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  • Maine governor says he meant Trump is "authoritative"

    10/12/2016 8:44:32 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Oct 12, 2016 3:30 PM EDT
    Republican Maine Gov. Paul LePage says he meant to use the word “authoritative” — not “authoritarian” — when speaking about GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump during a radio interview. […] The governor blamed reporters for making too much of his slip of the tongue when he said the country needs Trump “to show some authoritarian power in our country.” …
  • Frau Hillary C. — a case study that would tax Dr. Freud

    09/12/2016 1:26:41 PM PDT · by Trump_vs_Evil_Witch · 5 replies
    Washington Times ^ | May 13, 2014 | Charles Hurd
    It has forever been perfectly fair game in prudent political discourse to demand that politicians seeking higher office reveal information about their physical fitness. Everyone remembers when Democrats and the press tried making an issue out of Ronald Reagan’s advanced age and health in 1984.
  • Is Trump’s Rise Giving Progressives Second Thoughts?

    03/16/2016 4:19:32 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 31 replies
    The National Review ^ | March 16, 2016 | Charles C. W. Cooke
    Herewith, an under-asked question for our friends on the progressive left: “Has Donald Trump’s remarkable rise done anything to change your mind as to the ideal strength of the State?” I make this inquiry because, for a long while now, I have been of the view that the only thing that is likely to join conservatives and progressives in condemnation of government excess is the prospect that that excess will benefit the Right. Along with their peculiar belief that History takes “sides” and that improvement is inexorable and foreordained, most progressives hold as an article of faith that, because it...
  • The One Weird Trait That Predicts Whether You’re a Trump Supporter

    01/18/2016 8:47:32 PM PST · by Another Post-American · 151 replies
    Politico ^ | 1/18/16 | Matthew McWilliams
    f I asked you what most defines Donald Trump supporters, what would you say? They’re white? They’re poor? They’re uneducated? You’d be wrong. In fact, I’ve found a single statistically significant variable predicts whether a voter supports Trump—and it’s not race, income or education levels: It’s authoritarianism. That’s right, Trump’s electoral strength—and his staying power—have been buoyed, above all, by Americans with authoritarian inclinations. And because of the prevalence of authoritarians in the American electorate, among Democrats as well as Republicans, it’s very possible that Trump’s fan base will continue to grow. My finding is the result of a national...
  • Trump Threatens 35% Tax on Ford if Mexico Operations Expand

    12/26/2015 9:13:54 AM PST · by ScottWalkerForPresident2016 · 396 replies
    Mustang 360 ^ | 12/23/2015 | John Gilbert
    It was the Detroit News headline "Trump goes after Ford Motor Co." not how long Hillary went overtime in the restroom that got our attention. Donald Trump made a whistle stop outside Grand Rapids, Michigan to take aim at Ford’s plans to expand production in Mexico. Trump promised if elected he would threaten manufacturers with big tariffs on imports to discourage building manufacturing plants south of the border. Trump to Ford, "If you build that plant in Mexico, I’m going to charge you 35 percent on every car, truck part that you send into our country," he said. "Every single...
  • Admit It: You Just Want Your Own Dictator [And He's Trump]

    12/25/2015 7:53:32 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 295 replies
    National Review ^ | 12/24/2015 | David Harsanyi
    This incessant clamoring by voters and punditry for better "leaders" and more "leadership" is one of the most unsavory, dangerous, and un-American tendencies in political discourse. When Donald Trump was asked last week by Joe Scarborough what he made of an endorsement from Vladimir Putin -- a thug who's probably murdered journalists and political opponents and more -- the GOP presidential front-runner responded, "He's running his country, and at least he's a leader, unlike what we have in this country." Then he offered an incredibly dumb moral equivalency about how the United States also does "plenty of killing." There was...
  • Trump Edges Cruz in Iowa; His Supporters Think Japanese Internment Was Good(Trump 28% Cruz 25%)

    12/15/2015 9:51:08 AM PST · by Red Steel · 247 replies
    ppp ^ | December 15, 2015
    [Full title] Trump Edges Cruz in Iowa; His Supporters Think Japanese Internment Was Good; Clinton Still Well Ahead of Sanders In State PPP’s newest Iowa poll finds Donald Trump and Ted Cruz at the top of the heap with 28% and 25% respectively. Marco Rubio at 14% and Ben Carson at 10% are also in double digits with Jeb Bush at 7% the only other candidate who clears even 3%. Chris Christie, Carly Fiorina, and Mike Huckabee all hit that level with John Kasich and Rand Paul each getting 2%, Lindsey Graham and Rick Santorum each getting 1%, and Jim...
  • A domestic "Color" Revolution in the United States of Obama?

    05/04/2014 11:28:00 AM PDT · by DanMiller · 5 replies
    Dan Miller's Blog ^ | May 4, 2014 | Dan Miller
    "Color" Revolution has no discernible racial meaning. It refers to generally non-violent efforts to change or to overthrow authoritarian governments.This post is based on a May 1, 2014 article at The Voice of Russia titled US Color Revolution coming soon to a country near you. That article reports on the international scholarly symposium on "Coloured revolutions as an instrument of geopolitical transformation" was held at the Academy of Arts and Sciences of the Republic of Srpska on April 26, 2014. The symposium was under the auspices of the "Strategic Culture Foundation" in Moscow and "Srebrenica Historical Project" from Den Haag, the Netherlands. It claims,...
  • Fascism In America

    06/04/2013 3:57:09 AM PDT · by Jim_Fader · 32 replies
    American Thinker ^ | June 4, 2013 | Richard Winchester
    When fascism comes to America, what will it look (and feel) like? Very much like what we have now, because a version of fascism is already here. I am not the first to worry about the prospect of fascism in America. In 1935, for example, Sinclair Lewis published It Can't Happen Here, which is a fictional account of a fascist take-over of the country. In 2008, Joe Conason published It Can Happen Here. The book's subtitle, Authoritarian Peril in the Age of Bush, tells all we need to know.
  • Obama Overrides Congress to Buy $690 Million Worth of Russian Choppers for Afghan Air Force

    04/09/2013 7:52:08 AM PDT · by Nachum · 51 replies
    Front Page ^ | 4/8/13 | Daniel Greenfield
    Apparently America has too many jobs so Obama will be spending taxpayer money to support Russia’s defense industry on behalf of Afghanistan. And he’s doing so over the bipartisan objections of Congress from both the right and left and a ban on buying them written into the NDAA. The US Department of Defense said Thursday it plans to sidestep a Congressional ban to purchase 30 helicopters from Russian state-owned defense firm Rosoboronexport, despite objections from US lawmakers who allege that the firm has equipped the Syrian government to commit brutal crimes against civilians.
  • EXCLUSIVE: Journalist Accosted by Security over Mayor Bloomberg Gun Control Question

    01/28/2013 9:55:38 AM PST · by AtlasStalled · 65 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 01/28/13 | Wynton Hall
    In an explosive exchange outside the U.S. Conference of Mayors meeting in Washington, D.C., security guards for billionaire New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg accosted senior Talk Radio Network investigative reporter Jason Mattera when he asked the mayor about his strong support for gun control.
  • Obama Advisers: Obama’s theory of government is he is the government

    01/20/2013 6:31:58 PM PST · by Twotone · 51 replies
    Examiner ^ | January 20, 2013 | Kevin Kervick
    As was revealed in a breathtaking New York Times opinion piece today, many of Barack Obama's top advisers feel alienated from him. There is a sense within the White House that President Obama's theory of government is that "he is the government". Apparently, President Obama has personalized the presidency to such an extent that it is now seen as more about the man than about the position. Certainly that is not how the American Founding Fathers viewed the presidency. The author of this article, David Rothkopf, characterizes the president as a poor manager who is also aloof and a poor...
  • Russia: Medvedev doubles down on "modernization"

    08/06/2011 10:29:17 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 9 replies
    AFPC Russia Reform Monitor ^ | 8/5/2011 | Ilan Berman and Amanda Pitrof, eds.
    The majority of Russians remain dissatisfied with the progress of democratization in Russia, a new poll has found. The Moscow Times reports that 62 percent of people recently polled in an All-Russia Public Opinion Research Centre survey answered that they are “dissatisfied with the development of democracy in Russia.” This number, however, is down marginally from the 73 percent who were dissatisfied with domestic conditions twenty years ago. Meanwhile, those who believe the country is showing progress are largely supporters of the ruling "United Russia" party, are under 45 years of age, and generally active Internet users. [Editors’ Note: Given...
  • Time for the Federal Government to Round Up Republicans for Reeducation

    04/06/2010 10:49:11 PM PDT · by Jet Jaguar · 83 replies · 1,935+ views
    Facebook ^ | April 7, 2010 | Jennings Vanderhoek
    Category: Common Interest - Beliefs & Causes Description: Let's face it. There is no arguing with Glenn Beck types or Rush Limbaugh listeners. The Republican Party is the problem, not the solution to America's and the world's problems. They are simply too dense and uneducated. They wallow in their greed, fear and anti-intellectualism. They are dragging the rest of us who have to put up with their nonsense down. This is a group for people who think it is time for the Federal government using the resources of the the Department of Homeland Security;... They are dragging the rest of...
  • Cuba plans to fight swine flu with authoritarian measures

    10/03/2009 7:54:10 PM PDT · by Saije · 9 replies · 702+ views
    Ft. Worth Star-Telegram ^ | 10/3/2009 | James Anderson
    Cuba is ready to use just about everything at its disposal, from its well-oiled civil defense system to the soldiers of a totalitarian government, to keep swine flu cases to a minimum. Everything but a vaccine. As the U.S. prepares an extensive health survey for side affects from its extensive inoculation plans, Cuba’s No. 2 health official says relying on a shot to contain a world pandemic is risky as best — and demoralizing at worst. "Nobody knows if it would work," said Dr. Luis Estruch. "How safe would it be?" Cuba’s sophisticated public-monitoring system and geographic isolation as an...
  • Obama Heeds Dictator Handbook with School Speech

    09/08/2009 9:42:22 AM PDT · by jacknhoo · 16 replies · 996+ views
    American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research ^ | Tuesday, September 8, 2009 | Kevin A. Hassett
    President Barack Obama cannot possibly intend to resemble an aspiring dictator. Somehow, he keeps doing so. Now he's going ahead with plans to address America's schoolchildren, having dropped the part about encouraging those children to then "write letters to themselves about what they can do to help the president." This administration's run is rapidly transforming into an episode of "The Twilight Zone." How could Obama be so foolish? He and his advisers must be oblivious to the connections between the American far left and fascism. They must be immune to the revulsion that so many ordinary citizens feel when they...
  • Stories Requested from Freepers & Friends Who Moved to USA from Authoritarian Countries

    05/16/2009 8:49:17 PM PDT · by bootless · 146 replies · 3,807+ views
    self ^ | 05.16.09 | bootless
    Hello everyone, I'm working on a book about my passion (and, I think, yours): American exceptionalism through the eyes of immigrants who haven't always had the fortune of living in freedom. This book consists of first-person stories of Americans who lived under authoritarian regimes: Cuba, Eastern bloc countries (Poland, Russia/former USSR), Vietnam, Zimbabwe, Laos, and so on. Unfortunately, there are many, many such countries to choose from. The local talk station I listen to has broadcast calls from new Americans who came here for liberty, which they weren't accorded in their homeland. Every call I've ever heard from one of...
  • Where Blogging Can Get You Killed

    05/05/2009 8:34:03 PM PDT · by Polarik · 10 replies · 489+ views
    TIME Magazine ^ | 05/05/2009 | Polarik
    Joel Simon of the Committee to Protect Journalists rightly says that bloggers are in the vanguard of the information revolution we're going through thanks to the Internet. The impact on things like political freedom and social tolerance is hard to measure, but it's safe to say that whether through websites, blogs, emails, Facebook or Twitter, more people are transmitting information and venting views than ever before. Authoritarian regimes have been unable to stop the march of media freedom, but they continue to try. And bloggers are in the crosshairs--sometimes literally. CPJ has just come out with a report called "The...
  • Global Television for Our Future Global Leader

    02/09/2009 8:32:32 PM PST · by ForGod'sSake · 9 replies · 1,094+ views
    Right Side News ^ | February 9, 2009 | Cliff Kincaid
    Surprise and even shock were among the reactions to my recent column about how elite members of the World Economic Forum (WEF) meeting in Davos, Switzerland, were considering a proposal for a new global television network to usher in a state of "global governance." It sounded authoritarian, even totalitarian, to some. Here are more of the troubling details. The media proposal, which was included in "The Global Agenda 2009" report, is to create "a new global network" with "the capacity to connect the world, bridging cultures and peoples, and telling us who we are and what we mean to each...
  • Reporter restrained after Panetta hearing (Police state begins)

    02/06/2009 4:47:19 PM PST · by Crazieman · 49 replies · 4,213+ views
    The Politico ^ | 2/6/09 | Michael Calderone
    Following Leon Panetta’s confirmation hearing Thursday, several reporters approached the CIA director-designate in the hallway outside room G-50 in the Dirksen Building. There, CongressDaily reporter Chris Strohm — upon asking a question — was physically restrained by a man who accompanied Panetta at hearings both days. Strohm, when reached by phone Friday, said he was unsure of the man’s role. “I felt this hand grab my right arm and push me aside,” Strohm said. By his account, Strohm told the man, “Please don’t touch me” more than once. Eventually, the man let him go. Tim Starks, a reporter for Congressional...
  • Three Reporters From McCain-Endorsing Newspapers Removed From Obama's Plane

    10/31/2008 8:57:36 AM PDT · by EagleUSA · 43 replies · 1,477+ views
    Fox News ^ | 10/31/2008 | EagleUSA
    Journalists from three major newspapers that endorsed John McCain have been booted from Barack Obama's campaign plane for the final leg of the presidential race. The Washington Times reported Friday that it was notified of the Obama campaign's decision Thursday evening -- even though the paper has covered Obama from the start. Executive Editor John Solomon told that the Obama campaign said it didn't have enough seats on the plane, but "I don't think the explanation makes sense to us." "We've been traveling since 2007 with him. ... We're a relevant newspaper -- every day we break news," Solomon...
  • Loving the Dictators

    05/01/2008 6:49:55 PM PDT · by B-Chan · 13 replies · 193+ views ^ | 2008.05.01 | Bruce Lewis
    Loving The Dictators In a recent article ["The dictators are back ... and we don’t care", The Times (London), April 27, 2008] Robert Kagan bemoans the rise of authoritarian governments in Russia and China, among other venues. His reaction is natural — and typical of the post-Soviet generation. With the victory of the Western Allies over the USSR's Communist empire in World War III (aka the "cold war"), liberal democracy über alles was the watchword of the day. Papa Francis Fukuyama told us that we were at the "end of history", didn't he? Surely, the evil idea of authoritarian rule...
  • State Inc.

    03/24/2008 5:38:29 PM PDT · by forkinsocket · 3 replies · 251+ views
    The Boston Globe ^ | March 16, 2008 | Joshua Kurlantzick
    The most important new forces in global business are aggressive, wealthy, and entrepreneurial. But they aren't corporations: they're authoritarian governments. IT WAS THE biggest corporate deal in the history of sub-Saharan Africa: Last October, a foreign firm spent nearly $6 billion for a chunk of Standard Bank, the South African company that has long dominated finance on the continent. more stories like this US: Olympic host China lacks freedoms Asian markets mixed China vows to control inflation China premier promises to cut pollution Wen says Olympics key for development Yet the foreign suitor was not Citigroup, or UBS, or some...
  • The return of Authoritarian Capitalists

    06/30/2007 9:17:20 AM PDT · by Sherman Logan · 36 replies · 482+ views
    International Herald Tribune ^ | June 14, 2007 | Azar Gat
    Today's global liberal democratic order faces a significant challenge from the rise of nondemocratic great powers - the West's old Cold War rivals, China and Russia, now operating under "authoritarian capitalist" rather than Communist regimes. The category is not new - authoritarian capitalist great powers played a leading role in the international system up until 1945. But they have been largely absent since then.
  • A-ROD $TARRING ON RUDY A-TEAM (smallest donor base includes liberals, sex therapist, hyphenates)

    04/14/2007 3:26:48 AM PDT · by Liz · 174 replies · 2,300+ views
    NY POST ^ | April 14, 2007 | MAGGIE HABERMAN and IAN BISHOP
    Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez and former Mets star Keith Hernandez - both chipped in to elect Rudy Giuliani, who had $11M socked away in the bank...... (plus) Yankees owner George Steinbrenner ....former "Frasier" star Kelsey Grammer, "Wedding Singer" funnyman Adam Sandler, "Dancing with the Stars" twirler John O'Hurley and actor Ben Stein......dressmaker Vera Wang, who designed Judith Giuliani's gown for their 2003 nuptials; "Sopranos" producer Brad Grey; financiers Carl Icahn, Charles Schwab and John Wren; sex expert Dr. Judy Kuriansky; diet guru Jenny Craig; and authors Mary Higgins Clark and Nelson DeMille. Islanders boss Charles Wang ....and a string of...
  • Kremlin gave order to kill dissident and former spy, claims top defector

    11/20/2006 4:03:57 AM PST · by M. Espinola · 35 replies · 1,858+ views
    The Times ^ | November 20th, 2006 | Michael Binyon
    Alexander Litvinenko was poisoned on the direct orders of the Kremlin because of his biting mockery of President Putin, according to a former Soviet spy now living in Britain. Oleg Gordievsky, the most senior KGB agent to defect to Britain, said that the attempt to kill Mr Litvinenko had been state-sponsored. It was carried out by a Russian friend and former colleague who had been recruited secretly in prison by the FSB, the successor to the KGB. The Italian who allegedly put poison in Mr Litvinenko’s sushi “had nothing to do with it”. “Of course it is state-sponsored. He...
  • SBC Committee Member Agrees With Call for Public School 'Exit Strategy'

    06/11/2006 9:04:11 PM PDT · by balch3 · 38 replies · 1,165+ views
    Agape Press ^ | June 6, 2006 | Jim Brown
    AgapePress) - A second member of the Resolutions Committee for the upcoming Southern Baptist Convention meeting in Greensboro, North Carolina, says the denomination needs to consider developing a plan to remove its children from America's public schools. The SBC Resolutions Committee will meet Thursday to begin poring over resolutions that have been submitted for consideration next week. Among them is a proposal authored by Dr. Bruce Shortt and Executive Committee member Roger Moran that calls on the denomination to develop an "exit strategy" from public schools. While second-year committee member Ida South of Mathiston, Mississippi, would not comment on the...
  • Skip St. Petersburg, Mr. Bush (G8 Summit)

    03/07/2006 10:23:30 PM PST · by RWR8189 · 9 replies · 544+ views
    Washington Post ^ | March 8, 2006 | Anne Applebaum
    Close your eyes and say it out loud: "G-8." Let the two syllables run across your tongue again: "gee-eight." What images drift into your brain?If you are like most Americans, I suspect that this simple psychological experiment will produce something like, "stuffy statesmen, boring meeting, prepackaged conclusions." Or maybe, "screaming protesters, riot police, prepackaged slogans." Or even, "turn the page and read something else."~SNIP~Perhaps you think it ridiculous to sound so apocalyptic about a meeting that most Americans find too boring to read about. But don't listen to me, listen to Andrei Illarionov, an economic adviser to Putin before he...
  • How Viable Is The Chinese Model?

    03/05/2006 6:51:08 PM PST · by gusopol3 · 42 replies · 881+ views
    Asharq Alaswat (English) ^ | 3/3/06 | Amer Taheri
    In a recent visit to China, the former American Secretary of State Henry Kissinger asked his guide to arrange a meeting with” my old friend Jiang Zemin.” The guide responded with a dismissive gesture: That person is no longer available. “That person”, of course, had been China’s President for a decade, before being eased out of office in one of those mysterious palace coups that the country has experienced since the 1970s.
  • U.S. Report Says Russia Is Not a Reliable Partner

    03/05/2006 12:19:17 PM PST · by lizol · 45 replies · 712+ views
    The Moscow Times ^ | March 6, 2006 | George Gedda
    U.S. Report Says Russia Is Not a Reliable Partner By George Gedda The Associated Press WASHINGTON -- Russia's emergence as an increasingly authoritarian state could impair U.S.-Russian ability to cooperate on key international security issues, according to an analysis by a major U.S. foreign policy organization released on Sunday. Continuation of Russia's drift away from democratic norms under President Vladimir Putin "will make it harder for the two sides to find common ground and harder to cooperate even when they do," said the report, which was issued by the Council on Foreign Relations. It warned that some critical problems cannot...
  • Crew of Russian TV-channel missing in Crimea (Russian news crew word)

    01/26/2006 10:32:04 PM PST · by jb6 · 11 replies · 306+ views
    regnum ^ | January 27, 2006
    On January 25, after the interrogation of leaders of the Crimean youth organization “Breakthrough” Alexei Dobychin and Alexander Dubrovsky by the Ukrainian Security Service that lasted for seven hours, journalists from the Russian NTV TV-channel were supposed to interview them, but the touch with the newsgroup was suddenly lost. As a REGNUM correspondent was told by NTV representative in Crimea Anna Konyukova, her colleagues where in constant contact with her, but suddenly cellular phones of Alexander Yakovenko and Sergey Polyansky were switched off. Last time when they communicated, they were heading towards the building of the Ukrainian Special Service to...
  • Direct presidential rule to be introduced in Ukraine?

    01/11/2006 8:40:06 PM PST · by jb6 · 13 replies · 307+ views
    Regnum ^ | January 12, 2006
    Our Ukraine Bloc led by President Viktor Yushchenko proposed to introduce direct presidential rule in Ukraine by the end of the parliamentary elections. As a statement made by the bloc says, “under the threat of a national catastrophe we call to introduce direct presidential rule until the elections to the Supreme Rada are held, which are to be carried out fairly and transparently in accordance with the Ukrainian Constitution in March 2006.” Ukrainian Justice Ministry Sergey Golovaty has already reacted to the initiative: “The Constitution prohibits such a measure.” As the same time, Golovaty expressed his confidence that Yushchenko would...
  • Yanukovich ready to head the government, Yushchenko threatens to dissolve the parliament

    01/11/2006 8:38:13 PM PST · by jb6 · 9 replies · 350+ views
    REGNUM ^ | January 12, 2006
    Leader of the Ukrainian Regions’ Party Viktor Yanukovich declared on January 10, he was ready to head the government again. According to him, he could made the decision after a discussion with member of the Supreme Rada, reports NTV. As REGNUM earlier reported, the Ukrainian parliament dismissed the government led by Yuri Yekhanurov. He was ordered to continue fulfilling his duties until a new Cabinet of Ministers is formed. Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko plans to appeal the decision in the Constitutional Court. He either did not ruled out a possibility of dissolving the parliament because of “its unconstitutional decision.”
  • HILLARY CLINTONSTAHL: clinton agitprop machine censors truth about hillary

    06/27/2005 1:11:21 PM PDT · by Mia T · 34 replies · 3,133+ views
    6.27.05 | Mia T
    HILLARY CLINTONSTAHLclinton agitprop machine censors truth about hillary   by Mia T, 6.27.05     All propaganda has to be popular and has to adapt its spiritual level to the perception of the least intelligent of those towards whom it intends to direct itself. Adolf Hitler, Mein Kampfjackboot thugs     Biography lends to death a new terror.................................................................... Oscar Wilde.................................................................................Upstaged, clinton Recycles Tired Canard, Tries New Revisionist Tack.....................     Hypocrisy abounds in this Age of Clinton, a Postmodern Oz rife with constitutional deconstruction and semantic subversion, a virtual surreality polymarked by presidential alleles peccantly misplaced or, in the...
  • Talk With Putin Will Test Bush's Inaugural Pledges(Would Dubya get tough?)

    02/20/2005 8:11:43 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 3 replies · 242+ views
    Yahoo! News ^ | 02/20/05 | Peter Baker
    Talk With Putin Will Test Bush's Inaugural Pledges Sun Feb 20,12:12 AM ET Politics - By Peter Baker, Washington Post Staff Writer The last time they sat down, President Bush (news - web sites) politely asked President Vladimir Putin (news - web sites) about Russia's retreat from democracy. Putin, according to U.S. officials, responded with a testy tirade on Russian history, filibustering for so long that Bush, left with an extended list of other issues to cover in a short private lunch, let the matter go without challenging the former KGB colonel. Three months later, Bush will meet Putin...

    02/08/2005 7:43:28 AM PST · by jb6 · 3 replies · 201+ views
    RIA Novosti ^ | 2005-02-08
    Zurab Zhvania is dead. What caused this tragedy is not completely clear. However, the most important question that remains unanswered is how Zhvania's death will affect the line-up of the Georgian leadership and the country's policy in general. It is no secret that Zhvania acted as a brake on President Saakashvili's radicalism. For example, Vyacheslav Igrunov, the director of the Moscow-based International Institute for Humanitarian and Political Studies, believes that Mr. Zvania, who was an extremely strong politician, disapproved of the "cavalry charge" policy in relation to South Ossetia. "Saakashvili and Zhvania disagreed on many issues," the expert says. "The...
  • Check your political compass - cool!

    11/26/2004 10:44:08 PM PST · by Eccl 10:2 · 54 replies · 1,759+ views
    The Political Compass ^ | Updated Oct 25, 2004 | The Political Compass
    There's abundant evidence for the need of it. The old one-dimensional categories of 'right' and 'left' , established for the seating arrangement of the French National Assembly of 1789, are overly simplistic for today's complex political landscape. For example, who are the 'conservatives' in today's Russia? Are they the unreconstructed Stalinists, or the reformers who have adopted the right-wing views of conservatives like Margaret Thatcher ? On the standard left-right scale, how do you distinguish leftists like Stalin and Gandhi? It's not sufficient to say that Stalin was simply more left than Gandhi. There are fundamental political differences between them...

    09/03/2004 7:03:51 AM PDT · by GETBUSHOUTNOW · 162 replies · 4,159+ views
  • 9/11 panel: New evidence on Iraq-Al-Qaida

    06/20/2004 8:29:56 PM PDT · by FairOpinion · 68 replies · 627+ views
    UPI ^ | June 20, 2004 | Shaun Waterman
    WASHINGTON, June 20 (UPI) -- The commission investigating the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks has received new information indicating that a senior officer in an elite unit of the security services of deposed Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein may have been a member of al-Qaida involved in the planning of the suicide hijackings, panel members said Sunday. John F. Lehman, a Reagan-era GOP defense official told NBC's "Meet the Press" that documents captured in Iraq "indicate that there is at least one officer of Saddam's Fedayeen, a lieutenant colonel, who was a very prominent member of al Qaida." Lehman said that...
  • The Sacred Muslim Practice of Beheading

    06/20/2004 6:15:03 PM PDT · by mastercylinder · 40 replies · 709+ views ^ | May 13, 2004 | Andrew G. Bostom
    The Sacred Muslim Practice of Beheading By Andrew G. Bostom | May 13, 2004 Reactions to the grotesque jihadist decapitation of yet another "infidel Jew," Mr. Berg, make clear that our intelligentsia are either dangerously uninformed, or simply unwilling to come to terms with this ugly reality: such murders are consistent with sacred jihad practices, as well as Islamic attitudes towards all non-Muslim infidels, in particular, Jews, which date back to the 7th century, and the Prophet Muhammad's own example. According to Muhammad’s sacralized biography by Ibn Ishaq, Muhammad himself sanctioned the massacre of the Qurayza, a vanquished Jewish tribe....
  • Saudis Fear Al-Qa'eda Revenge For Killing

    06/20/2004 6:45:18 PM PDT · by blam · 14 replies · 237+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 6-21-2004 | Robin Gedye
    Saudis fear al-Qa'eda revenge for killing By Robin Gedye, Foreign Affairs Writer (Filed: 21/06/2004) Saudi security forces raided suspected terrorist hideouts in Riyadh at dawn yesterday amid fears of an al-Qa'eda backlash after the killing of the terrorist network's chief operations planner in the kingdom. Thousands of police in armoured cars backed by helicopters sealed off three areas of the capital, including the one in which Abdulaziz al-Muqrin was killed in a two-hour gunfight with police on Friday night. The battle, in which three other prominent terrorists also died and 12 were arrested, was hailed by Saudi Arabia's rulers as...
  • U.S.: Pakistan, Saudi Arabia aided al-Qaida

    06/20/2004 7:27:17 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 8 replies · 225+ views
    Oakland Tribune ^ | 6/20/04 | Josh Meyer
    WASHINGTON -- Pakistan and Saudi Arabia help- ed set the stage for the Sept. 11 attacks by cutting deals with the Taliban and Osama bin Laden that allowed his al-Qaida terror network to flourish, according to several senior members of the Sept. 11 commission and U.S. counterterrorism officials. The financial aid to the Taliban and other assistance by two of the most important American allies in the U.S.-declared war on terrorism date at least to 1996, and appear to have helped immunize them from al-Qaida attacks within their own borders until long after the 2001 strikes, those officials said in...
  • Saudi Arabia: Al Qaeda's Strategic Goals

    06/20/2004 7:33:12 PM PDT · by Axion · 15 replies · 740+ views
    STRATFOR ^ | June 18, 2004 | James Eldridge
    Summary Al Qaeda has launched a multiphase war in Saudi Arabia. The militant group has mid-term operational goals and long-term strategic goals, with an endgame focused on ultimate control over one of the world's top oil producers. Analysis Stratfor accurately predicted in October 2002 that a war in Saudi Arabia would erupt between al Qaeda and the ruling House of Saud. That war is under way. Al Qaeda's tactics have become all too clear, with killings and kidnappings of Westerners having become a common event. Al Qaeda's strategic goals are, however, more obscure. Saudi Arabia is the golden egg. Economically,...
  • Home Surrounded in Saudi Militant Search

    06/20/2004 11:51:53 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 18 replies · 261+ views
    Yahoo ^ | 6/20/04 | Salah Nasrawi - Riyadh
    RIYADH, Saudi Arabia - Saudi security forces surrounded a house in central Riyadh where suspected militants were believed to have fled after trading fire with security forces Sunday, security officials said. Police cars and armored vehicles filled the area, and blockades were set up at all the entrances to the al-Malaz district — a neighborhood that has been a focus in a widescale security sweep against militants following the slaying of American hostage Paul M. Johnson Jr. Witnesses told The Associated Press that they saw shooting between suspects and police before some men fled on foot, seeking refuge in a...
  • U.S. Officials: Saddam's Hijack Drills Were Counter-terror Ops

    06/20/2004 10:21:42 AM PDT · by kattracks · 83 replies · 796+ views ^ | 6/20/04 | Carl Limbacher and the staff
    State Department and CIA officials have quietly told reporters they accept Saddam Hussein's explanation that radical Islamists who trained in Iraq before 9/11 to hijack airplanes using small knives were engaged in counter-terrorism training. Speaking on condition of anonymity to the Knight Ridder news service, the officials challenged the credibility of two White House reports issued last year, which had raised questions about whether activities at the notorious terrorist training camp Salman Pak were linked to the 9/11 attacks. One unnamed U.S. official cited a CIA assessment first supplied to the White House in January 2003 in response to the...
  • Saudis Say They Want Americans to Stay

    06/20/2004 10:22:05 AM PDT · by FairOpinion · 57 replies · 371+ views
    VOA ^ | June 20, 2004 | Greg LaMotte
    While the U.S. State Department is urging Americans to leave Saudi Arabia as the result of a series of terrorist attacks and killings, including that of American Paul Johnson, many Saudis say they do not want to see Americans leave the kingdom. Even so, like their own government, they acknowledge there will likely be more acts of terror, despite the killings Friday of four wanted al-Qaida militants. Morbid, close-up, photographs of the faces of four dead militants killed Friday night by Saudi security forces appeared in Saudi newspapers Sunday morning. Senior Saudi officials said Sunday there were three reasons they...
  • Bomb Near Baghdad Kills 2 Iraqi Soldiers

    06/20/2004 10:23:18 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 10 replies · 158+ views
    The Las Vegas Sun ^ | June 20, 2004 at 9:56:58 PDT | CHRIS TOMLINSON
    BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) - A roadside bomb exploded Sunday along a highway leading to Baghdad's airport, killing two Iraqi soldiers and wounding 11 others - four critically - as Iraq's interim prime minister reorganized the country's security forces to combat terrorism. U.S. forces clashed with insurgents north of Baghdad in a battle that killed 10 Iraqis and wounded 12 others, police and hospital officials said Sunday. Iraqi officials said the clashes occurred Saturday in Samarra, about 60 miles north of the capital in the so-called Sunni Triangle, a hotbed of anti-coalition resistance. There was no comment from the U.S. military....
  • French Nazi hunter encourages Jews to leave France [Serge Klarsfeld ]

    06/20/2004 6:20:26 AM PDT · by SJackson · 34 replies · 914+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 6-20-04 | ETGAR LEFKOVITS
    Six decades after the end of the Holocaust, the prominent French Nazi-hunter Serge Klarsfeld said this weekend that French Jews would be best off leaving the country. "One of the lessons of the Holocaust is that even if you want to fight against a wave of anti-Semitism, the best [thing] is to leave if you can," Klarsfeld said in an interview with The Jerusalem Post during a visit to Israel. At the same time, Klarsfeld, who lives in Paris, said that he does not expect there be a great wave of Jewish emigration from France to either Israel or the...
  • al-Qaida Head Justifies Targeting Johnson

    06/20/2004 8:13:25 AM PDT · by kattracks · 14 replies · 231+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | 6/20/04 | AP
    CAIRO, Egypt - The head of the al-Qaida cell that killed Paul M. Johnson Jr. justified targeting the American engineer in a message written before he himself was killed in a gunbattle with Saudi security forces. In an article posted Sunday on a Web site used by Islamic radicals, Abdulaziz al-Moqrin called Johnson "an infidel, a warrior of the military." Johnson, who had worked on Apache helicopters for Lockheed Martin in Saudi Arabia, "works for military aviation and he belongs to the American army, which kills, tortures and harms Muslims everywhere, which supports enemies (of Islam) in Palestine, Philippines, Kashmir...
  • al-Qaida: Sympathizers [in Saudi security forces themselves] Aided Abduction

    06/20/2004 8:14:59 AM PDT · by John Jorsett · 16 replies · 203+ views
    AP via Duluth News Tribune ^ | June 20, 2004 | MAGGIE MICHAEL
    CAIRO, Egypt - The al-Qaida cell that kidnapped and killed American Paul M. Johnson Jr. said in an online periodical Sunday that sympathizers in the kingdom's security forces supplied it with police uniforms and vehicles and set up fake checkpoints to facilitate last week's abduction. The details of the kidnapping appeared in Sawt al-Jihad, or Voice of Holy War, a semimonthly online periodical published by al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula. A separate article, the final one written by cell leader Abdulaziz al-Moqrin, killed in a shootout Friday night, justified Johnson's slaying. The first article said militants wearing police uniforms and...