Britain, Iraq discuss prisoner swap

According to the reports, Iraqi Justice Minister Hassan al-Shammari was invited to London to sign a memorandum of understanding over the transfer of prisoners between the two countries.

The deal, however, could affect Danny Fitzsimons, the first Westerner who was tried in Iraq following the US-led invasion of the Arab country in 2003.

Fitzsimons, who was a British security guard, was sentenced to life imprisonment by an Iraqi court in February 2011 for the shooting death of two of his colleagues in Baghdad’s Green Zone in August 2009.

Justice Ministry spokesperson Haidar al-Saadi told AFP, “The British are insisting to make an agreement with Iraq, to take Danny Fitzsimons.”

Speaking on the condition of anonymity, a British diplomat also told the agency that the deal was “not targeted at any specific individual, but that’s not to say he [Fitzsimons] won’t benefit from it”.

Foreign security contractors were immune to prosecution by Iraqis until the beginning of 2009, when the immunity was lifted in the wake of a series of unprovoked killings of Iraqi civilians by western security forces.


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California shooting leaves 2 dead

Police said Tuesday that they apprehended 22-year-old Carlito Montoya, the suspect involved in a New Year’s Eve shootout at the Sports Corner Cafe in the Old Sacramento area where people gathered to watch fireworks.

A male employee in his 20s, who tried to break up the fight, and a 35-year-old man died at the scene. A security guard, a 30-year-old woman and the gunman were injured and taken to the hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening gun wounds.

There have been several deadly shootings across the United States over the past few weeks, putting the issue of lax gun control laws back in the spotlight.

On December 14, 2012, a total of 27 people, including the gunman who died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, were killed at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown in the US state of Connecticut. The assailant had killed his mother earlier that day.

In a shooting incident a week later, four people, including the shooter, were killed in the state of Pennsylvania. A number of police officers were also injured during the exchange of fire.

In another incident on December 28, 2012, a gunman shot and injured three police officers at the Gloucester Township Police Department in New Jersey. The gunman, who was reportedly a prisoner at the Gloucester Township station, was shot and killed by the officers.

More than 100,000 Americans have signed an online petition to the White House, dubbed “We the People,” asking the President Barack Obama’s administration for a renewed national debate on gun control.


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CAR rebels stop advance on Bangui

Eric Massi, a spokesman for the Seleka rebels said on Wednesday that, “I have asked our forces not to move their positions starting today because we want to enter talks in [Gabon’s capital] Libreville for a political solution.”

The announcement from the Seleka rebels comes as neighboring countries say they are sending troops to help the CAR government prevent the rebels from capturing Bangui.

Earlier in the day, the Multinational Force of Central Africa (FOMAC) also warned the Seleka rebels against any attempts to take control of the key town of Damara, saying it would “amount to a declaration of war.”

Jean-Felix Akaga, the FOMAC commander General, said that, “If the rebels attack Damara, that would amount to a declaration of war and would mean that they have decided to engage the 10 central African states.”

Damara, about 75 kilometers north of the capital, remains the last strategic city between the Seleka rebel group and the capital Bangui after the rebels managed to capture much of the country in three weeks.

On Monday, the rebels said that they would capture the town of Damara.

In his New Year’s address, CAR President Francois Bozizé Yangouvonda renewed his offer for talks with the rebel coalition saying, “I am waiting for the heads of state [of the Economic Community of Central African States] to set the date so we can go there in agreement with Seleka to find the path to exit from this crisis.”

There are many mineral resources, including gold and diamonds, in the Central African Republic. However, the country’s population is extremely poor and has faced a series of rebellions and coups since it gained independence in 1960.


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Benjamin Fulford’s Interesting Update for Jan 2

I still have company, and to let you know how behind I am, I just typed December into the title of this post!

I’ve seen Hillary’s health covered on MSM and I think we will be encouraged to hear what Ben has to say. Below is the free portion of his update. For the rest, please visit Activist Awake.

Benjamin Fulford

January 2, 2013

The turning of the tide can be a subtle thing at first but eventually the change becomes undeniable. That is what is happening now with the family cabal that has been secretly ruling the West through control of the creation and distribution of money. These people have already lost the ability to control the future of this planet and are now barely clinging on to power. The key to their loss was the spreading of the truth, for the truth shall set us free.

In one example of the sort of truth that is coming out, here is what MI5 is saying about former UK Prime Minister Tony Blair: “Blair received an offshore payment of Euro 75 million into Belize for signing the EU Treaty of Rome. All signatories were offered Euro 50 million but [Italian Prime Minister] Berlusconi was insulted by the low amount that could buy an Italian PM so the payment went up to Euro 75m. Blair then paid nearly half of his share into his wife Cherie’s offshore account at H. Ansbacher in the British Virgin Islands.” Outgoing Bank of England Governor Sir Mervyn King also has an account (in his mother’s name) in the British Virgin Islands with H. Ansbacher, MI5 says.

Belize is also the center of much of the Bain capital drug money laundering linked to defeated US presidential candidate Mitt Romney, according to MI5 and CIA sources. This in turn links to the Bush Nazi faction and their financing of the Euro with stolen Asian gold.

This is the sort of detailed information of criminal behavior is coming out about a whole slew of Western leaders these days and no amount of murders and terror attacks can put the genie back into the bottle.

There is still a lot of frantic fighting going on, though, and clearly the battle is not yet over. It is time to seize the initiative.



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Benghazi Coverup: obama – clinton Officials Who Were Supposed To Have Resigned Over Benghazi Are Still On Payroll

By: Robert Spencer


Obama’s Benghazi fall guys turn out not to be fall guys at all; they’re just playing fall guys on TV. “On Payroll After ‘Resignation’, Another ‘Lie in Web of Lies,’” by Rachel Hirshfeld for Israel National News, December 28 (thanks to Voice of the Copts):

The chairwoman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee slammed the State Department on Thursday over a report that officials who were said to have resigned over the attacks in Benghazi are still on the payroll.“This is unbelievable, the American people should be outraged at this, because it is pathetic, it is disgraceful, it is purposely misleading, it is a ruse, smoke and mirrors.

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Welcome to 2013

As you may have noticed, I published several channelings and predictions from various sources in the last few days of 2012. This blog has been “All About 2012″ and those items were part of the year that was.

I have no intention of publishing any more channelings or predictions, especially predictions of what 2013 holds in store. One of the last channelings from Archangel Michael in 2012 addressed the disappointment that many of us felt on December 22nd, with no big fanfare on the 21st. In that channeling, Michael clearly indicated that 2012 wasn’t over yet, and that many of the changes we have been hoping for would be forthcoming by year-end.

Today is January 2nd, 2013. It is 9:30AM EST, which means it’s almost January 3rd in Tokyo and Melbourne. Where are the announcements? What is the holdup? Is it still the Dragon Family, worried about coddling all the sheep into their new reality, to prevent upsetting them, while those of us who are awake and prepared to usher in the Golden Age exhaust our financial resources, and continue on this roller coaster ride of endless delays? Frankly, it seems the Dragon Family holds the lightworkers of the world in pretty low regard, if they even believe in ascension to begin with.

Many of the rumoured prosperity packages and currency revaluations were designed to give lightworkers continued financial resources to sustain themselves and fund their own humanitarian projects. Where are they? Every day, I see (not only) lightworkers falling into financial hardship. Lightworkers came here to help, not to be martyrs.

Remember Sheldon Nidle’s timeline for 2012? Remember all the channelers were saying it was all going to happen in May? Then June? Then July? etc.

In his book, “The Open Source Everything Manifesto”, author Robert Steele says that we have reached the tipping point for maximum incompetence. I am inclined to agree.

I am not saying that nothing happened on December 21st, because I felt it. I know we are in a new place, a new state of being. If you want to call it ascension, fine. We have ascended. The problem is that most of us still don’t know it. The changes are very visible, at times, like on New Year’s Eve, when many enlightened souls were gathered together to bring in the new year.

People’s attitudes are slowly changing. So slow, in fact, that most don’t even realize that changes are happening. These changes are also happening to our dietary needs, as we move from our carbon-based bodies and return to our crystalline bodies. Many of us are finding that our old food cravings no longer bring us satisfaction. Those of us who are more in-tune with our bodies have begun a more vegan-like diet (silicone-based) and given up red meat and sugar (carbon-based). I don’t know if we’ll see it in our lifetime, but eventually, we will return to being able to metabolize light, and no longer view plants and animals as foods sources.

For those of us on the path of Ascension, why would anyone want to put the vibration of a dead animal in their own body, anyway? More cabal programming, to keep us in the lower vibrations, perhaps?

Today is the day that I have drawn in the sand for all of the stuff we were told was going to happen in 2012. The announcements, the prosperity packages, the currency revaluations, etc. If we don’t have some solid monetary news by 4:00 EST, I am recommending that the lightworkers go on strike, to get the attention of the Dragon Family and whoever else is involved in all of these delays.

There are too many trusting souls spreading rumours about all of these things, and it is doing visible harm. I suggest the Dragon Family get their act together and form an alliance with the lightworkers. The longer this drags out, the less energy the lightworkers are going to have to give when this all finally materializes. As lightworkers, we are being drained of our energy, every single time a deadline is missed.

So, again, I am suggesting that the lightworkers quit playing the game. Anybody who gives you a date/time or deadline for when any of this will happen, cut them off.

Here’s the thing… Time, as we knew it, is part of the old paradigm. In his book, The Starseed Transmissions, Ken Carey compares the universe to a set of pendulum balls. Since the Big Bang, the universe has been expanding. In recent years, scientists have noticed that the universe is slowing down, which would account for the phenomenon of our perception of time speeding up. According to The Starseed Transmissions, December 21st marked the day when the universe stopped expanding, and began contracting. In that instant, the dominant energy changed from masculine to feminine.

Dates/times & deadlines are all part of the masculine energy. What does it mean? Well, we have shifted from “making things happen” to “letting things happen”. If 2012 wasn’t an exercise in demonstrating how useless dates/time and deadlines have become, then what was it? Somehow, we’ve got to get to a place where we all feel that “the time is right” for all of this to happen, and that includes the Dragon Family and whoever else is responsible for all of these delays.

2012 is over. 2013 is here. The markets have re-opened. Please, don’t give any more of your energy to anybody who offers you a deadline for any of the 2012 changes. They are of the old paradigm, and you will more than likely be disappointed. The only announcement I want to hear is that the changes are in-place, and the time is NOW.

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Will 2013 be the Year American Jews Secede from Israel?

If American Jews think that what is being done in their name is self-destructive, oppressive, blockheaded and wrong, it stands to reason they would want it to stop.

ed note–generally I find Burston’s ideas tolerable, as he does not have that mad dog disposition that seems to go hand in hand with organized Jewish interests.

HOWEVER, the real question that Burston & co need to be asking here is not whether there is going to be a mass secession from Israel on the part of American (and worldwide, for that matter) Jews, but rather there is going to be a secession from JUDAISM.

Israel, Zionism and all their siblings, cousins, aunts, uncles, etc, all spring forth from one common well, and it is JUDAISM. It has been the source of conflict the VERY MOMENT it was put into practice thousands of years ago and remains so today.

Until there are more Gilad Atzmons out there willing to have this discussion, the Jewish problem–affecting both Jew and Gentile alike–will continue on until the consummation of the world takes place.


By Bradley Burston

One day in the future, when it all comes horribly down, will Israelis finally realize that there were warning signs all along?

More to the point of the ultimate survival of Israel, could it be that when the real alarm sounds, when the genuine danger impends, Israelis won’t hear a thing?

The answers may lie in how Israelis react to the canary in the coal mine, their forward recon unit in the world, the American Jewish community.

In fact, as the new year dawns, there are mounting signs that 2013 may be the year in which U.S. Jews – in the main, liberal in outlook, committed to tolerance, pluralism, and a vigorous, sincere pursuit of peace – effectively secede from this state of Israel.

They remain committed to supporting the existence of an Israel which balances Israeli and Jewish culture with respect for minority rights, democratic values. They will stay active in promoting the welfare of Israel’s disadvantaged.

But many American Jews are already distancing themselves in word and deed from a government it sees as arrogant and short-sighted, enslaved to a runaway train of settlement, dismissive of the rights of Palestinians and other non-Jews, cold to the concerns of a sinking middle class and the drowning disadvantaged, contemptuous of the concerns of the larger Jewish world.

The catalysts: settlement expansion – especially as it strikes at Israeli-Palestinian peace prospects and mocks Washington – and backhanded insensitivity to the rights and ritual of non-Orthodox Jews.

In recent weeks, some of Israel’s most influential defenders in the States have warned of hardline Israeli policies and parties which could lead “to the destruction (the self-destruction) of Israel” (Jeffrey Goldberg, The Atlantic), and “national suicide” (Thomas Friedman).

Israeli leaders lent them not so much as a deaf ear. Nothing.

Even when the issue touches directly on the religious concerns of American Jewry, the government’s response is as dismissive and condescending as it is dishonest.

Last week, waking, years in arrears, to discover that U.S. Jews are appalled by continuing arrests for violating Orthodox-ordered prohibitions on women praying aloud and wearing prayer shawls by the Western Wall, the prime minister appointed Natan Sharansky to look into the matter.

Within hours, however, the Prime Minister’s Office rushed out a message aimed at Israelis, indicating that the appointment was largely a charade.

“There are no changes in prayer arrangements at the Western Wall and no committee has been established,” Netanyahu’s office was quoted as saying.

There are Israelis who will do anything not to be reminded that American support, anchored by U.S. Jewry, is the strategic asset which makes all other strategic assets possible. The 2012 election, after all, saw prominent members of the ruling Likud-Beiteinu, notably Knesset Deputy Speaker Danny Danon, actively campaigning for the defeat of President Obama.

But that was then.

Now, as Israel’s election campaign nears its home stretch, the heavily favored Likud-Beiteinu party, which encompasses the principal authors of nearly all of the anti-democratic legislation of the last four years, offers fresh voices and perilous new avenues for alienating American Jews from Israel.

There is, for example, Moshe Feiglin, who will enter the Knesset following the January 22 election. Something of his political philosophy can be gleaned from a 2004 article on radical settlers, in which Feiglin spoke to Goldberg, then writing in the New Yorker:

“Why should non-Jews have a say in the policy of a Jewish state?” Feiglin said to me. “For two thousand years, Jews dreamed of a Jewish state, not a democratic state. Democracy should serve the values of the state, not destroy them.” In any case, Feiglin said, “You can’t teach a monkey to speak and you can’t teach an Arab to be democratic. You’re dealing with a culture of thieves and robbers. Muhammad, their prophet, was a robber and a killer and a liar. The Arab destroys everything he touches.”

Then there is political novice Yair Shamir, catapulted from nowhere to the very upper level of Likud-Beiteinu, thanks in part to his late father’s prime ministerial heritage of having warred with then-president George H.W. Bush over the issue of settlement construction.

Last week, an opinion piece by Yair Shamir was headlined, “In Israel-US relations, settlements are entirely beside the point.”

Wrong. As his father once inadvertently proved.

But candidate Shamir went further. Taking up where Danon left off, Shamir attacked Obama’s nomination of John Kerry as secretary of state – over settlements. In essence, Shamir made acquiescence to settlement construction a condition of Israel-U.S. ties: “Many are liable to feel that his nomination will deter Israel from implementing its decision to build thousands of apartments in Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria, and will be viewed as an obstacle to Israel-U.S. relations.”

American Jews want to know what is being done in their name. In the name of Judaism. And if they think that it is self-destructive, oppressive, blockheaded and wrong, it stands to reason they would want it to stop.

American Jews are tiring of being told that opposing Israel’s policies puts Israelis in danger. Blackmail is not persuasion. If the hard right is so certain that it can get along without American Jewish support, it may all too soon get the chance to find out.

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Israel destroys Palestinian home as punishment

Ramallah: Israeli bulldozers have demolished the house of Ra’afat Al Eisawi, brother of the fasting Palestinian prisoner Samer Al Eisawi, who has refused to end his hunger strike launched 159 days ago.

Al Eisawi family accused the Israeli military forces of targeting the fasting Samer with the demolition, claiming it was aimed at putting pressure on Samer to stop his fast.

In an interview with Gulf News, Sherine Al Eisawi, Samer’s sister, said that Israeli forces arrived at Ra’afat’s house and started the demolition immediately. The family was not given the chance to clear their furniture and belongings.

“Ra’afat had never received a note, or a warning letter from the Israeli occupation Municipality in Jerusalem,” she said. “The Israeli official records do not show a single note or warning letter handed to Ra’afat at all,” she added.

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The Israeli forces arrived when all the official departments in Jerusalem are closed giving the family no chance to appeal urgently to the court to suspend or postpone the demolition.

Israeli forces claimed that Ra’afat had built his house without obtaining the official building licenve. “Not a single house in Al Eisawiyah neighbourhood is officially licensed. The Israelis do not give o building licences for Palestinians of occupied East Jerusalem,” said Sheirne.

Ra’afat has been living with his wife and three kids in his 150 square meter house. He owns the land, and had repeatedly applied for a building licence but the Israeli authorities rejected his requests.

Sherine said that it was the first time Israeli forces raided the area in such big numbers, claiming she counted more than 300 Israeli soldiers on the scene. “The Israelis expected serious confrontations with the Palestinians in the neighbourhood as the residents were clearly aware of the Israeli intentions,” she said.

Sherine said that the Israeli military surrounded their house almost daily and have demolished five times in the past month the solidarity tent built in front of Al Eisawi family in support of Samer .

“While the Israeli bulldozers were demolishing Ra’afat’s house, Al Eisawiyah residents rebuilt the solidarity tent for the sixth time sending the Israeli forces a message that they will continue their unlimited support for Samer in his Israeli confinement,” she said.

Samer has been on a hunger strike for the past 159 days protesting against his administrative detention orders. Israeli forces rearrested Samer a short time after he was released from Israeli prison in the Shalit prisoner swap deal. Samer remains in Israeli prison on a secret charges list submitted by Israeli security service.

Samer Al Eisawi has been tried in two different courts at the same time. He is scheduled to appear at Ofer Military Court today) and to also be at the Jerusalem Magistrates Court tomorrow.

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