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Al-Qaeda responsible for Iran Embassy


Al-Qaeda responsible for Iran Embassy attack: Berri (Video)
Lebanese Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri says that the bomb blasts targeting the Iranian Embassy in Beirut were carried out by militants linked to al-Qaeda terrorists.

In a joint press conference with Majlis Speaker Ali Larijani in Tehran on Monday, Berri offered his condolences to the Iranian nation and said all Lebanese groups have condemned the terrorist attack.

Commenting on Iran’s nuclear deal with the sextet of world powers, Berri said that Tehran achieved a nuclear victory through prudence.

Larijani said he had discussed bilateral ties and sensitive regional developments with his Lebanese counterpart. He also stressed that Iran can establish strong relations in the region.

On Saturday, Lebanese authorities identified a Palestinian national who lived in southern Lebanon, as the second bomber responsible for attacking Iranian Embassy.

On Friday, Lebanese national Mouin Abu Daher was named as one of the bombers who targeted the Iranian Embassy. He was from the southern port city of Sidon. Abu Daher was identified through DNA tests on his father, Adnan.

Abu Daher was said to be a follower of Salafi Sheikh Ahmed al-Assir, whose supporters fought with Lebanese army for two days in June after blocking themselves at a mosque in the city of Sidon.

The two blasts outside Iran’s diplomatic mission in the southern neighborhood of Janah in Beirut left at least 25 people dead, including six Iranian nationals, and wounded over 150 others on Tuesday.

According to reports, the first explosion took place when a bomber blew his explosives near the gate of the embassy, and the second blast happened just meters away when a car bomb went off.

An al-Qaeda-linked group, Abdullah Azzam Brigades, has claimed responsibility for the twin bombings.

Following the attacks, the United Nations Security Council and the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon issued statements and “strongly condemned” the blasts. http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2013/11/25/336606/alqaeda-behind-iran-embassy-blasts/

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Russland will in Zypern die Luftwaffen Basis benutzen – Russia asks Cyprus to use its air base


Die Amerikaner und NATO werden wohl erneut ausrasten, wie es bei Gaddafi war, wenn tatsächlich in Zypern Verhandlungen aufgenommen werden.

Russia asks Cyprus to use its air base

Government stuck between US and Russia over airbase use

Government stuck between US and Russia over airbase use News- Defence Minister Fotis Fotiou at the Andreas Papandreou airbase

By Stefanos Evripidou
CYPRUS APPEARS to be stuck between a rock and a hard place over a Russian request for use of its Andreas Papandreou military airbase in Paphos, it emerged on Saturday.
Local daily Simerini reported on Saturday that the military airbase southwest of the island has become a bone of contention between Russia and the US, causing headaches for the government.
According to the paper, the Russian government wants to rent permanent space at the airbase for military purposes, as opposed to adopting the practice of other ‘friendly’ states who from time to time request use of facilities, approval of which remains at the Cyprus government’s discretion.
The US is reportedly not happy with the Russian request and would see a positive response from Nicosia in a negative light.
The government, said Simerini, remains stuck in the middle of the dispute between the two permanent members of the UN Security Council (UNSC), fearful of upsetting relations with Russia (Cyprus’ main ally in the UNSC) or the US or both.
According to the paper’s sources, consultations with the Russian government to find a solution that would satisfy both sides is ongoing, but has yet to yield results.
Asked to comment on Saturday, Defence Minister Fotis Fotiou all but confirmed the report, saying he did not want to comment directly on such a serious and sensitive issue related to Cyprus’ foreign policy.
The ministries of defence and foreign affairs will cooperate responsibly and take the “right” decision, “always taking into account the country’s national interests”, he said.
Fotiou highlighted the importance of maintaining the growing geostrategic and geopolitical importance of Cyprus which can play a stabilising role in the region.
Asked whether the US has “reprimanded” the government for the facilitations offered to Russia, Fotiou said: “No one has pressed us and what matters is through a proper consultation with friendly countries to take the right decisions.”
He noted that “Russia remains a long-standing supporter of our positions on the national issue” while Cyprus also has friendly relations with the US and other neighbouring countries in the region.
“It is clearly a matter of the Cypriot government taking a decision and such decisions are not taken under any pressure from anyone,” he said.

Kategorien:Geo Politik

Angola verbietet als erster Staat auf der Welt den Islam


Islam Banned in Angola

Added by Nicci Mende on November 24, 2013.
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Islam Ban: Questionable Future for Mosques in Angola

While the constitution in Angola guarantees freedom of religion to all of its citizens, this right no longer seems to apply to the followers of the now banned religion of Islam. According to numerous newspapers in Angola, the African nation has banned the Islamic religion. It has become the first country in the world to take such a harsh stance against Muslims.

On November 22, the Angolan Minister of Culture Rosa Cruz e Silva said that “[t]he process of legalization of Islam has not been approved by the Ministry of Justice and Human Rights [and so] their mosques would be closed until further notice.” Why the religion needs to be legalized has not been definitively stated by Cruz e Silva.

Cruz e Silva has also said that the closing of mosques is the most recent move in Angola’s effort to but a stop to so-called illegal religious sects. Under new laws in Angola, many religious sects have suddenly become criminal.

On November 24, Angola President José Eduardo dos Santos said that the country is working toward putting an end to Islamic influence in Angola once and for all. Again, there is no word of what or who has been influenced and why it needs to stop.

The Governor of Luanda, Bento Bento, has said that “radical” Muslims are not welcome in the country and that the Angolan government will not be legalizing mosques or other places of worship for Muslims.

Islam Banned in Angola

Small African Nation of Angola

The African country of Angola’s citizens primarily practice indigenous religions. Recent surveys show that 47 percent adhere to traditional indigenous beliefs while another 38 percent of the population practice Roman Catholicism and 15 percent practice Protestantism.

The now banned religion of Islam is practiced by a very small percentage of the 18.5 million inhabitants of Angola. Only about 80,000-90,000 Angolans practice Islam. These Muslims are primary migrants from West Africa and Lebanon.

While the means of becoming a “legal religion” is Angola is not clear at this point, the government is very harshly cracking down on the illegal sects. Minister of Culture Rosa Cruz e Silva has made it known that there are nearly 200 different illegal religious sects in Angola so it is not just Islam that has been banned in Angola.

Rosa Cruz e Silva has also said that there are more than 1000 applications that have been submitted by religious groups in an effort to legalize their sects. Islamic groups have made up some percentage of these many applications but it is not clear when or if they will ever be approved. Rosa Cruz e Silva said that the legalization process of Islam has simply not been approved and, therefore, mosques must remain closed “until further notice.”…….

http://guardianlv.com/2013/11/islam-banned-in-angola/

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