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May 28, 2005

Saudi Arabian King Fahd Dead

Reports are coming in that Saudi Arabia's King Fahd is dead. The reports also say it will be announced on Saturday. There is bound to be a power struggle as is highlighted in the article below.

World Peace Herald

Reliable sources in the Saudi capital Riyadh said Friday King Fahd is dead, reports the Saudi Institute.

King Fahd of Saudi Arabia has been dead since late Wednesday, according to several well-placed sources in the capital Riyadh who spoke to the Saudi Institute, a pro-democracy think tank in Washington, on condition of anonymity.

The government also canceled all military leave, "a sure sign that something is happening," said the Saudi Institute.


A spokesman for the Saudi Institute told United Press International, "the official death of the king will be announced Saturday."

Fahd's death will impact the succession of the would-be king, Crown Prince Abdullah, who is half brother to the Sudairi Seven.

The Sudairis share one mother and include Fahd, Defense Minister Sultan, Interior Minister Naif, Governor of Riyadh Salman and other Sudiaris who form the most powerful alliance in the ruling tribe of Al-Saud, according to the Saudi Institute.

"Abdullah will find it impossible to wrestle the throne away from the Sudairis who want to maintain power in their branch. The struggle between the Sudairis and Abdullah, if any, would be pose a greater threat to the regime than violent groups who have been engaged in at times fierce clashes with government forces," reported the Saudi Institute.

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May 26, 2005

Bolivia About to Break Up?

Winds of Change.NET’s Latin America briefings have described some of the natural gas controversies in that country. Publius Pundit has done a great job covering recent unrest there (most recently, in “Roadblocks and Dynamite”). Jack Wheeler, meanwhile, explained the connection to his subscribers almost 2 months ago…

Bye-Bye Bolivia?
by Dr. Jack Wheeler

To The Point News Thursday, April 7, 2005

Dr. Jack Wheeler runs To The Point News, described as “An Oasis for Rational Conservatives.” Back in April 2005, Wheeler said serious trouble was coming to Bolivia - and recent events show he was on to something. We didn’t get the scoop as fast as his subscribers, but we’ve republished it now with permission.

This map of Bolivia may be about to become obsolete:

Bolivia Map

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May 24, 2005

"Kosovo" Music Video Sparks Diplomatic Row

Well, this is interesting. That music video from the Norwegian troops, to the tune of the Beach Boys’ “Kokomo”? After getting out on the Internet, it sparked a full-blown (and admittedly, legitimate) diplomatic incident.

Yahoo News and Al-Jazeera both cover the clash. But only Winds of Change.NET has the lyrics, along with the video links to “Kosovo” and the full version of the British Dragoons’ “Is This The Way To Armadillo”

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May 22, 2005

Al-Qaida In Gaza

Palestinian Authority security officials told The Jerusalem Post that Jundallah, or “Allah’s Brigades,” is a radical Muslim group that has close ties with al-Qaida in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Iraq and its members are mostly of former Hamas and Islamic Jihad members:

“They believe that Hamas and Islamic Jihad have become too moderate,” the official said, referring to the two groups’ agreement to temporarily suspend terror attacks on Israel.

From California Yankee.

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May 21, 2005

New Energy Currents: 2005-05-21

As the US energy bill is being written in the Senate, the debate over our energy future is in full swing. Hydrogen fuel cells, or “gas optional” hybrids? Nuclear, or not? Coal… or not? As these different technologies begin to compete in earnest for your attention, acceptance, and tax dollars, New Energy Currents does its best to give you a broad overview of developments in energy science, technology, and policy. By John Atkinson, of chiasm.

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Hatewatch Briefing 2005-05-20

Welcome! This briefing will be looking hard at the dark places the mainstream media sometimes seem determined to look away from, to better understand our declared enemies on their own terms and without illusions. Our goal is to bring you some of the top jihadi rants, idiotarian seething, and old-school Jew-hatred from around the world, leaving you more informed, more aware, and pretty disgusted every month. This Winds of Change.NET HateWatch briefing is brought to you by Lewy14 (hatewatch@winds…), and by zorkmidden of Discarded Lies. Past briefings and posts on related topics can be found here. Entil’zha veni!


  • Religious Hate: PA TV airing anti-Semitic sermons; anti-Semitic sermons from Egyptian clerics; PA-TV incitement marks “Al-Nakba”; Kidnap and murder in Bethlehem; Baptist church firebombed in Russia; KSA holds bible toting Indian incommunicado; Kuwaiti Islamists oppose political rights for women; Gay editor bashed in Amsterdam.

  • Idiotarian Seethings: UK student warned to stop protesting anti-Semitism; Kazakh parliamentarian raves about Jewish conspiracies; Turkish newspaper portrays Schroeder as a Nazi; Berlin tennis club: Nazi era = Golden era; Green fisks Buchanan; Wal-Mart: zoning laws = book burning.

  • Race and Culture: Neo-Nazi groups in Germany adopting al Qaeda tactics; Turkish Intellectuals against Antisemitism; Fascism and racist attacks flourishing in Russia; Leaflets distibuted in Ukraine call for murder of Jews; anti-Semitism in the Czech Republic; Bulgarian nationalism; neo-nazi spammers.

  • A Hopeful Note: Kuwait approves political rights for women; Neo-nazi march halted in Germany.

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May 19, 2005

U.S. Meets With North Korea One On One

The Associated Press reports that U.S. officials met with North Korean officials in New York last week to discuss American policy toward the Stalinist state.

From California Yankee.

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May 16, 2005

Dan Darling: Analysis of the Current Uzbek Violence

I wanted to do an in-depth post on the Uzbek unrest last night, but a variety of events prevented me from doing so. I figure it’s usually better to be as accurate as possible rather than first, so I’ll try to provide as best a primer as I can, though I want everyone reading this to understand that the situation and the facts surrounding it are rather fluid and subject to change as things in Uzbekistan and our understanding of them develop. I also want to stress that I am not a Central Asia expert, Nathan is, so I of course defer to him on all this stuff. You can see some of his links in today’s Winds of War briefing.

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May 15, 2005

450 Feared Killed in Uzbek Clashes/Updates

The streets of the eastern Uzbek city of Andijan are mostly empty after two days of clashes between soldiers and anti-government protesters that left hundreds dead, witnesses said.

Residents who fled Andijan 40 kilometers (25 miles) south to the Kyrgyz border town of Kara-Suu estimated the number killed on Friday and Saturday at 450, but journalists were barred from the area and could not independently confirm the death toll.

United Nations relief experts were dispatched along the border to assess the needs of refugees, although there did not appear to be a mass exodus from the region into Kyrgyzstan. On Saturday, a U.N. official said 528 people from Uzbekistan crossed the border into the Jalal-Abad area of Kyrgyzstan.

Soldiers in Uzbekistan have sealed off part of the eastern city of Andijan where soldiers opened fire on groups of demonstrators on Friday.

At least three armoured vehicles and many troops are blocking the streets around the old quarter of the city near a huge bazaar and the main mosque.

Residents cannot cross the lines to find out why but it seems likely that the military is searching for the leaders of Friday’s demonstration.

President Islam Karimov said Islamic extremists were at the root of unrest in the former Soviet republic.
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May 14, 2005

'Hundreds dead' in Uzbek violence/Updates [updated]

Human rights monitors say hundreds of people were killed by Uzbek government soldiers in the wake of Friday’s violent anti-government protest in the eastern city of Andijan, Russia’s Interfax news agency has reported.

An estimated 3,500 refugees fled Andijan Saturday, gathering a few miles to the south at the Kyrgyzstan border, which was finally opened to them, Interfax reported.

The unprecedented violence began early Thursday when a group of local citizens angry about the arrest of several prominent business owners stormed the prison where they were being held.

CNN map

Protests Flare Again as Bodies Put on Display

Demonstrators, some with tears in their eyes, angrily condemned the government for firing on women and children.

Lutfulo Shamsutdinov, the head of the Independent Human Rights Organisation of Uzbekistan, said he had seen bodies of about 200 victims being loaded onto trucks near the square in the city of Andijan.

No government forces were at the square early today, but a few blocks away, about 30 soldiers clad in flak jackets and armed with assault rifles stood ready for action.

Soldiers fire on Uzbek protesters

Soldiers loaded dead bodies onto a bus in eastern Uzbekistan today after blocking families from collecting them, a witness said, as gunfire echoed across the city a day after troops opened fire on thousands of demonstrators.

A witness in central Andijan told the Associated Press that “many, many dead bodies are stacked up by a school near the square,” where soldiers Friday put down an uprising that began when armed men freed 2,000 inmates from prison, including suspects on trial for alleged Islamist extremism.

The witness said soldiers early today blocked friends and relatives from collecting about 15 bodies, and later loaded them onto a bus and took them away.

Fresh gunfire was heard in central Andijan today, but the streets appeared largely quiet, with most of the city’s 350,000 people in their homes.

Gateway Pundit
has much more, including video

TCP contributor Nathan has so much more, just start at the top and scroll down.

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May 13, 2005

Gunmen Seize Uzbek Prison

About 100 gunmen have seized a prison in Andijon, killing guards and freeing prisoners. The BBC is also reporting that the gunmen attacked a military garrison, driving off soldiers.

The CBC reports that the local administrative buildings may have been seized, that no one knows who is in charge, and that a theater has been burned down. They put the number of prisoners released at 2,000.

There have been protests in Andijon for the past few days over the trial of 23 businessmen charged with membership in an extremist group that may or may not exist. Andijon is also very close to Kyrgyzstan, where there has been a growing split in the ranks of Hizb ut-Tahrir between those committed to peaceful action and those who promote violence to achieve the group’s aims. It is impossible to say who is responsible for the violence at the moment though.

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May 06, 2005

Hatewatch Briefing 2005-05-06

Welcome! This briefing will be looking hard at the dark places the mainstream media sometimes seem determined to look away from, to better understand our declared enemies on their own terms and without illusions. Our goal is to bring you some of the top jihadi rants, idiotarian seething, and old-school Jew-hatred from around the world, leaving you more informed, more aware, and pretty disgusted every month. This Winds of Change.NET HateWatch briefing is brought to you by Lewy14 (hatewatch@winds…), and by zorkmidden of Discarded Lies. Past briefings and posts on related topics can be found here. Entil’zha veni!


  • Religious Hate: Brunei sermon accuses missionaries of witchcraft; Preacher in Sweden receives death threats; Pakistani Christian tortured for not reciting kalma; Pakistani Christians arrested in Riyadh; Iranian Ayatollah: fight Jews, immanentize eschaton; Islamist thugs in Basra; Friday sermon in Sudan blasts late pope, Jews.

  • Idiotarian Seethings: Militants in Pakistan order stop to films, music; Robertson: federal judges worse threat than Al Qaida; Saudi women’s rights activist: global Zionism responsible for 9/11; Dueling t-shirt slogans from CafePress.

  • Race and Culture: Anti-Semitism on the rise in Europe and North America; Anti-Semitism in Turkey; Spain arrests neo-Nazis; Christian group concerned about neo-Nazis in the Czech Republic; Neo-Nazi arrested in IDF; Anti-Semitism is rampant in Russia; Anti-Semitism in Armenia; Austrian houseware chain named tool shed model “Mauthausen”; “Protocols” presented as factual in Syria; Revival of rightwing paramilitary in Philippines.

  • A Hopeful Note: Turkey confronts genocide; Saudi teens go ‘west’; Saudi columnist speaks up for girls’ school.

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May 02, 2005

Roots (shurush)

Bryan Berkett worked for me at Spirit of America, and then left to move back to New York City. A Jewish kid from Beverly Hills, he worked with a Palestinian friend from college to start Shurush, which started as an ad-hoc charity giving out microfinance loans to Palestinians.

I’m an immense believer in microfinance. The “Grameen Bank” type solutions have been shown to work, and the dense social webs that they use and build on not only build economies, but societies as well.

They are working to build a real endowment and take their organization to the next level of stability.

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