Al Qaeda papers on the acquisition, training and use of game changer weapons....

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"The following pages are part of a cache of documents that the Associated Press found on the floor in a building occupied by al-Qaida fighters for almost a year in Timbuktu, Mali. The AP has pieced together the order of the pages as far as possible."

In the name of God, the merciful, the compassionate. Sam 7 Rocket (Land-Air)
Al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb.

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Sam 7 Rocket (Land-Air) (SA-7)

The Russians invented this type of rocket in 1968. It is an anti-aircraft weapon. In 1972, some modifications were introduced to the initial shape which was later named SA-7A. The modified version was called SA-7B.

Also, the original model was called SA-7A Model (0) and the modified model was
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77 year Wimbledon wait for Great Britain ends on 7-7....

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Andy Murray won his first Wimbledon title and ended Britain's 77-year wait for a men's champion with a hard-fought victory over world number one Novak Djokovic.

The Scot, 26, converted his fourth championship point in a dramatic final game to win 6-4 7-5 6-4 and claim his second major title.

Murray was willed on by the majority of the 15,000 spectators on Center Court, thousands watching on the nearby big screen and millions more around the United Kingdom.

The final game was a battle in itself, with Murray seeing three match points slip by from 40-0 and fending off three Djokovic break points with some fearless hitting, before the Serb netted a backhand to end the contest. After a grueling three hours 10 minutes in searing temperatures, Murray had finally followed in the footsteps of Fred Perry's 1936 win at the All England Club.

Perry used to leap over the net in celebration, but Britain's new champion roared in delight before sinking to his knees on the turf. Murray, who collected a first prize of £1.6 M ($2.4 M), then headed into the stands to celebrate with his family and support team, moments later parading the trophy around Center Court.

The ghost of Fred Perry had finally been exorcised by Murray and all of Great Britain could now heave the proverbial sigh of relief.

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Senegalese president defends his stance on African values regarding homosexuality

Obama and Macky Sall at joint press conference
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Senegalese President Macky Sall has defended his refusal to decriminalize homosexuality, a day after publicly clashing with President Barack Obama on the issue at a joint press conference. 

In an interview, Sall said it was important for other countries to refrain from imposing their values beyond their borders. He compared his position on homosexuality to other countries' positions on polygamy, which is widely practiced in Senegal and other African countries. 

"We don't ask the Europeans to be polygamists," Sall said. "We like polygamy in our country, but we can't impose it in yours. Because the people won't understand it, they won't accept it. It's the same thing." 

Senegal's penal code calls for prison sentences of up to five years and fines of up to $3,000 for committing "an improper or unnatural act with a person of the same sex."

A report released this week by Amnesty International, a Western so-called human rights watchdog, says 38 African countries — about 70 percent of the continent — criminalize homosexual activity.
These laws appear to have broad public support. A June 4 Pew Research Center survey found at least nine of 10 respondents in Senegal, Kenya, Ghana, Uganda and Nigeria believe homosexuality should not be accepted by society.
Sall warned that because of these views, public advocacy on behalf of homosexual rights could prompt a strong negative reaction. "We need to be careful, because in Africa and in certain Muslim societies, these are subjects that can provoke fundamentalism," he said.
In a December 2011 memorandum, Obama instructed federal agencies to promote homosexual rights overseas, drawing strong protests from some African officials and many of his African fans. But while experts say the U.S. has forcefully pushed for homosexual rights behind closed doors, the public positioning has been discreet, with officials often citing concerns about putting local activists in danger.
Prior to this week's Africa trip, Obama's second since becoming president, some advocates had pushed for him to vocally advocate for homosexual rights, saying the respect he commands in much of Africa could help sway public opinion.
At Thursday's press conference in Dakar, Obama said everyone should be equal under the law regardless of cultural differences. "When it comes to how the state treats people, how the law treats people, I believe that everybody has to be treated equally," he said.
In response, Sall said Senegal was "still not ready" to decriminalize homosexuality.
Though Obama's visit was seen as an opportunity to showcase Senegal's stability and history of peaceful democratic transition, the front pages of local newspapers on Friday were dominated by talk of the exchange on homosexuality. The newspaper Liberation, for example, praised Sall for his "courageous" stance and, alongside a photo of Obama and Sall, ran a banner headline that played on Obama's famous campaign slogan: "No, we can't."
Sall said Friday that he was not disappointed that the issue of homosexuality had received so much attention. 

He said he welcomed the opportunity to contrast his views with Obama's.
"I'm not disappointed, because I'm a democrat and I can understand very well the position of President Obama on this topic," Sall said. "We are friends. We are partners."
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European Union concern over Der Spiegel claim of US spying

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The head of the European Parliament has demanded "full clarification" from the US over a report that key European Union (EU) premises in America have been bugged. 

Martin Schulz said that if this was true, it would have a "severe impact" on ties between the EU and the United States.

The report, carried by Germany's Der Spiegel magazine, cites a secret 2010 document alleging that the US spied on EU offices in New York and Washington.
Fugitive ex-CIA analyst Edward Snowden leaked the paper, Der Spiegel says.
Snowden - a former contractor for the CIA and also the National Security Agency (NSA) - has since requested asylum in Ecuador.
According to the document - which Der Spiegel says comes from the NSA - the agency spied on EU internal computer networks in Washington and at the 27-member bloc's UN office in New York.
The document also allegedly referring to the EU as a "target".
In a statement on Saturday, Mr. Shultz said: "On behalf of the European Parliament, I demand full clarification and require further information speedily from the US authorities with regard to these allegations."
Der Spiegel also quotes Luxembourg Foreign Minister Jean Asselborn as saying: "If these reports are true, it's disgusting. The United States would be better off monitoring its secret services rather than its allies."
The US government has so far made no public comments on the Spiegel's report.
Snowden is believed to be currently staying at Moscow's airport. He arrived there last weekend from Hong Kong, where he had been staying since he revealed details of top secret US surveillance programs.
The US has charged him with theft of government property, unauthorized communication of national defense information and willful communication of classified communications intelligence.
Each charge carries a maximum 10-year prison sentence.
On Saturday, US Vice-President Joe Biden and Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa held a telephone conversation about Snowden's asylum request.
According to Mr. Correa, Mr. Biden had "passed on a polite request from the United States to reject the request".
The left-wing Ecuadorian leader said his answer was: "Mr. vice-president, thanks for calling. We hold the United States in high regard. We did not seek to be in this situation."
If Snowden ever came to "Ecuadoran soil" with his request, he added, "the first people whose opinion we will seek is that of the United States".
Quito earlier said it was willing to consider Snowden's request but only when he was physically in the Latin American country.
Meanwhile, White House spokeswoman Bernadette Meehan said only that Mr. Biden and Mr. Correa had held a wide-ranging conversation.

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WATCH: The Egyptian statue that's mysteriously moving all by itself....

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Security cameras in England's Manchester Museum (wonder what an Ancient Egyptian relic is doing in England) have shown a 4,000-year-old offering to the god Osiris spinning 180 degrees in its display case, apparently untouched. 

"I noticed one day that it had turned around," Price told the Manchester Evening News. "I thought it was strange because it is in a case, and I am the only one who has a key."
"In Ancient Egypt they believed that if the mummy is destroyed then the statuette can act as an alternative vessel for the spirit. Maybe that is what is causing the movement." [Manchester Evening News via The Telegraph]
To find out, officials set up a security camera to record time-lapse footage of the statue, which has been in the museum's possession for 80 years. After a week, they think they've found their answer: The movement may be due to a less-chilling phenomenon called "differential friction."
If you look closely, the statue is only moving during the day. Speaking with the Daily Mail, physicist Brian Cox says he thinks that the subtle vibrations caused by museum goers, coupled with the stone bottom of the statue and the glass surface of the casing, are what has been triggering its slow-motion pivot.
Price, however, still has his doubts. "It has been on those surfaces since we have had it and it has never moved before. And why would it go around in a perfect circle?"

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Will Diddy's cable deal make him a billionaire?

Jay-Z and Diddy (right)
By Zack O'Malley Greenburg - Forbes

“You started learning how to count right, I see,” explained Sean “Diddy” Combs to Forbes earlier today, likely referring to our latest estimate that placed his net worth at $580 million. “Thank God!”

But he was calling from France to talk about something else—a venture that could one day make him a billionaire Revolt TV. Diddy is the network’s majority shareholder, and just announced a carriage deal with Time Warner Cable (TWC). That means his network will have over 25 million subscribers when it debuts this fall, he says, the biggest launch in history behind only Oprah Winfrey’s OWN and perhaps one other.

“Revolt is the first network that’s being launched in the social medial age,” he said. “Multi-screen, multi-platform, from mobile to digital.”

S0 will Revolt make Diddy a billionaire? Perhaps not immediately, but there’s a good chance down the line. Cable networks are notoriously difficult to launch. The field is crowded, and established players don’t like ceding ground to newcomers. But Diddy seems to have found a way. In February 2012, Comcast (CMCSA) agreed to distribute Revolt–along with three other minority-owned independent networks—to the 10 million homes it reaches. The Time Warner deal should push Revolt past the 20 million threshold. 

And if Diddy can indeed hit 25 million, he’ll have more than a quarter of MTV's audience.

Once in the door, the economics of cable television can be extremely favorable to network owners. SNL Kagan estimates that cable companies pay MTV $0.43 per month per subscriber, which works out to just over $5 per year, or about $500 million in annual revenues. And Diddy is more than happy to challenge the original music network.

“Since MTV stopped playing music videos … it’s left this gaping hole and an opportunity to create not just a network or a channel but an audience company,” he said. “That’s what I like to call Revolt: an audience company that specializes in Millennials. And the number one thing that Millennials like is music, and the number one thing I specialize in is music.”

Turning a profit may prove difficult in the early going, but a well-oiled network can generate margins in excess of 25%. So, some back-of-the-envelope math: say Revolt manages $4 per subscriber per year. That works out to $100 million in sales, and perhaps $25 million in profit. Apply a 15x earnings multiple, and you get a valuation of $375 million for the network.

Diddy wouldn’t disclose the precise nature of his stake, saying only that it was more than half. Even if it’s 51%, he’s looking at a potential net worth bump of nearly $200 million on paper when Revolt goes live. If he doubles his subscriber base over the next few years, the math says he’ll be a billionaire. A tall order, to be sure, but that’s Diddy’s specialty.

“All I try to do is build the maximum value for my companies,” he explained. “At the end of the day, the numbers don’t lie. I’m just like any other businessman; at the end of the year I have to get my report card and deal with the reality of whatever it is.”

As for the possibility of sending his net worth into ten-figure territory?

“I don’t want my career to be defined on this, that I was quote-unquote a billionaire,” he said. “But to be honest, I’d be blessed to be a billionaire … hopefully someday it’ll come true and I’ll be able to do some good with it.”

Additional reporting by Charlie Ambler

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Syrian Islamist rebels claim receipt of sophisticated arms

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SYRIA'S Islamist rebels have received new types of weapons that could "change the course of the battle," a rebel spokesman said on Friday, as troops tried to oust opposition fighters from a Damascus district.
The announcement came a day before a meeting in Qatar of the "Friends of Syria" group of nations that back the uprising against President Bashar al-Assad.
The so-called "Friends of Syria" include the United States, Britain, France, Germany, Qatar, Turkey, Jordan and Egypt.
"We have received quantities of new types of weapons, including some that we asked for and that we believe will change the course of the battle on the ground," Free Syrian Army spokesman Louay Muqdad asserted.
"We have begun distributing them on the front lines; they will be in the hands of professional officers and FSA fighters," added Muqdad, a media and political coordinator for the FSA.
He said the Friends of Syria meeting was expected to officially announce on Saturday its members would arm the rebels.
Muqdad declined to specify what weapons had been received or when they had arrived, but added that a new shipment was expected in the coming days.
He said rebels had asked for "deterrent weapons," meaning "anti-aircraft weapons, anti-tank weapons, as well as ammunition."
The apparent influx of weapons comes after the United States said it would provide rebel forces with "military support," although it has declined to outline what that might entail.
"The weapons will be used for one objective, which is to fight the regime of Bashar al-Assad," Muqdad insisted.
"They will be collected after the fall of the regime (much like "they have been collected" in Libya, we presume), we have made this commitment to the friends and brotherly countries" that supplied them, he said.


President Obama's credibility and popularity on a precipitous decline with no end in sight....

By The Editor-in-Chief

U.S. President Barack Obama recently addressed "the world" at the famous Brandenburg Gate with only 6,000 highly vetted "guests" compared to over 200,000 that watched him raise the stakes of democratic excellence in 2008.

There is no question the president has made history by becoming the first "African-American" (he is actually half-white and half-African but the old American "one drop rule" supposedly makes him "black" or "African-American") to occupy the White House, but he has also made a dubious history by becoming the first American president to "explicitly assert the extrajudicial power to kill American citizens in their homes."

As the president's domestic and foreign policies have evolved over the last five years, it has for the most part being a comedy of unfortunate pitfalls.

From the ill-advised overthrow of Muammar Ghaddafi that has led to that country being over-run by an axis of Al Qaeda to the Benghazi tragedy; not to mention the equally naive decision to support Egypt's Islamists over Hosni Mubarak (a decision that may have compromised the long-term security of Israel), the Obama White House has seemingly pushed the wrong button on critical issues.

Still on the global front, the president is now being pushed to support a basically unknown entity in the Syrian civil war - the rebels; who for all intents and purposes do not exactly engender a sense of democratic ideals, while at the same time refusing to place Boko Haram, the Islamic terrorist group operating in Nigeria on the U.S. list of terrorist organizations. Instead, the White House and the U.S. State Department have spent more time criticizing the Nigerian government for taking the moral and judicious imperative to protect its citizens from a murderous group of savages that have specialized in killing women and children at will.

On the home front, it has been the same laundry list of missteps by the president and his team. From the IRS "oversight" to the NSA surveillance, there is the feeling at home and abroad that as opposed to the principles of democracy where citizens watch their government (as should be the case), what we have under this president is a semblance or the equivalent of tyranny - government watching citizens.

Regardless of the great speeches that may yet still come from this highly gifted but seemingly misguided president, "I have a dream" has now become "We have a nightmare" and "Yes we can" has been lost to the pervading reality of "Yes we scan" - yes, they scan and sift through your records and mine, although we supposedly leave in the freest and most democratic country in the history of mankind.

The latter, friends, is not naive nostalgia. In fact, it is the reason why I and many others left everything and everyone we loved and sojourned across the oceans, in search of the reality; yes, the reality of the American morning (after the darkness of despair), the American dream whose realism entailed the relentless pursuit and attainment of life (with its human challenges and triumphs), liberty and happiness.

Somehow along the way, this president lost it, but then again, maybe we were all just bamboozled. But don't blame us; he over-promised and we all yearned for a return back to the American century.

That century may however have been lost for good, unless we collectively fight as a united nation to get it back.

Yes we can, maybe not with this president.

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Abiola family at war over said monetary gifts from former military dictator Ibrahim Babangida and others....

Following the revelation by one of the brothers of late Chief MKO Abiola, Mubashiru Abiola that former military dictator, Gen Ibrahim Babangida has been the one sustaining the family since the death of the acclaimed winner of the June 12 1993 presidential election, the head of the Abiola family, Chief Mohammed Murtala Abiola yesterday described the claim as total falsehood.

Speaking at his residence in Abeokuta, Ogun State , the Abiola family head who said that he is not aware of any monetary support from the former head of state said " If there is any money that IBB brought, it is not to my knowledge. I heard he (Mubashiru) frequents IBB's residence in Minna to beg for money but he has never declared any money to the family. Even when Obasanjo was president, he gave the family money but Mubashiru said he went there on his own and so he didn't give us a dime. If Mubashiru is saying that IBB has been supporting MKO's family, that is understandable but that IBB has been supporting Abiola's family is not true. The last time I met IBB was many years ago in MKO's house where he came to solicit for financial assistance to enable him travel abroad."

Continuing, Murtala who is the Osin Baale of Agbado land added: "It is not today that Mubashiru has been tarnishing the good image of our family. He has been a traitor right from his childhood. He has no job. During those days, our father, Chief Salaudeen Abiola was a leader of the Action Group in Abeokuta. 

During the crisis of Awolowo and Akintola, Mubashiru joined the other group to burn our father's house. 

There was also a time Aremo Osoba gave us money and to show appreciation to him, we decided to appoint a leader and he was chosen. That was all. There was never a time MKO's family appointed him as their spokesman."

While also speaking on the controversial Will of the late business mogul, Abiola said " from the beginning we knew it was forged. When MKO died, according to Yoruba tradition, it is expected that the members of his family would make arrangement for his burial. Rather his son started making arrangement with those that killed his father. As a Muslim  he was supposed to have been buried immediately. We were in Ikeja making arrangements while Abuja was also making arrangements. At the end we heard Kola got a contract from Abacha."

Corroborating his story, secretary of the Abiola Family, Engineer, Sule Abiola hinted that the family held a meeting that ended in the early hours of yesterday and concluded on certain issues which would be made public in due course.

He added that " Mubashiru's rantings didn't come to us as a surprise but the fact remains that we cannot romance with IBB. I am the person that introduced Mubashiru to IBB on the condition that IBB would answer three questions I told Mubashiru to ask him. Since he didn't ask him, I did. He only answered one of the questions.

First, I asked him why he anulled the June 12 elections? This is what I have been keeping to myself for years but now I will say it. IBB answered that, Allah is my witness, the people that anulled the election are those in power. The second question was, who killed MKO? IBB said, I don't know. And the third question- what is your position on Kola who wanted to marry your daughter?

IBB said, I don't know. Now our resolution is to demote Mubashiru. If anyone wants to see the family, they should meet us. Kola is the head of the dynasty of the Abiola family. What is happening is that certain characters collect money in the name of the Abiola family and share among themselves. 

For the record, from 1972 until his death Moshood Abiola had been conferred with 197 traditional titles by 68 different communities in Nigeria, in response to the fact that his financial assistance resulted in the construction of 63 secondary schools, 121 mosques and churches, 41 libraries, 21 water projects in 24 states of Nigeria, and was grand patron to 149 societies or associations in Nigeria. In this way Abiola reached out and won admiration across the multifarious ethnic and religious divides in Nigeria. 

In addition to his work in Nigeria, Moshood Abiola was a dedicated supporter of the Southern African Liberation movements from the 1970s and he sponsored the campaign to win reparations for slavery and colonialism in Africa and the diaspora. Chief Abiola, personally rallied every African head of state, and every head of state in the black diaspora to ensure that Africans would speak with one voice on the issues.

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Edward Snowden Q and A with the UK Guardian online: NSA surveillance informant answers participant's questions....

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The whistle-blower behind the biggest intelligence leak in the history of the American security agency NSA, answered pertinent questions about the NSA surveillance revelations....

See the full details here courtesy of The Guardian.

My question: given the enormity of what you are facing now in terms of repercussions, can you describe the exact moment when you knew you absolutely were going to do this, no matter the fallout, and what it now feels like to be living in a post-revelation world? Or was it a series of moments that culminated in action? I think it might help other people contemplating becoming whistleblowers if they knew what the ah-ha moment was like. Again, thanks for your courage and heroism.
I imagine everyone's experience is different, but for me, there was no single moment. It was seeing a continuing litany of lies from senior officials to Congress - and therefore the American people - and the realization that that Congress, specifically the Gang of Eight, wholly supported the lies that compelled me to act. Seeing someone in the position of James Clapper - the Director of National Intelligence - baldly lying to the public without repercussion is the evidence of a subverted democracy. The consent of the governed is not consent if it is not informed.

What would you say to others who are in a position to leak classified information that could improve public understanding of the intelligence apparatus of the USA and its effect on civil liberties?
What evidence do you have that refutes the assertion that the NSA is unable to listen to the content of telephone calls without an explicit and defined court order from FISC?

This country is worth dying for.

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US officials say terrorists already altering TTPs because of your leaks, & calling you traitor. Respond? 

US officials say this every time there's a public discussion that could limit their authority. US officials also provide misleading or directly false assertions about the value of these programs, as they did just recently with the Zazi case, which court documents clearly show was not unveiled by PRISM.
Journalists should ask a specific question: since these programs began operation shortly after September 11th, how many terrorist attacks were prevented SOLELY by information derived from this suspicionless surveillance that could not be gained via any other source? Then ask how many individual communications were ingested to acheive that, and ask yourself if it was worth it. Bathtub falls and police officers kill more Americans than terrorism, yet we've been asked to sacrifice our most sacred rights for fear of falling victim to it.
Further, it's important to bear in mind I'm being called a traitor by men like former Vice President Dick Cheney. This is a man who gave us the warrantless wiretapping scheme as a kind of atrocity warm-up on the way to deceitfully engineering a conflict that has killed over 4,400 and maimed nearly 32,000 Americans, as well as leaving over 100,000 Iraqis dead. Being called a traitor by Dick Cheney is the highest honor you can give an American, and the more panicked talk we hear from people like him, Feinstein, and King, the better off we all are. If they had taught a class on how to be the kind of citizen Dick Cheney worries about, I would have finished high school.

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