August 10, 2006

Aug. 10, 2006: #3


Reuters Admits Photo Fraud: Now What About Qana? , Thomas Lifson, August 6th, 2006

Stop the pixels! Caught red-handed publishing a fake photo, using PhotoShop or similar program to exaggerate the smoke rising from Beirut after an Israeli air raid, Reuters has withdrawn the picture.

As in the case of the Rathergate memo, credit goes to Charles Johnson of Little Green Footballs for devising a means to demonstrate the fraud. According to Charles, the fakery was “crude.” Charles has in the past received an explicit death threat sent from a Reuters IP address. Perhaps a bit more careful screening of employees is in order.

The question arises, who exactly produced this fake photo? One Adnan Hajj received the initial photo credit. And guess what? The same man was one of the photographers at Qana!

Jawa Report has much more, as does Michelle Malkin.
JR is showing other suspicious photos that come from Hajj or someone with a remarkably similar name. [....]

See links in that post -- also EUReferendum

CBC could learn from Reuters: propagandizing confused with reporting

Altered war -- Manipulated photos highlight untruths in Mideast conflict -- The breaches go far deeper than just two photos. , Aug. 8, 06, Licia Corbella, Aug. 8, 06

They say the first casualty of war is Truth. Yesterday, the respected news agency Reuters issued an unprecedented announcement. Essentially, it admitted it unwittingly published propaganda as straight news
[....] The "urgent review" was initiated after numerous examples of staged "rescue" photos were shown on numerous blogs on the Internet including: and and

Global picture editor Tom Szlukovenyi said: "There is no graver breach of Reuters standards for our photographers than the deliberate manipulation of an image."

Hajj has worked for Reuters from 1993 to 2003 and then again since April 2005.

One has to wonder what other propaganda has been disseminated as straight news by Hajj. [....]

Captain's Quarters: What You Need To Know About Diplomacy And Journalism In War , August 06, 2006

We have been granted a unique opportunity this morning to see the problem with double standards in diplomacy and journalism in war, especially a war that involves Israel and terrorists. Earlier we recounted the utter idiocy of Reuters in allowing a badly-doctored photograph of Beirut to go out over their wires (all hail Charles Johnson). Now USA Today gives us a report on Hezbollah attacks this morning that shows more than one double standard at work: [....]

Charles Johnson's website: Little Green Footballs

Brilliant editorial regarding the NDP love of terrorists , Aug. 8, 06

All Muslims must back Hezbollah, Aug. 8, 06 -- and it seems, a goodly number do.

See below for this article, posted earlier today: Quebec ‘civil society’ marches with Hezbollah supporters , David Ouellette, 7 August 2006


Update: Same website, Aug. 9, two students have been found.

11 Missing Egyptian students

Gates of Vienna: "Proof of guilt or innocence is irrelevant at this point. Security trumps alien “rights.” They can get their rights and liberties at home. Which is where they belong.
This is farce with a deadly edge."
, Aug. 8, 06

According to the advisory the 11 missing Egyptians are:

1. Ibrahim, El Sayed Ahmed Elsayed DOB OF 4/29/1986.
2. El Dessouki, Eslam Ibrahim Mohamed DOB OF 02/21/1985.
3. El Bahnasawi, Alaa Abd El Fattah Ali DOB OF 04/02/1986.
4. Abd Alla, Mohamed Ragab Mohamed DOB OF 02/15/1984.
5. El Laket, Ahmed Refaat Saad El Moghazi DOB OF 09/01/1986.
6. El Ela, Ahmed Mohamed Mohamed Abou DOB OF 02/02/1985.
7. El Moghazy, Mohamed Ibrahim Elsayed DOB OF 08/08/1986.
8. Abdou, Ebrahim Mabrouk Moustafa DOB OF 02/25/1984.
9. El Gafary, Moustafa Wagdy Moustafa DOB OF 07/01/1988.
10. Maray, Mohamed Saleh Ahmed DOB OF 09/12/1985.
11. El Shenawy, Mohamed Ibrahim Fouaad DOB OF 08/12/1988.

FBI advisory

Note the other interesting posts, such as: August 07, 2006, The Expanding No-Go Zones

Background: FBI: 11 Egyptian Students Missing in U.S. -- failed "to turn up at Montana State University", Aug. 8, 2006

DND: Write to the troops

Sending post cards
If you do not know the name, rank and section of the person you are sending the post card to, please use the following address:
Any Canadian Soldier
PO Box 5058 Stn Forces
Belleville ON K8N 5W6
Sending post cards, letters or parcels

If you know the name, rank and section* of the person you are sending the post card, letter or parcel to, please use the following address:
OP ARCHER (5058)
Name / Rank
PO Box 5058 Stn Forces
Belleville ON K8N 5W6

CBC's dishonest reporting

CBC's coverage of the Israel-Lebanon crisis has focused disproportionately on two parties: Israeli soldiers and Lebanese victims. Too little of CBC’s coverage shows Israeli victims and Hezbollah terrorists. This distorted coverage inevitably leads viewers to the conclusion, conscious or subconscious, that Israel is the aggressor and the Lebanese are its victims.


CBC's Israel-based reporters focus primarily on Israeli soldiers, tanks and artillery crews, while coverage of death and destruction in Israel has at times consisted of a two-second clip of brushfire. Meanwhile, CBC's Lebanon-based reporters show civilian suffering, but do not show Hezbollah terrorists and rocket-launchers. If they cannot gain access to Hezbollah terrorists, or are not allowed to film them, why not admit that to viewers? [....]

There is much more -- a good website to visit.

N.Y. group flunks T.O. waterfront -- Adds it to 'Hall of Shame' , Great Cities Initiative, Dave McGinn, National Post, August 04, 2006

[....] The waterfront's main weakness, according to the organization, is that it is dominated by privately owned commercial space. [But, perhaps that was the plan? Who was / were appointed to the group charged with waterfront development? Robert Fung was one, I believe. Check further -- Liberal appointees.]

"Private development has resulted in a barrier of condo high-rises, which blocks the view of the water from the rest of Toronto and creates a psychological barrier for the general public," reads a description of the waterfront on the organization's Web site.

Maurice Strong & Friends

Maurice Strong: No better place to hide from American justice than China, Judi McLeod, August 2, 2006, via CNEWS Forum, gl1800, 8/03/2006 18:07:33

"Maurice must now remain in China (where he is very welcome) to avoid questioning by the FBI and Canadian investigators about the $1 million that Tongsun gave him and which Mo tried to hide in his son Fred's nuclear power company, which now is bankrupt." (Pittsburg Tribune-Review, July 30, 2006.)

Pointing out that Strong is "very welcome" in China is a polite way of saying that he's right at home where overpaid environmental spin doctors have long claimed that Maurice Strong was the only man alive who could see that the United States of America is replaced by Communist China as world superpower.

That's where Mo's sidekick Mikhail Gorbachev....

... living La Dolce Vita in San Francisco [....]

The Tribune-Review comes right out and throws sunlight on the business partnership Strong has with George Soros.

Online Gambling / Gaming

Online gambling world watches U.S. case -- BetOnSports indictment may show limits of American authorities’ control Aug. 3, 06

[....] The firm is facing a 22-count indictment on fraud and racketeering charges filed in the U.S. District Court in St. Louis. [....]

But with headquarters in Costa Rica and other offices on the island of Antigua, BetOnSports was advised it didn't have to respond to charges filed in a U.S. court, Woelfle told U.S. District Judge Carol Jackson.

Some Lawyers & Mafia

Police say lawyers use status to aid Mafia -- 'Astounding' misuse of Canadian legal system without precedent, new book suggests -- "no fewer than 11 lawyers from different law firms in Quebec" , Allison Hanes, National Post, August 03, 2006

Police suspect a handful of practising lawyers play an indispensable role in the dealings of Canada's most notorious crime family, protecting sensitive meetings from police scrutiny with their mere presence, and even subscribing to cellphone numbers for mobsters in order to thwart police eavesdropping, a new book reveals.

In fact, according to police, the organization of reputed Mafia don Vito Rizzuto has a special "lawyers' branch" that is considered by police to be "one of its most protected, secretive and valued divisions," the book says.

The revelations, culled from interviews with police sources, classified documents and court filings, are contained in The Sixth Family: The Collapse of the New York Mafia and the Rise of Vito Rizzuto. [....]

Search: Unsavoury ties , Margaret Beare, a former director of the Nathanson Centre for the Study of Organized Crime and Corruption at York University's Osgoode Hall law school , blackmail , duty bound to stop recording any wiretaps that , lawyer-client privilege , Montreal lawyer Marc Sauve said , the case of "The Messenger." , Joe Lagana, who once represented Mr. [Vito] Rizzuto , attorney Jose Guede , racketeering charges

Book: The Sixth Family: The Collapse of the New York Mafia ... by Lee Lamothe (Author), Adrian Humphreys (Author) ..., John Wiley & Sons, ISBN: 0-470-83753-5, July 2006 -- or from the US at

Importing poverty by Klaus Rohrich, August 1, 2006


Residents laud 'crack house' fire -- Three men arrested after a near-riot on N.B. island , Quentin Casey, National Post, August 04, 2

Michael Small, 26, Carter Foster, 24, and Matthew Lambert, 27, are all charged with at least one count of possession of a weapon dangerous to the public peace. Mr. Small is also charged with two counts of wilfully or recklessly setting fire with disregard for human life.

"They've got these young fellows locked up like it's doing the village a favour. It's just the opposite. The community is very upset over this."

"The system let us down," said Bev Fleet, who has lived on Grand Manan for almost 50 years. "They didn't deal with this.... Now that we've dealt with it, I think they're going to make examples of our youth.

The residents had had enough. Maybe residents of Grand Manan got tired of seeing the court system hand out puff-ball sentences to those who were ruining the lives of their children.

Dual Citizenship

A friend received this and passed it on to me. Thanks, J

I am outraged over the behavior of the individuals who have expressed nothing but complaints and whining over the 'bad treatment'.

They claim to be Canadian??? - I hope the Government revokes that Dual Citizenship nonsense.

Make up your mind which citizenship is important to you. 99% of theses people have not lived in Canada for years, They do not pay taxes and contribute nothing to our country. And they have the gall to complain. I wished they would have left their sorry ungrateful butts back in Lebanon where thy belong! - We, the Tax payers should have reason to be upset. Our Tax Dollars have been wasted for this sorry lot!

[In reference to this article:

After being rescued from war zone, a little gratitude would be nice
The Edmonton Journal, 21 Jul 2006, Page: A18, by Lorne Gunter, the writer says: ]

[....] The Canadian Government has not recommended travel to the Middle East for some time.

These Canadian Citizens are too stupid to hold Canadian Passports.

Out of the mouths of the ordinary citizens ...

Plato's Stepchild: A Rush of Blood to the Head , July 18, 05

French priests enter a war zone where captured Westerners are paraded before their captors, tortured, and then beheaded. Their desecrated bodies get dumped by the roadside.

Iraq in 2004? The Gaza Strip? Western Afghanistan?

No. A place more dangerous: Canada in the 1600s. [....]

Israeli cabinet approves wider Lebanon offensive , CTV/MSN, 09/08/2006 9:25:28 AM

Israel's Security Cabinet approved a wider ground offensive in Lebanon, as the U.S. and France debated an Arab demand for a complete Israeli withdrawal.


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Fri Aug 11, 02:56:00 PM 2006  

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