Gang Warfare In The Military

Exclusive: Gangs Spreading In The Military
CBS News exclusive investigation: Gang activity is is known to be on
the rise in the U.S. military, concerning civilian and military
authorities alike. Thalia Assuras has the story.
Basic training to learn all about America's fighting force. 
(CBS) U.S. Army Sgt. Juwan Johnson got a hero's welcome while home on
leave in June of 2004.
“Not only did I love my son – but my god – I liked the man he was
becoming,” his mother, Stephanie Cockrell, remembers.
But that trip home was the last time his family saw him alive.
When Johnson died, he wasn't in a war zone, he was in Germany.
“He had finished his term in Iraq,” his mother said. “I talked to him
the day before his death. He said, 'Mom, I'm in the process of
discharging out. I'll be out in two weeks'.”
On July 3, 2005, Sgt. Johnson went to a park not far from his base in
Germany to be initiated into the 'Gangster Disciples,' a notorious
Chicago-based street gang. He was beaten by eight other soldiers in a
“jump-in” – an initiation rite common to many gangs.
“My son never spoke of joining …

Don Your Aprons, Light Those Ovens

Judy Bart Kancigor
Semifinal winners Evan Levy and Julie Hession with emcee Brian Malarkey
(left) and Manischewitz VP of Marketing David Rossi (right).Don your
aprons, light those ovens and…go!
Thirty contestants in last month’s Second Annual Simply Manischewitz
Cook-Off semi-finals chopped, seared and sautéed their way for the
chance to compete in the finals, to be held in New York on February 27.
The grand prizewinner will take home a $25,000 prize package, including
a GE Profile kitchen, cash and more.
Three semi-final events were held in Chicago, Philadelphia and San
Francisco. Ten contestants in each area, selected from thousands of
entrants, had one hour to prepare and serve their original recipes,
each using at least one Manischewitz product and containing no more
than eight ingredients.
As one of the judges in the Western competition held on December 20 at
the Hilton Hotel in San Francisco, I sampled all the entries (yum!) and
voted with my peers on taste, appearance, ease of preparation and
originality.
Over 200 onlookers attended the event, free to the public, which
included a kosher lunch and a first-hand look at the contestants as
they donned their aprons and used their allotted hour to produce their

Syria: We'll sue US for arming Israel

Syrian foreign minister says his country to 'punish US' for decision to
impose fresh sanctions against Syrian officials
Associated Press
Syrians are preparing to sue the United States for supplying weapons to
Israel that later killed Syrians during the Second Lebanon War, said
Syria's foreign minister, a day after Washington announced new
sanctions against Damascus. 
Speaking at a press conference with his Iranian counterpart, Manouchehr
Mottaki, Walid Moallem promised that Syria would punish the US for its
decision to impose fresh sanctions against Syrian officials.  
“This time I tell you we will punish the United States … There are
scores of Syrians who became victims during the Israeli war against
Lebanon, they will file lawsuits against America,” which provided
Israel with the weapons, he said.  
'No country more corrupt than US'
On Wednesday, US President George W. Bush, in an executive order, said
he was expanding sanctions against senior government officials in Syria
and their associates deemed responsible for or to have benefited from
public corruption. The order named no specific officials.  
A high ranking Syrian official on Thursday ridiculed Bush's decision,
saying that a country occupying the land of others has no right to hurl
accusations. …

Hizbullah mastermind's true legacy

By Caroline B. Glick      
It is quite possible that terror master Imad Mughniyah was not killed
Tuesday night in Damascus for his past crimes, but to prevent him from
carrying out additional attacks in the future.
On January 30, French security services raided a Paris apartment and
arrested six Arab men. Three of the men — two Lebanese and one Syrian —
were travelling on diplomatic passports. According to the Italian
Libero newspaper, the six were members of a Hizbullah cell. Seized
documents included tourist maps of Paris, London, Madrid, Berlin and
Rome marked up with red highlighter to indicate routes, addresses,
parking lots and “truck stopping points.”The maps pointed to several
routes to Vatican back entrances.
Libero's report explained that the “truck stopping points” aligned with
information the French had received the week before from Beirut. There,
Hizbullah chief Hassan Nasrallah convened a conference of his senior
terror leaders where he ordered them to activate Hizbullah cells
throughout Europe to kidnap senior European leaders.
The day of the arrests, French Defense Minister Herve Morin was meeting
with his American counterpart Defense Secretary Robert Gates and with
Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice in Washington on a previously
unannounced visit. …

Leading Sephardic Rabbi to Shas: Tell Your Leader the Truth!

by Hillel Fendel
(IsraelNN.com) One of the most venerated Sephardic Torah scholars in
Israel, Rabbi Meir Mazuz of Bnei Brak, has written a letter to the
political leaders of the Shas party, warning them against the mortal
dangers to the State of Israel posed by the government of which they
are a part.
The sharply worded letter by Rabbi Mazuz, head of the Kisei Rachamim
yeshiva in Bnei Brak, demands that Shas immediately quit the
government.  He also says that the Shas MKs must present to Rabbi
Ovadiah Yosef – a former Chief Sephardic Rabbi and the spiritual leader
of Shas – the “true and complete data regarding the diplomatic
processes the government is weaving, which are damaging to the status
of Jerusalem and bring closer the uprooting of the communities of Judea
and Samaria.”
Olmert and Barak do nothing “except for a targeted killing here and
there every two months and then they go on to other things – and you
[Shas] remain silent?!”
“We hear daily,” Rabbi Mazuz writes, “from reliable sources that
construction in Jerusalem has been stopped, and that [the government]
has already (secretly) sold to the enemy many communities around
Jerusalem.  The situation has become …

Negev residents demand secured rooms

Southern residents to protest in Jerusalem Sunday during ministerial
committee meeting called to rule on fortification of homes; Defense
Minister Barak takes jab at Olmert, says he's puzzled by delay in
transferring funds earmarked for fortification
Shmulik Hadad
Southern residents demand security: Residents of the southern Negev
desert will be holding a demonstration outside the Prime Minister's
Office in Jerusalem on Sunday.  
Local residents, headed by regional council head Alon Shuster, will be
protesting while a ministerial committee headed by Prime Minister Ehud
Olmert convenes in order to rule on fortifying Sderot and Gaza-region
homes.
Southern Protest  
“We will not accept any solution except for secured rooms,” Shuster
said.  
Barak: Puzzled by delay
Meanwhile, another conflict seems to be brewing between Olmert and
Defense Minister Barak, who said he is puzzled by the continuing delay
in handing over the NIS 300 million (roughly $70 million) earmarked for
the fortification of Sderot and Gaza-region communities.
“We've head enough delays. That money should have been transferred a
while ago,” Barak said during closed-door conversations over the
weekend. “I'm puzzled by the reasons for the continued delay.”  
Olmert announced his intention to earmarked approximately NIS 320
million for the …