November 20th, 2013
The Abdullah Azzam Brigades, linked to the terrorist group al-Qaeda said that it was responsible for the dual suicide bombing that happened outside Iran’s Embassy in Beirut in Lebanon. The attack had claimed 23 lives, including one senior Iranian diplomat and injured 100 people. The attackers claimed that the assault was to spread a message of blood and death to Iran and Hezbollah, who support Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
Senior Iranian Diplomat Ghazanfar Roknabadi, was killed. He was already retired from his position a month earlier and was moving on to monitoring regional cultural activities.
Embassy Security chief Radwan Fares was also killed during the suicide bombing.
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon condemned the attacks. He had called on Lebanon to stay vigilant because such attacks are indiscriminate and may involve other people. US Secretary of State John Kerry said that the attacks were senseless and despicable and that the US’ hearts go out to the victims of the bombing.
Aside from claiming the Iranian Embassy Bombing, the Abdulah Azzam also claimed they fired rockets at Israel, calling their actions a “double-martyrdom operation” by the Sunnis of Lebanon. According to them, it is only the beginning of the operation.
They called on withdrawing Hezbollah members from the Syrian civil war under the Syrian regime and the release of prisoners in Lebanon.
However, Iranian officials holds Israel as responsible for attacking the embassy. They said that mercenaries from Israel had attacked the country.
October 16th, 2013
Palestine and the Hamas felt the great price rise on daily goods and services right after Eid al-Adha, a very important Muslim festival. Markets became quiet as more people found it difficult to spend on daily goods. Aside from great price increases, unpaid salaries are by far the worst concerns concerning Egypt’s closing of smuggling tunnels created by the Hamas in the Gaza-Egypt border.
The increases in prices were attributed to the cost of transportation, the lack of power that would allow field irrigation and the fact that Palestine and the neighbouring countries are also lacking water.
People have begun buying less, making it difficult for business proprietors to pay wages to their employees. Palestine and Hamas economy were slowly rotting due to the recent political instability in many parts of the Middle East.
Israel’s sanctions on Gaza to defeat the Hamas government faces a new adversary in the new Egyptian government, who had outlawed ousted President Mohammed Morsi’s and his political party close to the Gaza, the Muslim Brotherhood. The political party had allies in Gaza, to which the Egyptian military sealed off Egyptian smuggling routes.
Cheap Egyptian fuel drove down much of the price of goods in Gaza and with the new government, the fuel crisis not only increases the prices of goods, but also the price of power. Households are now getting only 8 hours of power daily.
Aside from goods, the smuggling tunnels also allow terrorists to pass into Gaza bearing black market goods sold between Egypt and Israel.
September 30th, 2013
PPI or payment protection insurance is designed to cover your loan and mortgage in case you get sick or have an accident. However, due to the manner it was sold by banks and bank representatives, PPI had cost consumers £3700 per insurance policy.
However, if you want to know your full PPI compensation, it is advised that you work with a loan PPI calculator to help you estimate.
You don’t only get a refund from PPI repayments you’ve made; you can actually get refunds for compound interests.
Compound interests are rates that add up with your loan interest rates because of your insurance policy. A claimant had already received six-figures because of two credit cards with compound interests. If you find that your insurance policy had increased your loan interest rates, you could reclaim your refunds for the added interest rates as well.
An average compensation from a mis sold PPI could be as high as £10,000 if you owned it for more than six years. Never settle for banks who tell you that they do not keep records of bank accounts for more than six years. You are owed money and you could even get higher than £10,000 in some cases.
Ensure that you are working with professional claims handlers such as PPI Calculator to ensure you get your complete refunds.
September 17th, 2013
UN’s chemical weapons inspection team had released forensic information regarding the chemical weapons used that strongly put the Syrian regime as responsible for the August 21 chemical attack.
The chemical attack in Syria came during the pre-dawn hours and had claimed over 1,400 civilian lives, including about 400 children.
The report did not directly say that it was the Syrian regime who made the attack, but the details, including the size of the munitions, the direction where the weapons were fired, implicated the Syrian rebel forces less than the Syrian regime.
UN Secretary General Ban-Ki Moon said that the report was “chilling” and he said that the Syrian regime clearly committed a war crime if they are proven guilty of using chemical weapons.
Two days before the results of the attack came out, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad agreed to hand over Syria’s chemical weapons arsenal for proper disposal through the United States-Russia plan. Syria had said that it stands by the plan.
The weapons inspectors could only confirm that the chemical attack did take place through “clear and convincing” evidence that surface-to-surface rockets that contained sarin gas were used.
The report will strengthen the western world’s claims that the Syrian regime used the chemical weapons.
August 23rd, 2013
With both sides of the Syrian war blaming each other for the usage of chemicals in killing almost 1,300 people, including women and children, the United Nations Chief Ban Ki-Moon called for the Syrian government to cooperate with the United Nations.
Videos and photos of men, women and children in the fighting zones circulated in the Internet yesterday with many of the videos showing the struggle of those who inhaled the poison gas, including women and children. Bodies of the dead were shown in hallways in videos and photos.
The chemical attack, according to Syrian rebel intelligence, came during the pre-dawn hours, where most Syrians were sleeping.
Many of those who died foamed at the nose and mouth.
When asked about the chemical attack, the Syrian military denied any allegation of the attacks.
UN Chief Ban Ki-Moon urged the Syrian Government to allow a UN survey team into Damascus to evaluate the situation and he had called for the United Nations’ representative inside the country to continue their work.
The team would focus on checking upon the presence of chemicals emitted from chemical weapons and would not focusing on the source of the weapons themselves.
The US and France had both warned Syria of a forceful response from its military upon the use of chemical weapons against civilians and opposition.
August 5th, 2013
American travellers in the Middle East and North Africa are warned of a possible al-Qaeda attack this August. At least 21 US embassies in the United States closed down by the order of the State Department. Electronic “chatter” among suspected terrorists indicate the planning of a possible attack. According to authorities, it was reminiscent of their activities before the September 11 attacks.
Some European states, including Britain and Germany, have closed down their embassies in Yemen where they suspect al-Qaeda affiliates settled today. Senator Saxby Chambliss of the Senate Intelligence Committee said that it is possibly the most serious threat the US ever saw in years.
Intelligence officials could not yet pinpoint the exact location of the possible attack. They believe the potential targets to be in Yemen or in the more broad Arabian Peninsula. The officials also estimate the attack to be right after Ramadan.
According to Chambliss, Edward Snowden’s revelation of NSA activities and surveillance had allowed terrorists to gather information about the attack.
Different Middle Eastern regions have strengthened their defences. In Sana’a, Yemen, US and European embassies were guarded by armored personnel carriers. Checkpoints were set in different areas of the city. Jordan also improved defences on the United States Embassy and conducted a sweep for explosives in the area.
July 4th, 2013
Egypt President Mohammed Morsy is now under house arrest as the Egyptian Military overtook the civilian government. Morsy, the first democratically-elected president, insisted that he is still the legitimate leader of Egypt regardless of being toppled.
According to top military officer, General Abdel-Fatah El-Sisi, Morsy did not “achieve the people’s goals by turning a deaf ear towards them”. The military demanded that the Egyptian government answer to the people’s demands, which, due to inaction, forced the military to take over.
Head of the Egyptian Supreme Constitutional Court Adly Mansour will be replacing Morsy as Egypt’s interim president and the constitution will swear him in on Thursday. The democratic constitution was suspended due to the military takeover and Mansour is to establish a diverse and strong government, including parliamentary elections.
The ousted president Morsy said in a recorded statement from Arabic Satellite network Al-Jazeera that the “world is looking at us today”. He said that the government can bypass all obstacles because it is the will of the people.
The Egyptian Military also shut down broadcast outlets of the Muslim Brotherhood in the different parts of the country.
The military itself demanded reforms from Morsy. Being elected in June 2012, his approval ratings dropped because the government failed to revive Egypt’s economy. Open sexual assaults drove away tourists and investors. Observers and the opposition claim that Morsy’s rule continues to become authoritarian.
Morsy’s legitimacy fell from his people in November 2012 when he declared that courts cannot review his decrees and he fired the country’s prosecutor-general.
June 8th, 2013
PPI should have helped you repay your loans, mortgages and credit cards, but it turns out it won’t function very well for you because your banks used tactics to have you purchase something extra that goes into their profit. Bank mis selling is key to avoiding future incidents of getting mis sold financial products you don’t need. Here’s the banks caused the PPI scandal…
1. “We Recommend This to All Our Customers”
This particular strategy is well-known from UK big bank Lloyds Banking Group. Lloyds is essentially the biggest PPI mis seller with over £5.3 billion in repayments. Former Lloyds employees say the bank trained them to tell customers that PPI was essential for their loan and that they “recommend it to all their customers”. PPI has its exceptions, so it cannot be a recommendation for anybody.
2. “This is a Loan Requirement”
Some bank representatives tell customers that the PPI is a loan requirement; they cannot have the bank approve the loan application without lowering its risk value. The notion that PPI lowers risk value is not true because PPI has its exceptions and your credit score is where your bank should only consider your risk value.
3. “It’s a Packaged Deal”
Bank employees would sometimes tell you that the PPI comes with the loan, mortgage and credit card free for one year. This is actually true and you get to repay the insurance the following year. However, you are still mis sold PPI and you are paying for something you cannot make use of.
In case you intend to make a PPI claim, it is essential that you know how to make a PPI letter and where to submit your claim. You could also ask a PPI claims company to help you sort things out.
June 3rd, 2013
Paralympic superstar athlete and runner Oscar Pistorious, who runs the fastest in the Paralympics with two amputated legs and prosthetics, showed signs of his explosive temper, which led to the killing of model and Pistorious’ girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. Steenkamp was killed by Pistorious with repeated gunshots at his mansion in the early hours of Valentines Day of 2013.
Pistorious, who won double gold medals in the London Paralympics 2012 and known as the fastest man on no legs, said that he thought his lover to be a burglar and the world believe this to be a case of mistaken identity. However, prosecutors believed Steenkamp’s murder was pre-mediated given that Pistorious wore his prosthetic legs during the entire crime.
Steenkamp’s parents say that Reeva was very afraid of Pistorious, Accounts of Pistorious’ “lunatic” driving. Her mother, June Steenkamp, also made mention that Reeva frequently argued with Pistorious even if the two’s relationship was just a few months old.
Prosecutors found the graphic pictures of Pistorious’ bathroom in the shooting aftermath circulated all over the world. It showed plenty of bullet holes in the door and a blood-stained marble toilet. The prosecutors plan to provide a motive to convict Pistorious. Part of their case greatly relies on witnesses who claimed the two argued during the night of the murder.
The documentaries are also considering whether Pistorious’ failure to notice his girlfriend was not in bed before he started shooting as a viable perspective.
May 16th, 2013
On Wednesday, Pyongyang announced that their Korean-American prisoner Kenneth Bae or known as Pae Jun Ho in North Korea, has begun his stay at a special prison. North Korea sentenced Bae 15 years of hard labour for committing acts of political aggression against the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea. Bae was arrested last month at Rason City, northeast of North Korea.
The official North Korean state-run news agency KCNA said that Bae “is now starting his life at a special prison on Tuesday, but no details were given about the place he is staying in.
The United States, which still has great tensions against North Korea, had asked for the country to surrender Bae and grant amnesty. However, the North Korean government has not given any type of response. Dennis Rodman, who visited North Korea and Kim Jong Un on February, plead to get Bae home, but his efforts also had no effect.
North Korea says that Kenneth Bae is not a “political bargaining chip” wherein the country released several Americans they have captured after a few visits from the former American presidents. North Korea only says that Bae is not guaranteed any humanitarian generosity if the United States continues their hostile policy against North Korea.
North Korea’s sanctions began with its nuclear weapons development programs. In March and April, the United States and North Korea clashed once again as North Korea made threats against the United Nations and the United States.