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Prime Minister Antonis Samaras said the proposed legislation would bar parties that denied crimes against humanity, such as the Holocaust-denying Golden Dawn, from running in future for the Greek parliament.


The premier of Greece promised Jewish leaders on Sunday that he would introduce a new law to prevent Holocaust-denying parties from running for parliament in his country.

Prime Minister Antonis Samaras was participating in a commemoration service at Thessaloniki’s Monastiriotes Synagogue marking the 70th anniversary of the start of the deportation of the town’s Jews to the German death-camps.

Over 90 percent of the 53 thousand Jews living in Thessaloniki on the eve of the Second World War perished in the Holocaust.

In what was the first visit by a serving Greek prime minister to a synagogue, Samaras said that “Greek society has been infected by voices that seek to resurrect racism” and that “neo-Nazis have reappeared once again in Europe.”

His government would “continue to legislate towards complete intolerance of violence and racism,” Samaras said.

He did not however directly refer to the neo-Nazi and anti-immigration Golden Dawn party which won seven percent of votes in the last Greek election.

The event was attended by members of the executive committee of the World Jewish Congress which helped sponsor the commemorative events organized by the local Jewish community and the city council of Thessaloniki.

In a meeting after the service with WJC President Ronald Lauder, Jewish Agency Chairman Nathan Sharansky and Israel’s ambassador to Greece, Samaras explained that the proposed legislation would bar parties that denied crimes against humanity, such as the Holocaust-denying Golden Dawn, from running in future for the Greek parliament.

The service in Monastiriotes Synagogue was attended also by senior representatives of the Greek Orthodox Church, Thessaloniki’s mayor, Iannis Boutaris, and even a representative of the far-left and anti-Israel Syriza party who said that “the names of Nazi collaborators must be wiped from the streets of Saloniki and we must all continue to fight fascism.” WJC President Lauder was the only speaker at the service who singled out Golden Dawn by name and said “they think like Nazis, they speak like Nazis, they act like Nazis – they are Nazis,” calling upon the Greek parliament to outlaw the party.

Jewish Agency Chairman Sharansky said that “because of our history, we Jews have a reason to be paranoid” and said that the Greek government “must fight without compromise against those voices which are a danger to Jews and to all Greeks.”

The World Below / - Rand Paul: Totally Jew Approved
« on: March 07, 2013, 08:00:44 PM »
Obama meets American Jewish leaders ahead of Israel trip

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama hosted leaders of major American Jewish organizations at the White House on Thursday as he sought to smooth the way for his first presidential visit to Israel later this month.

 The meeting was a chance for Obama to preview his agenda for the trip, which aides have said will include a heavy emphasis on efforts to curb Iran's nuclear program as well as discussion of deadlocked Israeli-Palestinian peace moves and Syria's civil war.

 Obama's outreach to prominent figures in the Jewish community could help ease any residual tensions following the 2012 election campaign. Republicans had accused the Democratic president of not being sufficiently supportive of Israel, Washington's closest ally in the Middle East.

 Obama used Thursday's talks to reiterate his "unshakeable support" for Israel, a White House official said. The president's aides have insisted that U.S.-Israeli ties have remained on solid ground despite his history of testy relations with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

 While the White House has denied that Obama will present his own peace plan during the trip, the president made clear he will not shy away from the issue and left open the possibility of a more concerted diplomatic push at a later time, a source knowledgeable about the meeting told Reuters.

 Obama told the leaders he wanted to speak directly to the Israeli people and, in a major address in Jerusalem, will urge them to work for peace with the Palestinians, the source said.

 When challenged on why Obama had not sharpened his threat against Iran even further than he had, as the hawkish Netanyahu has urged, Obama defended his focus on sanctions and diplomacy and said he wanted to keep options open for a peaceful resolution, the source said.

 Vice President Joe Biden told a conference of America's largest pro-Israel lobby on Monday that Obama was "not bluffing" about resorting to military force against Iran if all else fails to halt Iran's nuclear advance. Tehran denies seeking a bomb.

 At the White House meeting, Obama played down disagreement with Netanyahu over how to deal with Iran's nuclear program and suggested that differences among Israelis themselves were greater, the source said. Netanyahu has strongly hinted at the possibility of an Israeli strike on Iran's nuclear sites, but has not signaled that such an attack might be imminent

Sounds like a nice Purim season tale and a gear up for WW3....

General / Racy "Girls Gone Wild" video company files for bankruptcy
« on: February 28, 2013, 06:51:38 PM »

LOS ANGELES | Thu Feb 28, 2013 7:20pm EST

 (Reuters) - The company behind the "Girls Gone Wild" video series featuring scantily clad young women drinking, dancing and stripping, has filed for bankruptcy protection citing $16 million in debts, according to court papers obtained on Thursday.

Privately owned GGW Brands filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in U.S. federal court in Los Angeles on Wednesday.

The Los Angeles company said in a statement that it was seeking reorganization and that the filing would not affect any of domestic or international operations of "Girls Gone Wild."

The company, which has sold millions of the racy videos and DVDs since 1997, listed a $10.3 million debt owed to Wynn Resorts casino owner Steve Wynn as its biggest debt.

"Girls Gone Wild" creator Joe Francis was last year ordered to pay Wynn $40 million in damages for defamation and emotional distress. A Los Angeles jury found that Francis had falsely claimed that Wynn threatened his life over a gambling debt.

Another creditor listed in the bankruptcy papers was a woman who won a $5 million lawsuit against "Girls Gone Wild" after someone exposed her breasts in a bar without her consent for one of company's films.

GGW Brands said it has assets of less than $50,000, according to the court papers.

"The company Girls Gone Wild remains strong as a company and strong financially. The only reason Girls Gone Wild has elected to file for this reorganization is to restructure its frivolous and burdensome legal affairs," GGW Brands said in a statement on Thursday.


By Gil Shefler · February 26, 2013

NEW YORK (JTA) -- In 2006, aspiring Israeli singer Rami Feinstein faced a big-time dilemma: Would he sign a 19-year contract with a top talent agent and relinquish 45 percent of his future profits, or take a job illegally selling cosmetics at an American shopping mall?

Feinstein took the job at the mall -- and it worked out better than he expected.

Not only did he make enough money to cut an album the following year, he found inspiration in the most unlikely of places. The sales pitch he used on clients at the Minnesota mall became the lyrics of “Something Amazing,” his first single.

“The song is about a bittersweet memory from that period,” Feinstein told JTA by phone from Tel Aviv. “As a musician I wanted to make music. But in order to do that I suddenly found myself having to sell cosmetics to American women at a shopping mall. That conflict gave birth to my song.”

Like Feinstein, thousands of Israelis find easy money selling brand-name cosmetics at hundreds of mall kiosks across the United States. But not everyone has a fairy-tale ending.

Last month, 13 Israelis were arrested when Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents rounded up salespeople at two shopping malls in Houston. Meanwhile, the U.S. Embassy in Tel Aviv has been working to stem the flow of illegal workers at the source, producing a video warning would-be Israeli kiosk salespeople that beside the ignominy of being jailed, they faced a potential lifetime ban on entering the United States if they are caught.

“It is true that thousands of Israelis have traveled over the past 10 years and worked at these kiosks," Charles Shannon, an embassy official, says in the video released in June 2011. “The difference is we know about it now.”

In the United States, talk of undocumented workers is more likely to conjure images of sun-parched Latino agricultural workers or nannies caring for the children of the affluent rather than pushy Israeli salespeople in air-conditioned emporiums hawking eye lotions and hand creams.

But increasingly, the flow of illegal Israeli workers is capturing the attention of American law enforcement, which treats them much as they treat any worker caught working illegally in the United States.

Even so, Israelis continue to flock to U.S. malls, judging the rewards to outweigh the risks.

“I earn more money in one month working at a shopping mall in the U.S. than I would in Israel in a year,” said Noa, who recently returned from a stint at a Texas mall and asked that her real name be withheld.

Noa, who spends the Christmas shopping season working at U.S. malls, says she can earn up to $8,000 in a good month -- nearly four times the average Israeli monthly salary. Of her many friends who have worked in the business, very few have been caught, she said. Some use the money to open businesses back home, while others used it to pay for trips to South America.

“You're standing at the cart all by yourself trying to communicate with people around you, but they're all saying 'no, no, no,' ” Feinstein said. “Just like an artist, you're constantly being rejected. But if you're strong and you have something interesting to offer, then eventually you'll be rewarded.”

After a few weak years, insiders say the kiosk business at malls is booming again. Kiosks are eager for new recruits, and recruiters typically offer to pay to transport potential employees to malls across the United States. Workers are housed communally; rent is generally free for the first month and then heavily subsidized.

Kiosk workers say they live and breathe salesmanship. Shifts are 12 hours long and they receive one day off per week. At night they laze around playing guitar, singing and exchanging stories about their top sales. First thing in the morning they're back at the kiosk.

The flow of illegal Israeli workers is seen as one reason for the failure of legislative attempts to exempt Israelis from having to obtain U.S. travel visas. A bill co-authored by Reps. Brad Sherman (D-Calif.) and Ted Poe (R-Tex.) would waive the requirement for Israelis to obtain a visa prior to traveling to the United States. But the bill is stuck because Israelis have a visa rejection rate of 5.9 percent. By law, visa requirements cannot be waived for citizens of countries with a rate above 3 percent.

Hoping to reduce the rate, Yigal Tsarfati, head of the Israeli Foreign Ministry's consular section in Jerusalem, recently took the unusual step of asking young Israelis not to apply for tourist visas to the United States.

“I would be happy if young adults would spare themselves the experience of waiting in line, paying high fees and the anguish of having their application rejected,” Tsarfati said, according to the daily Maariv. “By so doing they will contribute to efforts to reduce the number of those rejected.”

In 2009, Congress made an exception to the 3 percent rule for Hungary, Latvia and Lithuania, countries with higher rejection rates than Israel. Sherman said a similar exception could be made for Israel. He scoffed at the notion that doing so would open the floodgates to illegal Israeli immigrants.

“Proportionally, there are more illegal immigrants from Hungary, Lithuania, Latvia and about 100 other countries I can get you than from Israel,” he said. “If you're in a Jewish environment, then you hear 'bubbe meises' [old wives' tales] about the Israeli illegal immigrants at the mall. But there are probably more illegal immigrants in the country from Canada and the UK. We can't shut down our relationship with them over that, can we?”

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Purim 2013

Drew Barrymore to raise her baby Jewish, cites ‘beautiful’ aspects of Judaism

During an interview on “The View,” Barrymore discussed converting to Judaism and her decision to raise her newborn within the religion.

“I’m a shiksa. I do the seders and we do Passover,” she said.

“I haven’t converted yet, (but) Olive will be raised traditionally. We had a very traditional wedding ceremony with Rabbi Rubenstein and I did the ketubah. We wore the yarmulkes and we did the chuppah.”

“I’m there, I love it! It’s a beautiful faith and I’m so honored to be around it. It’s so family-oriented… The stories are so beautiful and it’s incredibly enlightening. I’m really happy.”

Barrymore’s daughter, Olive, is only a few months old, born in October 2012. She is the actress’s first child.

The World Below / Secret hearings in case of Chandra Levy slayin
« on: January 25, 2013, 09:46:33 AM »

Friday, January 25, 2013

A judge has been holding secret hearings in the case of the man convicted in the 2001 killing of Chandra Levy, the latest twist in a high-profile murder investigation that went unsolved for years and captured public attention because of the intern’s relationship with a California congressman.

The meetings, held sporadically behind closed doors at the courthouse over the last several weeks, could signal potential problems for the prosecution in a decade-long case that seemed resolved with the 2010 conviction of Ingmar Guandique. The illegal immigrant from El Salvador is now serving a 60-year prison sentence in her death.

Authorities acknowledged at the outset of the case that they had no DNA evidence or witnesses linking Guandique to the crime, building their case instead around a jailhouse informant who testified that Guandique had confided in him that he had killed Levy. They also said the attack on Levy fit a pattern of attacks by Guandique on other female joggers in the same location where Levy went missing.

Guandique, who was already imprisoned for those attacks when he was accused in Levy’s death, professed innocence at his sentencing hearing.

Neither prosecutors nor defense lawyers have revealed the purpose of the meetings, which court records show have been placed under seal by a judge. Several media organizations including The Associated Press petitioned this week to open the post-conviction proceedings. The next hearing is set for Feb. 7 in D.C. Superior Court.

William Miller, a spokesman for the U.S. Attorney’s office, which is handling the case, declined to comment Friday while the case is pending. A public defender for Guandique did not immediately return a phone message seeking comment.

Levy went missing in the summer of 2001 while exercising in Washington’s Rock Creek Park, where her remains were located in a heavily wooded area a year later.

The case captivated the public after it was revealed that the intern was having a romantic relationship with then-Rep. Gary Condit, whose political career was ultimately crippled by reports of the affair. Mr. Condit was grilled by investigators as a potential suspect but eventually ruled out. He testified at Guandique’s trial that he had no role in Levy’s disappearance or death, but evaded questions about their relationships by saying he was entitled to privacy.

No arrests were made until 2009, when the authorities seized on Guandique,

Levy’s father, Robert Levy, told KGO-TV in San Francisco that he has not been told by prosecutors what’s going on.

He called Guandique a “convicted rapist and an illegal alien,” but added, “if he’s innocent of murder, he shouldn’t be in jail for it.”

The World Below / Researcher in UC Davis apartment blast arrested
« on: January 20, 2013, 12:44:05 AM »

Sunday, Jan. 20, 2013

 A UC Davis researcher, injured in an explosion that rocked his campus apartment early Thursday, was arrested Saturday on multiple charges in the blast that forced evacuation of five university housing buildings.

David Snyder, 32, was being held Saturday night in lieu of $2 million bail as UC Davis police, a Yolo County bomb squad and other agencies try to unravel the mystery of why Snyder's campus apartment contained alleged bomb-making materials as well as completed compounds said to be suitable for detonation.

But UC Davis Police Chief Matt Carmichael said in a news conference Saturday night that there is no evidence Snyder, a Ph.D chemist working as a junior researcher in a campus lab, was planning an act of violence or represented a danger to anyone other than himself.

 "There is currently no evidence to suggest that Mr. Snyder was planning any event on campus or in the community," Carmichael said.

Snyder, who received his doctorate from UC Davis in 2011 and earned an undergraduate degree in chemistry from the university in 2004, was the only one hurt in the 1 a.m. explosion in an apartment at the Russell Park complex on the west side of campus.

He left the apartment, bleeding from hand injuries, and checked into Sutter Davis Hospital – which later notified police.

Carmichael said Snyder, who is still under medical care, was arrested on felony charges of possessing an explosive, possessing materials with intent to manufacture an explosive device and possession of firearms on campus.

Authorities wouldn't reveal what the explosive materials were nor the type of firearms in Snyder's apartment – though Carmichael said the researcher wasn't in possession of anything that would constitute an "assault weapon."

The blast, which caused only minor damage to Snyder's apartment, forced the evacuation of 40 other housing units in five buildings, home to 74 people, including postdoctoral students, spouses and children.

For 20 hours afterward, bomb squads from the Yolo, Placer and El Dorado sheriff's departments, Sacramento police and the California Highway Patrol worked to ensure the safety of the apartment and removed potentially dangerous chemicals and compounds. They were assisted by the FBI and the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

"I would say there were significant concerns for public safety in the area," said Commander Nick Concolino of the Yolo County bomb squad. He said Snyder "did possess the materials necessary and had, obviously, the intent to make an explosive."

Authorities Saturday night wouldn't describe what chemical materials were found in Snyder's apartment nor detail what caused the blast or what Snyder was doing at the time.

Concolino said the materials ranged from common household products that could be used in detonation materials to "mixtures that were completed explosives."

"We're talking about chemical materials that were primary explosives and also secondary explosives," said Concolino, who said authorities are trying to find out why Snyder possessed the materials and what he intended to do with them.

"The motivation is part of the investigation," he said.

Authorities wouldn't discuss how – or where – they believe Snyder obtained the materials.

Following the apartment explosion, authorities disposed and neutralized unsafe chemicals in an open area east of the UC Davis campus. Concolino said there "is no toxic danger" from the materials that were destroyed "in a prescribed manner."

University officials said Snyder has been placed on leave from his temporary job at a campus chemistry lab. His two-month appointment was set to expire Jan. 31. Before his current assignment, Snyder held a one-year research appointment through UC San Francisco that allowed him to work at UC Davis.

Carmichael said in a statement that authorities had no information Snyder was "plotting some broader crime." He said authorities were "relieved that the explosion was not worse and that no members of our community other than Snyder were injured."

The UC Davis police chief told reporters, "This investigation is comprehensive and we're working on everything."

Authorities would not say where Snyder was held Saturday night. They said he would be booked into Yolo County jail and arraigned in Yolo Superior Court once he sufficiently recovers from blast injuries. Authorities declined to offer details on the injuries.

General / Gene study hopes to settle debate over origin of European Jews
« on: January 17, 2013, 05:05:43 PM »

By Agence France-Presse
Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Jews of European origin are a mix of ancestries, with many hailing from tribes in the Caucasus who converted to Judaism and created an empire that lasted half a millennium, according to a gene study.

The investigation, its author says, should settle a debate that has been roiling for more than two centuries.

Jews of European descent, often called Ashkenazis, account for some 90 percent of the more than 13 million Jews in the world today.

According to the so-called Rhineland Hypothesis, Ashkenazis descended from Jews who progressively fled Palestine after the Moslem conquest of 638 AD.

They settled in southern Europe and then, in the late Middle Ages, about 50,000 of them moved from the Rhineland in Germany into eastern Europe, according to the hypothesis.

But detractors say this idea is implausible.

Barring a miracle –which some supporters of the Rhineland Hypothesis have in fact suggested — the scenario would have been demographically impossible.

It would mean that the population of Eastern European Jews leapt from 50,000 in the 15th century to around eight million at the start of the 20th century.

That birth rate would have been 10 times greater than that of the local non-Jewish population. And it would have occurred despite economic hardship, disease, wars and pogroms that ravaged Jewish communities.

Seeking new light in the argument, a study published in the British journal Genome Biology and Evolution, compares the genomes of 1,287 unrelated individuals who hail from eight Jewish and 74 non-Jewish populations.

Geneticist Eran Elhaik of the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health in Baltimore, Maryland, trawled through this small mountain of data in search of single changes in the DNA code that are linked to a group’s geographical origins.

Such telltales have been used in past research to delve into the origins of the Basque people and the pygmy people of central Africa.

Among European Jews, Elhaik found ancestral signatures that pointed clearly to the Caucasus and also, but to a smaller degree, the Middle East.

The results, said Elhaik, give sound backing for the rival theory — the “Khazarian Hypothesis.”

Under this concept, eastern European Jews descended from the Khazars, a hotchpotch of Turkic clans that settled the Caucasus in the early centuries AD and, influenced by Jews from Palestine, converted to Judaism in the 8th century.

The Judeo-Khazars built a flourishing empire, drawing in Jews from Mesopotamia and imperial Byzantium.

They became so successful that they sent offshoots into Hungary and Romania, planting the seeds of a great diaspora.

But Khazaria collapsed in the 13th century when it was attacked by the Mongols and became weakened by outbreaks of the Black Death.

The Judeo-Khazars fled westwards, settling in the rising Polish Kingdom and in Hungary, where their skills in finance, economics and politics were in demand, and eventually spread to central and western Europe, according to the “Khazarian Hypothesis.”

“We conclude that the genome of European Jews is a tapestry of ancient populations including Judaised Khazars, Greco-Roman Jews, Mesopotamian Jews and Judeans,” says Elhaik.

“Their population structure was formed in the Caucasus and the banks of the Volga, with roots stretching to Canaan and the banks of the Jordan.”

Many things are unknown about the Khazars, whose tribal confederation gathered Slavs, Scythians, Hunnic-Bulgars, Iranians, Alans and Turks.

But, argues Elhaik, the tale sketched in the genes is backed by archaeological findings, by Jewish literature that describes the Khazars’ conversion to Judaism, and by language, too.

“Yiddish, the language of Central and Eastern European Jews, began as a Slavic language” before being reclassified as High German, he notes.

Another pointer is that European Jews and their ancestral groups in the Caucasus and Middle East share a relatively high risk of diseases such as cystic fibrosis.

The investigation should help fine-tune a fast-expanding branch of genomics, which looks at single-change DNA mutations that are linked with inherited disease, adds Elhaik.


    Philip Hayes admitted abusing Luciana Berger at Liverpool Music Awards
    Shouted 'I f****** hate Jewish people' at MP after arguing over Israel
    Fined £175 after apologising and insisting he is not racist or anti-semitic

By Hugo Gye

PUBLISHED: 12:36 EST, 9 January 2013

A well-known music promoter has admitted making anti-semitic comments towards a Jewish Labour MP during a drunken tirade at a star-studded awards ceremony.

Luciana Berger was shocked by Philip Hayes' racially abusive rant at the Liverpool Music Awards last year.

Hayes, who has a history of alcohol abuse, suggested that the MP was Israeli rather than British, and later shouted, 'I f****** hate Jewish people' in her direction.

Although he contacted her via Facebook to apologise the next day, magistrates fined him £175 after he pleaded guilty to two charges of racially aggravated disorder.

Abuse: Philip Hayes, left, admitted making anti-semitic remarks to Labour MP Luciana Berger, right

Liverpool Magistrates' Court heard that Hayes, 53, and Ms Berger, MP for Liverpool Wavertree, were both guests at the VIP event on November 17, which was attended by the likes of Spice Girl Mel C and X-Factor stars Craig Colton and Rebecca Ferguson.

They started discussing the Israel-Palestine conflict, and a drunk Hayes made comments which upset and offended the 31-year-old politician.

'During Mr Hayes and Miss Berger's conversation about Gaza, Mr Hayes made a number of remarks about Jewish people,' prosecutor Amanda Haycock said.

'He said, "All Jewish people have money," and began talking about a Rolls Royce.'

The music mogul referred to a prominent local solicitor as a 'f****** Jewish t***', and accused Ms Berger of regarding Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu as her national leader.
Fined: The music promoter was ordered to pay a £175 fine over the drunken tirade

Fined: The music promoter was ordered to pay a £175 fine over the drunken tirade

Later in the evening, the two crossed paths again. Ms Haycock described how Hayes shouted, 'I f****** hate Jewish people' in the direction of the MP and her friend.

'As Miss Berger was the only Jewish person there she felt the comment was directed at her and she called a cab and left,' the prosecutor said.

The next day Hayes wrote to Ms Berger on Facebook apologising for his abusive language.

However, after a complaint was made to Merseyside Police, the force's dedicated hate crime unit launched an investigation into the incident.

During a police interview, Hayes claimed he could not remember exactly what he said, but admitted he had used foul and insulting language.

His lawyer George White told the court his client had 'fallen off the wagon' after five years battling a drink problem.
Bringing up the rear: Joan stood back to let her daughter soak up the limelight

Star-studded: The event where they met was also attended by celebrities such as Spice Girl Mel C, seen here arriving at the bash
Craig Colton
Rebecca Ferguson

VIP: Liverpudlian X-Factor stars Craig Colton, left, and Rebecca Ferguson, right, were at the awards ceremony

'The fact that he was drunk let him down that night and the words spoken were completely out of character,' he said.

'He has let down many of his friends from ethnic and diverse backgrounds.'

Mr White blamed Hayes's drinking on 'financial problems' at The Picket, the legendary Liverpool gig venue he runs which launched the career of Elvis Costello, the La's and the Coral.

'I sincerely apologise for the hurt and offence my behaviour has caused Miss Berger,' Hayes said in statement read by his solicitor outside court.

'Prior to this offence for over 30 years I have always tried to fight racism in every form in my personal and professional life.

'I have tried to promote tolerance and celebration of all races and creeds.

'I don't believe the words I spoke on that night reflect who I am, but I accept that I said them and caused offence by uttering them.'

The Beatles on Jews and the Media


Al Pacino won’t meet Phil Spector, even though he is playing the famed record producer and convicted killer in an HBO movie.

Pacino’s movie, Phil Spector, debuts in March and focuses on the relationship between the music legend and his attorney, Linda Kenney Baden. She represented Spector in his trial when he was charged with the murder of actress Lana Clarkson. The trial ended in a mistrial, but he was tried again and convicted of murder, and is now spending 19 years to life in prison.

Though Pacino won’t meet with Spector to research the role, the actor did go all out in portraying the music legend, The Associated Press noted.

The report noted:

    “Pacino wore a dizzying array of wigs in his portrayal of the eccentric Spector, whose “Wall of Sound” style was an integral part of pop music in the early 1960s. The actor said he decided not to meet Spector in prison because he’d be a different man than the one Pacino is portraying, who had not yet been convicted of a crime.

    “He watched video clips of Spector to help him with his portrayal.”

Director David Mamet also knew Spector well, Reuters noted. The director’s agent told Mamet he needed to watch a documentary about Spector, but the playwright said he already knew enough about the notorious music producer with the wild hair.

Though Pacino won’t met Spector for his latest role, the actor and music producer have crossed paths in the past. A friend showed Pacino a 20-year-old picture of the two men standing side by side — Pacino said he has no recollection of it.

The World Below / Meet the Most Spoiled Bombing Suspect in New York City
« on: December 31, 2012, 12:11:30 PM »

 Alexander Abad-Santos 3,788 Views 11:26 AM ET

Morgan Gliedman sounds like a character from Gossip Girl, if it hadn't been canceled. The 27-year-old grew up on Park Avenue as a doctor's daughter, lives in a cushy apartment in Manhattan's Greenwich Village, graduated from Dalton and NYU, and has a Harvard boyfriend — she's the stuff of New York Times wedding announcements. Except that today she's the subject of New York Post pulp for her alleged bomb-making skills. The Post's team of Jamie Schram, Antonio Antenucci, and Matt McNulty broke the news of Gliedman's bust this morning, reporting that authorities had discovered "a cache of weapons and a bombmaking explosive" at the apartment Gliedman shares with 31-year-old Aaron Greene, adding that the two "also had instructions on making bombs, including a stack of papers with a cover sheet titled, The Terrorist Encyclopedia." Did sources really say "baby daddy?" Sources also told the Post that Greene was an Occupy Wall Street activist.

The case really does have all the makings of a tabloid reporter's dream: a super-privileged mom-to-be, living in one of the cushiest neighborhoods in Manhattan, apparently devising bombs with her OWS boyfriend. What Gliedman and Greene were allegedly up to, of course, would be pretty terrifying no matter what neighborhood what they were doing it in. "Investigators say that substance is Hexamethylene Triperoxide Diamine (HMTD), which was one of the components in the explosives to be used by Ahmed Ressam, the 'millennium bomber' who planned to bomb LAX on New Year's Eve in 1999," reported Gothamist. Hexawha? Triperohuh? This HMTD is pretty scary stuff, even given the history of false reporting on white powder and alleged terrorists. Here's what an explosion of five grams of HMTD reportedly looks like:

And that Terrorist Encyclopedia reads like pretty serious stuff, too. Here's a snapshot of what that bomb-making manual apparently looks like — a lot of it is geared toward would-be terrorists and how easy it can be for them to become full-fledged bombmakers:

"Greene was arraigned on Sunday afternoon, and is being held without bail until his next hearing on January 4. Gliedman had yet to be arraigned as of Sunday night," Gothamist reports.


The World Below / Israeli Units Part of Intervention Forces in Syria
« on: December 26, 2012, 12:19:38 PM »

Zionist military units are deployed for a long time in Syria in order to get the claimed Syrian chemical arsenal under control.

The information was revealed for the first time by local Syrian news websites, including Syria Truth, and was confirmed by the German magazine Focus, which reported that the Zionist force belongs to the elite unit "Sayeret Matkal".

However, Syria Truth revealed last July that the mentioned force had entered Syria via Aleppo, across Turkey, with the help of the defected Syrian Colonel and Head of Aleppo Military Council, Abdel Jabbar Akidi.

Previously, meetings were held in Turkey between Zionist experts of the Biological Institute affiliated with the Zionist Prime Minister, and the retired Syrian General Adnan Sello, who fled to Turkey and had held the position of Deputy Director of Chemical Warfare Department in the regular Syrian army.

Moreover, the German periodical stated that the presence of the Zionist intervention force coincides with the presence of the Western elite forces, particularly the American and the French, deployed at Jordanian border with Syria.

“Elite forces are scheduled to enter into Syria after the fall of the Syrian regime to seize the chemical arsenal and prevent it from reaching the hands of the revolutionaries and terrorists," it said.

The French force, consisting of paratroopers, had already made several exploratory missions and seeped into Syria under the cover of a makeshift hospital for Syrian refugees, settled in the Jordanian city of al-Mafraq.

An officer of the paratroopers’ unit stationed in the French town of Calvi told the German magazine that soldiers of 135 countries make up this unit. One of those companies is totally Arab, in order not to draw any attention.

As for the American intervention force, it is composed of two Delta Force units and Rangers, involved in desert fights, and are working together with the Jordanian army.

The World Below / - US Deploys 70 Nuclear Bombs in Turkey
« on: October 25, 2012, 02:16:06 PM »
US deploys troops to Turkey amid Syria unrest: US General

The commanding general of the US Army Europe (USAREUR) says the Pentagon has recently sent a number of American soldiers to Turkey in a bid to assist Ankara in handling the spillover of the Syrian crisis.

"We have had a relatively few number of US Army Europe personnel in Turkey recently," Turkey’s Hurriyet newspaper quoted Lieutenant General Mark Phillip Hertling as saying.

The general added, "Some of that has been sharing intelligence."

Hertling noted that Turkey is concerned about how to handle the humanitarian crisis on its border with Syria.

"It's October. What [Turkey is] very concerned about is the approach of winter, and the way they can address the humanitarian crisis on the border," he pointed out.

If Turkey asks for corporation, American soldiers could be used in evacuation operations, Hertling said. “However, no request has been made yet by Turkey.”

Syria has been experiencing unrest since March 2011.

    Damascus says outlaws, saboteurs, and armed terrorists are the driving factors behind the unrest and deadly violence while the opposition accuses the security forces of being behind the killings.

The Syrian government says that the chaos is being orchestrated from outside the country and that Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and Turkey are arming the opposition.


The World Below / US Deploys 70 Nuclear Bombs in Turkey
« on: October 23, 2012, 05:23:15 PM »

Local Editor

U.S. B-61 nuclear bombThe United States of America deploys around 70 B61 nuclear bombs in Turkey to use them in case of necessary.

According to a Turkish news agency citing well informed sources, all of the bombs are deployed in the Turkish Incirlik air base in Adana, south of the country.

The greater part of these bombs is the property of the US army, and Washington reserves the right to use them in case of need, Haberturk news agency disclosed.

Until 1995 from 10 to 20 B61 bombs were deployed in two other air bases in Turkey, but later all of them were transferred to the Incirlik Air Base, it said.

According to the report, Turkey was given the US nuclear weapons in line with Washington's interests in the region which allowed the US army to transfer them to another place in case of the outbreak of dangerous conflicts in the region.

However, the problem is the means of transport for the bombs, because the Turkish side, despite repeated requests by the US, still opposes deployment of aircraft in Incirlik which are capable of transferring nuclear bombs.

Analysts believe that Turkey is itself capable of transferring the B61 nuclear bombs by using F16 planes.

B61 nuclear bombs are considered as one of the main strategic weapons of the US. B61 is 3.58 long and it weighs 320 kilograms.

Source: Agencies

The World Below / - Lebanon bombing pushes Syria conflict to region
« on: October 23, 2012, 05:20:01 PM »
Rifi: FBI Team to Help Lebanon Probe Achrafieh Blast

The head of the Internal Security Forces said Monday that the United States will send a Federal Bureau of Investigation team to help Lebanon probe Achrafieh car bombing.

Maj. Gen. Ashraf Rifi discussed the possibility of FBI assistance with David Brown, U.S. Embassy security attache, and Scott Smith, FBI legal attache at the U.S. Embassy, according to an ISF statement.

The statement said that both U.S. officials met with Rifi at ISF headquarters after Prime Minister Najib Miqati asked for U.S. technical aid in the investigation in the killing of Internal Security Forces Intelligence Bureau head Brigadier General Wissam al-Hasan, officials said Monday during a telephone conversation with U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

He did not say whether the FBI team had already arrived in Lebanon.

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton allegedly stressed Washington's support for Lebanon's sovereignty, in a phone call with Miqati, State Department spokesman Mark Toner said.

Riots since Friday had been controlled yesterday by the Lebanese army which deployed in many areas of the capital, as fresh violence erupted. Hasan's funeral on Sunday had turned into a failed coup d’état against the Lebanese government.

2012 / Jewish graveyard attack-accused denies involvement
« on: October 22, 2012, 03:43:42 AM »

Accused Nathan Symington says he didn’t do it

By Tom McRae

A man accused of attacking Jewish headstones in Auckland appeared in court today, but denies he had anything to do with it.

More than 20 headstones at Auckland’s oldest graveyard were vandalised with anti-Semitic slogans and swastikas last week.

Accused Nathan Symington says he didn’t do it.

“This is a smear campaign by the Auckland City Police, if this is for the Jewish shit."

Symington's Facebook page has photos of the attack, along with anti-Semitic posts and numerous photos of him using the neo-Nazi salute.

But he still denies it.

“You guys are interviewing the wrong person,” Symington tells 3 News. “I think it's disgusting that they would even say it. I'm Romanian, so Hitler f***ed up heaps of my people, and they're saying I did that shit. Hell no. It's the police that are disgusting. They need to be sorted out.”

Symington appeared in court this morning on breach of bail conditions in relation to other charges.

Over the weekend he and another man were charged with intentionally damaging gravestones. He says he disapproves of the vandalism.

“It's disgusting that it happened. Even that someone’s dead let alone Jewish, it really has nothing to do with the race. The main thing is that someone's grave was desecrated, you know, so it's just disgusting.”

The attack at the Grafton cemetery on Thursday evening sparked outrage in the Jewish community. Each of the graves is more than 125 years old.

Meanwhile, police are investigating a similar case of vandalism on the same day, this time on a Grey Lynn house. No one has been charged yet in relation to the graffiti on windows and considerable damage done to the house.

One of the slogans written on both the graves and the house was “88”, which stands for "heil Hitler", as H is the eighth letter of the alphabet.

Owner of the house Steve Saussey doesn’t understand why it is happening.

“I don't know whether extreme right-wing imagery is some sign of the times. It could be ignorant people, or it could be a trend, but its obviously not a good thing.”

The owners aren't Jewish and are stumped as to why their house was targeted.

Symington walked away today, but he and another man are due back in court tomorrow.

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The World Below / Lebanon bombing pushes Syria conflict to region
« on: October 20, 2012, 03:59:52 AM »

Some political analysts have blamed the Israeli regime for a deadly car bombing in the Lebanese capital in which at least eight people, including a senior intelligence official, were killed and dozens of others were injured.

Brigadier General Wissam al-Hassan -- the intelligence chief of the Lebanese Internal Security Forces - is believed to be the intended target in Lebanon. Wissam al-Hassan had recently dismantled an Israeli spy cell in Lebanon.

Meanwhile, the anti-Syrian March 14 alliance has said Lebanese Prime Minister Najib Mikati must be held accountable for the bombing, calling for his resignation.

The anti-Syrian group has also accused Syrian President Bashar al-Assad of orchestrating the attack and has demanded the expulsion of Syrian ambassador to Lebanon. This is while the Syrian government was among the first countries to condemn the bombing as a “cowardly” move.

Press TV has conducted an interview with William Jones, with Executive Intelligence Review, from Washington, to further discuss the issue. The following is a rough transcription of the interview.

Press TV: First of all, many point to Israel as the main suspect behind this incident mainly because Wissam al-Hassan, the man who was killed in today’s incident, he had a very influential role in unfolding and busting Israeli spy networks. What do you think?

Jones: At this point, it’s hard to say without more details, and it’s difficult to pin it on anybody in particular.

    One thing you can say, however, as was emphasized, I think, by Kofi Annan in his speech yesterday that the extent of the whole Syrian operation becomes more and more militarized, it’ll start to spread to the entire region.

I think what happened in Lebanon is a clear indication that that is already occurring, that the conflict in Syria is beginning to become a regional conflict.

Unless it is stopped, unless there is some means of stopping the violence and bringing the parties together at least in a truce and possibly in negotiations, you’re going to see this kind of thing occurring throughout the region. I think that’s the lesson that’s going to be drawn.

Until we know more, it could be the Israelis; it could be a lot of things.

What you have in Syria is that the extremists are now getting the upper hand. They’re very active in the area and they certainly could extend their influence to a place like Lebanon. We have to see how this pans out.

I think the ultimate conclusion is that this is really becoming a regional conflict, what had occurred initially in Syria.

Press TV: How much do you think with regards to the tension between Syria and Turkey and in the region in general, how much do you think Lebanon will be dragged into this tension?

Jones: It will certainly be dragged in very quickly if the tension is increased. There are signs, of course, that even the Turks are making some attempt at bringing about some kind of talks to resolve the crisis or at least to create some kind of a truce.

The worst problem, of course, is the negligence of the Western countries.

    Actually, the cause of this is really the fact that the US, the British and a number of other countries have really decided on regime change on Syria, and they really haven’t changed their tone on this. To the extent that that continues, all these factors that exists, the Turkish element, the Saudis putting guns to the extremists, will continue.

I think there is an understanding, from what I’ve seen in the last few days in Turkey and elsewhere, that if this violence goes on, this will become a regional conflict.

I think they have an interest in that not occurring, but the tensions have gotten to such a point that it’s rather frightening. We’re really coming to the point of regional war breaking out in the Middle East.

2012 / - Romney was a Draft Dodger
« on: October 19, 2012, 07:10:17 PM »
romney exposed

 Published on Oct 15, 2012 by John Hankey

Romney's secrecy in business is detailed, and revealed; as well as his role as a drug money launderer for GHW Bush; his connection, through Bush, to CIA death squads in Central America; his role in 9-11; in the murder of US ambassador to Libya, Christopher Stevens; and the significance of his endorsement of and by Cheney.

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