RUSSIA, IRAN TO BOYCOTT US DOLLAR IN BILATERAL TRADE

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Russia and China also agreed to trade with each other using the ruble and yuan

by WORLD BULLETIN | OCTOBER 2, 2014

The move away from the U.S. dollar is yet another reaction to Western sanctions placed on Russia since it annexed Crimea from Ukraine in March.

Russia and Iran have agreed to use their own national currencies in bilateral trade transactions rather than the U.S. dollar.

Iran’s IRNA news agency reported that the plans were announced in a meeting on Tuesday in Tehran by Iranian business magnate and head of the Iran-Russia Joint Chamber of Commerce, Asadollah Asgaroladi.

An original agreement to trade in rials and rubles was made earlier this month in a meeting between Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak and Iranian Oil Minister Bijan Namdar Zanganeh.

Similarly, Russia and China also agreed to trade with each other using the ruble and yuan in early September, following a Russian deal with North Korea in June to trade in rubles.

The move away from the U.S. dollar is yet another reaction to Western sanctions placed on Russia since it annexed Crimea from Ukraine in March.

In response to sanctions on Russia by the European Union, Russia has also threatened to cut off Europes gas supply and close its air space to European airlines. Russia has also boycotted European food imports, in a move likely to affect farmers in the EU.

Iranians caught with fake Israeli passports: Time for biometric versions?

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Written by Allen West on September 22, 2014

Obviously immigration security is vital to the security of a sovereign nation — well, at least most of us do — progressive socialists don’t seem to like the concept of a border. But at a time when transnational criminal organizations, narco-terrorists, and Islamic jihadists are looking for that soft underbelly, we should be even more vigilant with our border security but also with our visa processes and passport security.

We know ISIS has been quite adept at transiting wannabe jihadi fighters from the West to enhance their ranks. And we’ve come to realize the Obama administration hasn’t been forthcoming with tightening our visa security — especially student visas to individuals coming from countries on the terrorist list. Heck, we need to list the Muslim Brotherhood as a terrorist organization as a good start.

Anyway, our best ally in the Middle East — no Obamabots, not Qatar or Turkey, but Israel — has uncovered an issue with passport control. As reported by Ynetnews.com, “Two Iranians in their early 20s, a man and a woman, were arrested in the Kenyan capital Nairobi earlier this week when they were discovered using fake Israeli passports and going by the names Adi and Avshalom. This is not the first time Iranian nationals are caught abroad with Israeli passports. These passports are very popular in the world because of the relatively extensive freedom of movement they grant their owners. The difference this time, however, was that the two did not intend to use the passports to move freely in the western world, but in order to enter Israel.”

Now at the time of this report there was no definitive indication as to why these two Iranians sought entry into Israel — it could have been they were trying to escape the Islamic totalitarian rule of the Ayatollahs. Then again it could be to spy or in the worst case, carry out a terrorist attack.

Ynetnews.com says “the two tried to board a Brussels Airlines flight to Belgium, and from there, board a flight to Tel Aviv. They were arrested at the Nairobi Airport and taken to the Kenyan immigration office, which informed Israeli authorities of the arrest. The arrest was also reported to the Israeli Embassy in Kenya.”

“The passport documents were not forgeries. An investigation found the passports were real passports stolen abroad. It is yet unclear how the two Iranians procured these passports and who replaced the original photos with their photos. In this day of passport theft and global islamic terrorism this incident does demonstrate the necessity and advantages of biometric passports, which are impossible to forge.”

“A biometric passport ensures that even if the passport is lost or stolen, no one else would be able to use it, as it would be immediately evident the user is not the passport’s original owner.”

So for all of you traveling abroad, make sure you are protecting your passport because it’s worth more than its weight in gold.

Israel’s Population and Immigration Authority introduced the option for a biometric passport in late June 2013. A biometric passport requires fingerprints of the two index fingers, and a picture of a person’s facial features. Imagine if we had such a system in America? We’d have a much better chance of tracking these Americans who’ve gone over to fight for ISIS — or perhaps we already do have such a system in place.

However, if it were not for elements in Syria, we may not have known about the two Americans killed on the battlefield fighting for ISIS. Their passports were used to confirm their identity. Regardless, we have some serious work to do in the Western world in order to preclude this infiltration. The 21st century battlefield isn’t very complex, it just requires understanding your enemy, cutting him off and not exposing any gaps by which he can exploit you.

Read more at http://allenbwest.com/2014/09/iranians-caught-fake-israeli-passports-time-biometric-versions/#Gs3zJiC2qc4tX3JY.99

474 Illegals From Terrorism-Linked Countries Apprehended in 2014 Alone

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(Breitbart) – U.S. Border Patrol agents have apprehended at least 474 aliens from terrorism-linked countries attempting to sneak into the country illegally this year alone, according to a leaked document obtained by Breitbart Texas.

According to the document from the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Office of Intelligence and Investigative Liaison, of the 474 aliens, 76 are from terrorism-linked nations located in and around the jihadist Islamic State’s area of operation — Turkey (41), Saudi Arabia (13), Syria (7), Jordan (7), Iraq (4),Iran (3), and J Kuwait (1).

The Islamic State, also known as ISIS and ISIL, controls areas inside Syria and Iraq, both countries are bordered by Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Iran, Kuwait and Jordan.

Illegals from terrorism-linked countries apprehended by Border Patrol agents are referred to as Special Interest Aliens (SIAs) in the CBP intelligence document.

SIAs are individuals whose native country is found on a list of 35 nations described in a November 2004 CBP memo as “special interest countries.”

A 2011 audit by the DHS inspector general, which originally included a similar list that was later taken down, described special interest countries as those “that have shown a tendency to promote, produce, or protect terrorist organizations or their members.”

CBP refused to respond to numerous requests for comment on this story.

On September 14, CNN, citing an ISIS recruit, revealed that the extremist group is recruiting foreign fighters from Somalia, Turkmenistan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Egypt, Libya, Tunisia, and Lebanon, among other countries.

Those nations are found on the list of terrorism-linked countries compiled by CBP.

Among the 474 SIAs apprehended so far in 2014 alone are 34 from countries identified in the CNN report, including: Somalia (4), Turkmenistan (1), Uzbekistan (10), Egypt (13), Tunisia (1), and Lebanon (5).

The CBP intelligence document contains SIA arrest figures from the beginning of fiscal 2009 through July 20, 2014.

During that period, nearly 3,000 SIAs were apprehended by border agents for trying to sneak into the U.S. illegally.

Among the 474 special interest aliens arrested in 2014 are individuals from Pakistan (28), Yemen (4), and Afghanistan (2). Most, 266, are from Bangladesh.

The SIA apprehension figures mentioned in this story cover illegals attempting to enter the country in between official ports of entry at or near the Southwest, Northern, and Coastal U.S. borders.

In the leaked document, the apprehensions are not broken down by border area. Historically, however, Border Patrol apprehensions along the U.S.-Mexico border far outnumber those taking place elsewhere.

Human smuggling routes from Syria into the U.S. go through South America, Central America, and the Caribbean before reaching Mexico, the document shows.

Syrian human smugglers reportedly use the U.S.-Mexico border to enter America.

The CBP intelligence office predicts that the 474 SIA apprehensions so far this year will grow to 560 by September 30, the end of fiscal 2014.

DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson, under questioning by Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) during a House panel hearing yesterday, was unable to articulate whether or not known or suspected terrorists have been apprehended trying to enter the United States illegally.

SIA apprehensions included in the intelligence document peaked at 647 in 2010, then dropped to 328 in 2012. A 70 percent increase is expected between 2012 and the end of 2014 when apprehensions are projected to reach an estimated 560.

At the hearing yesterday, Rep. Chaffetz said that four individuals with ties to known terrorist organizations in the Middle East were apprehended in Texas on September 10.

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