Tuesday, December 31, 2013

What Snowden really revealed - Opinion - Al Jazeera English

What Snowden really revealed - Opinion - Al Jazeera English: "When Edward Snowden made the decision to pull back the curtain on the military-intelligence complex, he was doing more than merely exposing their internal plans and activities. He was bringing our most lurid fears about the nature of the world to light for examination.

We have sacrificed our freedoms and morals in order to make war on those abroad, and, more subtly, on ourselves; but it was the necessary cost to stop the scourge of terror which stalked us so relentlessly. Indeed, in their ostensible search for this threat, the NSA did not leave any stone unturned. No place was too private or too sacred to escape their surveillance. They nakedly spoke of their desire to control every bit of communications information on the planet. Throughout this, the idea that anyone was entitled to personal privacy was treated as a quaint joke."

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Muslims of France - Special series - Al Jazeera English

Muslims of France - Special series - Al Jazeera English:

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Saudi Arabia's struggle for influence - Inside Story - Al Jazeera English

Saudi Arabia's struggle for influence - Inside Story - Al Jazeera English: ""Two years ago, Iran presented its will to give the Lebanese army equipment, and many political voices said 'no!' because they said there are political conditions. Now on the other side they said also 'We do accept the Saudi grant without political conditions'. In my opinion we have to accept all grants for the army to build up an army and to stop this discussion and to leave this army weak. I don't think the United States of America will provide this army any air defence system because Israel says 'no'."

Hisham Jaber, a retired Lebanese army general"

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10 photos link for the holidays BEST for 2014

http://www.tumblr.com/dashboard   10 photos for the holidays  BEST for 2014


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  1. Raise your words, not your voice. It is rain which grows flowers, not thunder.– Jalaluddin Rumi

When a movement became a government - DAWN.COM

When a movement became a government - DAWN.COM: "Here’s what the AAP website has to say on the party being described as “leftist”:

“We are very much solution focused rather than ideology driven. There is an age old tendency to pin down political parties as left, right, center etc. In the process everyone forgets the issues at hands and their solutions. Our goal is to remain solution focused. If the solution to a problem lies on the left we are happy to consider it. Likewise, if it is on right (or in the center) we are equally happy to consider it. Ideology is one for the pundits and the media to pontificate about.”

Kejriwal’s party is arguing that “ideology” obfuscates issues and solutions and they will consider any solution that works."

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Timm Herdt: Do the poor have it easy? » Ventura County Star

Timm Herdt: Do the poor have it easy? » Ventura County Star: "That’s more than an intentionally provocative question posed at Christmastime.

It’s one that strikes at what seems to be a fundamental divide in the way Americans view the role of government these days. More than all the emotional wedge issues — guns, abortion, same-sex marriage — the way that people view the role of government in providing a safety net for the poor is what constitutes the most significant gap in a politically divided society."

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Timm Herdt: Toughest jobs in state government » Ventura County Star

Timm Herdt: Toughest jobs in state government » Ventura County Star: "There are no four- or five-star hotels near Calipatria. In fact, about the best a visitor can do is to book the Brawley Best Western, 10 miles away.

Accommodations are not much better in the area around Valley State Prison in Chowchilla, or Ironwood State Prison in Blythe. Very few of California’s adult penal institutions are located in what anyone would call a garden spot.

Yet, these are the destinations for the dreary business travel of what are arguably California’s hardest-working political appointees."

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Ruben Navarrette: India feeling scorned by the U.S. » Ventura County Star

Ruben Navarrette: India feeling scorned by the U.S. » Ventura County Star:

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Monday, December 30, 2013

Bangladesh orders arrest of factory owners for deadly fire - DAWN.COM

Bangladesh orders arrest of factory owners for deadly fire - DAWN.COM: "“The owners and 11 others have been charged with arson, culpable homicide not amounting to murder and death by negligence,” Kabir said, adding that all the accused face a maximum life term in prison.

The six whose arrest was ordered were not in court or in custody.

Police last week said it was possibly the first time a garment plant owner has been charged over a fire at one of the nation's 4,500 factories, where deadly accidents are common.

Factory owners are rarely charged over such tragedies in the sector, which is a mainstay of the impoverished country's economy, accounting to up to 80 percent of Bangladesh's exports.

The country suffered an even greater tragedy just months later in April when the Rana Plaza garment factory complex collapsed in Dhaka's outskirts, killing 1,135 people in the world's worst industrial disaster."

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Americans are buying less electricity. That’s a big problem for utilities. - The Washington Post

http://m.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2013/12/23/americans-keep-buying-less-electricity-thats-a-big-problem-for-utilities/


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Musahrraf says leaves his treason trial issue to COAS Raheel Sharif

Musahrraf says leaves his treason trial issue to COAS Raheel Sharif

http://www.geo.tv/GeoDetail.aspx?ID=132306


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Sunday, December 29, 2013

NYT Backs Off Its Syria-Sarin Analysis | Consortiumnews

NYT Backs Off Its Syria-Sarin Analysis | Consortiumnews:

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‮ملٹی میڈیا‬ - ‭BBC Urdu‬ - ‮جنرل پرویز مشرف کے خلاف مقدمات‬

‮ملٹی میڈیا‬ - ‭BBC Urdu‬ - ‮جنرل پرویز مشرف کے خلاف مقدمات‬: "جنرل پرویز مشرف کے خلاف مقدمات
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Tonight with Jasmeen (Gen (R) Pervaiz Musharraf Special Interview) – 29th December 2013

Tonight with Jasmeen (Gen (R) Pervaiz Musharraf Special Interview) – 29th December 2013:

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Taliban to grow in strength by 2017, says US report - DAWN.COM

Taliban to grow in strength by 2017, says US report - DAWN.COM: "WASHINGTON: The Taliban and other militant groups will have the upper hand in Afghanistan by 2017 even if the United States maintains a small military presence in the country, says a new US intelligence report.

Known as the National Intelligence Estimate, the report includes input from all 16 American intelligence agencies and is prepared for US policymakers and lawmakers.

In another report also released this year, the US intelligence community predicted that Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Taiba would continue to be the most multifaceted and problematic of the Pakistani militant groups. “The group has the long-term potential to evolve into a permanent and even Hamas/Hezbullah-like presence in Pakistan,” it warned.

The Washington Post, which has seen a copy of the latest estimate, reported on Saturday that it portrayed a dismal picture of the security situation in Afghanistan."

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A Murder in Makkah - DAWN.COM

A Murder in Makkah - DAWN.COM: "The faithful who come to Makkah to pray are focused toward their own salvation, for asking for blessings for their own friends and family. When these obligations are met, they look to the material, to the purchase of prayer beads and perfumes and all the glittering goodies available for purchase just beyond the threshold of the sites of holiness.

The fates of unfortunate others, dead and thrown into rubbish heaps, do not occur to them; it is not possible to imagine injustice in a venue that they have been trained to think is holy. Even as Saudi Arabia plans to expel several hundred thousand Pakistani workers in the next few months, millions of Pakistanis continue to vie for Hajj visas, the distribution of which has in itself been mired in scandal.

The evaluation of personal salvation outweighs the considerations of collective action; the fact that moral apathy means simply that a poor Pakistani worker’s life and, in this case, death will continue to remain unsolved and justice continues to be denied. A cheap life lost is nobody’s problem, a murder in Makkah not enough to question the ways of the holy, the pronouncements of the wealthy."

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Abdul Qadir Awdah: Islam. Between ignorant followers and incapable scholars - Kavkazcenter.com

Abdul Qadir Awdah: Islam. Between ignorant followers and incapable scholars - Kavkazcenter.com:

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''Thomas Jefferson's Quran: the foundering father of U.S. and Islam'' - Kavkazcenter.com

''Thomas Jefferson's Quran: the foundering father of U.S. and Islam'' - Kavkazcenter.com: "n the book, Denise A. Spellberg points out that Thomas Jefferson — an American Founding Father, the principal author of the Declaration of Independence (1776) and the third President of the United States (1801–1809) — was not a stranger to Islam and Muslims.

Not only was he the first executive of the United States to go to war with an Islamic nation but he was also the first American leader whose political opponents defamed him with accusations of being a Muslim. "

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Saudis imprison Sheikh Suleiman al-Ulwan for 15 years - Kavkazcenter.com

Saudis imprison Sheikh Suleiman al-Ulwan for 15 years - Kavkazcenter.com: "Sheikh Abdullah al-Mohaisany said:

"I was present at the trial of our Sheikh al-Allaamah before going forward, so I saw loftiness at the trial, the loftiness of a lion whom 9 years in prison only increased his steadfastness. So glory to the One who kept him steadfast".

The son of Sheikh Suleiman al-Ulwan wrote:

"Jihad with the tongue today is not less important than Jihad with bullets, and courage in opinion is one of the greatest types of Jihad".

Department of Monitoring
Kavkaz Center
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Examining pay and perks at the DWP - latimes.com

Examining pay and perks at the DWP - latimes.com:

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From MRAP to scrap: U.S. military chops up $1-million vehicles - latimes.com

From MRAP to scrap: U.S. military chops up $1-million vehicles - latimes.com: "Disposing of excess MRAPs is part of an enormous $5-billion to $7-billion moving job that involves shipping U.S. vehicles, weapons, gear and equipment out of Afghanistan. By road and by air, the military plans to remove 35,000 vehicles and 95,000 shipping containers by the close of 2014, according to Army Maj. Gen. Kurt Stein. Excess equipment is being turned into scrap, sold or given to the Afghan military.

The U.S. military denied a Times request to photograph MRAPs being dismantled. But no one stopped Ashton B. Carter, then the U.S. deputy defense secretary, from snapping a souvenir photo of an MRAP being chopped during a recent visit to Afghanistan. Carter told the New York Times he sent the photo to Gates.

"Can't believe it," Carter said he told Gates. "They're taking our babies apart.""

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No one wants to talk about death, but you need to anyway - latimes.com

No one wants to talk about death, but you need to anyway - latimes.com: "In a culture in which speaking about death and dying has long been taboo, and with a healthcare system that does not foster such conversations, it should come as no surprise that only about 30% of Americans have advance directives for healthcare on file. Even then, an advance directive is just a paper form, and often one that is not accessible at the point of care."

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Iraq gets Hellfire missiles, U.S. arms dealers get a merry Christmas - latimes.com

Iraq gets Hellfire missiles, U.S. arms dealers get a merry Christmas - latimes.com: "So it’s doubtful that Iraq could follow Costa Rica’s example in 1948 and abolish its military, a move that brought a huge peace dividend to the Ticos, as a recent Times Op-Ed explained. (Still, it would be a gutsy move, no?)

Instead, what we’re likely to see in Iraq is what we’re likely to see in Syria: death and more death. American troops didn’t put a stop that. The Hellfires won’t either. Nor will drones.

But there is something that shipping missiles and drones to Iraq will do: It will pad the bottom line of America’s arms dealers.

Think of it as a variation on Colin Powell’s classic line, “You break it, you own it.” Instead, it's, “You break, you own it, and then you can sell stuff to it."

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Insurgents could quickly bounce back in Afghanistan, analysis warns - latimes.com

Insurgents could quickly bounce back in Afghanistan, analysis warns - latimes.com:

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SYRIA. Leader of Jabhat al-Nusra gives his first interview to Al Jazeera - Kavkazcenter.com

SYRIA. Leader of Jabhat al-Nusra gives his first interview to Al Jazeera - Kavkazcenter.com: "“We will not recognize any results that come out of the Geneva 2 Conference, nor will the children or women of Syria do. Those taking part in the conference do not represent the people who sacrificed and shed blood. Besides, who has authorized them to represent the people?, said Emir of Jabhat al-Nusra.

"In reality, they have no presence on the ground. We cannot allow the Geneva 2 game to fool the nation, to push us back 50 or 100 years”, said Emir of Al-Qaeda in Syria."

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Libyan Assembly votes in favor of ‘sharia law’ | Libyan Free Press

Libyan Assembly votes in favor of ‘sharia law’ | Libyan Free Press: "Libya’s national assembly has voted in favor of making sharia law the basis of all legislative decisions in the county, meaning the Islamic legal framework will inform all future banking, criminal and financial cases.

“Islamic law is the source of legislation in Libya,” stated the General National Congress in a statement released shortly after the vote was held. “All state institutions need to comply with this,” it said."

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PM offers special plane to bring home Musharraf's ailing mother - DAWN.COM

PM offers special plane to bring home Musharraf's ailing mother - DAWN.COM: "The plea had said that Musharraf wanted to leave for Dubai to enquire on the health of his 95-year-old mother, who is seriously ill and unable to travel to Pakistan. It had further said that it was Musharraf’s desire to be with his mother after he had been released on bail in all cases against him."

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These Are The 15 Supplements to Keep In Your Medicine Cabinet - The Daily Beast

These Are The 15 Supplements to Keep In Your Medicine Cabinet - The Daily Beast: "As evidence mounts that multivitamins provide no nutritional benefit, it’s time to forget the ‘daily dose.’ Instead, turn to these 15 supplements and think of your medicine cabinet as your toolbox, taking only what you need.
A lot of people start their days by popping a multivitamin.

Unfortunately, there’s more than enough evidence to show that these “multis” provide absolutely no nutritional benefit"

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Britney Spears’ Las Vegas residency a departure - The Washington Post

Britney Spears’ Las Vegas residency a departure - The Washington Post: "“I loved it,” said the beaming Boston resident. “She was totally lip-syncing, but that’s what she does, she puts on a show.”

Spears has lost some of the crisp precision that characterized her dancing a decade ago, but she was in constant motion during the show, allowing her backup dancers to throw her through the air, and flying around in a huge angel costume for a performance of “Everytime.”"

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Afghanistan gains will be lost quickly after drawdown, U.S. intelligence estimate warns - The Washington Post

Afghanistan gains will be lost quickly after drawdown, U.S. intelligence estimate warns - The Washington Post: "A new American intelligence assessment on the Afghan war predicts that the gains the United States and its allies have made during the past three years are likely to have been significantly eroded by 2017, even if Washington leaves behind a few thousand troops and continues bankrolling the impoverished nation, according to officials familiar with the report."

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Musharraf’s Treason Trial Is Postponed - NYTimes.com

Musharraf’s Treason Trial Is Postponed - NYTimes.com: "Mr. Musharraf, who was once described as Washington’s most important ally in fighting terrorism, has a wide array of political and ideological enemies.

He has survived at least three assassination attempts that were claimed by the Taliban and Al Qaeda. And he has been harshly criticized by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, who was overthrown by the military and replaced by General Musharraf in 1999.

Some officials worry that Mr. Sharif’s desire to see Mr. Musharraf convicted could open a new round of hostilities between the civilian government and the military, and even create a rift in the country’s judiciary."

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As the Obamas Celebrate Christmas, Rituals of Faith Become Less Visible - NYTimes.com

As the Obamas Celebrate Christmas, Rituals of Faith Become Less Visible - NYTimes.com: "Part of Mr. Obama’s decision to largely opt out of religious services reflects a desire to avoid disruptions by his Secret Service detail and security requirements, echoing concerns of Ronald Reagan, who presidential historians say rarely went to church.

“The important thing to President Obama isn’t where you worship God, but how you serve God by serving other people,” Mr. DuBois said.

Mr. Balmer put it more bluntly: “If the calculus is, ‘Do I spend two hours going to church Sunday morning or do I get to watch college basketball Sunday afternoon?’ If he had to choose between the two, and knowing Obama, he’d probably choose college basketball.”

He added, with a laugh, “And that’s a calculation many Americans make on a weekly basis.”"

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Saturday, December 28, 2013

A Rare Elected Voice for Socialism Pledges to Be Heard in Seattle - NYTimes.com

A Rare Elected Voice for Socialism Pledges to Be Heard in Seattle - NYTimes.com: "She holds no illusions, however, that a hidden bloc of socialist voters is ready to mobilize for her re-election campaign in 2015. That election could be more complicated for her, as Seattle voters this year changed the Council’s composition from all citywide seats to geographic districts for most members.

No one, not even Ms. Sawant, believes that a socialist-majority district exists in Seattle. So she will try to draw support from the disgruntled voters who helped elect her this year. And she is counting on them to feel the same in 2015 as they did in 2013.

“They’re just fed up,” she said."

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Polling Comes to Afghanistan, Suggesting Limit to Sway of President Karzai - NYTimes.com

Polling Comes to Afghanistan, Suggesting Limit to Sway of President Karzai - NYTimes.com: "Exhibit A appears to be the ability of President Hamid Karzai to influence the election. The widely held view in Kabul is that the candidate Mr. Karzai decides to back will be favored to win. As the sole elected leader in Afghan history, he is uniquely influential in a country where politics center on personalities, not political parties. At the same time, he controls the machinery of the state — the police, a growing bureaucracy, even the schools.

Most of the candidates appear to believe they need his support. Of the 11 men currently running, 10 have sought his blessing and support. But Mr. Karzai has yet to endorse any of them."

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A Deadly Mix in Benghazi - The New York Times

A Deadly Mix in Benghazi - The New York Times:

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How to Use Android Smartphone as a Mobile Hotspot | Get Wi-Fi Anywhere

How to Use Android Smartphone as a Mobile Hotspot | Get Wi-Fi Anywhere: "5.    Computers and other connected devices can now connect to this hotspot through Wi-Fi and share your smartphone’s data connection.

For a visual walk-through, watch this video on how to set up a mobile hotspot on a Droid.

And newer phones such as the Pantech Maurader, which runs Ice Cream Sandwich, can take full advantage of Verizon 4G LTE speed when creating an Internet connection. This operating system makes fast work of setting up a mobile hotspot and connecting to the web via your smartphone, so you can enjoy on-the-go flexibility and powerful performance."

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What’s the Difference Between Wi-Fi Data and Cellular Data?

What’s the Difference Between Wi-Fi Data and Cellular Data?: "If you need Internet access for another device, such as a laptop, and you’re not sure how secure the local Wi-Fi network is, you can take advantage of Verizon’s secure network using your smartphone or tablet. Activate Verizon’s mobile hotspot function in your phone’s settings, and it becomes a Wi-Fi router. When you use your device as a mobile hotspot, all the other devices accessing the Internet through it are using your data plan."

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charge your cell in 20 secs

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Thursday, December 26, 2013

2 Ejected From Bush Speech Posed a Threat, Lawyers Say - New York Times

2 Ejected From Bush Speech Posed a Threat, Lawyers Say - New York Times: "A lawyer for Ms. Weise and Mr. Young, Martha Tierney, said that case was different because the event was sponsored by the Strongsville, Ohio, Republican Party, a private entity. “I think if the court adopts this argument, they’ll essentially gut the First Amendment in terms of viewpoint discrimination,” Ms. Tierney said.

Earlier this year, Mr. Young and Ms. Weise filed a separate lawsuit against three White House staff members who were also working at the Denver speech, saying they were responsible for their removal and thus had violated their right to free speech."

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Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Tech's next feats? Maybe on-demand kidneys, robot sex, cheap solar, lab meat | PBS NewsHour | Dec. 25, 2013 | PBS

Tech's next feats? Maybe on-demand kidneys, robot sex, cheap solar, lab meat | PBS NewsHour | Dec. 25, 2013 | PBS:

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PM Sharif among billionaire lawmakers - DAWN.COM

PM Sharif among billionaire lawmakers - DAWN.COM: "The net value of assets owned by Mr Sharif rises to Rs1.71 billion from Rs261.6 million he had declared at the time of filing nomination papers for the May elections.

He has put the current value of his six agricultural properties (over 1,700 kanals) in Lahore and Sheikhupura at Rs1.08bn and that of a house in Upper Mall, Lahore, at Rs250m. His wife, Kulsoom Nawaz, owns a bungalow on Hall Road in Murree worth Rs100m. She owes Rs1.75m to two individuals."

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BBC - Autos - The year in technology

BBC - Autos - The year in technology:

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Egypt's Coptic Christians feel vulnerable amid nation's upheaval - latimes.com

Egypt's Coptic Christians feel vulnerable amid nation's upheaval - latimes.com: ""Maybe we have reached the low point," said Raafat Saliba, a churchgoer in his 60s who was seated on an outdoor wooden bench amid the scent of incense wafting from the church. "It's important to have hope that things will improve."

But a thin, sad-eyed fellow worshiper, Reda Sameeh, shook his head. His barbershop in the town of Delga, south of Cairo, was destroyed in the August attacks. He and most of his extended family fled to the capital, where they are barely eking out a living and relying on the help of relatives.

"Whenever things go wrong, we are blamed," he said. "And no one knows when that will happen again."

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DWP is moving ahead with plans for Owens Valley solar plant - latimes.com

DWP is moving ahead with plans for Owens Valley solar plant - latimes.com: "MANZANAR, Calif. — Over the objections of critics, Los Angeles is moving ahead with plans to build a $680-million 200-megawatt solar energy plant within view of this desolate Eastern Sierra site that was a Japanese American internment camp during World War II.

The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power's Southern Owens Valley Solar Project would erect 1 million photovoltaic panels on 1,200 acres it owns roughly 6 miles south of Independence and 3 1/2 miles east of the Manzanar National Historic Site on U.S. 395."

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Hussam Ayloush Official Blog: What Christmas means to this Muslim

Hussam Ayloush Official Blog: What Christmas means to this Muslim: "As a Muslim who grew up with many Christian relatives, friends, and neighbors, I was always surrounded by Christmas and its festivities. At the many private and Christian schools that I attended, I remember, like all my peers, enjoying the candy and mostly the presents. Though it was not a Muslim holiday, Muslims that I knew appreciated the festive, generous and caring spirit that came with that holiday. "

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Why Pakistan is not a nation

Why Pakistan is not a nation: "Pakistan has been a state since 1947, but is still not a nation. More precisely, Pakistan is the name of a land and a people inside a certain geographical boundary that is still lacking the crucial components needed for nationhood: a strong common identity, mental make-up, a shared sense of history and common goals. The failure so far to create a cohesive national entity flows from inequalities of wealth and opportunity, absence of effective democracy and a dysfunctional legal system."

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And the budget winner is ... the defense sector. - latimes.com

And the budget winner is ... the defense sector. - latimes.com: "This has not happened by accident. Commenting on his colleagues from the defense industry, a lobbyist for an unrelated cause remarked to me this week: "You see them everywhere these days. Normally different sectors, like healthcare or banking, will have their own separate fundraisers, so you get the pharmaceuticals lobbyists at healthcare and so on. But lately I've been seeing the people from Lockheed, Raytheon and the rest at all of them, and it doesn't matter whether the money is for Republicans or Democrats. This whole budget debate has really been about getting defense out from under the sequester.""

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California House members lobby Boeing for 777X plant - latimes.com

California House members lobby Boeing for 777X plant - latimes.com: "House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Vista), who also did not sign the letter, supports the effort to bring production to California, as does McKeon, their spokesmen said.

Efforts to locate the plant in Long Beach come after Boeing's announcement that it would be closing its C-17 Globemaster III cargo jet plant there in 2015.

The new Boeing work could last through the 2020s, creating thousands of manufacturing, support and supplier jobs, according to Lowenthal.

California Sens. Barbara Boxer and Dianne Feinstein, both Democrats, sent a letter to James McNerney, Boeing's chairman and chief executive, urging him to pick Long Beach.

"One needs to look no further than the success of the C-17 manufacturing program, which Long Beach and the broader Southern California community have proudly supported for more than two decades," they wrote."

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American Express to pay $75 million in deceptive practices case - latimes.com

American Express to pay $75 million in deceptive practices case - latimes.com: "The regulators said the companies misled consumers about the benefits of the products, the length of coverage and the costs.

The companies were also accused of unfair billing practices related to identity protection products. The company charged many consumers for these products without written authorization, the regulators said.

In addition, the companies were accused of unfairly charging card holders interest and fees. Some unfair monthly fees pushed account balances past their limits, causing additional unfair fees and interest, the regulators said."

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U.S. v Devyani Khobragade complaint - The Washington Post

U.S. v Devyani Khobragade complaint - The Washington Post: "U.S. v Devyani Khobragade complaint
Devyani Khobragade, deputy consul at India's consulate in New York, was arrested and charged with visa fraud. Read more about the controversy surrounding her arrest"

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Who is Devyani Khobragade, the Indian diplomat at the center of the firestorm? - The Washington Post

Who is Devyani Khobragade, the Indian diplomat at the center of the firestorm? - The Washington Post: " Indian politicians and government officials complained about the fact that Khobragade was strip-searched and briefly jailed. Several declared that Khobragade’s honor as “a lady diplomat” must be defended at any cost.

Khobragade was born in a town near Mumbai, into a family of Dalits — the name for the country’s lowest caste, once called the “untouchables.” Her professional success shows how far India has come in recent years.

Her father, a bureaucrat, owed his career in part to a policy to set aside 15 percent of jobs in India’s government for members of lower castes. His daughter benefited from this quota when she joined the foreign service in 1999."

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Christmas in Hawaii - The Washington Post

Christmas in Hawaii - The Washington Post:

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Tuesday, December 24, 2013

When I’m Sixty-Four - NYTimes.com

When I’m Sixty-Four - NYTimes.com:

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Pakistan’s Persecuted Christians - NYTimes.com

Pakistan’s Persecuted Christians - NYTimes.com: "The situation of the Christians will improve only if the causes of Pakistan’s instability are addressed. These include the breakdown of law and order, the dangerous gap between rich and poor, the ever rising prices of wheat and sugar, the lack of jobs, and the conduct of the American war on terror in the region.

Pakistanis also need to be reminded of their own history of religious tolerance. What they perhaps do not realize is that the protection and rights of the Christian community are more than a constitutional obligation: The situation of Pakistani Christians is a barometer of the health of the nation. Today, the signs are not good.

Akbar Ahmed, the Islamic Studies chairman at the American University in Washington, is the author of “The Thistle and the Drone: How America’s War on Terror Became a Global War on Tribal Islam.”"

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Chehlum procession: ‘This mourning is as important as prayer’ – The Express Tribune

Chehlum procession: ‘This mourning is as important as prayer’ – The Express Tribune: "Kalb-i-Hassan, one of the mourners, told The Express Tribune, “The taziya for the main chehlum procession is approximately 200-years-old. It is made of silver.”
Sabeels of water, milk, and juices had been set up for the mourners on the route. Several groups including Ali Haq, Sipah-i-Abbas, Asseran-i-Shaam, Katri Bawa of Chuna Mandi performed matam at the Bhati Gate.
Pir Syed Kaleem Haider Geelani, a mourner, said, “We mourn because Bibi Zainab and Bibi Sakina wanted to cry over Imam Hussain’s martyrdom but Yazeed and his forces did not allow that.”
Syed Zuflikar Naqvi, the head of Sipah-i-Abbas said, “This mourning is as important as prayer… we do it for the pleasure of Muhammad (PBUH) and his family.”"

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Landmark meeting: LoC peace agreed in rare Pak-India army tryst – The Express Tribune

Landmark meeting: LoC peace agreed in rare Pak-India army tryst – The Express Tribune: "A senior military official told The Express Tribune that it was a political decision to arrange the meeting of the DGsMOs.
“Both the civilian and the military leadership are on the same page as far as relations with India are concerned,” added the official, who asked to remain anonymous.
Although there are little chances of resumption of the stalled peace talks in the near future due to India’s preoccupation with the upcoming parliamentary elections, the United States is believed to have been pushing the two neighbours to remain engaged at a time when it is pulling out of Afghanistan."

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Video of Spanish police beating up women in peaceful protest goes viral — RT News

Video of Spanish police beating up women in peaceful protest goes viral — RT News:

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Vegas cabbie, wanting 'to do the right thing,' turns in $300,000 left behind by gambler - U.S. News

Vegas cabbie, wanting 'to do the right thing,' turns in $300,000 left behind by gambler - U.S. News: "Gamboa said he knew nothing about his mystery passenger, other than that when they arrived at the Palms Place, "he paid me $20 for a $9.90 trip and he asked for $5 change, so [it was] a $5 tip."
"I appreciated that," he said. "That's 50 percent."
As for the stash of cash he turned in, he said he'd never seen that much money before in his life — "in a movie only."
The taxi company immediately named Gamboa its Driver of the Year and rewarded him with $1,000 and dinner for two at a pricey restaurant, The Las Vegas Sun reported."

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N. Korea’s leader ‘very drunk’ when ordering purge of uncle’s aides - report — RT News

N. Korea’s leader ‘very drunk’ when ordering purge of uncle’s aides - report — RT News: "The South Korean government knew about the inevitability of Jang's execution, according to the Yomiuri Shimbun newspaper.

"Those who were close to the two aides were surprised by their execution, and made phone calls to their friends living abroad. The South Korean government wire tapped their phone conversations," the newspaper said. "The South Korean government then concluded that the purge of Jang Song-thaek was inevitable, based on the testimony of people involved with the case."

Up to eight of Jang’s aides were put in front of the firing squad before Kim ordered the execution of his uncle, according to a Yomiuri Shimbun report.

Jang was executed over a week ago. The official KCNA news agency said on Friday that Jang Song-thaek was guilty of “attempting to overthrow the state.”

The government named Jang "despicable human scum...who was worse than a dog.”

The downfall of the leading figure in the communist state is seen as the biggest political move by young leader Kim Jong-un, who succeeded his late father, Kim Jong-Il, two years ago."

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Jang Song-thaek's Aides Executed With Antiaircraft Machine Guns: Report

Jang Song-thaek's Aides Executed With Antiaircraft Machine Guns: Report: "The New York Times reports that the Jang's death was the end result of a brutal gun battle between Jang supporters and those of the regime over who controlled key land.

As the Times tells it, Kim's forces were ordered to take back control over important fishing grounds that Jang had previously seized, but Jang wouldn't give it up without a fight. The battle ended in the death of many of Kim's soldiers. Kim was furious and ordered that Jang's top aides be executed.

According to the Times, the two men were killed with antiaircraft machine guns rather than regular guns or rifles."

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Postal Service Raises Price Again but Says It’s Not Forever - NYTimes.com

Postal Service Raises Price Again but Says It’s Not Forever - NYTimes.com: "The increase was approved in a 2-to-1 vote.

The post office asked that the price increase be permanent, but the commission said no. In a statement, the commissioners said that “the Postal Service conflated losses that are a result of Internet diversion with losses that were a result of the Great Recession.”

Last month, the agency reported a $5 billion net loss for the fiscal year that ended Sept. 30, a significant improvement over last year, when it said it lost a record $15.9 billion.

It was the seventh consecutive year that the post office had reported a net loss. But Joseph Corbett, the Postal Service’s chief financial officer, noted at the time that the last financial results were “the first growth in revenue since 2008.”

Post office financial reports show that both mail volume and revenue are continuing to decline as Americans increasingly turn to electronic forms of communication, but online shopping deliveries are offsetting some of those losses."

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▶ Tech for Tots: How Young Is Too Young? - YouTube

▶ Tech for Tots: How Young Is Too Young? - YouTube: "Published on Dec 1, 2013
At the Flint Hill School, preschoolers use iPads to make picture books, Skype with penpals and practice spelling, but other schools say it's too soon and avoid electronics. When it comes to "

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Tablets a hit with kids, but experts worry » Ventura County Star

Tablets a hit with kids, but experts worry » Ventura County Star: "That ease-of-use makes tablets -and smartphones- popular with busy parents who use them to pacify their kids during car rides, restaurant outings or while they're at home trying to get dinner on the table. And many feel a little less guilty about it if they think there's educational value to the apps and games their children use."

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Monday, December 23, 2013

BBC News - North Korea purge: What lies ahead for Kim Jong-un?

BBC News - North Korea purge: What lies ahead for Kim Jong-un?: "North Korean analysts are divided into those who believe the young leader holds the reins of power, and those who see him as the puppet of older, more established forces - like the army.

Michael Madden, who specialises in tracking senior figures within the North Korean leadership, notes that military personnel were positioned on Kim Jong-un's right hand during a visit to the state mausoleum this month.

Kim Jong-un and his wife are standing very deliberately in front of everyone else, but both the defence minister, and the army chief of staff appear to be rising in prominence under his leadership."

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BBC News - Pakistan's ex-ruler Pervez Musharraf to go on treason trial

BBC News - Pakistan's ex-ruler Pervez Musharraf to go on treason trial: "Mr Musharraf ousted Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in a bloodless coup.

After his resignation in 2008 he left Pakistan to live in self-imposed exile in Dubai and London.

On his return in March he hoped he could lead his party into elections, but was disqualified from standing and found himself fighting an array of charges relating to his time in power.

Speaking last week, he defended his actions during his nine-year rule.

"Whatever I did was for the betterment and welfare of Pakistan and its people," he told Pakistan's private ARY television channel."

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Edward Snowden, after months of NSA revelations, says his mission’s accomplished - The Washington Post

Edward Snowden, after months of NSA revelations, says his mission’s accomplished - The Washington Post: "“Dianne Feinstein elected me when she asked softball questions” in committee hearings, he said. “Mike Rogers elected me when he kept these programs hidden. . . . The FISA court elected me when they decided to legislate from the bench on things that were far beyond the mandate of what that court was ever intended to do. The system failed comprehensively, and each level of oversight, each level of responsibility that should have addressed this, abdicated their responsibility.”"

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Tea Party Lawmakers Take Secret Trip To Libya, Israel, Egypt

Tea Party Lawmakers Take Secret Trip To Libya, Israel, Egypt: "Bachmann has also reportedly requested a lunch with Elisabeth Sabaditsch-Wolff, an Austrian anti-Islam activist and lecturer who was convicted of hate speech in 2011. Sabaditsch-Wolff was fined under Austrian law for vilification of religious theories, such as saying that the Quran was "evil" and that "Muslims want war." In the United States, however, she has been accepted in mainstream conservative circles, appearing in 2010 at the Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington."

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Al Qaeda Apologizes For Yemen Hospital Attack

Al Qaeda Apologizes For Yemen Hospital Attack: ""Now we acknowledge our mistake and guilt," al-Rimi said in a video released late Saturday by al-Qaida's media arm al-Mallahem. "We offer our apology and condolences to the victims' families. We accept full responsibility for what happened in the hospital and will pay blood money for the victims' families.""

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'I May Die Broke. I May Get More Poor. I May Turn Around And Get Money Again. I Just Don't Know.'

'I May Die Broke. I May Get More Poor. I May Turn Around And Get Money Again. I Just Don't Know.': "I feel like it's unpredictable. I may die broke. I may get more poor. I may turn around and get money again, because I had money once. I just don't know.

Life is just a lot more dangerous when you don't have money. I feel like any 9-year-old walking around the street has more money than I do. I never thought I would be this poor. It's like just falling into an abyss."

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'It's Dirty Work And It's Often Demeaning Work, But At Least It's Work'

'It's Dirty Work And It's Often Demeaning Work, But At Least It's Work': "Vanessa Powell, 29, works full time in a Goodwill warehouse in Seattle for $9.25 an hour. She holds a bachelor's degree in English and a master's in business administration.

I now work at Goodwill Industries as a production associate. Basically, I work in a warehouse. I make $9.25 an hour, and it covers almost all the bills. I still am racking up a deficit every month. I'm definitely trying to find another job because I have an MBA."

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A remedy worse than the problem? - DAWN.COM

A remedy worse than the problem? - DAWN.COM: "“While I was going through...the indignities of repeated handcuffing, stripping and cavity searches, swabbing, hold up with common criminals and drug addicts were all being imposed upon me despite my incessant assertions of immunity, I got the strength to regain composure and remain dignified thinking that I must represent all of my colleagues and my country with confidence and pride,” Khobragade said in an email to her colleagues."

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Sunday, December 22, 2013

BBC - Future - Technology - Why we have to turn electronic devices off on planes

BBC - Future - Technology - Why we have to turn electronic devices off on planes: "A 2006 analysis of the database identified 125 reports of interference from electronic gadgets, of which 77 were defined as "highly correlated". In one incident a 30-degree error in navigation equipment was immediately corrected when a passenger turned off a portable DVD player. This problem reoccurred when the device was switched back on. Fight crew have reported a number of similar cases in which they have watched readings on navigations systems change apparently in response to passengers being asked to turn specific devices on and off. In another report, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) identified 75 separate incidents of possible electronic interference that pilots believe were linked to mobile phones and other electronic devices between 2003 and 2009."

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SHC disposes of plea to strike Musharraf's name off ECL - DAWN.COM

SHC disposes of plea to strike Musharraf's name off ECL - DAWN.COM: "The counsel had said that the trial courts had confirmed Gen Musharraf’s bail in both cases and he had also been granted bail in a case relating to the murder of Lal Masjid cleric Ghazi Abdul Rasheed during an army operation in 2007.

Advocate Halepota had said Musharraf wanted to see his 95-year-old mother who was seriously ill in Dubai. He said it was the Musharraf's desire to be with his mother after his release on bail."

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Serious politics eludes Bilawal - DAWN.COM

Serious politics eludes Bilawal - DAWN.COM: "HE is, in his own telling, the hardest working young man in all of Pakistan. Just yesterday, Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, the 25-year-old patron-in-chief of the PPP, tweeted, “Long since forgotten the meaning of ‘weekend’ #justanotherdayintheoffice #sunday #sibdhfest #PPP #Dec27”."

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120 years after birth, Mao's presence lingers even as ideological debate pushed to fringes | Fox News

120 years after birth, Mao's presence lingers even as ideological debate pushed to fringes | Fox News: "However, for die-hards such as Fan Jinggang, editor-in-chief of the Maoist website Utopia, Mao remains an untarnished hero nonpareil and Thursday's anniversary is a cause for vast celebration."

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BBC - Future - Technology - Lit Motors: Super-shrinking the city car

BBC - Future - Technology - Lit Motors: Super-shrinking the city car: "Lit Motors doesn’t like to think of the C-1 as a motorbike as that could limit its market. This, the company believes, is a genuine car replacement for many people, but it remains to be seen if that will translate into sales. In the US, pick-up trucks and SUVs are still big sellers. Will their owners be persuaded to down-size to make their commutes easier? The Smart Fortwo micro city car may be a good comparison. It also cuts the amount of car on the roads by halving the length rather than the width, and it was marketed on its ease of parking. Since its introduction 15 years ago it has become a common sight in European cities, though much less so in the US. The market for cars is strongly linked to the price of fuel. If there is a sharp increase in gasoline prices in the future electric, efficient, vehicles like the C-1 could see strong demand."

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South Sudanese rebels seize capital of oil-rich state | Al Jazeera America

South Sudanese rebels seize capital of oil-rich state | Al Jazeera America: "South Sudan, which became independent in 2011 after decades of a brutal war with Sudan, has been plagued by ethnic discord, corruption and conflict with Sudan over oil revenues.

Although the south inherited three-quarters of Sudan's oil production when it declared independence, its oil exports are pumped through pipelines running north, raising concern that a rebel takeover of southern oil fields could invite Sudan into the conflict."

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Saudi king names son as Makkah governor – The Express Tribune

Saudi king names son as Makkah governor – The Express Tribune:

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Saturday, December 21, 2013

Attack on U.S. Aircraft Foils Evacuation in South Sudan - NYTimes.com

Attack on U.S. Aircraft Foils Evacuation in South Sudan - NYTimes.com: "“Day by day we are moving closer to a civil war,” said Casie Copeland, an analyst at the International Crisis Group, a research and advocacy institution. “We are seeing reports of horrific ethnic violence.”

Conditions inside the United Nations base in Bor were deteriorating, she said, and the South Sudanese civilians and foreign aid workers taking shelter there were in grave danger. “We have the U.N. in very tenuous positions, protecting a large number of civilians with a very small number of troops,” she said.

Troops from neighboring Uganda and Kenya have started to arrive in South Sudan, ostensibly to help protect civilians and restore order. But in a region where civil wars easily become regional conflicts, analysts expressed worry that the addition of foreign troops to the mix, particularly if they take sides, could make things worse.

Reporting was contributed by Isma’il Kushkush from Khartoum, Sudan; Lydi"

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Libyan Army Base Is Hit by a Deadly Suicide Bomb Attack
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BENGHAZI, Libya — A suicide bomb attack at an army base outside Benghazi, in eastern Libya, killed at least six people and wounded up to 15 on Sunday, medical and security officials said.
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The attacker blew himself up in a car in front of the base in Barsis, some 30 miles outside Benghazi, a security official said.
All of those killed were soldiers, medical officials said, but the security official said the attacker was among those killed.
In the past few months, the security situation has sharply deteriorated in Benghazi, Libya's second-largest city, where car bombs and assassinations of soldiers and police officers happen regularly.
Most countries closed their consulates in Benghazi after a series of attacks, and some foreign airlines have stopped flying there. The United States ambassador and three other Americans were killed in September 2012 during an Islamist assault on the consulate.
Separately, tribesmen in Jalo, in the southeast, brought the bodies of five soldiers to a hospital, the state news agency Lana said. The soldiers had been killed in clashes two days ago, the agency said without giving details.
Western diplomats worry that the violence in Benghazi will spill over to the capital, Tripoli, which in November saw the worst fighting between militias in months.
Much of Libya's oil wealth is in the east, where many demand autonomy from the national government, adding to turmoil in the North African country.
The government of Prime Minister Ali Zeidan is struggling to control militias and tribesmen who helped topple Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi in a NATO-backed uprising in 2011 but kept their guns.
Oil exports, Libya's lifeline, have fallen to 110,000 barrels a day, a fraction of the more than one million barrels per day in July, because armed militias, tribesmen and minorities have seized oil fields and ports to press for their political and financial demands.
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Libya Militias Fleeing Cities, Leaving Chaos

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Demonstrators last month protested against militias and welcomed the Libyan Army to Benghazi, which has been hit with a series of assassinations and bombings.

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TRIPOLI, Libya — For the first time since the ouster of Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi in 2011, the independent militias that dominated Libya's biggest cities and sometimes cowed the central government have fled from the streets, chased away by a combination of civilian protesters and armed groups.

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But instead of a triumph for the transitional government of Prime Minister Ali Zeidan, the retreat has marked a new stage in Libya's descent into chaos. In Tripoli, the capital, the government is now struggling to fill the vacuum left by the sudden disappearance of the militias, which had controlled scores of government facilities and private properties.

In Benghazi, it has been unable to slow an escalating campaign of assassinations and bombings that are believed to be the work of extremist militiamen who have gone underground; now the attacks are targeting the unit that passes for the government's only security force.

And where it previously relied on the militias to help suppress domestic strife, the government has become helpless against the attempts of rival armed tribes to expand their authority, in several cases by cutting off fuel supplies.

Libyan officials say they still hope the moment offers a chance for the government to take more control. But the formerly dominant militias — the ones in Tripoli identified with major cities, the ones in Benghazi based on Islamist ideology — were at least committed to building a cohesive nation. Now it appears the routed militias may be supplanted by an even more fractious collection of armed groups, including militias representing tribal and clan allegiances that tear at the tenuous sense of common citizenship.

"Libyans feel a stronger sense of belonging to their tribe or their hometown than their loyalty to the central government or the Libyan nation," said Ali Mohamed Mihirig, the interim minister of electricity, blaming Colonel Qaddafi's pattern of doling out patronage from the Libyan state as if it had been his private property. "That is why I feel that a lot of Libyans see Libya as, 'What do I get from government?' "

Even as the most prominent militias have gone underground in Tripoli and Benghazi, regions and tribes across Libya have sent their own local militias to cut off oil and gas — the main source of government revenue and the lifeblood of the economy. Berbers in the west are demanding official status for their language, ethnic Tabu tribes in the southern desert insist on more autonomy, and easterners say they deserve a greater cut of the oil wealth and more regional autonomy.

Government officials estimate that the blockades have cost Libya more than $7 billion in lost revenue. The capital is plagued by blackouts and fuel shortages. Motorists wait hours for fuel. Normally crowded highways are nearly empty. Men with Kalashnikovs and truck-mounted artillery stand guard outside gas stations, to deter fights over gas.

The most significant of the blockades is led by Ibrahim Jathran, 33, a commander of an armed group tied to the tribes based around the northeastern city of Ajdabiya. He has cut off all oil flowing out of the region since July and demanded an investigation into what he calls oil-sales corruption and a greater share of the profits paid directly to the East.

With no credible national army — and the dispersal of the big militias that had sometimes acted in its place — the central government has had little coercive power to push back. Mr. Zeidan has issued repeated deadlines and ultimatums that have passed without consequence. (And Mr. Jathran has further humiliated him by appearing on television with $20 million in government checks he said had been offered under the table to restart the oil.)

Government officials have, in fact, empowered the tribes around the country by turning to tribal elders to resolve the blockades. In the case of Mr. Jathran's blockade, the locally powerful Al Magharba tribe said it had mediated a deal to reopen the ports by last weekend. But Mr. Jathran said in a statement online that he was still holding out until all of his demands were met.

"They are talking to tribal leaders and 'wise men!' " Husni Bey, Libya's most prominent business mogul, scoffed in an interview. "This is a farce, like they are still thinking they will sit under a tent and decide and talk and have nice kisses on the cheeks and their problems will be swept under the carpet."

Colonel Qaddafi was a master of such tactics. After abandoning his own early, nationalist attempt to eradicate Libyan tribalism, he switched to cultivating tribal loyalties and pitting tribes against one another. His aim was to prop up his own authority without building the national institutions that might have constrained his peculiar personal power. His ouster promised a more transparent and democratic order, but it also opened a new scramble for advantage among cities, tribes and even Tripoli neighborhoods, as well as Islamist groups.

In Tripoli, the militias began disappearing from the streets after Nov. 15, when a protest outside the base of a militia from the city of Misurata escalated into a shootout that killed 46 civilians, according to a count by Human Rights Watch.

It was in a sense the latest turn in a historic rivalry between the citizens of the capital and the tribes of Misurata. But citywide outrage forced some Misuratans to retreat to their hometown and made others newly responsive to the government. "Now no one is actually saying, 'No, we aren't going to give up our arms or leave those places,' " said Mr. Mihirig, the minister in charge of their removal.

But Misuratans and militias in Tripoli did not give up their weapons; they only relocated, with some moving underground within Tripoli. The many small neighborhood "brigades" that formed in Tripoli after Colonel Qaddafi fell — armed gangs, really — were a bigger problem, Mr. Mihirig said, calling the smaller, less visible local militias armed "interest groups" led by "warlords."

And the problem was worse outside the city, where many tribes still have their own militias. "We have got a lot of tribes outside of Tripoli that have heavy weapons that even the Libyan Army does not have," Mr. Mihirig said, "and if you ask them, 'Why don't you give up your arms?' they say, 'Our next-door neighbor is having the same things.' "

In Benghazi, the challenge centers on the militias that have fled underground and are often ideologically Islamist, including some extremists. The larger, more moderate Islamist militias that supported elections and democracy were routed in clashes with a de facto anti-Islamist alliance of local clans, militias allied with the eastern tribes and a defected army unit known as the "special forces."

Among the Islamist militias left, the most visible by far was Ansar al-Shariah, a group of extremists that says it opposes democracy and rejects the authority of the interim government. Witnesses have also said some of its fighters participated in the attack on the United States Mission on Sept. 11, 2012, that killed Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens and three other Americans.

Then, in late November, a conflict at a checkpoint escalated into a citywide gun battle pitting Ansar al-Shariah against the government's Special Forces, which fought with the backing of the eastern tribes and regionalist militias. As many as nine people were reported killed, Ansar al-Shariah's headquarters was ransacked, and its fighters scattered.

Now the underground fighters who fled Ansar al-Shariah's base appear to be behind a campaign of daily assassinations and bombings targeting the Special Forces and other security officers.

As the conflict has turned bloodier, more moderate Islamists have spoken out with new explicitness against the extremists as another threat to the fledgling state. "We reject anybody owning weapons outside the government," including Ansar al-Shariah, said Mohamed Sowane, head of the political party sponsored by the Muslim Brotherhood.

At least one moderate Islamist militia leader who used to swagger around Benghazi turned recently to a tribe for protection.

"You are a man known for killing policemen and army officers, and you also killed the Bedouin," a member of the Bargathi tribe scolded the militia commander, Ismail el-Salabi, in an online video of the exchange that quickly spread across Libya.

His former military fatigues replaced by a Western-style polo shirt, Mr. Salabi put a hand on a Quran. "I swear to God I have never gotten involved in assassinations, or crimes and betrayals," he said. "I am a fighter, not a killer," he repeated three times.

Suliman Ali Zway contributed reporting.

This article has been revised to reflect the following correction:

Correction: December 21, 2013

Because of an editing error, an earlier version of this article misidentified the location of a protest on Nov. 15 that escalated into a shootout in which 46 civilians were killed, according to Human Rights Watch. The protest was in Tripoli, outside the base of a militia from the city of Misurata. It was not in Misurata.