2006-10-17

Afternoon Roundup

WSJ - Opinion Journal on Lynne Stewart.
Yesterday in New York, Lynne Stewart, a self-styled "civil rights" attorney whose past clients include the Black Panthers and Weather Underground, was sentenced to 28 months in prison for illegally passing messages between her imprisoned client, Sheik Omar Abdel-Rahman, and his followers in Egypt's Al-Gama'a al-Islamiyya, the terrorist group responsible for killing 62 mostly European and Japanese tourists in Luxor in 1997. Some of those tourists were beheaded; others were disemboweled. ...

Via LGF, MEMRI.
On October 17, 2006, an Islamist website posted a message titled "You Can Spy on the Enemies' Airports Directly by Controlling the Cameras' Direction." The message contains a link to a screen showing what it claims to be a live view of various areas within Anchorage International Airport via several cameras (http://209.193.48.89/view/index.shtml ). The message gives directions for how to control the cameras and promises to provide links in the future for other airports as well.

Arutz Sheva: Gush Shalom opposes Lieberman.
The Gush Shalom organization warned Israelis on Tuesday not to let Yisrael Beiteinu (Israel Our Home) party chairman Avigdor Lieberman into the government coalition, saying the move would “shame everyone who advocates it.”

In a letter published in the Ha’aretz newspaper, the left-wing organization said Lieberman’s presence in the coalition would “raise a black flag over Israel,” calling him “a threat to the fabric of Israeli society.”

Gush Shalom advocates transferring all territory captured by Israel in the Six Day War to the Palestinian Authority in order to make “peace and conciliation with the Palestinian people.”

Khaleej Times via Marze Por Gohar: Ahmadinejad's federalism policies disputed.
An internal dispute has broken out in Iran over new policies by President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to promote federalism, the news agency Mehr reported Tuesday.

The background of the dispute is Ahmadinejad’s order to transfer provincial budget planning to the provinces and local officials there rather than being managed, as it has been until now, by the Planning and Budget Organization (PBO) in the capital Teheran.

The new policy by the president is supposed to realise the long overdue plan to decentralise political and economic decisions from the capital to the relevant provinces. Such a plan has several times been discussed both before and after the 1979 Islamic revolution but never implemented. ...

Tammy Bruce on Gordon Chang.
I had the pelasure of having author Gordon Chang on Tammy Radio today to discuss his book, "Nuclear Showdown: North Korea Takes on the World," which, for obvious reasons, is the Tammy Blog must-read of the week. You may not agree with all of Gordon's points, but it's important for us to understand more about China, its influence, and how American policy can and should influence that region, and China specifically, more forefully.