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  • Airfield puts Australia in reach of China’s strategic bombers: Reports

    11/25/2014 4:23:08 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 17 replies
    NEWS CORP AUSTRALIA NETWORK ^ | NOVEMBER 25, 2014
    AN air base being built on a disputed island chain is raising eyebrows as its puts Chinese strategic bombers in range of Australia for the first time. Defence Publication IHS Janes says analysis of satellite photographs shows China is turning Fiery Cross Reef in the contentious Spratly Islands into a land mass big enough to hold a military air base. The construction work shows China is enforcing its claim on the mineral and oil-rich chain of islands which are also claimed by Taiwan, Malaysia, Vietnam, Brunei and the Philippines. Beijing claims nearly all of the resource-rich South China Sea. The...
  • US President Barack Obama should look at his own environmental record before lecturing Australia

    11/21/2014 8:08:30 PM PST · by Aussiebabe · 3 replies
    Courier Mail (Brisbane) ^ | 22 November 2014 | Des Houghton
    BARACK Obama won an Olympic gold medal for schmoozing in Brisbane last weekend. Along the way, the US president exposed the opponents of coal seam gas in Queensland as utter hypocrites. With China, the US is of course the worst polluter on the planet. Yet the shale boom sweeping across America is unlocking oceans of underground gas, a cleaner energy gradually replacing coal in US power stations. Obama knows gas is good. Gas drives his emissions reduction pact with China. However, the Greenies who swooned over Obama for his environmental crusade are the same snarling, left-of-centre bigots backing sinister groups...
  • Huge new warship to give Navy vast power projection (Australia)

    11/21/2014 7:59:30 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 29 replies
    Daily Telegraph, Australia ^ | 11/22/2014 | Ian McPhedran
    THOUSANDS of mattresses, pillows and doonas, tonnes of food and water and 400 sailors, soldiers and air force personnel have been installed on the navy’s newest and biggest ship — the 27,800-tonne HMAS Canberra. Known as a Landing Helicopter Dock or LHD — the $1.5 billion warship will be commissioned into service with the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) and handed over to Navy Chief Vice-Admiral Tim Barrett at Garden Island in Sydney on Friday November 28. The crew of Nuship Canberra (she actually becomes HMAS Canberra at commissioning) have spent the past 18 months training on advanced land based simulators...
  • Weird Speech Makes Obama Odd Man Out

    11/21/2014 7:54:30 PM PST · by Aussiebabe · 30 replies
    The Australian ^ | 22 November 2014 | Greg Sheridan
    THE United States embassy in Canberra advised President Barack Obama not to make the provocative, anti-Abbott speech on climate change which he made at the University of Queensland in Brisbane. That the President acted against the advice of his own embassy reveals a deeply divided and in part dysfunctional Obama administration, unable to reconcile its foreign policy objectives and its domestic imperatives. The speech was not only damaging for Tony Abbott, as it will be used by all his opponents on climate change up until the next election, it was a disaster for US foreign policy, because the gratuitous climate...
  • Whilst the West Focuses on the Middle East, Putin Plots His Way to World War Three

    11/18/2014 8:44:28 AM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 15 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | November 18, 2014 | Donna Rachel Edmunds
    Under the punned headline “No wonder Vladimir Putin was Russian to leave the G20 summit,” the Daily Mail told of how he had eaten lunch alone, and of how commentators had joked that Mr Putin had been ‘relegated to Siberia’ in the ‘family photo’ of world leaders. It concluded that Mr Putin had fled the summit after a “stern” discussion with British Prime Minister David Cameron, in which Cameron told Putin that he was “at a crossroads”. Sounding wearily schoolmaster-ish, Cameron later commented “There's a real choice here, there's a different and better way for Russia to behave that could...
  • The Greatest Revelation of G20 Summit

    11/18/2014 7:06:34 AM PST · by se99tp · 2 replies
    CCD Report ^ | November 18th, 2014
    (…) While Putin was sitting alone at the table, the other tyrant (not elected in democratic elections) was warmly received, accepted if not worshipped. Current First Secretary of the Communist Party of China (It is worthy to note that Prime Minister Abbot and Foreign Minister Julie Bishop did not even dare to utter his full communist title in their public statements) enjoyed their company. Comrade Xi, as he should be known, not one time declared that the Western democratic values can not be reconciled with Marxism-Leninism. Comrade Xi preaches “Chinese Dream” that is another disinformation term to conceal the totalitarian...
  • High time for Abbott Government to do or die (interesting analysis of Australia's government)

    11/19/2014 1:35:17 PM PST · by naturalman1975 · 3 replies
    news.com.au ^ | 19th November 2014 | Andrew Bolt
    THE Abbott Government must change or die. Newspoll now shows it trailing Labor by a disastrous 45 per cent to 55. Other polls are tighter, but all agree — the Government has been behind for months. And it’s excuses are running thin. The Government argues the polls flatter Labor. Come the election, voters will reject an Opposition that won’t turn back boats, cut spending or axe its planned carbon tax. True, but Labor could change. ..... Governments don’t win elections with foreign policies, yet this one has talked of little else for months. ..... Tony Abbott, unlike most leaders, has...
  • G20 host’s fury over Barack Obama jab on climate and coal

    11/18/2014 1:47:08 PM PST · by naturalman1975 · 48 replies
    The Australian ^ | 19th November 2014 | Dennis Shanahan
    THE Queensland government, as host of last weekend’s G20 ­summit, is incensed over what it sees as an ill-informed, insulting speech from Barack Obama about climate change, the Great Barrier Reef and coal. Federal Coalition members are also angry at the US President’s public intervention in the Australian climate change debate at the G20 last Saturday, when most of his remarks in the summit’s closed session on energy, where the issue was discussed, were devoted to US gas supplies and production that have been boosted by coal-seam gas and shale oil. Tony Abbott told the G20 session that the “four-fifths”...
  • Obama’s global-warming propaganda Down Under

    11/19/2014 5:14:26 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 25 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | November 18, 2014 | Bob Carter and Tom Harris
    The focus of the 2014 Group of 20 summit meeting in Brisbane, Australia, was on stimulating economic growth across the industrialized world. Thanks, though, to President Obama’s grandstanding and attempted sabotage of the agenda as laid out by the host country, climate change also came to prominence. For several months prior to the G-20, and despite strong Australian resistance, radical environmental groups had been lobbying for inclusion of global-warming issues on the meeting’s agenda. Mr. Obama was happy to oblige them. His endorsement of the U.S.-China Joint Announcement on Climate Change just before the G-20 was a signal that he...
  • Object found off Papua New Guinea may solve mystery of Australia’s first submarine AE1 sunk... 1914

    11/17/2014 5:49:07 PM PST · by naturalman1975 · 5 replies
    news.com.au ^ | 18th November 2014
    One of Australia’s leading submarine experts believes that the nation’s greatest wartime mystery — the loss of submarine AE1 and 34 crew in 1914 — could soon be solved. Former submariner and retired Rear Admiral Peter Briggs said an “object” found on the ocean floor near Rabaul in Papua New Guinea was possibly the lost submarine HMAS AE1. Admiral Briggs was closely involved in the 1998 campaign to locate and preserve her sister boat the AE2 lost in the Dardanelles in April 1915. In September this year the Navy Mine Hunter HMAS Yarra conducted a detailed search of waters to...
  • Tony Abbott snubs Barack Obama’s climate fund demand (Australia)

    11/16/2014 7:06:14 PM PST · by RightGeek · 13 replies
    Daily Telegraph (AUS) ^ | 11/17/2014 | Simon Benson, Daniel Meers
    TONY Abbott has foiled Barack Obama’s attempt to hijack the G20 with climate change, refusing to put a cent into the US President’s push for a $10 billion global green climate fund. And as chair of the G20, he succeeded in ensuring global economic growth and job creation was at the top of the final declaration yesterday, delivering a blow to Mr Obama’s attempts to elevate climate change to a first order issue .... ... Mr Abbott refused to allow the final communiqué to include a binding requirement that all G20 nations commit to the Green Climate Fund announced by...
  • With friends like Barack Obama... treatment of Tony Abbott capricious and reckless

    11/16/2014 5:46:41 PM PST · by Dundee · 23 replies
    The Australian ^ | 17 November 2014 | Greg Sheridan
    BARACK Obama blindsided the Abbott government in Brisbane, pretty viciously. Through his remarks on climate change, he has damaged the government politically. It’s a strange way to treat a friend but it is ...Obama’s presidential style, especially as the power ebbs from him in the dying days of his reign. ...damage may not be long-lasting because the US President’s remarks bore little relation to anything he can deliver or will do. Instead, they reprise the most ineffably capricious and inconsequential moments in the Obama presidency: grand gestures, soaring visions, which never actually get implemented in the real world. Obama went...
  • 400 People Bury Heads in the Sand to Protest Australia’s Stance on Climate Change

    11/16/2014 8:10:29 PM PST · by RBStealth · 47 replies
    TheInertia ^ | November 16, 2014 | Alexander Haro
    More than 400 protesters showed up to protest the Australian government’s choice to overlook climate change issues at the G-20 summit – the first one in years to ignore the issue. Their protest of choice? All 400 protesters buried their heads in the sand at Sydney’s Bondi Beach. The second “head in the sand” protest held in Australia this year, the demonstration came after Prime Minister Tony Abbott said he wanted the summit to focus more on economic growth. The first protest was held back in September in Queensland, and included 80 people. “I’m hoping the Bondi event will send...
  • 54 Australian Men 'Gave Birth' Last Year

    11/16/2014 3:39:41 PM PST · by PROCON · 45 replies
    breitbart ^ | Nov. 16, 2014 | Donna Rachel Edmunds
    54 men have given birth in Australia in the last year alone, according to figures released by Medicare. A number of people identifying as men have also accessed abortions, the figures revealed. The trend for transsexual men to give birth has been growing ever since the first birth to a 'father', American transsexual Thomas Beatie, in 2007, according to the MailOnline. Medicare in Australia recently decided to allow people to elect their own gender on documents instead of being forced to identify with the sex they were born. The change has revealed a trend for transgender men to keep their...
  • Confrontations Await Obama After Productive Trip

    11/16/2014 8:21:44 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 27 replies
    ABC News ^ | November 16, 2014 | By JULIE PACE AP White House Correspondent
    After a productive trip abroad, President Barack Obama headed home Sunday on a collision course with Republicans on immigration and an oil pipeline project, showdowns that threaten prospects for cooperation over his remaining two years in office. Given his faltering political support in the U.S. and his party's recent election losses, his trip to China, Myanmar and Australia appeared to offer respite. The president, who was due to arrive in Washington late Sunday, basked in policy breakthroughs with China and warm welcomes in Myanmar and Australia. "I intend to build on that momentum when I return home," Obama said at...
  • G20 leaders reveal global growth plan to boost GDP by $2 trillion

    11/16/2014 5:13:57 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 6 replies
    CTV ^ | November 15, 2014
    G20 leaders reveal global growth plan to boost GDP by $2 trillion The Associated Press Published Saturday, November 15, 2014 9:00PM EST Last Updated Sunday, November 16, 2014 1:45AM EST BRISBANE, Australia -- Leaders of the G20 nations finalized a plan Sunday to boost global GDP by more than $2 trillion over five years by investing in infrastructure and increasing trade. The communique issued at the conclusion of their summit in Brisbane, Australia says the leaders plan to jumpstart growth, in part, by creating a global infrastructure hub. The plan will purportedly help match potential investors with projects, and also...
  • Harper vs Putin

    The G20 thread got me thinking of this from earlier i the year... Prime Minister of Canada spoke in favour of building a monument in Canada to remember the victims of communism. "100 million died because of it"...read here
  • Canada's Stephen Harper to Putin at G20 Meeting: Get out of Ukraine

    11/15/2014 5:35:41 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    Hotair ^ | 11/15/2014 | Ed Morrissey
    Glenn Reynolds refers to this as “smart diplomacy – the real thing,” but it’s based on the very dumb diplomacy rolled out by Vladimir Putin over the past year. Brisbane, Australia hosts the G-20 meeting this week, and Putin decided to make a point by sending a war flotilla of the Russian navy to the waters north of Australia, in order to make the point that, er … he’s a reasonable guy, or something: But it was clear that Putin’s actions over the past few days were top of mind for the leaders.Abbott lashed out at the Russian leader...
  • Putin Will Leave G20 Summit Early After West Blasts Moscow Over Ukraine

    11/15/2014 11:39:04 AM PST · by Enlightened1 · 19 replies
    Time ^ | 1/15/14 | Sam Frizell
    Russian President Vladimir Putin plans to leave the G20 summit early after Western leaders lambasted him Saturday over the crisis in Ukraine and threatened further sanctions. “I guess I’ll shake your hand, but I have only one thing to say to you: you need to get out of Ukraine,” Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper told Putin, according to his spokesman Jason MacDonald, Reuters reports. President Barack Obama said the United States was at the forefront of “opposing Russia’s aggression against Ukraine, which is a threat to the world, as we saw in the appalling shoot-down of MH17.” German Chancellor Angela...
  • Web users debunk Russian TV's MH17 claim

    11/15/2014 7:09:12 AM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 9 replies
    bbc.com ^ | November 14, 2014 | Vitaly Shevchenko
    Several commentators pointed out that the "Malaysia" logo on the plane from the photograph was in the wrong place. Maksim Kats, a Russian blogger, said the plane in the picture looked like a slightly altered version of the one that tops the search results if you Google "Boeing view from above" in Russian. It also happens to be a publicity photo of a Boeing 767, not a 777, which was shot down over Ukraine in July. Others noted that the fighter jet looked different from an Su-25 - the type which the Russian media had consistently claimed shot down MH17....
  • David Cameron: Putin is not a man of his word

    11/15/2014 6:30:49 AM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 17 replies
    telegraph.co.uk ^ | November 15, 2014
    David Cameron has warned Russia it will face more sanctions if it continues to support the separatists in Ukraine's civil war. Speaking on Radio 4's Today programme, Mr Cameron said: "If Russia continues to destabilise Ukraine, and we continue to see Russian troops and Russian tanks inside Ukraine, then there's going to have to be a very different relationship with Britain and Europe on the one hand, and Russia on the other, and potential for further sanctions." Mr Cameron also suggested in a separate interview that he does not trust Vladimir Putin, and said he was saddened that Mr Putin...
  • Stephen Harper at G20 tells Vladimir Putin to 'get out of Ukraine'

    11/15/2014 6:17:07 AM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 24 replies
    cbc.ca ^ | November 15, 2014
    Stephen Harper had a showdown with Vladimir Putin on Saturday, telling the Russian leader to "get out of Ukraine" in a dustup at the Group of 20 summit in Australia. Harper's spokesman, Jason MacDonald, said the prime minister was speaking to a group of G20 leaders at a private leaders' retreat on Saturday morning when Putin approached and extended his hand. MacDonald said Harper told Putin: "I guess I'll shake your hand but I have only one thing to say to you: You need to get out of Ukraine." According to MacDonald, Putin did not respond positively. He didn't provide...
  • Harper tells Putin to ‘get out of Ukraine’ at G20 in Australia

    11/15/2014 4:50:34 AM PST · by xp38 · 21 replies
    680 News ^ | November 15 2014 | Lee-Anne Goodman
    Stephen Harper had a showdown with Vladimir Putin on Saturday, telling the Russian leader to “get out of Ukraine” in a dust-up at the Group of 20 summit in Australia. Harper’s spokesman, Jason MacDonald, said the prime minister was speaking to a group of G20 leaders at a private leaders’ retreat on Saturday morning when Putin approached and extended his hand. MacDonald said Harper told Putin: “I guess I’ll shake your hand but I have only one thing to say to you: You need to get out of Ukraine.” According to MacDonald, Putin did not respond positively. He didn’t provide...
  • Abandon democracy, supporter tells Putin

    11/14/2014 9:18:32 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 20 replies
    9news.com.au ^ | November 15, 2014
    A man accused of travelling to Ukraine to recruit support for pro-Russian rebels has led a G20 rally calling for the end of democracy in Russia. About 30 Australian Cossacks, surrounded by almost as many police, marched through Brisbane's South Bank on Saturday, declaring their support for their "steel ruler", Russian President Vladimir Putin. The group's leader, Simeon Boikov, reportedly travelled to the Ukraine this year in support of pro-Russian rebels and bragged on his Facebook page about entering the war zone. Mr Boikov denied the media reports and said he was seeking defamation action. "They've blamed everybody on the...
  • David Cameron compares Russia to Nazi Germany on eve of Putin meeting

    11/14/2014 11:59:36 AM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 3 replies
    telegraph.co.uk ^ | November 14, 2014 | Steven Swinford
    David Cameron has compared Russia to Nazi Germany because of its actions in Ukraine on the eve of a tense meeting with Vladimir Putin. Mr Cameron will on Saturday night challenge Mr Putin about Russia’s continued acts of aggression in Ukraine as it supplies heavy weapons and tanks to the separatists. In a reference to World War II, Mr Cameron said that the world must “learn the lessons of history” and intervene to stop “a larger state bullying a smaller state”. He said: "Russian action in Ukraine is unacceptable. We have to be clear about what we are dealing with....
  • Abbott says Putin compensating for failing economy with military aggression

    11/13/2014 7:43:40 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 21 replies
    9news.com.au ^ | November 14, 2014
    Prime Minister Tony Abbott has accused Vladmir Putin of a "regrettable pattern" of military aggression which has culminated in warships off northern Australia. At a joint press conference with British Prime Minister David Cameron today, Mr Abbott linked the decline of Russia's economy with an increase in that nation's assertiveness. "It is part of a regrettable pattern, whether it's the bullying of Ukraine, whether it’s the increasing Russian military aircraft flying into the airspace of Japan, European countries, or whether it’s the naval task group which is now in the South Pacific, Russia is being much more assertive now than...
  • Islamic State—APEC A Fizzer - G20 Promises No Better

    11/13/2014 5:01:37 PM PST · by Sean_Anthony
    Canada Free Press ^ | 11/13/14 | David Singer
    Hopefully the Beijing babble will give way to serious business in Brisbane The 2014 APEC Conference in Beijing this past week has been and gone and the G20 Conference in Brisbane is taking place in Brisbane this weekend. If the APEC Conference is any guide the world leaders assembled in Australia will have little to say about the meteoric rise of Islamic State (IS) over the past six months and the threat to world peace and security Islamic State poses. Expectations were high that Islamic State would be discussed at the APEC Conference.
  • U.S., allies conduct 23 air strikes in Syria, Iraq: military

    11/12/2014 10:29:24 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 1 replies
    Reuters ^ | Wed Nov 12, 2014 3:14pm EST | Reporting by Doina Chiacu; Editing by Bill Trott and Jim Loney)
    An explosion following an air strike is seen in central Kobani, November 10, 2014. Credit: Reuters/Osman Orsal *******************************************************(Reuters) - U.S.-led forces conducted 16 air strikes in Syria, most of them around Kobani near the Turkish border, and seven in the oil-producing northern region of Iraq since Monday, the U.S. Central Command said. Ten air strikes conducted by the United States and its allies near Kobani hit eight small Islamic State units, damaged three fighting positions and destroyed a logistics facility, Centcom said Wednesday in a statement.
  • Russians warships headed for Australia, Putin bound for G20

    11/12/2014 2:44:32 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 12 replies
    The Australian ^ | NOVEMBER 12, 2014 | Sarah Martin
    RUSSIAN warships are north of Australian waters in an unprecedented show of strength to accompany Russian President Vladimir Putin’s visit to the G20 in Brisbane this weekend. Australian P3 Orion surveillance aircraft have been deployed to monitor the ships, along with Anzac class frigate, HMAS Stuart. The ships are in the Coral Sea, south of Bougainville off Australia’s east coast. In an official statement released tonight, the Defence department said air surveillance of the Russian vessels was underway. “Defence is monitoring Russian naval vessels that are currently transiting through international waters to the north of Australia,” the department said in...
  • Missiles go cheap: defence’s fire sale (PHOTO)

    11/10/2014 6:39:03 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 3 replies
    The Australian ^ | NOVEMBER 11, 2014 | Cameron Stewart
    AUSTRALIA is quietly exporting dozens of missiles to other countries to try to recoup some of the $200 million it has wasted on them in botched military purchases. The Australian Defence Force has sold 30 anti-ship Penguin missiles to Brazil via Norway, several to New Zealand and two Popeye air-to-surface missiles to South Korea since the start of last year. The sales have been conducted without publicity, in part, because they are an embarrassing reminder of failed defence protects that have cost taxpayers more than $1.4 billion. The sale of any missile is highly unusual for Australia, which is an...
  • Will the UN Security Council Impose a Palestinian State?

    11/03/2014 8:52:41 AM PST · by SJackson · 12 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | November 3, 2014 | Joseph Puder
    Will the UN Security Council Impose a Palestinian State?Posted By Joseph Puder On November 3, 2014 @ 12:25 am In Daily Mailer,FrontPage | 6 Comments January, 2015 does not bode well for Israel at the United Nations (UN). The UN Security Council (UNSC) will officially induct five newly elected non-permanent member-states replacing outgoing Rwanda, S. Korea, Australia, Argentina and Luxembourg, representing all the global regions. Unfortunately for Israel, the incoming states, particularly Venezuela and Malaysia, are hostile to the Jewish state. The other three, Angola, New Zealand, and Spain are pondering their position on recognizing Palestine as a full member-state...
  • Marine Dad Barred from School over Protest of Islam Curriculum

    11/02/2014 3:09:40 PM PST · by bestintxas · 58 replies
    breitbart ^ | 11/2/14 | w bigelow
    In an incident mirroring a recent California case, a Marine in Maryland who served overseas and fought against Islamic extremists was barred from school premises when he protested his daughter learning about what he called “the benefits of Islam” at her Maryland high school. Kevin Wood asked that she be excused from class while that subject was discussed, but La Plata High School refused, prompting Wood to argue with the school. That triggered the school to issue a no-trespassing order, reported Pennlive. Station USA9 reported that Wood, presently a firefighter, said he had not made any threats. Wood and his...
  • White House claims Arab nations offer to join airstrikes against ISIS in Iraq, Syria

    09/15/2014 1:52:56 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 19 replies
    Fox News.com ^ | September 15, 2014
    join airstrikes against ISIS in Iraq, Syria Published September 15, 2014 FoxNews.com 542 Never autoplay videos White House officials have claimed that Arab nations have offered to join the U.S. in airstrikes against the Islamic State militant group in Iraq and Syria, though no countries were specifically named. The New York Times reported that Secretary of State John Kerry had declined to say which states had offered to contribute air power, with White House officials saying that any announcement of specifics could wait until later this week. Kerry is scheduled to testify before congressional committees Wednesday and Thursday.
  • U.S. Is Carrying Out Vast Majority of Strikes on ISIS, Military Officials Say

    09/24/2014 6:47:00 AM PDT · by BulletBobCo · 29 replies
    New York Times ^ | Sept 23, 2014 | HELENE COOPER and MICHAEL R. GORDON
    WASHINGTON — The vast majority of airstrikes launched against Sunni militant targets in Syria have been carried out by American war planes and ship-based Tomahawk cruise missiles, military officials said Tuesday, in what they described as the successful beginning of a long campaign to degrade and destroy the Islamic State. In disclosing the identities of the five Sunni Arab nations that joined or supported the attacks in Syria — Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Jordan and Qatar — the Obama administration sought to paint a picture of an international coalition resolute in its determination to take on the...
  • Syrian rebels angry that airstrikes hit Khorasan but not Bashar Assad

    09/23/2014 9:33:16 PM PDT · by Jet Jaguar · 33 replies
    Stars and Stripes ^ | Sept 23, 2014 | Roy Gutman and Mousab Alhamadee
    <p>REYHANLI, Turkey — Anti-government media activists and rebel commanders gave a mixed assessment of U.S.-led airstrikes in northern Syria on Tuesday, saying that some of the Islamic State encampments hit had been evacuated and one building that was struck had been filled with displaced civilians, even as at least one major Islamic State base was seriously damaged and many fighters were killed.</p>
  • Biden continues to apologize; first Turkey, now UAE

    10/06/2014 5:53:25 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 9 replies
    McClatchydc.com ^ | October 6, 2014 | Roy Gutman
    ISTANBUL — Vice President Joe Biden apologized to the United Arab Emirates Sunday for charging that the oil-rich ally had been supporting al Qaida and other jihadi groups in Syria's internal war, his second apology in as many days to a key participant in the U.S.-led coalition against Islamic State extremists.
  • Islamic State: Arab female F-16 pilot stirs debate in Muslim world

    10/01/2014 3:41:10 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 15 replies
    The Christian Science Monitor ^ | SEPTEMBER 30, 2014 | Christa Case Bryant
    UAE fighter pilot Mariam al-Mansouri shot to fame last week for her role in a US-led bombing campaign in Syria. While Americans hailed her pluck, for Arabs it's more complicated. JERUSALEM — Last week Mariam al-Mansouri, a F-16 pilot from the United Arab Emirates, was introduced to the world. Smiling out from under her helmet and hijab after launching air strikes in Syria, part of a US-led campaign against Islamic State, her image went viral. For some Americans, she was a sort of Katharine Hepburn meets Amelia Earhart who had shattered prevalent stereotypes of Arab women. A popular Internet meme...
  • U.S. and Arab aircraft attack oil refineries seized by Islamic State in Syria

    09/25/2014 10:32:28 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 30 replies
    WaPo ^ | September 24 at 9:50 PM | Rebecca Collard and Craig Whitlock
    The U.S. military and two Arab allies on Wednesday bombarded a dozen small-scale oil refineries in eastern Syria as part of an expanding campaign to cut off key sources of financing and fuel for the Islamic State, according to the Pentagon. ... The Islamic State is estimated to produce between 25,000 and 40,000 barrels of oil a day, earning as much as $1 million a day, according to industry experts. The attacks on the refineries came on a day when U.S. military forces reported hitting an Islamic State convoy in Syria near the Iraqi border and Syrian opposition groups reported...
  • Prime Minister Tony Abbott promises to send military to Gulf (in response to US request)

    09/14/2014 1:23:04 AM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 4 replies
    news.com.au ^ | 14th September 2014
    PRIME Minister Tony Abbott has promised to send Australian military forces to the Persian Gulf to assist in attacks on the Islamic State. He told media in a press conference in Darwin today that he had decided to prepare and deploy an armed force to the UAE to assist the United States in its military action against the Islamic State’s forces in Iraq and Syria. He warned “should this extend into combat operations, it could go on for some time” Mr Abbott said his reaction to the latest video showing the execution of British aid worker David Haines was: “Shock,...
  • WATCH How This Gutsy ‘First’ Of A Kind Fighter Pilot Is Blowing Up Both ISIS Targets And Stereotypes

    09/25/2014 8:16:50 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 52 replies
    Western Journalism ^ | September 25, 2014 | Norvell Rose
    WATCH How This Gutsy ‘First’ Of A Kind Fighter Pilot Is Blowing Up Both ISIS Targets And Stereotypes Even as women in parts of the Arab world fight the prohibition against their driving a car on public roads... Even as women in parts of the Arab world fight the prohibition against their driving a car on public roads, one extraordinary Arab woman is driving an F-16 in the fight against Islamic State terrorism. Fox News confirms that 35-year-old Major Mariam Al Mansouri — the first female air force pilot from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) — has taken part in...
  • A Look Inside The Secret Deal With Saudi Arabia That Unleashed The Syrian Bombing

    09/25/2014 7:45:42 AM PDT · by Rusty0604 · 6 replies
    Zerohedge ^ | 09/25/2014 | Tyler Durden
    For those to whom the recent US campaign against Syria seems a deja vu of last summer's "near-war" attempt to ouster its president Bashar al-Assad, which was stopped in the last minute due to some very forceful Russian intervention and the near breakout of war in the Mediterranean between US and Russian navies, it is because they are. And as a reminder, just like last year, the biggest wildcard in this, and that, direct intervention into sovereign Syrian territory, or as some would call it invasion or even war, was not the US but Saudi Arabia - recall from August...
  • Confirmed: Australian air strikes have killed ‘multiple’ ISIS targets in Iraq

    10/16/2014 8:07:29 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 6 replies
    news.com.au ^ | 17th October 2014
    “MULTIPLE” Islamic State militants have been killed by Australian air strikes in Iraq. Super hornets have flown over the country 43 times, dropping bombs on “at least” two occasions, Chief of Joint Operations, Vice Admiral David Johnston said. Four super hornets flew last night, but no targets were struck, he told reporters in Canberra. The Vice Admiral was not able to confirm the number of IS militants killed in Australian strikes, but he said there were “multiple” casualties. When asked how many fighters have been killed, he said he was being “cautious” as to the level of detail he offered,...
  • UAE’s first female fighter pilot likely dropping bombs on ISIS militants in Syria

    09/24/2014 2:25:55 PM PDT · by Oliviaforever · 27 replies
    Daily News ^ | 9/24/14 | SASHA GOLDSTEIN
    She’s raining bombs on terrorist thugs. The first female pilot in the United Arab Emirates' air force is reportedly taking part in the coalition air strikes against ISIS militants hiding in Syria.
  • Breaking: Video of U.S. Airstrikes on Islamic State Targets in Raqqa, Syria

    09/22/2014 11:59:07 PM PDT · by Abakumov · 24 replies
    Radix News ^ | September 23, 2014 | Step Agency News
    Step Agency News in Syria posts this video purportedly of the first U.S. airstrikes on Islamic State targets in Raqqa, Syria.
  • Breaking: Tomahawks and Airstrikes Against Syria Commence

    09/22/2014 6:27:35 PM PDT · by markomalley · 334 replies
    Fox News | 9/22/2014
    No link now, they are just announcing it now.
  • Australian police issue nationwide terror warning to teachers

    11/01/2014 7:46:10 AM PDT · by Patriot777 · 5 replies
    Liveleak.com ^ | unknown (very recent) | unknown
    As more and more young Muslims from Australia are joining the Islamic State, and crude pro-Islamic State graffiti appeared on schools, Australian authorities are hoping that teachers will tip them off about “radicalized students” — with no curiosity about where this “radicalization” is coming from. It must be from the Internet, doncha know. “Federal police probe into Western Sydney schools where ISIS graffiti was sprayed: AFP issues nationwide terror warning to teachers,” Read more at http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=c12_1414840963#qxVECutbTJcd8S1h.99
  • Surfer frantically paddles to escape the jaws of a huge shark as it comes for him in the pristine

    10/31/2014 7:18:32 AM PDT · by C19fan · 42 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | October 31, 2014 | Emily Crane
    This is the frightening moment a three-metre Great White started trailing a surfer back to shore, just two weeks before another man lost his arm and hand in a nearby shark attack. Andy Johnston was out with a small group of surfers at West Beach near Esperance, south-east of Perth, on September 21 when people ashore spotted the dark shadow looming. Other surfers managed to clear the water onto a reef after people started to honk their car horns to warn of the approaching shark, but Mr Johnston opted to stay put.
  • Australia's Ebola Travel Ban Criticized By UN, Liberia, Sierra Leone

    10/29/2014 9:15:42 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 27 replies
    International Business Times ^ | 10/29/2014 | By Sneha Shankar
    Sierra Leone, Liberia and the United Nations have condemned Australia's decision to suspend entry visas for those travelling from Ebola-infected countries, and called the move "counterproductive" and “discriminatory.” Australia's travel ban, issued Monday, closely followed the U.S.'s decision to isolate its military personnel returning from Ebola-hit countries. Australia’s decision has also reportedly been criticized by Amnesty International while U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon warned that travel restrictions would severely hamper efforts to curb the virus' spread. The World Health Organization, or WHO, has also warned that travel bans and restrictive quarantine measures could discourage health workers to travel to Africa...
  • Australia Won't Give Visas to People from Ebola-Hit Countries

    10/28/2014 9:19:35 PM PDT · by Jack Hydrazine · 31 replies
    NBC ^ | 28OCT2014 | NBC Staff Writer
    SYDNEY - Australia issued a blanket ban on visas from West African nations affected by the Ebola outbreak Tuesday, making it the first rich nation to shut its doors to the region and earning criticism from health experts and rights groups. Australia has not recorded a case of Ebola despite a number of scares, and conservative Prime Minister Tony Abbott has so far resisted repeated requests to send medical personnel to help battle the outbreak on the ground. Immigration Minister Scott Morrison told parliament Monday that all non-permanent or temporary visas from Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia were being cancelled...
  • Australia imposes travel ban on Ebola-impacted countries

    10/28/2014 8:32:43 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    Hotair ^ | 10/28/2014 | Ed Morrissey
    While the debate continues in the US as to how best to protect Americans from a potential spread of Ebola, Australia has made a decision on a comprehensive policy. They will issue no new travel visas for people in Ebola-impacted nations in western Africa, and will require travelers from those countries on permanent visas or Australian passports to undergo a mandatory 21-day quarantine prior to entering the country. That applies to health-care professionals returning to Australia after serving in Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone: In the fight against Ebola, Australia has said: No thanks.Immigration Minister Scott Morrison announced “strong...