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Saturday night

This one is not only marvellous because of what you can see, but because the one who sings is my favorite singer, Josh Groban:

And, for me, the best of all of the videos from Cirque du Soleil:

Enjoy them!

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– Ibiza airport was evacuated on Saturday, after a bomb warning upset the start of the peak holiday season on the Mediterranean island, Spanish police said.

Local media said the Interior Ministry had stepped in to deny earlier reports of a controlled explosion at the airport. Police, government and airport officials were unavailable for immediate official comment on the media reports.

Police evacuated the airport after Basque newspaper Gara, used by the armed separatist guerrillas ETA to distribute information, received a telephoned warning of a bomb, Gara said on its website. But the caller did not say who they represented, which is usually the case with ETA.

Ibiza has long been a magnet for thousands of British and German holidaymakers and flights were diverted from the airport.

Basque rebels said on June 5 they were calling off a 15-month-old ceasefire, which the group had already effectively broken by bombing Madrid airport in December.

Spain’s Ibiza airport evacuated after bomb alert – Yahoo! News

It’s good that AP has taken notice that ETA effectively broke the ceasefire on Dec 30th when two persons where killed -something Zapatero does not-, but it does not say Socialist Government has been negotiating with ETA -that we have proof of-  till the week before the last May elections, negotiations which began two years before Zapatero came to power. But we suspect they are continuing just now.

In the end it was a false alert.

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And after what happened yesterday (that has already being blamed on British foreign policy by… Muslims): smile_sad

A car on fire has been driven at the main terminal building at Glasgow Airport, police have confirmed.

Fire at airport

The car was ablaze before crashing into the building

Eyewitnesses have described a Jeep Cherokee being driven at speed towards the building with flames coming out from underneath.

They have also described seeing two Asian men, one of whom was on fire, who had been in the car.

The airport has been evacuated and all flights suspended following the incident at 1515 BST.

A Whitehall spokesman said the incident was not being treated as a national security threat.

One eyewitness said: “I heard the sound of a car’s wheels spinning and smoke mapa bombs glasgowcoming out.

I saw a Jeep Cherokee apparently as if it was trying to get right through the doors into the terminal building.

“There were flames coming out from underneath then some men appeared from in amongst the flames.

“The police ran over and the people started fighting with the police. I then heard what sounded like an explosion.”

Eye-witness Richard Gray told BBC News 24: “A green Jeep was in the middle of the doorway burning.

The incident happened 1515 BST on Saturday

There was an Asian guy who was pulled out of the car by two police officers, who he was trying to fight off. They’ve got him on the ground. Map showing the airport location

“The car didn’t actually explode. There were a few pops and bangs which presumably was the petrol.”

Taxi driver Ian Crosby said: “This was no accident. This was a deliberate attack on Glasgow Airport.”

The reaction of members of the public was not to help the men in the car, but to restrain them, he told the BBC.

Mr Crosby, who said he served in Northern Ireland, told how he shepherded people away from the scene in case of a secondary explosion or a nail-bomb.

Two men, one of whom was reported to be badly burned, were seen being led away in handcuffs.

More in Hot Air. CNN says it was deliberate. FOUR PEOPLE ARRESTED. smile_omg

Some photos from Daily Mail:

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The scene on Friday in Landi Kotal, where pro-Taliban militants on Thursday night blew up a fuel convoy bound for Afghanistan.

Published: June 30, 2007

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, June 28 — The Pakistani president, Gen. Pervez Musharraf, was warned this month that Islamic militants and Taliban fighters were rapidly spreading beyond the country’s lawless tribal areas and that without “swift and decisive action,” the growing militancy could engulf the rest of the country.

The warning came in a document from the Interior Ministry, which said Pakistan’s security forces in North-West Frontier Province abutting the tribal areas were outgunned and outnumbered and had forfeited authority to the Taliban and their allies.

The ongoing spell of active Taliban resistance has brought about serious repercussions for Pakistan,” says the 15-page document, which was shown to The New YorkTimes. “There is a general policy of appeasement towards the Taliban, which has further emboldened them.”

The document was discussed by this country’s National Security Councilon June 4 while General Musharraf was present, the document notes. It appears to be the first such document to emerge from the Pakistani government formally recognizing the seriousness of the spreading threat here from Al Qaeda and the Taliban, according to a Western diplomat.

The diplomat, who was not authorized to speak for attribution, called the document “an accurate description of the dagger pointed at thecountry’s heart.”

It’s tragic it’s taken so long to recognize it,” the diplomat added.

Indeed, the recognition of the scope of the extremists’ authority comes after heavy pressure on Pakistan from the United States to contain thelawlessness in the tribal areas. Washington has poured some $1 billion a year into Pakistan in the last five years for what are described as reimbursements for Pakistan’s counterterrorism efforts along the borderith Afghanistan.

The prime purpose of the sizable financial support has been to stop the area from becoming a haven for the Taliban and Al Qaeda as they wage their insurgency in Afghanistan.

But now the Interior Ministry is telling General Musharraf that the influence of the extremists is swiftly bleeding east and deeper into his own country, threatening areas like Peshawar, Nowshera and Kohat, which were considered to be safeguarded by Pakistani government forces.

Interior Minister Aftab Khan Sherpao, the prime mover behind the document, narrowly escaped a suicide bomb attack in April by extremists in his home area of Charsadda, 18 miles northeast of Peshawar, the capital of North-West Frontier Province.

Theattack on Mr. Sherpao shook his confidence in General Musharraf’s policy toward the militants, which has included a series of peace deals.

Do we have to remember that Pakistan already has the nuclear bomb?

Something I have been blogging about for some time.

  1. Muslims protesting for Rushdie’s kinghthood.
  2. Pakistan expanding nuclear program.
  3. Pakistan: 28-year-old Catholic tortured by mob.
  4. Jihad in Pakistan: now also women and children.
  5. Musharraf wants to forbid the insult to Islam in order to prevent terrorism.
  6. Talibans update: beheadings, killings and other Jihadi behaviour.
  7. Pakistan update: demonstrations against Musharraf and Al-Qaeda’s sanctuary.

A marvellous perspective. 😦

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Plateau writes about the new film Oliver Stone is going to make: about Ahmadinejad (no, you have not read wrongly):

Oscar-winner Oliver Stone has sent aletter to the Iranian president’s office requesting permission to makea docudrama on President Mahmud Ahmadinejad, stated an Iranian producerwho is regularly consulted by the president’s art and culturaladvisors.

The request was made three months ago byStone, the famous U.S. filmmaker, who has directed numerous films with socio-political themes over the past few years,” Alireza Sajjadpur toldthe Persian service of the Iranian Students’ News Agency on Friday.

I think it is a good proposal and I would like the request to be accepted,” he added.

I bet he is not going to consider the treatment of women,

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of gays

or of minors (also here) for the movie…

Oh and I bet he is not going also to consider the treatment to the Amir Kabir students.

There are good reasons to believe that the students have received repeated physical and psychological tortures in order to confess tofalse confessions about the allegations attached to them by statenewspapers.

I just can’t stand this millionaires who had no consideration of the real world. What a difference with this other film. Really impressive. Plateau describes Iranian film Persepolis:

Persepolis is the poignant story of a young girl coming-of-age in Iran during the Islamic Revolution. It is through the eyes of precocious and outspoken nine-year-old Marjane that we see a people’s hopes dashed as fundamentalists take power — forcing the veil on women and imprisoning thousands. Clever and fearless, she outsmarts the “social guardians” and discovers punk, ABBA and Iron Maiden. Yet when her uncle is senselessly executed and as bombs fall around Tehran in the Iran/Iraq war the daily fear that permeates life in Iran is palpable.

I will search for it in Spain.

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From BBC:

Haymarket

Police say the area will be closed for some time

Police have made safe a suspected car bomb in the heart of London.Officers carried out a controlled explosion afterreports of a suspicious vehicle parked in The Haymarket shortly before0200 BST (0100 GMT).

The immediate area was cordoned off while police examined what they described as a “potentially viable explosive device“.

There are unconfirmed reports that gas canisters were removed from the back of the car, close to Piccadilly Circus.

The government’s emergency unit Cobra has called a meeting and the new Home Secretary Jacqui Smith is due to attend.

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One police source said the bomb was a “big device” andposed a real and substantial threat to the area around The Haymarket,which is in London’s theatreland.

A witness reported seeing gas canisters being removedfrom the car, believed to be a silver Mercedes, at around 0400 BST(O300 GMT).

Bouncers from a nearby nightclub said they saw the carbeing driven erratically before it crashed into a bin. They said thedriver then got out and ran off.

Dozens of forensic officers were today poring over the scene, which was covered by a blue plastic police tent.

Scotland Yard said detectives from Counter TerrorismCommand were investigating the potential bomb plot and will be checkingall the close circuit cameras in the area.

[…] Piccadilly Circus Tube station is closed and trains are not stopping, while local bus services are being diverted.

The BBC’s Daniela Relph, at the scene, said the heart ofLondon was completely closed off and police officers were concentratingon keeping people away.

Trocadero, Piccadilly

People are unable to get to work

Thousands of commuters have been unable to get to work.

Professor Paul Wilkinson, a terrorism expert, said a passer-by had tipped off the police and officers would be concerned they did not have advanced intelligence.

Intelligence sources said they were keeping an open mind on who was responsible for the car bomb.

According to Spanish newspaper El Mundo.es, the car is a grey Mercedes and contains gas canisters and a great quantity of nails.

Looks like the terrorists wanted to celebrate the appointment of the new English Cabinet.

Last news are that the bomb could have caused a carnage if it would have exploded…

Forensic staff are still examining the device, but once we know more about it, we’ll know more about what type of individuals are behind this,” said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the security details.

The official said Britain’s domestic spy agency MI5 also would examine possible connections between Friday’s incident and at least two similar foiled plots — including a planned attack on a West End nightclub in 2004 and a thwarted attempt to use limousines packed with gas canisters to attack targets in London and New York.

On the planned attack on West End nightclub in 2004:

  1. Connecting the dots.
  2. Another case of “what were the security forces doing?”.

Luckily, this time the plot has been foiled.

UPDATE 2:

EURSOC: While the terror level in Britain is ranked as “high”, intelligence sources claim that the attack took them by surprise. Car bombs are usually the provenance of Irish Republican groups, though the spotlight is obviously going to fall on Islamist jihadis.

FROM MSNBC:

A British security official told The Associated Press that there were similarities between the device and vehicle bombs used by insurgents in Iraq.

“Forensic staff are still examining the device, but once we know more about it, we’ll know more about what type of individuals are behind this,” said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the security details.

[… ] The incident comes a week before the second anniversary of the July 7 London bombings, when four British Muslim suicide bombers killed themselves and 52 bus and subway passengers.

Prime Minister Gordon Brown, who took office on Wednesday, said the incident was a reminder that Britain faces “a serious and continuous threat” and the “need to be alert.”

“I will stress to the Cabinet that the vigilance must be maintained over the next few days,” Brown said.

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ANOTHER BOMB FOUND:

Police say the second device was found in a Mercedes in a Park Lane car park after it had been towed away from Cockspur Street, near Trafalgar Square.

Both devices were “viable” and “clearly linked”, police said.

At a news conference on Friday evening, Deputy Assistant Commissioner Peter Clarke, head of Scotland Yard’s counter-terrorism command, said the discovery of the second device was “obviously troubling”.

There was a considerable amount of fuel and gas canisters, as in the first vehicle. There was also a substantial quantity of nails,” he said.

Jonz, a fellow blogger from IBA, has spotted another worrying aspect:

The second device was found in a blue 280E model Mercedes. It was given a parking ticket at 0230 BST on Friday after being found illegally parked in Cockspur Street.

The vehicle was then towed to the Park Lane car pound about an hour later.

Looks like there are links to Al-Qaeda in London car:

According to Sky News, who cites police sources, the device was going to be detonated with a mobile phone. The Chief of the Anti-terrorist Chief Brigade from Scotland Yard, Peter Clarke, said that if it had exploded it would have caused a lot of dead and wounded.

[…] Regarding the authors, both policial sources and the Government point to Al Qaeda or people inspired by its ideology.

You only have to read about the last cases in which the culprits have been imprisoned to see that they were planning to explode night clubs and to put bombs with gas in cars“, said one of the sources.

Bomb in London’s Indian hotspot – Calcutta Telegraph


Middle East Times

Bomb in London’s Indian hotspot
Calcutta Telegraph – 23 minutes ago
London, June 29: London had a very lucky escape today when a car bomb, which could have killed and maimed hundreds around Piccadilly Circus – a favourite haunt of Indians – was defused in the nick of time.
‘Al-Qaeda memo to Gordon Brown’ NEWS.com.au

Professor Anthony Glees of Brunel University, an intelligence expert at Brunel University, said the apparent simultaneous bombing attempt pointed to Al-Qaeda.

There even more evidence now that this is an al-Qaeda plot. It’s an al-Qaeda memo to Gordon Brown,” he said, referring to the new prime minister who succeeded Tony Blair on Wednesday.

“It’s an al-Qaeda memo to the British public, that they are determined to carry on…their attack on ordinary British people,” he said.

Speaking before the second device was found, Mr Brown said the alert was a fresh warning of the threat faced by London, which next week marks the second anniversary of the July 7 2005 suicide attacks which killed 52 people and the four bombers.

Rajeshree Patel, who was in the Tiger Tiger club when it was evacuated, told BBC television: “I think there would have been a lot of fatalities. There were approximately 500 people inside Tiger Tiger at the time.”

Explosives-packed car defused in London Houston Chronicle
Financial Times

The would-be car bomber who left his vehicle outside a London nightclub in the early hours of Friday morning would have provided huge volumes of photographic and video evidence as to his identity.

Central London is one of the most intensively watched areas in the world,” said Beverli Rhodes, head of security for Capita Symonds, an infrastructure consultancy that manages the capital’s so-called ring of steel.

The ring of steel monitors 52 entrances to central London, taking photographs of vehicle number plates, the vehicles themselves as well as separate images of drivers. The locations of the monitoring points are not publicly disclosed.

Apart from this, the centre is covered by intensive closed circuit television coverage which police said on Friday they were gathering as evidence. Given the bomb was defused, police said there would be a large amount of forensic and other evidence from the vehicle.

Ms Rhodes said there had been indications on some jihadi websites that terrorists would try to mount attacks to mark the coming to power of Gordon Brown. One had called, she said, for an activation of al-Qaeda sleeper cells in the UK, which potentially could mean further attacks.

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More in Red Alerts. He tipps to Jawa Report that has some photos of the supposed fugitives:

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Lamine Adam, 26, his brother Ibrahim, 20 and Cerie Bullivant, 24If so report them immediately to the British Counter Terrorism Hotline at 0800 789 321.

These are three of the seven terrorist suspects who are fugitives in Britain after walking away from so called control orders. If anyone has images of the other four suspects, please email them to us and we’ll post them here.

Also in Hot Air, Blue Star Chronicles, Flopping Aces, Rhymes with Right, FullosseousFlap’s Dental Blog, Little Green Footballs, In the Bullpen, Hot Air, Michelle Malkin, Mary Katherine Ham, Darlene’s Place, My Vast Right Wing Conspiracy, Something and Half of Something.

Also more in Foehammer’s Anvil. Points out the obvious (something D.Ox also pointed out in comments this morning): they were averted by sheer luck.

Sugiero has another interesting (and worrying) link: Security forces fear Baghdad-style tactics in London:

On the streets of Baghdad the use of car bombs is a daily tactic which reaps horrific results. Senior officers have been waiting and dreading for those tactics to be employed in the UK by homegrown Islamist extremists.

Recently Scotland Yard admitted that they were carrying out anti-terrorist spot checks on lorries entering the capital.

A Blog for All:

Here’s more on how the first device was defused by the bomb squad in London; it had to be done by a bomb squad officer because the robot could not see through the thick haze in the vehicle.

Donning an approximately 90-pound Kevlar suit , one technician took “the long walk” from his armored response van to the Mercedes E 300 sedan and found a carefully constructed, large vehicle bomb with a complicated fuse. The bomb technician defused the device by hand, officials in London said.

ABC News has learned the bomb was composed of tanks of propane, butane and 125 liters of gasoline (33 U.S. gallons), roofing nails and a fuse that initial reports indicated was constructed of simple light bulb or flashbulb filaments and designed to be triggered by a mobile telephone.

The bomb failed to detonate because the fuel-air mixture was incorrect. Had it worked, it would have been a significant explosion. Also AJ Strata and Gateway Pundit.

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Cómo Ser de Derechas y no Morir en el intento: + Todos somos Israel

The T-shirt says: I’m Zionist. The demonstration took place outside the Iranian embassy.

There are more photos at Desde Sefarad:

There are more photos in flickr.

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