The Somalia Connection

Frank Crimi in FrontPage Somalia’s Al-Shabab Islamic terrorist group is bringing the message of holy war to a growing number of young radicalized Somali-Americans   For several years the Somalia-based Islamic terrorist group Al-Shabab has been diligently recruiting new members in the United States, efforts that have produced both a disturbing and growing increase in the radicalization of young Somali-Americans. When 19 year-old Somali-born Mohamed Osman Mohamud was arrested on November 27 for his failed attempt to blow up a van full of dummy explosives at a tree-lighting ceremony in Portland, Oregon, some saw the influence of Al-Shabab. However, law enforcement officials were quick to insist Mohamud had not been directed by any foreign terrorist organization, pointing out he had been the one to initiate contact with Al Qaeda recruiters in Pakistan in an effort to join its jihadist movement. Read Entire Article Here Recommend on Facebook Share on Linkedin Tweet about it Subscribe to the comments on this post Tell a friend

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Egypt’s Electoral Unrest

Frank Crimi in FrontPage The unrest in Egypt over its parliamentary election is the first sign of a deeper political problem Amidst accusations that their government was engaging in rampant acts of voter intimidation and electoral fraud — allegations that sparked violent encounters between police and protesters nationwide — Egyptians went to the polls on November 28 to vote in the nation’s first round of parliamentary elections. While it took several days to certify the results, the country’s ruling National Democratic Party (NDP) is headed for an overwhelming victory, claiming the majority of seats in the Egyptian People’s Assembly. The NDP won 209 of the 508 seats being contested, with a December 5 run-off scheduled for seats where no one received more than 50 percent of the vote. The NDP will run candidates in 275 of the 283 scheduled run-off votes, mostly against other NDP candidates. Despite charges of widespread electoral malfeasance, the Egyptian government has claimed the election was a “success.” While acknowledging some electoral irregularities may have occurred, the government described them as minor in both nature and in

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Iran’s New Route to Arm Hamas?

Frank Crimi in FrontPage The seizure of Iranian weapons in a Nigerian port signals the Islamist regime may have found a vulnerable new target When Nigerian officials seized 13 containers of weapons smuggled from Iran into the Nigerian port of Lagos on October 26, 2010, Iranian foreign Minister Manoucher Mottaki chalked the entire incident up to a complete “misunderstanding.” Unfortunately for Mottaki, the Nigerian government, as a result of its own internal investigation, didn’t believe the incident lacked clarity. The shipment of weapons, according to the Nigerian State Security Service (SSS), originated from the Iranian port city of Bandar Abbas and was hidden in containers marked as building materials. The cache included 107mm rockets, grenades and assorted small arms. The rockets have a killing radius of 5 miles and have been used by insurgents against US troops in Iraq and Afghanistan. If correct, this act would signal a direct violation by Iran of UN imposed sanctions that expressly prohibit Iran, either directly or indirectly, from selling, supplying or transferring any weapons. Read Entire Article Here Recommend on Facebook Share on

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Crime and No Punishment

Frank Crimi in FrontPage While most Western intelligence agencies and independent experts have long accused North Korea of selling its nuclear and ballistic-missile technology to other rogue regimes, a new report released by the United Nations gives added affirmation to that claim. The release of the report, whose publication had been delayed by China for six months, coincides with the meeting of world leaders at the G-20 economic summit in Seoul, South Korea. Compiled by a UN panel of experts, who had been charged with monitoring North Korean compliance on imposed UN sanctions, the 75-page report outlines North Korean involvement in supplying banned weapons material to Syria, Iran and Myanamar (Burma). Specifically, North Korea is alleged to have violated UN resolutions 1784 and 1874, which had been imposed on North Korea for setting off two nuclear test devices in 2006 and 2009. According to the UN report, “Evidence provided in these reports indicates that the DPRK (North Korea) has continued to provide missiles, components, and technology to certain countries including Iran and Syria since the imposition of these measures.” North

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War With Iran

Frank Crimi in FrontPage As yet another international conference on Iran’s nuclear program appears on the horizon, there are growing signs that patience with economic sanctions is wearing thin   Despite continuous assurances by the Obama administration that efforts to slow down Iran’s mad dash to acquire nuclear weapons includes a military option, critics have long complained that the threat is hollow. As another international meeting on Iran’s nuclear program is being brokered, Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s name can be added to that growing chorus of critical voices. While Netanyahu has long been an outspoken advocate of imposing tough economic sanctions on Iran, he’s been a quieter voice on utilizing the military option. So, it raised eyebrows when Netanyahu, in a meeting with Vice-President Joe Biden, made it clear that further economic sanctions against Iran could not be effective unless backed up by a credible military threat. Speaking with Biden at the GA summit in New Orleans, an annual event sponsored by the Jewish Federation, Netanyahu told the vice-president: “the only time that Iran stopped its nuclear program was

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The Lame Duck Season

Frank Crimi in FrontPage While Tuesday’s election saw Republicans win control of the House in January 2011, the 111th Congress is still alive and well and poised to do some more damage Despite losing control of the House of Representatives and suffering a greatly diminished majority in the Senate, Democrats still momentarily hold on to the levers of power and are poised to complete some unfinished legislative business during the lame duck congressional session. The session is scheduled to convene on November 15, 2010, and what could transpire between then and the convening of the next Congress in January has both parties concerned. Prior to the election, Democrats signaled the reintroduction of a series of bills to be taken up during this period. At last count, there were close to 20 such bills to be considered. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) already promised in his own re-election campaign to reintroduce both the DREAM Act, a fast-track for young, undocumented aliens to achieve legal citizenship, and a vote on the repeal of the Pentagon’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy. Both measures

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The GOP’s Real Challenge

  Frank Crimi in FrontPage The hard choices required to lower the national debt may end up hurting Republicans more than Democrats Despite the Republican Party’s current optimism over its political chances in the upcoming midterm election, the recent release by the Treasury Department of the latest national debt figures may portend unforeseen problems for the party’s future electoral prospects. While Democrats may be held accountable by voters in November for our fiscal nightmare, Republicans may actually be the ones to suffer the longer-term effects. The Treasury Department’s report shows the national debt has increased by $3 trillion over the two years of the Obama presidency, raising the nation’s new overall debt total to $13.655 trillion. At the current rate of spending, the total debt accumulated by the end of Obama’s first term will be $5.9 trillion, compared to the $4.9 trillion accumulated over the entire eight years of the Bush administration. While it can certainly be argued that both political parties share a degree of blame in this economic calamity, their level of complicity is highly different. The Bush administration

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