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  • Israel and Russia are getting along. Have the neocons noticed?

    04/16/2014 8:45:25 AM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 34 replies
    The Week ^ | 4/16/2014 | Michael Brendan Dougherty
    Russia and Israel seem to have a growing affinity for each other. A few weeks ago, Israel abstained from a vote in the UN censuring Russia for its invasion of Ukraine. The Israeli newspaper Haaretz reported [link at URL] that this is a sore spot for the White House and a diplomatic novum on the world scene. A senior Israeli official said that Israel's absence from the United Nations vote was viewed around the world as an extremely irregular measure, a departure from a long-standing Israeli policy of voting with the United States in the UN. While the Americans viewed...
  • Morsi’s Daughter: The Man in Prison is Not My Father

    04/12/2014 11:19:00 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    INN ^ | 4/13/2014, 4:53 AM | Elad Benari
    The daughter of former Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi is claiming that she is “certain” that the televised footage showing the ousted leader in prison is not of her father, Al Arabiya reports. According to the report, the daughter Alshymaa shared two pictures of Morsi on her Facebook page, one while he was president and the other of him during his trial. She claimed in a comment that the one in prison does not resemble her father. …
  • Muslim Brotherhood Launches Own U.S. Political Party

    04/01/2014 4:39:31 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 49 replies
    Investors.com ^ | April 1, 2014 | IBD Editorial
    Islamofascism: With an eye toward the 2016 election, the radical Muslim Brotherhood has built the framework for a political party in America that seeks to turn Muslims into an Islamist voting bloc. 'Muslim voters have the potential to be swing voters in 2016," said Nihad Awad in launching the benign-sounding U.S. Council of Muslim Organizations, whose membership reads like a Who's Who of Brotherhood front groups. "We are aiming to bring more participation from the Muslim community." USCMO also aims to elect Islamists in Washington, with the ultimate objective of "institutionalizing policies" favorable to Islamists — that is, Shariah law....
  • A “Marriage Spring?” —Like the Arab Spring?

    03/28/2014 4:15:45 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 28, 2014 | Ken Blackwell
    Recently, I was a panelist on MSNBC. The topic was same sex marriage. A fellow panelist called for a Marriage Spring. We know what that means. Or we think we do. The unmarriage advocate wants us to hurry up and overthrow the existing order. Do it as the Arab Street has been doing it: Assemble a vast mass of people entering the square to insist on change. Demand an end to an oppressive old order. And it will all happen with stunning suddenness—just as the winds of change have blown through the Arab world. Or so they say. We all...
  • Saudi princesses 'seek Obama's help for freedom'

    03/27/2014 7:23:32 PM PDT · by george76 · 28 replies
    AFP ^ | March 27, 2014
    London (AFP) - A former wife of Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah appealed to US President Barack Obama on Thursday for help in the case of four daughters she says are being held in a royal palace. Alanoud AlFayez, 57, a Jordanian national who has lived in London since her divorce from the Saudi monarch in 2003, said her children needed to be "saved". "Since 13 years, my daughters Sahar, Maha, Hala and Jawaher are being held captive," AlFayez told AFP. "They need to be saved and released immediately." She added: "Mr Obama should take this opportunity to address these grave...
  • Egypt court sentences 528 Morsi supporters to death

    03/24/2014 11:04:01 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 58 replies
    BBC ^ | 3-24-2014 | BBC
    A court in Egypt has sentenced to death 528 supporters of ousted Islamist President Mohammed Morsi. They were convicted of charges including murdering a policeman and attacks on people and property. The group is among some 1,200 Muslim Brotherhood supporters on trial, including senior members. Authorities have cracked down harshly on Islamists since Mr Morsi was removed by the military in July. Hundreds have been killed and thousands arrested. They are expected to appeal. The verdict now goes to Egypt's supreme religious authority, the Grand Mufti (a senior Islamic scholar), for approval or rejection, says the BBC's Orla Guerin in...
  • U.S. Navy SEALs seize fugitive oil tanker

    03/17/2014 8:40:54 AM PDT · by Navy Patriot · 23 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | March 17, 2014 | Laura King
    CAIRO — U.S. Navy SEALs seized control of an oil tanker that had illegally taken on a cargo of crude oil peddled by rebels in Libya who had earlier captured key oil ports, the U.S. military announced early Monday. The seaborne raid, staged off of the Cypriot coast, came at the behest of the governments of Libya and Cyprus, the Pentagon said in a statement. “No one was hurt tonight when U.S. forces … boarded and took control of the commercial tanker Morning Glory,” the statement said. The SEAL team, backed by helicopters, launched its operation late Sunday local time...
  • Egypt revolutionary singer stopped from performing

    03/15/2014 12:55:33 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 1 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Mar 15, 2014 3:30 PM EDT | Mariam Rizk
    An Egyptian singer known for his anti-government songs said Saturday that authorities stopped him from performing at an arts festival attended by the country’s interim president and military chief for “security concerns.” The halted performance Thursday from young singer Mohammed Mohsen comes as the broadcast of a show featuring a popular satirist who skewers public figures apparently was deliberately jammed again Friday. Mohsen said representatives from the presidency escorted him out of the Cairo Opera House before his performance was to begin and left him there as the concert went on without him. …
  • Strikes sweep Egypt as economy struggles

    03/02/2014 4:49:29 PM PST · by dynachrome · 6 replies
    Financial Times ^ | 3-2-14 | Heba Saleh
    The Egyptian government, sworn in on Saturday, takes office as a fresh wave of labour unrest sweeps the country, adding to the turmoil from a chaotic and violent political transition. In a televised address on Sunday, Prime Minister Ibrahim Mehleb said he called on the “patriotism” of Egyptians and that this was the moment for work, not strikes. A crippling stoppage by bus drivers last week has just ended but postal workers in many parts of the country remain on strike. Doctors, pharmacists, steel and textile workers have all carried out industrial actions in recent days. The strike by about...
  • Egypt: Police officers acquitted of 2011 killings

    02/22/2014 9:56:24 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 2 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb 22, 2014 11:05 AM EST | Maggie Michael and Mariam Rizk
    An Egyptian court acquitted six police officers Saturday on charges of killing 83 protesters during the country’s 2011 revolution, the latest in a string of trials that rights group say failed to hold the country’s security forces accountable for demonstrators’ deaths. The acquittals come as ousted Islamist President Mohammed Morsi, toppled in July by the military, faces a host of criminal charges. Morsi appeared Saturday in court and shouted from inside a soundproof defendants’ cell, urging his supporters to continue protests and vowing to try the country’s military chief and Republican Guards commander for killing his supporters. The police officers’...
  • The Muslims of the Central African Republic Face a Deadly Purge

    02/20/2014 6:20:19 AM PST · by PapaBear3625 · 77 replies
    Time Magazine ^ | Feb. 20, 2014 | Andrew Katz
    The anti-balaka have outgrown their name. These militias in the Central African Republic, once united under a moniker meaning “anti-machete” in the local Sango language, are exacting their own vicious revenge upon the mainly Muslim rebels who overthrew the government last March and waged months of terror against the Christian population. They are now accused of atrocities far worse than what first prompted them to take up arms. An Amnesty International report on Feb. 12 said attacks on Muslims in January by anti-balaka militias, made up of Christians and animists, had amounted to “ethnic cleansing.” Fatou Bensouda, chief prosecutor at...
  • Unclassified Documents Reveal Sinister Plan between Republican Party and Muslim Brotherhood

    02/17/2014 8:17:13 AM PST · by US Navy Vet · 38 replies
    Walid Shoebat ^ | February 17, 2014 | By Walid Shoebat and Ben Barrack (Shoebat exclusive)
    Unclassified documents and emails, never published in Western media until now, regarding the secret Muslim Brotherhood spy working for the America Embassy in Cairo, are being presented in the trial of Mohammed Mursi. They reveal the activities of a liaison between the U.S. Embassy in Cairo and the Muslim Brotherhood’s most senior leaders. Though employed by the embassy, Ahmed Aleiba does not have diplomatic immunities and was arrested by Egyptian authorities last month, according to the New York Times Bureau Chief, David Kirkpatrick. The trial, which begins on February 16th, will determine if Muslim Brotherhood Deputy Khairat Al-Shater and ousted...
  • Egyptian Play Blames Mossad for Arab Spring

    02/16/2014 11:13:51 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 7 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 17/2/14 | Elad Benari
    Is the Israeli Mossad behind the Arab Spring? According to a play which recently aired on Egyptian television, the answer is yes. The anti-Semitic play, entitled "The Spy," recently aired on the Egyptian Al-Hayat TV channel. It was translated by the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI). The play displays anti-Semitic stereotypes and portrays Mossad officials preparing "for a huge operation of espionage and sowing disunity" which targets the entire Arab world. The play features a group of Mossad officials, five men and one women, and the men are all dressed up in hareidi attire. The males are all named...
  • Egyptian Play Blames Mossad for Arab Spring

    02/16/2014 10:15:43 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    INN ^ | 2/17/2014, 6:15 AM | Elad Benari
    Is the Israeli Mossad behind the Arab Spring? According to a play which recently aired on Egyptian television, the answer is yes. The anti-Semitic play, entitled “The Spy,” recently aired on the Egyptian Al-Hayat TV channel. It was translated by the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI). The play displays anti-Semitic stereotypes and portrays Mossad officials preparing “for a huge operation of espionage and sowing disunity” which targets the entire Arab world. …
  • Is Mob Rule in Ukraine in America’s Interest?

    02/04/2014 12:54:09 AM PST · by cunning_fish · 24 replies
    The American Conservative ^ | February 4, 2014, 12:00 AM | Patrick J. Buchanan
    Despite our endless blather about democracy, we Americans seem to be able to put our devotion to democratic principles on the shelf, when they get in the way of our New World Order. In 2012, in the presidential election in Egypt, Mohammed Morsi of the Muslim Brotherhood won in a landslide. President Obama hailed the outcome. One year later, the Egyptian army ousted and arrested Morsi and gunned down a thousand members of his brotherhood. The coup was countenanced by John Kerry who explained that the Egyptian army was “restoring democracy.” Comes now the turn of Ukraine. In 2010, Viktor...
  • Egypt military: Airstrikes kill 13 Sinai militants

    01/31/2014 8:49:18 AM PST · by TexasCajun · 2 replies
    The Houston Chronicle ^ | January 31, 2014 | ASHRAF SWEILAM and MAAMOUN YOUSSEF
    EL-ARISH, Egypt (AP) — Egyptian military aircraft struck suspected positions of al-Qaida-inspired fighters in villages of the Sinai Peninsula, killing 13 people, military officials said Friday, in a stepped-up offensive after militants downed an army helicopter, raising concerns over an increasingly well-armed insurgency. The military is battling Islamic militants in the northern part of Sinai who have escalated a campaign of bombings and shootings in retaliation for last summer's army coup that ousted Islamist President Mohammed Morsi and for the ensuing crackdown against Islamists. The wave of violence, largely targeting Egypt's police and security forces, has increasingly spread to other...
  • Peter Greste: Egypt detention is ‘attack on press freedom’

    01/26/2014 5:48:54 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    BBC News ^ | 25 January 2014 | Last updated at 11:13 ET
    An Australian journalist, who is being held in an Egyptian jail with two colleagues, says their detention is an “attack on freedom of speech”. “We have not been formally charged, much less convicted of any crime,” Peter Greste wrote in a letter. The Al-Jazeera journalists were arrested on 30 December in Cairo for allegedly holding illegal meetings with the banned Muslim Brotherhood. …
  • MLA doing Iran’s Bidding

    01/16/2014 8:30:21 AM PST · by Academiadotorg
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | January 15, 2014 | Spencer Irvine
    Although the title of a panel at the Modern Language Association indicated it would be a forum for dissident Iranian artists, the panelists made few claims that the dictatorship there might dispute. Several panelists debated interpretations of contemporary Iranian art and film in a session entitled, “Media, Justice, and Revolution in Contemporary Middle East.” Only 15 people in attendance, including a moderator and three panelists. The panel featured Babak Elahi, an associate professor at the Rochester Institute of Technology, Pouneh Saeedi, a Trent University professor and Amy Motalgh of the American University of Cairo. Elahi analyzed an Iranian art website...
  • The Middle East’s Disappearing Borders

    01/13/2014 9:24:49 PM PST · by robowombat · 8 replies
    Commentary ^ | 01.09.2014 - 6:10 PM | Seth Mandel
    The Middle East’s Disappearing Borders Seth Mandel | 01.09.2014 - 6:10 PM “The last year was a good one for al Qaeda, and for jihadism more broadly,” wrote the Foundation for Defense of Democracies’ Daveed Gartenstein-Ross earlier this week. He continued: “Al Qaeda affiliates drove Iraq to its highest violence levels since 2007, capped off a year of increasingly sophisticated attacks in the Horn of Africa with a notorious assault on Nairobi’s Westgate Mall, and took control of entire cities in northern Syria while attracting large numbers of foreigners to that battlefield.” The article is among a recent crop of...
  • US to Start Training Libyan Soldiers at Midyear

    01/11/2014 5:41:44 PM PST · by Pan_Yan · 34 replies
    AP via ABC ^ | January 10, 2014 (AP) | LOLITA C. BALDOR Associated Press
    The top U.S. military commander for Africa says the Pentagon is planning to begin training 5,000 to 8,000 Libyan soldiers by midyear to help bolster the nation's security. The U.S. is also looking into providing additional airlift assistance to South Sudan, where violence has killed more than 1,000 people and driven 180,000 from their homes in the last month. Speaking to reporters at the Pentagon, Gen. David Rodriguez, head of U.S. Africa Command, said the U.S. is planning a 24-week training program to help the Libyans, as part of a broader international effort to shore up security in the country...
  • Syria's Assad urges fight against Saudi religious ideology

    12/31/2013 7:13:51 PM PST · by Zhang Fei · 16 replies
    Global Post ^ | December 30, 2013 11:16am | Global Post
    Syria's President Bashar al-Assad Monday called for a battle against Wahhabism, the political and religious ideology embraced by the Saudi government, a key backer of the uprising against his regime. The comments came amid ongoing tensions between the two countries, which are fiercely opposed to each other.
  • Moderate Muslims Threaten Elementary School Teachers with Death for Not Wearing Burka

    12/08/2013 7:56:00 AM PST · by george76 · 14 replies
    F P ^ | December 7, 2013 | Daniel Greenfield
    Women with uncovered faces might give the little tykes all sorts of ideas. This isn’t happening in Afghanistan… but in Tunisia. The heartland of the Arab Spring. A group of Salafites has issued death threats against teachers at an elementary school in Djerba, Tunisia, if they will not start wearing the Islamic veil within a week. ... Some might complain that it’s unfair to call Salafis moderate. But I’m not being sarcastic. If the Muslim Brotherhood can be repeatedly referred to as a moderate group as well as many of the Salafist militias in Syria that aren’t Al Qaeda… that...
  • The Result of U.S. Intervention in Libya: Sharia Law (Government approves sharia today)

    12/06/2013 4:25:50 PM PST · by xzins · 9 replies
    AINA (from American Spectator) ^ | 12-6-2013 | Joshua Shnayer
    The Libyan government voted today to make Sharia law the basis for all legislative policy in that country. Spurred on by the Muslim Brotherhood-supported Justice and Construction party, the Libyan General National Congress decided that current and future laws should be compliant with Islamic religious doctrine, and that a committee be created to monitor and supervise the adoption of Sharia. ... U.S. involvement in the Libyan revolution included direct action via airstrikes. In Afghanistan, where involvement was much more extensive and protracted, polls have shown that 99 percent of the population favor the imposition of Sharia. This is belied by...
  • (Muslim Brotherhood) Fatwa: Women Who Swim in the Sea Commit Adultery, Should Be Punished

    12/01/2013 11:19:32 AM PST · by DogByte6RER · 69 replies
    India Today Online ^ | November 28, 2013 | India Today Online
    Fatwa: Women who swim in the sea commit adultery, should be punished • "When a woman goes swimming, as the word for sea is masculine, when "the water touches the woman's private parts, she becomes an 'adulteress' and should be punished." - Summary of a report titled "The misguided Fatwas of the Muslim Brotherhood and Salafis", as published in the Al Masry Al Youm. A report by a committee set up by Al Azhar, one of the oldest and most prestigious Islamic universities in Cairo, to study the fatwas issued by the Muslim Brotherhood and Salafis reveals how Islamists view...
  • Iran Is Playing Obama, Says Savvy Saudi Prince

    11/23/2013 5:06:27 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 32 replies
    Bloomberg | November 22, 2013 | By Jeffrey Goldberg
    LINK ONLY PER FR POSTING RULES: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-11-22/iran-is-playing-obama-says-savvy-saudi-prince.html
  • Kerry: Muslim Brotherhood ‘Stole’ Egypt's Revolution

    11/21/2013 12:59:07 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 21 replies
    INN ^ | 11/21/2013, 4:12 AM | Elad Benari
    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Wednesday accused the Muslim Brotherhood of “stealing Egypt’s revolution”, AFP reported. In a speech to a forum on enhancing links between private sector businesses and diplomatic security agencies, Kerry said “the best antidote to extremism is opportunity.” “Those kids in Tahrir Square, they were not motivated by any religion or ideology,” he said. “They were motivated by what they saw through this interconnected world, and they wanted a piece of the opportunity and a chance to get an education and have a job and have a future, and not have a corrupt government...
  • "Throw Momma From The Train" ... Two Egyptian Sisters Hurl Mum To Death From Train

    11/19/2013 7:12:51 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 7 replies
    Emirates 24/7 ^ | November 18, 2013 | Staff
    Two Egyptian sisters hurl mum to death from train 50-year-old mother had rebuked one daughter, 21, for misbehaving Two Egyptian sisters in their 20s hurled their mother to death under the train on which they were travelling after a heated argument with her. The 50-year-old mother had rebuked one daughter, 21, for misbehaving inside the train in the northern province of Dakhaliya, triggering an argument between the two. Newspapers in the Arab country said another daughter, 23, sided with her sister and joined hands in carrying their mother and throwing her out of the window. The mother died instantly under...
  • Exclusive: John Kerry Defies the White House on Egypt Policy

    11/18/2013 11:50:24 AM PST · by RoosterRedux · 30 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | 11/18/2013 | Josh Rogin
    The secretary doesn’t agree with Obama’s team, especially Susan Rice, on how to deal with Egypt. Unfortunately for Rice, Kerry is the one on the ground—and he’s doing things his way. Before Secretary of State John Kerry’s recent trip to Cairo, National Security Adviser Susan Rice told him to make strong statements in public and private about the trial of deposed President Mohamed Morsi. On his own, Kerry decided to disregard the White House’s instructions. The tension between the national security adviser and the secretary of state spilled over into public view in the past week, when Rice laid out...
  • Egypt 'worst Arab country to be a woman', study says

    11/12/2013 8:36:04 AM PST · by george76 · 33 replies
    Telegraph ^ | 12 Nov 2013 | Hannah Strange
    The situation for women has worsened in Egypt since the 2011 revolution, while Iraqi women now suffer greater violence and discrimination than under Saddam Hussein. Egypt is the worst country in the Arab world to be a woman, according to a poll of gender experts which found high levels of sexual harassment and female genital mutilation as well as an increase in violence and Islamist sentiment following the 2011 revolution. Hopes that the Arab Spring would improve the lot of women in Egypt have not only been confounded, their situation has in fact worsened ... Syria has in the past...
  • Heavy gunfire heard in Libya's capital Tripoli

    11/04/2013 4:58:59 PM PST · by Chad_the_Impaler · 29 replies
    Reuters ^ | 11/4/13 | Reuters
    Heavy shooting from guns and anti-aircraft weapons could be heard early on Tuesday in the Libyan capital Tripoli, Reuters witnesses said.
  • East Libya declares self-government

    11/03/2013 4:57:16 PM PST · by Pan_Yan · 17 replies
    Al Jazeera ^ | 03 Nov 2013 20:39 | Reuters
    Eastern Libya has declared an autonomous regional government with an official ceremony, challenging the country's weak central government that failed to assume unifying power over rebels and various tribes since the 2011 war toppled Muammar Gaddafi. Leaders of an autonomy movement met on Sunday in the small town of Ajdabiya to launch the government under the name of Barqa, or Cyrenaica as it is also known, supporters said. A pro-federalist television station showed more than 20 ministers taking the oath at a podium decorated with a Cyrenaica flag. They were joined by the tribal leader Ibrahim Jathran, the former head...
  • Morsi Trial Expected to expose Obama’s ties to Muslim Brotherhood

    10/31/2013 12:21:38 PM PDT · by Kevin in California · 80 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 10-31-2013 | Ali Al Shamoby
    Former Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi’s trial begins on Monday November 4th, (Valentine’s day in Egypt), and intel rumors are rife that the trial will prove President Barack Obama’s ties to the Muslim Brotherhood. If former Chief of Egyptian Intelligence Murad Muwafi, can prove Morsi’s agreement to the presence of terrorists in Egypt and providing them with protection, he will be executed for the crime of high treason.
  • Muslim Brotherhood Dip Puppies in Gasoline to Use as Firebombs

    10/29/2013 7:14:30 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 39 replies
    IsraelNationalNews.com ^ | 10/29/2013 | Ari Yashar
    <p>Two puppies rescued after nearly being used as living firebombs by Muslim Brotherhood.</p> <p>Two puppies from Egypt were rescued just moments before they were to be used by the Muslim Brotherhood in their protests as "puppy bombs" dipped in gasoline and set on fire.</p>
  • Assassination pushes Libya towards civil war two years after Gaddafi death

    10/19/2013 6:41:12 PM PDT · by Pan_Yan · 29 replies
    The Guardian ^ | Saturday 19 October 2013 13.21 EDT | Chris Stephen
    Libya marks the second anniversary of the death of Muammar Gaddafi with the country on the brink of a new civil war and fighting raging in the eastern city of Benghazi, birthplace of its Arab spring revolution. Violence between radical militias and regular forces broke out on Friday night and continued yesterday, while the capital Tripoli is braced for fallout from the kidnapping earlier this month of prime minister Ali Zaidan. Federalists in Cyrenaica, home to most of Libya's oil, open their own independent parliament in Benghazi this week, in a step that may herald the breakup of the country....
  • Iran warns Obama 'flip-flop' threatens trust

    10/01/2013 7:02:59 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 9 replies
    AFP News ^ | October 1, 2013
    AFP - The Iranian foreign minister warned Barack Obama Tuesday that "flip-flop" threatened efforts to build trust, after the US president told the Israeli premier the military option remained on the table.
  • Sudanese Army Deploys After Deadly Khartoum Riots

    09/27/2013 6:23:52 PM PDT · by Pan_Yan · 5 replies
    ABC News ^ | September 25, 2013 (AP) | MOHAMMED SAEED Associated Press
    Sudanese authorities on Thursday deployed troops around vital installations and gas stations in the country's capital following days of rioting over gas price hikes that killed at least 30 people. The army also reinforced positions around military headquarters in Khartoum and along the city's university road, which is close to the presidential palace. The mood in the capital was tense and schools were closed as residents prepared for more potential violence and protests expected on Friday, particularly after worshippers flood out of mosques following weekly Islamic prayer. Violent protests erupted in Sudan on Monday when President Omar al-Bashir's government decided...
  • US, EU bungled Arab Spring strategy: study

    09/25/2013 7:18:13 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 9 replies
    AFP News ^ | September 25, 2013
    "The United States and Europe have yet to show the requisite political will or to develop sustainable strategies to help Egypt, Tunisia, Libya, and Yemen in their democratic transitions more than two years after a wave of popular revolutions toppled decades old autocracies," the report by the Atlantic Council's Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East found. "Faced with the vast amounts of cash the Gulf countries could provide rapidly to the transition countries, some in Washington and Brussels wondered if the United States and the EU even had much to offer," the study added. The report's authors -- Danya...
  • Islamists’ rise in Syria undercuts Kerry’s claim they play minor role

    09/19/2013 4:52:43 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 7 replies
    McClatchy News ^ | September 19, 2013 | By Mitchell Prothero
    BEIRUT — This week’s takeover of Syrian rebel posts by al Qaida-linked fighters undercuts Secretary of State John Kerry’s assertion to Congress earlier this month that moderates make up the bulk of the guerrilla movement against President Bashar Assad’s regime and are growing stronger. Kerry told Congress that Islamist extremists make up only 15 to 25 percent of the rebels. But a closer examination of the composition of fighting groups suggests that his figure is low.
  • Assad: One year, $1 bn needed to destroy chem arms

    09/18/2013 9:04:47 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 22 replies
    AFP News ^ | September 18, 2013
    Defiant strongman Bashar Al-Assad promised he would surrender Syria's chemical weapons but warned it would take at least a year to do so and cost one billion dollars. His latest appearance came as UN envoys debated a draft resolution that would enshrine a joint US-Russian plan to secure and neutralize his banned weapons in international law. In a confident interview with US network Fox News, Assad insisted that Syria was not gripped by civil war but was the victim of infiltration by foreign-backed Al-Qaeda fighters.
  • Syria's Assad thanks Russia for facing down 'savage attack'

    09/18/2013 6:30:43 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 8 replies
    AFP News ^ | September 18, 2013
    AFP - President Bashar al-Assad on Wednesday thanked key backer Russia for helping Syria face down what he described as a "savage attack" by Western-backed Islamic extremists, according to state television. Russia is helping "create a new global balance", Assad said.
  • The Egyptian Pyramid Scheme-The truth about the Arab Spring is that it never existed.

    09/16/2013 7:02:53 AM PDT · by SJackson · 16 replies
    Frontpagemagazine ^ | September 16, 2013 | Daniel Greenfield
    - FrontPage Magazine - http://frontpagemag.com - The Egyptian Pyramid SchemePosted By Daniel Greenfield On September 16, 2013 @ 12:56 am In Daily Mailer,FrontPage | 3 Comments Deserts are funny things. A big wide open space in which nothing moves can play tricks on the mind. Spend enough time looking at a desert and you will see things moving in it because your mind needs to believe that there is life in it. Look hard enough and you will see democracy, progress and change.But when you close your eyes and open them again, you will see that there is only a...
  • Bumpy road to destruction of Syria chemical weapons

    09/15/2013 5:06:28 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 7 replies
    AFP News ^ | September 16, 2013
    The US-Russian deal brokered Saturday to eliminate Syria's chemical weapons will be difficult if not impossible to implement, experts said, not least because of the quandary of their destruction. The landmark deal thrashed out in Geneva gives Syria a week to hand over details of the regime's stockpile, which it aims to destroy by mid-2014 in order to avert US-led military strikes. But chemical weapons expert Jean Pascal Zanders said that timetable is irrelevant because decision-making now passes to the Executive Council of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW).
  • Obama no longer a Democrat

    09/14/2013 9:55:28 AM PDT · by george76 · 36 replies
    Shoebat Foundation ^ | September 13, 2013 | Keith Davies
    Now that the presidential election of last year is in the distant past, it appears that Obama may have abandoned his domestic agenda and is now squarely focused on the Middle East, or to be more accurate, the “Muslim Agenda”. What is this agenda? The answer is simple – the Caliphate. Obama is setting up the Caliphate as quickly as possible for his Sunni Muslim Brotherhood brethren ... Ed Klein wrote a book about Obama called “The Amateur” .. Klein interviewed Obama’s former Reverend, Jeremiah Wright .. Wright stated that he guided Obama to accept Christianity without affecting his faith...
  • Syrian warplanes strike Damascus: residents

    09/14/2013 7:03:48 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 6 replies
    Reuters ^ | September 14, 2013 | by Oliver Holmes
    Syrian warplanes struck rebel-held suburbs of the capital on Saturday and government forces clashed with insurgents on the frontlines, residents and opposition activists said. "The warplanes are very busy this morning," said a journalist working in central Damascus who asked to remain anonymous for security reasons. Activists said the strikes were focused on Berze, a northeastern part of central Damascus, where rebels have been on the offensive to push further into the city.
  • UN chief ‘sceptical’ of Assad chemical arms claims

    09/14/2013 6:04:24 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 3 replies
    AFP News ^ | September 14, 2013
    In an exclusive interview with FRANCE 24 on Friday, UN chief Ban Ki-moon admitted that he shared the international community’s doubts over Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s willingness to comply fully with a chemical weapons deal. Ban’s interview with FRANCE 24 came shortly after the UN chief, in an unguarded moment, said Assad had "carried out many crimes against humanity" and that there must be "accountability" once war is over. The comment was made during an International Women’s Forum meeting in New York on Friday and Ban probably believed the statement was off-the-record, but it was picked up on the internal...
  • US ready for Syria military strike if talks fail: Obama

    09/14/2013 4:47:22 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 36 replies
    AFP News ^ | September 14, 2013
    President Barack Obama said on Saturday he was willing to give a chance to diplomacy to help resolve the Syrian crisis, but warned the military option was still on the table. "Since this plan emerged only with a credible threat of US military action, we will maintain our military posture in the region to keep the pressure on the Assad regime," Obama said in his weekly address.
  • Obama Demands ‘Concrete’ Acts by Syria on Chemical Weapons

    09/14/2013 3:24:16 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 25 replies
    New York Times ^ | September 14, 2013 | By Peter Baker
    President Obama demanded Saturday that Syria take “concrete actions” proving it will surrender its chemical weapons as American and Russian negotiators moved closer to an agreement. “If the current discussions produce a serious plan, I’m prepared to move forward with it,” Mr. Obama said in his weekly radio and Internet address. “But we are not just going to take Russia and Assad’s word for it. We need to see concrete actions to demonstrate that Assad is serious about giving up his chemical weapons.” Just to be sure, he said he would keep American destroyers and other forces in the region...
  • U.S. officials: Use of force not expected in U.N. resolution on Syria

    09/13/2013 7:26:16 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 2 replies
    Reuters ^ | September 13, 2013 | by Steve Holland
    The United States does not expect a U.N. Security Council resolution on Syria's chemical weapons to include a potential use of military force due to Russian opposition, senior Obama administration officials said on Friday. Their comments suggested Washington will not insist on including the use of force in the U.N. resolution. The officials, who briefed a group of reporters on condition of anonymity, said the United States would instead insist that the resolution include a range of consequences should Syria refuse to give up chemical weapons in a verifiable way. Those consequences could include sanctions, one official said.
  • The fruits of epic incompetence

    09/13/2013 5:00:16 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 24 replies
    Washington Post ^ | September 12, 2013 | By Charles Krauthammer
    The president of the United States takes to the airwaves to urgently persuade the nation to pause before doing something it has no desire to do in the first place. Strange. And it gets stranger still. That “strike Syria, maybe” speech begins with a heart-rending account of children consigned to a terrible death by a monster dropping poison gas. It proceeds to explain why such behavior must be punished. It culminates with the argument that the proper response — the most effective way to uphold fundamental norms, indeed human decency — is a flea bite: something “limited,” “targeted” or, as...
  • A Rare Public View of Obama’s Pivots on Policy in Syria Confrontation

    09/12/2013 2:03:53 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 17 replies
    New York Times ^ | September 12, 2013 | By PETER BAKER
    ...Over the last three weeks, the nation has witnessed a highly unusual series of pivots as a president changed course virtually in real time and on live television. Mr. Obama’s handling of his confrontation with Syria over a chemical weapons attack on civilians has been the rare instance of a commander in chief seemingly thinking out loud and changing his mind on the fly. To aides and allies, Mr. Obama’s willingness to hit the pause button twice on his decision to launch airstrikes to punish Syria for using chemical weapons on its own people reflects a refreshing open-mindedness and a...