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Russia ‘believes US, Israel behind Iran worm attack’
Posted: 24th September 2011 by slaterbakh in Iran, middle east
MOSCOW — Russia believes Israel and the United States were responsible for unleashing the malicious Stuxnet computer worm on Iran's nuclear programme last year, a top official said on Friday.
"We are seeing attempts of cyberspace being used by some states to act against others — of it being used for political-military purposes," said the foreign ministry's emerging challenges and threats department chief Ilya Rogachyov.
"The only case in which experts believe the actions of states have been proven in this area … is the Stuxnet system that was launched in 2010 against the centrifuge control system used to enrich uranium in Iran," he said.
"Experts believe that traces of this lead back to the actions of Israel and the United States," Rogachyov told reporters. "This is the only proven case of actual cyber-warfare."
Most of the Stuxnet infections have been discovered in Iran, giving rise to speculation it was intended to sabotage nuclear facilities there. The worm was crafted to recognize the system it was to attack.
Yemen protesters die in clashes with police | euronews, world news
Posted: 19th September 2011 by slaterbakh in middle east
Violence has returned to Yemen with security forces firing on demonstrators in the capital Sanaa.
At least 25 people were killed and hundreds wounded in a dramatic escalation of protests against President Ali Abdullah Saleh.
Protester Salim Allaw said it was the twenty-sixth massacre of the regime since the beginning of the revolution until now.
“The security forces objected to our peaceful march which we had announced would be peaceful, we were not carrying weapons, but still they fired on us with heavy machine guns, and they used internationally banned gas.”
It had been the largest anti-Saleh rally in months. The president, who is refusing to handover power, is currently in neighbouring Saudi Arabia recovering from a June assassination attempt.
via Yemen protesters die in clashes with police | euronews, world news.
Turkey’s Erdogan slams Syria’s Al-Assad
Posted: 17th September 2011 by slaterbakh in Syria, Turkey
Via Rantburg
[An Nahar] Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan lashed out at Syrian 
President-for-Life Bashir Pencilneck al-Assad.
One of the last of the old-fashioned hereditary iron-fisted fascist dictators. Before going into the family business Pencilneck was an eye doctor…​on Friday, telling him the era of oppressive dictators is past.
Erdogan, who is in Tripoli on the final leg of his "Arab Spring" tour, hailed the advent of democracy in Libya and the "memory of deaders who sacrificed themselves for their country and their religion."
"You have proved in the eyes of the world that there is no regime that can go against the will of the people. This is what those who oppress the people of Syria should realize.
"This kind of leader should understand that his time is past because the era of repressive regimes has ended," Erdogan said.
Earlier Friday, the Turkish daily Hurriyet said Erdogan had warned Iran "not to spoil" the Syrian leadership, whose security forces have been cracking down on protesters since mid-March.
Erdogan said: "I cannot say there has been tension with Iran but we warned them (the Iranians) that 'the Assad administration is getting spoiled with your encouragement.'"
Turkey has expressed frustration with Assad and his iron-fisted regime for failing to listen to the people, whose almost daily demonstrations for democracy have been met with violent repression, at a cost of more than 2,600 lives according to the U.N.
"Unfortunately he did not do it," Erdogan said earlier this week, warning of the consequences of failing to meet popular aspirations for reform.
He said a solution would be for Assad to get rid of "those surrounding him who insist on the repression and the breaking of the Syrian people's will".
"If President Bashar does not take this step, he personally will pay the price," Erdogan said.
CNN Exclusive: Defiant ambassador says change is under way in Syria
Posted: 17th September 2011 by slaterbakh in Syria
Washington (CNN) – While the United Nations says more than 2,500 people have died in Syria at the hands of the regime, President Bashar al-Assad's point man in the United States says the figure is false and the result of a conspiracy aimed at Damascus.
"These are blatant lies," Imad Moustapha, the Syrian ambassador to the United States, told CNN's Hala Gorani in an exclusive interview Friday. "This is the problem we are facing today in Syria — a massive campaign of disinformation and lies."
Since the uprising against the Assad regime began in March, few Western media outlets have been granted permission to report from inside Syria. Those who receive visas find independent reporting difficult, as they operate under tight restrictions and are allowed little freedom of movement.
CNN was granted permission to travel to Syria in June, but with minimal travel outside the watch of government minders.
Twitter#occupywallstreet attempts to mimic Iran
Posted: 17th September 2011 by slaterbakh in Egypt, Iran
If we have peaceful assemblies and debates about what our demands to President Obama should be, then bit by bit we can create a situation that will rival what happened in Egypt." he said.
Libyan Fighters Pour Into Qaddafi Bastion | Fox News
Posted: 17th September 2011 by slaterbakh in Libya
Libyan employees ‘saved oil, gas sector,’ oil minister says –
Posted: 16th September 2011 by libya - Google News in Libya
Libyan employees 'saved oil, gas sector,' oil minister says
BREGA, Libya — When Moammar Gadhafi's loyalists fled this sprawling refinery and petrochemical complex in late August, shortly after Tripoli fell, they left behind lethal "forget-me-nots" for the revolutionaries who unseated him.

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UN Drops Sanctions on Libyan Oil Companies, Eases Bank Rules – BusinessWeek
Posted: 16th September 2011 by SlaterB in Libya
UN Drops Sanctions on Libyan Oil Companies, Eases Bank Rules
16 (Bloomberg) — The United Nations Security Council dropped sanctions today on two Libyan oil companies and eased restrictions on four banks in a move to boost the nation's recovery from the war that toppled dictator Muammar Qaddafi.
Libya conflict: As it happened​BBC News
Libya's Anti-Gadhafi Forces Storm Bani Walid, Sirte​Voice of America (blog)
UN Releases Libyan Assets to Aid New Leaders​Wall Street Journal
The Guardian -​ -Pakistan Daily Times
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Palestine Statehood Bid: Where Is Gaza? –
Posted: 16th September 2011 by SlaterB in Uncategorized
Hamas, allied with Iran and openly committed to Israel’s destruction, does not support the U.N. move, but has largely kept a low profile, not openly condemning it. Instead, Hamas officials have chided Abbas – also known by his nickname Abu …
Lawyer and Four Bahais Arrested –
Posted: 16th September 2011 by slaterbakh in Iran
BWNS: As a number of Baha’is in Iran await trial for providing higher education to youth barred from university, the Baha’i International Community has been distressed to learn of the arrest of a lawyer who was preparing to defend them. Abdolfattah Soltani …
Fox News Reporting: Iran’s Nuclear Secrets – Fox News (blog)
Posted: 16th September 2011 by iran - Google News in Iran
Fox News Reporting: Iran's Nuclear Secrets
Fox News (blog)
This Fox News investigative special looks at the hard facts, going beyond the speculation into the evidence of Iran's suspected nuclear weapons program. We take you inside a shadowy world of murder, cyber-warfare, nuclear physics and old fashioned

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15 killed in Syria – Bangkok Post
Posted: 16th September 2011 by iran - Bing News in Syria
should understand that his time is is past because the era of repressive regimes has ended.” A Turkish daily quoted him as saying Ankara has warned Iran “not to spoil” the Syrian leadership by encouraging Damascus in its crackdown on dissent. Erdogan said …
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