Tel Aviv municipality to distribute heroin to addicts

In lieu of methadone and other drug substitutes, Tel-Aviv Municipality to launch pilot study examining distribution of heroin to addicts who cannot be rehabilitated
Eli Senyor
Municipal-sponsored drugs? The social services division of the Tel Aviv Municipality has recently formulated a special program to distribute heroin to older addicts who despite having made numerous attempts at recovery have failed to remain clean.
Tel Aviv News reported Friday that the city's municipality has already drafted a position paper on this newly conceived program, highlighting both its strengths and possible flaws.
According to the municipal plan, the heroin will be distributed through carefully monitored clinics, which will also provide extensive medical and psychological care to the addicts they treat.
Municipal officials believe that the program will do much to reduce property crime perpetuated by addicts looking for their next 'fix,' and are due to soon present it to the Ministry of Health for initial approval.
According to statistics recently published by the Tel-Aviv Municipality, 75% of all property crimes are perpetuated by addicts. Most assaults on the elderly are also carried out by addicts, who can readily become violent and desperate when seeking out drugs.
“Many addicts therefore lose control and find …

Iran says starts building new atomic power Plant

Iran has started building a second atomic power plant, Iran's Ambassador to Russia Gholamreza Ansari was quoted as saying on Friday by Itar-Tass news agency.
“Now we need to think about the fuel for it,” Tass quoted him as saying.
Iran has been building its first nuclear power plant near the southern city of Bushehr, where Tehran says test operations could start later this year after final deliveries by Russia of nuclear fuel arrived at the plant last month.
Western countries suspect Iran's nuclear activities are aimed at weapon building. Iran, the world's fourth-largest crude oil producer, says it only wants to generate electricity so that it can export more of its oil and gas.
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Syria acquiring Russian rockets at 'furious' pace

Security official: 'It's like a return to the Cold War'
By Aaron Klein
JERUSALEM – Syria, aided by Russia and Iran, in recent months has been furiously acquiring rockets and missiles, including projectiles capable of hitting the entire state of Israel, according to Jordanian and Israeli security officials speaking to WND.
A Jordanian security official said one of the main reasons Damascus did not retaliate after Israel carried out its Sept. 6 airstrike inside Syria allegedly targeting a nascent nuclear facility was because Syria's rocket infrastructure was not yet complete.
The official said after the Israeli airstrike, Syria picked up the pace of acquiring rockets and missiles, largely from Russia with Iranian backing, with the goal of completing its missile and rocket arsenal by the end of the year. The Jordanian official said Syria is aiming to possess enough projectiles to fire over 100 rockets into Israel per hour for a sustained period of time.
“The Syrians have three main goals,” explained the Jordanian official. “To maximize their antitank, antiaircraft and ballistic missile and rocket capabilities.”
According to Israeli and Jordanian officials, Syria recently quietly struck a deal with Russia that allows Moscow to station submarines and warboats off Syrian …

Putin lashes out at West's "new arms race"

By Michael Stott
MOSCOW (Reuters) – President Vladimir Putin said on Friday a new global arms race was starting and Russia was “forced to retaliate” with new, high-tech weapons.
In a tough speech outlining his vision for Russia to 2020, Putin accused the West of ignoring Moscow's concerns on security by expanding the NATO military alliance to its borders and deploying a missile defense system in Central Europe.
“It is already clear that a new arms race is unfolding in the world. It's not our fault, we didn't start it,” Putin told government, business and military leaders at the Kremlin, three months before his presidency is due to end.
“In effect, we are forced to retaliate…Russia has and always will have a response to these new challenges,” he added.
Apparently referring to plans for new nuclear-capable missiles, Putin said “over the next few years Russia will start production of new types of weapons which…are in no way inferior to what other states have and in some cases are superior”.
Putin also said there was a “fierce fight” for natural resources around the globe and many conflicts and foreign policy actions “smell of oil and gas”. Moscow needed to be on …

Woman arrested in Saudia Arabia for drinking coffee at Starbucks with a man

A 37-year-old American businesswoman and married mother of three is seeking justice after she was thrown in jail by Saudi Arabia's religious police for sitting with a male colleague at a Starbucks coffee shop in Riyadh, according to a report in The Times of London on Thursday.
Yara, who does not want her last name published for fear of retribution, was bruised and crying when she was freed from a day in prison after she was strip-searched, threatened and forced to sign false confessions by the Kingdom's “Mutaween” police, The Times reported.
“Some men came up to us with very long beards and white dresses. They asked 'Why are you here together?'. I explained about the power being out in our office. They got very angry and told me what I was doing was a great sin,” recalled Yara, who wears an abaya and headscarf, like most Saudi women.
The men were from Saudi Arabia's Commission for Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice, a police force of several thousand men charged with enforcing dress codes, sex segregation and the observance of prayers.
Yara says she was interrogated, strip-searched and forced to sign and fingerprint a series of confessions pleading …

Swedish state to train imams

The Swedish government is to set up an inquiry to look into the possibility of using state funds to provide training programmes for imams
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Muslim religious representatives should be able to benefit from Swedish tax kronor in the same way as Christian priests and ministers, according to Minster for Higher Education and Research Lars Leijonborg.
The former Liberal Party leader also believes that the move will help stem the development of radical Islam in Sweden.
“It has been suggested that radical Muslims from Saudi Arabia are offering to provide imams for free, and a lack of money means that moderate Muslims who want to set up a mosque don't have any alternatives,” Leijonborg told Svenska Dagbladet.
Concrete proposals regarding the structure and composition of a training course for imams would only be put forward following close consultation with Muslims in Sweden, he said. The minister added that the government had already begun discussions with the newly formed Ibn Rushd study foundation.
“My opinion is that we should help Muslims by providing a Swedish training course for imams, or at …