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Egypt president raises cigarette, alcohol prices

#AND2014 – and my first edict is to cripple my people – next !!!

Global News

CAIRO – Egypt’s president decreed an increase in sales tax on cigarettes, beer and wine, the latest in a series of price hikes that aim to ease the country’s staggering budget deficit.

The decision announced Sunday increases a flat tax on local and imported cigarettes to between 25 and 40 cents per pack, depending on the brand. It doubles an already existing tax on beer, from 100 per cent to 200 per cent, and increases the tax on local and imported wines to 150 per cent.

Since assuming the presidency last month, former military chief Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi has vowed to take tough decisions to deal with the country’s battered economy, and bring it out of the bottleneck within two years.

Taking on one of the country’s most explosive issues — its massive energy subsidies — his government partially raised fuel prices by up to 80 per cent over the weekend…

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ISIS: More of a Corporation Than Gang of Brigands?

#AND2014 – More organised than when they were just classed as a small band of ragheads and smatterings were in pockets across the world. But they still retain the philosophy of an eye for an eye!

Stop Making Sense

Danny Schechter writes for Disinfo:

Territorial control of the ISIS‘[…] Separating truth from propaganda has never been more difficult. Even as ISIS portrays itself more as a corporation than a gang of brigands, all we see or hear about in our media are bloody killings and beheadings as if savagery is uniquely to be found in the Islamic world.

Never mind the reporting of the McClatchey newspapers explaining that “The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria sprang from a largely self-funded, corporation-style prototype… The militant group Baghdadi inherited had in place a sophisticated bureaucracy that was almost obsessive about record-keeping. Its middle-managers detailed, for example, the number of wives and children each fighter had, to gauge compensation rates upon death or capture, and listed expenditures in neat Excel spreadsheets that noted payments to an “assassination platoon” and “Al Mustafa Explosives Company.” Too bad, our corporations don’t disclose, much less quantify, the metrics of the negative social…

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Ordinary Internet users, American and non-American alike, far outnumber legally targeted foreigners in the communications intercepted by the National Security Agency from U.S. digital networks, according to a four-month investigation by The Washington Post.


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In NSA-Intercepted data, those not targeted far outnumber the foreigners who are

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Ordinary Internet users, American and non-American alike, far outnumber legally targeted foreigners in the communications intercepted by the National Security Agency from U.S. digital networks, according to a four-month investigation by The Washington Post.

Nine of 10 account holders found in a large cache of intercepted conversations, which former NSA contractor Edward Snowden provided in full to The Post, were not the intended surveillance targets but were caught in a net the agency had cast for somebody else.

Many of them were Americans. Nearly half of the surveillance files, a strikingly high proportion, contained names, e-mail addresses or other details that the NSA marked as belonging to U.S. citizens or residents. NSA analysts masked, or “minimized,” more than 65,000 such references to protect Americans’ privacy, but…

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Dangers of the Khawarij Ideology of Violence

#AND2014 – Great post and useful information – thanks.

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Terrorism has no religion 2

By Abu Amina Elias for

In the name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful

The most dangerous sect in Islam are the Kharijites (al-khawarij). They have existed since the very early period of Islam and they will continue to cause strife in the Muslim nation until the end of time when they will join forces with the False Messiah (dajjal). Muslims must be aware of their ideology and characteristics in order to protect ourselves from unwittingly supporting their destructive behavior.

The Kharijite earned their name (from the root kh-ra-ja meaning “to go out”) because they left Islam on account of their heretical innovations. They will recite the Quran but it will not go beyond their throats, meaning it will not be rooted in their hearts.

Abu Sa’eed Al-Khudri reported: The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, said:

يَخْرُجُ نَاسٌ مِنْ قِبَلِ الْمَشْرِقِ…

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IDS reacts “furiously” to anything that criticises him.

#AND2014 – l had grave concerns when Paul Merton on UK I Have news for you compare him as two brother’s – Duncan and Smith.

The lovely wibbly wobbly old lady

Reposted from Nick @ ILegal

Is he losing the plot?

To be honest I’m starting to have grave concerns over the Secretary of State for Work & Pension’s state of health.

In a recent Daily Mail article to which we will not link, Iain Duncan Smith has had yet another angry turn.  It comes as yet another damning report over his ill fated welfare reforms lands on his desk.  It’s becoming a bizarre and quite worrying behavioural trait for Smith to lash out in angry outbursts as he springs to the defence of his fast failing reforms.  

On this occasion, a 22 page report by United Nations poverty ‘ambassadors’ has led an attack on the Coalition’s welfare reforms.   Smith has apparently reacted furiously to the ‘absurd and unwarranted intervention’ and retorted in his usual self protective style by saying the report was ‘riddled with faulty logic’.   He rambles on to…

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Swimmer bitten by great white shark trying to escape fish hook off California beach

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A long-distance swimmer was attacked by a great white shark near the pier in Manhattan Beach, California, the Los Angeles County Fire Department said.

A fisherman on the pier had hooked the 7-foot shark Saturday and was trying to reel in the struggling fish when the victim swam by, LAFD spokesman Rick Flores said. “It was agitated and when the swimmer got close, it bit him,” Flores told CNN.

The victim was part of a group of swimmers training in the waters near the pier. They did not see the shark until it was too late.

The victim was bit in the torso, sustaining a wound Flores described as “moderate.”

“The shark bit the swimmer and then released,” he said.

The 40-year-old man is still in the hospital, Flores said Saturday evening.

Bystanders captured the aftermath of the attack on cell phone video. CNN affiliate KTLA posted the…

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