Tuesday, January 5, 2010

January 05 2010 Travus T. Hipp Morning News & Commentary: The Sheriff Of Nottingham Rides Again - The Reorganizing Of Your Favorite Government Agency

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Cabale News ServiceJanuary 05 2010 Travus T. Hipp Morning News & Commentary: The Sheriff Of Nottingham Rides Again, And His Name Is 'The IRS' - On The Reorganization Of Your Favorite Government Agency

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A country where there are 2.1 AK-47s per citizen and the 'drug' of choice is Khat [...a kind of 'Speed'] ("Khat is so popular in Yemen that its cultivation consumes much of the country's agricultural resources. It is estimated that 40% of the country's water supply goes towards irrigating it, with production increasing by about 10% to 15% every year."). The Yemeni army is on the move after The US leaned on their government to go after al Qaeda... which they are apparently doing with great enthusiasm. The question is "will the villagers break with al Qaeda, and will AQ be willing to leave?

But the West's favorite terrorists are NOT entirely the issue.
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Yemen's coming explosion will make today's problems seem tame.

In 2010, Yemen will celebrate the 20th anniversary of national unification. But it won't be much of a party: This could well be the year Yemen comes apart.

Even the brutal 1994 civil war failed to threaten the structural integrity of this country chronically teetering on the verge of disintegration as much as the current crises, all of which may be coming to a head in 2010.

Yemen has so many dire problems that it's easy to be overwhelmed. Al Qaeda is growing in prominence, a Shiite rebellion is expanding in the north, and the threat of secession is renewed in the south. There's a brewing fight over what comes after President Ali Abdullah Saleh, age 67, who has ruled Yemen for 31 years; the country's elites are locked in a closed-door struggle to take power once he departs.

Finally, and perhaps most intractably, Yemen is an environmental and resource catastrophe in the making. The country's water table is nearly depleted from years of agricultural malpractice, and its oil reserves are rapidly dwindling. This comes just when unemployment is soaring and an explosive birthrate promises only more young, jobless citizens in the coming years..."
[In Full @ Foreign Policy]
Also, here is a site that keeps track of Yemeni doings, WAQ AL-WAQ

"Mine is bigger than yours!" Dubai has opened the world's tallest building. Called the Burj Khalifah (or Khalifah Tower), it's 158 floors and 2,717 feet, including a penthouse Mosque. Twice the height of the Empire State building. How tall is it? It's so tall the climate is different at the top.
Now that Dubai is having to be bailed out by its oil-rich sister emirate, Abu Dhabi, the tower had to be named for its ruler Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, rather than retaining its original name, Burj Dubai. Many critics have seen it as a monument to hubris likely to remain mostly empty, as the 21st century Tower of Babel. [In Full, with video, at Informed Comment]

The house Democrats are meeting to plan a strategy for the Health Care bill, and perhaps figure out a way to speed up the process by a parliamentary maneuver that would allow them to skip Conference Committee. Details.

The suicide bomber who killed the CIA intelligence analysts at Khost FOB in Afghanistan was a Jordanian with a Jordanian intelligence handler (killed in the blast and shipped home for a military funeral) who had been reliable and was thought to have location information for al Qaeda #2 man al Zawahiri. More from Foreign policy:
Jordanian double agent behind CIA attack

The suicide bomber who attacked an outpost in Khost, Afghanistan last week killing seven CIA agents and a Jordanian spy was a Jordanian double agent, recruited by both countries' intelligence services to provide information about al Qaeda's top leadership, according to Western government officials.

The Washington Post reports that Humam Khalil Abu-Mulal al-Balawi was a 36-year-old physician with a history of supporting Jihadist causes and was well known on extremists online message boards. Balawi was arrested by Jordanian authorities in 2007 and recruited as a double agent. Balawi gained the trust of Jordanian authorities and the CIA with a stream of valuable intelligence leaks, which may explain why he was allowed on the base without more thorough screening. He may have been helping the agency track down al Qaeda second-in-command Ayman al-Zawahri, who is believed to be hiding somewhere in the Afghanistan-Pakistan border region.

The revelations are somewhat embarrassing for Jordan, which has often tried to keep its counterterrorism cooperation with the United States quiet, fearing domestic backlash. The body of the Jordanian intelligence operative who was assigned as Balawi's handler was flown home for a military funeral over the weekend. The CIA has no(t) publicly revealed the names of those killed in the worst attack against the agency in more than 25 years. [In Full]

The Obama administration is going to task the Internal Revenue Service with regulating paid tax preparers, the kind who only do it part time on the side and small operations. Up till now, only professionals found themselves under scrutiny unless something was seriously awry. More in the commentary.

[After the Commentary Roger Miller wants to tell y' all about that Dad Gum "Gov'ment", and then Stevie Ray Vaughan. Courtesy of the respective artists and KPIG radio Freedom California Earth]


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