cue the lightning bolts

the only question that matters: is it true?

Iran has signed the NPT. As a signatory to the NPT, Iran may rightfully, legally, use nuclear technology for peaceful energy purposes. Iran has submitted to and passed repeated IAEA inspections. The US intelligence community (NIE) does not consider Iran a nuclear threat. Israel refuses to sign the NPT. Israel has an estimated several hundred undeclared nuclear weapons. Russia and China have warned that an attack on Iran will have global consequences. That's the situation in a nutshell. Where to next, people? Where to?

Have I now become your enemy by telling you the truth? - Galatians 4:16


trafficking news

1. Singapore: captive tricks abductors, including a foreigner from an unidentified country

KUALA LUMPUR - A PLUCKY Singaporean businessman kidnapped by a Malaysian gang was released when he promised to pay his captors more money. He then went to the cops instead and nine suspects, including a foreigner, aged between 19 and 47 were arrested.

Among them are a student, a businessman and a civil servant.

...However, after laying low for a week, the man lodged a report at the Dang Wangi police station, resulting in the arrest of nine suspects in several parts of the city over the weekend. Police are on the lookout for one more person, believed to be the one holding the ransom money. -- THE STAR

read more @ straits times

2. Saudi officials arrest 158, including 50 foreigners, in anti-drug crackdown

JEDDAH: Saudi security forces have arrested 158 people including 108 Saudis and 50 foreigners for alleged involvement in drug smuggling and trafficking, an Interior Ministry spokesman said Tuesday.

He said the arrests took place in three major operations, which prevented 10.54 million Captagon tablets, 2,380 kilograms of hashish and 5.9 kilograms of heroin from being smuggled into the Kingdom.

...The men were part of four drug networks operating in different parts of the country.

One of the groups had documents showing financial transactions worth SR406 million ($108 million), the Interior Ministry said. The group is also accused of attempting to steal and export cars, and police said they seized 23 vehicles.

read more @ arab news

3. UK: police arrest 51 year old man on suspicion of murder 2 years after girl disappears

Police searching for a teenage girl who vanished without trace two years ago have arrested a man in connection with her murder. The 51-year-old was held in Blackpool and is now being quizzed about the disappearance of Paige Chivers, who was just 15 at the time....

Police suspect she was groomed for sex and believe she may have been murdered, but her body has never been found.

Several people have been arrested in connection with her death.
'Today's arrest demonstrates that, despite the passage of time, we are still receiving new information in to the inquiry team and the investigation continues to move forwards.

read more @ daily mail

4. Philippines: US embassy monitoring child abuse case vs American

CEBU CITY, Philippines -- The US Embassy has expressed interest in the case of American Perry McNeely who is a respondent in child abuse, anti-trafficking and rape cases at the Cebu City Prosecutor's office.

Chief Inspector George Ylanan, head of the Philippine National Police (PNP) Criminal Investigation and Detective Management Branch (CIDM) here, said on Monday that US Honorary Consul John Domingo went to their office to inform them that the US Embassy has been closely monitoring the case. Ylanan said Domingo also took McNeely's passport.

The police filed charges against McNeely and companions Michael Lopez and Andre Breeding after they were found with a girl inside a hotel room in Cebu City last week. The girl claimed that McNeely raped her inside the hotel room and then took her nude photos.

Earlier, McNeely denied the charges against him, saying the minor went with him voluntarily. Under the country’s laws, it is illegal for an adult to enter a hotel room or stay in any private room with a minor not his child.

McNeely is married to a Filipina, with whom he has a nine-year-old daughter. Both his wife and daughter are based in Thailand.


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