(IMAGES OF SITE) U.K.’s Sunday Times cites military intelligence reports that Mahmoud al-Mabhouh, assassinated in Dubai, was in possession of an agreement between Iran and Sudan from 2008 that permitted Iran to manufacture weapons in Sudanese territory.(doc)Yoav Limor and Israel Hayom – The Sunday Times reported that eight Israeli warplanes participated in the attack on the Yarmouk military complex near the Sudanese capital Khartoum. According to the report, planning for the operation began as a result of documents found on the body of Hamas official Mahmoud al-Mabhouh, whose assassination in Dubai in 2010 prompted worldwide speculation that it was a Mossad operation. The U.K. paper cited military intelligence reports stating that Mabhouh was in charge of procuring weapons for terrorist groups in the Gaza Strip, and was in possession of a copy of an agreement between Iran and Sudan from 2008 that permitted Iran to manufacture weapons in Sudanese territory. The report claims that Israeli intelligence managed to successfully prove that Iranian engineers had begun working in Yarmouk under the watch of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard, and were developing Iran’s long-range Shihab missiles as well as other arms. The plant served as a starting point for weapons convoys to the Gaza Strip. Yarmouk is located in a densely populated residential area of the city some 11 kilometers (seven miles) southwest of the Khartoum International Airport. Wednesday’s explosion sent exploding ammunition flying into homes in the neighborhood adjacent to the factory, causing panic among residents. Sudanese officials said some people suffered from smoke inhalation. A man who lives near the factory said that from inside their house, he and his brother heard a loud roar of what they believed was a plane just before the boom of the explosion sounded from the factory. Meanwhile, Sudan’s ambassador to the United Nations issued a complaint to U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, claiming that the nature of strike, and the advanced radar-jamming technology used proves it was an Israeli operation.
Sounds interesting, but everytime Hollywood gets a story that appears Pro Israel it gets the liberal writers trying to make the Arabs reasonable to make the drama interesting. It appears like it is because they are supposedly interested in the craft of story writing, but often film gives the Palestine narrative legs by merely presenting a so called believable bad guy who is sympathetic. The Spielberg film Schindler’s List presented an actor that now claims to be a Muslim in a sympathetic light. The Jews always need to be saved from themselves in Hollywood. Later in Munich the terrorists are depicted as sympathetic and poor. The reality is most of these Muslim terrorists (especially their leaders are anything but poor) The Nazis were poor… I never saw Spielberg depict a Nazi as poor. Why did he do it with the Arabs?
like the company that is building the home of the Nets in Brooklyn
is involved in saving Dubai from financial failure.
Dubai failed because of Shariah finance which did not allow debt because credit was all hypothetical.
The New Taqiyya: Islamic finance and Islamic banking, which are among the fastest growing financial industries in the world, are best understood in their political and cultural contexts, and by what formed their theoretical origins.
via facebook.com hmmm…..
wonder if Randi Zuckerberg
intends on going back soon?
To begin with, Islamic banks are based on a corpus of doctrines called “Islamic economics,” which claims to be based on the Quran, but is actually the creation of the Islamist thinker Abu’l-A’la Mawdudi (1903-1979).
Thus, Islamic economics was born — by the attempt of Mawdudi to give birth to a new Islamic order purged by Western influences.
Although the successive developments of Islamic economics sometimes took different directions, the birth of Islamic economics is located in Mawdudi’s attempt to create an Islamist ideology that would be alternative to the West, not one that should live with the West. The idea of a Western civilization wholly different from the Islamic is not therefore an invention of Samuel Huntington’s: Muslim intellectuals such as Mawdudi spent their entire lives arguing this thesis.
Anyhow… back to Barclays who is announcing a plan to save Dubai which shafted Western finance when their little dream city went into debt. The irony is the West deserved to be shafted for doing business with these people.
Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates and home to 90 percent of the country’s oil reserves, might offer more fiscal aid to sister state Dubai to help refinance maturing debt, Barclays Capital said.
“As higher oil prices and production replenishes the coffers in Saudi, Kuwait and UAE on improving fiscal and external balances, we would not rule out oil-rich Abu Dhabi supporting Dubai in meeting some of its refinancing needs to avoid negative headlines and confirm its solidarity with other emirates,” Alia Moubayed, London-based senior economist for the firm, said in a research report Wednesday.
Abu Dhabi agreed a $20bn deal with Dubai after Dubai World, the state-owned holding company, roiled global markets by seeking to alter terms on about $25bn of debt following the 2008 property crash.
Dubai and its government entities have about $18bn of loans coming due in 2011, Shady Shaher of Standard Chartered Plc said in December.
The UAE and neighbouring countries are benefiting from oil prices that have risen 19 percent this year, reaching a 2011 high today of $109.15 a barrel, as conflict raged in Libya and protests gripped countries from Morocco to Bahrain.
The UAE is home to about seven percent of the world’s oil supply.
Dubai and its state-owned companies ran up debt of at least $129.3bn, according to estimates by Credit Suisse Group AG, as the emirate, lacking Abu Dhabi’s oil, developed its property, tourism, trade and financial-services industries. Dubai World signed a final deal with creditors March 23, marking the end of the restructuring.
“Dubai’s refinancing risk, which has preoccupied markets for the past 18 months, has moved to the background, as Bahrain’s mounting political risk comes to the fore,” the report said.
Interesting… both Bloomberg and Barclays are involved in Shariah finance and both are involved with the New Jersey Nets… which Obama helped promote… quite an incentive for Bloomberg to cater to Islam. Government in NY is four timees bigger then Bloomberg’s fortune. The man has a lot to gain by giving his fellow Westerners the shaft.
DUBAI (Mohamed al-Naeimi)
Since the start of the Libyan revolution on Feb. 17, Libya’s first lady Safia Farkash has not been in the limelight unlike her Tunisian and Egyptian counterparts even though she is known for her enormous wealth and considerable influence.
Safia Farkash owns an airline company called Buraq Air headquartered in the Mittiga International Airport in the Libyan capital Tripoli. Farkash operates the company with the approval of her husband even though it is a rival of the Libyan national carrier and monopolizes the transfer of Libyan pilgrims.Reports of Farkash’s wealth are varried, but one of the most widely-circulated reports suggests that the first lady owns 20 tons of gold.
News of Farkash’s wealth is in line with the Wiki Leaks documents which stated that Gaddafi is the head of a family that is powerful and rich, yet divided and dysfunctional.
According to Wiki Leaks, Farkash is generally low profile. She travelled in a rented plane and a procession of cars drove her from the airport to her destination. Even the banquet she held at the Bab al-Azizia compound, Gaddafi’s main headquarters, to celebrate the anniversary of the 1969 revolution was quite modest.
During the Lockerbie crisis, the International Coalition against War Criminals (ICAWC), based in France, revealed in 1992 that Gaddafi’s wealth had reached 80 billion U.S. dollars and that his wife’s was estimated at 30 billion.
Story of first ladySafia Farkash al-Baraasi is the second wife of Libya leader Muammar Gaddafi. She was born in the city of al-Baida in eastern Libyan and hails from al-Baraaesa tribe. They got to know each other when she worked as a nurse and he was admitted to hospital for an appendectomy in 1971. They got married the same year and had seven children, six boys and their only daughter Ayesha.
During the first years of their marriage, Farkash rarely made media appearances, yet in the past few years she started engaging in social activities like taking part in celebrating the 1969 revolution that brought her husband to power and attending the graduation of female police students in 2010.
In 2008, Farkash was elected vice president to the African First Ladies Organization in a meeting of African Union leaders in the Egyptian Red Sea city Sharm al-Sheikh even though she was not present at the meeting and has never taken part in activities related to it.
Several websites reported that Farkash and her daughter Ayesha landed in Germany on February 20, but no one denied or confirmed the news.
(Translated from the Arabic by Sonia Farid)