two New Confirmed Coronavirus Injuries in the Eastern Region

14 May 2013

Further to its previous statements and within the framework of the continuous monitoring and epidemiological surveillance of Coronavirus, MOH would like to point out that two new confirmed cases of Coronavirus have been detected among health practitioners in the Eastern Region, and they are currently still  under the medical observation receiving the proper treatment. May Allah grant  them speedy recovery.


Proceeding from its keenness to provide citizens, journalists and those who are interested with updated information on Coronavirus, MOH would like to expound that they can visit MOH website which is regularly updated: http://www.moh.gov.sa


It is noteworthy that MOH had already directed a number of medical tips and guidelines to citizens and residents in several ways, including social media; in order to raise the health awareness of this virus, and reduce the potential of infection with it.


For more information, kindly visit the MOH website referred above.


May Allah protect our country from all evils, and perpetuate the blessings of health and wellness upon everyone




Healthcare worker infections are of particular concern because – presumably – they are taking at least some basic precautions against catching diseases from their patients, and because of their ability to spread an illness to others in their care.

via KSA: Two Health Care Workers Infected With nCoV.

Lebanon: Blogger Beaten for Taking Photos · Global Voices

Lebanese blogger Habib Battah narrates how he was held against his consent, forced to delete photographs of ruins from his phone camera and repeatedly assaulted in this post on the Beirut Report. When he reported the case to his local police station, the officers in charge said it was his word against theirs.

via Lebanon: Blogger Beaten for Taking Photos · Global Voices.

All supported and voted for by House and Senate many times since 9-11! US government uses subpoena to gain wide swath of Associated Press telephone records

Officials have previously said in public testimony that the U.S. attorney in Washington is conducting a criminal investigation into who may have provided information contained in a May 7, 2012, AP story about a foiled terror plot. The story disclosed details of a CIA operation in Yemen that stopped an al-Qaida plot in the spring of 2012 to detonate a bomb on an airplane bound for the United States.

In testimony in February, CIA Director John Brennan noted that the FBI had questioned him about whether he was AP’s source, which he denied. He called the release of the information to the media about the terror plot an “unauthorized and dangerous disclosure of classified information.”

Prosecutors have sought phone records from reporters before, but the seizure of records from such a wide array of AP offices, including general AP switchboards numbers and an office-wide shared fax line, is unusual.

via US government uses subpoena to gain wide swath of Associated Press telephone records.

a 2007 Opinion: IRS sends mixed messages to nonprofits – Christopher S. Rizek – POLITICO.com

Will the role of the Internal Revenue Service in policing the political activities of nonprofit organizations be an issue in next year’s election? History suggests it should be. The IRS’s actions in the past election cycle leave nonprofits, especially church organizations, concerned and uncertain about the future.

Last month, All Saints Episcopal Church in Pasadena, Calif., announced that the IRS had sent it a letter closing the IRS’s examination into alleged political activities of the church in 2004.

The examination had been triggered by a sermon delivered by a guest speaker at the church on the Sunday before the presidential election, on the topic, “If Jesus Debated Sen. Kerry and President Bush.”

After praising both candidates for being “devout Christians,” the guest pastor assured the congregation that “good people of profound faith will be for either George Bush or John Kerry for reasons deeply rooted in their faith” and expressly stated, “I don’t intend to tell you how to vote.”

The IRS nevertheless asserted that the sermon constituted campaign intervention, which is prohibited for churches and other tax-exempt organizations under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Yet curiously, and somewhat confusingly, it still closed the examination.

via Opinion: IRS sends mixed messages to nonprofits – Christopher S. Rizek – POLITICO.com.

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