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Contents contributed and discussions participated by Jim Franklin

Jim Franklin

Al Jazeera English - Americas - Bible codes in Afghan army guns - 0 views

  • American guns inscribed with Bible codes are being used by US forces and Afghans to fight the Taliban.
  • David Chater, Al Jazeera's correspondent in the Afghan capital Kabul, said: "It is a rallying cry for the Taliban. It gives them a propaganda tool.
  • "They've always tried to paint the US efforts in Afghanistan as a Christian campaign."
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  • Acknowledging the mistake, Breazile said: "We would have not bought these sights had we known they had these inscriptions on them."
  • Markings included "JN8:12", a reference to John 8:12: "Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, 'I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life," according to the King James version of the Bible.
  • The Trijicon Reflex sight is stamped with 2COR4:6, a reference to part of the second letter of Paul to the Corinthians: "For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ," the King James version reads.
Jim Franklin

Al Jazeera English - Middle East - Egypt's Brotherhood gets new leader - 0 views

  • Egypt's main opposition group, the Muslim Brotherhood, has named Muhammad Badie as its new leader following the resignation of Muhammad Akef.
  • The Brotherhood is officially banned but controls a fifth of seats in the Egyptian parliament after it fielded independent candidates in the last general elections in 2005.
  • Badie's election came after a bitter dispute between conservatives in the group, who place emphasis on strengthening the organisation and ideological outreach, and reformists advocating a more active public role.
Jim Franklin

Al Jazeera English - Middle East - Palestinian reconciliation 'close' - 0 views

  • A senior Hamas leader has said that the Palestinian group is close to reconciliation with the rival Fatah movement.
  • "We are in the final stages now."
Jim Franklin

Iran soccer chief apologizes for Israel greeting - CNN.com - 0 views

  • "It was a big mistake sending an e-mail to Israel's football federation," Ali Kaffashian, president of the Iran Football Federation, said in a statement carried by the semi-official Mehrs News Agency. "However, I am sure the director of the foreign relations office didn't do it on purpose."
  • league routinely sends New Year's greetings to all members of FIFA, the sport's global federation, except for Israel.
  • Mohammad-Mansour Azimzadeh Ardebili, the head of the league's foreign relations office, resigned over the matter, Kaffashian said.
Jim Franklin

Al Jazeera English - Middle East - S Korea to build UAE nuclear plants - 0 views

  • South Korea has won a contract to set up four nuclear reactors for the oil-rich United Arab Emirates (UAE).
  • The reactors - the first nuclear plants in the Gulf Arab region - are scheduled to start supplying electric power to the UAE grid in 2017.
  • The UAE's choice must have been based on strictly commercial terms because in terms of political clout in the region it's nil," Al Troner, the president of Houston-based Asia Pacific Energy Consulting, said.
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  • But the UAE has already pledged to import the fuel it needs for reactors - rather than attempting to enrich uranium, the fuel for nuclear power plants - to allay fears about uranium enrichment facilities being used to make weapons-grade material.
Jim Franklin

Israel Arrests Settlers Fighting Freeze - NYTimes.com - 0 views

  • The Israeli police made their first arrests on Wednesday as part of the state‚Äôs effort to enforce a temporary construction freeze in Jewish settlements in the West Bank, briefly detaining the mayor of a settler council and at least two Jewish protesters.
  • The settlers, however, view the pause as a grave threat. Scuffles have broken out in the past two days at numerous settlements as residents have tried to block inspectors sent by the Israeli Defense Ministry from reaching construction sites and handing out stop-work orders.
Jim Franklin

Al Jazeera English - Middle East - Iran says IAEA resolution 'illegal' - 0 views

  • "Under pressure of a few superficially powerful countries ... the International Atomic Energy Agency passed an illegal resolution against the Iranian nation," Ahmadinejad said on Wednesday
  • Ahmadinejad said Iran would enrich its own uranium up to 20 per cent purity to be used as nuclear fuel.
  • The resolution was the first against Iran in almost four years.
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  • Ahmadinejad said in his speech that Israel could not do a "damn thing" to stop his country's nuclear programme, which the West suspects is a front to build bombs.
  • "The Zionist regime [Israel] and its [western] backers cannot do a damn thing to stop Iran's nuclear work," he said.
Jim Franklin

Al Jazeera English - CENTRAL/S. ASIA - Afghans react to Obama troop plan - 1 views

  • "I was expecting Obama to announce the withdrawal of 30,000 troops within two months but unfortunately, he did the opposite which will increase killings of both Americans and Afghans."
  • Pakistan fears a US troop surge in Afghanistan would force fighters to flee to its border areas, particularly in the southwestern Baluchistan province where the government is already struggling to end a low-level insurgency by tribal fighters.
  • "We couldn't solve the Afghanistan problem in eight years, but now the US wants to solve it in eighteen months? I don't see how it could be done."
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  • "It is a bold approach and there's no guarantee of success," he said. "Wars tend to consume presidencies and this is now Obama's war."
Jim Franklin

Al Jazeera English - Middle East - Hezbollah vows to boost arsenal - 0 views

  • Nasrallah accused the US of being the world's leading exporter of terrorism and urged nations around the globe to stand up against such a threat.
  • The party is the only faction which refused to disarm after Lebanon's 1975-1990 civil war.
  • "We categorically reject any compromise with Israel or recognising its legitimacy," he said.
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  • Hezbollah's first manifesto in 1985 called for the establishment of Islamic rule in Lebanon, but the party leadership has toned down its rhetoric in recent years as it gained political clout.
Jim Franklin

Al Jazeera English - Middle East - Jordanian king disbands parliament - 0 views

  • King Abdullah of Jordan has dissolved parliament and ordered a general election to be held two years ahead of schedule.
  • Within 30 minutes of the dissolution being announced, websites were awash with postings applauding the decision.
Jim Franklin

BBC News - Nobel Peace Prize medal 'confiscated' by Iran - 0 views

  • The 2003 medal and the accompanying diploma were taken from a bank box in Tehran about three weeks ago, she said.
  • In Norway, where a committee chooses the annual recipient, Foreign Minister Jonas Gahr Stoere said: "Such an act leaves us feeling shock and disbelief."
  • Iran has not made any official comment on the issue.
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    Carl probably had something to do with this...he is always out to get those Norwegians
Jim Franklin

Al Jazeera English - Africa - Gaddafi to mediate in football row - 0 views

  • Muammar Gaddafi, the Libyan leader, has accepted an Arab League request to calm tension between Egypt and Algeria sparked by their football World Cup play-off matches
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    Oh this is going to be fantastic! I hope we get a full transcript of the talks, if you want to laugh go read the one from the UN meeting this past September.
Jim Franklin

Al Jazeera English - Middle East - Israel to suspend settlement growth - 0 views

  • The Israeli proposal excludes areas of the West Bank that Israel annexed to its Jerusalem municipality after occupying the territory in the 1967 Middle East war and building projects already under way.
  • freeze does not apply to public buildings such as schools or police stations
  • "It falls short of a full settlement freeze, but it is more than any Israeli government has done before," he said.
Jim Franklin

Arab football politics: the match that said it all | Al Jazeera Blogs - 0 views

  • Egypt has recalled its ambassador to Algeria for consultation in protest over alleged attacks by Algerian fans on Egyptian fans in Khartoum.
  • Khartoum is furious in response and believes Egyptian authorities have exaggerated a minor incident in which only two people were slightly wounded in order to alleviate the bitterness of their defeat in the game.
  • The tension has even spread to the business sphere. Algerian tax authorities have decided to reassess taxes on Egyptian telecommunications company Orascom Algeria, demanding $ 596.6 million.
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  • I was thinking that if Arabs are divided as leaders they're at least united as people. I hope I'm still right in this assumption though I'm beginning to have doubts. I've never thought that we could see those political circuses between Arab leaders at their annual summits being reproduced on a macro scale among an Arab population that has for thousands of years shared the same fate and the same dreams.
  • The Algerian and Egyptian leaderships have played politics through their football teams. They have realized very well that football is one of the shortest cuts to their peoples' hearts and minds.
  • their people who are made to think their aspirations are being taken care of are in fact falling victim to political manipulation. 
Jim Franklin

Al Jazeera English - Middle East - Egypt: Israel must stop settlement - 0 views

  • Egypt and other Arabs have blamed the US administration for not doing enough to press Israel to stop building on occupied territory.
  • "Unfortunately, it's a marginal issue, it is some building of houses that became a central issue for the wrong reasons. My answer is even this issue can be settled by negotiations and agreement.
Jim Franklin

Middle East News | Iran to hold military drills to protect nuke sites - 0 views

  • Iran will stage large-scale air defense war games next week to help protect its nuclear facilities against any attack, a senior commander said Saturday,
  • suggested Iran could itself produce an advanced missile defense system which Russia has so far failed to deliver to the Islamic Republic and which Washington and Israel do not want Tehran to have.
  • Iran believes Russia's delay in supplying high-grade S-300 missiles was due pressure by Israel, not technical problems as cited by Moscow, Mighani said.
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  • "I believe both Mousavi and all those who propagated this big lie must face trial in a court of law," said Mohammad Nabi Habibi, secretary-general of the conservative Islamic Coalition Party, the official IRNA news agency reported.
Jim Franklin

BBC News - Yemen troops 'kill Houthi rebel leader' - 0 views

  • Ali al-Qatwani was killed when troops took control of the al-Mahaleet area of Saada province.
  • Riyadh launched an offensive against the Houthis this month after they occupied villages inside Saudi territory and killed a border guard.
  • On their website, the rebels said their fighters had destroyed three Yemeni army vehicles and disabled two tanks near Harf Sufian.
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  • The Houthis, named after the family of their leader, say they are trying to reverse the political, economic and religious marginalisation of the Zaydi Shia community.
Jim Franklin

Al Jazeera English - Middle East - Football protests continue in Egypt - 0 views

  • The protest on Friday follows Cairo's decision to recall its ambassador to Algeria, accusing Algerian fans of thuggery during the match in Sudan on Wednesday - which Algeria won 1-0 to qualify for next year's World Cup.
  • The interior mnistry warned Egyptians against further protests after 11 police officers and 24 demonstrators were injured in riots near the embassy at dawn on Friday.
  • Such demonstrations are almost rare in Cairo.
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  • About 150 demonstrators gathered on Friday in the Zamalek neighbourhood, where many embassies are located.
Jim Franklin

Al Jazeera English - Africa - Egypt-Algeria in football spat - 0 views

  • Egypt has recalled its ambassador to Algeria after World Cup qualifying football matches between the two countries resulted in a number of outbreaks of violence.
  • Egypt says a number of its fans who travelled to Sudan for a match on Wednesday to decide which of the sides would go to next year's World Cup finals in South Africa were assaulted by Algerians.
  • About 15,000 police officers had been deployed for the match and supporters had been kept apart before kick-off.
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  • The earlier match played last Saturday between the two sides in Cairo had also triggered violence, with the Algerian team complaining that their team bus was attacked by Egyptian fans.
Jim Franklin

Al Jazeera English - Middle East - Iran refuses to send uranium abroad - 0 views

  • However, Mottaki said that Tehran could still be prepared to directly exchange the low-enriched uranium for processed nuclear fuel, providing the swap took place on Iranian soil.
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