Indonesia: Two Explosions Reported at a Bus Station

24 May 2017

2017/05/24 – Suicide bomber, policeman killed in Kampung Melayu attack: Police – The Jakarta Post

At least two people have been killed in the attack, the suspected suicide bomber and policeman Brig. Taufan.

“There are six victims. Five policemen and one [alleged] perpetrator,” Syafruddin said, adding that the other four policemen had been badly injured in the blast.

If the police are correct and this is indeed a suicide bomb attack, it will be one of several such attacks that have targeted the police in Indonesia.

2017/05/24 – Two explosions at bus terminal in East Jakarta, at least 2 killed – The Strait Times

At least two people were killed and an Indonesian policeman injured after they appeared to have been caught in explosions at a bus terminal on Wednesday (May 24) night in East Jakarta.

Details are still unclear but various witnesses have said the first and second blast occurred between five and 10 miniutes apart near a bus stop and a parking area for motorcycles.

It was not immediately clear what caused the blasts at the Kampung Melayu terminal which is served by mini-vans and buses.


Nail Bombs Explode on Subway in Russia

3 Apr 2017

Two nail bombs on St Petersburg metro rip through carriages, killing at least 10 as Putin visits city for meetingUK Daily Mail

Two nail bombs on the metro in St Petersburg ripped through train carriages killing at least 10 people today.

The incident occurred at two separate locations including Sennaya Ploshchad train station leaving at least 50 injured including children.

Live updates here

Hospital Attacked in Afghanistan – 30 Dead, 50 Wounded

8 Mar 2017

30 killed, 50 injured in Kabul hospital attackPajhwok Afghan News

At least 30 people, including doctors and patients, were killed and 50 more wounded after gunmen dressed as medics stormed a military hospital in Kabul on Wednesday, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) said.

Maj. Gen. Dawlat Waziri, a MoD spokesman, told Pajhwok Afghan News first a suicide bomber detonated his payload at the southern gate of the 400-bed military hospital at around 9am, allowing three other attackers to enter the hospital’s 2nd and 3rd floor.

Islamic State operatives claimed responsibility for the attack. “This egregious and morally reprehensible attack targeted people at their most vulnerable,” said Pernille Kardel, the Secretary-General’s Deputy Special Representative for Afghanistan and acting head of UNAMA.

U.S. Launches Another Military Offensive in Yemen

3 Mar 2017

US launches fierce attacks against Al Qaeda in YemenSouth China Morning Post

The United States carried out another wave of strikes against al Qaeda in Yemen overnight, residents and US officials said on Friday, in the latest sign of increasing US military focus on a group whose strength has grown during Yemen’s civil war.

Samsung’s Leader Is Indicted on Bribery Charges

2 Mar 2017

Samsung’s Leader Is Indicted on Bribery ChargesNY Times

The head of Samsung, one of the world’s largest conglomerates, was indicted on bribery and embezzlement charges on Tuesday, becoming one of the most prominent business tycoons ever to face trial in South Korea.

The indictment of Lee Jae-yong, the company’s de facto leader, came at the end of a special prosecutor’s 90-day investigation of a corruption scandal that has already led to the impeachment of President Park Geun-hye.

Mr. Lee was accused of giving or promising $38 million in bribes to Choi Soon-sil, a secretive confidante of Ms. Park. In return, the prosecutor said in his indictment, Mr. Lee received political favors, most notably government support for a merger of two Samsung affiliates in 2015 that helped him inherit corporate control from his incapacitated father, Lee Kun-hee.

This would seem to be a big enough story to at least crack the media, with the market share of Samsung.

Apparently he had been charged with bribery in the past, as well as tax evasion – and got pardoned by the president both times. Imagine that…

Russian Ambassador to Turkey Assassinated

19 Dec 2016

Turkish riot police officer who killed Russian ambassador identified

Ambassador Andrey Karlov was gunned down on Monday evening as he was delivering a speech at an Ankara art gallery. The assassin was killed in a shoot-out with security forces.

The man who assassinated the Russian ambassador in Turkey was identified as a 22-year-old officer with the Turkish riot police, who had 2.5 years of service under his belt.

Nothing much else to say about this. Another crime committed by this group of criminals masquerading as a religion.

Obama Administration: No Answer About Iran, North Korea Nuclear Ties

19 Dec 2016

The Audacity Of Silence On Possible Iran-North Korea Nuclear Ties

It’s now more than eight weeks since Senator Ted Cruz sent a letter to three senior officials of the Obama administration, detailing his concerns that North Korea and Iran might be working together on developing nuclear missiles.

If there has been any such nuclear teamwork between Tehran and rogue, nuclear-testing Pyongyang, that would be a violation by Iran that should immediately blow up the Iran deal — which the Obama White House currently touts on its web site as “The Historic Deal that Will Prevent Iran from Acquiring a Nuclear Weapon.”

North Korea and Iran have been strategic allies since just after Iran’s 1979 Islamic revolution. They have a long history of weapons deals, in which the usual arrangement has been that North Korea works on the weapons, oil-rich Iran pays the bills, and technicians shuttle between both countries.

From all these Administration officials, Cruz requested answers no later than Nov. 1. To date, according to his staff, he has received no answers at all.

Interesting… will have to keep an eye on this…