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    Synchronicity Coincidences Something More You Be The Judge First some definitions. The word Taliban means students. The word Madrassas means schools. Saudi
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      Synchronicity Coincidences Something More You Be The Judge

      First some definitions. The word Taliban means students. The word Madrassas means schools. Saudi Arabia has long funded Islamic Fundamentalist Wahabi oriented Madrassas around the world and in the United States itself.
      The Saudis funded the Pakistani Madrassas (Schools) which trained the Taliban.Students).
      "Roumanian-born Paul Deac (was) a vociferous supporter of Nasser and a bigot About black Americans. On one occasion his front group ran a full-page advertisement `attacking federal plans to recruit more Negroes for defense jobs' under the headline `Is Your Job Next?' Deac himself said `We spend millions and the Negroes get everything and we get nothing.' Nothing except from Texaco, that is, which was one of the partners in Aramco's holdings in Saudi Arabia that funded Deac's group."source: http://www.stargods.org/AngelsOfFeather.html
      "Saudi Aramco is the state-owned national oil company of Saudi Arabia. It is the largest oil corporation in the world."
      source: http://mpmprof.blogspot.com/2009/03/saudi-aramco-recruitment.html

      Pak envoy, Aramco discuss Pak-Saudi oil, gas cooperation
      May 12th 2010 Posted In Pakistan News Tags: Aramco, Discuss, Envoy, Pak
      JEDDAH, May 12 – Ambassador of Pakistan, Umar Khan Alisherzai Wednesday called on Khalid Abdul Aziz Al Falih, President and the Chief Executive Officer of the Saudi Arabian Oil Company (Saudi Aramco) in Dhahran and discussed avenues of cooperation between Pakistan and Saudi Arabia in the field of gas and petroleum sector. The ambassador said that a great potential for cooperation between the two fraternal countries exits in the field of oil and gas sector, which needed to be materialized for the benefit of the people of Pakistan and Saudi Arabia .
      He underlined the need for enhanced cooperation in training facilities, internship and exchange of delegations in the oil and gas sectors of the two countries.
      The chief executive assured the ambassador of all possible cooperation in the filed of petroleum and gas.
      The ambassador was given a detailed briefing about the Saudi Aramco by the senior officials that was followed by a visit of the installation of the company in Dhahran.
      He also invited the president and chief executive of the Saudi Aramco on behalf of Pakistan 's Minister for Petroleum and Natural Resources, Naveed Qamar to visit Pakistan which was accepted.
      Later, the President of Saudi Aramco hosted a luncheon in honour of the Ambassador. The Commercial Attache of the Pakistan Embassy in the Kingdom was also present in the meeting.
      http://mynameispakistan.com/pak-envoy-aramco-discuss-pak-saudi-oil-gas-cooperation/
      NYC Suspect, Convicted Terrorist Have Colo. Links
      Karen Schwartz
      AOL News
      AURORA, Colo. (May 4) -- Authorities say there is no immediate connection between recently arrested terror suspect Faisal Shahzad and convicted terrorist Najibullah Zazi, even though both men have ties to the greater Denver area.
      The woman identified as Shahzad's wife, Huma Asif Mian, attended the University of Colorado in Boulder from 2000 to 2004. She received a degree in business with an emphasis on accounting, according to university spokesman Bronson Hilliard.
      Orkut.com / AP
      The suspect in Saturday's failed car bombing of Times Square, Faisal Shahzad, left, and convicted terrorist Najibullah Zazi both have links to the greater Denver area.
      Mian lived on campus in student housing, spending the last two years in family housing with two women believed to be her sisters, Hilliard said. He did not know if Mian was married when she was a student, and said there did not appear to be anything remarkable about her time at the university.
      The FBI says Mian then moved to Connecticut, where she and Shahzad owned a home in Shelton that is now in foreclosure.
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      The Denver Post identified Mian's father as Mohammad Asif Mian. He lives in Aurora, a suburb east of Denver, according to Arapahoe County assessor and phone records. Mr. Mian could not be reached for comment, as the home's phone had been disconnected.
      Zazi, who pleaded guilty to charges stemming from a plot to set off bombs in the New York City subway, was arrested at his home in Aurora in 2009.
      Asked if they were looking into whether Shahzad had lived in Colorado, FBI spokesman Dave Joly in Denver said he did not believe so. Joly and an FBI spokesman in New York said they were not aware of any direct link between Shahzad and Zazi.
      Apparent Links Found Between Times Square Suspect, NYC Subway Bomber
      Joshua Rhett Miller
      - FOXNews.com
      - May 04, 2010
      The accused Times Square bomber appears to have links to the same town in Colorado where convicted terrorist Najibullah Zazi lived prior to coming to New York City and attempting a foiled subway attack, Fox News has learned.
      The accused Times Square bomber appears to have links to the same town in Colorado where convicted terrorist Najibullah Zazi lived prior to coming to New York City and attempting a foiled subway attack, Fox News has learned.
      Records obtained by Fox News show Huma Asif Mian, Faisal Shahzad's wife, has relatives listed at various addresses in Colorado. The addresses include apartment leases and a property deed in Aurora, Colo., and an apartment lease in Golden, Colo., that were held on-and-off from 2003 to March of this year.
      A person who answered the phone at the Golden address listed in the records refused to answer questions on Tuesday and instead asked a series of questions about how Fox News obtained the address, phone number and other information related to the case.
      Zazi, the would-be subway bomber, returned to the U.S. from Pakistan after receiving bomb training and lived in Aurora from January 2009 to July 31, 2009. He then traveled to New York City, according to the information contained in his indictment, where he attempted the failed subway bombing. He and several relatives had lived in an apartment off Smoky Hill Road in Aurora, about seven miles from the address of an apartment associated with Shahzad's wife.
      Attorney General Eric Holder, asked if there is any link between Shahzad and Zazi, said at a press conference Tuesday afternoon: "No comment on that. I don't have any basis to believe at least at this point that there's any connection between the two."
      A University of Colorado spokesman told the Denver Post Asif Mian started attending the school in August of 2000 and received a degree in accounting in the spring of 2004.
      A man who neighbors told the Post is her father lived in the Deer Pointe neighborhood of Aurora until a few years aog.
      "They were good neighbors," Johnny Wright, told the newspaper. "They were just friendly neighbors. We speak to one another. They were nice."
      Zazi, a 25-year-old Afghan, pleaded guilty in federal court in February to conspiracy to use weapons of mass destruction, conspiracy to commit murder and providing material support to a terror group, Al Qaeda. He faces a life term at his sentencing next month.
      Mian, 28, is listed along with Shahzad, 30, as co-owners of a home in Shelton, Conn. Court documents obtained by FoxNews.com indicate that Chase Home Finance LLC sued the couple in September to foreclose on the property after they defaulted on a $200,000 mortgage. Court records show that Shahzad, who was not in the U.S. at the time, and Mian failed to appear at their hearing.
      Attempts to reach Mian were unsuccessful on Tuesday. The foreclosure case is pending in Milford Superior Court. Records indicate Shahzad and Mian did not have an attorney for the case.
      Court and public records show both Zazi and Shahzad settled in the New York metropolitan area when they arrived in the United States, and spent several months in Pakistan before returning to the New York area.
      Shahzad, who became a U.S. citizen in April 2009, spent five months in Pakistan before he returned in February, according to reports and law enforcement officials who spoke on condition of anonymity. On Saturday, federal officials say, he improvised a car bomb, lit a makeshift fuse and abandoned it in the heart of Times Square, where it failed to explode.
      Neighbors on Tuesday described Shahzad as a reclusive man who said he worked on Wall Street. Brenda Thurman, 37, a former neighbor in Shelton, said he lived there with his wife and two small children until last year.
      "He was a little bit strange," Thurman said. "He didn't like to come out during the day."
      Shahzad, who reportedly has family ties to the southern port city of Karachi, Pakistan, was not known to U.S. intelligence sources prior to Saturday's failed bombing, and there is no derogatory information about him in various government databases, a law enforcement official said on condition of anonymity.
      Shahzad was born in June 1979 in Karachi, Pakistan. He left Pakistan at an unknown date for the United States and returned to Pakistan between July and August 2009, Pakistani police and intelligence officials told the Wall Street Journal.
      He was granted an F-1 student visa in December 1998 and later attended the University of Bridgeport, where he earned a bachelor's degree in computer applications in 2000 and later graduated with an MBA in the summer of 2005, spokeswoman Leslie Geary told FoxNews.com.
      "The university abhors acts of violence and terrorism," Geary wrote in a statement. "We work to combat racial and ethnic prejudices and animosity, and believe that education in an international context is the key to understanding the values and beliefs of people from other cultures."
      Geary said university officials informed federal authorities of Shahzad's prior enrollment at the school.
      A website for alumni of Sharia College at Minhaj University in Lahore, Pakistan, listed a profile for a "Faisal Shahzad" of Pakistani descent.
      According to the profile, Shahzad attended the Board of Intermediate & Secondary Education in Lahore in 1999, following by the University of the Punjab, where he concentrated on Islamic studies, Arabic and Persian. He later attended the Minhaj University in Lahore. Messages seeking comment from Minhaj University were not immediately returned.
      Shahzad was later granted an H1-B visa for skilled workers in April 2002 and stayed in the United States for three years on that visa, the Journal reports. It's unclear what company sponsored the visa, which is used to attract workers with specialty occupation like high technology.
      On Oct. 20, 2008, Shahzad reported his marriage to a woman he identified as Mian. That marriage granted Shahzad the right to become a naturalized citizen on April 17, 2009.
      Law enforcement officials do not have complete details of Shahzad's travels following his naturalization, the Journal reports, but one trip stands out: Shahzad left New York on June 2, 2009, on an Emirates flight to Dubai, returning to the U.S. on Feb. 3, 2010, on another Emirates flight from Dubai.
      The Associated Press contributed to this report.
      Source: Faisal Shahzad Had Bigger Targets
      Updated: Monday, 17 May 2010, 11:08 PM EDT
      Published : Monday, 17 May 2010, 11:07 PM EDT
      Reported by LINDA SCHMIDT and CHARLES LEAF
      MYFOXNY.COM EXCLUSIVE - Fox 5 has exclusive details on the Times Square bomber case suspect Faisal Shahzad plotted his potentially deadly mission as he assembled his four-wheel arsenal.
      A source close to this investigation tells Fox 5 exclusively that Shahzad allegedly had bigger, more destructive plans—other targets in our area. The source says that Shahzad has told interrogators that if the Times Square bombing was successful, that he had four other locations to possibly attack.
      If the bomb inside the pathfinder in Times Square went off as planned, a source tells fox 5 that Faisal Shahzad says he was taking aim at four other high-profile targets: Rockefeller center, Grand Central terminal, the world financial center which is across from ground zero, and Connecticut-based defense contractor Sikorsky.
      The company manufacturers helicopters for the u.s. Military, including the black hawk. Headquartered in Stratford, Sikorsky also has facilities in Shelton and Bridgeport—the same two cities where Shahzad has lived. A source tells fox 5 that Shahzad says he had familiarized himself with all of these notable targets.
      Security expert Michael Balboni is a former homeland security adviser for New York State. He says casing out numerous locations is standard.
      "They want to maximize the exposure of the attack," Balboni says. "So they want to pick things that are iconic that perhaps have a lot of people so they can increase the body count. Anything to make it as dramatic as possible."
      A source also says Shahzad picked out two dates—Saturday, May 1, the date of the attempted bombing, and an alternate Saturday, May 8. We're told he picked those dates and the time of 6:30 pm for the attack after checking out live streaming video of `Times Square ` online and he determined that 6:30 pm on Saturdays is when Times Square is the most crowded.
      A source also tells fox 5 that Shahzad slowly bought the fireworks, fertilizer and pathfinder over a period of time because his Pakistani connections at the bomb-making training camp told him to do this so it wouldn't raise any suspicions.
      We already know the government complaint against Shahzad says he bought the green pathfinder on the Craigslist Web site. Now, Fox 5 has also learned from a source that Shahzad bought another vehicle through Craigslist—a black Isuzu rodeo—and he bought it from mechanic and race car driver Alain Chebeir. He owns a garage in Stratford, Connecticut. His garage services super luxury cars, like Porsches and Lamborghinis. Sources tell Fox 5 Chebeir was questioned by the FBI, and one of those sources says he was cleared and he is not a suspect.
      But the source says he did sell Shahzad the black Isuzu rodeo.
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      We know Shahzad had access to three cars: the green Pathfinder that investigators say he rigged to blow up here in Times Square, the white Isuzu Trooper that was left at JFK Airport, and the black Isuzu Rodeo seen on surveillance footage at a Pennsylvania fireworks store.
      Charles Leaf tracked down the man who sources say sold that SUV to Shahzad and gone to his Connecticut business.
      His name is Alain Chebeir. And a source tells us he advertised the 1998 black Isuzu Rodeo on Craigslist and sold it to Faisal Shahzad, who paid $2,800 cash.
      "Any vehicle that he owned is of interest," says McCann. "And what he did with any vehicles he owned. What locations he visited and who was in the car."
      Sources say Shahazd came to pick it the black Isuzu at Alain Chebeir's nondescript garage in Statford, Connecticut. It is a place filled with fancy expensive luxury sports cars, some worth more than $300,000.
      A source tells us Shahzad walked from his home in Bridgeport to get here. We drove the route—it's about 2-1/2 miles.
      A law enforcement source tells us Chebeir, who is not a suspect, customizes race cars and luxury vehicles. But at some point he acquired a beat-up 1998 black Isuzu, then swapped out the engine as a favor to a friend, replacing it with another engine before selling the SUV on Craigslist.
      The buyer: Faisal Shahzad.
      "Looking at Craigslist, I'm sure the investigators are going to look at look at his computer records and see what else he bought on Craigslist," McCann says.
      Alan Chebeir, sources say, is in the clear. Our law enforcement source tells us Chebeir was questioned by the FBI and is not considered a suspect.
      We reached out to Chebeir, and after repeated requests for an interview he responded with an email saying: "I have nothing to contribute to your story other than the facts that you already have; I am contacting my attorney to discuss my legal rights."
      We know according to the federal complaint against Shahzad that he planned to use fireworks as explosives.
      The owner of a Pennsylvania fireworks store released surveillance video showing a black Isuzu pulling up. Shahzad is seen entering the store on March 8 and purchasing fireworks.
      The federal complaint says he also drove the black Isuzu on April 24 to buy the green pathfinder,
      which he bought on Craigslist and the FBI says he rigged with a car bomb.
      So what happened to the black Isuzu?
      A source tells us that in late April Shahzad sold it back to Alain Chebeir for $2,000 after the SUV broke down while Shahzad was driving to Massachusetts, a place of interest to the FBI.
      Just last week the feds executed raids in the Boston area, picking up two people for questioning in connection with financing Shahzad.
      So far, neither man in the Massachusetts investigation has been charged with anything related to the attempted bombing.
      A law enforcement source tells us it is unlikely Shahzad was originally planning on using the black Isuzu for the car bomb because Shahzad actually registered the Isuzu in his name and never registered the green Pathfinder rigged with a car bomb on May 1.
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      Details Emerge in Al Qaeda Plot on NYC Subway System
      FOXNews.com
      A fourth suspect in the alleged plot to blow up New York City subways has reportedly revealed shocking details about the plan involving terror suspect Najibullah Zazi, MyFoxNY.com reported.
      Subway tunnel connecting the Bowling Green station in Manhattan to the Borough Hall station in Brooklyn on the 4 train line is pictured in New York.
      A fourth suspect in the alleged plot to blow up New York City subways has reportedly revealed shocking details about the plan involving Najibullah Zazi, MyFoxNY.com reported.
      The Queens native and two high school friends were planning to detonate explosives attached to their bodies at Grand Central and Times Square stations during rush hour, according to the Associated Press.
      The AP reports that the fourth suspect was arrested in Pakistan and is likely to be extradited to Brooklyn.
      The group had supposedly picked September 14, 15 or 16 as the attack date.
      In February, Zazi pleaded guilty in U.S. federal court to a plot to blow up New York'ssubway system last year and to links with al Qaeda.
      Zazi pleaded guilty to three charges: conspiracy to use weapons of mass destruction, conspiracy to commit murder in a foreign country, and providing material support to the al Qaeda extremist network.
      He told the federal court in Brooklyn that he had planned to blow up New York targets including the underground train system and that he wanted to "conduct mortal operations in the subway line."
      Zazi, 24, said he was ready to "sacrifice myself" in order "to draw the attention to what the United States is doing in Afghanistan."
      He faces maximum sentences of life in prison for the first two charges and 15 years for the third.
      However, his plea appears to be part of a bargain in which he could receive a more lenient sentence in return for cooperating with investigators.
      Zazi was arrested September 20 in Denver, where he worked as an airport shuttle bus driver.
      Prosecutors say he carried bomb-making instructions in a laptop and had been shopping for large quantities of chemicals found in beauty products that could have been the ingredients for explosives.
      They also say he received explosives training in Peshawar, Pakistan, a hotbed of al Qaeda activity.
      According to prosecutors, Zazi went to New York to prepare the alleged bombing campaign, using weapons of "mass destruction," but left after receiving a tip-off that he was being watched by federal agents.
      Iraq Arrests Al-Qaeda Terrorist in Plot to Blow Up World Cup
      Published: 05/18/10, 11:12 AM / Last Update: 05/18/10, 11:32 AM
      by Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu
      Follow Israel news
      Iraqi security forces have arrested a former Saudi colonel who plotted with Al-Qaeda's number two terrorist to blow up the World Cup in South Africa next month.
      The 30-year-old suspect, Abdullah Azam Saleh al-Qahtani, 30, entered Iraq from Saudi Arabia in 2004 and was in charge of the terrorist network's security in Baghdad . He was in contact with Al-Qaeda's number two terrorist, Ayman al-Zawahiri, in a plot to attack the World Cup, which begins June 11 and features a match between England and the United States the following day.
      Al-Qaeda earlier this year threatened that hundreds of spectators at the soccer championship match would be killed.
      South African police said they were not told of the arrest but that they have made necessary security precautions for the World Cup. However, South African police commissioner Bheki Cele that South African police had investigated and decided a threat by Al Shaba'ab, an Al-Qaeda offshoot, was not credible.
      Professor Hussein Solomon, head of the International Institute for Islamic Studies at Pretoria University, told The Citizen newspaper in Johannesburg on May 13 that Al-Qaeda has "billions of people watching televisions and they will have no limit of targets. The only way to take on Al-Qaeda is an operation that needs to be driven by intelligence, and our intelligence services have been gutted."
      Meanwhile, New York authorities have indicted a second man for allegedly helping Al-Qaeda with computer systems and financial donations. Another suspect was previously arrested on the same charges. (IsraelNationalNews.com)

      "Saudi Arabia recognizes the Taliban
      In September 1996, the Taliban gained control of the Afghan city of Kabul. The following year, Saudi Arabia became one of only three countries to establish diplomatic relations with the Taliban. The Taliban are followers of the Deobandi school of Islam, an extreme form of the faith closely related to Wahhabism."
      source: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/shows/saudi/etc/cron.html
      "There were, of course, business meetings too, and, on Sunday evening, a formal banquet at which the guest of honor and principal speaker was U.S. Senator George McGovern, Democratic candidate for President in 1972. Seated with him at the flower-decked head table were such notables as His Excellency Najati Kabani, the ambassador of Lebanon and dean of the Arab diplomatic corps in Washington; Salah Abdulla, Jordan's ambassador to the United States; Zuhdi Tarazi, representative of the PLO to the United Nations; Dr. Muhammad Abdul-Rauf, director of Washington's Islamic Center on Massachusetts Avenue; and several members of the Palestine National Council. Even there, the family feeling prevailed: incoming Federation President Mukhles ("Mike") Saah of Falls Church, Virginia, addressed the tables full of listeners in front of him as "my dear cousins and brothers" - and it was hardly hyperbole."
      SOURCE: http://www.saudiaramcoworld.com/issue/197802/reunion.on.the.potomac.htm
      "Her Arab background hasn't hurt, either. In February of last year, A-Baki hosted Yas-sir Arafat at her official residence when the Palestinian leader was in town."
      SOURCE: http://www.saudiaramcoworld.com/issue/200002/the.art.of.diplomacy.htm
      "Yasser Arafat praised the "warm welcome" he received when he signed the guest book in 1992." SOURCE: http://www.saudiaramcoworld.com/issue/199704/hotels.with.a.history.htm
      Columbia Dean Admits Taking Saudi Junket
      By ALEC MAGNET, Staff Reporter of the Sun | January 11, 2006
      http://www.nysun.com/new-york/columbia-dean-admits-taking-saudi-junket/25658/
      Months before a Columbia University dean was named to a special committee convened to investigate student complaints about professors' hostility to Israel , the dean took a trip to Saudi Arabia that she acknowledges was "largely" paid for by Saudi Aramco, the kingdom-owned oil company.
      The dean, Lisa Anderson of Columbia `s School of International and Public Affairs, was one of five members of the committee named in December 2004. The committee for the most part cleared the accused scholars of blame, prompting critics to describe their report as a whitewash.
      The March 2004 junket to Saudi Arabia is described in glowing terms on a Web site for former Saudi Aramco employees that details the "delightful lunch" enjoyed by the Columbia delegation, as well as a "wonderful dinner" during which "guests watched the sunset over the sand dunes from the tent."
      The tour, which the National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations helped organize, took a total of 10 Columbia faculty members and scholars to Riyadh , Dharan, and other parts of Saudi Arabia to tour facilities and meet with officials of the oil company.
      Ms. Anderson's participation drew criticism yesterday from people familiar with the developments at Columbia .
      "Saudi money is borderline corruption," said a research associate at the Moshe Dayan Center for Middle Eastern and African Studies at Tel Aviv University , Martin Kramer, who has been a vocal critic of Middle Eastern studies in America .
      Mr. Kramer said Western academics are constantly vying for Saudi money to fund their departments, whose message more often than not is that American support for Israel is the problem in the Middle East .
      Mr. Kramer said he wonders if Ms. Anderson's trip was part of an effort to raise more funds from the Saudis.
      Prince Alwaleed bin Talal bin Abdulaziz Alsaud, who recently gave $20 million gifts to Georgetown and Harvard Universities, told the New York Times Magazine earlier this month that several other Ivy League universities had applied for similar gifts, but that he had turned them down. In the interview, the prince declined to name the schools, saying: "I'd rather not embarrass them."
      Mr. Kramer said he wonders whether Columbia might have been one of those schools, adding that it "has a record of soliciting Arab donors." He cited Columbia `s admission that among the donors of the $2.1 million Edward Said chair were the United Arab Emirates , which gave $200,000, and the Olayan Charitable Trust, a charity associated with a Saudi-based multinational corporation, the Olayan Group.
      The New York Sun in March reported that Saudi Aramco since 2002 had given annual grants of $15,000 for unspecified outreach activities to Columbia University `s Middle East Institute.
      "I think it's pretty suspicious that the dean of SIPA ... would go tour Saudi Aramco facilities," a junior at Columbia College , Bari Weiss, said. She, too, wondered whether Columbia might have tried to secure a donation from Prince Alwaleed and failed, "fortunately for the school's ethical standards, but unfortunately for Lisa Anderson."
      Ms. Weiss brought one of the complaints investigated by the committee.
      Ms. Anderson said in an e-mail message that the trip was meant "to familiarize some of the faculty of our then new Center on Energy, Marine Transportation and Public Policy with the operations of Saudi Aramco." She added that she was unable to stay for the entire trip, but "found the visit very instructive."
      Ms. Anderson added that the trip was not out of the ordinary. "Our students and faculty often travel throughout the world on projects funded wholly or in part by other organizations, and this was a case in point," she said.
      She said she's gone on other trips funded by the State Department, Tel Aviv University , and the Bertelsmann Foundation.
      She did not respond to further requests for comment yesterday.
      Another member of the tour group, Michael Heller, a professor of property law at Columbia `s law school, said the trip granted a balanced view of Saudi Arabia and had nothing to do with the committee to investigate bias charges.
      "What I came away with was a much more subtle appreciation for the complexity of Saudi society," he said.
      Other members of the tour group, Jonathan Fallet, David Nissen, Gary Sick, and Jean-Francois Seznek, declined to comment. Hurst Groves did not return multiple voice messages left yesterday and on Monday. David Cohen, David Long, and Shirley Neff could not be reached.
      Representatives of Saudi Aramco and of the National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations did not respond to requests for comment.
      Complaints of anti-Israel intimidation at Columbia continue to surface.
      A professional violinist, Anat Malkin, in December told the Israeli newspaper Ha'aretz that she dropped out of her graduate program in the university's Middle Eastern studies department because she did not want to endure bullying from biased, anti-Israel professors.
      "In one class the lecturer cited an article about how the Israelis were raping Palestinian women in the prisons and then sending them back to the territories. I raised my hand and said that no friend of mine had raped a Palestinian, and he started to shout at me," she told Ha'aretz.
      Columbia failed for years to comply with federal law requiring the disclosure of gifts from overseas. Among the gifts it failed to disclose to the federal government in 2003, until The New York Sun reported the university's failure to comply, was a $250,000 gift from an unnamed Saudi individual for "social science research."
      http://www.nysun.com/new-york/columbia-dean-admits-taking-saudi-junket/25658/?print=5125114721
      "Professor Rashid Khalidi, Walid's younger cousin, was born in New York and teaches modern Middle East history at the University of Chicago, where he also directs the Center for Middle Eastern Studies. As a historian and scholar with an independent voice, he gained access to PLO chairman Yassir Arafat's archives while researching material for his book Under Siege: PLO Decisionmaking During the 1982 War. He is a member of the Palestinian Advisory Committee to the peace talks. Like Walid, he is an American citizen, but his roots in Jerusalem go very deep. It is Rashid who is working on the private papers of the Khalidi Library.
      Today in the final stages of renovation, the library remains basically unchanged, comprising the reading room, the refurbished attic where the manuscripts will be shelved, the courtyard—now covered by a sloping glass roof—and a vaulted chamber across the courtyard. Architects Rabih al-Masri and Jamal al-Araj are responsible for the design and execution of the renovation—but it could not have taken place without the unrelenting diligence of Haifa Khalidi, a young woman deputizing for her brother Kamel, a petroleum engineer resident in Amman, as the current mutawalli, or guardian, of the Khalidi family waqf.
      The library is maintained by grants, family donations and private contributions. The Friends of The Khalidi Library, a non-profit organization registered in Massachusetts, acts as a conduit for this support. The government of the Netherlands has generously sponsored the conservation of the manuscripts, the cataloguing of the collection and the refurbishing of the Library itself; a smaller grant from UNESCO contributed to the installation of climate-control devices to combat humidity.
      The monumental task of conservation, led by Tony Bish of the Wellcome Institute in London, will make the library's manuscript treasures available for research. Each manuscript must be taken apart, examined, cleaned of surface debris, treated page by page and then rebound. To date, 350 of the more badly damaged manuscripts have been stored in tailor-made acid-free boxes designed to protect them from insects, dust and the effects of light. The time-consuming task will not be completed until after 1995.
      There are now plans to restore a neighboring Mamluk building, with a beautiful dome, as an annex to the Khalidi Library. This structure would house all the printed materials. Its 10 rooms could also allow display of some of the manuscripts and documents, and could accommodate visiting scholars. Thus the library will continue to provide future generations with an incomparable literary and historical resource.
      The Khalidi family's eponym is said to be the brilliant seventh-century military commander Khalid ibn al-Walid, victor over the Byzantine forces, whose courage and clever military tactics earned him the title "the Unsheathed Sword of God" (See Aramco World, November-December 1991). If true, the association seems to miss the point. The Khalidi legacy, as evidenced by the library, lies not with the sword but with the pen.
      Jocelyn M. Ajami is a painter and independent producer in Boston. Her video "Jihad," on the Qur'anic meaning of the term, was published by Carousel Film and Video in New York.
      This article appeared on pages 2-9 of the November/December 1993 print edition of Saudi Aramco World. "
      source: http://www.saudiaramcoworld.com/issue/199306/a.hidden.treasure.htm
      Victor Davis Hanson on Israel
      Some strong supporters of both Obama and Israel are disappointed in the latest hysterical Biden-Clinton-Obama smack-down over the settlement issue. But why, I don't know – this is a logical, not an aberrant, development from President Obama .
      Once it was thought to be unprincipled guilt-by-association for pro-Israeli, anti-Obama groups to question candidate Obama's dubious associations; after all, Reverend Wright, Rashid Khalidi, Samantha Power, et al. were all on record as hostile to the Jewish state. Few likewise seemed to take note when a key Obama campaign foreign policy advisor, Zbigniew Brzezinski , in September 2009 suggested that the U.S. might, and perhaps should, shoot down Israeli planes over Iraq on their way to Iran ; e.g., "If they fly over, you go up and confront them. They have the choice of turning back or not. No one wishes for this but it could be a Liberty in reverse." Then there was the nomination of Charles Freeman . And of course the present outreach to the two most terrorist-friendly regimes in the Middle East, theocratic Iran and authoritarian Syria . Someone from Mars might conclude that the United States has spent far more effort in courting Ahmadinejad and Assad than Netanyahu.
      …in aggregate they paint a pretty clear picture that for this administration the benefits of supporting Israel are far outweighed by the downside.
      … Israel 's multiple enemies now are almost giddy in sensing that America is not all that into protecting the Jewish state, intellectually or morally..."
      US Joins Pro-Muslim `Alliance of Civilizations'Published: 05/20/10, 11:56 AM / Last Update: 05/20/10, 12:07 PM
      by Hana Levi Julian
      Follow Israel news .
      The Obama administration has announced the United States will join the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations, another openly anti-Israel organization.
      The group was created in 2006 to find ways to bridge the growing divide between Muslim and Western societies – a goal wholeheartedly embraced by President Barack Obama, who has redirected American foreign policy in pursuit of the same goal.
      The White House announcement stated that the move is intended to realize Obama's "vision of active U.S. engagement with other nations and international organizations," a goal sometimes pursued, noted National Review Online columnist Brett D. Schaefer last Thursday, "even when there is little or no chance that doing so will advance U.S. interests."
      The U.S. decision is also meant to support the Alliance goal of "improved understanding and cooperative relations among nations and peoples," the statement said.
      However, the Alliance has been anything but cooperative when it comes to improving understanding of issues relating to the security of Israel's and United States' civilians.
      The group claimed in its first report in 2006 that global tensions were driven primarily by the conflict between Israel and the Palestinian Authority. The same report referred to "a perception among Muslim societies of unjust aggression stemming from the West" in a discussion relating to the September 11, 2001 attacks on the United States by the international Al Qaeda terrorist group.
      US Feared it Would be Anti-Israel - in 2006
      At the time, the U.S. boycotted the group, expressing concerns that it would become a forum for bashing both Israel and the United States, in a manner similar to that of the U.N. Human Rights Council.
      However, Obama administration officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, said those concerns have since been addressed.
      Since Obama took office a year ago, he has worked hard to reach out to the Islamic community of nations in a series of gestures that make it clear he is bending over backwards to strengthen ties with the Muslim world.
      Since his speech from Cairo last June, Obama has reached out to Iran and Syria, restoring full diplomatic relations with Damascus and returning an ambassador to the Syrian capital. The U.S. has also joined the anti-Israel U.N. Human Rights Commission. Both these moves are reversals of prior Bush administration decisions. (IsraelNationalNews.com)
      "Petroleum prices rose during the 1970s and early 1980s, and the Saudi economy became one of the fastest-growing world economies. By 1981, oil revenues in the kingdom had reached $116 billion per year. Many foreign private firms invested in joint ventures to build refineries and other technologies important to the petrochemical industry. The petrodollars were also used to fund the construction of new mosques and religious schools, known as madrassas, throughout the kingdom and abroad. There was an explosion in religious charities that were funded by a newly wealthy citizenry. U.S. officials believe that the network of madrassas across the world—funded by the Saudi charities and fueled by the strict Wahhabi interpretation of Islam—evolved into a network of recruiting schools that were to train Islamic militants to fight the jihad war in Afghanistan against the Soviet invasion (1979-1989)."
      sources: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/shows/saudi/etc/cron.html
      http://www.statemaster.com/encyclopedia/Foreign-relations-of-Saudi-Arabia
      "With its oil wealth the Saudis have financed madrassas, religious schools, in the Muslim world for young people who would otherwise probably have no schooling at all. These schools, led by Wahhabi clerics, teach almost exclusively reading and memorization of The Koran, Islam's holy text. In some, in Pakistan for example, the schools also have provided military training aimed at those who are viewed as enemies of Islam and that, for some Muslims, includes Saudi Arabia itself. Such schools in Pakistan also trained many of the Taliban at the time of the war against the Soviet Union.
      The rulers of Saudi Arabia have maintained and spread the strict legacy of the Wahhabi brand of Islam. Saudi Arabia enjoys great prestige among Muslims as the birthplace of the Prophet Muhammad, as a land whose law is The Koran and as the site of Islam's holiest shrines at Mecca and Medina, to which millions of Muslims come each year on a hajj, or pilgrimage. So important is this history that King Fahd no longer uses his royal title but calls himself "The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques."
      source: http://www.teachablemoment.org/high/oil.html
      Pakistan Blocks YouTube, 450 Web Links in Crackdown (Update2)
      May 20, 2010, 10:11 AM EDT
      By Ketaki Gokhale and Farhan Sharif
      May 20 (Bloomberg) -- Pakistan, home to the world's second- largest Muslim population, blocked Google Inc.'s YouTube service and more than 450 web links as the government widened a crackdown on Internet material deemed as blasphemous.
      The sites and links were blocked because of the increasing level of sacrilegious and derogatory material, the Islamabad- based Pakistan Telecommunication Authority said in a statement today. The regulator, which shut access to Facebook Inc.'s website yesterday, may block other links with blasphemous content, said Khurram Mehran, a spokesman at the regulator.
      Pakistan began its censorship campaign after a Facebook user set up a page inviting others to draw caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad, an act considered blasphemous by Muslims.
      While protesters today gathered in Karachi holding banners and shouting slogans against Facebook, and people circulated text messages asking users of the site in Pakistan to support the ban, other users of the social networking tool accused officials of overreacting.
      "The government's reaction is just like a child sticking fingers in his ears without addressing the problem," said Omar Kapadia, a 28-year-old researcher at an educational organization in Karachi who uses Facebook and YouTube regularly. "Though I don't agree with the caricature competition, the best way would have been to set up one highlighting Prophet Muhammad's achievements," Kapadia said.
      BlackBerry Ban
      Google is looking into the blocking and working to ensure its YouTube service is restored, the Mountain View, California- based company said in an email. Facebook's press office didn't immediately respond to an email seeking comment.
      "The attitude of administrators at Facebook and YouTube was in contravention to the WSIS Resolutions and their own policies advertised on the web for general public," Mehran said in the statement, referring to the World Summit on the Information Society endorsed by the United Nations. "PTA would welcome the concerned authorities of Facebook and YouTube to contact the PTA for resolving the issue."
      The regulator has also blocked Internet browsers on Research In Motion Ltd.'s BlackBerry phones, Mehran said today.
      A Facebook user set up a page called "Everybody Draw Mohammed Day," inviting others to send in a "creative and funny depiction of Mohammed" on May 20, according to the website.
      `Hurt Sentiments'
      "We simply want to show the extremists that threaten to harm people because of their Mohammed depictions, that we're not afraid of them," according to the Facebook description page. "They can't take away our right to freedom of speech by trying to scare us to silence."
      Pakistan needs an effective plan to prevent anti-Islam elements "hurting the sentiments of Muslims," state-run Associated Press of Pakistan cited religious affairs minister Saeed Kazmi as saying in Islamabad. Kazmi called on Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani to organize a meeting of Muslim countries and create a united policy for dealing with anti- Islamic moves, APP reported.
      The telecommunications regulator blocked Facebook after the Lahore High Court imposed a ban and the Ministry of Information Technology instructed it, according to Mehran.
      The court petition to bar Facebook was filed by a lawyer representing the Jamaat-e-Islaami, the party's spokesman Sarfaraz Ahmed said in an interview today.
      Religious Parties
      "The religious political parties use issues like this to survive," said Fateh Muhammed Burfat, president of the Karachi- based Pakistan Sociological Association.
      The Jamaat-e-Islaami, Pakistan's biggest religious party, received less than 5 percent of the vote in all Pakistani elections over the last three decades, according to the Washington-based Heritage Foundation.
      "When technology is involved in something objectionable, we have to stop it," said Chaudhry Zulfiqar, who filed the petition in court asking for the website to be blocked.
      Today's shutdown is within the Constitution of Pakistan and is an extension of orders from the High Court of Pakistan and the government's directions, Mehran said. The regulator has set up a phone number for callers to notify the regulator of websites with objectionable material, according to the statement.
      Cartoons depicting Muhammad in a Danish newspaper in 2005 provoked protests by Muslim communities around the world including Pakistan. The cartoons included one of the prophet with a bomb in his turban and accompanied an article on freedom of speech and self-censorship in the media.
      Pakistan's Internet traffic has fallen 25 percent after the two websites were blocked, CNBC Pakistan reported, without citing anyone.—With assistance from Khurrum Anis and Naween Mangi in Karachi. Editors: Young-Sam Cho, Mark Williams
      To contact the reporters on this story: Farhan Sharif in Karachi, Pakistan at Fsharif2@...
      Ketaki Gokhale in Mumbai kgokhale@....
      To contact the editors responsible for this story: Stephen Foxwell at sfoxwell@... Bill Austin at billaustin@...
      Prince Turki, chief of Saudi intelligence one of bin Laden's mentors
      Recently Eric S. Margolis, author of War at the Top of the World : The
      Struggle for Afghanistan, Kashmir and Tibet told a television news
      interviewer that Osama Bin Laden Had vetoed UNOCAL's pipeline offer
      thru Afghanistan in favor of (Bridas) an Argentine firm. "Bridas told
      the Taliban it had no need for funding outside the region. Backing up
      their claim, they entered into a partnership with the Saudi firm
      Ningarcho. Ningarcho had connections to Prince Turki, chief of Saudi
      intelligence and one of Osama bin Laden's mentors. Unocal's Saudi
      partner, Delta Oil, was connected to Crown Prince Abdullah. Thus,
      Ahmed Rashid observes, "the competition between Unocal and Bridas also
      reflected competition within the Saudi Royal family. ***During 1997
      Bridas and Unocal both expanded their courtship of the Taliban.
      Taliban delegations traveled to Buenos Aires where they were treated
      as royalty. Another delegation traveled to the U.S. to meet with
      Unocal and government officials, and to lobby for diplomatic
      recognition. Bridas was painstakingly negotiating a contract with
      various Afghani factions .*** Prince Turki al-Faisal, then head of
      Saudi intelligence, arranged for bin Laden's mother to visit him in
      1998. A second visit was reportedly arranged with the knowledge of the
      Saudi royal family, in early 2000. According to Saudi dissident Saad
      Al-Fagih, the second trip was to try to discourage bin Laden from
      taking action against the royal family....World Assembly of
      Muslim Youth, in Falls Church, Virginia. Abdullah bin Laden is
      president and treasurer of WAMY. Omar bin Laden, another brother, also
      lives in Falls Church. WAMY operates out of the basement of a building
      at 5613 Leesburg Pike. A few blocks away is 5913 Leesburg Pike, where
      four of the hijackers that attacked New York and Washington are listed
      as having lived. Joe Trento, identified in the broadcast as a
      "national security expert" said, "The FBI wanted to investigate these
      guys. This is not something that they didn't want to do - they wanted
      to, they weren't permitted to." BBC reporter Gregory Palast: "I
      received a phone call from a high-placed member of a US intelligence
      agency. He tells me that while there's always been constraints on
      investigating Saudis..... the agencies were told to `back off' investigating the
      Bin Ladens and Saudi royals, and that angered agents. I'm told that
      since September 11th the policy has been reversed. FBI headquarters
      told us they could not comment on our findings. A spokesman said:
      'There are lots of things that only the intelligence community knows
      and that no-one else ought to know.'
      http://ist-socrates.berkeley.edu/~pdscott/q5.html
      "Splits in the Saudi royal family have led to support by different
      Saudi princes for each of the two competing multi-billion dollar
      proposals to build a gas pipeline across Afghanistan. As narrated
      below, Prince Turki was allied with the Argentine company Bridas,
      while Prince Abdullah was close to the Saudi company Delta Oil, part
      of the US-backed consortium headed up by Unocal.*** Bridas, had been
      the first to secure local approval for a pipeline through Afghanistan:
      first in March 1995 from Turkmenistan President Niyazov and Pakistani
      Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto, and then in February 1996 with
      Burhanuddin Rabbani, still recognized as the Afghan President in
      Kabul. But then the US (and later the Taliban) stepped in to back an
      alternative pipeline project with the US company Unocal.
      http://ist-socrates.berkeley.edu/~pdscott/q7.html
      Is Turki a friend of Israel? This vicious attack on Israel by Turki
      answers that question with a resounding NO!
      "PRINCE TURKI: "THIS IMPORTANT CONFERENCE CAN NOT IGNORE THE DAILY
      RACIST PRACTICES OF THE ISRAELI OCCUPATION FORCES AGAINST THE
      PALESTINIANS". The conference started on august 31 and will conclude
      its deliberations on September 7.(2001)
      http://www.ain-al-yaqeen.com/issues/20010907/feat8en.htm
      "A former Saudi intelligence chief has revealed the contents of a
      letter, written in late August, in which the oil-rich kingdom
      threatened to review ties with its key ally, the United States. The
      letter called on Washington to take active steps towards resolving the
      Israeli-Palestinian conflict. In a rare television interview aired on
      8 November, Prince Turki Al-Faisal described how "Crown Prince
      Abdullah sent a letter to President George W Bush before 11 September,
      in which he stated that relations between the two countries were at a
      crossroads." Prince Turki, who stepped down in August after nearly 25
      years in office as intelligence chief, was interviewed by the
      London-based Middle East Broadcasting Centre (MBC). Prince Abdullah
      "also wrote that the kingdom would be forced to review its ties with
      the United States if the US was not ready to move ahead with finding a
      successful solution to the Middle East conflict," he said. Prince
      Turki described the letter as "strongly worded" and said it was
      "unique in Arab-American relations."
      http://www.ahram.org.eg/weekly/2001/560/re5.htm
      Turki said that he met bin Laden several times in Saudi Arabia and
      Pakistan. Bin Laden was "a gentle, enthusiastic young man, not
      talkative and who did not raise his voice while talking. Bin Laden was
      generally a `nice guy'."
      "When jihad started in Afghanistan, I used to travel to Pakistan and
      sometimes to Afghanistan, to follow up on the developments. It was
      there that I met him. Once or twice he was invited to the Saudi
      embassy (in Islamabad). The first time I met him was during one of
      these occasions. He was in the area supporting jihad," the prince
      said."
      http://www.hindustantimes.com/nonfram/071101/dLAME54.asp

      Pakistan Extends Web Site Ban to Include YouTube
      John Ribeiro, IDG News
      May 20, 2010 11:20 am
      Pakistan's telecommunications regulator, Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA), said on Thursday that it has directed ISPs to block YouTube after material considered "sacrilegious" was found on it.
      The move by the PTA follows its block of Facebook on Wednesday.
      In a statement on Thursday the government said it was blocking YouTube and Facebook after trying all possible avenues to get the sites to remove material it considered derogatory.
      The PTA did not describe the content that was found sacrilegious and derogatory. It said it was acting on the orders of the high court and the Pakistani government.
      A Pakistani court ordered on Wednesday that Facebook should be blocked because of a page inviting people to draw caricatures of the Prophet Mohammed.
      Facebook and YouTube did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
      The information provided on the Facebook page, which had more than 84,000 fans on Thursday, said that the aim of the page was not to slander Muslims. The objective of the site was to show extremists, some of whom threaten to harm people because of their depictions of the Prophet Mohammed, that they are not afraid of them, it added.
      The PTA said that on May 18 it Instructed operators and others concerned to block the objectionable URL on Facebook.
      The PTA said that it has so far blocked more than 450 links on the Internet containing derogatory material. Some media stories are reporting that some links to Wikipedia have also been blocked.
      The PTA has said it would welcome the authorities at Facebook and YouTube to contact the agency to resolve the issue. The regulator has meanwhile provided a toll-free number and e-mail address where people can complain about URLs that link to objectionable material.
      Adolf Eichmann
      (1906-1962)
      SS Lieutenant-Colonel who was Chief of the Jewish Office of the Gestapo during World War II and implemented the `Final Solution' which aimed at the total extermination of European Jewry, Adolf Eichmann was born in Solingen on 19 March 1906.
      The declasse son of a solid middle-class Protestant family which had moved to Linz, Austria, where Eichmann spent his youth, he failed to complete his engineering studies. After working briefly as an ordinary labourer in his father's small mining enterprise and then in the sales department of an Upper Austrian electrical construction company, Eichmann became a traveling salesman for the Vacuum Oil Company between 1927 and 1933.
      On April 1, 1932 he joined the Austrian Nazi Party at the suggestion of his compatriot Ernst Kaltenbrunner. Having lost his job he sought employment across the border in Bavaria in July 1933, joining the exiled Austrian legion and undergoing fourteen months' military training.
      In September 1934 he found an opening in Himmler's Security Service (SD) which provided him with an outlet for his bureaucratic talents. By the beginning of 1935 he was the official responsible for `Jewish questions' at the Berlin head office of the SD, specializing in the Zionist movement. He acquired a smattering of Hebrew and Yiddish, and briefly visited Palestine in 1937 to explore the possibilities of Jewish emigration from Nazi Germany to Palestine.
      Appointed assistant to the SD leader of the SS main region, Danube, Eichmann's first big opportunity came after he was sent to Vienna by the Gestapo to prepare the ground for the Anschluss.
      From August 1938 he was in charge of the "Office for Jewish Emigration" in Vienna set up by the SS as the sole Nazi agency authorized to issue exit permits for Jews from Austria, then Czechoslovakia and later the old German Reich. Eichmann's acquired expertise in "forced emigration"—in less than eighteen months approximately 150,000 Jews left Austria—and extortion was to prove an ideal training-ground for his later efficiency in "forced evacuation," i.e., the registering, assembly and deportation of Jews to extermination centres in the East. By March 1939 he was already handling forced deportations to Poland and, in October of the same year, he was appointed special adviser on the "evacuation" of Jews and Poles.
      In December 1939 Eichmann was transferred to Amt IV (Gestapo) of the Reich Main Security Office (RSHA) where he took over Referat IV B4 dealing with Jewish affairs and evacuation. For the next six years Eichmann's office was the headquarters for the implementation of the `Final Solution'; though it was not until the summer of 1941 that his `resettlement' department began the task of creating death camps, developing gassing techniques and organizing the system of convoys that were to take European Jewry to their deaths.
      It was in 1941 that Eichmann first visited Auschwitz and in November of the same year he was promoted to SS Lieutenant-Colonel. He had already begun to organize the mass deportation of Jews from Germany and Bohemia, in accordance with Hitler's order to make the Reich free of Jews as rapidly as possible.
      The Wannsee Conference of January 20, 1942 consolidated Eichmann's position as the "Jewish specialist" of the RSHA and Heydrich now formally entrusted him with implementing the "Final Solution." In this task Eichmann proved to be a model of bureaucratic industriousness and icy determination even though he had never been a fanatical anti-semite and always claimed that "personally" he had nothing against Jews. His zeal expressed itself in his constant complaints about obstacles in the fulfilment of death-camp quotas, his impatience with the existence of loopholes such as the free zone in Vichy France or the unco- operativeness of the Italians and other German allies in expediting their Jews.
      When even Himmler became more "moderate" towards the end of the war, Eichmann ignored his `no gassing' order, as long as he was covered by immediate superiors like Heinrich Muller and his old friend, Kaltenbrunner. Only in Budapest after March 1944 did the desk-murderer become a public personality, working in the open and playing a leading role in the massacre of Hungarian Jewry. In August 1944 the `Grand Inquisitor' of European Jewry could report to Himmler that approximately four million Jews had died in the death camps and that another two million had been killed by mobile extermination units. Though arrested at the end of the war, Eichmann's name was not yet widely known and he was able to escape from an American internment camp in 1946 and flee to Argentina. He was eventually tracked down by Israeli secret agents on May 2, 1960, living under an assumed name in a suburb of Buenos Aires. Nine days later he was secretly abducted to Israel, to be publicly tried in Jerusalem. The trial, which aroused enormous international interest and some controversy, took place between April 2 and August 14, 1961. On December 2, 1961 Eichmann was sentenced to death for crimes against the Jewish people and crimes against humanity. On May 31, 1962 he was executed in Ramleh prison.
      Source: Wistrich, Robert S. Who's Who in Nazi Germany, Routledge, 1997. USHMM photo.
      Vacuum Oil Company
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      Vacuum Oil Company was an American oil company known for their Gargoyle 600-W Steam Cylinder Oil. Vacuum Oil merged with Socony Oil to form Socony-Vacuum Oil Company, and is now a part of ExxonMobil.
      History
      Vacuum Oil was founded in 1866 by Matthew Ewing and Hiram Bond Everest, of Rochester, NY. The lubrication oil was an accidental discovery while attempting to distill kerosene. Everest noted that the residue from the extraction was suitable as a lubricant. Soon after, the product became popular for use by steam engines and the internal-combustion engines. Ewing sold his interest to Everest, who carried on the company.[1]
      Vacuum Oil and Standard Oil of New York (Socony) merged in 1931, after the government gave up their attempts to prevent it. Their union, creating Socony-Vacuum Corp. made them the third largest (at the time) world oil company. Everest was given a salary job as President and remained with the company. [2]
      In 1931, Socony and Vacuum Oil merged, and in 1955, the company became Socony Mobil Oil Company. In World War II, the Tschechowitz I & II subcamps of Auschwitz in Czechowice-Dziedzice provided forced labor for Vacuum Oil Company facilities in Nazi Germany.[3] In 1963 it became "Mobilgas" then just "Mobil".
      Legal Problems
      In 1887, founder Hiram Bond Everest and son Charles M. Everest were charged with conspiracy to destroy competitor Buffalo Lubricating Oil Co. It is said that they were attempting to destroy the buildings, preventing them from manufacturing petroleum products, as well as acquiring their skillful employees. One said employee included Albert A. Miller who was being bribed to construct defective machinery so that it would explode. Hiram Everest and Charles Everest were both found guilty. [4]
      In 1907 the Vacuum Oil, Standard Oil, New York Central Railroad, and Pennsylvania Railroad were all indicted for violations in Inter-State Commerce laws. Vacuum Oil was charged for shipping 228 cars of petroleum and petroleum products to Standard Oil at unlawful rates via the New York Central RR and Pennsylvania RR. [5]
      References
      ^ "Vacuum Standardized" (html). Time Magazine, 1930. http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,738772,00.html. Retrieved 2009-12-01.
      ^ "Business & Finance: Socony-Vacuum Corp.". Time Magazine, 1931. http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,882045,00.html. Retrieved 2009-12-01.
      ^ "Sub-Camps of Auschwitz Concentration Camp" (html). Auschwitz-Birkenau: Memorial and Museum. auschwitz.org.pl. http://en.auschwitz.org.pl/h/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=30&Itemid=33. Retrieved 2009-05-21.
      ^ "The Everests Convicted". New York Times, 1887. http://query.nytimes.com/mem/archive-free/pdf?res=9404E6DD1730E633A25755C1A9639C94669FD7CF. Retrieved 2009-12-01.
      ^ "Standard Indicted By New York Jury". New York Times, 1907. http://query.nytimes.com/mem/archive-free/pdf?res=9D05E0DD1F30E233A25753C1A96E9C946697D6CF. Retrieved 2009-12-01.
      Jewish Congressmen to Obama: Show More Support for Israel
      Published: 05/20/10, 1:50 PM / Last Update: 05/20/10, 1:43 PM
      by Hillel Fendel
      Follow Israel news
      Over three dozen Jewish members of Congress met with U.S. President Barack Obama on Tuesday afternoon-evening and asked him to display more public support for Israel – and even to take a trip to the Jewish State.
      Among the participants were nine Senators - Joseph Lieberman, Russ Feingold, Barbara Boxer, Benjamin Cardin, Al Franken, Dianne Feinstein, Herb Kohl, Frank Lautenberg, and Charles Schumer – and 28 U.S. Representatives. Rep. Shelley Berkley (D-Nev.) said that the meeting was called after some Congressmen had "raised concerns" about Obama's attitudes and positions regarding Israel.
      Berkley said afterwards she wants "to see the president step up and vocalize his support for Israel far more than he has."
      Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) said, "We reiterated to the President the urgency for him to strengthen the longstanding friendship between United States and Israel. We stressed that the U.S. must not in any way seek to impose a settlement on Israel, and the President agreed, stating that he would not do so, and that any agreement had to be negotiated between the parties. We also urged him to make clear to the Palestinians that the U.S. will not do their work for them."
      ....
      (IsraelNationalNews.com)
      Faisal had five targets
      NEW YORK POST Updated: Tue., May. 18, 2010, 10:13 AM
      By CHRISTINA CARREGA, DAVID K. LI
      Last Updated: 10:13 AM, May 18, 2010
      Posted: 1:35 AM, May 18, 2010
      Failed Times Square bomber Faisal Shahzad reportedly had his evil eye on four other local targets.
      Shahzad told interrogators he wanted to hit Rockefeller Plaza, Grand Central Terminal, the World Financial Center and the Connecticut headquarters of defense contractor Sikorsky if his Times Square attack were successful, WNYW/Channel 5 reported last night.
      His plans were foiled on May 1, when a vendor saw smoke coming from Shahzad's SUV and alerted police.
      The area was evacuated until cops determined it was safe.
      Shahzad revealed to investigators that he had planned to attack Times Square on either May 1 or May 8, at 6:30 p.m.
      The suspect had studied Web sites that stream video of area foot traffic, and had concluded that early Saturday nights gave him the best chance to kill as many people as possible, the TV station said.
      Times Square bomber Faisal Shahzad had four other targets, report saysBy The Star-Ledger Continuous News Desk
      May 18, 2010, 7:41AM
      Jewel Samad/AFP/Getty ImagesAn image of Times Square bomb attempt suspect Faisal Shahzad is seen on TV screen as U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder and other officials hold a briefing on the investigation earlier this month.
      NEW YORK CITY — Faisal Shahzad, arrested earlier this month for a failed Times Square bombing attempt, reportedly told investigators he wanted to attack four other places if his initial bombing was successful, a report in the New York Post said.
      Shahzad apparently wanted to hit Rockefeller Plaza, Grand Central Terminal and the World Financial Center, according to the report. He was also looking at bombing Connecticut-based defense contractor Sikorsky, which has facilities in Shelton and Bridgeport, the two cities that Shahzad had lived, according to MyFOXNY.com. Shahzad also told investigators he chose early Saturday night after studying Web sites that stream video of area foot traffic showing he would be able to kill the maximum amount of people, the report said
      Society names Prince Turki bin Abdullah Al-Saud honorary Board member
      Jul 26, 2008 ... Prince Turki expressed his keen interest and support for the society and shared his views on the important role that Saudi Aramco technical ...
      https://www.zawya.com/.../ Society%20names%20Prince%20Turki%20bin%20Abdullah%20Al-
      Key Context Missing in Globe article about Saudi donor to Harvard and Georgetown
      December 21, 2005 by Steven Stotsky On December 13th, the Boston Globe reported that Saudi Arabian prince Alwaleed bin Talal is giving $20 million to Harvard University to establish a university-wide program in Islamic studies. He is also donating another $20 million gift to Georgetown University for a similar program.
      The article by Charles Radin noted that this is the same Prince Alwaleed who tried to donate $10 million to the Twin Towers Fund for victims. The gift was refused by former New York City mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani because of statements by Alwaleed urging the United States to re-examine its Middle East policies with regard to the Palestinian cause. However, Radin writes that "problems with the Alwaleed donation do not seem probable. The prince, who is a nephew of Saudi King Abdullah, is widely known for his pro-American views and for his major investments in the United States ." Harvard University `s Middle Eastern studies Web site provides similar complimentary material.
      The Globe article, "Saudi Donates $20 Million to Harvard," missed an important component of this story. Prince Alwaleed had previously pledged another large gift of $27 million during a telethon held in April, 2002 for the benefit of the Saudi Committee for the Support of the al-Quds Intifada. The head of the committee, Prince Naif bin Abdul Aziz, the Interior Minister, said in a statement: "The committee will continue to provide direct assistance to the families of Palestinian martyrs and those wounded while resisting the occupation (The Times of London 4/23/02)."
      Documents captured by the IDF in April of 2002 show that some of the funds provided by the Saudi telethon sponsors went to the "families of martyr<br/><br/>(Message over 64 KB, truncated)
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